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  • Brazilian Bishops Establish Commission on Married Priesthood

    11/28/2014 5:59:49 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/27/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    Pray Tell has tracked the story of Bishop Erwin Kräutler’s meeting with Pope Francis about the severe priesthood shortage and mandatory celibacy in Brazil, and Francis’ suggestion that the bishops of Brazil set up commission to make suggestions to Rome for a solution. This has now happened. According to apic, the national conference of bishops of Brazil (CNBB) has formed a commission to study the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/28/14)[Prayer]

    11/28/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by left that other site
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/28/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Weaver New International Version (NIV) He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers--all of them skilled workers and designers. (Exodus 35:35)
  • The Plight of Christians in Turkey, Ahead of Pope Francis' Visit

    11/28/2014 5:36:53 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/26/14 | Sébastien de Courtois
    Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 26, 2014 / 04:43 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Christians. Many, too, are young, single people, prepared to take great risks. In early November, a boat carrying illegal migrants from Turkey to Bulgaria capsized just after coming through the Straits of the Bosporus. The bulk of refugees end up in Istanbul, the vast metropolis capable of absorbing so many...
  • Cardinal Koch on Ecumenical Dialogue in Turkey, Russia, With Evangelicals

    11/28/2014 5:22:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Notes Hopes That Francis' Apostolic Trip to Turkey Can Deepen Relations, Prepare Next StepsSwiss Cardinal Kurt Koch has suggested ecumenical dialogue is reaching new heights under the pontificate of Jesuit Pope Francis. In a wide-ranging interview with ZENIT at the Vatican last week, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity discusses Pope Francis' trip to Turkey and what it means for ecumenical dialogue and how this Pope’s reaching out to Evangelicals has created a “new situation” for the Church. Moreover, the prelate speaks on where the Church’s relationship with the Patriarchate of Moscow currently stands, the Pope’s...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (11/28/2014) [Prayer]

    11/27/2014 9:29:11 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 5 replies
    28 November 2014 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-22 (NIV) ----
  • Thanksgiving and Chanukah

    11/27/2014 9:08:19 PM PST · by Phinneous · 2 replies
    Chabad.org / YouTube ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    A brief (8 minute) talk about the connection between Thanksgiving, its acknowledgement of G-d, America's religious freedom/founding, and Chanukah (spreading light.) Note: This is subtitled (the Rebbe, Rabbi Schneerson speaks in Yiddish) but it's worth listening, reading, and watching. He highlights our REAL American values so poignantly and perfectly-- and blesses Reagan to boot... a great end of the Holiday!
  • A Brief History of Catholic Claims to Shakespeare

    11/27/2014 7:27:57 PM PST · by annalex · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 26 2014, 4:35 PM ET | ADAM CHANDLER
    On Tuesday, word spread about the discovery of a "first folio" of the works of William Shakespeare [...]. It was uncovered by some industrious librarians in St.-Omer, France, near the city of Calais, at a public library that already boasts possession of an even rarer Gutenberg Bible. The folio, as the BBC noted, "collects 36 of Shakespeare's 38 known plays for the first time, and was originally printed in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death." As Jennifer Schuessler reported, the folio's unearthing brings the total number of known Shakespeare compendiums to 233. [...] ...over the past century-and-a-half, based on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-28-14

    11/27/2014 7:17:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 28, 2014Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 20:1-4, 11-21:2 I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven,holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a heavy chain.He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent,which is the Devil or Satan,and tied it up for a thousand years and threw it into the abyss,which he locked over it and sealed,so that it could no longer lead the nations astrayuntil the thousand years are completed.After this, it is to be released for a short time. Then I saw thrones; those who sat on...
  • Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates

    11/27/2014 6:41:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Insight Scoop.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | CNA
    Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates Retired Pope Benedict XVI is pictured among cardinals, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, right, a few minutes before the start a consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates | CNA | Catholic World Report A new volume of Ratzinger’s collected works includes a revised essay on the reception of Communion by the divorced and remarried.A new volume of Benedict XVI’s collected works includes...
  • 'A.D.' Series' Trailer Released Slated for Easter Sunday Premiere (Osteen Alert)

    11/27/2014 3:21:43 PM PST · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    Nov 27, 2014 | Justin Sarachik
    Full Title: 'A.D.' Series' Trailer Released; Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's 'The Bible' Followup Slated for Easter Sunday Premiere [VIDEO] ____________________________________________________________________ NBC just released the first official trailer of the upcoming "The Bible" followup, "A.D." which will focus on the events after the death of Christ and the formation of the early church. The show will debut on NBC Easter Sunday 2015, and the trailer shows some of the violent and tumultuous times surrounding the last days of Christ. "The Bible" and "A.D." was created by husband and wife duo Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. "These disciples, after Jesus dies...
  • Cyber-Shopping: 10 Great Christmas Gifts made by Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 27, 2014 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    Zelda Caldwell November 27, 2014 The Texas Nuns Does the thought of hitting the malls this Black Friday (and beyond) fill you with dread? Is a crowded parking lot an occasion of sin for you? Do gift cards leave you feeling like a failure? Why not skip all that stress and and give your loved ones thoughtful, unique, and delicious gifts made by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities around the country and available online?   These handcrafted and original gifts will thrill everyone on your list, from your most pious aunt to your hipster nephew searching...
  • Pope Francis Invites Notorious Blasphemer to Headline Vatican “Christmas Concert

    11/27/2014 11:32:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    <p>It is hard to escape the conclusion that Pope Francis would like to turn the whole Catholic Church into the pastoral equivalent of the decadent and dying Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, where Catholics — as in all of South America — are defecting to Protestant sects, there are no vocations, and the former Archbishop Bergoglio “authorized ‘curas villeros,’ the priests sent to the peripheries, to give communion to all, although four fifths of the couples were not even married.”</p>
  • German Catholic bishops tabled allowing Church to divorced-remarried or Sodomite pseudo-married

    11/27/2014 9:44:28 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture Org ^ | November 26, 2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
     German bishops weigh hiring homosexual partners, remarried divorcés  Catholic World News - November 26, 2014 The German Catholic bishops have discussed—but eventually tabled—a proposal to allow Church institutions to hire workers who are divorced and remarried, or who are in active homosexual relationships.   Current Church policies forbid the hiring of employees whose living arrangements are in clear contradiction of Christian moral law. But journalist Edward Pentin reports that at a meeting this week, a majority of the German bishops, led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, were prepared to change that policy.   The drive for change was stalled, at least temporarily,...
  • Thanksgiving Day Is For Thanking and Praising God – Just Ask Lincoln

    11/27/2014 9:32:48 AM PST · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    In the midst of the American Civil War, Lincoln noted that the country’s industry and population was still growing. In the document officially instituting Thanksgiving as a national holiday, he explicitly credited this to nothing else but God’s grace: "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy." He then asked everyone in the country “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of...
  • Harry Reid Wants to Talk About the Vatican (“We sure do like this new pope”)

    11/27/2014 9:26:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jason Horowitz
    On a recent afternoon in the Senate majority leader’s office, Harry Reid decided he was done talking about his chief of staff, David Krone. Instead, he and his top aide wanted to chat about the Vatican. “We sure do like this new pope,” Mr. Reid said of Pope Francis. After a brief discussion about the pope’s opponents in the Catholic hierarchy, Mr. Reid, a Mormon from Searchlight, Nev., brought up the name of perhaps the pontiff’s most vocal critic, the American cardinal Raymond L. Burke, a once enormously powerful prelate who has lost key Vatican positions under Francis. “How about...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 27, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/27/2014 7:22:46 AM PST · by Vision · 12 replies
    Email ^ | 11/27/14 | Joel Osteen
    We Thank God for You! Today's Scripture "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a day to remember the goodness of God in our land and to thank Him...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 27, 2014]

    11/27/2014 7:20:38 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Consecration of Spiritual Power " …by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. —Galatians 6:14 " If I dwell on the Cross of Christ, I do not simply become inwardly devout and solely interested in my own holiness— I become strongly focused on Jesus Christ’s interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor a fanatical holy man practicing self-denial. He did not physically cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in another world. In fact, He was so much...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem((11/27/14)[Prayer]

    11/27/2014 5:50:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/27/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Water Carrier New International Version (NIV) The Deceit of the Gibeonites …20"This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oath which we swore to them." 21The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them. 22Then Joshua called for them and spoke to them, saying, "Why have you deceived us, saying, 'We are very far from you,'...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(Thanksgiving Day 2014)[Prayer]

    11/27/2014 5:38:30 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/27/14 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm New International Version (NIV) Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us
  • George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/27/2014 5:31:07 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 8 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/27/14
    Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" Now, therefore, I do...
  • How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/27/2014 5:20:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-14 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeYour grace and mercy,brought me through.I’m living this moment,Because of you.I want to thank you,And praise you too.Your grace and mercy,Brought me through!On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and say a prayer of thanks? Perhaps we should run to Church and light a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-14, Thanksgiving Day

    11/26/2014 8:24:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2014Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,having great authority,and the earth became illumined by his splendor.He cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.She has become a haunt for demons.She is a cage for every unclean spirit,a cage for every unclean bird,a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast.” A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstoneand threw it into the sea and said: “With such force will Babylon the great city...
  • While Rome Burns, Pope And Bishops Attack The Latin Mass And Traditional Orders

    11/26/2014 4:36:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | November 25, 2015 | Fr. Peter Carota
    With so many serious problems in the world today, any sane person has to ask; “why are the powerful people in the Catholic Church trying to destroy traditional orders, priests and purposely stopping the offering of the Latin Mass?”
  • Yeshua Returns to Israel (Song)

    11/26/2014 2:53:32 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    A song about Messiah's return to Israel! (Zech. 12:10-14, 13:9) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bo9zXhA5ko&list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8&index=3
  • Topless Activist Jumps on Main Altar at Strasbourg Cathedral to Protest Pope Francis

    11/26/2014 1:29:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Hours before Pope Francis’ visit to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday, a Femen protester stripped to the waist and jumped onto the main altar of the town’s cathedral on Monday afternoon waving a European Union flag and multi-colored streamers. She danced on the altar for a full minute before running to the cathedral’s exit, vanishing among the crowd on the cathedral square. The woman’s identity has not been disclosed, nor has she been interrogated or arrested by the police. The topless protester had painted slogans on her naked torso: “Pope is not a...
  • Pope Francis to General Audience: "We will all meet in Heaven"

    11/26/2014 11:10:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 68 replies
    http://www.romereports.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | RomeReports
    It was a damp, cold morning in Rome. Many umbrellas and brightly colored ponchos could be seen as the popemobile circled around St. Peter's Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the Pope gave an encouraging word to the pilgrims. POPE FRANCIS "It's kind of an ugly day, huh? But you are courageous. Congratulations!” Pope Francis explained that the Church is on a path towards the Kingdom of Heaven, a seed that has been in the Earth. He also said that after death, Christians will come face to face with God. POPE FRANCIS "It is beautiful to think of this, to think...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 26, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/26/2014 10:01:39 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/26/14 | Joel Osteen
    This is the Will of God for You Today's Scripture “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria So many people today wonder what God’s will is for their lives. Oftentimes, they look for big things, signs and supernatural events. But really, God’s will for us unfolds each and every day as we obey Him and serve Him with a thankful heart. When you wake up every morning with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, you just took a step toward your...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 26, 2014]

    11/26/2014 9:59:55 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Focal Point of Spiritual Power " …except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " If you want to know the power of God (that is, the resurrection life of Jesus) in your human flesh, you must dwell on the tragedy of God. Break away from your personal concern over your own spiritual condition, and with a completely open spirit consider the tragedy of God. Instantly the power of God will be in you. “Look to Me…” (Isaiah 45:22). Pay attention to the external Source and the internal power will be there. We lose power...
  • Turning to the East in the Diocese of Lincoln – UPDATED

    11/26/2014 9:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATED: see belowORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of the Council, and it wasn’t even mandated by the Council.  There is no document that required tables be set up.But I digress.Great news from the Diocese of Lincoln!His Excellency Most Reverend James Conley has determined that Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Lincoln will be ad orientem. Bishop’s Column Looking to the east Friday, 21 November 2014 Jesus Christ will return in...
  • Thanksgiving Day Should Be Year Round

    11/26/2014 8:25:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    ProjectYM.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Father Mathew P. Schneider, LC
    Sometimes, meeting other people gives us perspective. The other day I was serving some homeless people in one of the men said that he was thankful to God that he was alive, and he asked us to bring more Bibles next time. The next morning I had to get up early and I was complaining interiorly about the alarm clock and my sore muscles.
  • Pope Francis: Europe Seems 'Elderly and Haggard'

    11/26/2014 8:13:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    In a major address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis called for a Europe “which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person.” “My visit comes more than a quarter of a century after that of Pope John Paul II,” he said. “Since then, much has changed throughout Europe and the world as a whole … Despite a larger and stronger Union, Europe seems to give the impression of being somewhat elderly and haggard.” Offering “a message of hope in the Lord, who turns evil into good and death into life,” Pope Francis...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/26/2014 7:57:40 AM PST · by Hiskid · 9 replies
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  • Our Nation’s Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God

    11/26/2014 7:08:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | November 26, 2014 | TMLC
    Our Nation’s Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God Our Nation’s first Thanksgiving Day took place on November 26, 1789. It was a religious event. To the chagrin of the anti-religionists among us today, on September 25, 1789, the first act of Congress after framing the Bill of Rights, which prohibited an establishment of religion, was to pass a resolution requesting that the President of the United States recommend to the people a “Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.” This Resolution is clear evidence that our Founding Fathers never imagined that the language of the Establishment Clause they had just...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-14

    11/26/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org ^ | 11-26-14 | Revised New Americn Bible
    November 26, 2014Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 15:1-4 I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:seven angels with the seven last plagues,for through them God’s fury is accomplished. Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.On the sea of glass were standing thosewho had won the victory over the beastand its image and the number that signified its name.They were holding God’s harps,and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,and the song of the Lamb: “Great and wonderful are your works,Lord God almighty.Just...
  • Judge backpedals on controversial ruling in favor of Fort Worth mega church

    11/26/2014 5:14:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Cultrure Map Dallas ^ | 11.3.14 | Claire St. Amant
    Nearly two months after awarding a $100,000 life insurance policy to a Fort Worth mega church and not the deceased man's children, Denton County judge Robert Ramirez has had a change of heart — sort of. In a breathless order fraught with typos, Ramirez said he was "premature in granting a summary judgment" in favor of Birchman Baptist Church. Scarlette Rafferty Elliot and Sean Rafferty were the designated beneficiaries of their father's life insurance up until just 24 hours before his death. After meeting with Birchman senior pastor Bob Pearle on June 24, 2013, Sean C. Rafferty signed over his...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/26/14)[Prayer]

    11/26/2014 4:43:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/26/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Watchman New International Version (NIV) Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, "I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill." (2 Samuel 13:34) The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the...
  • A Remnant That Is Truly Thankful!

    11/26/2014 4:12:55 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/26/14
    My dear friends in light of our nation's godlessness, abounding moral relativistic thinking and secularism there is still a remnant (Isa. 1:4-9) throughout this nation today that still chooses to follow Almighty God and knows His Son as their personal Savior as the Holy Scriptures so teach (John 1:12). They are thankful daily for all that Almighty God has provided for them (in time and in ETERNITY) and they are found throughout the social classes today (1 Cor. 10:31). Sadly these are outcasts, rejected and scoffed at by the political parties of today and this godless nation. UNTHANKFULNESS has engulfed...
  • Sicko Gay Leader Gets Media Pass

    11/25/2014 9:11:40 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org/ ^ | November 25, 2014 | William Dohonue
    Bill Donohue comments on a media cover-up of a gay leader's behavior: He likes to hide his camera in the smoke-alarm over his bed, videoing kinky sex with his boyfriends. He is one of the biggest porn kings in American history, making a fortune off of "barebacking" videos—the kind of unprotected sex that led directly to AIDS. And when he is not bundling hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Obama, he is riding with him on Air Force One. He was arrested last week in his Portland, Oregon home for rape. Charged with a felony, he is accused of...
  • Neo-Catholics Ready to Defend Communion for Adulterers

    11/25/2014 6:39:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 25, 2014 | Chris Jackson
    Evidence of this was already apparent in October of 2013, when Neo-Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin repeatedly referred to the Church’s perennial moral teaching prohibiting the reception of Communion in a state of mortal sin merely a changeable “discipline” or “practice.” Then in April 2014, Akin again referred to this teaching as a “practice” in his frantic defense of Francis informing a woman living in adultery that she could receive Holy Communion. Fast forward to October 2014. In the chaos immediately following the synod, Neo-Catholic apologist Jeff Mirus left no doubt about his willingness to go theological cliff diving in an...
  • Immigration and the Christian: The Balance of the Welcome and the Wall

    11/25/2014 6:13:50 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 10 replies
    www.WaterMark.org ^ | Nov 16, 2014 | Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor, Elder
    (Note from poster: This one hour video is very fast moving and well worth your time.You will probably need to watch it a couple of times to grasp it's full value. I learned about it through Glenn Beck's interview on the third hour of his Nov 21, 2014 radio program. I know little about Todd R. Wagner (Senior Pastor, Elder) and his Watermark Community Church, but more can be found at Forbes.com, and God has certainly rewarded him for his works. I think this sermon is one that should be studied and reviewed.) Immigration and the Christian: The Balance...
  • Pope says he would 'never close the door' on talks with Islamic State

    11/25/2014 4:22:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | November 25, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said that "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Pope Francis answers a reporter's question on his flight back to Rome after speaking at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25. (CNS/Paul Haring) Meeting reporters Nov....
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly OrdwayÂ’s Not GodÂ’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • Christian Rapper Lecrae on Ferguson: Have “Compassion,” “Don’t Add Salt to Wounds”

    11/25/2014 3:00:25 PM PST · by millegan · 13 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    A grand jury has decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Christian rapper Lecrae offered his perspective of the issue on social media. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook:
  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear of exposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Missouri Nuns Defend Finn: ‘Our Bishop is a Man Who Inspires Faith’

    11/25/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Lisa Bourne
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans know and love what would otherwise be an unknown band of traditional Benedictine nuns living in rural Missouri. Thanks to their glorious singing, which has topped the music charts time and time again, the contemplative Benedictines of Mary are famous. Their ‘Lent at Ephesus’ album spent 20 weeks at the top of the Classical Album chart this year. These contemplative nuns are today speaking out in defense of their bishop, Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO, currently the number one target of the liberal media in America and unwilling to be defended by brother...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 25, 2014 [Devotional]

    11/25/2014 2:25:31 PM PST · by Vision · 10 replies
    Email ^ | 11/25/14 | Joel Osteen
    The Way to Enter Today's Scripture “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria What an amazing privilege we have to enter boldly into His throne of grace. We serve a personal God who desires a relationship with us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that today’s verse tells us that we shouldn’t just come to Him any old way. We shouldn’t come empty-handed to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 25, 2014]

    11/25/2014 2:22:59 PM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Secret of Spiritual Consistency " God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… —Galatians 6:14 " When a person is newly born again, he seems inconsistent due to his unrelated emotions and the state of the external things or circumstances in his life. The apostle Paul had a strong and steady underlying consistency in his life. Consequently, he could let his external life change without internal distress because he was rooted and grounded in God. Most of us are not consistent spiritually because we are more concerned about being consistent externally....
  • Oprah’s network releases sneak peek of ‘The Rob Bell Show’

    11/25/2014 11:03:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Nov 24, 2014 | Jonathan Merritt
    Riding on the success of a pile of bestselling books and a hit video series, Pastor Rob Bell became one of the most sought after religious speakers in America during the early 2000’s. But after Bell questioned whether hell was real in his New York Times bestselling book Love Wins, many conservative Christians tried to oust him from the inner circle of evangelicalism. How did Bell respond? By quietly bidding his haters adieu, leaving his church, and attaining even more success. In 2011, Bell was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and, after finding his...
  • How the Pilgrims and Reformation Formed America

    11/25/2014 8:57:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    charismanews ^ | 11/24/2014 | Paul Strand
    We know the Pilgrims became some of America's first English settlers. And because of Thanksgiving Day, we certainly know they were thankful. But what else was it about these devout Christians that helped them shape what became the most free, most powerful nation on Earth? It had much to do with the religious beliefs that were so precious to them; they were willing to face death and uncertainty in a strange New World to live those beliefs out. World-Changing Reformation The Pilgrims' Protestant faith was forged in the Europe of 500 years ago, ripe for a revolution—or what would become...
  • Vatican Humanum Conference Erases LGBT People With Trite Gender Norms (Gay Lobby disappointed)

    11/25/2014 8:26:36 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    Schnizzle Newsblog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Zack Ford
    This week, the Vatican has hosted an international colloquium called Humanum dedicated to “the complementarity of man and woman” and the importance of marriage. Not just limited to Catholics, the conference has included people from many different faiths, including a litany of the United States’ anti-LGBT conservatives. The messages of Humanum have sounded mostly like excerpts from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, asserting various archaic gender stereotypes as evidence that men and women are uniquely designed to be together — and that no other relationship should ever be considered a marriage. For example, Russell Moore, media-savvy...