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  • Lord Jesus: Please Reveal Truth About The Election Vote & Unveil Criminal Activity

    12/05/2016 10:35:28 AM PST · by Sontagged · 19 replies
    Free Republic ^ | December 5, 2016 | Vanity
    Dear Lord Jesus: Please reveal the truth about the Presidential vote and all other votes cast in the election this year. There is nothing better to do than to cry out to You for justice, Lord. Reveal all chicanery, lies, deceit and fraud at the ballot boxes and in the ranks of either party, Lord God. You know what is in the hearts of all men AND You know the true motives of all men; reveal the truth and the secret agendas now, we beseech You. Not for our righteousness, but for the sake of Yours, show Americans what is...
  • Russian Patriarch consecrates Orthodox cathedral just yards from Eiffel Tower in Paris

    12/05/2016 10:34:50 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    RT ^ | 12-05-2016 | RT
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has consecrated a new cathedral in central Paris, just yards away from the Eiffel Tower, with hundreds of worshippers attending the service he led there on Sunday. Trinity Cathedral was opened as part of a Russian cultural and spiritual center on the banks of the Seine River in the French capital. Around 500 Orthodox believers from the Russian community in Paris, including the offspring of Russia’s former princely houses, packed the church for the event. Renowned French singer, Mireille Mathieu, and Russian super-model, Natalia Vodianova, were also attending. The Patriarch called...
  • Mormons and Psychologists Burn Their Brains

    12/05/2016 10:31:59 AM PST · by fishtank · 8 replies
    Creation - Evolution Headlines ^ | December 4, 2016 | Creation - Evolution Headlines
    Can an MRI scan tell anything about spiritual experience? Some neuroscientists at the University of Utah decided to put Mormons in an MRI scanner and watch their brains light up when they felt spiritual. Science Daily describes the experiment: During fMRI [functional MRI] scans, 19 young-adult church members — including seven females and 12 males — performed four tasks in response to content meant to evoke spiritual feelings. The hour-long exam included six minutes of rest; six minutes of audiovisual control (a video detailing their church’s membership statistics); eight minutes of quotations by Mormon and world religious leaders; eight minutes...
  • Greek metropolitan sharply criticizes Tsipras’ speech at funeral of Fidel Castro

    12/05/2016 10:26:13 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-05-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta and Aigialeia wrote on Thursday an open letter to Prime Minister Tsipras, condemning him for comparing the 1821 Greek Revolution with the 1959 Cuban Civil War, which he called a national crime and shame, simultaneously criticizing the extravagance of the Prime Minister’s “unnecessary” trip to Cuba, reports Russian Athens. (According to the presidential palace, the Prime Minister’s Cuba trip cost 22,900 euros, but according to the newspaper Ta Nea it was no less than $300,000.) In particular, he writes: “As reported by the mass media, you said the following blasphemous words: ‘Freedom or death was the...
  • Spadaro on Dubia: “The Pope Doesn’t Give Binary Answers to Abstract Questions”

    12/05/2016 9:50:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    "Why hasn’t the pope responded to the cardinals?" >>The pope doesn’t give binary answers to abstract questions. But that does’t mean he hasn’t responded. His response is to approve and to encourage positive pastoral practices. A clear and obvious example was his response to the Buenos Aires area bishops, when he encouraged them and confirmed that their reading of Amoris Laetitia was correct.<< >>In other words, the pope responds by encouraging, and indeed loves to respond to the sincere questions put to him by pastors. The ones who really understand Catholic doctrine are the pastors, because doctrine does not exist...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Not Even a Pope Can Dispense With Divine Law

    12/05/2016 9:48:19 AM PST · by Petrosius · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In an interview originally published in French weekly Homme Noveau, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments weighed in, if somewhat obliquely, on the question of the dubia. A quick (and slightly cleaned up) machine translation of the Spanish reprint in InfoCatólica gives us a somewhat rough, but understandable rendering: The Cardinal feels called to intervene as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, because the current disorientation involves three sacraments: marriage, penance and the Eucharist. According to the Cardinal, the confusion we draws its lifeblood from the...
  • Feast of St. Sava the Sanctified

    12/05/2016 8:25:27 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-05-2017 | OCA
    Saint Sava the Sanctified was born in the fifth century at Cappadocia of pious Christian parents, John and Sophia. His father was a military commander. Journeying to Alexandria on military matters, his wife went with him, but they left their five-year-old son in the care of an uncle. When the boy reached eight years of age, he entered the monastery of Saint Flavian located nearby. The gifted child quickly learned to read and became an expert on the Holy Scriptures. In vain did his parents urge Saint Sava to return to the world and enter into marriage. When he was...
  • Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals [Catholic Caucus]

    12/05/2016 8:21:23 AM PST · by Petrosius · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 5, 2016 | John R. T. Lamont
    Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meiser have performed a signal service to the Church by sending five dubia on the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia to the Holy See, requesting an authoritative clarification of the meaning of that document, and then making public the text of the dubia when no response to them was given. Cardinal Burke has performed a further service to the Church by explaining this initiative in an interview with Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register on Nov. 15th 2016, and stating that if no response was given to the dubia the cardinals would have to make...
  • A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers

    12/05/2016 8:03:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the Second Week of Advent) is the well-known story of the paralytic. There are many wonderful details that I could discuss (e.g., the four friends who bring him to Jesus—talk about great friends!), but I’d like to focus today on Jesus’ command: “Rise, take up your stretcher, and go home.” It is a small picture of the grace unto salvation offered to us by the Lord. Here is a man who is powerless to help or...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/5/16)[Prayer]

    12/05/2016 7:31:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/5/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 40) Psalm 40[a] For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. 1 I waited patiently for the Lord;     he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,     out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock     and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth,     a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord     and put their trust in him. 4 Blessed is the one     who...
  • Comprehending the Course of History (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/05/2016 5:06:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/5/2016
    What is striking in this history is the manifest hand of providence in the work of redemption. God is a God of long-range planning. He does not succumb to the all-too-human tendency toward immediate gratification and short-term goals. God sees the end from the beginning and rules the course of history, moving it inexorably toward its appointed destiny. In the affairs of the life of Abraham, God was providentially directing history toward David’s kingship and far beyond to the kingship of Christ. The genealogies show that the first advent of Christ was not an afterthought in God’s mind, a sudden...
  • Pope Francis: The Steps of Vatican Reform

    12/05/2016 3:38:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | December 5, 2016 | Sandro Mafister
    At midnight on November 30 the historical Vatican Radio station located within the Vatican walls shut down its broadcasts on medium wave (AM). This is part of a process of broadcast reform that began back in 2012 when the then Vatican Radio Director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, announced that the Radio was going to cease broadcasting on short and medium waves step by step. In the meantime, the inauguration of the major internet news-portal that will gather Vatican Radio and Vatican TV into one webpage should come shortly: it is part of the ongoing reform of communication. As the shut-down...
  • The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

    12/05/2016 1:53:54 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 7 replies
    Miracoli Eucaristici ^ | 2007 (?) | Carlo Acutis
    An International Exhibition Designed and Created by Servant of God Carlo Acutis [1991-2006]
  • How to Celebrate Christmas with Benedictine Nuns

    12/05/2016 12:44:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 4, 2016 | Carl Bunderson
    Kansas City, Mo., Dec 4, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of carols with which to greet the newborn Christ.“Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up our hearts' to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility and mercy,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told CNA.The community's new album, Caroling at Ephesus, was recorded in September, and recently released. It can be purchased from the...
  • Catholic Relief Services CEO to Speak for Radical Dissident Group FutureChurch

    12/05/2016 12:24:07 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Michael Hichborn
    Editor's note: LifeSiteNews has contacted Catholic Relief Services for a comment on Woo's involvement in the FutureChurch event. We will post an update if they respond. December 1, 2016 (Lepanto Institute) — The outgoing president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo, is slated to participate in new project initiative of the heretical organization called FutureChurch. According to a press release by FutureChurch: On November 1, a brand new initiative – Catholic Women Preach (CWP) – launches in time for Advent. Using modern technology to bring the voices of Catholic women to the proclamation of the Gospel,...
  • Dutch Catholics Raise Alarm after Bishops ‘Update’ Words of the Our Father

    12/05/2016 12:13:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 30, 2016 | Steve Weatherbe
    November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Dutch Catholics are raising alarm bells after the bishops of the Netherlands and Belgium changed the words to the Our Father in a way that they believe amounts to an "ideological reinterpretation of the text." Dutch Catholics who still attend weekly Mass heard a newly-worded Our Father last Sunday that no longer asked God the Father, as Jesus taught, “to lead us not into temptation” but, instead, “not into trial.” Vox Populi, an orthodox Catholic lay group, is organizing a petition advocating the traditional translation. “Why would this ‘reform’ be necessary now? There is...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL

    12/04/2016 11:10:38 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 35 replies
    12-5-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my Salvation; I will Trust, and not be Afraid: For the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-16

    12/04/2016 10:21:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2016 Monday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • French Town Ordered to Remove Virgin Mary Statue From Public Park

    12/04/2016 8:07:17 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Dec 2016
    A town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday. An administrative court ordered the commune of Publier, in the Haute-Savoie region, to remove the religious image, which has stood in a public park since 2011.
  • If We Aren’t Being Attacked For Our Faith As Christians, We’re Doing Something Wrong

    12/04/2016 7:53:32 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 12-4-16 | Matt Walsh
    A lot of people have seemed pretty shocked by the leftist media’s assault on Chip and Joanna Gaines. BuzzFeed, along with other liberal sites, went after the Gaines family this week for committing the crime of being Christian. Sure, they didn’t put it like that exactly. Instead they accused Chip and Joanna of attending a church led by a pastor who doesn’t believe in gay marriage. But, as anyone with even a trivial understanding of the world’s largest religion already knows, every authentic Christian church in the world teaches the same thing. There has never existed a real Christian church...
  • Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness...I John pt 11

    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he...
  • 2016 12 04 John Haller Prophecy Update: "Trump | Terrorist | Tarot" (video)

    12/04/2016 5:41:15 PM PST · by Lera · 14 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 12/4/16 | John Haller
    John Haller, speaking today at the Community Church of Devore in Devore, California, covers a number of issues in bible prophecy: the terror attack at Ohio State, the death of Fidel Castro, the strange "cards" on the Economist's "World in 2017" cover and the UN's shenanigans in adopting still more anti-Israel resolutions.
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – December 4th, 2016 (video)

    12/04/2016 4:39:31 PM PST · by Lera · 2 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | Dec 4, 2016 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. talks about how the world today prophetically, eerily resembles a deliberating jury, such that, no one knows the day or the hour in which a verdict is reached and subsequent to a guilty verdict, the judgment of God will ensue, which in turn will commence with the seven-year tribulation.
  • In Wake of Dubia Card. Farrell Again Blasts Critics of Pope & Amoris Laetitia

    12/04/2016 4:34:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 12/3/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, has again blasted critics of Pope Francis and his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Previously Cardinal Farrell has publicly criticised Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for issuing guidelines implementing Amoris Laetitia in continuity with the Magisterium. Cardinal Farrell made his latest comments to the "progressive" Catholic newspaper The Tablet. The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life "criticised opponents of Amoris Laetitia for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in the life of people'. He went on to observe that its critics "wished the world were...
  • Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

    12/04/2016 4:26:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 12/4/16 | Caroline Wheeler
    THREE archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles.The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and...
  • French Government Votes to Ban Pro-Life Websites

    12/04/2016 4:19:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/2/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) --The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day's debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion. The “digital interference” bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, "deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion." Convicted website owners could face two years in prison and fines up to 30,000 euros ($31,799 USD). The majority left voted in a block for the bill while the minority right formed a block against it. Bruno Retailleau, who heads...
  • Müller & Francis: Birds of a feather [Catholic Caucus]

    12/04/2016 3:54:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | December 3, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    In an April 2015 interview with the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, Cardinal Gerhard MĂźller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated: The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a professional theologian. Pope Francis is also more pastoral and our mission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to provide the theological structure of a pontificate. Oh, really? More than two months ago, the CDF and Prefect MĂźller were presented with the now infamous dubia consisting...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 12/4/16 [Prayer]

    12/04/2016 1:48:34 PM PST · by SisterK · 31 replies
    Free Republic ^ | December 4, 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind
  • Rembrandt displayed in the Vatican for the first time

    12/04/2016 11:18:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 75 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | December 4, 2016
    ARNOLD NESSELRATH Curator, Vatican Museums "Sweden is a particularly Protestant country. Holland is a particularly Protestant country. So if you want to set an ecumenical sign through creating events as we've seen on the 31 of October, and this is what we wanted to contribute to with this exhibition.”
  • Not Afraid To Say “Christmas”

    12/04/2016 8:25:07 AM PST · by rhett october · 12 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 12-4-2016 | Steven Hutson
    Another Christmas is quickly approaching and with it yet another round of insults to the Christian faith. Increasingly we are afraid to utter the “C” word in public places, or in seasonal advertising. We wouldn’t want to offend those people of other faiths, you know. Before I go any further, let me explain: I’m not one of those self-righteous fire-breathing religious types who reflexively seek vengeance over the smallest slight. I don’t argue endlessly over subjects like school prayer, or a cross on a government building. I refuse to accept the notion, held by so many, that my religion entitles...
  • A Prophet Who Prepares

    12/04/2016 7:50:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prophet Who Prepares Msgr. Charles Pope • December 3, 2016 • The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah, of whom it was said, See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction (Mal 4:4-6).St. John was a prophet who...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/4/16)[Prayer]

    12/04/2016 7:35:42 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/4/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 39) Psalm 39[a] For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. 1 I said, “I will watch my ways     and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth     while in the presence of the wicked.” 2 So I remained utterly silent,     not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; 3     my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned;     then I spoke with my tongue: 4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end     and the number of my days;     let me...
  • Could Pope Francis Be a Secret Protestant?

    12/04/2016 7:15:49 AM PST · by pinochet · 140 replies
    Pope Francis put up a statue of Martin Luther in a prominent place in the Vatican. He then received a delegation of Lutherans, who presented him with a copy of Luther's 95 Thesis. He then put on a blue scarf, representing the Lutheran tradition, at his meeting with the Lutherans. See: http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A700-Luther.htm Luther, who was historically considered a Catholic heretic and apostate, has received more honor from Pope Francis than most Catholic saints. On the other hand, conservative Catholic cardinals like Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Sarah, are treated like dirt. What more evidence do we need, to prove that Francis...
  • Progressive Revelation

    12/04/2016 4:58:49 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). The Old Testament is but a sample of what is revealed in the New Testament. When Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets [the Old Testament]; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill" (Matt. 5:17), He was affirming that Scripture progressed from promise to fulfillment, from partial to complete. We call that progressive revelation. For example, the Old...
  • Christ's Equality with God

    12/04/2016 4:58:22 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “[Christ] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” (Philippians 2:6). Christ is equal with God but willingly yielded His divine privileges for our sake. At the time Christ lived, even His worst enemies, the apostate religious leaders, knew what Jesus claimed about Himself. John 5:18 says, “The Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but was also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” In Philippians 2:6 Paul affirms Christ’s claim of equality with God. The Greek word translated “equality” (isos) describes things...
  • Pope Francis meets with Fortune-Time Global Forum

    12/04/2016 12:07:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 20 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 3, 2016 | N/A
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday greeted participants of the Fortune-Time Global Forum. The Forum brings together Fortune 500 and Time 100 leaders, who were discussing technology and jobs, global health, food and water, commitment to communities, energy and the environment, and financial inclusion—each representing critical elements related to poverty alleviation. “Our world today is marked by great unrest,” – Pope Francis told them – “Inequality between peoples continues to rise, and many communities are impacted directly by war and poverty, or the migration and displacement which flow from them.  People want to make their voices heard and express their...
  • Bizarre move:Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article...endorsing Amoris Laetitia.

    12/03/2016 8:53:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 3, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full title: "Bizarre move: Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article for L'Osservatore Romano endorsing Amoris Laetitia. Revisiting the contrasting positions of Moscow and Constantinople at the Synod of 2015" In what is surely one of the most bizarre twists in the debate on Amoris Laetitia, Pariarch Bartholomew, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, has penned an article unabashedly endorsing that exhortation. While it is no secret that the Kasperite and liberal wing have partly taken inspiration from Eastern Orthodox praxis, that L'Osservatore Romano would go to the extent of publishing an article from Bartholomew in support of AL will only exacerbate...
  • Feast of the Holy New Martyr Fr. Alexander Hotovitzky (killed by the Communists)

    12/03/2016 8:42:32 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-04-2016 | OCA
    The New Martyr of Russia Alexander Hotovitzky was born on February 11, 1872 in the city of Kremenetz, into the pious family of Archpriest Alexander, who was Rector of the Volhynia Theological Seminary and would later be long remembered in the hearts of the Orthodox inhabitants of Volhynia as a good shepherd. Young Alexander received a good Christian upbringing from his parents, who instilled in him love for the Orthodox Church and for the people of God. The future pastor was educated at the Volhynia Seminary and the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, from which he graduated with a Master’s degree...
  • Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

    12/03/2016 7:13:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | December 2, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres… churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.” Thus warned Our Lady of Akita in 1973, no doubt echoing Her warning in the integral Third Secret of Fatima, Her own explanation of which has been suppressed in favor of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-04-16, Second Sunday of Advent

    12/03/2016 6:58:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,a spirit of counsel and of strength,a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,but he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of...
  • The Advent Gift of John the Baptist

    12/03/2016 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016c | Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
    The Advent Gift of John the BaptistJacques-Bénigne Bossuet “Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58).True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us. Without this object, the con­gratulations we receive have nothing solid or sincere about them and are vain things.God weaves the fabric of his designs in a wonderful order. He intended the...
  • Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty

    12/03/2016 4:51:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    San Diego Tribune ^ | December 3, 2016 | Joshua Emerson Smith
    Opposition to abortion and the death penalty have long been cardinal beliefs for the Roman Catholic church, whose faithful make up about a quarter of all Americans. What if fighting climate change becomes an equally passionate issue in parishes nationwide? The foremost group of Catholic leaders in the U.S. is ramping up a campaign to do just that, urging priests and congregations from San Diego to Atlanta to think about global warming as a sanctity-of-life issue. Some Catholic experts have even likened the growing campaign to deal with human-caused climate change to the revered pro-life movement — calling on the...
  • The Dangerous Road of Papal Silence

    12/03/2016 4:45:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 3, 2016 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    The letter of the four Cardinals to Pope Francis, and the decision to go public with this document certainly constitute a stunning affair in the history of the Church. When has anything like this ever taken place? There’s the sad history of Ignaz Von Dollinger, which eventually led to his excommunication, but Dollinger was simply a priest-historian, and no Cardinals ever joined his challenge to Vatican I’s solemn teaching on papal infallibility. This present event is a dramatic challenge to Pope Francis who, ironically, has several times called for a shaking up of the Church. The Cardinals are all well...
  • The Threefold Tests of Eternal Life...I John pt 10

    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. ( I John 5:13)The apostle John’s ministry is one of restoration. The true knowledge of God had been supplanted in the minds of many believers by mystics and gnostics, whose visions, dreams and exotic spiritual experiences undermined confidence , in their own simple faith in Jesus Christ. The issue is the knowledge of God; Who truly knows God? Who is truly...
  • Penetrating the Box

    12/03/2016 3:46:32 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). Man can’t discover God on his own; God must reveal Himself to man. Since the beginning of time, man has deceived himself by thinking he can discover God through various religions. But in reality, man lives in a box enclosed within the walls of time and space. God is outside the box, and man senses He's there but can't get to Him. Each new religion is but another...
  • Christ's Deity Defended

    12/03/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by metmom · 50 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “[Christ] existed in the form of God” (Philippians 2:6). Scripture makes clear that Christ is God. The deity of Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. Inevitably when people attack the Christian faith, they attack the deity of Christ. Scripture makes clear, however, that such attacks are unfounded. The apostle John said, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he began his Gospel by affirming the deity of Christ. John further declared Christ’s deity when he wrote, “All things came...
  • French Town Told Park's Virgin Mary Statue Must Go

    12/03/2016 2:03:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    BBCNews ^ | December 3, 2016
    French Town Told Park's Virgin Mary Statue Must Go The Virgin Mary, Jesus and Joseph are widely represented in European public art. A French town has been told it must take down its statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public spaces, the town's mayor said on Saturday. A court has given the town of Publier, in eastern France, three months to remove the work. If it fails to do so, it will be fined €100 (Ł80; $105) a day. Mayor Gaston Lacroix said he will try to relocate the marble statue...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke’s critics fall into serious errors . . .

    12/03/2016 12:58:50 PM PST · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Burke’s critics fall into serious errors about the true nature and authority of the Papal Magisterium December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Jeffrey Mirus, the founder of CatholicCulture.org, is concerned that Cardinal Raymond Burke might have confused the faithful by stating his intention to possibly make a “formal correction” of Pope Francis if Burke does not receive a response to several queries or dubia he and three other cardinals submitted to Francis regarding questionable affirmations in his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. However, it is Mirus who’s more likely to confuse the faithful with his own ambiguous language and apparently...
  • Feast of St. John the Silent of St. Sabbas Monastery

    12/03/2016 12:41:36 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-03-2016 | OCA
    Saint John the Silent was born around 454 in the city of Nicopolis, Armenia into the family of a military commander named Enkratius and his wife Euphemia. The boy began to study Holy Scripture, and he loved solitude and prayer with all his heart. With the inheritance his parents left him, John built a church dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos. At eighteen years of age John became a monk, living an ascetic life of fasting, prayer and temperance with ten other monks at the church he had founded. At the request of the citizens of Colonia, the Metropolitan of...
  • Race in the Bible

    12/03/2016 9:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Race in the Bible Question: A friend of mine, referencing some sort of black studies program she attended, says that the opening line of the Song of Songs is racist. It says, “I am black and beautiful, Daughters of Jerusalem” (Song 1:5). She tends to be radical, but I must admit I couldn’t really give her an answer. Can you help?— Name and place withheld Answer: The reference is more likely to economic class than to race. She is a Jewish woman, from the region of Shulem, speaking to other unspecified Jewish women about how she found love. She speaks...