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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/9/12)[Prayer]

    03/09/2012 4:21:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Esther Chapter 7 Haman Impaled 1 So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, 2 and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.” 3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. 4...
  • The Parable of the Good Vegetarian

    03/08/2012 8:18:33 PM PST · by Huber · 35 replies · 1+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 3/8/12 | Huber
    Nikki Cole’s upbringing was unremarkable; her father was the manager of a smallish manufacturing plant in the Midwestern town where they lived, and her mother was mostly stay at home although she volunteered two days a week at the county hospital. Nikki and her two siblings all attended the local Catholic schools through high school. High School is where Nikki had come to vegetarianism. Initially Nikki came to feel that it was unnecessary for animals to die for her meal when there were so many healthier alternatives that would meet her nutritional needs. At the time that Nikki grew up...
  • Essays for Lent: Tradition

    03/08/2012 6:14:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Traditionby Sebastian R. FamaIt is often alleged that the Catholic Church focuses on tradition rather than Scripture. That is simply not so. The Church focuses on Scripture and Sacred Tradition as they both flow out of the same divine wellspring, making up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation 2:9,10). This is verified by the teaching of Scripture. Scripture speaks of two kinds of tradition. One is condemned, and the other requires belief. Paul tells us In 2 Thessalonians 2:15, to "Stand firm, and hold to the traditions which you were taught by...
  • America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    03/08/2012 5:38:33 PM PST · by dvan · 8 replies
    Wallbuilders ^ | 03/08/2012 | David Barton
    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general...
  • And Upon This Poll I Will Build My Church

    03/08/2012 2:34:10 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    CMR ^ | March 8, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    You've got to love how all the time, especially now seemingly, opponents of the Church bring up polls that say Catholic women heart contraception by a massive majority. Ergo, the Church should change its "policy." They bring up polls as if the shifting whims of uninvolved nominal Catholics changes something. Here's what they don't understand. Truth doesn't change. God's word trumps popular opinion, as Archbishop Jerome G. Hanus recently said, according to EWTN:“According to Jesus' words, a leader in the manner of Peter must be solid as a rock, he cannot be fickle, he cannot change with the winds of...
  • Dolan: White House invoked support of “enlightened” Catholics in refusing to budge on mandate

    03/08/2012 2:13:03 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 8, 2012 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    March 8, 2012 ( White House staff members have told U.S. bishops that the administration will not consider further revision of the mandate forcing religious employers to pay for birth control, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs, and that the religious leaders should listen to “enlightened” Catholics who accept the president’s terms, reports Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In a letter sent to fellow Bishops last week, the New York archbishop revealed some of what had transpired in a recent meeting involving staff members from the White House and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “Our staff members asked directly whether the...
  • Vatican astronomer: Science one of the best ways to know God

    03/08/2012 2:04:14 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Brother Guy Consolmagno with meteorites Denver, Colo., Mar 8, 2012 / 04:14 am (CNA).- The astronomer for the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., says that his study of the universe through science has helped him better understand the person of Christ. Despite people often having the “crazy idea” that science and religion conflict, science is “really one of our best principles for getting to know God,” he told CNA. Br. Consolmagno – who also serves as the Vatican's curator of meteorites – spoke on March 3 at the Living the Catholic Faith Conference in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colo.  During...
  • Purim is Timeless...(Esther)

    03/08/2012 1:54:14 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    Blessed and Happy Purim to all of our Jewish friends, and to all who have a heart affinity with ‘Israel’, and Israel’s God. I read an amazing article on Purim this morning, by Daniel Greenfield,aka Sultan Knish, called “The Ages Of Purim”. I can’t recommend Sultan’s blog highly enough, he really sets the ‘gold standard ‘ for blogging, as far as I am concerned, and this insightful article is a prime example. In the article, Greenfield points out that three of the stories behind the Jewish holidays commemorate the Divine destruction of Israel’s enemies. The story of Passover ends with...
  • Deadly health risks for women: The unspoken side of the Obama birth control mandate

    03/08/2012 1:41:54 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    Photo by Jiri Hodan For far too long there has been an ominous silence across America on arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of the day—birth control. As so often we see in history, oppression gives rise to courage and, no question, courage is exactly what we are seeing in Church leaders and layman alike in response to the Obama administration’s recent birth control mandate and more recent unacceptable modifications.The Birth Control Mandate has forced the issue of contraception to move from being the elephant in the room to center stage. Perhaps in time we will see that...
  • HHS mandate threatens Little Sisters of the Poor elder care

    03/08/2012 1:30:08 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Baltimore, Md., Mar 8, 2012 / 12:34 am (CNA).- The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible.“Because the Little Sisters of the Poor cannot in conscience directly provide or collaborate in the provision of services that conflict with Church teaching, we find ourselves in the irreconcilable situation of being forced to either stop serving and employing people of all faiths in our ministry – so that we will fall...
  • Pope names new bishop of Baker, Oregon

    03/08/2012 1:22:45 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Bishop-designate Liam S. Cary Baker, Ore., Mar 8, 2012 / 01:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI’s March 7 appointment of Fr. Liam Stephen Cary as the new bishop of Oregon’s Baker diocese was warmly received by Catholic bishops in the region.Archbishop John G. Vlazny of Portland, presently on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, praised the news and called Fr. Cary “one of Portland’s finest priests.”“For me, the appointment is bittersweet. The gain for the Diocese of Baker and the college of bishops is apparent. At the same time, the loss for the clergy and people of the Archdiocese...
  • 'What good would it do to forfeit your convictions & not gain your political world?' [Vanity]

    03/08/2012 10:54:36 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Colofornian | March 8, 2012 | Colofornian
    What if a mini-Obama ran your homeowners' association... and Satan offered you an 'alternative' candidate???... A PARABLE ABOUT GOP & ITS VOTERS: Joe Republican was desperate! The most despotic Marxist-leaning socialist had been running the local homeowners' association for the past three years, and Joe was beside himself with the association presidential election coming up. Who would run against him? Suddenly, the devil himself appeared to Joe, offering a "solution": "I have a candidate in mind who could defeat your socialist nemesis," soothed Satan. "Oh," said Joe. "Do tell." "Well," said Satan "he's an experienced businessman who's done quite well...
  • Vatican website succumbs to online attack

    03/08/2012 9:35:14 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | March 7, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    A page from the Vatican website is seen in 2008 when the site, without fanfare, added a Latin section. (CNS photo) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's official website suffered an attack by computer hackers March 7, cutting off access by users for several hours. Italian media outlets reported that the website,, became unresponsive around mid-afternoon local time, just as several other websites carried messages taking credit for the disruption in the name of the hacking group Anonymous. Email to and from the domain was reportedly also blocked for at least...
  • Mitt Romney-The French Years

    03/08/2012 9:16:23 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 22 replies
    LeMonde/WorldCrunch ^ | Phillippe Bernard
    From 1966-1968, Romney spread 'the word of Jesus,' door-to-door from Bordeaux to Paris, as a Mormon missionary. It was a tumultuous period, both politically and personally for young Mitt. Indeed, some say his French tribulations are the source of his ambitions. It was a small country road winding through the Bordeaux region, a tight curve entering the small village of Bernos-Beaulac, just before the local post office. On June 16, 1968, this typically French scenery almost ended Mitt Romney’s would-be career – and young life – before it had even yet begun. A Mercedes was speeding in the opposite direction...
  • The Ages of Purim

    03/08/2012 9:00:41 AM PST · by Resettozero · 5 replies ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tonight begins the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim commemorating a historical incident of little relevance to the present day, involving a plot to exterminate the Jewish people. It is one of those holidays that, like most Jewish holidays, is inconvenient for liberal clergy because it involves violence and nationalism. And unlike Chanukah, on Purim, the Jews did not wait around to be massacred for a decade or two before they fought back, instead they carried out a preemptive strike. During the winter, liberal pundits occasionally write horrified articles about the origins of Chanukah in a violent rebellion and...
  • Pat Robertson Backs Legalizing Marijuana

    03/08/2012 8:30:25 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 277 replies
    Clem Britt/AP ^ | Jesse McKinley
    Of the many roles Pat Robertson has assumed over his five-decade-long career as an evangelical leader - including presidential candidate and provocative voice of the right wing - his newest guise may perhaps surprise his followers the most: marijuana legalization advocate. "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol," Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. "I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn't succeeded."
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/08/2012 8:08:04 AM PST · by Sopater · 3 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 08 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Sifted March 8, 2012  "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." (Luke 22:31-32)  In the evening just before His betrayal, capture, torture, and trial, Christ turned to Simon with these final words, encouraging him to remain strong. Of course, Peter boldly proclaimed that he would never deny Christ, but Christ knew better (vv. 33-34).   Actually, our text is quite forceful. Christ claimed that Satan has "begged...
  • On the Silence of Jesus

    03/08/2012 7:38:24 AM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 7, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Silence of Jesus An Attentive, Silent, Open Heart Is More Important Than Many Words VATICAN CITY, MARCH 7, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope concluded his series of reflections on the prayer of Jesus by today considering His silence. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In a previous series of catecheses I spoke about the prayer of Jesus, and I would not wish to conclude this reflection without briefly pausing to consider the theme of Jesus’ silence, which...
  • Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons, [Part 1]

    03/08/2012 6:58:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 172 replies
    Catholic attorney John Salza once found himself inside a masonic hall, being asked to take off his wedding ring and crucifix as he swore an oath to be reborn as a Freemason.Although he knew in his heart that something was wrong, he did not leave right away. Over several years, he advanced to the 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite — a level that only a select group of masons are invited to.While he was told that masonry was compatible with Catholicism, he eventually could not reconcile the two and left the masons. In 2008, Salza wrote a basic, short...
  • Local Woman on Possible Road to Sainthood

    03/08/2012 6:57:27 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 11 replies
    KION News ^ | March 7, 2012 | KION Staff
    Monterey- Could one local woman be declared a Saint? The Monterey Diocese is claiming former Boulder Creek native Cora Evans should be one. And church leaders are taking their case to the Vatican. Evans passed away in 1957 but her incredible story is making waves, even today, through the Catholic Church.
  • Lawyer: Vatican Overrules 13 Cleveland Closings

    03/08/2012 6:40:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of overruling the closing of 13 parishes by the Cleveland Diocese, a lawyer who fought the cutbacks said Wednesday. The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed a U.S. bishop on the shutdown of churches. The Vatican office known as the Congregation for the Clergy ruled last week that Bishop Richard Lennon failed to follow church law and procedure in the closings three years ago, attorney Peter Borre told The Associated Press. The 13 churches were among 50 shut down or merged by Lennon, who said the eight-county diocese could...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUS GENTIUM, 03-08-12

    03/08/2012 5:59:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 03-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JUS GENTIUM The law of nations. International law. It comprises the norms that determine the conduct of political states in their dealings with each other. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Who is Mitt Romney? [Ex-Lds author reveals why Mitt's wishy-washy culture waffles & flip-flops]

    03/08/2012 5:57:03 AM PST · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 10, 2012 | Stephen Stone
    As the Republican establishment redoubles its efforts to anoint Mitt Romney the GOP presidential nominee (an outcome likely to ensure a second term for Barack Obama), the need to understand Mitt Romney increases. What makes Mitt the kind of person he is — ruthlessly opportunistic, dishonest, insincere, willing to say anything for advantage, lacking in conscience, preoccupied with appearance, etc., on the one hand, yet squeaky clean, family-oriented, disciplined, boring, and predictable, on the other? My new e-book, A Mormon Story, sheds light on the culture that produced Mitt Romney. The book reveals a value system that ultimately has no...
  • Joe Biden visits shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    03/08/2012 5:31:27 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 7, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: As the sun set over Mexico City, the Vice President of the United States toured the shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. After a tour, VPOTUS walked across the square to the Antigua Parroquia de Los Indios (Old Church of the Indians), part of the pilgrimage for millions of Catholics.Later, under a full moon, when reporters asked his assessment of the candidates he had met earlier, VPOTUS said, “I rather not talk about the candidates … I had a wonderful day with the candidates, but I had a better day here. I would have come just for this …...
  • Leading Jesuit college sacks dissident professor

    03/08/2012 5:19:42 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Monica Brady-Myerov
    Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women.The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it unique. It reads: “No other institution so explicitly embodies the fundamental human desire to know.”But after Father John Shea, a professor of pastoral care and counseling, asked church leaders for a theological explanation for why women are not being ordained to the priesthood of the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(3/8/12)[Prayer]

    03/08/2012 4:38:47 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation The Whole Armor of God 10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/8/12)[Prayer]

    03/08/2012 4:27:58 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Esther Chapter 6 The King Honors Mordecai 1. That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing...
  • Netanyahu Responds: An E mail from my friend

    03/08/2012 4:21:16 AM PST · by SMARTY · 10 replies
    Unknown | March 8, 2012 | Unknown
    Part ONE: Even those who aren't particularly sympathetic to Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu could get a good measure of satisfaction from this interview with British Television during the retaliation against Hamas' shelling of Israel. The interviewer asked him: "How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?" Netanyahu: "Are you sure that you want to start asking in that direction?" Interviewer: Why not? Netanyahu: "Because in World War II more Germans were killed than British and Americans combined, but there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the war was caused by Germany 's aggression. And...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March 8, 2012 [Devotional]

    03/08/2012 4:18:32 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Living a Satisfied Life Today's Scripture “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation” (Psalm 91:16, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One key to staying passionate about life is to simply stay productive. You have to have a reason to get out of bed every morning. You have to keep your goals out in front of you. You may retire from the job, but don’t ever retire from life. You have to choose to keep your mind active, keep growing, keep learning and keep helping others. You have to find a way to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 8, 2012]

    03/08/2012 4:16:53 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Surrendered Life "I have been crucified with Christ . . ." —Galatians 2:20 To become one with Jesus Christ, a person must be willing not only to give up sin, but also to surrender his whole way of looking at things. Being born again by the Spirit of God means that we must first be willing to let go before we can grasp something else. The first thing we must surrender is all of our pretense or deceit. What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not our goodness, honesty, or our efforts to do better,...
  • Holy See Approves First Liturgical Resources for Ordinariate

    03/07/2012 9:45:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a Decree permitting the use of the Revised Standard Version (Second Catholic Edition) for liturgical use in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. This edition of the Holy Bible allows those Catholics originally from the Anglican tradition, to worship using a version of scripture which is familiar to them. It also promotes the English Bible tradition and recent efforts to renew Catholic liturgy with more accurate translations. Alongside this, the Congregation has also approved and confirmed the Proper Liturgical Calendar of the Personal Ordinariate of...
  • Essays for Lent: Scripture Alone

    03/07/2012 9:08:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Scripture Aloneby Sebastian R. FamaOne of the pillars of the Protestant Reformation is the doctrine of "Sola Scriptura," or "Scripture alone." The reformers taught that the Bible was the sole rule of faith, and that there was no need for an authoritative church. Now if this were a true teaching, as some still contend, we would expect to find it in the Bible, but we don't. The verse usually used to justify Sola Scriptura is 2 Timothy 3:16: "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man...
  • Did the hand of God filch the heart of O'Toole?

    03/07/2012 5:17:38 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 12 replies
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | March 7, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Did God enlist some creep to steal a religious relic? It wouldn’t be the first time the Almighty used an infidel to do his bidding. Pagan Cyrus of Persia released long-enslaved Jews, enabling them to return to Jerusalem in 537 BC. The preserved 834 year-old heart of St. Laurence O’Toole (AD 1128-1180) disappeared Saturday from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland and one has to wonder if God’s sovereignty was at work behind the scenes of that seemingly dastardly act. The Almighty is known for His slash-and-burn attitude toward icons and idols, knowing that such lifeless items steal the affections,...
  • Racist principles were taught to older Mormons such as Professor Randy Bott [Admits Lds columnist]

    03/07/2012 2:37:47 PM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | March 1, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    There’s one big reason the usually popular BYU Professor Randy Bott stepped in it big time trying to explain the LDS Church’s longtime denial of priesthood and temple blessings to members of African descent by calling it a “blessing.” (Read, read, and read) Bott and others of that era in the LDS Church were taught these types of condescending “compassionate” racist principles when learning about the LDS Churches ban on blacks decades ago. Bott was born in 1945 and grew up in Northern Utah. In 1958, the Mutual Improvement Association listed “Choose Ye This Day,” a young adult novel, published...
  • Whosoever (continually) Believes in Him...John 3 pt 13

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)The third chapter of John allows us to overhear a conversation between Nicodemus, the chief rabbi of Israel, and Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was not trained in the recognized rabbinic schools, but approved of God by signs and wonders as well as by the irrefutable doctrine he taught. Nicodemus came to him, and spoke for other leading rabbis when he acknowledged that Jesus had come from God. The topic? The New Birth, as the...
  • The Irrational Beauty of Conversion

    03/07/2012 2:06:12 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 7, 2012 | Christian Tappe
    The world is spiraling out of control. It has been, in fact, since its pinnacle eight hundred years ago, but today it seems that any minute now, we’ll hurtle off kilter.The HHS Mandate threatens the religious freedom of all people, not just Catholics. Abortion is rampant. Gay marriage was just approved in Maryland (the eighth state to approve it so far). And through it all, the Church is attacked.And yet, somehow, for some reason, people are flocking to the faith.Last weekend in Philadelphia, for example, Archbishop Chaput welcomed 785 new Catholics in the Rite of Election. At the Easter Vigil,...
  • Vatican Overrules Diocese on 13 Cleveland Area Church Closings

    03/07/2012 2:05:43 PM PST · by EBH · 2 replies
    Fox8News ^ | 3/7/12 | Dan Jovic
    The Vatican has overturned the closing of 13 Cleveland area parishes, according to the attorney who led a legal fight against their doors being shut for good. According to attorney Peter Borre, the ruling was handed down by the Congregation of the Clergy last week. Borre tells Fox 8 News’ Kevin Freeman that the clergy showed that Bishop Richard Lennon did not follow proper procedure in closing the parishes in 2009. “Bishop Lennon would be well advised to hurry up on down and open these churches immediately,” said Borre. In March of 2009 Lennon announced that 52 parishes would be...
  • “The dominant Catholic narrative of our time is not decline, but astronomic growth”

    03/07/2012 2:02:15 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 6, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    John Allen is offering this week “three myths about the Church to give up for Lent,” and this one hit home for me: The popular take on Catholicism these days tends to be that it’s a church in crisis. Rocked by sex scandals, bruising political fights and financial shortfalls, it seems to be hemorrhaging members — a recent Pew Forum study found there are now 22 million ex-Catholics in America, which would be the country’s second-largest religious body after what’s left of the Catholic church itself — as well as clustering parishes, closing institutions and struggling to hand on the...
  • The Noise-to-Signal Ratio at the USCCB

    03/07/2012 1:57:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 3/7/12 | Phil Lawler
    During the past several weeks the US bishops have been engaged in a critical political battle over the HHS contraceptive mandate, and the USCCB has issued a series of strong statements on that subject. Good. During those same weeks, however, the USCCB has also issued statements on tax cuts and unemployment benefits, the consumer bill of rights, US policy in the Middle East, nuclear weapons, and now agricultural policy. Here I am including only statements released by the episcopal conference. Individual bishops have added their own opinions on public-policy matters ranging from immigration to climate change. It is not obvious...
  • Catholic Missionary Suing Government Willing to Risk Health (Crohn's) Over HHS Mandate

    03/07/2012 1:47:18 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    In caritate non ficta ^ | March 7, 2012 | Philip Gerard Johnson
    DENVER, March 6, 2012. A missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is one of two private citizens who has joined states, senators and others in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that nearly all health insurance plans cover contraceptives free of charge, says she would give up her critically important health insurance if the mandate is not overturned. Stacy Molai, of Omaha, Neb., suffers from Crohn's disease and says her health insurance coverage is critical in order to avoid financial ruin and possibly life-threatening consequences. Medical supplies for her condition cost...
  • Vatican website taken down by pro-abortion hackers

    03/07/2012 1:35:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    ROME, Italy, March 7, 2012 ( – Hackers claiming ties to the high profile group Anonymous are taking credit after the Vatican website went down Wednesday, claiming they are going after the “corrupt” Catholic Church over the clergy sex abuse scandal as well as its stances against abortion and contraception. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world,” the hackers wrote in Italian. “This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    03/07/2012 1:11:15 PM PST · by Sopater · 3 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | March 07 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    The Measure of Better March 7, 2012  "Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith." (Proverbs 15:16-17)  There are many such comparisons as those in our text that have been incorporated in the book of Proverbs. We tend to think in financial terms, but the true measure of "worth" has nothing to do with money. In fact, one could almost develop an inverse law to the effect that the more money one has, the less happiness...
  • Purim for Catholics

    03/07/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Seraphic Secret ^ | 3/7/'12 | Robert J. Avrech
    Governments will always seek to consolidate ever greater chunks of power. That is the nature of government as it is the nature of man. Jews and non-Jews must always be on guard against those who seek to curtail freedom in the name of allegedly free stuff—higher and ever higher taxes is the price for government entitelements. Seraphic Secret strongly urges our friends in the Catholic community—actually, all our non-Jewish friends—to read The Book of Esther. Because at this very moment President Obama is asserting that Catholics are different. And you are. You believe in a power higher than Obama.
  • News Outlets Failed to Reveal Lesbian Denied Communion at Mother’s Funeral is a Buddhist and ...

    03/07/2012 11:54:19 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 30 replies ^ | 7 March 2012 | Thomas Peters
    News Outlets Failed to Reveal Lesbian Denied Communion at Mother’s Funeral … is a Buddhist and Gay Rights Activist I didn’t get involved in the story of a lesbian woman denied communion at her mother’s funeral which the Washington Post plastered across its front page (“Seeking Communion, Finding Rejection“, in the lower right-hand corner) at first but the more I thought about the scenario the more it irked me. According to Barbara Johnson’s version of events, and the version of events unquestioningly passed on by the mainstream media, she was denied Communion at her own mother’s funeral by a priest...
  • Rick Santorum and the Kingship of Christ, [Part Two]

    03/07/2012 11:39:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine | William Fahey
    “Can a free government possibly exist with the Roman Catholic religion?” —John Adams to Thomas Jefferson (May 16, 1821) In the first part of this essay, we began with an overview of the relations between the Church and the Roman imperial State in late antiquity, since this established for Catholics the practical and theoretical foundations of the Catholic Social Teaching on this matter. This second part will treat the experience of Roman Catholics during the Founding era, since this period establishes the particular milieu in which American political rhetoric was forged and continues to find its orientation; but first, let...
  • Tornadoes' Paths not Random, John Piper Says [Meteorology Caucus]

    03/07/2012 10:24:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 190 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/6/12 | Bob Allen
    MINNEAPOLIS (ABP) – An author and preacher popular in Calvinist circles says it is no accident that recent killer tornadoes followed paths that ravaged some communities while others were spared. “Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?” John Piper of Desiring God ministries wrote in a blog March 5. Piper, pastor for preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, said it is wrong to ascribe power capable of causing...
  • Vatican website taken down by pro-abortion hackers

    03/07/2012 10:17:56 AM PST · by massmike · 2 replies ^ | 03/07/2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Hackers claiming ties to the high profile group Anonymous are taking credit after the Vatican website went down Wednesday, claiming they are going after the “corrupt” Catholic Church over its stances against abortion and contraception, as well as the clergy sex abuse scandal. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world,” the hackers wrote in Italian.
  • Cardinal Dolan: White House Lectured My USCCB Staff On How to Interpret Catholic Teaching

    03/07/2012 10:14:16 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 6, 2012 | Thomas Peters
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan sent a letter to his brother bishops earlier this week where he revealed a shocking conversation that recently took place at a meeting between White House and USCCB staff: At a recent meeting between staff of the bishops’ conference and the White House staff, our staff members asked directly whether the broader concerns of religious freedom—that is, revisiting the straight-jacketing mandates, or broadening the maligned exemption—are all off the table. They were informed that they are. So much for “working out the wrinkles.” Instead, they advised the bishops’ conference that we should listen to the “enlightened” voices...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROSTRATION, 03-07-12

    03/07/2012 9:23:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROSTRATION To cast oneself down in front of anyone in adoration or contrition, petition or submission. At the services on Good Friday the ministers lie prostrate before the altar. It is also part of the ordination service for bishops, priests, and deacons. Prostration may also be required during the final profession of vows in some religious orders. Kneeling on both knees with head bowed is a form of prostration. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    03/07/2012 8:38:54 AM PST · by alpha-8-25-02 · 11 replies
    March 7, 2012 | Alpha 8-25-02
    Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But I, through the abundance of your steadfast...