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  • Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass"

    04/05/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5 April 2012 | Cathcon
    At Easter, the theologian Martha Heizer returns to committing a "delictum gravis" and will hold a Eucharistic celebration in the "domestic church" – under the threat of excommunication. The Tyrolean church theologian and critic Martha Heizer has drawn the ire of many religious leaders. She and four colleagues are accused of imitating Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. In the ecclesiastical world, this is a "delictum gravis", ie a "serious offense", which may lead to the excommunication. The local clergy has now launched investigations into the case. An opinion of the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer should be be presented "in the coming...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    04/05/2012 3:04:29 PM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 05 | Henry Morris III, D.Min.
    Careful for Nothing April 5, 2012  "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)  Many of us know those types of precious people who seem to thrive on making sure the details are right. They keep us careful, insure our safety, and strengthen our plans, and yet that same strength can lead to anxiety, troubling our souls and dominating our lives. Our verse today warns us about this facet.   Our Lord gently admonished in Luke 10:41: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and...
  • Canadian Anglicans to Unite With Rome

    04/05/2012 2:38:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Western Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/9/12 | Deborah Gyapong
    OTTAWA – On Divine Mercy Sunday April 15, two bishops of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) – Bishop Peter Wilkinson in Victoria, and Bishop Carl Reid in Ottawa - will lead their clergy and people into the Catholic Church. Other congregations and fellowships across the country, part of the ACCC's temporary Pro-Diocese of Our Lady of Walsingham, will follow on April 22 or dates soon to be announced to become ordinariate parishes-in-waiting in their respective Roman Catholic dioceses. There are groups in Edmonton, Oshawa, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Montreal and possibly Vancouver. Victoria Bishop Richard Gagnon and Ottawa Archbishop...
  • Jimmy Carter – A Truly Evil Man

    04/05/2012 2:03:16 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 63 replies
    WND ^ | 4/3/2012 | Joseph Farah
    What happens when an evil man is interviewed by a know-nothing interviewer from a corrupt and decadent faux news agency? ---- Asked about homosexuality and the Bible, Carter had this to say: “Homosexuality was well-known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born, and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.” Wait a minute! Isn’t Jesus God? And didn’t God inspire the Bible? Just because...
  • Calvary or Gethsemane? The Atonement According to Mormonism

    04/05/2012 1:18:43 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 51 replies
    Each spring millions of Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of their Lord. In light of the fact that this is one of the most important events within the Christian tradition, it is important for us to examine and understand the spiritual significance of Christ's sacrifice in light of the teachings of past LDS leaders. Philippians 2:7 tells us that Christ made Himself of no reputation and took "the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." Hebrews 2:17 tells us this was done in order that He might make "reconciliation for the sins of the...
  • Vatican, Israel Spar Over Disputed Last Supper Site

    04/05/2012 10:55:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/12 | Daniel Estrin
    This room, known as the Cenacle on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, is venerated as the site of Jesus' Last Supper. Jews and Muslims also consider the building to be a holy site, and it has been a source of contention for years. Israel and the Vatican may be nearing an agreement.This room, known as the Cenacle on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, is venerated as the site of Jesus' Last Supper. Jews and Muslims also consider the building to be a holy site, and it has been a source of contention for years. Israel and the Vatican may be nearing an...
  • Pope Benedict’s Telling of ‘Axe’ Falling on Him in Conclave

    04/05/2012 10:49:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 4/15/12 | John Norton
    “I apologize for being late,” the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI told a group of pilgrims from his homeland, as he came in from his first official meeting as pope with other international religious representatives. “Germans are known for their punctuality, and this is a sign that I have become quite Italianized.” From his first moments, Pope Benedict has been a regular provider of surprises. He turns 85 on April 16, and three days later, he celebrates the seventh anniversary of his papal election. He’s now older than Pope John Paul II was when he died, and he’s taken to...
  • Pope Denounces Dissident Priests on Celibacy

    04/05/2012 10:40:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 4/5/12 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church. Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained. In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of...
  • The Preparation of the LORD's Servant...(Servant Songs pt 5)

    Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet...
  • The Christian Origin of Easter Eggs.

    04/05/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT · by dangus · 30 replies
    Vanity | 4-5-12 | Dangus
    In past years, I've debunked all sorts of nonsense about supposedly pagan origins of various Easter traditions, and Easter itself. However, since the Western Church has lost some of its ancient traditions, I was unaware of the Christian origins of Easter eggs. Since attending Eastern rites, occasionally, I have learned the truth: Traditionally, Christians have fasted from not only meat on Friday, but from all meat, fish, and dairy, all week long. Thus, just before Lent, great Feasts are held to consume all the spoilable foods that are abstained from during Lent. One can wait until after Lent is over...
  • VIDEO PLAYLIST: APOLOGETICS TO ISLAM by Joe Carey (radicaltruth.net)

    04/05/2012 8:13:03 AM PDT · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/4/12 | Joe Cary
    This 16 hour video course on "Apologetics to Islam" by Joe Carey (from radicaltruth.net) is the best course or class on Islam I have ever seen, HANDS DOWN. And I have collected about 15 of them here on this site. It is so good I am going to show all 16 hours at my church. It is even a great resource for non-Christians to learn about Islam. NO HYPE - YOU GOTTA SEE THIS - all of it! Joe has been studying Islam since 1999, has a Masters Degree from Biola University (with and emphasis on Islam) and has been...
  • On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba

    04/05/2012 7:32:43 AM PDT · by ELS · 8 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 4, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to Mexico and Cuba "When God is excluded, the world becomes a place inhospitable to man" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. He offered a review of his recent apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba, as well as giving a reflection on the Sacred Triduum. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The emotions evoked within me during my recent Apostolic Journey to Mexico and Cuba are still alive, and today I wish to focus upon...
  • Signs and Wonders 04.04 [Lds excluded blacks beyond just 'leadership' roles in their doctrine]

    04/05/2012 6:09:12 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    World Magazine ^ | April 4, 2012 | Warren Cole Smith
    Mormons and race. The Mormon Church excluded African-Americans from leadership until 1978, so it’s no surprise that the number of black Mormons is very small. What may be more of a surprise is that the number is growing. African-Americans now make up about 3 percent of the 5.5 million Mormons in the United States. Blacks make up about 11 percent of the U.S. population, so they’re still dramatically underrepresented. And while the Mormon Church is making special efforts to reach out to African-Americans, it’s hard to explain away—short of a full renunciation, which doesn’t seem likely—passages from the Book of...
  • We are in the world, must live in it, but let's not it bother our faith.

    04/05/2012 5:32:33 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    faith | GOD-inspired
    We are born in this world with hands from heaven. We must live in it, because we dont have the facilities to get or live out of it ( as so it seems). So, our love for one another in this world must be strong through all of our different comprehensions of what we are seeing, hearing, believing, and trying to analyze in order to live with one another.
  • Let Easter Triduum transform you, Pope tells faithful

    04/05/2012 5:29:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 4, 2012 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, Apr 4, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the final few days of Holy Week, Catholics should recognize that Christ’s love for them is shown by “the total gift of himself on the cross,” said Pope Benedict XVI.  “Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love, to be transformed, so that the resurrection may really be realized in us. I invite you, therefore, to live the Paschal Triduum intensely, and I wish you all a Holy Easter!” the Pope said on April 4. The Pope made his remarks to over 11,000 pilgrims who were...
  • (Dr. Scott) Hahn Family spends its first Holy Week in Rome

    04/05/2012 5:17:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2012 | David Kerr
    Scott and Kimberly Hahn with their son David in Rome on April 3, 2012. Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2012 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Scott and Kimberly Hahn have been Catholic for over two decades, but this is the first Holy Week they have ever spent in Rome. “This experience has been for us overwhelming, and yet the best is yet to come – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. I mean, we’re just standing on tip-toes feeling like kids in a candy store. Like how good can it get?” Scott said to CNA on April 3....
  • Xavier University to halt contraception, sterilization coverage

    04/05/2012 5:13:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2012
    Fr. Michael J. Graham, S.J, president of Xavier University. Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 5, 2012 / 04:06 am (CNA).- Xavier University president Fr. Michael J. Graham, S.J. has directed the Jesuit school to stop its health plan's insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization.“As a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes,” he said in an April 2 letter to members of the Xavier University community.Fr. Graham said he reviewed the university’s policy amid controversy...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 5, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/05/2012 4:35:37 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    On the Third Day Today's Scripture "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood. It looked as if...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 5, 2012]

    04/05/2012 4:33:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    His Agony and Our Access "Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples . . . . ’Stay here and watch with Me’ " —Matthew 26:36, 38 We can never fully comprehend Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, but at least we don’t have to misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and man in one Person, coming face to face with sin. We cannot learn about Gethsemane through personal experience. Gethsemane and Calvary represent something totally unique— they are the gateway into life for us.It was not death on the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and For Our Nation(4/5/12)[Prayer]

    04/05/2012 4:12:15 AM PDT · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 54:17 (New King James Version) 17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.Isaiah 54:17 God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (4/5/12)[Prayer]

    04/05/2012 4:03:44 AM PDT · by left that other site · 27 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Exodus Chapter 19 Israel at Mount Sinai 1. In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. 2. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain. 3. And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell...
  • Bishop Williamson- new evidence required before conviction

    04/05/2012 2:57:08 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The completion of the investigation of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson takes longer than initially planned. In about three weeks, a penalty will be sought for race hatred of of 6500€, said the spokesman for the prosecutors in Regensburg, Wolfhard Meindl,on Tuesday.
  • Holy Cats! Watch this miracle, there's no explanation.

    04/05/2012 1:42:07 AM PDT · by stpio · 39 replies
    Only God could do this... View to the end... I originally found the story at one of my bookmarked links, http://www.spiritdaily.com/ http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2012/04/woman-drowning-in-her-suv-is.html
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-12, Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/04/2012 9:45:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 5, 2012 Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper   Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,"This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel:On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb,it shall join the nearest household in procuring oneand shall share in the lambin proportion to the number of persons...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-05-12, Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass

    04/04/2012 9:37:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 5, 2012 Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass   Reading 1 Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves shall...
  • Gvmt minister rebukes bishops on Catholic sexual teaching: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore!’

    04/04/2012 8:52:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/42012 | Patrick B. Craine
    TORONTO, Ontario, April 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholic schools will no longer be allowed to teach the Catechism’s doctrine that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” says a cabinet minister in Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government. As politicians debated a bill that would force Catholic schools to launch gay clubs on March 29th, Member of Provincial Parliament Glen Murray (Toronto Centre) lashed out against Ontario’s bishops over Catholic teaching on homosexuality. “I have to say to the bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore,’” said Murray, an open homosexual who serves as McGuinty’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, according...
  • Essays for Lent: Marriage

    04/04/2012 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Marriageby Sebastian R. FamaIn recent years the institution of Marriage has increasingly come under attack. Some consider it to be an outdated relic from the past. Some think of it as an unnecessary formality while still others see it as something that "was created for the benefit of men at the expense of women."Isn’t it true, critics will ask, that women are required to vow blind obedience to their husbands? No they aren’t, at least not in the Catholic Church. To begin with the Church does not allow people to write their own vows. Marriage is an ecclesial affair, not...
  • Brother, Can You Spare an Electronic Monetary Unit

    04/04/2012 5:56:29 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 12 replies
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | April 4, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    For the third year in a row, President Barack Obama submitted his proposed fiscal budget to the Congress for approval. And for the third year in a row, Congress has rejected it. Indeed, the US government hasn't had an operating budget since Obama took office. The White House blamed the Republicans, despite the fact that the Congress rejected Obama's proposed budget unanimously. The vote was 414-0. Not a single Democrat voted in favor of it. Indeed, the much-larger budget proposal offered by the Congressional Black Caucus, which was almost $4 trillion more than Obama wanted, got more votes, dying after...
  • Chuck Colson in Critical Condition Despite Early Reports Downplaying His Brain Hemorrhage

    04/04/2012 5:36:38 PM PDT · by sreastman · 8 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/4/2012 | Steve Eastman
    by Steve Eastman, Faith issues The 80 year-old Watergate conspirator who went on to become a respected Christian columnist and commentator started feeling badly this past Friday at the Wilberforce weekend conference near Washington, DC. The next day, according to Colson’s non-profit Prison Fellowship, doctors removed “a pool of clotted blood from the surface of the brain.” As recently as yesterday the "Christian Post" was quoting Colson spokeswoman Michelle Farmer as saying that there is nothing alarming with his health. The "Post" and CBN News both emphasized he did not suffer a stroke. Today Colson is listed in critical condition,...
  • Two German political parties attempt to disrupt Good Friday

    04/04/2012 3:29:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 4 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Anti-Day of Rest Protests for Good Friday. Pirate Party Dance Party banned in Frankfurt. Green Party Youth protest in Wiesbaden The Frankfurt authorities responsible for public order have banned the demonstration of the Pirate Party, which was to take place on Good Friday. During the protest loud music was to be played to "invite people to dance," says the Pirate Party. The spokesman for the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau called the project of the Pirate Party "disrespectful." The Young Greens, who organized in 2011 in the Frankfurt Römerplatz a demonstration and thus disrupted the Good Friday procession of...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    04/04/2012 1:19:33 PM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 04 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    Walking in Truth April 4, 2012  "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (3 John 4)  The important word "truth" is a key word in the apostle John's vocabulary, occurring more in his writings than in those of any other New Testament author. In the one-chapter epistle of 3 John, it occurs six times.   He addressed his epistle to "Gaius, whom I love in the truth" (v. 1). He rejoiced over "the truth that is in thee" (v. 3). He urged his readers to be "fellowhelpers to the truth" (v. 8)...
  • Hatch: Obama camp will 'throw Mormon church' at Romney [opening Ldsism...not throwing tis enough]

    04/04/2012 1:14:44 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 125 replies
    Politico ^ | April 4, 2012 | David Catanese
    FARMINGTON, Utah -- Sen. Orrin Hatch predicted President Obama's campaign team would use Mitt Romney's Mormon faith against him in the general election. Speaking to a group of GOP delegates at a campaign stop Tuesday, the six-term Republican incumbent warned, "You watch, they're going to throw the Mormon church at him like you can't believe." Asked to elaborate in an interview later, Hatch fingered campaign adviser David Axelrod and White House aide David Plouffe as the masterminds who would insert the issue into the campaign. "Let me tell you something. The Obama people have some of the best political consultants...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SICK CALL, 04-04-12

    04/04/2012 10:39:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SICK CALL The call for a priest to minister to the spiritual needs of a person who is gravely ill. Normally the sacraments administered on a sick call are penance, Holy Communion, and anointing of the sick. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • New ruling on raids on Catholic Church in Belgium

    04/04/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 4th April 2012 | Cathcon
    After the judgment of the Supreme Court, it is now definitely established that the raids on 24 June 2010 which were made on the Archbishop's Palace, and on Cardinal Danneels obtained material illegally says Fernand Keuleneer, lawyer for the Archdiocese and Cardinal, commenting on the judgment.
  • Patience for one another. GOD's grace and mercy. May we never forget.

    04/04/2012 7:54:53 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We have constantly have the patience and love towards one another as GOD has for us. May we never forget the love GOD has shown us through all things.
  • Nuncio Celebrates Mass for Ordinariate Amid New Wave of Converts [UK]

    04/04/2012 7:32:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/3/12 | Ed West
    The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain has celebrated the first Chrism Mass of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Archbishop Antonio Mennini celebrated the Mass on Monday at the church of St James, Spanish Place, in London with 60 former Anglican clergy, including five former Anglican bishops, concelebrating. Hundreds of laity from groups across Britain were in attendance. Archbishop Mennini celebrated the Mass at the request of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Mgr Keith Newton. Mgr Newton, who received the Renewal of Priestly Promises and preached at the Mass, said: “The jurisdiction given to me, unlike that...
  • Annual Reflection on the Sins and Shortcomings of the Clergy

    04/04/2012 7:29:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/4/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In some ways its been a tough year for clergy on the blogs. A lot of what I consider to be bishop bashing has been going on, and lots of wrath and venom for the Catholic clergy in general. While I expect this from the secular world, most of it of late has come from certain segments of the Catholic laity. For many on the right, we clergy don’t take up their agenda with sufficient zeal or follow it to last detail. Hence we are a grave disappointment. For many on the left we have long been dismissed as an...
  • Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The Epilogue

    04/04/2012 7:22:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The N ew English Review ^ | April 2012 | Emmet Scott
    We have seen that, irrespective of what happened in Europe, Graeco-Roman civilization was terminated very abruptly in the seventh century in its heartlands, in the Near and Middle East, and in North Africa. In these vast territories a new civilization, quite unlike that which had gone before, appeared with surprising rapidity. This new Islamic culture inherited the resources, wealth, and learning of the old one, and was, from the very beginning, at an enormous advantage over the remnant “Roman” lands which yet survived in Europe. The latter continent was still largely rural and, for the most part, “pagan” and tribal....
  • Unborn Not Helped by Anti-Abortion Violence

    04/04/2012 6:57:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 4, 2012 | JP
    I am pro-life. I believe Planned Parenthood is responsible for the mass murder of untold millions of pre-born infants. Nevertheless, I find it abhorrent that someone – who presumably shares my pro-life views, who shares my conviction that abortion doctors are doing the work of the devil – bombed a Planned Parenthood clinic this past Sunday in Grand Shute, Wis. The FBI has joined with the local police in Grand Shute to investigate the bombing. According to reports, a homemade explosive device was placed outside a window where it ignited, setting off a small fire inside the clinic. The bomb...
  • The Pope's Challenge to Cuba—and the World

    04/04/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    “Anyone who acts irrationally cannot become a disciple of Jesus. Faith and reason are necessary and complementary in the pursuit of truth. God created man with an innate vocation to the truth and he gave him reason for this purpose. Certainly, it is not irrationality but rather the yearning for truth which the Christian faith promotes. Each man and woman has to seek the truth and to choose it when he or she finds it, even at the risk of embracing sacrifices.”— Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, March 28, 2012. I. Cuba has been, in effect,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/04/2012 6:49:28 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (4/4/12)[Prayer]

    04/04/2012 4:45:49 AM PDT · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/4/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book Of Exodus Chapter 18 Jethro’s Advice 1. And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people—that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2. Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back, 3. with her two sons, of whom the name of one was Gershom (for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land”)[a] 4. and the name of the other was Eliemzer[b] (for he said, “The God...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 4, 2012 [Devotional]

    04/04/2012 4:41:58 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Victory over All Today's Scripture But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ Romans 8:11, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria This coming weekend, we will celebrate the resurrection of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So much happened at Calvary’s cross over two thousand years ago; but ultimately, because of Jesus, we can celebrate victory! Jesus overcame sin and death so that we can have abundant life. Because of Jesus, we have total victory over anything that would try to hold us back in this life! No matter...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 4, 2012]

    04/04/2012 4:39:57 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Way to Permanent Faith "Indeed the hour is coming . . . that you will be scattered . . ." —John 16:32 Jesus was not rebuking the disciples in this passage. Their faith was real, but it was disordered and unfocused, and was not at work in the important realities of life. The disciples were scattered to their own concerns and they had interests apart from Jesus Christ. After we have the perfect relationship with God, through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, our faith must be exercised in the realities of everyday life. We will be...
  • FReep this poll!!! Cardinal Timothy Dolan: TIME magazine 100 poll

    04/04/2012 1:16:27 AM PDT · by koinonia · 16 replies
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 29, 2012 | TIME Staff
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan Age: 62 Occupation: Prince of the Catholic Church The man most likely to give Barack Obama fits on the way to Election Day is the newly birettaed Archbishop of New York. Affable, jolly and theatrical, Dolan deploys these genial weapons as the Catholic Church's point man in the battle against the Obama Administration's policies on contraception and abortion. The President barely won the Catholic vote in 2008; without an accommodation, Dolan could turn away enough voters to tilt a close election — all with a smile.
  • Essays for Lent: Natural Family Planning

    04/03/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Natural Family Planningby Sebastian R. Fama Natural Family Planning (NFP) seems to be the Catholic Church’s best-kept secret. It’s not that the Church wants it to be a secret. The message just doesn’t seem to get out. NFP is the licit alternative to contraception, or birth control as it is usually referred to. NFP is just as effective as any method of contraception and it has the advantage of causing no harm to the woman’s body with side effects and complications.Rather than tamper with a woman’s body, NFP works with it. It is important to note that NFP is not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-04-12, Wednesday of Holy Week

    04/03/2012 8:46:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 4, 2012   Wednesday of Holy Week   Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given mea well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Behold! The Holy Week Treasure Map | Why I Am Catholic

    04/03/2012 7:35:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
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  • Pres. Obama invokes “social Darwinism”. Mr. President, look in the mirror.

    04/03/2012 5:49:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 4/3/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    The President called the budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), “social Darwinism“.Do you want an example of true social Darwinism?  Look at Pres. Obama’s eager support of abortion and even infanticide.Only the strong survive.The trajectory fueled by authentic Darwinism led to the eugenics and hate-filled agenda of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, the queen of big-business abortion, of which Pres. Obama is a huge supporter.Can we forget that Pres. Obama’s unelected appointee, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius openly declared that lowering live births would help pay for health care?  ““The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for cost of...
  • In 2008, Who Could've Predicted This? (Fixed)

    04/03/2012 4:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 3, 2012 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    If in 2008 you had pondered the outcome of a winner-take-all matchup between president-elect Barack Obama and then Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, I think few would’ve considered it a fair fight. As President-elect Barack Obama stood between the Greek columns giving his acceptance speech, not only the country applauded but the world. There were few who weren’t moved. Barack Obama was a man astride the Earth. One can look back now and say he was just reading off a teleprompter or that the Republican Party had nominated a candidate who was never really sure he wanted to beat Obama....