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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...

    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 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 ( 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 ^ | 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!