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  • Mormons struggling with doubt turn to online support groups.

    Brian Johnston was desperate. The pressures of raising six children on one accountant salary were crushing, but worse was that he was starting to doubt the entire reason he and his wife had created a big family with a stay-at-home mom in the first place: Their Mormonism.-SNIP-The official church historian Marlin Jenson made news last year when he said that the loss of members in the last five or 10 years has been greater than perhaps any period since Mormonism was founded in 1830. -SNIP-For Mormons grappling with doubts, the potential spiritual consequences can appear frightening. Mormon scripture teaches that...
  • hours agoUnderground gay group emerges, shaking evangelical Christian college

    05/24/2012 12:15:57 PM PDT · by Glacier Honey · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/24/12 | John Boxly
    LA MIRADA, Calif. -- On the same day President Obama became the first U.S. president to come out in support of same-sex marriage, a group of students announced the presence of the "Biola Queer Underground" at this small evangelical university, touching off a highly-charged debate about Christianity and homosexuality. The group launched a website and posted flyers around the Biola University campus May 9 with the following message: "We want to bring to light the presence of the LGBTQ community at Biola. Despite what some may assume, there are Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queers at Biola. We are Biola's...
  • Underground gay group emerges, shaking evangelical Christian college

    05/24/2012 12:15:42 PM PDT · by Glacier Honey · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/24/12 | John Boxly
    LA MIRADA, Calif. -- On the same day President Obama became the first U.S. president to come out in support of same-sex marriage, a group of students announced the presence of the "Biola Queer Underground" at this small evangelical university, touching off a highly-charged debate about Christianity and homosexuality. The group launched a website and posted flyers around the Biola University campus May 9 with the following message: "We want to bring to light the presence of the LGBTQ community at Biola. Despite what some may assume, there are Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Queers at Biola. We are Biola's...
  • For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristeros (EWTN program on YouTube)

    05/24/2012 11:33:59 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 6 replies
    EWTN/YouTube ^ | May 22, 2012
    This half hour EWTN program is well worth your time. Watch it on YouTube here:For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristeros
  • From Yad Vashem Zionism to Temple Zionism

    05/24/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    28 Iyar, 5772 May 20, '12 Translated from the Makor Rishon newspaperSome people still think that the reason that our national train continues to speed down the Oslo track is because of the people at the helm. Begin surrendered the Sinai Peninsula because he was tricked. Netanyahu hugged Arafat because he is pliable. Sharon destroyed Gush Katif because he is corrupt. And the list goes on. But the truth is just the opposite. The Right continues to slide down the slippery slope of the "peace process" not because of the weakness of its leaders but despite the fact that its...
  • Vatican Outlines Virgin Mary Sighting Rules To Evaluate Authenticity (Catholic Caucus)

    05/24/2012 10:11:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Sanctepater ^ | May 23, 2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations” have been in use since 1978, but until now had been available only in Latin, never officially published and only circulated among bishops and specialists. The Vatican document has now been translated into English and other languages to aid bishops in the “difficult task of discerning presumed apparitions, revelations, messages or ... extraordinary phenomena of presumed supernatural origin,” Cardinal William Levada, the head of...
  • Surprise! MSM Ignoring Catholic Lawsuits against Government

    05/24/2012 9:18:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | May 23, 2012 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Well, I mostly agree with Brent Bozell: Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell [says] The broadcast networks “all but spiked the largest legal action in history to defend our constitutionally protected religious freedom,” [he cited] CBS, ABC and NBC for skimming over news that 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations filed a lawsuit Monday against the Obama administration.CBS managed to air 19 seconds on the subject. But that was it, between all three networks.“This is the worst bias by omission I have seen in the quarter-century history of the Media Research Center,” he says, insisting that the networks fear the lawsuit...
  • Iran: Discovery will collapse Christianity [Barf Alert}

    05/24/2012 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    WND ^ | May 24, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Irans Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse worldwide of Christianity Turkish authorities believe the text could be an authentic version of the Gospel of Barnabas, one of Jesus apostles and an associate of the apostle Paul. This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims. The Christian world, it says, denies...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    05/24/2012 8:31:17 AM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 24 | Henry Morris III, D.Min.
    God's Complete Supply May 24, 2012 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) The key to this promise in today's verse is the need that must be met by the riches of the Great King as we render our service in His Kingdom. But how vast those needs can be and how different the supply is! Millions of Israelites needed food in the wilderness, and the manna came fresh from heaven each day for 40 years (Exodus 16:35). Gideon needed victory over the innumerable Midianites, and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAW OF CONSCIENCE, 05-24-12

    05/24/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LAW OF CONSCIENCE The natural law as it manifests itself within each person's conscience, where its dictates are expressed by certain basic tendencies of nature, evaluated and regulated by right reason. It is binding in conscience as the fundamental source of moral duty. Human law, on the other hand, is binding only insofar as it agrees with the natural law of conscience. All human beings are subject to the law of conscience, no matter when or where they live. It is, therefore, universal and unchangeable. No one can dispense from its observance, which becomes binding as...
  • Stay focused on HIM, no matter what the world is doing. Focus on HIM.

    05/24/2012 7:24:58 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 15 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Focus on HIM.
  • Indonesia's Rising Religious Intolerance

    05/24/2012 7:02:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/21/12 | Benedict Rogers
    JAKARTA Just a few days after Lady Gagas concert in Indonesia was canceled after protests by Islamic groups, I flew 1,370 kilometers from Jakarta to Padang, West Sumatra, and drove a further 130 kilometers, a four-hour journey along rough, winding roads, to Sijunjung, to visit an Indonesian atheist jailed for his beliefs. Alex Aan, a 30-year-old civil servant, is a gentle, soft-spoken, highly intelligent young man who simply gave up his belief in God when he saw poverty, war, famine and disaster around the world. He faces the possibility of up to six years in prison, charged with blasphemy,...
  • Protecting Our Catholic Conscience in The Public Square

    05/24/2012 6:50:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/23/12 | Donald Wuerl
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl is archbishop of Washington.From an early age, Catholics are taught to see God in their neighbor. The Catholic faith finds its fullest expression in a loving act of sacrifice by one stranger for another. Imagine the churchs surprise, then, to be told by the federal government that when a Catholic organization serves its neighbors, it isnt really practicing its religion. That is the unacceptable principle at the heart of a mandate, issued in February by the Department of Health and Human Services, that requires religious organizations to provide health-care coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(5/24/12)[Prayer]

    05/24/2012 5:12:53 AM PDT · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 40:1-5 (ESV) 1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare1 is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (5/24/12)[Prayer]

    05/24/2012 5:06:56 AM PDT · by left that other site · 28 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/24/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 40:1-5 1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare1 is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - May 24, 2012 [Devotional]

    05/24/2012 4:30:18 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    It is Well with You Today's Scripture Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds (Isaiah 3:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria No matter whats happening in your life, God wants you to know that it is well with you today! Now you may say, Joel, it is not well in my finances. Im struggling. Im in debt. Thats okay. Its not the end. God is still working. Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord your Provider, has breakthroughs coming your way. If all is not well in your health, dont...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [May 24, 2012]

    05/24/2012 4:26:13 AM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    The Delight of Despair " When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead" —Revelation 1:17 It may be that, like the apostle John, you know Jesus Christ intimately. Yet when He suddenly appears to you with totally unfamiliar characteristics, the only thing you can do is fall “at His feet as dead.” There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awesomeness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair. You experience this joy in hopelessness, realizing that if you are ever...
  • Day of Prayer for the Church in China (May 24) [Prayer Thread]

    05/24/2012 4:08:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 5/24/2012
    Thursday, May 24th is a day dedicated in a special way to the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, venerated with great devotion at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. Thats what Pope Benedict said on Sunday after praying the Regina Coeli in Saint Peter's Square adding how we can join in prayer with all Catholics who are in China, so that they may announce with humility and joy the Risen Christ, be faithful to his Church and the Successor of Peter and live their daily life in a manner consistent with the faith we profess....
  • Vatican delegate insists on respect for faith-based health care

    05/24/2012 3:11:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | May 23, 2012
    The Vaticans head delegate to the World Health Assembly said that while the Church supports universal health care access, states must respect and welcome the efforts of the private sphere in achieving that goal. In each nation, the progress towards universal coverage cannot be the effort of the state machinery alone. It requires support from the civil society and communities, whose contribution to health service delivery is fundamental, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski said in his May 23 address to the World Health Assembly. The assembly is the forum through which the World Health Organization is governed by its 194 member states....
  • "For Greater Glory" The Cristiada

    05/23/2012 7:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Anglo Catholic ^ | 5/23/12 | Fr. Christopher Phillips
    I attended a screening of "For Greater Glory," which tells of the Cristiada, the war waged against the oppressive Mexican government in the 1920's by the Cristeros. What a magnificent film absolutely inspiring! Not only should every Catholic see it for its beautiful testament to our Faith, but everyone should see it as a reminder of how precious is the right to religious freedom. The most haunting line to me: when Plutarco Calles arrogantly says, "The people elected ME!" I've heard that someplace before When seeing this movie, understand that it concentrates on the the fighting force within the Cristeros,...