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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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,...
  • Cardinal expecting ecumenical breakthrough from Pan-Orthodox Meeting

    05/23/2012 5:50:37 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 23 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Important speech by Cardinal Koch to Aid to the Church in Need conference
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-12

    05/23/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2012 Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,"My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead."When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and...
  • Hans Kng demands the Pope be deposed for schism

    05/23/2012 1:09:06 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 38 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 23 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Pope should be deposed if he accepts the SSPX back
  • A Tribute To My Parents...

    I want to thank all of you who have extended condolences to me upon the death of my dear Father. I ask you to indulge me here, as I reveal something of my own life. I believe He should be properly eulogized, and have been burdened to do so. My Father, Bruno Wilbur Randles was born on January 17, 1928, in Hutchinson Kansas, and died on May 13, 2012. He was preceded in death by my mother, Suzanne, who passed away in 1978 at the age of 49. He is survived by his ten children, 23 grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren....
  • Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Apparitions or Revelations [Cath Cau]

    05/23/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | February 25, 1978 (just published) | Jerome Hamer, O.P., Cardinal Francis Seper
    Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations by Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Jerome Hamer, O.P., Cardinal Francis Seper Cardinal William Levada's Preface PRELIMINARY NOTEOrigin and character of these normsDuring the annual Plenary Session in November 1974, the Fathers of this Sacred Congregation examined the problems relative to presumed apparitions and to the revelations often connected with them and reached the following conclusions:1. Today, more than in the past, news of these apparitions is diffused rapidly among the faithful thanks to the means of information (mass media). Moreover, the ease of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RULE OF SAINT BASIL, 05-23-12

    05/23/2012 9:36:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):RULE OF SAINT BASIL A rule of life drawn up, from 358 to 364, by St. Basil the Great (329-79). It is still the basis for monasticism in the Eastern Church. There are two forms of the rule, in question and answer form, with 55 and 313 items respectively. Although austere, it consciously avoids some of the extremes of Eastern monasticism before Basil's time. Hours of liturgical prayer were prescribed. Manual and other work were required. Children were to be trained in classes attached to the monastery and given an opportunity to test their vocation to...
  • [Mormon] Bishops handling of Vernon incest case was correct

    05/23/2012 9:20:15 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 68 replies
    Tooele Transcript Bulletin ^ | May 8, 2012 | Merrill Nelson
    A recent Transcript article described the conviction of a 67-year-old Vernon man for the molestation of his minor daughter 18 years ago ( Father gets six months in jail for seven years of incest, April 19). The focus of the article appeared to be whether the sentence imposed by the court was too lenientis headline not only shifted the focus from the offender and his sentence, but wrongly assumed that the bishop had a legal duty to report and disparaged the bishop by concluding that he failed in that duty.. However, the sub-headline to the story was that the LDS...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    05/23/2012 8:23:05 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 14 replies
    5/23/12 | Hiskid
  • The Diocese of Worcester promotes angry dissident and New Ager Joyce Rupp

    05/23/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 23, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    In a previous post, I noted how The Catholic Free Press is once again promoting Sister Joyce Rupp, a dissident religious who rails against the hierarchical Church while promoting New Age spirituality. Many parishes throughout the Worcester Diocese are also promoting the upcoming day-long retreat with this angry, dissenting religious. The retreat, which is to be held on September 29th at St. Anne's Parish hall in Shrewsbury, is being sponsored by the "Commission for Women," and has as its theme: "The Gift of Self - Compassion." Sister Rupp, the self proclaimed spiritual midwife, claims to have learnt a lot from...
  • Fordham to Honor Geraldine Ferraro

    05/23/2012 7:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/23/12 | Charlotte Hays
    Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 candidate for the vice presidency whose position on abortion repeatedly put her at odds with New Yorks late John Cardinal OConnor, will soon be memorialized at Fordham Law School, according to a report in Fordham magazine. Ferraros husband, John Zaccaro Sr., and their son, John Zaccaro Jr., who are pictured in the magazine, recently made a leadership gift to Fordham in honor the late Queens congresswoman who rose to national prominence. Ferraro died of multiple myeloma in 2011. The gift, whose amount is not disclosed in the article, reportedly will go to support a new Law...
  • Notre Dame: Good News and Bad News

    05/23/2012 7:19:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/21/12 | Pat Archbold
    Yesterday, something very good happened and the University of Notre Dame was part of it. As you are no doubt aware, Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of New York and Washington and 40 other Catholic institutions joined in a lawsuit against the Obama Administration's unconstitutional abridgement of religious liberty via the HHS mandate. Led by Cardinal Dolan, the US Bishops have been rock solid on this issue and they continue to impress. It is immensely gratifying to say that while this steadfast resistance to such infringement might not have been expected from the Bishops just a few short years ago, we...
  • Vatican Rules on Apparitions and Revelations

    05/23/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/22/12 | Andrs Beltramo Alvarez
    A crucial document on apparitions prepared by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is now available in five languagesVisions, revelations, divine messages: The history of the Church is riddled with mystical events. Since the apparitions in Fatima and Lourdes, earthly manifestations of the Virgin which received official papal recognition, bishops and theologians from all over the world have found themselves battling with a number of supernatural phenomena. The same question always crops up: How does one judge whether they are true? The Vatican has the answer and is preparing to reveal it to the world. The key to...
  • Legatus Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging the HHS Mandate

    05/23/2012 6:01:10 AM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    Thomas More Law Center (Michigan) ^ | May 8th, 2012 | News Release
    ANN ARBOR, MI The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate, on behalf of Legatus, the Nations largest organization of top Catholic business CEOs and professional leaders. Also joining in the lawsuit as Plaintiffs are the Weingartz Supply Company, a Michigan retailer since 1945, and its President who is a member of Legatus. The 42-page Complaint was filed late yesterday afternoon against the Obama administration in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Legatus is the...
  • Praising the play while ignoring the performance: Obamas misguided support for gay marriage

    05/23/2012 5:50:49 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5-22-12 | Donald DeMarco
    May 22, 2012 ( - The May 11, 2012 editorial of the Toronto Star offers high praise for President Obamas endorsement of same-sex marriage. The editor credits the U.S. president with showing rare courage, while at the same time advancing the cause for civil rights. In approving the legalization of marriage between a man and a man, and a woman and a woman, according to the editorial, Obama is affirming the full humanity of gays and lesbians. He is weighing in on the side of compassion, inclusion and equal rights for all. How could millennia of diverse cultures, until recently,...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem (5/23/12)[Prayer]

    05/23/2012 4:12:04 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/23/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Psalm 89 A Contemplation[Maschil] of Ethan the Ezrahite. 1. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. 2. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens. 3. I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: 4. Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations. Selah 5. And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD;...
  • Gregorian Chant. The Revival Announced

    05/23/2012 2:36:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 5/23/12 | Sandro Magister
    At the Mass that Benedict XVI will celebrate in Milan next June 3 in front of an immense crowd of faithful, on the occasion of the world meeting of families, the performance of the Gregorian chants will be entrusted to the choir directed by Maestro Fulvio Rampi. It is one of the most justly esteemed choirs in Gregorian chant. In the study and practice of which, the "prince" chant of the Latin liturgy, Rampi has for years played a role of the highest importance. Last May 19, in Lecce, he gave a compelling talk precisely on this form of chant,...
  • It's Not Just Words But Power

    05/22/2012 10:08:02 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 18 replies
    05-23-12 | Frank Broom
    God's word is not just words, but power. The same power that formed the earth is in The Bible. But when you refuse to put it on your lips all that power goes to waste. God said his word would not return to him void, but it shall accomplish what he pleases (Isaiah 55:11). Well, for it to accomplish what God pleases it has to have power. But notice it shall accomplish when it is returned to him. How is it returned to him? When you speak it you are returning his word to him. So every day you don't...
  • Be doers and speakers of the WORD!

    05/22/2012 8:34:54 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Confess HIS Holy name to the world. GOD is great!
  • Catholic Priest Says A Schoolgirl Who Went Missing In 1983 Was Kidnapped For Vatican Sex Parties

    05/22/2012 7:55:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    Business Insider International ^ | 5/22/12 | Michael Kelley
    The Catholic Church's leading exorcist priest asserts that a Vatican employee's daughter thought to be buried in a mob boss's tomb was kidnapped for Vatican sex parties, reports Nick Pisa of the Daily Mail. Father Gabriel Amorth, who was ordained in 1954 and has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms, made the claim to Italian newspaper La Stampa as police examine the contents of mobster Enrico De Pedis's tomb for clues about the 1983 disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi. Father Amorth, 85, noted that an archivist at the Vatican previously admitted to recruiting girls for parties and told La Stampa...
  • Boston Archdiocese Bails on Religious Freedom Lawsuit

    05/22/2012 7:37:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    On Monday, May 21, Cardinal Dolan, President of the USCCB, applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraception coverage mandate violates religious freedom. The Boston Archdiocese was not one of those dioceses. St. Anthony of Padua said, Actions speak louder than words and the actions of Cardinal OMalley make it increasingly obvious that our Cardinal is lacking in courage. Here is an excerpt from the AP report on the news: NEW YORK Roman Catholic dioceses, schools, and other groups sued the Obama...
  • Church of England to Allow Women Bishops

    05/22/2012 7:30:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/22/12 | John Bingham
    Church of England bishops last night cleared the way for historic moves to allow women to become bishops but with a last-minute olive branch to traditionalists. In a meeting behind closed doors in York, the Churchs House of Bishops gave its approval to legislation to admit women to the episcopacy and rejected a series of attempts to significantly water down the powers of future female bishops. But they also agreed a key protection for conservative evangelicals and Anglo Catholics who object to women bishops on theological grounds. In theory the vote clears the way for the churchs General Synod...
  • Evangelicals respond to Catholic lawsuits: We are all Catholic now

    05/22/2012 7:04:47 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | by Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2012, ( The Obama administrations HHS mandate has united Christians of all stripes evangelical, historical Protestant, and Roman Catholic as they close ranks behind a flurry of lawsuits filed yesterday morning to overturn the controversial measure and stall government interference in religion. After 43 Catholic institutions including the major archdioceses, dioceses, universities, and publishing houses affiliated with the Church in the United States filed a dozen lawsuits to strike the measure down on First Amendment grounds, the Christian and conservative communities quickly applauded the move. President Obama with Secretary of Health...
  • Rome-SSPX - Fellay speaks in Salzburg ("the devil is at large!")

    05/22/2012 7:01:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rorate Cli ^ | 5/22/12
    The Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), Bishop Bernard Fellay, was in Salzburg (Austria) on Thursday, in order to confirm some local faithful on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. At the end of the sermon, he had some words to say on current affairs: "I am sure you, my dear faithful, would like to know something about what is going on with Rome. It is a delicate matter. You know, this matter deals with our future. Therefore, it is not an easy matter. What will happen? Will we be received? Or...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-12

    05/22/2012 5:39:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2012 Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter Reading 1Acts 20:28-38 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:"Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night...
  • Bishop Fellay update

    05/22/2012 3:39:22 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 22 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Bishop Fellay quotes Pope saying it would be easier for him not to grant full recognition to the SSPX
  • Matt 23:3739 and Luke 13:3435: NT Reaffirmations of the OT Expectation for Israel

    05/22/2012 2:27:23 PM PDT · by wmfights · 35 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach
    Certain passages like Matthew 19:28, Luke 22:30, Romans 11:25-27, and Acts 1:6 explicitly reaffirm the Old Testament expectation of a restoration of the nation Israel. In addition, the passages of Matthew 23:3739 and Luke 13:3435 also appear to be New Testament evidence for such a restoration.[1]Matthew 23:3739 records Jesus words to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold your house is being left to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANNA, 05-22-12

    05/22/2012 8:30:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 05-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANNA This woman was a prophetess who spent all her time, day and night, in the Temple. She was present when Jesus was brought to the Temple by his parents in accordance with the Law of Moses. She "began to praise God" on seeing him, "and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deli-verance of Jerusalem" (Luke 2:36-38). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Gay MarriageNothing New Under the Sun

    05/22/2012 6:25:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/22/12 | Benjamin Wiker
    Gay marriage and homosexuality were part of the moral landscape faced by the first Christians in Ancient Rome.Given that the gay marriage agenda will be increasingly pressed upon Catholics by the state, we should be much more aware of what history has to teach us about gay marriagegiven that we dont want to be among those who, ignorant of history, blithely condemned themselves to repeat it. Contrary to the popular viewboth among proponents and opponentsgay marriage is not a new issue. It cannot be couched (by proponents) as a seamless advance on the civil rights movement, nor should it be...
  • Liberal Catholicism: Requiescat in Pace

    05/22/2012 6:21:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 5/22/12 | Samuel Gregg
    With the dust settling on the uproar which followed the Vaticans April intervention into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), its possible to put this and other emerging trends into a longer-term perspective. The blustering reaction of the LCWR and supporters such as the New York Times Nicholas Kristof (whose grasp of rudimentary Catholic teaching is, well, rudimentary) confirms whats been apparent for some time: that its almost game-over for self-identified liberal or dissenting Catholics. The demographic evidence for impending extinction is striking. The average age of members of female religious orders that are moving beyond Jesus into an...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation.

    05/22/2012 6:12:06 AM PDT · by WhatNot · 12 replies
    Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)