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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (6/15/12)[Prayer]

    06/15/2012 5:18:47 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scrip[tures | 6/15/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 43 1. But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of...
  • South Korea: Darwin banned from school text books

    06/15/2012 3:06:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 6/14/12 | marco tosatti
    In the never-ending war between evolutionists and creationists, the latter have just scored big time, though not in the U.S. which is their main fighting ground, but in Asia. In South Korea, a petition has been accepted to remove certain evolutionist elements and references from high school text books. This is probably the first time in two centuries this has happened in a country with a scientific/western culture. That is, ever since evolutionist doctrine started prevailing, often for anti-religious purposes. The campaign was headed by the Society for Textbooks Revise (STR) whose task it is to remove evolutionist “errors” froim...

    06/15/2012 12:00:58 AM PDT · by Salamander · 240 replies
    He's baaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaack!
  • Archbishop [Lori]: 'Fortnight' about religious freedom, not politics

    06/14/2012 8:12:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter via CNA ^ | June 14, 2012 | Dennis Sadowski
    Archbishop: 'Fortnight' about religious freedom, not politics Jun. 14, 2012 By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service   A woman joins about 1,000 other people at a June 8 religious freedom rally at the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse Building in Phoenix. (CNS/Catholic Sun/J.D. Long-Garcia) ATLANTA -- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. bishops' "fortnight for freedom" campaign has come under heavy criticism in the secular media, in the blogosphere and by some Catholics as being a partisan political effort.But the two-week period is meant to be free of politics and will emphasize church teaching...
  • Pray for our daughter's wedding

    06/14/2012 8:06:48 PM PDT · by stonehouse01 · 29 replies
    Our oldest is getting married Saturday - pray for us - her father especially who is anxious. Joy - her sisters are singing in the second oldest church in the state - the wedding gorgeous tent in a field near Cooperstown - it promises to be great (for my fellow catholics - we picked the traditional readings)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-15-12, Solemnity, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    06/14/2012 7:28:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 06-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 15, 2012   Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus   Reading 1 Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9 Thus says the LORD:When Israel was a child I loved him,out of Egypt I called my son.Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,who took them in my arms;I drew them with human cords,with bands of love;I fostered them like onewho raises an infant to his cheeks;Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,they did not know that I was their healer. My heart is overwhelmed,my pity is stirred.I will not give vent to my blazing anger,I will not destroy...
  • WE just might have to WORK in Heaven. Huh?

    06/14/2012 5:43:16 PM PDT · by destinedforheaven · 43 replies ^ | April 19, 2010 |
    Not only will we be worshiping God in heaven, but we will be serving Him as well in whatever capacity He has in mind. It’s very possible some of these things be hobbies you enjoy here on earth and where your talents and interest lie in. You very well might be doing that in heaven as a service to the Lord. Funny how we don’t think on these things as it’s hard to imagine. We are so caught up in the here and now, that thinking on future things like this is hard to picture. How often do we contemplate...
  • Bishop criticizes USCCB committee’s reaction to Ryan budget

    06/14/2012 4:10:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    By a 171-26 vote at their meeting on June 13, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a proposal by Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, to begin drafting a message on the US economy. The draft of “Catholic Reflections on Work, Poverty and a Broken Economy” will be brought to the body of bishops at the conference’s November meeting, after this year’s US presidential elections. During the discussion leading up to the vote, Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing criticized the committee's opposition to the budget plan put forward by...
  • Religious Freedom and the Love of God

    06/14/2012 3:55:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    USCCB ^ | 6/13/12 | John Garvey
    Next week we begin the celebration of a Fortnight for Freedom. It starts on June 21, the vigil of the feast of St. Thomas More (and St. John Fisher).I want to say two things about More's death.I will come back to them at the end.The connection between them is the point of my remarks.First, More died because he loved God.Henry VIII split from the Catholic Church and had Parliament pass the Act of Supremacy (making him head of the Church of England) and the Act of Succession (making Anne Boleyn the queen).More refused to subscribe to the Acts.He tried to...
  • Sisters of Mercy doctors say LCWR is injecting politics into dialogue

    06/14/2012 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | June 14, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Members of the religious order at the Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center. Credit: Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. Alma, Mich., Jun 14, 2012 / 02:15 am (CNA).- Physicians who are also Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma are criticizing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its defenders for using an impoverished “language of politics” instead of “the language of faith” in the dialogue with the Catholic hierarchy. “There is no basis for authentic dialogue between these two languages. The language of faith is rooted in Jesus Christ, His life and His mission, as well as the...
  • 200 British SSPX Faithful Decry Union with Catholic Church in Open Letter to Bishop Fellay

    Over 200 followers of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) have signed a letter publicly castigating Bishop Fellay for dealing with the Pope and the Catholic Church. Below is the public open letter being circulated by the SSPX parishioners. It should be noted that the letter is signed by a founder of the International Third Position and various members and organizers of a pro-Bishop Williamson internet forum that is tolerant of antisemitism. This letter may not be as spontaneous and innocent as it purports to be. An Open Letter to Bishop Fellay from some concerned faithful of the SSPX...
  • Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

    06/14/2012 1:56:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | June 14, 2012 | David Kerr
    Superior of the Society of St. Pius X Bishop Bernard Fellay. Vatican City, Jun 14, 2012 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal prelature as part of a deal to heal the group’s 24-year rift with the Catholic Church. “Clearly the ball is now in the court of the Society,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on June 14. Yesterday afternoon the Society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spent over two hours in talks with representatives of the Vatican’s Congregation for...
  • Latest SSPX developments

    06/14/2012 12:36:18 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 14 June | Cathcon
    UPDATE from 19.00 clock: a new statement from the SSPX: "The desire for further clarifications could usher in a new series of meeting" - The Vatican plans to offer a personal prelature The Vatican on Wednesday evening consulted with the leadership of the SSPX on the progress of the ecclesiastical unity efforts. The prefect of the Congregation of the Faith, Cardinal William Levada, gave the Superior of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, Bernard Fellay, in a detailed interview at the headquarters of his curial body, the official response of the Pope. Benedict XVI had informed Levada and the...
  • Vatican Offers Traditionalists [SSPX] Way to Reconcile [Personal Prelature]

    06/14/2012 11:05:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/14/12 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has formally proposed a way to reconcile with a breakaway group of ultra-traditionalist Catholics in a final bid to end a quarter-century of schism, offering it a special legal status in the church currently enjoyed only by the conservative Opus Dei movement. The Vatican said Thursday it had proposed making the Society of St. Pius X a "personal prelature" — akin to a diocese without borders — during a meeting Wednesday with the society's superior. The superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay, promised to respond within a "reasonable" amount of time to the proposal and the Vatican's...
  • U.S. Open Golfer Casey Martin Gives God the Glory

    06/14/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 14, 2012 | JP
    Casey Martin is highly unlikely to win the U.S. Open, which begins today at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He’s not even likely to make the 36-hole cut, which would allow him to tee it up for this weekend’s for the tourney’s final two rounds. But the 40-year-old linksman is already a winner in my book. Because hardly anyone in the Open field has had to overcome the adversity Martin has faced. That’s because Martin, the men’s golf coach for the Oregon Ducks, suffers from a debilitating birth defect in his lower right leg, Klippel–Trénaunay–Weber Syndrome, which makes it...
  • Indonesian Publisher Holds Book Burning for Text That Allegedly Defames Islam

    06/14/2012 9:38:13 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    Jakarta Globe ^ | June 13, 2012
    Indonesian publisher Gramedia Pustaka Utama burned hundreds of copies of a book that called the Prophet Muhammad a pirate and a murderer on Wednesday following protests by the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front. The books were burned outside the Bentara Budaya cultural hall in the Kompas Gramedia complex in Palmerah, West Jakarta. Company president director Wandi S. Brata oversaw the book burning, along with several Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) officials, including deputy chairman Ma’ruf Amin. The book, “Lima Kota Paling Berpengaruh di Dunia” (“Five Cities that Ruled the World”), was pulled from Indonesian book stores on June 9. The text, written...
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth

    06/14/2012 8:49:15 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 11 replies
    Our Sages consider the Sin of the Spies even worse than the Sin of the Golden Calf. What is the root cause of the sin of rejection of the Land of Israel? What is so terrible about "We will make a new leader and return to Egypt?" At the time of the sin, as Rashi explains, the spies were righteous Jews who had just experienced the myriad miracles of the Exodus from Egypt and the journey through the desert. Did they really believe that G-d could not humble the lowly Canaanites as He had the mighty Egyptian empire? How could...
  • Southern Baptists Experiencing Accelerating Decline in Membership

    06/14/2012 8:42:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/13/2012 | Lillian Kwon
    Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped again over the last year, according to a new report. The largest Protestant denomination in the country now counts less than 16 million members. This marks the fifth straight year the SBC has lost members. Primary worship attendance has also dropped by 0.65 percent to around 6.16 million. One Southern Baptist and researcher lamented that the denomination is not only experiencing decline but an acceleration of decline. Compared to a 0.15 percent drop from 2009 to 2010, membership fell by 0.98 percent from 2010 to 2011. "Based on the trend of annual percent...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOURCE OF SIN, 06-14-12

    06/14/2012 8:39:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 06-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): SOURCE OF SIN The principle or root of all sinful human actions. Two sources are commonly found in revelatin, deriving from the two sides to every sin, the turning to transient satisfaction, and the turning away from everlasting good. As regards the first, the principle of all sin can be called lust, lust in its most general sense, namely, the unbridled desire for one's own pleasure. As regards the second, the principle is pride, pride in its general sense, the lack of submission to God. Lust and pride in this pervasive sense may also be...
  • In the Middle of the Journey

    06/14/2012 8:10:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/14/12 | James Kalb
    Catholics need to oppose the movement toward a society that prizes above all else security, efficiency, and the ever-more-demanding liberal version of human rights.The Church favors peace, and her basic concern—leading men to God—is not specifically political. For that reason, her approach to politics has generally been irenic. She urges the faithful to obey the law, respect the powers that be, and interpret motives in a favorable light. She offers criticism at times, since she has her own view of social relations, but her normal approach to the political order is cooperative. From that standpoint, the 19th and early 20th-century...