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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...
  • EVERYBODY WAKE UP!!!!

    06/15/2012 12:00:58 AM PDT · by Salamander · 240 replies
    ME
    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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    DestinedForHeaven.com ^ | April 19, 2010 | DestinedforHeaven.com
    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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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...
  • Pray unceasingly!!

    06/14/2012 8:02:15 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Pray unceasingly.
  • Shatter: No Special Case for Seal of Confessional [Ireland]

    06/14/2012 8:00:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 6/13/12 | Jimmy Walsh
    SEANAD: DAVID CULLINANE (SF) said he was glad the Minister for Justice had made it clear that there would be absolutely no exemptions in terms of legislative requirements on the reporting of the abuse of children or vulnerable adults. Mr Cullinane had earlier noted that the Association of Catholic Priests had stated that there would be no breaking of the confessional seal. It had to be made clear to everyone, including the main church in this State, that the rights of children and the laws of the land came first, Mr Cullinane stressed. Priests should know that they could not...
  • Bishops Agree to Prepare Message on Work and the Economy

    06/14/2012 7:47:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 6/13/12 | Dennis Sadowski
    ATLANTA (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops June 13 approved a proposal to draft a statement on work and the economy as a way to raise the profile of growing poverty and the struggles unemployed people are experiencing. Titled "Catholic Reflections on Work, Poverty and a Broken Economy," the message would advance the bishops' priority of human life and dignity to demonstrate the new evangelization in action, explained Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Sacramento, Calif., chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.The bishops voted 171-26 during their spring meeting in Atlanta to move ahead with a draft of...
  • Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley Laments Discord on Nuns

    06/14/2012 7:25:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 6/14/12 | Lisa Wangsness
    Says church holds them in high esteem despite investigationATLANTA - Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston, said Wednesday that he is worried and saddened that the controversy over the Vatican’s rebuke of a US nuns’ group may have fostered a perception the church is inhospitable to women. O’Malley spoke for the first time about the situation in an interview at a gathering of bishops, as supporters of beleaguered nuns protested outside. Earlier this week, Vatican officials met with leaders of the nuns’ group, but they did not resolve their differences. “It’s a great concern,’’ he said....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/14/12)[Prayer]

    06/14/2012 5:28:45 AM PDT · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scrip[tures | 6/14/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Isaiah 42 18. “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see! 19. Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord? 20. You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.” 21. It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious. 22. But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(6/14/12)[Prayer]

    06/14/2012 5:14:16 AM PDT · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scrip[tures | 6/14/12 | 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 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!
  • New priests' group hopes to preserve vision of Vatican II (barf)

    06/14/2012 2:03:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 6/14/12 | MICHELLE BEARDEN
    The Rev. Peter Ruggere began his seminary training when Roman Catholics were still celebrating Mass in Latin. By the time he was ordained a priest in 1968, the church had gone through massive changes with Vatican II, a council which sought to align the centuries-old religious institution with the modern world and brought sweeping reforms to Catholicism. One of those was implementing English in Mass, making it more accessible and participatory for Americans. "The Latin Mass is something I never had to do," says Ruggere, priest in residence at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Temple Terrace. "All those changes that...
  • The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church in North America Vie for Ecumenical Partners

    06/13/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    VirtueOmline ^ | 6/12/12 | David W. Virtue in Ridgecrest, NC
    The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are vying for ecumenical partners as each jockeys for recognition by the wider Christian community. TEC recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Episcopal-Lutheran Concordat wherein the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) entered into full Communion. While this was initially met with much enthusiasm and idealism in the hope that the two denominations would usher in a new era of inter-denominational cooperation, the occasion went mostly unnoticed. In February of this year, the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-14-12

    06/13/2012 8:47:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 14, 2012   Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Kgs 18:41-46 Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink,for there is the sound of a heavy rain."So Ahab went up to eat and drink,while Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel,crouched down to the earth,and put his head between his knees."Climb up and look out to sea," he directed his servant,who went up and looked, but reported, "There is nothing."Seven times he said, "Go, look again!"And the seventh time the youth reported,"There is a cloud as small as a man's hand rising...
  • Invocation - 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention

    06/13/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://youtube.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | STMCommunications
    Fr. Andrew was invited to lead the opening prayer at the 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention in the Magness Arena at the University of Denver. The moral challenges facing our country are not caused by political affiliation, but rather by attacks on religious freedom. He invites all people of conscience to uphold religious freedom.
  • Unbelieving Preachers Get Help to 'Come Out' as Open Atheists

    06/13/2012 6:40:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/13/12 | Dan Merica
    (CNN) – Jerry DeWitt entered the ministry when he was 17, launching a 25-year career as a Pentecostal preacher. He traveled all around his home state of Louisiana, preaching and ministering wherever he could. All these years later, DeWitt, 42, is still on the road, and now takes his message all over the United States. But the nature of that message, along with his audience, has changed dramatically. DeWitt is now an avowed atheist, and his audiences are made up of religious “nones,” the growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic, humanist or just plain disinterested in identifying with...
  • 27 New Testament Verses... Why 27 you ask?

    06/13/2012 5:20:26 PM PDT · by destinedforheaven · 1 replies
    DestinedForHeaven.com ^ | June 13, 2012 | DestinedforHeaven.com
    It was just too hard to narrow down my favorite verses in the New Testament. Numerous others were jumping out at me, but I managed to choose one verse per chapter (27 total). You know what it’s like hearing a verse and wonder “What book is that from?” Well here is a short list of popular references that you may want to underline in your Bible for inspiration. These are wonderful verses to encourage yourself and others. Please add your favorite verses also. Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”...
  • Vatileaks journalist breaks silence to defend himself

    06/13/2012 3:35:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 13 June 2012 | Cathcon
    Concerning the open wounds of the Church by Gianluigi Nuzzi "Traitor," some call him. Because he has made public in his book "Sua Santitŕ" operations that the Holy See would have rather have kept in the dark- failures in dealing with cases of sexual abuse, for example. The journalist and author Gianluigi Nuzzi tells the SZ why the publication of the Vatileaks will make the Church better. Pope Benedict XVI is to meet Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano - and Monsignor Mamberti, the "foreign minister" of the Vatican Secretariat of State is preparing a note to Ratzinger. He cites a number...
  • Bishop Fellay, doctrinal officials meet for discussions at Vatican

    06/13/2012 3:21:33 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Catholic News Service ^ | 6/13/2012 | Cindy Wooden
    Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, met for more than two hours with officials of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith June 13. The Vatican did not immediately issue a statement on the meeting, part of ongoing talks aimed at reconciling the breakaway group with the Catholic Church. The society's founder, the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who rejected some teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the modernizing reforms instituted in its wake, was excommunicated for ordaining Bishop Fellay and three other bishops without papal permission in 1988. In...
  • Choice and Compliance: (The Unavoidably Human Aspect of Human Sexuality)

    06/13/2012 3:17:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | 6/13/2012
    It could be said that the common enemy of the diet industry and the junk food industry is self-control. Information from the World Health Organization indicates that global obesity has doubled since 1980[1], which suggests that self-control is not winning the fight. Many tactics have been attempted to curb this trend, due to the heavy cost of obesity, both to the individual’s health and the society’s health care system. Educational programs have been implemented to teach children good habits early in life, taxes have been levied against foods deemed to be nutritionally lacking, and restrictions have been placed on where...
  • Who’s in Charge Here? The Illusions of Church Infallibility

    06/13/2012 2:59:02 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 362 replies
    White Horse Inn Blog ^ | Jun.13, 2012 | Michael Horton
    In my experience with those who wrestle with conversion to Roman Catholicism—at least those who have professed faith in the gospel, the driving theological issue is authority. How can I be certain that what I believe is true? The gospel of free grace through the justification of sinners in Christ alone moves to the back seat. Instead of the horse, it becomes the cart. Adjustments are made in their understanding of the gospel after accepting Rome’s arguments against sola scriptura. I address these remarks to friends struggling with that issue. Reformation Christians can agree with Augustine when he said that...
  • Behold the Prophet! No One Escapes! – A reflection on what prophets are really like (Baptist Alert!)

    06/13/2012 2:23:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We often like to read from and quote the prophets. But if you’ve ever met a real prophet you know that being in the presence of a real prophet can be very disturbing. Prophets love God’s people, but they love them too much to gainsay the truth.Prophets were famous for goring every one’s ox. No one left the presence of a prophet untouched.So troubling were the prophets of old, including Jesus, that most of them were persecuted, jailed, stoned, exiled and killed. Most of the Biblical prophets were beyond controversial, they were way over the top. Prophets denounced sin and...
  • Vatican set to control new 'catholic' Internet domain

    06/13/2012 2:04:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | June 13, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension ".catholic" and decide who is allowed to use it. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit corporation that coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican's formal application June 13 in London. The corporation is overseeing a huge expansion in the number of Internet extensions beyond the standard .com, .org., .edu and .gov. The extensions formally are known as generic top-level domains. The assignment of country-code top-level domains, like the Vatican's own .va, will...
  • Michael Voris Update: RealCatholicTV changes it name to Church Militant.TV

    06/13/2012 1:56:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Patheos ^ | 6/12/12 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    And they have a new studio, too. You may remember the controversy that swirled around this media enterprise last year, with the Archdiocese of Detroit asserting that Michael Voris is not authorized to use the word “Catholic” for his operation. Well, now that problem has been solved. His announcement: YouTube video: "New Beginnings"
  • Balaam; The Uniqueness Of Israel...Balaam pt 5

    . And he went to an high place. And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram. And the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. And he returned unto him … And he took up his parable, and said,Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram,out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed?...
  • What Did Christians Close to John the Apostle Believe about the Millennium?

    06/13/2012 1:12:26 PM PDT · by wmfights · 79 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.
    It has been said that one can use church history to prove just about anything. There is some wisdom to that old adage and that is why we must be careful when we use church history to support what we believe. Also, evangelicals have often rightly declared that as important as church history is, our doctrinal beliefs must first and foremost be grounded in Scripture. Thus, the proper perspective is to pay close attention to church history and learn from it, but also understand that Scripture takes priority over church history when it comes to what we should believe. With...
  • Blind Mount Carmel student overcomes big challenges

    06/13/2012 10:58:11 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul
    The Catholic Review ^ | June 7, 2012 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    J.T. Dulany has been pinned down more times than he can remember. Competing mostly in the 103-pound weight class throughout his four years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, the 19-year-old varsity wrestler said it took opponents an average of one minute to press his shoulders to the mat. “My strategy was to pray to God that they didn’t beat me up that bad,” Dulany remembered with a laugh. His joke belied a fighting spirit. Legally blind since his premature birth, Dulany underwent seven eye surgeries before he was 2. He has a mild form of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PRIVATE REVELATIONS. 06-13-12

    06/13/2012 10:33:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,
    Featured Term (selected at random):PRIVATE REVELATIONS Supernatural manifestations by God of hidden truths made to private individuals for their own spiritual welfare or that of others. They differ from the public revelation contained in Scripture and tradition which is given on behalf of the whole human race and is necessary for human salvation and sanctification. Although recognized by the Church and, at times, approved by her authority, private revelations are not the object of divine faith that binds one in conscience to believe on God's authority. The assent given to them, therefore, is either on human evidence or, when formally...
  • Course on Grace: Grace considered Extensively, Grace to Adam [Catholic and Open]

    06/13/2012 10:09:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Course on Grace by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PART ONE: GRACE CONSIDERED EXTENSIVELY I.  Why Grace? II.  What Is Grace? III.  Grace to the Angels IV.  Grace to Adam V.  Grace in the Old Testament VI.  Grace to Christ VII.  Justification in the New Testament Chapter IV. Grace to Adam Deiform Man. What graces were given to Adam in the state of original justice? The array of graces that made him supernatural man: the Indwelling Trinity – sanctifying grace – infused virtues – gifts of the Holy Spirit. What kind of man may we now call him?...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    06/13/2012 8:00:37 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 23 replies
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  • I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian [Mega hit piece on Christians]

    06/13/2012 7:46:26 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 216 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 12, 2012 | David V. Mason
    ................... Mormons seem to be everywhere. I want to be on record about this. I’m about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find — a templegoer with a Utah pedigree and an administrative position in a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also emphatically not a Christian. -SNIP-In addition, these Christians had to defend their use of additional scripture and their unconventional conception of God and explain why they were following a bumpkin carpenter from some obscure backwater. Early Christianity’s relationship with non-Jews was even worse. Roman writers frequently alluded to rumors about...
  • Holy Spirit

    06/13/2012 7:26:29 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Power of the Holy Spirit
  • Vatican Official Warns of 'Dialogue of the Deaf' with LCWR

    06/13/2012 6:58:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 6/12/12 | John L Allen Jr
    ROME -- In the wake of Tuesday's meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible "dialogue of the deaf," reflected in what he sees as a lack of movement on the Vatican's concerns. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, floated the possibility that should the LCWR not accept the reforms outlined in an April 18 assessment, the result could be decertifying it in favor of a new organization...
  • I Walk From The Ashes...My Crucifix Warm on My Kevlar.

    06/13/2012 6:49:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote.org ^ | 6/12/12 | Tom Crowe
    Was thumbing through a news mag the other day—you know, the kind that still comes out on paper, because I’m old-fashioned like that sometimes—and happened upon an article on threats to national security. This picture was randomly used in it. U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan Genaw, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, observes a hill for a possible enemy threat in Kandarou, Afghanistan, July 25, 2009. Afghan national army soldiers and U.S. forces patrolled the area together looking for possible improvised explosive devices. Photo by Spc. Evan MarcySolid picture: the American fighting man scanning the...
  • Bishop Blair Pounds the Facts; LCWR Pounds The Table

    06/13/2012 6:36:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/12/12 | Phil Lawler
    You know the old lawyer’s advice to a new practitioner? “If the law is on your side, pound the law. If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound the table.” Liberal Catholics have been pounding the table recently in their defense of radical women religious. Today the Vatican pounded the law. Bishop Leonard Blair pounded the facts. Two separate cases have set the liberal media to howling about a supposed Vatican crackdown on defenseless American nuns. First the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)...