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  • An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ (RTS Chancellor on the importance of a work ethic)

    10/12/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Reformed Theological Seminary ^ | 12/31/2011 | Dr. Michael Milton
    An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ? The Most Important Question Facing us in 2012 is more than an Election The most important question of the coming year is not “who will be the next occupant of the White House?” The single most important matter before us all is a question of value. It is a question that may be stated, “Will the Western world embrace the very thing that holds it together. Or will it continue the denial of the obvious and seal its inevitable decline?” Let me explain. In historiography – the study of history –...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(10/12/12)[Prayer]

    10/12/2012 5:46:19 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Isaiah 54:17 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!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/12/12)[Prayer]

    10/12/2012 5:33:58 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El ElyonGenesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Melchizedek was a Priest of "El Elyon". This Means "The Most High God", the Supreme Being, The Almighty and Eternal God. In his wanderings, Abraham encountered many kings and priests and religious leaders. But Melchizedek stands out because he was a priest of The One True God, The Only God, God Most High, El Elyon.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/12/2012 4:46:04 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Dream Day Today's Scripture Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint… Proverbs 29:18, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I have friends who run an orphanage in a very poor nation. Every Friday they go down to the slums and take the children to the beach. They call it “Dream Day.” As the children play in the sand and water, as they look at the beautiful ocean and watch the magnificent sunsets, they talk to them about how God knew them before they were formed in their mother’s womb, how they have seeds of greatness...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 12, 2012]

    10/12/2012 4:44:03 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Getting into God’s Stride "Enoch walked with God . . ." —Genesis 5:24 The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of life when he is not under the spotlight (seeJohn 1:35-37 and John 3:30). It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him— it means getting your second wind spiritually....
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/12/2012)[Prayer]

    10/12/2012 4:01:56 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 8 replies
    10/12/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Medicine Is In Your Mouth

    10/12/2012 12:03:36 AM PDT · by Frank Broom · 7 replies
    10-12-12 | Frank Broom
    One of the most important things people overlook in dealing with sickness is what they speak out of their mouth. You can't just speak anything because your words have an effect on your body. In the book of James he says, if you offend not in word, you are able to bridle your whole body. He also goes on to say your tongue is like the rudder of a ship, so if you want to go from sickness to healing then you are going to have to set your tongue to healing and not sickness. In 1Peter 3:10 he says,...
  • Vatican II at 50

    10/11/2012 10:05:15 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/12 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Vatican II at 50By Kenneth J. Wolfe Fifty years ago today the Second Vatican Council began with a clear indication of who had gained control of the Catholic Church’s direction. From the Latin Mass to meatless Fridays to the concept of salvation, numerous components of the faith were set to be reformed, led mostly by clerical academics who had served on preparatory commissions. So powerful were they that Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, a conservative who headed what is now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which the future Pope Benedict XVI would later lead), was vocally heckled and silenced...
  • Islamic-Fascist dehumanization of non-Muslims

    10/11/2012 5:31:15 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    ISLAMIC-FASCIST DEHUMANIZATION OF NON-MUSLIMS -- NON-MUSLIMS ARE (plain) ANIMALS Senior Iran cleric calls non-Muslims "animals" Nov 20, 2005 – Iran Focus  Tehran, Iran, Nov. 20 – A senior Iranian cleric said on Sunday that all non-Muslims were “animals engaged in corruption” and defended the path of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as the only path to heaven.  Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati who heads the powerful Guardians Council and is a close adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of Revolutionary Guards commanders, “Human beings, apart from Muslims, are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption”.  Jannati was speaking at...
  • Pope acknowledges "bad fish" in Church

    10/11/2012 4:54:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/11/12
    Pope Benedict urged lapsed and lukewarm Roman Catholics on Thursday to rediscover their faith but acknowledged there are "bad fish" in the Church itself. The pope made his comments at two large events before thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a far-reaching event in the Church's 2,000-year history. "Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual desertification," he said in his sermon of a morning Mass, opening a worldwide "Year of Faith". "We see it all around us ... the void has spread," he said. The...
  • Forming a Catholic Conscience

    10/11/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 11, 2012 | Randall Smith
    Now I know why Lincoln lost to Douglas. Several weeks ago, a column appeared here in which I suggested that a Catholic with a properly formed conscience cannot vote for a candidate who favors abortion over one who favors restricting it, any more than a Catholic with a properly formed conscience could have justifiably voted for a pro-slavery or pro-Nazi candidate in times past.   The response suggests it’s easy to lose sight of what’s truly important in a mass of secondary issues.Some suggested that I had compared Obama with Hitler, even though the president’s name didn’t appear anywhere in the...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of PaulÂ’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: May Al-Rab (not Allah) Bless You

    10/11/2012 1:21:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 11, 2012 | Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - On the Commonweal magazine blog, Michael Peppard posted an article entitled "Pope Benedict: 'May Allah bless you all!" While it is unquestionably true that the Holy Father gave a blessing Arabic, he did not say "May Allah bless you all!" as Peppard states. Peppard says in his article that there is only one word that could have been used by the Pope, and that word was "Allah." But in fact, the whole article is built on a faulty premise.  There are other words that may be used to refer to God other than Allah,...
  • The State-Sponsored Fairy Tale

    10/11/2012 12:48:23 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 35 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 10/11/12 | Tony Caruso
    Evolution is the proverbial big lie. It is told over and over again by government bureaucrats, teachers, scientists, university professors, news anchors, and others who should know better. It remains unchallenged in the public arena because no dissent is permitted to this state religion. Like most government lies, particularly those it tells school children in order to perpetuate Marxism into the next generation, the theory of evolution enjoys near-sacred politically correct status. It is not to be questioned. Those who do so will be scorned by the establishment as uneducated zealots, marginalized as pariahs in the world of political discourse,...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • Preaching the Real Gospel Brings Persecutions {from the church}

    10/11/2012 10:15:05 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 1 replies
    From 1739 onward, Wesley and the Methodists were persecuted by clergymen and magistrates for various reasons. Though Wesley had been ordained an Anglican presbyter, many other Methodist leaders had not received ordination. And for his own part, Wesley flouted many regulations of the Church of England concerning parish boundaries and who had authority to preach. This was seen as a social threat that disregarded institutions. Ministers attacked them in sermons and in print, and at times mobs attacked them. Wesley and his followers continued to work among the neglected and needy. They were denounced as promulgators of strange doctrines, fomenters...
  • Why Would God Give America Obama or Romney?

    10/11/2012 10:06:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/09/2012 | By Wallace Henley
    If Mitt Romney is elected president of the United States, his religion, a serious, cultic distortion of the Bible and history in the eyes of many evangelicals, will have new standing and credibility, and likely experience an acceleration of its already fast expansion. Under Romney, some policies may languish in the swampy squish of centrism, one that embraces elements of Obamacare. If his leadership in Massachusetts is a sample, Romney may attempt to combine statist, modified Keynesian economics with Reaganesque supply-side policies, a mixture of oil and water. He is untested on national defense and foreign policy. If President Obama...
  • How Arius the Heretic Died in a Bathroom Before Receiving Holy Communion

    10/11/2012 9:43:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | 10/11/12 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Arius, the Heretic Who Died of a Wretched Bowel Problem There heretic Arius is one of the most interesting characters on the stage of history. Every December I write a tribute post to Saint Nicholas about the tradition of Saint Nicholas h-slapping (heretic slapping) Arius at the Council of Nicea in AD 325. Joseph Reidy, professor of history at If you know of any 18 year olds looking for a traditional Catholic college, please send them our way.) As you know, Arius divided the Church and Empire of the fourth and fifth century by claiming that the Divine Logos, Jesus...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALUMBRADOS, 10-11-12

    10/11/2012 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALUMBRADOS A loosely organized group of spiritual persons in sixteenth-century Spain, condemned many times by the Inquisition, who taught that once a person attains the vision of God's essence in this life he can dispense with all external means of sanctification. Vocal prayer, the use of the sacraments, the practice of justice and charity, penance and bodily mortification become unnecessary. Perfect souls need give themselves only to mental prayer and ecstatic contemplation, which unite them so intimately with God that they lose personal liberty and individuality. In the state of perfection a man becomes incapable of...
  • Negative Political Ads Are Useful!

    10/11/2012 8:25:34 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    CSTNews ^ | October 12, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Political ads should never be vile, vicious, or vulgar but informative, instructive, and inspiring. Negative ads are very desirable and necessary to have an informed electorate. Most Americans never read anything except the sports page and comic page and watch reruns of “I Love Lucy” for the 18th time so they need to get all the information they can before they vote. That means: hit them hard, hit them early, but don’t hit them below the belt. The non-thinking do-gooders are clamoring for a ban on negative ads but to suggest a ban is incredible. What about the Bill of...
  • Muslim Leaders Admit: Palestinians Don’t Exist!

    10/11/2012 8:16:00 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 5 replies
    CSTNews ^ | October 11, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The “Palestinian people” don’t exist as an historical group but they do exist as a political ploy used by the PLO and other Muslim extremists for their own selfish purposes. These “Palestinian” people are refugees from the Middle East whom the Muslim nations will not accept as citizens but will use as grunt workers in their fields and orchards. The refugees are welcome as workers but not as citizens. By leaving the refugee camps, they better themselves as migrate workers but without any hope of citizenship from their “brother” Muslims. However, they have been and are being used as pawns...
  • The New Evangelization: Down with Optimism, Up with Hope

    10/11/2012 7:42:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10/10/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    The current Synod on the New Evangelization is not optimistic about the state of the world. This, I am prepared to argue, represents a seismic shift in episcopal perceptions over the past fifty years. In the second half of the twentieth century, the Catholic hierarchy in the West seemed possessed by what can only be called a foolish optimism, almost to the point of believing that human culture would evolve all on its own to a better and more spiritual state. Let’s look back a bit before going forward. For a wide variety of cultural reasons, the world seemed full...
  • Catholic Colleges Outnumbered by Other Christian Colleges Suing HHS

    10/11/2012 7:33:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 10/10/12 | Matthew Archbold
    For months, it’s been wrongly proclaimed that opposition to the HHS contraceptive mandate was a Catholic thing. Instead, with regard to colleges and universities, we might wish for more Catholic engagement. With the announcement that East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University filed lawsuits against the mandate, Catholic colleges suing the Administration are now outnumbered by non-Catholic Christian colleges. According to The Becket Fund, 15 colleges are suing the Administration including seven Catholic colleges: Belmont Abbey College, Aquinas College in Nashville, Ave Maria University, the Catholic University of America, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the University of St. Francis,...
  • Latest Challenge to HHS Mandate Rejected by Federal Court: A Sign of What’s to Come?

    10/11/2012 7:26:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/10/12 | Kenneth D. Whitehead
    The recent decision by a federal court in Missouri to reject one of the lawsuits challenging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “Obamacare” mandate, requires near universal carrying of insurance plans that cover, gratis, contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs raises troubling questions about how the courts generally are going to rule on the numerous other lawsuits currently filed against this misbegotten HHS mandate. Catholics and other opponents of the mandate believe it to be a grave violation of religious liberty, both under the First Amendment and under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but this recent Missouri decision judges...
  • N.Y. Times Covers New Archbishop [Cordileone, San Francisco]

    10/11/2012 7:24:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The appointment of Salvatore Cordileone as ninth archbishop of the archdiocese of San Francisco continues to send shock waves far and wide. On Saturday, September 29, the New York Times ran a story titled “San Francisco’s New Archbishop Worries Gay Catholics” by Norimitsu Onishi. The story began: “At Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro, this city’s largest gay district, about 20 of the faithful gathered for 8 a.m. Mass recently, clustering in the middle pews. Led by a visiting priest from nearby Oakland, the parishioners joined in celebrating the 30th anniversary of a gay couple…. But the appointment...
  • Vatican Cardinal Warns Against Syncretism in Dialogue; Polish Prelate Speaks of Divine Mercy

    10/11/2012 7:17:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    On the fourth day of the Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 16 synod fathers spoke on various aspects of the synod’s theme, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, warned that poorly-catechized Christians should not take part in interreligious dialogue. “Christians, often ignorant of the content of their own faith and incapable because of this of living of and for it, are not capable of interreligious dialogue that always begins with the assertion of one’s own convictions,” he cautioned. “There is no room...
  • US Bishops to Consider Document on Preaching

    10/11/2012 7:03:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    During its annual fall meeting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss whether to approve a document entitled “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily.”“The ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel is to lead people into a loving and intimate relationship with the Lord, a relationship that forms the character of their persons and guides them in living out their faith,” states the draft document, which was prepared by a committee chaired by Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis. “The homilist should strive to live a life of holiness” and “see the world through biblical eyes.”
  • Vatican II, 50 Years Later : The council brought great controversy, but eventually, a greater gift.

    10/11/2012 6:50:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2012 | George Weigel
    The modern history of the Catholic Church has rarely followed the historical arc imagined for it.In the early 19th century, the Church in France was awash in Jacobin-drawn blood, and the Church throughout Europe was reeling from two papal kidnappings by Napoleon. No one imagined that, in the decades just ahead, Catholicism would flourish in the new United States and that the Church’s mission to sub-Saharan Africa would begin in earnest, led by new religious orders founded in the aftermath of the French Revolution.In 1870, when Piux IX retreated behind the Leonine Wall and became the “prisoner of the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and For Our Nation (10/11/12)[Prayer]

    10/11/2012 4:54:22 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/11/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Genesis 17:1-2 “I am God Almighty[El Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/11/12)[Prayer]

    10/11/2012 4:32:58 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/11/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Genesis 17:1,2 1.When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[El Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” THE NAME GOD HAS CHOSEN FOR THIS MOMENT IN OUR STORY IS "EL Shaddai". It means The "All-Sufficient God".The Hebrew Word "Shad" which is the Root of this Wonderful Name, is The Word for The Human Breast, which Nourishes the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 11, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/11/2012 4:04:07 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    Change Your Environment Today's Scripture Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Mark 1:35, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Mark 1:35, NIV. Today's Word: Are you facing challenges today or feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances? Perhaps what you see on the outside doesn’t match what God has placed on the inside of...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 11, 2012]

    10/11/2012 4:02:00 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    God’s Silence— Then What? "When He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was" —John 11:6 Has God trusted you with His silence— a silence that has great meaning? God’s silences are actually His answers. Just think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything comparable to those days in your life? Can God trust you like that, or are you still asking Him for a visible answer? God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/11/2012)[Prayer]

    10/11/2012 3:24:42 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 11 replies
    10/11/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-11-12

    10/10/2012 9:06:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 11, 2012 Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Gal 3:1-5 O stupid Galatians!Who has bewitched you,before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?I want to learn only this from you:did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,or from faith in what you heard?Are you so stupid?After beginning with the Spirit,are you now ending with the flesh?Did you experience so many things in vain?--if indeed it was in vain.Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to youand works mighty deeds among youdo so from works of the lawor from faith...
  • Vincent de Paul, Welfare Statist?

    10/10/2012 5:27:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 10/10/12 | Kevin E. Schmiesing
    In Thomas Worcester’s recent column on the Huffington Post, he spins the seventeenth-century Catholic saint, Vincent de Paul, as an advocate of twenty-first century liberal social policy. Though he doesn’t quite say it, a month ahead of a presidential election the message can hardly be missed: St. Vincent de Paul, were he around today, would surely cast his vote for Barack Obama. Worcester is probably mistaken, but the more important thing is that, in his zeal to recruit St. Vincent for the Democratic Party, he besmirches the reputation of one of history’s great exemplars of Christian charity.This is a common sort...
  • More CCHD Poison

    10/10/2012 4:44:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | 10/10/12 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    While hoping that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will actually be reformed, faithful Catholics are right to remain skeptical. Prudence dictates continued withholding of contributions from this "Catholic" in name only charity that funnels money to so many immoral organizations. Michael Hichborn details the latest head shaker in his article about the Chelsea Initiative, a group that promotes homosexual activism. CCHD actually tried to convince this pro-homosexual group to KEEP their $40,000 grant after the group returned it saying they could not comply with CCHD rules. HUH? Can somebody at CCHD explain this? Sounds like Chelsea has more integrity...
  • High Times (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/10/2012 4:17:28 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 2 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | October 9, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    The Olivet Discourse is the theological term used to describe the passages in Scripture in which Jesus outlined the signs of His coming and the end of world government. All three Synoptic Gospels, (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21) offer the same outline, differing only in the amount of detail offered by each Gospel writer. It is important to understand both the context and the perspective in which it was offered in order to understand how it applies in the real world. First, we must understand to whom it is primarily addressed: "And as He sat upon the mount...
  • Pope 'working harder than anyone' at synod sessions

    10/10/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    A screenshot of the Oct. 9 session of Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization. Credit: CTV. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church. “The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, who is attending the synod as an observer, said that Pope Benedict took a keen interest...
  • Priest again facing charges that he sexually abused altar boy

    10/10/2012 1:22:53 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/4/2012 | Mensah M. Dean
    A PHILADELPHIA judge Tuesday reinstated three felony charges against a Catholic priest who is accused of forcing oral sex on a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997. Father Andrew McCormick sat stoically at the defense table as Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick held him for trial after a brief hearing on involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and statutory sexual assault.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONCORDAT, 10-10-12

    10/10/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONCORDAT An official agreement between the Pope, in his spiritual capacity as visible head of the Catholic Church, and the temporal authority of a state. Commonly accepted as a contract between Church and State, it is a treaty governed by international laws and has been used by the Holy See since the early Middle Ages. The earliest agreement called such was the Concordat of Worms (1122), by which Pope Calixtus II and Emperor Henry V (1081-1125) put an end to the struggle over lay investiture. the best known in modern times was the Lateran Treaty of...
  • Spokane Diocese claims lawyers mishandled bankruptcy [Spokane Diocese attacks its own lawyers]

    10/10/2012 10:11:56 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | October 10, 2012 | John Stucke
    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has accused its own lawyers of mishandling its historic bankruptcy, which exposed decades of clergy sex abuse and cost parishioners and insurers $50 million. A malpractice lawsuit filed this week by the diocese seeks more than $12 million from the venerable Spokane law firm Paine Hamblen Coffin Brooke and Miller. The claim is the latest bombshell in a bankruptcy that staggered along from December 2004 until May. The diocese settled with 180 people who claimed they were sexually abused by priests and other Catholic clergy. The diocese, now under the leadership of Bishop Blase Cupich,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    10/10/2012 8:22:30 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • Russia Defends Traditional Values

    10/10/2012 7:21:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 10/8/12 | Bonchamps
    Mother Russia has done it again: this time, it pushed through a UN resolution affirming the link between traditional values and human rights. It did so against the protests of European and American delegations, who were primarily concerned about the implications that such an affirmation would have for gay rights. "The European and U.S. delegations repeatedly complained that “traditional values” is a vague concept used to justify violence and discrimination against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) persons." Homosexual activists are not happy: "Support for traditional values is deeply troublesome to LGBT groups, as the Gay Star News...
  • Archbishop Panel Split Over Church's Future [C of E]

    10/10/2012 7:16:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/6/12 | Cole Moreton, and Edward Malnick
    The panel meeting to appoint the successor to Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is split over the future of the Church.It is the decision that 77 million Anglicans around the world are waiting for: who will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. But nine days after the successor to Dr Rowan Williams was expected to have been named, the Crown Nominations Commission remains silent. Its work is shrouded in secrecy, but a Sunday Telegraph investigation can reveal that its 16 members are split, not over women bishops or same sex marriages, but the future of the Church itself....
  • Maximilian Kolbe's Story Shows us Why Sainthood is Still Meaningful

    10/10/2012 7:01:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/10/12 | Steven Hepburn
    On the anniversary of St Maximilian's canonisation, we can learn from the priest who died in place of a stranger in AuschwitzIf the story of the Christian faith is about suffering, death and the power of God in the resurrection, then the 20th-century story of Nagasaki and Auschwitz is about suffering, death and the power of man in destruction. St Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest who was canonised 30 years ago today, in a unique way embraced both places. With his life he witnessed for the Christian faith in the first and with his death he witnessed for...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Confession is The Sacrament of New Evangelization

    10/10/2012 6:57:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/9/12 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops gathered at the Vatican that “the primary sacrament of the New Evangelization is the sacrament of penance.” “Yes the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist – change, challenge and equip the agents of evangelization, but the sacrament of reconciliation evangelizes the evangelizers, as it brings us sacramentally into contact with Jesus who calls us to conversion of heart and inspires (us) to answer his invitation to repentance,” Cardinal Dolan said on Oct. 9, the third day...
  • Benedict XVI: ‘Being Tepid is the Greatest Danger for Christians’

    10/10/2012 6:54:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/8/12 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI has said that to evangelise means to help people understand that God himself has responded to their questions, and that his response – the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ – is available to them as well. “Our role in the new evangelisation is to cooperate with God,” the Pope told more than 260 cardinals, bishops and priests who are members of the world Synod of Bishops on the new evangelisation. “We can only let people know what God has done.” In a 21-minute, off-the-cuff reflection during morning prayer at the synod’s opening session today, Pope Benedict...
  • 14 Surviving Fathers of Vatican II to Take Part in Year of Faith opening ceremony

    10/10/2012 6:49:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Speaking at an October 9 press conference, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization announced the details of the opening ceremony of the Year of Faith, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. The Year of Faith begins on October 11 and concludes on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The opening ceremony “is an opportunity to revisit that event which left such a deep mark on the life of the Church in the twentieth century, and to examine the influence its teachings have had during the intervening...
  • Afterlife Exists Says Top Brain Surgeon

    10/10/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 71 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | October 10, 2012 | Mark Hughes
    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings".
  • ELCA Trying to Stop U.S. Military Aid to Israel

    10/10/2012 5:12:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/9/12 | Dan Skogen
    It comes as a surprise to many when anti-Semitism is propagated by people and denominations operating under the banner of Christianity. The latest incident comes from a letter sent to the United States Congress by the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Mark S. Hanson, and his liberal church cohorts telling the Congress to investigate Israel and consider halting military aid to them. That letter was broadcast far and wide by the ELCA News Service, with the subtitle “ELCA, other churches call for investigation of military aid to Israel.” So make no mistake, this is a call...