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  • Direction for Our Time

    11/07/2012 10:34:09 AM PST · by mgist · 2 replies
    Direction For Our Time ^ | 11/7/12 | Anne the Lay Apostle
    Dear lay apostles, (Ann is a visionary from Ireland dedicated to spreading God’s messages) May God continue to grant us His most special blessings in this time. How are we, lay apostles, called to offer ourselves to the people we meet today? My friends, always and every day, we are called to offer hope. God’s kingdom is not of this world, and we, those who strive to bring about God’s kingdom, are probably serving as best we can. Often, in our service to God we decide what success will look like. But this is short sighted. Only God can judge...
  • Catholic Conservatives and the Obama’s re-election

    11/07/2012 8:26:03 AM PST · by annalex · 76 replies
    November 7, 2012 | Annalex
    Catholic Conservatives and the Obama’s re-electionby Annalex These are a few thoughts that I have, as a Catholic layman and American nationalist. I am also a monarchist, and so I recognize the basic futility of a democratic political process in a culturally divided electorate: the country has been for the past several election cycles largely ungovernable because it has lost a common ethical consensus. However, even in this predicament, elections serve a useful purpose. That is because regardless of the efficacy of the democratic process, politics remain one tool available to us to forestall a national collapse, and, possibly, cause...
  • Obama wins with the Catholic vote

    11/07/2012 8:23:20 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 111 replies ^ | 11/7/12 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Obama wins with the Catholic vote November 7, 2012 By Deacon Greg Kandra Details, from Catholic News Agency: The Catholic vote was divided much as was the rest of the nation’s voters, leaning slightly in favor of Obama. A final Gallup poll, reflecting tracking from Nov. 1 to 4, showed Catholics favoring Obama by 52 to 45 percent.“The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have the potential to make an impact,” said Gregory Smith, a senior researcher who specializes in Catholic politics at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.While they do not vote as...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/07/2012 7:33:03 AM PST · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • How Should Christians Respond to Obama's Re-Election?

    11/07/2012 6:39:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/07/2012 | Russell D. Moore, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    The American people have decided that Barack Obama should have a second term. And, behind them, in the mystery of providence, God has decided that Barack Obama would be re-elected. So how should Christians respond to our once and future President? Many of us have some disagreements with the President. As a conservative Christian, I believe unborn children have certain inalienable rights, including the right to life, and I wish President Obama would work to protect them. I believe freedom of conscience is the preeminent right in a civil society, and the Administration's incursions on religious liberty are troubling. I...
  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 6:17:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/6/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    My remarks will be brief, since this is not a political blog, and I am not a political prognosticator. The American people and process have spoken. But a few remarks based on the election results, things I think of as undeniable facts for the Church, though you are free to offer any rebuttals. 1. The strained relationship between the Catholic Church in the Democratic party will continue and the strain will likely grow. The reasons for this are that the Democratic Party is increasingly aligning itself with positions that are in direct conflict with Catholic teaching. More of this in...
  • The Religious Right is Dead

    11/07/2012 6:07:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/7/12 | Damian Thompson
    Guys – have a quick puff of your joint before heading down the aisle with your boyfriend. In addition to re-electing Obama, various American states voted to legalise dope and gay marriage. OK, so they weren't necessarily the same states, but you get the picture. Last night was a victory for secular liberal America – or, to put it another way, America's emerging secular liberal majority. The United States is still pious by European standards, but the gap is narrowing every year. You cannot visit American bookshops without being struck by the popularity of atheist cheerleaders or agnostic self-help gurus;...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/7/12)[Prayer]

    11/07/2012 4:49:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/7/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My Refuge and my Strength Psalm 46:1 Psalm 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 7, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/07/2012 4:36:25 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 11/7/12 | Joel Osteen
    Remember Your Victories Today's Scripture “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph...” (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you think about your past, what events do you remember? What memories do you allow to play over and over in your mind? In the Old Testament, they had what they called memorial stones. These were used to remind the people about the good things God did in their lives — their victories. Today, we need to remind ourselves to focus on our victories, too. Sure, we’ve all had setbacks, but when...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 7, 2012]

    11/07/2012 4:35:06 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Undetected Sacredness Of Circumstances ""All things work together for good to them that love God." " — Romans 8:28 The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you cannot understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into places and among people and into conditions in order that the intercession of the Spirit in you may take a particular line. Never put your hand in front of the circumstances...
  • Persecuted Coptic Church in Egypt chooses a new pope

    11/07/2012 12:19:31 AM PST · by islamisasataniclie · 4 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 4, 2012 | Beatriz Schiava
    Bishop Tawadros will be officially enthroned as Pope Tawadros II, on November 18. The announcement comes amid increased persecution, kidnappings of women and children, harassment of Christians, imprisonment, and killings that the Church has been suffering since the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power. According to Christian Post Africa, it has become increasingly difficult to get permits to build Churches or to repair old ones. Lord David Alton, co-founder of the human rights organization Jubilee Campaign told CBN that “the exodus,” of the Christian community in Egypt has been unprecedented during the past 12 months. Lord Alton went on to...
  • Man of Lawlessness and 2 Thessalonians 2

    11/06/2012 11:08:41 PM PST · by LifeComesFirst · 23 replies
    The Bible ^ | Paul of Tarsus
    For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
  • That Problem Must Go

    11/06/2012 10:28:24 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 9 replies
    11-7-12 | Frank Broom
    You might be going through a tough time right now, but let me just tell you that problem can't stand against your answer. Your answer is found in the word of God. What is the word of God, it's God speaking to you. It's God informing you of what He has spoken concerning your problem, that's your answer. Understand this, God has already spoken your answer not your problem. And there's no problem that can stand against the word of God. Your answer is much more powerful than your problem. Notice Romans 8:2 says, "For the law of the spirit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-07-12

    11/06/2012 9:42:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 11-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 7, 2012   Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 2:12-18 My beloved, obedient as you have always been,not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent,work out your salvation with fear and trembling.For God is the one who, for his good purpose,works in you both to desire and to work.Do everything without grumbling or questioning,that you may be blameless and innocent,children of God without blemishin the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,among whom you shine like lights in the world,as you hold on to the word...
  • Thank you for those who prayed

    11/06/2012 8:53:30 PM PST · by Blogger · 117 replies
    11/6/12 | Blogger
    Well, it is 11:42 and it appears that the answer to many of our prayers was "no." Not what we wanted to hear. Heartbreaking, but not surprising. A nation can not, after all, run around being completely unrepentant of murdering nearly 60 million babies and expect God to turn His head away forever. We also can not have a leader who would turn on God's chosen nation the way Obama has and expect for God's blessings to continue. Such would contradict Scripture - to which God is ultimately always faithful. So where do we go? To our knees. Yet though...
  • Adoration begins in Eternal City for US elections

    11/06/2012 2:38:10 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 6, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Eucharistic adoration begins at San Lorenzo parish in Rome for the 2012 U.S. elections. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA. Rome, Italy, Nov 6, 2012 / 02:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Eternal City are holding an all-night Eucharistic vigil, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., praying that U.S. voters help their country by electing politicians who will support Christian values. “We’re praying that the Holy Spirit guide those who vote, especially all Catholics and people of good will,” said Father Frederick Gruber, 28, who is studying for his license in sacred theology at the Marianum. “We’re praying that life be protected, that...
  • COMMUNION THROUGH A FEEDING TUBE (And More on Confirmations)

    11/06/2012 2:10:08 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    ZNA ^ | November 6, 2012 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, Nov. 6, 2012 ( Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.Q: In a program to help prepare parents of children who are to receive first Communion, a father asked about his child who has had a serious illness from birth. She cannot eat or drink normally but receives nourishment through her stomach directly by way of PEG [percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy] tubes. She attends normal school, speaks with difficulty, but is intelligent and leads a normal life. How can she receive Communion? Is it at all possible for her to receive...
  • Prayer for America on Election Day November 2012

    11/06/2012 9:35:03 AM PST · by ezfindit · 6 replies
    The Voice Blog - OrthodoxNet ^ | 11/6/2012 | Chris Banescu
    Dear Lord pour out Thy Holy Spirit on this nation and help us in this time of trouble. Give comfort to the suffering, strength to the weak, wisdom to the undecided, and courage to the fearful. ... Be merciful to us Lord for we are in need of Your love and kindness. Help us elect a faithful, loving, mature, hard-working, and wise leader, a man of character and integrity who will bring hope, peace, and joy to a suffering and crumbling nation.
  • Egypt's new Coptic pope hopes for 'true renaissance' under Morsi

    11/06/2012 8:38:02 AM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Monday 5 Nov 2012
    Egypt's new Coptic pope hopes for 'true renaissance' under Morsi In this Friday, 2 November 2012 photo, Bishop Tawadros speaks with reporters in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP) In his first statements as Egypt's new Coptic Orthodox pope, Tawadros II – selected on Sunday – voiced hope that Egypt would witness a "genuine national revival" under Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. He also announced his intention to reform church regulations governing papal elections, which have not been altered for the past 55 years. "I received the news with tears," Tawadros declared from the Saint Pishoy Monastery in Egypt's northern Wadi Natroun district,...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98

    11/06/2012 8:22:17 AM PST · by annalex · 10 replies
    Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim Dies at 98 Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria was in charge of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for 41 years. Photo by Cross The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Maxim, has passed away at the age of 98. Patriarch Maxim died shortly before 4 am on Tuesday, the Bulgarian National Television reported. The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church was hospitalized a month ago, and in the last few days he was on life support in the Governmental Hospital in Sofia. His All Holiness Maxim of Bulgaria turned 98 on October 29, 2012. Because of his...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: STATION, 11-06-12

    11/06/2012 8:02:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 11-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):STATION A term indicating where some part of a moving or progressive liturgical celebration takes place. Thus the new Liturgy for the Dead provides for three types of function: three stations, i.e., in the home, in church, and at the cemetery; two stations, i.e., in the cemetery chapel and at the grave; and one station only, in the home of the deceased. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Change Afoot in Cuba

    11/06/2012 7:04:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | 5/11/12 | Jonathan Newman
    I recently concluded my second visit to Cuba in eighteen months. On my way out, I asked the airline official why I was given the luxury of sitting in the exit row. He smiled and replied, “The Holy Book says, ‘Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.’” When I asked him if he believed the Holy Book was from God, he laughed. “Of course! I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. Are you?” This was the last of scores of encounters over my previous week that signaled great changes underway in Cuba, both religious and political....
  • The St. Marcel Initiative [Bp Williamson Goes Freelance]

    11/06/2012 6:54:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The St. Marcel Initiave ^ | 11/3/12 | Bp. Richard Williamson
    It seems that, today, God wants a loose network of independent pockets of Catholic Resistance, gathered around the Mass, freely contacting one another, but with no structure of false obedience, which served to sink the mainstream Church in the 1960’s and is now sinking the Society of St. Pius X. If you agree, make contributions to the St. Marcel Initiative; they will certainly come in useful. For myself, once my situation stabilizes, I am ready to put my bishop’s powers at the disposal of whoever can make wise use of them. —His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson, London, November 3, 2012...
  • Egypt's New Pope Opposes Religious Constitution

    11/06/2012 6:35:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 11/5/12 | Sarah el Deeb
    <p>CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's new Coptic pope said Monday the constitution now being drafted will not be acceptable if it is overtly religious, a sign he would campaign with his Christian minority and secular groups against increasing Islam's role in the new charter.</p>
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation.

    11/06/2012 6:27:17 AM PST · by WhatNot · 13 replies
    Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh all [things]; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise [men] backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;(Isaiah 44:24-25
  • Father Frank Pavone's Homily on Voting

    11/06/2012 6:12:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet ^ | November 6, 2012 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    Fr Frank Pavone's homily on voting........
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/6/12)[Prayer]

    11/06/2012 5:07:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My Sun and my Shield Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
  • VANITY: Where is your heart? Endtime implications for the election

    11/06/2012 4:31:22 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Vanity | 11/6/2012 | Dr. Thorne
    My personal belief is that this election will serve as notice from God Almighty regarding His blessing on America. If Obama wins, I will be resigned to the fact that God has turned His back on America for our manifold sins, especially for rejecting and ignoring Christ - the same sin that brought utter destruction on Jerusalem in 70 A.D.If Romney wins, I believe this will signal that God has not yet turned His back on America, and that we still have a chance to repent and retain His blessing.Either way, as I have posted before on FR, America does...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/06/2012 4:15:36 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 11/6/12 | Joel Osteen
    Yes and Amen Today's Scripture For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you thought about the fact that God has already said “yes” to His promises in your life? You don’t have to beg God to be good to you. You don’t have to plead with Him to help you. God wants to help you. He wants to pour out His abundant blessing on your life. Scripture says His promises are “yes and amen.”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 6, 2012]

    11/06/2012 4:14:11 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Programme Of Belief "Believest thou this?" —John 11:26 Martha believed in the power at the disposal of Jesus Christ, she believed that if He had been present He could have healed her brother; she also believed that Jesus had a peculiar intimacy with God and that whatever He asked of God, God would do; but she needed a closer personal intimacy with Jesus. Martha’s programme of belief had its fulfilment in the future; Jesus led her on until her belief became a personal possession, and then slowly emerged into a particular inheritance – “Yea, Lord, I believe that Thou...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (11/6/2012)[Election Day Prayer]

    11/06/2012 3:05:44 AM PST · by DarthVader · 21 replies
    11/6/12 | 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...
  • NY religious sister in court after $128,000 theft ["Pastoral Associate"]

    11/06/2012 2:42:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 11/6/12 | Kevin J. Jones
    A religious sister who served as pastoral associate at two parishes in western New York faces grand larceny charges after she allegedly stole $128,000 from the parishes. Kevin Keenan, a spokesman for the Diocese of Buffalo, commented on the charges Nov. 5. “It’s always disappointing when people in positions of trust apparently violate that trust,” he told EWTN News. “Parishioners are hard working people and they donated money to the parish with the expectation that that money would be put toward ministry and other parish operations.” Sister Mary Anne Rapp was scheduled to appear in Kendall Town Court on Nov....
  • Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth

    11/06/2012 12:25:38 AM PST · by AmbassadorForChrist · 3 replies
    Bible | 2012 | AmbassadorForChrist
    There are many who are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth:
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-06-12

    11/05/2012 10:21:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 11-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 6, 2012 Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 2:5-11 Brothers and sisters:Have among yourselves the same attitudethat is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God,did not regard equality with Godsomething to be grasped.Rather, he emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,coming in human likeness;and, found human in appearance,he humbled himself,becoming obedient to death,even death on a cross.Because of this, God greatly exalted himand bestowed on him the namethat is above every name,that at the name of Jesusevery knee should bend,of those in heaven and on earth...
  • Faith First! A Meditation at the End of a Political Season

    11/05/2012 9:45:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-05-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faith First! A Meditation at the End of a Political SeasonBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Since election day has arrived I have sought to make a few observations about the struggle that many priests face as the increasingly painful political process unfolds in this country every two, and especially every four years.I say “painful” for several reasons. On the one hand, many of us priests are excoriated if there is even a remote sense by someone in the pew that we are “getting into politics.” Perhaps we speak on the matter of abortion, against the homosexual agenda, or a so-called...
  • Put not your trust in princes

    11/05/2012 7:40:34 PM PST · by redgolum · 6 replies
    Pslam 146 | Bible
    Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who...
  • Call for a Lord's Prayer Monday Before Election

    11/05/2012 5:38:38 PM PST · by tflabo · 8 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/5/2012 | Christopher J. Ruff, S.T.L.
    - We call on all Christians Monday to join in praying the Lord's Prayer for Tuesday's elections and for the future of our nation - especially for godly leaders who respect life in the womb, God's plan for marriage, and religious freedom. Let's storm heaven Monday with the Prayer Jesus taught us. Pray it often throughout the day, and pray it from your heart.
  • A Catholic Priest Speaks to Voters about Faith, Partisanship, and Intrinsic Evil [Must hear!]

    11/05/2012 3:58:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/5/12
    Fr. Weiss speaks forcefully to Catholic voters, warning them that they must put the Faith ahead of partisanship. This is an election with consequences of Biblical proportion. We cannot grant all issues of public policy the same weight. How to perform the corporal works of mercy, such as feeding the hungry or sheltering the homeless, is a matter for debate. But we cannot be complicit with intrinsic evil. That is not debatable. Among the intrinsic evils are abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, contraception, sterilization, and same sex marriage. Father warns that those who have already voted for intrinsic evil,...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 4th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/05/2012 2:41:53 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 4, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 4th, 2012 Pastor J.D. talks about the prophetic significance of this years elections and how it may very well be moving towards the final "New World Order."
  • 2012 US General Election Prayer Thread

    11/05/2012 2:32:56 PM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 33 replies
    I decided to create this thread, where those who would like can come and we can all pray here together for the victory of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the general election. Prayer is powerful and I invite all who desire to come here and post prayers. God bless!
  • Brits, Americans celebrate Guy Fawkes Day [Remember, remember the fifth of November]

    11/05/2012 1:57:08 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Daily Illini ^ | November 4, 2012 | Reema Abi-Akar
    If there is a face of anarchy, it’s that of Guy Fawkes. His face is so notorious that it is commonly symbolized, ironically, in the form of an identity-concealing mask. Fawkes was an English Catholic who is immortalized annually on Nov. 5, a date identified by his namesake. Guy Fawkes Day marks his plot in 1605 to eliminate the entire British Parliament in one fell swoop. He was popularized by the 2005 movie “V for Vendetta,” where V, the character based on Fawkes, always wore a smug, musketeer-style mustachioed mask that came to embody his revolutionary persona. As the history...
  • Brody File: Sarah Palin's Last Second Audio Call to Evangelicals: Vote 'Your Common-Sense Values'

    11/05/2012 1:04:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CBN News ^ | November 5, 2012 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In these last days before Election Day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is wading into the presidential race. The Brody File has in its possession a robocall she made aimed at getting conservative faith voters to the polls. She recorded it for the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Listen below for part of that message by clicking here. A portion of the robocall transcription is below. “Our nation is at a crossroads. So please go to the polls and vote for the candidates who share your common-sense values. Urge your friends and family to vote, too. Thank you and God bless...
  • Ohio’s faithful chorus may call the tune on Election Day

    11/05/2012 11:30:48 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    One News Now ^ | November 5, 2012 | Robert Knight
    Economic issues seem to be dominating the 2012 campaign, but a quiet electoral revolution is brewing. The "religious vote" is on the move -- and it's not going leftward. Disgusted by the Democrats' embrace of the abortion industry and the homosexual agenda, plus the reckless spending and the Democrats' initially leaving God and Jerusalem out of the party platform, the rightward march may turn into a stampede on Nov. 6. Building on the Tea Party-fueled GOP tsunami in 2010, "values voter" activists are in hyperdrive. The Rev. Billy Graham, while not endorsing a candidate, is featured in full-page ads urging...
  • “Remember, remember the fifth of November” [Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and the Gunpowder Plot]

    11/05/2012 11:27:58 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    OUPblog ^ | November 5th, 2012 | Daniel Swift
    “Remember, remember the fifth of November,” instructs the old nursery rhyme, and offers a useful summary: “Gunpowder, treason and plot.” But we have never been sure quite what, or how, we should be remembering. On 5 November 1605 a small gang of Catholics and minor noblemen plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, during the State Opening at which King James I would be present. One of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes, was caught with the gunpowder before he set it off. The other plotters were soon caught, and all were executed. By government decree, the date was soon declared...
  • Liberal Group Asks IRS to Investigate Catholic Church for Alleged Political Activity

    11/05/2012 11:21:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies ^ | 11/4/12 | Pete Winn
    ( – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), late Friday, filed a formal complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for allegedly engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its nonprofit tax status. The CREW complaint alleges that the nation’s Catholic bishops are “abusing their positions to advocate against the election of President Barack Obama,” and anticipated further actions during this weekend’s sermons. The complaint mentions several bishops -- including Nicholas Di Marzio in New York; David Ricken in Wisconsin; Edward J. Burns in Alaska and Paul Loverde in...
  • This Year’s Elections and Moral Choices

    11/05/2012 10:38:08 AM PST · by ezfindit · 2 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 11/5/2012 | Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
    This year’s elections involve an attempt to usurp an authority that belongs properly to God. Vote wisely, therefore, and in the fear of God. This year—more than any time in my memory—our votes in the election are going to be recorded in eternity.
  • The Upcoming Psychologized Generation

    11/05/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by fwdude · 13 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | November 1, 2012 | T. A. McMahon
    When Dave Hunt and I wrote The Seduction of Christianity more than 25 years ago, the conservative evangelical church was more than pleased that we were addressing some of the erroneous teachings and practices of the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, particularly those that promoted the unbiblical prosperity and healing doctrines. Yet that enthusiasm was short-lived when many such readers got to chapters 12 and 13. Why? Those chapters addressed the biblical problems with psychological counseling in the church, a phenomenon that had installed itself within evangelical Christianity in a major way. That was more than a quarter of a century...
  • Remember, Remember

    11/05/2012 9:35:27 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    American Catholic ^ | Monday, November 5, 2012 A.D. | Donald R. McClarey
    Remember, Remember Published Monday, November 5, 2012 A.D. | By Donald R. McClarey The idiotic anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day , observed each November fifth, was effectively ended in America during the Revolution, in large part due to George Washington.  Here is his order on November 5, 1775:As the Commander in Chief has been apprized of a design form’d for the observance of that ridiculous and childish custom of burning the Effigy of the pope–He cannot help expressing his surprise that there should be Officers and Soldiers in this army so void of common sense, as not to see...
  • I’m That Guy: The Gunpowder of Being Catholic in Public [Remember, remember the fifth of November]

    11/05/2012 9:11:19 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Patheos ^ | 11/5/2012 | Joanne McPortland
    Back when I was in my Anglican interim, I loved commemorating Guy Fawkes Day. A haunting little historical nursery rhyme, bonfires, the burning of effigies, and children in raggedy clothes with ash-blackened faces accosting householders, begging A penny for the Guy!—what’s not to love? I had a vague notion of the historical events behind the festivities, and knew that Shakespeare had referenced them in his haunted (and contemporaneous) masterpiece, Macbeth. Mostly, though, what I knew about Guy Fawkes day was that some bad guy named Guy had tried to blow up the English Parliament, but the plot was foiled and...
  • Catholic Care Loses its Five-Year Legal Battle [Against Homosexual Adoption-UK]

    11/05/2012 8:24:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The adoption agency Catholic Care has lost its five year fight to reserve its services for heterosexual couples only, in a landmark court ruling. The adoption agency based in Leeds, had taken its case to the Upper Tribunal in order to win the right to maintain charitable status while being permitted to refuse to place children with same-sex couples, in accordance with the charity’s Catholic ethos. However, they were defeated today as the Charity Commission argued that the charity’s stance is “divisive, capricious and arbitrary” and undermined the dignity of homosexual couples whose parenting abilities are “beyond question”. The tribunal...