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  • How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis [Evang. up; other Prot. + white Catholics down]

    11/08/2012 2:10:53 PM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | Nov. 7, 2012
    In his re-election victory, Democrat Barack Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the national popular vote (50% to 48%)1. Obama’s margin of victory was much smaller than in 2008 when he defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin, and he lost ground among white evangelical Protestants and white Catholics. But the basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections – traditionally Republican groups such as white evangelicals and weekly churchgoers strongly backed Romney, while traditionally Democratic groups such as black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated backed Obama by large margins. Vote Choice...
  • Religiously unaffiliated make up largest segment of Obama supporters

    11/08/2012 1:35:38 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    God Discussion ^ | November 7, 2012 | AL STEFANELLI
    The largest demographic of Obama's religious coalition supporters is made up of those who have stated they are not affiliated with a religion. The Public Religion Research Institute's 'American Values Survey' pegs that number to be approximately 23%. The largest percentage that supported Mitt Romney came from white, evangelical Protestants, at 37%.The survey also revealed that Obama supporters are younger, more diverse and more accepting of growing minority groups. Compared to the older, largely Caucasian and fundamentally religious group that supported the Republican candidate, analysts are predicting the demographic supporting Obama will translate into more wins for the Democrats in...
  • Obama’s collision with the Catholic Church is 'assured,' Fr. Pavone says

    11/08/2012 12:39:43 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    CHICAGO, November 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  President Obama’s re-election sets up a looming clash with people of faith over abortion, marriage, and the implementation of government-controlled health care –a fight the pro-life movement has vowed to carry out by defying the president, reforming an increasingly unfriendly Republican Party, and building a culture of life that transcends the boundaries of politics. A second Obama term means “the collision course of the Obama administration with the Catholic Church…is assured,” said Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life after the election. He was outraged by the fact that a majority of his fellow...
  • How Christians Should Respond to Obama’s Re-Election

    11/08/2012 11:34:48 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 22 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 8, 2012 | JP
    As I join my fellow Christ followers in lamenting the re-election of a president whose policies have been decidedly unGodly, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul. “Let every soul,” he instructed, “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” What that means is that sovereign God, in His divine wisdom, has permitted Barack Obama to rule our troubled land another four years. Just as He allowed Pharoah to rule Egypt during the time of Moses; Ahab to rule Israel during the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INCENTIVE, 11-08-12

    11/08/2012 8:37:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INCENTIVE That which incites a person to action. It is different from motive, which is in the mind as a final cause or purpose for doing something or refraining from it. An incentive is in the will or feelings, as love or hate or disposition, and thus impelling (or appealing) one to act. Actual grace as inspiration may be described as a supernatural incentive. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Report: Arabs burning 'First Temple cedars'

    11/08/2012 7:27:34 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 8, 2012 | staff writer
    Cedar beams dating to biblical times found at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, moved some time ago out of doors and left in the weather, now have been deposited unceremoniously at a dumping ground for local Arabs to use as firewood, according to a new report. According to Israel National News, it was a group of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount on Sunday who were shocked to see the ancient beams – apparently used during the time of the Holy Temple – left to be used for firewood. Archaeologists have dated the beams to the First Temple period, and they have...
  • Obama's Re-Election Sets up Two-Pronged Crisis for Church

    11/08/2012 7:08:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/7/12 | Russell Shaw
    For the Catholic Church in the United States, the re-election of Barack Obama as president means serious trouble ahead – in fact, nothing less than an accelerating two-pronged crisis. The first prong of the crisis is that Obama is expected to press policies favoring abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage even more aggressively and coercively in his second term than in his first. The second prong is reflected in the fact that, according to CNN exit polls, 50 percent of the Catholics who voted backed Obama despite his well-publicized conflict with their Church, with 48 percent going for Republican challenger Mitt...
  • Benedict XVI and the Pathologies of Religion

    11/08/2012 7:04:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/7/12 | Samuel Gregg
    It passed almost unnoticed, but last month Benedict XVI significantly upped the ante in an argument he’s made one of his pontificate’s centerpieces. To the horror, one suspects, of some professional interfaith dialoguers and wishful-thinkers more generally, the pope indicated the Church should recognize that some types of religion are in fact “sick and distorted.” This message isn’t likely to be well-received among those who think religious pluralism is somehow an end in itself. Their discomfort, however, doesn’t lessen the force of Benedict’s point. The context of Benedict’s remarks was the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s opening. In an article...
  • Don't Give Up...Staying Positive In A Negative World

    "If you haven’t noticed that we live in a negative world, you just haven’t been paying attention. These negative influences have been especially evident during the last few months of the presidential campaign. Each party has spent millions painting a picture of the worst possible scenarios for Americans if their opponent is elected. Not nearly as much has been spent expressing hope........Jesus was saying that the negative things going on around us—not necessarily in us—would cause the love of many to grow cold. ...Here’s another example. In 1 Samuel, we read the story of a terrible situation that David was...
  • Romney’s Fans in the Vatican

    11/08/2012 6:53:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/7/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Holy See and leaders of the Catholic Church in the U.S. are concerned about Obama’s positions on ethical issuesThe Vatican joined other States in sending its customary congratulations to the winner of the U.S. presidential elections. But there is no doubt that high profile American figures in the Holy See would have preferred Mitt Romney to win. President Obama has been an ally of the Holy See in areas such as social justice, international solidarity and dialogue with the Muslim world. But differences remain over abortion and bioethics. Benedict XVI had met the new U.S. president in the Vatican...
  • U.S.: Catholics Split Fifty Fifty Between Republicans and Democrats

    11/08/2012 6:48:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/7/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    Early figures show that 50% of Catholics chose Obama and 48% opted for Romney. The Catholic hierarchy’s hopes of a Republican victory were dashedAfter an election which saw Catholic voters take sides like never before, American bishops are finding themselves having to deal with Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House. According to the bishops of Pennsylvania, one of the key U.S. states that had been split between the two parties but then won over by the Democratic candidate, Obama would lead the United States to “los[e] its soul by little steps.” In recent weeks, many representatives of the Catholic...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Seeks Legal Assessment of Lenin's Speeches

    11/08/2012 6:42:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/8/12
    New York, November 8, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, has supported the idea of investigating whether or not the works of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin contain elements of extremism. The Eparchial Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia approved of an appropriate initiative put forth by historian Vladimir Lavrov, the metropolitan said in a letter to Russian Investigative Committee Director Alexander Bastrykin. In August 2012, Lavrov, chief researcher of the Russian History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, asked Bastrykin to investigate whether or not Lenin's works contain...
  • Justin Welby Set to Become New Archbishop of Canterbury

    11/08/2012 6:37:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/8/12
    Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, a former oil industry worker, is set to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. It is thought the 56-year-old will be named on Friday as the replacement for Rowan Williams, who steps down in December after 10 years in the post. Bishop Welby became a bishop only a year ago when he took up the Church of England's fourth most senior post. Downing Street sources have confirmed the next archbishop will be formally announced on Friday morning. On Tuesday, leading bookmakers stopped taking bets on the succession after a run of bets on Bishop Welby....
  • Election Reflection for Warrior Catholics

    11/08/2012 5:55:04 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 8, 2012 | FR. JOHN HOLLOWELL
    I became a priest because God was calling me to it. I can promise you…it wasn’t my idea. At the time of my calling, and indeed throughout seminary, I imagined being a priest in a medium-sized parish, baptizing babies, marrying couples, growing old, and eventually dying and going to heaven.Perhaps to keep me from running away, I was spared viewing the type of priesthood that God has since let me know that I would ACTUALLY be called to. Practically from my ordination day, I’ve felt (and been shown) that the priesthood God is raising up in me and my...
  • A rebuke of the Dem's anti-Israel, Baruch Chapter 2 [ecumenical}

    11/08/2012 5:08:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Douay Rheims ^ | 400 BC | Baruch
    A further confession of the sins of the people, and of the justice of God. [1] Wherefore the Lord our God hath made good his word, that he spoke to us, and to our judges that have judged Israel, and to our kings, and to our princes, and to all Israel and Juda: [2] That the Lord would bring upon us great evils, such as never happened under heaven, as they have come to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that are written in the law of Moses: [3] That a man should eat the flesh of his own...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 8, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/08/2012 4:47:39 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/8/12 | Joel Osteen
    Closer Than You Think Today's Scripture “Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” (Hebrews 10:35, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you been praying and believing for something that seems like it’s taking a lot longer than you thought? Many times, people can miss God’s best simply because they give up before they see their “due season” come. Don’t let that be you! Be encouraged today, your answer is closer than you think. If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember, when the intensity heats up, that means you are closer to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 8, 2012]

    11/08/2012 4:45:42 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Unrivaled Power of Prayer "We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" —Romans 8:26 We realize that we are energized by the Holy Spirit for prayer; and we know what it is to pray in accordance with the Spirit; but we don’t often realize that the Holy Spirit Himself prays prayers in us which we cannot utter ourselves. When we are born again of God and are indwelt by the Spirit of God, He expresses for us the unutterable.“He,” the...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/8/12){prayer]

    11/08/2012 4:38:11 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures My Fortress, Shelter, and my Strong Tower Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(11/8/12)[Prayer]

    11/08/2012 4:31:39 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/8/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 23 1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-08-12

    11/07/2012 8:20:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 8, 2012   Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Phil 3:3-8a Brothers and sisters:We are the circumcision,we who worship through the Spirit of God,who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in flesh,although I myself have grounds for confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he can be confident in flesh, all the more can I.Circumcised on the eighth day,of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage,in observance of the law a Pharisee,in zeal I persecuted the Church,in righteousness based on the law...