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  • Catholics and Evangelicals: Past, Present, and Future

    11/09/2012 6:45:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/7/12 | Carl E. Olson
    An interview with Kenneth J. Collins, author of "Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism"Kenneth J. Collins, PhD is professor of historical theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including The Theology of John Wesley (Abingdon) and The Evangelical Moment (Baker). His most recent book, Power, Politics, and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism (InterVarsity Press, 2012), is a history of American Evangelicalism from the late 19th century to the present day, focusing on the cultural influence and political fortunes of Evangelical Protestants; it also addresses many facets of Catholic-Evangelical relations....
  • Czech Parliament Approves Return Of Church Properties

    11/09/2012 6:31:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/9/12
    The Czech Parliament has approved a plan to return billions of dollars in church properties that were confiscated by the previous Communist regime. The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has welcomed the deal, after years of negotiations. Under the legislation, churches will receive lands, properties and compensation worth some $7 billion over a period of 30 years. It includes about six percent of the country's forests and fields that once belonged to mostly Christian churches. That land, which was confiscated by the previous Communist regime after 1948, could in future be developed, rented or sold to help pay for...
  • Green Bay Diocese's Tax Status Challenged After Bishop's Voting Letter

    11/09/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Green Bay | 11/8/12 | Paul Srubas
    Article cannot be posted due to copyright issues but click HERE for the full story.
  • We aren’t supposed to have wonderful lives (vanity)

    11/09/2012 6:26:38 AM PST · by EverHopeful · 7 replies
    It's fitting that we lament the uncountable violations of fundamental rights that will likely result from the last election, but it's foolish to despair. In fact, we should be glad and rejoice. We, in general, aren't supposed to have a long life, good health, a loving spouse, fantastic sex, nurturing parents, respectful children, wealth, power, fame, honorable leaders, civilized neighbors, wise teachers, an interesting career, empathetic supervisors, obedient subordinates, and so on. Future generations aren't supposed to have them either. We were created to be kind to the unkind, patient with the impatient, generous to the selfish, and even gentile...
  • Washington Bishops Seek Stronger Catechesis After Same-sex Marriage Vote

    11/09/2012 6:24:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    CathNews USA ^ | 11/9/12
    Voter approval of a Washington state referendum legalizing same-sex marriage was greeted by a call for “real and respectful dialogue in our church” by the organization of Catholics supporting Referendum 74 — and by bishops’ statements their sees to stronger catechesis on traditional and sacramental marriage. “We are very proud that Catholics around the country followed their consciences rather than the rigid position of the hierarchy, and their voting reflected the spirit of Catholic social teaching,” said the statement from Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington, alluding to other successful popular votes legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine and Maryland. “Sadly, our...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem(11/9/12)[Prayer]

    11/09/2012 4:56:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/9/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Wonderful CouselorIsaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 9, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/09/2012 4:43:15 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    The Gift Today's Scripture Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1, ESV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Do you see every day as a blessed gift from God? Many times when we hear this, we may be tempted to brush it off and say, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Every day is special.” But truly it is! God ordained this day before the foundation of the earth. He has already ordered blessings for you. He has already orchestrated the right opportunities for you. He has already made the right...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 9, 2012]

    11/09/2012 4:42:12 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Sacred Service "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . ." —Colossians 1:24 The Christian worker has to be a sacred “go-between.” He must be so closely identified with his Lord and the reality of His redemption that Christ can continually bring His creating life through him. I am not referring to the strength of one individual’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through every aspect of the worker’s life. When we preach the historical facts of...
  • Corrupt Politicians Aren't the Problem....Just a Symptom of the Problem

    11/09/2012 1:54:39 AM PST · by goodn'mad · 18 replies
    Vanity
    Unless we have a national soul searching, life changing revivial, I'm afraid that our nation is at an end. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. I don't think we are at the crossroads; we've already passed that with this election. The Lord is our only hope but you know, He always has been. We as a nation just haven't been listening. I'm as guilty as anyone. Regarding the election, Obama and the liberal senators who were just swept into office are not the problem. They are just a symptom of the problem. Our problem is a spiritual...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-09-12, Feast, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

    11/08/2012 8:20:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 9, 2012   Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome   Reading 1 Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 The angel brought meback to the entrance of the temple,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the southern side.He said to me,"This water flows into the eastern district down...
  • Russia Church Leader Embarks on Holy Land Visit

    11/08/2012 8:14:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Orthodox Church ^ | 11/9/12 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP)—Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday will make his first visit to the Holy Land since becoming head of the powerful church in 2009, in a trip which underlines his global influence as a religious leader. Kirill’s first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories will be held “under the sign of peace,” spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Alexander Volkov, told AFP. The visit will see Kirill meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, the Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan in a new sign of his importance as a global religious...
  • Following the Truth: One Way To Be Sure You’re Following God’s Will… [Catholic & Open]

    11/08/2012 7:07:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    http://www.followingthetruth.com/blog/ ^ | Apr 12th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    One Way To Be Sure You’re Following God’s Will… Apr 12th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  “Do you really believe God loves you? If you do, you know that everything that happens in your life is for your good. And it isn’t always a peaceful experience.” (Mother Angelica)How do I know what God wants me to do with my life? How can I be sure that I’m following His will?While this is a concern for anyone who is sincerely trying to follow the Lord, the answer is simpler than you realize. Although there are decisions that must be made in the course...
  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies
    www.truthxchange.com ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...
  • “Hitting Bottom” – Matt Archbold lays it out (Must Read!)

    11/08/2012 2:13:21 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    AlwaysCatholic ^ | November 7, 2012
    I can’t help but think that America is now like your brother who can’t keep a job, drinks too much, is constantly asking for money, and oh, has a crazy bad addiction that’s destroying his life.You tried just lending him money every time he promised to go straight but he just ain’t gonna’ do it. At some point you accept that he’s going to have to hit bottom. You don’t know what bottom looks like but you know that he’s racing towards it. It might be jail, death, brain damage. Nobody knows. But at some point he’ll hear the thud...
  • 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...