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  • What religious voter demographics re-elected Obama? (& is it relevant if Mitt's Mormonism wasn't?]

    11/09/2012 9:10:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 9, 2012 | Colofornian
    If the religious makeup of the GoP candidate didn't matter to many FREEPERs, why is the religious make-up of certain voter demographics of sudden interest to many of these same posters? In three post-election days, I've seen five FR threads on what Evangelicals did -- or didn't do -- at the polls...and yet NONE on what Catholics did. Why the lopsided attention? Given that Catholics supported Obama by a 50-48 percent margin, wouldn't that be at least as relevant -- if not more? [Note: Going into the election, Pew Forum found that Latino Catholics were supporting Obama 73-19%, so even...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-10-12, M, St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor/Church

    11/09/2012 8:35:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 10, 2012   Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Phil 4:10-19 Brothers and sisters:I rejoice greatly in the Lordthat now at last you revived your concern for me.You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.Not that I say this because of need,for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself,to be self-sufficient.I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;I know also how to live with abundance.In every circumstance and in all thingsI have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,of living...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    11/09/2012 5:05:05 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    11-9-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Genesis 49:24 His Bow Remained Strong and Steady and Rested in the Strength that does not fail him, For the Arms of his Hands were Made Strong and Active by the Hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, By the Name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
  • Nobility in the United States: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

    11/09/2012 4:29:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States, b. in New York City, 28 Aug., 1774, of non-Catholic parents of high position; d. at Emmitsburg, Maryland, 4 Jan., 1821. Her father, Dr. Richard Bayley (b. Connecticut and educated in England), was the first professor of anatomy at Columbia College and eminent for his work as health officer of the Port of New York. Her mother, Catherine Charlton, daughter of an Anglican minister of Staten Island, N.Y., died when Elizabeth was three years old, leaving two other young daughters. The father married again, and among the...
  • Our Spiritual Winter...(the election)

    11/09/2012 3:38:01 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 21 replies
    http://billrandles.wordpress.com ^ | 11-09-12 | Bill Randles
    The recent re-election of Barak Hussein Obama has served to uncover the deep Spiritual crisis in America, particularly among confessing Christians. What a blow to the cause of freedom,playing by the rules, and responsibility! On election night, most people I know didn’t expect anything less than a reprieve from the four years long nightmare that is the Obama presidency. We sat in stunned silence, contemplating the new reality. We who cherish the American ideals of limited government, Judeo Christian morality, and sane servant leadership, no longer have the prevailing consensus, for now. But perhaps our vision of the right path...
  • Smilingly Leading You to Hell

    11/09/2012 2:02:37 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Challies.com ^ | 11/05/12 | Tim Challies
    One of these is unlike the others: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, niceness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. According to Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, all but one of these is what he refers to as the fruit of the Spirit, which is to say, visible evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. If you are a Christian, your life will necessarily be marked by this kind of character. But which one is foreign to the list? Niceness. Humans seem to be naturally drawn to niceness. Niceness is comfortable. To be nice...
  • Pop Culture Presidency (what impact does personality have on the electorate)

    11/09/2012 1:45:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | November 9, 2012 | Jeff Miller
    After election analysis can be interesting, but when it comes from the same people who got the pre-election analysis wrong it should be taken with many grains of salt. After election reactions can also be rather elitist. I know it is easy to want to disparage those who voted against a supported candidate in a “How dare you” tone. Political junkies kind of expect everybody else to be political junkies.Still I was trying to understand the dynamics of this election and was not really finding a key to understanding it. I was listening to Al Kresta and he said something...
  • Getting the Marriage Conversation Right (avoiding traps in the marriage debate)

    11/09/2012 1:17:30 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 8, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most common and quickest traps and which most of us fall in the marriage debate about recognizing same-sex couples is that we allow the conversation to center around the couple themselves, that is, to center on the adults. But intrinsically marriage as an institution is not fundamentally about adults, it is about children.William May recently wrote a short book on this matter: Getting the Marriage Question Right: a guide for effective dialogue. I want to summarize one of the key points he makes.Marriage unites a man and a woman with each other, and any children born from...
  • What I think...

    11/09/2012 11:12:13 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 40 replies
    Holy Bible (KJV) | 09 Nov 2012 | US Navy Vet
    Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV) 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places I think that because of almost 1 Century of This country ignoring and abandoning G*D's for this country will he has let Satan have his way with us.
  • Churches Not Necessarily For Public Good, Says Charity Watchdog [UK]

    11/09/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/4/12 | Rowena Mason
    The Church of England and other religious groups are not necessarily acting for the good of the public, Britain’s charity watchdog said in a decision letter.Its officials cited a tribunal ruling that religion is not always for “the public benefit” as it denied charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren, an exclusive Christian group, for one of its churches in Devon. In a letter to the Plymouth Brethren, the watchdog set out a recent tribunal decision that “there is no presumption that religion generally, or at any more specific level, is for the public benefit, even in the case of Christianity...
  • On God's Election of Obama

    11/09/2012 9:29:40 AM PST · by Arkansas Toothpick · 39 replies
    Parchment and Pen Blog ^ | November 7, 2012 | C. Michael Patton
    I have kept an eye on what people are saying in my circles about Obama’s re-election. Things don’t look too good there. Fear, anger, frustration, and hopelessness are filling the thoughts of those of us who are supposed to have the most hope. There is no time that the sin of idolatry comes to light more than after a Presidential election. One person I know says that they are taking off a week of work to recover. Another says they are leaving the country. Yet another says this is the downfall of America. It is the end. The downfall of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAETARE SUNDAY, 11-09-12

    11/09/2012 7:49:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   LAETARE SUNDAY The fourth Sunday of Lent, when the introductory word of the Introit is laetare, "Rejoice O Jerusalem." As it is Mid-Lent Sunday, rose vestments are worn, flowers are permitted on the altar, and the organ is played. On this day the Golden Rose is blessed. The day is referred to also as Mediana, Mid-Lent, Mi-Caręme, Mothering, Rose, or Refreshment Sunday. See Also: GAUDETE SUNDAY All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • 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...