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  • The Recent Unpleasantness

    11/13/2012 11:27:30 AM PST · by ELS · 17 replies
    Truth and Charity Forum ^ | Nov 12, 2012 | Fr. John McCloskey
    On November 6, the citizens of the United States re-elected perhaps the most anti-Catholic president in its history to a second term.Even sadder, according to exit polls a majority of Catholics voted in his favor, even after they theoretically had imbibed the bishops’ message, conveyed from the pulpit and in various other media, that no Catholic should vote for a candidate who favors abortion rights and single sex marriage and does not support religious liberty.What is going on here? Clearly, to borrow a line from the film “Cool Hand Luke,” “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”Simply put,...
  • The Majority of Cardinal Dolan's Seminarians Are Pro-Abortion

    11/13/2012 10:30:37 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 119 replies
    Eyewitness | 121113 | Arthur McGowan
    On November 4, 2012, a debate was held at St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie, N.Y. At the end of the debate, out of 52 seminarians, 19 voted for Romney. Cardinal Dolan lectures his fellow bishops on the need for "conversion," while he is running a seminary in which a majority of the seminarians are pro-abortion.
  • An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends (What is more important? Race or Moral Convictions?)

    11/13/2012 8:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/13/2012 | Michael Brown
    I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions? Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity? I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HYSSOP, 11-13-12

    11/13/2012 7:24:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 11-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HYSSOP A plant of unknown identity, mentioned in the Scriptures. Found in Egypt, Sinai, and Canaan, it was used to sprinkle the blood of the paschal lamb or victims of sacrifice. It is referred to in the Psalm Miserere and in the Church's prayers. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Redefining Deviance: The Gay Assault on Franciscan University

    11/13/2012 7:08:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/13/12 | Anne Hendershott
    The success that the gay community has achieved in shedding the deviant label has relied upon convincing the heterosexual world that homosexual behavior is perfectly normal. The recent uproar over a social work course titled Deviant Behavior at Franciscan University of Steubenvillewhich lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behaviordemonstrates just how vigilant the gay community remains in confronting anyone who might suggest that homosexual behavior could be anything but normal. It also shows how difficult it is for faithful Catholic institutions to teach students what the Church says about the nature of homosexual acts. The dispute at the Steubenville,...
  • Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced

    11/13/2012 6:57:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/12/12 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Benedict XVIs fourth encyclical will be released in the first half of 2013, timed to coincide with the Year of Faith.VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI is to publish a new encyclical on faith sometime during the first six months of 2013, the Vatican has confirmed. The Pope is preparing a new encyclical on the subject of faith, to be published in the first half of next year, during the Year of Faith, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Register this morning. The encyclical will be the Popes fourth; he has already written two encyclicals on the other...
  • Irelands Abortion Debate Heats Up

    11/13/2012 6:49:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/12/12 | Sorcha Pollak
    The first clinic offering abortions on the island of Ireland opened its doors in the Northern Irish city of Belfast on Oct. 18, but the 400 pro-life protesters gathered outside were determined that no abortion procedures would happen there that day. Buses full of antiabortion demonstrators stood on the sidewalks carrying banners and placards outside the clinic, which is operated by Marie Stopes International, a U.K.-based organization that works worldwide providing reproductive- and sexual-health care services. We knew we couldnt sit back and live in a country where unborn babies were being violently destroyed every day, says Bernadette Smyth, founder...
  • Cardinal Challenges Bishops to Undergo Their Own Conversion, Renewal

    11/13/2012 6:44:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11/12/12 | Mark Pattison
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, challenged his brother bishops to undergo their own conversion and renewal. One characteristic of this renewal is the sacrament of penance, Cardinal Dolan said. "This is the sacrament of the new evangelization, for as Pope Benedict reminds us, 'We cannot speak about the new evangelization without the sincere desire to conversion,'" Cardinal Dolan said during his presidential address on the opening day of the bishops' Nov. 12-15 fall general assembly in Baltimore. "I know I risk the criticism -- I can hear it now:...
  • Still Haunted by Amityville

    11/13/2012 6:41:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/8/12 | Steve Dollar
    One of pop culture's most enduring nightmares began 37 years ago this December in the bucolic bayside town of Amityville, on Long Island. That winter, George and Kathy Lutz and her three children from a previous marriage moved into a Dutch colonial house at 112 Ocean Ave, about 30 miles east of the city. Over the next 28 days, they contended, the family endured an onslaught of bizarre events that ranged from inexplicable hordes of flies to demonic visions. The Lutzes fled, leaving all their possessions behind. Their story, however, never went away. The 1977 book "The Amityville Horror: A...
  • Middle East to host Catholic youth conference {Ecumenical}

    11/13/2012 6:34:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Catholic News agency ^ | 7 Nov 2012 | CNA
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 7, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).- At least 1,500 Catholic youth from across the Middle East will gather at Abu Dhabi’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral for Arabia’s second Catholic youth conference this Nov. 15-17. “The future of a community lies in its youth, and we have placed paramount importance in our parishes to events and activities that foster and strengthen the faith of our youth and young adults,” said Bishop Paul Hinder of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, which is based in the United Arab Emirates. He said many youth in the region cannot...
  • An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends

    11/13/2012 6:05:41 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-13--12 | Michael Brown
    I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions? Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity? I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the...
  • Progressive Evangelicals Epic Fail

    11/13/2012 5:59:37 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 12, 2012 | David French
    The election news last week wasnt all bad. Last Tuesday represented the total failure of a multi-year leftist effort to move Evangelical voters left. According to the exit-poll data, not only did Evangelicals turn out for Mitt Romney at percentages that exceeded George W. Bushs and John McCains share of the Evangelical vote, they also constituted a record-high share of the overall electorate. Alas, it wasnt enough, but this turnout prevented a defeat from becoming a rout. Its hard to overstate the extent of the progressive failure here. Ever since the triumph of the values voter in 2004, the Left...
  • 'Another Jesus': Does it matter if Jesus is distorted @ hands of Mormon leaders? [Finale: Part IV]

    11/13/2012 5:24:17 AM PST · by Colofornian · 87 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    To summarize the chart below briefly: It provides greater detail in documentation than what was elaborated in Part III. The traditional Christ within Christianity is... ...uniquely THE ONLY begotten Son from eternity past, not one of millions of God's pre-existent "sons"; He is uniquely Savior, not one of millions of saviors per Mormondom; He is uniquely Creator and divine and self-existent from eternity past, not one of MILLIONS of men who are somehow likewise "self-existent" from eternity past; His blood is uniquely powerful beyond men's commandment-keeping -- lest the promise Jesus made to the thief on the cross become a...
  • 'Another Jesus': Does it matter if Jesus is distorted @ hands of Mormon leaders? [Part III]

    11/13/2012 5:15:10 AM PST · by Colofornian · 6 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    I recall reading an author who made the case that if we view God in some off-kilter ways, we'll respond to Him in off-kilter ways. How we view God tends to set the tone for how we respond to Him; and Jesus said as much in one of His parables about investing talents. In that parable, the one Jesus described as a "wicked and lazy servant" (Matthew 25:26) was the one who had the "wrong" worldview of His Master -- as a "hard man" (Matthew 25:24)...In other words, the servant's view of his master was that of a taskmaster...versus one...
  • Lds leaders concede they worship, speak about, believe & acknowledge a different Jesus [Part II]

    11/13/2012 5:13:31 AM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    Sometimes, cult members -- like Mormons -- can describe a pretty "orthodox" sounding Jesus Christ. There's some things we actually -- really -- agree with Lds leaders in their general premises. Oh sure, Mormonism has indeed distorted the one True Jesus and twisted Him into an entirely different Being! (And just like a Nazi twisted "cross" is no cross at all, a twisted "Jesus" is no genuine Jesus at all!) But that still doesn't take away from statements where we can find agreement -- like when Mormon leaders readily concede that they worship, speak about, believe and acknowledge an entirely...
  • Will 'any ole' 'Jesus' do? (Two Mormon leaders clamor 'no'; and I agree with that!) [Part 1]

    11/13/2012 5:08:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 27 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 13, 2012 | Colofornian
    Introductory Chart The 'Mormon' Jesus vs. the Jesus of the Bible: From Eternity Past to Present Question at hand: If a 'counterfeit' person was using your name online -- and has some attributes similar to you -- does it make it 'you' if it's 'close enough?' Mormon Leader General Premises about 'Jesus' we actually agree with! Summary or Scriptural Summary LDS "apostle" Bruce R. McConkie essentially answered the question before the development of the Internet world: "A false Christ is NOT a person. It is a false system of worship, a false church, a false cult that says, 'Lo, here...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/13/12) [Prayer]

    11/13/2012 4:59:59 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/13/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures God is My Redeemer...Job19:25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 13, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/13/2012 4:41:55 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/13/12 | Joel Osteen
    Keep Asking Today's Scripture Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Sometimes, people get discouraged in life because things didnt turn out the way they hoped on the first try. Maybe they put energy into a relationship but it didnt work out. They tried that new business venture, but they are still struggling with their finances. Now they think its never going to happen. But, one thing we...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 13, 2012]

    11/13/2012 4:41:11 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Faith or Experience? ". . . the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" —Galatians 2:20 We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-13-12, M, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

    11/12/2012 8:13:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 11-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 13, 2012 Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin Reading 1Ti 2:1-8, 11-14 Beloved:You must say what is consistent with sound doctrine,namely, that older men should be temperate, dignified,self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior,not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good, so that they may train younger womento love their husbands and children,to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers,under the control of their husbands,so that the word of God may not be discredited. Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,showing yourself as a model of good...