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  • Will Obama’s Catholics Realize What They Have Done?

    11/13/2012 3:40:27 PM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Fr. John Hollowell:
    First click here to watch a classic scene from the movie Brave Heart.By Fr. John Hollowell: Brave Heart is obviously a classic. In the film, Robert the Bruce, the dashing young man from the video above, betrays William Wallace for money, lands, and titles. He regrets it after looking into Wallace’s eyes and seeing the wreckage that his decision has on his country.I firmly believe that when Catholic hospitals are closing, when priests are being arrested for not marrying Adam and Steve, when our country starts aborting children with tax money, when the Catholic Church is completely turned on and...
  • On Serenity and Severity in Church Discipline

    11/13/2012 3:21:14 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 12, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The readings for today’s daily Mass (Monday Nov 12) largely deal with Church order and discipline. Paul in his letter to Titus tells him: For this reason I left you in Crete so that you might set right what remains to be done and appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you (Titus 1:5).He adds that among other things, the men he picks be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents. Later in the letter we learned that people Crete tended to be unruly people and that there were many things that had been left...
  • New York Times new President/CEO says Christianity is based on objective truth

    11/13/2012 2:23:35 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    nycreligion ^ | November 13, 2012 | Tony Carnes
     Tomorrow, Mark Thompson takes over as the new President and CEO of The New York Times. Thompson is a practicing Catholic who believes "that the truths of the Christian faith are objective truths, rather than being entirely subjective."The position is primarily focused on running the business aspects of the Times. Thompson turned the British Broadcasting Company into a global online media powerhouse, and the Times management feels that he could do the same here.The New York Times Company announced on August 14th that Thompson would become its new President and CEO. Thompson left the position as director-general of the British...
  • Pope's representative calls on US Church for New Evangelization

    11/13/2012 1:56:57 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | November 13, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Papal Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Vigano addresses the 2012 USCCB Fall Meeting. Credit: Michelle Bauman-CNA. Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the United States and its bishops should play a major role in the New Evangelization by presenting the gospel values they maintain amidst a secular culture, the Pope’s representative to the U.S. said. "The leadership of the bishops is of pre-eminent importance if the Year of Faith is to have a long-term effect and if the New Evangelization is to be not merely a temporary enthusiasm, but rather a...
  • 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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 Steubenville—which lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behavior—demonstrates 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 XVI’s 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 Pope’s fourth; he has already written two encyclicals on the other...
  • Ireland’s 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 couldn’t 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 wasn’t 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. Bush’s and John McCain’s share of the Evangelical vote, they also constituted a record-high share of the overall electorate. Alas, it wasn’t enough, but this turnout prevented a defeat from becoming a rout. It’s 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...