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  • Test Case Could Dictate Admissions Policy in Faith Schools [UK]

    11/16/2012 6:41:47 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/15/12 | Victoria Ward
    New faith schools could be forced to admit pupils from non-religious backgrounds if a judicial review currently being heard in the High Court is successful.Campaigners have brought a legal challenge against Richmond Council, claiming that in approving two new Catholic schools it had broken the law and discriminated against non-Catholic children. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and a group of local activists, including parents, argue that all new state schools in the London borough should have religiously inclusive admissions policies. They say they want to halt the “back-door” spread of new religious state schools in England. If successful, it could...
  • Pope Says All Christians Must Face Together Challenge of Secularization

    11/16/2012 6:33:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sharing an obligation to spread the good news of salvation in Christ, all Christian communities are challenged by the fact that many people today do not think they need God, Pope Benedict XVI said. "The spiritual poverty of many of our contemporaries, who no longer perceive the absence of God in their lives as a privation, represents a challenge for all Christians," the pope said Nov. 15 in a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Pope Benedict said authentic ecumenical prayer, dialogue and cooperation cannot ignore "the crisis of faith that...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/16/12)[Prayer]

    11/16/2012 5:50:14 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/16/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Abba..FatherDeuteronomy 32:6 (and others) "Is this the way you repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?" (Deuteronomy 32:6, NIV) "Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 16, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/16/2012 4:44:11 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/16/12 | Joel Osteen
    Through Faith and Patience Today's Scripture “...imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In our culture today, people are used to getting things right away. We’ve been programmed for immediacy. People don’t like to wait. But the scripture says, “It’s through faith and patience that we inherit God’s promises.” Sometimes, it’s easy for people to have faith. We declare, “God, I believe I’m going to accomplish my dreams. God, I believe I’m going to overcome this obstacle.” But, it gets harder when we have to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 16, 2012]

    11/16/2012 4:42:08 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Still Human! ". . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" —1 Corinthians 10:31 In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into the demon-possessed valley below; the glory of the resurrection descends into a breakfast on the seashore. This is not an anticlimax, but a great revelation of God.We have a tendency to look for wonder in our experience, and we mistake heroic actions for real heroes. It’s one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite...
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    11/16/2012 4:23:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    http://blog.adw.org/ ^ | November 16,2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy: He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. (Phil 3:19) I once spoke with an older woman who wasn’t all that pleased to hear that her body was going to rise and be joined again to her soul: “Oh, Father, you don’t mean this old decrepit body?! If this body has to rise I am hoping for an improved model!” Yes! I think...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-16-12, OM, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude

    11/15/2012 10:05:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2012   Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9 [Chosen Lady:]I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truthjust as we were commanded by the Father.But now, Lady, I ask you,not as though I were writing a new commandmentbut the one we have had from the beginning:let us love one another.For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,in which you should walk. Many deceivers have gone out into the world,those who do not acknowledge Jesus...
  • Eternal progression after death is fun speculation for Mormons

    11/15/2012 4:33:43 PM PST · by Colofornian · 153 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Oct. 15, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) A key difference between Latter-day Saints and many other Christian churches is that Mormons believe that there are various post-judgment kingdoms in the outskirts of heaven. There’s the Telestial Kingdom, for anyone from Hitler to that lawyer who’s cheating on his wife. There’s the Terrestrial Kingdom, for those decent folks who said “not now” when the missionaries came by the door. And then there’s the Celestial Kingdom, the jackpot prize. But even the Celestial Kingdom comes in degrees. According to Joseph Smith, there are three degrees of glory...
  • Gaza Shall Be Forsaken...(prophecy)

    11/15/2012 4:09:41 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 4 replies
    The Gaza Strip, was originally part of the inheritance the LORD allotted to the tribe of Judah. But Philistines invaded and built their five cities in the area, Gaza, Ashdod, Gath, Akron, and Askelon. Eventually King David defeated the Philistines and Judah possessed the land until the Babylonian captivity, the return and finally the Roman diaspora. Nearly 20 centuries later, once again the Gaza is occupied, this time by Arabs who call themselves Philistines (ie Palestinians), and whose dubious claim to the land God gave the tribe of Juda, is supported by the ‘world community’. As Israel resists the provocative...
  • We Need To Get Back To…?

    11/15/2012 3:32:02 PM PST · by uptoolate · 2 replies
    The 3 Taboos ^ | 11/15/2012 | Ed Guzaitis
    ~excerpt~ Some say we need to push full steam ahead, that the policies in place just need more time. Some say we need to get back to Capitalism. Some say back to the Constitution. Still others say back to the basics of a Republic…those ideals that the Founders had for securing individual freedom. U.S. Congressman Ron Paul’s farewell speech pointed out some interesting observations about freedom and liberty that I hope you take a look at. Rush Limbaugh discussed this on his show today and agreed with Rep. Paul, but added that the key is that this is not a...
  • QUAERITUR: Are priests required to wear clerical dress at all times?

    11/15/2012 1:58:03 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 15, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: Are preist required to wear them at all times? Im sure you’ve been asked this before. I’m a new reader I cant find the answer on your blog. I’ve tried for two months. Can you answer or refer me to it? Thank you. P.S I really like your site. I have indeed written about this.No… and yes.I’ll explain.First, let it be said that there is a relationship between habitus (dress) and habitus (character, disposition). This is one reason why Holy Church does lay down some guidelines for priests without making them iron-clad dictates. They are for...
  • How Do You Read? (Luke 10:26) [New Church, Open]

    11/15/2012 8:27:56 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 132 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Thu Nov 14, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    The core topic is whether we are expected to understand Scripture or not, and how each of us is affected by the particular lens through which we view Scripture.
  • The task before us post-election: bring Christ to the world

    11/15/2012 7:54:10 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Nov 14, 2012 | Fr. Shenan Boquet
    With a few days’ perspective since the election, we can see things a bit more clearly. We should be honest about the situation for the pro-life community as we can best understand it. The outcome of Tuesday’s election does not bode well for life and family — that is, for our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at the beginning and near the end of life; and for the natural, foundational institution of every society. That this administration has made it a priority to attack both is well known, as is their sustained assault on the freedom of religion. Just as...
  • United Nations Calls Access to Birth Control a “Human Right”

    11/15/2012 7:28:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/14/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The United Nation’s Population Fund has issued an annual report describing access to birth control and contraception as a “universal human right” for “women and adolescents.” The is the first time the UN agency has labeled birth control a right, although the report is not legally binding on any nations and does not affect or alter the laws of any country in any way. Still, the declaration is a concern for pro-life advocates, who are worried it is the first step towards the United Nations attempting to make abortion an international right. In its report, the UNFPA also indicated it...
  • Meatless Fridays

    11/15/2012 7:24:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/25/12 | Greg Erlandson
    Hot dog! Friday abstinence may be back, and this ‘old Catholic’ is ready to embrace itWant to feel old? Talk to anyone under the age of 50 about meatless Fridays. Odds are, they will have no memory of it. They will have no knowledge of why Catholics were called “mackerel snappers,” nor will they laugh at tired George Carlin routines about going to hell for eating a hot dog. And they sure as heck won’t know why many restaurant chains still have their fish specials on Fridays. But for all you youngsters, you might get ready: Friday abstinence may be...
  • When a Letter of Congratulations Contains a Warning. . .

    11/15/2012 7:19:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 11/14/12 | Motley Monk
    The Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Bishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, has written a letter of congratulations to Right Reverend Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and nominee as Archbishop of Canterbury. Consider its contents: Dear Brother and Lord Bishop, I would like to extend to you wholehearted congratulations on your election as Head of one of the oldest episcopal chairs founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in the 7th century.You have been entrusted with the spiritual guidance...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPHRAIM, 11-15-12

    11/15/2012 7:16:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPHRAIM Young son of the patriarch Joseph (Genesis 41), born in Egypt during the seven years of abundance. Ephraim's superiority over his brother Manasses is seen in the blessing he receives from his grandfather, Jacob (Genesis 48). Jacob adopts Manasses and Ephraim as his son, to make them into two tribes, but he gives the preference to the younger, by placing his right hand over Ephraim. The tribe of Ephraim became distinguished for its valor and prospered, but then became envious of the spiritual supremacy of Judah. The tribe of Ephraim provoked the rebellion and separation...
  • Barnesville teen denied Catholic confirmation after Facebook post supporting gay marriage

    11/15/2012 6:01:55 AM PST · by Last Dakotan · 59 replies
    Inforum ^ | November 14, 2012 | Erik Burgess
    BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic. That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest at the Assumption Church here found a pro same-sex marriage post on the teen’s Facebook. The decision by the Rev. Gary LaMoine to deny the religious rite of passage for Lennon Cihak in mid-October shocked his mother, who said her son has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 15, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/15/2012 4:42:05 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 11/15/12 | Joel Osteen
    Enter His Rest Today's Scripture “For we who have believed do enter that rest...” (Hebrews 4:3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be. Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. You’ll get the phone call you’ve been waiting for. Your set time may be two years from now. You’ll get a good break and that will thrust you to a new level. My question is, “Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 15 2012]

    11/15/2012 4:40:43 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “What Is That to You?” "Peter . . . said to Jesus, ’But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ’. . . what is that to you? You follow Me’ " —John 21:21-22 One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others. You see someone suffering and say, “He will not suffer, and I will make sure that he doesn’t.” You put your...