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  • Rob Bell and a New American Christianity (Musing about the non-existence of Hell)

    11/18/2012 5:44:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Ministry Matters ^ | 11/15/2012 | By James K. Wellman, Jr.
    The face of American Christianity is in transition, and Rob Bell, with his evolving look and artistry, has opened a window on this hybrid horizon. Known to many for his Nooma films, a series of twenty-four twelve-minute sermons and his controversial 2011 book, titled Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, his person and work provoke visceral reactions that range from adoration to repulsion, while raising profound questions. In 2011 he was named to the Time 100 list—the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, Bell left Mars...
  • Hot dog! Friday abstinence may be back, and this ‘old Catholic’ is ready to embrace it

    11/18/2012 3:18:25 PM PST · by NYer · 101 replies
    OSV ^ | November 25, 2012 | Greg Erlandson
    Want 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 coming back. Once upon a time, children, Catholics abstained from meat on Fridays as a small act of...
  • The Big Picture: Revived Rome (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/18/2012 3:10:11 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 15 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | November 18, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    The other day I ran across something I had written back during the First Gulf War. Like everybody else, I was glued to CNN's coverage of the first Nintendo War. (I even videotaped some of it.) Anyway, as I was watching the coverage, I was making notes, one of which was the observation that I was witnessing the beginning of a global power shift. I wrote; "the Soviet Union and America must decrease, so that Europe can rise to pre-eminence." I wrote a whole bunch more stuff about how I thought it would come about, but I'm only quoting the...
  • GOP's salvation lies in being more 'Catholic'

    11/18/2012 3:09:30 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Fredericksburg ^ | November 18, 2012 | Michael Gershon
    WASHINGTON--The Catholic Church--a politically and ethnically sprawling institution--has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party combines moral conservatism with a passion for social justice. So Catholic leaders have often challenged Democrats to be more pro-life and Republicans to be more concerned about immigrants and the poor. But President Obama's first term was a period of unexpected aggression against the rights of religious institutions. His Justice Department, in the Hosanna-Tabor case, argued against the existence of any "ministerial exception" to employment rules. Obama tried to mandate that Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities offer insurance coverage for contraceptives...
  • Fordham Law Profs try to leverage Coulter dispute into funding for Vagina Monologues and ...

    11/18/2012 2:50:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    LegalInsurrection ^ | November 18, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    … and free condom distribution too! Just when you thought the controversy over the Fordham Republicans rescinding their invitation to Ann Coulter couldn’t get any weirder …A group of law professors at Fordham Law School exchanged high-fives over Coulter’s departure, then quickly segued into demanding that the University fund the Vagina Monologues, pro-abortion groups, and other oppressed, um, minorities at Catholic universities on the theory that if the University was willing to fund Coulter’s “hate speech,” it should fund the feminist agenda even if contrary to Catholic teachings.As reported at The Fordham Observer, Coulter Controversy Prompts Fordham Law Faculty...
  • Is Trinity Broadcasting Network Doing God’s Will?

    11/18/2012 12:31:13 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 105 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 18, 2012 | JP
    I’m conflicted about Trinity Broadcast Network, which wrapped up its Fall Praise-A-Thon today. There is no denying that “America’s most-watched faith and family friendly network,” as TBN advertises itself, provides a service to the Christian faithful. I, for one, appreciate the platform it provides for such pastors as Ken Copeland, Charles Stanley, John Hagee, Ed Young Sr., David Jeremiah and Joel Osteen. I also enjoy the praise and worship music it presents from such Christian artists as Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff. Yet, my soul is troubled by news reports...
  • Court Halts Contraceptive Mandate for Christian Publisher Tyndale

    11/18/2012 9:00:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Sunday, Nov 17, 2012 | Lillian Kwon
    Court Halts Contraceptive Mandate for Christian Publisher Tyndale Sat, Nov. 17, 2012 Posted: 04:34 PM EDT A federal court ruled on Friday in favor of Tyndale House Publishers in a lawsuit against the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage mandate.U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton granted a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of the mandate – which requires employers to cover contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs in their employees' health insurance plans – against the Christian publishing company."Although there is arguably a public interest in the uniform application of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and the contraceptive coverage mandate there is...
  • The Fate Of The Nations...Psalm 9 pt 6

    The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature. Some correctly go further and realize that the...
  • The Heathen Have Dug a Pit...Psalm 9 pt 5

    The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:14-15)The ninth Psalm is an eschatological revelation. The Psalmist ,by the Holy Spirit celebrates the coming of the LORD . At his Arrival, the united international enemies of Israel fall, they are turned back and routed! They had besieged her in their fury, but God rebukes them,”putting out their name” forever! The LORD comes...
  • Creationism or Evolution?

    11/18/2012 6:18:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 121 replies
    Stay Catholic .Com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    Creationism or Evolution?by Sebastian R. Fama Is it possible to know that God exists even though we cannot see or touch Him? Well, we believe that radio waves exist and we can’t see or touch them. And we believe it because the evidence allows for no other conclusion. We turn on a television and we see and hear someone who is many miles away. Adjusting the antenna changes the quality of the picture. Disconnect the antenna, and there is no picture. Obviously the television is receiving the pictures and sound from the air. Thus we can know that radio...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 18, 2012]

    11/18/2012 5:10:44 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Winning into Freedom "If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" —John 8:36 If there is even a trace of individual self-satisfaction left in us, it always says, “I can’t surrender,” or “I can’t be free.” But the spiritual part of our being never says “I can’t”; it simply soaks up everything around it. Our spirit hungers for more and more. It is the way we are built. We are designed with a great capacity for God, but sin, our own individuality, and wrong thinking keep us from getting to Him. God delivers us from sin—...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/18/12)[Prayer]

    11/18/2012 4:29:13 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/18/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Yashar...The Upright One Isaiah 26:7 The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Nestorianism

    11/18/2012 1:22:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Nestorianism 1248. Will you explain the teachings of Nestorius? As opposed to the Arians who would not admit that Christ was God, Nestorius insisted that we must adore Christ as God. But in explaining how Christ is God, he fell into error; and as he had become Patriarch of Constantinople in 428 A.D., his very influence demanded immediate decision by the Church. Nestorius said that we must adore Christ as God because God dwelt in Christ. However we could not identify Christ with God, and apart from the indwelling of God within Him, Christ was a merely human Person. There...
  • Veterans Day Parade Plays “Taps” in Front of Planned Parenthood

    11/18/2012 12:32:07 AM PST · by kathsua · 10 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 11/12/12 | Steven Ertelt
    A Veterans Day parade this weekend featured a high school marching band that played the song most known for marking the death of soldiers. Ironically, one pro-life advocate caught the band playing the song as it happened to stop front in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located on the parade route. “Went out to Planned Parenthood to pray,” pro-life advocate Jennie Stone said. “There was a huge Veterans Day parade going on. Hearing “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful” over and over while standing in front of it actually put...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-18-12, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/17/2012 9:27:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2012   Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Dn 12:1-3 In those days, I Daniel,heard this word of the Lord:"At that time there shall ariseMichael, the great prince,guardian of your people;it shall be a time unsurpassed in distresssince nations began until that time.At that time your people shall escape,everyone who is found written in the book. "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake;some shall live forever,others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. "But the wise shall shine brightlylike the splendor of the firmament,and those who lead the many to...
  • Consider My Trouble...Psalm 9 pt 4

    11/17/2012 7:29:14 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    01-19-12 | Bill Randles
    Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.(Psalm 9:13-14)Psalm 9 is an eschatological psalm. It describes the coming of the Lord to this earth to deliver a besieged people, Israel, surrounded by menacing enemies on the verge of destroying her. The Psalmist reveals that Israel’s enemies will be routed by the very presence of the Lord, the perousia spoken...
  • When He Makes Inquisition For Blood...Psalm 9 pt 3

    Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.(Psalm 9:11-12)The message of Psalm 9, is the coming of the Lord. He comes to deliver Israel from the enemies who besiege her in the last days. He comes to Judge the world in righteousness. He comes to put an end to the wanton destruction of the enemy. Here we see another of the reasons the Lord comes again, He comes as the judge to to make inquisition for...
  • If You Seek Me With All Of Your Heart...Psalm 9 pt 2

    11/17/2012 3:48:46 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    The ninth Psalm is eschatological. It is a celebration of the return of King Messiah, whose coming is an intervention, a deliverance of Israel from the amassed nations of the world who have united to destroy her. The psalmist taunts the enemies who have sought Israel’s destruction, O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.(Psalm 9:6)Either this is rendered as ‘Your destructions are over forever!”, or it means “You are eternally destroyed”. Perhaps it is both, for the Coming of the Messiah shall certainly produce both effects;...
  • Just got a call, mother in critical condition. Please pray for us.

    11/17/2012 2:44:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 165 replies
    November 17, 2012 | 2ndDivisionVet
    My mom went in for a check-up and she's not doing well. She is 80 and a two-time cancer survivor. Please pray for her, my family, my sister & her family. Thank you.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/17/2012 1:44:10 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 12 replies
    November 17, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. (Psalm 27:7-10)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRINITY SUNDAY, 11-17-12

    11/17/2012 12:35:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TRINITY SUNDAY The first Sunday after Pentecost. Its origins go back to the Arian heresy, when an office with canticle, responses, preface, and hymns was composed by the Fathers and recited on Sundays. Bishop Stephen of Ličge (903-20) wrote an office of the Holy Trinity that in some places was recited on the sunday after Pentecost, and elsewhere on the last sunday before Adven. St. Thomas ŕ Becket (1118-70), consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury on the Sunday following Pentecost, obtained for England the privilege of a special feast to honor the Trinity on that day. Pope John...
  • The Shroud of Turin The Holographic Experience (1 Minute Amazing Video)

    11/17/2012 11:28:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Shroud 3D.com ^ | Dr. Petrus Soons
    This website summarizes work connected with digitizing Shroud photographs taken by Giuseppe Enrie in 1931, enhancing the digitized images to improve details, translating the enhanced images “gray scale data into depth data”, generating a sequence of up to 625 images of each of these, and combining these images with a Holoprinter to produce holograms (3D images) of the Shroud. It also summarizes my study of these holograms and discovery of heretofore unseen details, which confirm many previous findings and reveal some suprises.
  • Amid the Ashes, a Statue of Mary Stands as a Symbol of Survival

    11/17/2012 11:04:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/16/12 | Samuel G. Freedman
    Where the McNulty home once stood on the corner of Oceanside and Gotham, a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean on the spit of land in Queens called Breezy Point, there now remains a charred, twisted ruin. Flooding and fire have left behind nothing but the foundation. Within it are strewed a dislodged bathtub, an air-conditioner casing battered into a helix shape, a mailbox coated with ashes. As if all that loss were not loss enough, the storm spared a few tormenting reminders of life before its arrival. In the scorched shell of a cedar closet, screen windows stand neatly...
  • World Called on to Act Against 'Genocide' of Nigeria's Christians

    11/17/2012 7:29:23 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | November 16, 2012| | Nicola Menzie
    After meeting with the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. this week, the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) is calling on the international community to pressure governments and those in authority to have Boko Haram declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) – as the militants have been blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths since it started waging Jihad in 2009. ...The U.S. State Department in June announced that some of Boko Haram's leaders and affiliates have been classified as "Specially Designated Global Terrorists", with two individuals said to have ties to al Qaida. On Thursday, Ambassador Adefuye expressed solidarity with the...
  • The Upside-Down World of Catholic Higher Education (dissident theologians on campus)

    11/17/2012 7:10:24 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 16, 2012 | Anne Hendershott
    In an ideal Catholic world, if a Catholic theologian promoted a woman’s right to choose abortion and encouraged access to same-sex marriage, while also comparing the sacrifice of the Mass to an act of homosexual intercourse, the work of that theologian would be marginalized. But, in the upside-down world of Catholic higher education in 2012, such dissidence is applauded. Case in point: Tina Beattie, the British theologian whose book, God’s Mother, Eve’s Advocate: A Gynocentric Refiguration of Marian Symbolism in Engagement with Luce Irigaray, promotes such heresy, has been honored as a visionary on Catholic campuses here and abroad.  ...
  • God's Kind Of Love

    11/17/2012 6:31:23 AM PST · by virgil283 · 1 replies
    "Most of us think that we really understand the love of God, but our experience proves otherwise. We feel lonely, depressed, discouraged, and defeated. Every one of these negative emotions would be turned to positive by a proper revelation of God's love for us......... There is more than just a superficial knowledge that God loves us. In Ephesians, chapter 3, Paul prayed that the Ephesians would get a greater revelation of God's love for them. He said, "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and...
  • (U2 vocalist) Bono thanks Vatican for helping with debt forgiveness

    11/17/2012 5:29:34 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | November 16, 2012
    <p>Vatican City, Nov 16, 2012 / 06:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The famous U2 vocalist Bono traveled to the Vatican Nov. 16 to thank the Church for its work to free the world's least developed countries from their foreign debt, enabling them to invest in education.</p>
  • Open season on Catholicism

    11/17/2012 5:21:32 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 16, 2012 | Phil Lawler
    It’s open season on Catholicism. In Ireland and in Australia, public opinion is being whipped into frenzy in crusades against Church teachings. In both cases the arguments are thoroughly irrational. In Ireland, Savita Halappanavar died a horrible, painful, needless death. But rather than mourning her death, and demanding a full accounting of where the doctors went wrong, pundits are blaming the tragedy on teachings of the Catholic Church. We really don’t know, at this point, what caused her death. But one thing is quite clear already: it was not due to Catholic teaching, nor to Catholic influence on Ireland's laws.In...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 17, 2012]

    11/17/2012 5:05:59 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Eternal Goal "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing . . . I will bless you . . ." —Genesis 22:16-17 Abraham, at this point, has reached where he is in touch with the very nature of God. He now understands the reality of God.My goal is God Himself . . . At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.“At any cost . . . by any road” means submitting to God’s way of bringing us to the goal.There is no possibility of questioning God when He speaks, if He speaks...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/17/12)[Prayer]

    11/17/2012 4:57:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 29 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/17/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Deuteronomy 4:23-24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Arianism

    11/17/2012 12:45:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Arianism 1247. What was the heresy of Arius? Arius was born in Lybia in 256 A.D., and was ordained a Catholic priest in 313 A.D. In the year 318, at the Synod of Alexandria, the Patriarch of that city gave a discourse on the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity. Arius declared that the Patriarch had fallen into error, and proceeded to set out his own ideas of Christian doctrine. He denied that Christ was really the Eternal Son of God, equally sharing in the Divine Nature with the Father. According to him, the Person of Christ existed before all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-12, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2012 10:01:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2012   Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious   Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,especially for strangers;they have testified to your love before the Church.Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.For they have set out for the sake of the Nameand are accepting nothing from the pagans.Therefore, we ought to support such persons,so that we may be co-workers in the truth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the man who fears...
  • THE RETURN OF THE KING...psalm 9 pt 1

    The Psalms of the Bible are full of prophecy. A major theme of many of the Psalms is that of the return of the King, Messiah, and his sufferings and glory. The prophecies of the Psalms are eschatological also, describing in great detail the last great conflict of Israel, and of the world conditions at the time of the second coming of Christ. The ninth Psalm is an example of this. I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing...
  • Judge sides with company on contraceptive coverage

    11/16/2012 7:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KEYC-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2012 | Frederic J. Frommer
    A federal judge on Friday temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House Publishers, which doesn't want to provide employees with contraceptives that it equates with abortion. At issue are contraceptives such as Plan B and IUDs. If a woman already is pregnant, the Plan B pill has no effect. It prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg, and according to the medical definition, pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg...
  • Miracles on the border: Syrians encounter Jesus

    11/16/2012 7:28:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 102 replies
    bpnews.net ^ | November 16, 2012 | Erich Bridges
    BEIRUT (BP) -- The Christian relief team heard about the needy Syrian widow living outside a Lebanese Muslim village near the Syrian border. So they took food to her. Apparently, Jesus had been there first. A refugee from the civil war in Syria, the Muslim widow, along with her three children, had sought shelter in Lebanon -- like more than 100,000 other Syrians. She was observing a traditional 40-day period of solitude to mourn her dead husband, so she had received nothing from the local Islamic aid society. When the Christians knocked at her door, the widow appeared fully covered...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    11/16/2012 5:22:04 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    11-16-12 | Kitty Mittens
    2 Samuel 22:2-4 Jehovah is my Rock, my Fortress and my Savior. I will Hide in God, Who is my Rock and my Refuge. He is my Shield and my Salvation, My Refuge and High Tower. Thank You, O my Savior, For Saving me from my Enemies. I will Call Upon the Lord, Who is Worthy to be Praised; He will Save me from All my Enemies.
  • Song - "Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem"

    11/16/2012 3:37:34 PM PST · by wesagain · 3 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | November 15, 2012 | brotherWes
    A song I wrote thinking of the terror going on in Israel."Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love thee." Psalm 122:6Click on the link above.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNxD-MnUvdc
  • Cardinal Dolan: US bishops won’t comply with Obama rule on birth control coverage in insurance

    11/16/2012 1:44:11 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Cath News ^ | November 15, 2012
    A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for...
  • Religious conservatives’ uphill battle (Obama won the total Catholic vote by a small margin)

    11/16/2012 9:34:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/16/2012 | Michael Gerson
    The Catholic Church — a politically and ethnically sprawling institution — has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party combines moral conservatism with a passion for social justice. So Catholic leaders have often challenged Democrats to be more pro-life and Republicans to be more concerned about immigrants and the poor. But President Obama’s first term was a period of unexpected aggression against the rights of religious institutions. His Justice Department, in the Hosanna-Tabor case, argued against the existence of any “ministerial exception” to employment rules. Obama tried to mandate that Catholic schools, hospitals and charities offer...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HUMILIATI, 11-16-12

    11/16/2012 7:23:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HUMILIATI A penitential association of the laity formed about A.D. 1150. Some of the captives taken by Emperor Henry II from Lombardy to Germany devoted themselves to works of charity and penance and were called Barrettini. When they were allowed to return to Italy, they continued their German methods of living both as to industry, calling themselves Humiliati, and also as to modes of prayer, eventually adopting the Rule of St. Benedict. In 1134 they built their first monastery at Milan. St. Charles Borromeo, attempting to eliminate some serious abuses that had crept into the group,...
  • The Upside-Down World of Catholic Higher Education

    11/16/2012 6:59:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12.16.12 | Anne Hendershott
    Recent controversies at the University of San Diego underscore the prevalence and influence of dissent on Catholic campuses.In an ideal Catholic world, if a Catholic theologian promoted a woman’s right to choose abortion and encouraged access to same-sex marriage, while also comparing the sacrifice of the Mass to an act of homosexual intercourse, the work of that theologian would be marginalized. But, in the upside-down world of Catholic higher education in 2012, such dissidence is applauded. Case in point: Tina Beattie, the British theologian whose book, God’s Mother, Eve’s Advocate: A Gynocentric Refiguration of Marian Symbolism in Engagement with Luce...
  • News from the U.K. Ordinariate

    11/16/2012 6:47:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    One of our Ordinariate readers sends in the following bit of news: Last week the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton, celebrated Mass according to the Book of Divine Worship at the end of a conference on mission and evangelisation at the church of St Patrick's, Soho Square, and at the former Anglican church of St Agatha's, Portsmouth. During the latter, a peal of bells was blessed. At Soho Square, well-known Anglican hymns replaced the Proper of the Mass, and the setting by John Merbecke was used for the Ordinary of the Mass....
  • 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...