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  • Thanksgiving Day shopping called 'assault' on family life

    11/22/2012 2:16:10 PM PST · by NYer · 88 replies
    cna ^ | November 22, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Denver, Colo., Nov 22, 2012 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The expansion of Thanksgiving weekend shopping to the holiday itself has raised concerns among both workers and clergy who worry that the change puts family time at risk. Father Sinclair Oubre, Spiritual Moderator of the Texas-based Catholic Labor Network, said the store openings are a “disturbing trend” that is “an assault on the family.” “We have almost completed the evolutionary process of having two classes of workers: those who get holidays off, and can stay with their families, and those who are forced to work, so that those who...
  • Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 113th Congress

    11/22/2012 12:41:30 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The newly elected, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as none, continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as a whole. While Congress remains majority Protestant, the institution is far less so today than it was 50 years ago, when nearly three-quarters of the members belonged to Protestant denominations. Catholics have seen the biggest gains among the 530 seats in the new Congress that have been decided as of Nov. 16....
  • "Give Me This Mountain": Finding Hidden Meaning in Scripture [New Church, Open]

    11/22/2012 11:55:39 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 180 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed Nov 21, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Many people read the Bible literally and feel very strongly that there's nothing more to it than that, and yet Jesus Himself says the whole Old Testament is about Him. How could that be?!? We ponder this through a bizarre story in which Caleb pleads with Joshua to be given a mountain inhabited by enemy giants in fortified cities (Joshua 14). Also see: Spirit And Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • St. Cecilia

    11/22/2012 11:10:21 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    American Catholic ^ | 22.Nov.2012 | CC
    Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in early times. A fragmentary inscription of the late fourth century refers to a church named after her, and her feast was celebrated at least in 545. According to legend, Cecilia was a young Christian of high rank betrothed to a Roman named Valerian. Through her influence Valerian was converted, and was martyred along with his brother. The legend about Cecilias death says that after being struck...
  • Catholic Charities raises goal as part of 'Giving Tuesday' effort,{ecumenical}

    11/22/2012 11:06:14 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Commerical Appeal ^ | 22.Nov.2012 | CC
    Catholic Charities of West Tennessee has joined the "Giving Tuesday" national movement on Nov. 27 by setting a goal of helping 1,300 Memphis-area families during the holiday season. To that end, Catholic Charities is soliciting gifts and funds to support its annual Gifts For God's Children program, said Michael Allen, president and CEO. Specifically, the organization which aids people irrespective of religious preference seeks donations of warm clothing, unwrapped toys, gift cards of $25 or less, nonperishable food items and bicycles and helmets. People will be asked to drop off any of these items between 6 a.m. and...
  • Choose Jesus and no other and you "shall" walk in his fullness ![Charistmatic caucus]

    11/22/2012 10:58:09 AM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 11-22-12 | Jedediah
    Many of my children have stepped backword into a precipice of darkness "yeah" into a revelation not of Me for I desire for my children to walk in the fullness of my glory and goodness each day. I came to stand in the road to Damascus to deliver Paul out of just this thing for truly though he knew My word he had yet to meet me and it is these "Sauls" of disaster I am after in these last days . So "GO" My church and declare the wonders of my fullness for there is no one thing or...
  • Zechariah 9 - Blood Cakes and Candies (Gaza in Prophecy)

    11/22/2012 9:05:20 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Wrestlers of Faith ^ | 11/22/2012 | Jamie Northrup
    Zechariah 9:6 and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. 7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth... 2500 years ago, the God of Israel gave the Hebrew prophet Zechariah a vision of the day we live in. A day when the spiritual descendants of the Philistines, the Palestinians lead by Hamas, would have blood in their mouth and abominations between their teeth. The reason we know this prophesy is for today is because Zechariah wrote this passage over one hundred years after the Philistines had...
  • Staying Positive In A Negative World

    "If you havent noticed that we live in a negative world, you just havent been paying attention. These negative influences have been especially evident during the last few months of the presidential campaign. Each party has spent millions painting a picture of the worst possible scenarios for Americans if their opponent is elected. Not nearly as much has been spent expressing hope. Add in things like sickness, the loss of a job, or marriage problems, and you can see where, over time, the pressures of the world, if allowed, can steal the love and joy from your life. In Matthew...
  • Election results reveal God is winning [Mormonism is winning]

    11/22/2012 6:48:30 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2012 | Kathryn Skaggs
    -SNIP-Though a Romney win, by many indicators felt within reach, it didnt happen. However, the fact that it almost did - and with very few variables could have - this reality has changed everything for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (Mormon) for the good.-SNIP--As members of the LDS Church have taken increased opportunities to discuss their faith because of interest in Mitt Romneys Mormonism, over time it became increasingly evident that no matter what sensitive issue came our way, be it baptism for the dead, racism, polygamy, Mormon temple worship, gender equality, etc the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(11/22/12)[Prayer]

    11/22/2012 4:13:18 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/22/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. God Bless America
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/22/12)[Prayer]

    11/22/2012 4:06:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/22/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Elohei HaKavod (e-lo-hay hak-ka-VOHD) God of Glory Psalm 29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
  • First AME Church In Dire Financial State [Church Cheered OJ Simpson After His Acquittal]

    11/22/2012 12:43:59 AM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 21, 2012
    First AME Church In Dire Financial State The storied church in South L.A. owes about $300,000 to numerous creditors, officials say. Its new pastor vows to investigate possible financial mismanagement. By Angel Jennings, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest black congregations in Los Angeles, faces a financial crisis, owing roughly $300,000 to a long list of creditors, church officials said. Revelations of the money problems come amid declining membership and tithing under the leadership of a controversial former pastor, the Rev. John J. Hunter, who was reassigned following a tax investigation, a sexual harassment lawsuit and questionable...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-12, M, St. Cecilia, virgin, martyr, Thanksgiving Day

    11/21/2012 10:42:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2012 Memorial of Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr Reading 1Rv 5:1-10 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,"Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earthwas able to open the scroll or to examine it.I shed many tears because no one was found worthyto open the scroll or to examine it.One...
  • The feminist case against women bishops

    11/21/2012 7:48:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-19-12 | Susie Leafe
    Men and women are equal but different. I pray the Church of England will respect this. The question of whether women should become bishops can be boiled down to one word: equality. And it is because I believe in equality that I am against women becoming bishops. Opponents of women bishops in the Church of England are often dismissed as being incurably dusty and out of date. That in 2012 - 12 years into the third millennium - this issue is being argued about is taken as proof that the Church is hopelessly behind the curve. But if you listen...
  • The Vatican on Gaza: Israel is a Baby-Killer

    11/21/2012 2:34:48 PM PST · by Lera · 340 replies
    Not a word was heard from the Vatican all the years Sderot babies were in mortal danger. They began noticing the violence last week. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Vatican Council for Culture, commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas, delivered a severe attack on the Jewish people: I think of the massacre of the innocents. Children are dying in Gaza, their mothers shouts is a perennial cry, a universal cry. The Catholic Church high official equated Israels operation in Gaza against terror groups with the New Testament story of Herods slaughter of Jewish babies in his effort...
  • On the Splendor of God's Truth

    11/21/2012 1:45:27 PM PST · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 21, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Splendor of God's Truth "Through Faith We Come to True Knowledge of God and Ourselves" VATICAN CITY, Nov. 21, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We go forward in this Year of Faith, bearing in our hearts the hope of rediscovering how much joy there is in believing and of finding the enthusiasm to communicate to all the truths of the faith. These truths are not a simple message about...
  • On the Knowledge of God

    11/21/2012 1:24:22 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 14, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Knowledge of God "God Inspires and Accompanies our Efforts to Know Him and to Find Our Happiness in Him" VATICAN CITY, Nov. 14, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father continued his series of catecheses on faith. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Wednesday we reflected on the desire for God that the human being carries within his very depths. Today I would like to continue and delve deeper into this aspect, meditating with you briefly about some ways to arrive at the...
  • Diocese Says Parish Must Hold Separate Communion Services

    11/21/2012 9:28:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 11/21/12 | Jeff Sheler
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has told the nation's only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish it must change its worship services so Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion. The parish, Church of the Holy Apostles, is led by Catholic and Episcopal co-pastors and has worshipped together for more than 30 years. It's an arrangement, parishioners say, that over the years has allowed families in mixed marriages to worship side by side and has helped build bonds that transcend denominational boundaries. In an emotionally charged meeting Monday with parish leaders, representatives of the Catholic diocese voiced...
  • At Installation, Bishop Conley Says Holiness Is Key to Church Flourishing

    11/21/2012 9:14:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/20/12 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    If the Church is to flourish in the world today, if the New Evangelization is to really take root, if we are to truly build a culture of life, holiness must begin with us, the new Lincoln, Neb., bishop said in his homily.LINCOLN, Neb. As he was installed in the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, Bishop James Conley stressed the need for bishops and all Catholics to be holy so that the Gospel will impact the culture and the Church will prosper. My brother bishops, there is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,...
  • Why the Church of England rejected female bishops

    11/21/2012 8:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/21/2012 | Robert Barr
    The Church of England's governing body blocked a move Tuesday to permit women to serve as bishops in a vote so close it failed to settle the question of female leadership and likely condemned the institution to years more debate on the issue. On Wednesday, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron told the Church of England to "get on with it" and reverse the decision now, not five years from now. And the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said on Wednesday: "We have to put it very bluntly a lot of explaining to do," he said. "Whatever the motivations...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APSE, 11-21-12

    11/21/2012 7:19:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-21-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APSE Semicircular polygonal termination to the choir or nave of a church, in which the altar is placed. The term was applied variously to the arched roof of a room; canopy over an altar; or any semicircular recess with a roof. the apse is solid below, generally with windows above; the roof is vaulted. The term was first used in the Roman basilicas where the apse was an important feature, later retained when the basilica was transformed into a Christian church. The chevet is an apse enclosed by an open screen of columns leading into an...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/21/2012 7:14:57 AM PST · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • Nativity story's significance continues to unfold today, pope writes

    11/21/2012 5:04:31 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | November 20, 2012 | Carol Glatz and Francis X. Rocca
    Copies of the Italian version of Pope Benedict XVI's new book, "The Infancy of Jesus," are seen during their release to journalists at the Vatican press office Nov. 20. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Carol Glatz and Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Nativity story, like the whole story of Christ, is not merely an event in the past, but has unfolding significance for people today, with implications for such issues as the limits of political power and the purpose of human freedom, Pope Benedict writes in his third and final volume on the life and teachings...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/21/12)[Prayer]

    11/21/2012 5:00:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/21/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures The Hope of Israel...Fountain of Living WaterJeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-12, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2012 10:35:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2012 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,"Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards."At once I was caught up in spirit.A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • An Analysis of Netanyahu's Comment on Tuesday: "Our Hand Grasps the Sword of David"

    11/20/2012 9:55:03 PM PST · by hope_dies_last · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | 11/20/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked King David in a statement Tuesday evening signaling that he is serious about ordering an intensification of the attack on the terrorists of Gaza. "Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office, "and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country.
  • Adultery Can Result in Bastard Babies, Broken Marriages, Blasted Careers, and Baneful Diseases!

    11/20/2012 9:21:01 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 55 replies
    CSTNews ^ | November 20, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Most of todays citizens dont want any constraints upon themselves especially in the area of sex; however, whatever government does, God still holds everyone to a very high standard: all sex outside of a marriage relationship is sinful and will be faced one day. Apart from Gods judgment, adultery can result in bastard babies, broken marriages, blasted careers, and baneful diseases. Adultery seems to be too much pain for so little gain! I wonder if General Patraeus thinks his roll in the hay was worth the destruction of his reputation, career, and maybe his marriage. God has not rescinded the...
  • Beautiful Choir Music

    11/20/2012 7:21:11 PM PST · by firerosemom · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | unknown | unknown
    thought I'd put up some peaceful music for a bit of an oasis for Thanksgiving - Sicut Cervus found on youtube - Happy Thanksgiving
  • In Election 2012's Aftermath, Biblical Christians Will Become Increasingly Marginalized

    11/20/2012 6:18:36 PM PST · by billflax · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/20/2012 | Bill Flax
    In the elections aftermath, the culture war looks like a rout. Few ever relished this fight; most preferred simply to be left alone. We arent community organizers. Sadly, neutrality was not realistic. No, being Switzerland was never an option. By not defending Americas heritage of limited government, free markets and biblical morality, were being overrun a la Belgium. Powerful forces array. Christians consider this battle in spiritual terms. Conservatives sense a political donnybrook. Others deplore eroding standards of conduct and lost liberty. The Left vies for our childrens hearts, souls and minds. While no majority, progressives dominate the dissemination of...
  • Prayer Request; My Father has passed

    11/20/2012 5:29:49 PM PST · by darkwing104 · 139 replies
    Free Republic | 11/20/2012 | Darkwing104
    I just received a call that my Father passed today. Please pray for my Mother for strength. They were two weeks shy of their 55th wedding Anniversary. Thanks in advanced and God bless.
  • The Birth Of Cain And Abel...Genesis 4 pt 1

    And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.(Genesis 4:1-2)By now, Adam and Eve had been evicted from their home, the garden of delight, because of their sin. They were not allowed to remain, nor to eat of the precious Tree of Life, in fact it would have been spiritually disastrous for them to do so. They had rejected Gods glory. They chose not to...
  • Atheists Claim Abraham Lincoln as One of Their Own

    11/20/2012 1:47:47 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 69 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 20, 2012 | JP
    It never ceases to amuse if not infuriate how often atheists claim as one of their own much-revered historic figures who happen to make the news for some reason or another. So it was when Neil Armstrong went to be with the Lord this past August. So it was when Albert Einsteins so-called God Letter went on auction last month. And so it is now with Abraham Lincoln. The nations 16th president is the subject of a new motion picture, helmed by Stephen Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director, with the screenplay penned by Tony Kushner, the Tony Award and...
  • I Once Debated dismissed Maryknoll Priest Roy Bourgeois on CNN Heres the Video.

    11/20/2012 12:49:59 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ordination Debate
  • Church of England Narrowly Rejects Women Bishops

    11/20/2012 12:32:56 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    juicyecumenism ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bart Gingerich
    (Photo Credit: The Telegraph) Today, the General Synod for the Church of England rejectedthe ordination of women bishops by a mere handful of votes. So ends for now a nearly 12 year legislative process to upend standards for episcopal office. Much of the controversy surrounded the provision of stand-in bishops for parishes opposed to women’s ordination.Passage of the ordination innovations required a 2/3 majority in all houses. The votes were 44 for and two against in the house of bishops, 148 for and 45 against in the house of clergy, and 132 for and 74 against in the house of...
  • Zephaniah 2 - Gaza Shall Be Forsaken

    11/20/2012 12:07:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Wrestlers Of Faith ^ | 11/20/2012 | Jamie Northrup
    Zephaniah 2: 1 Gather yourselves together O nation not desired ; 2 Before the decree bring forth , before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you... 4 For Gaza shall be forsaken... 5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. Gods word is clear. There will not be a...
  • Atheist group at Dartmouth plans anti Mother Teresa event

    11/20/2012 10:30:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 11/20/2012 | Oliver Darcy
    An atheist group at Dartmouth College is planning an event aimed at skewering the reputation of the late Mother Teresa. The Atheists Humanists Agnostics (AHA) club sent out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the program on Tuesday and promising a full-out romp against why one of the most beloved people of the century, Mother Teresa, is as Hitchens put it a lying, thieving Albanian dwarf. The e-mail says the group plans to screen an anti-Mother Teresa film, discuss Hitchens book, Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and question how the public has been conned into thinking this woman [Teresa]...
  • Bishop Gene Robinson Considers Vouchers to Religious Schools a 'Tragedy'

    11/20/2012 9:40:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    WASHINGTON Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in The Episcopal Church, believes that voucher programs that benefit religious schools are a "tragedy." The controversial bishop of New Hampshire told The Christian Post on Monday his views on vouchers at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress on the issue of poverty reduction. "I am a believer in public education and I believe every dollar diverted from public education either by religious schools or by charter schools is a tragedy," said Robinson. "[A voucher] takes away from this great mission that is so embedded in the life...
  • Judge Rules Nativity Scenes No Longer Allowed in LA Beach City Park

    11/20/2012 9:35:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Alex Murashko
    The nearly 60-year tradition of a Nativity scene displayed at a park and hosted by a coalition of churches in Santa Monica, Calif., has ended after a federal judge ruled on Monday that the city can ban such displays. A controversy over the display about the birth of Jesus at Palisades Park erupted last Christmas season when an atheist group "manipulated" the city's lottery system for spaces, according to a nonprofit, resulting in only two booths for the Christian group that normally uses 14 booths for the various Nativity-related scenes. "It's a very sad day when a small number of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALO ANIMO, 11-20-12

    11/20/2012 7:33:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MALO ANIMO With evil spirit or bad intention. An action done with malice and forethought, which increases the culpability. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • All Eyes on 'Game-Changer' Welby as Church Faces Final Showdown on Women Bishops

    11/20/2012 7:11:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/17/12 | John Bingham,
    The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing a personal plea to traditionalists in the Church of England to go forward with the idea of women bishops next week in an attempt to end years of wrangling over the issue.In what could be one of the most decisive interventions of his leadership even before he takes over as Archbishop the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, will urge doubters to back the measure in the name of unity. The vote at a special session of the Churchs General Synod in London will be the first test of...
  • At EU, Faithful Christians Need Not Apply?

    11/20/2012 7:06:39 AM PST · by marshmallow
    First Things ^ | 11/19/12 | Austin Ruse
    Eight years ago the European Parliament denied towering Italian intellectual Rocco Buttiglione a position as European Commissioner for Justice because of his faithful Catholicism. Asked in a hearing if he agreed with the Catholic Churchs teaching that homosexual acts are sinful, he said yes, he agreed with the teaching, but this would not prevent him from faithfully carrying out the laws of the European Union related to everyone including homosexuals. This was too much for the sexual left firmly ensconced in the European institutions, and Buttiglione was voted down. The event caused a scandal in Catholic circles and turned Buttiglione,...
  • Obsessed With Meetings

    11/20/2012 7:01:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 11/20/12 | Father Robert Barron
    Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Accordingly, there has been a good deal of commentary from historians, theologians and even from the handful of bishops and experts who actually participated in the Council five decades ago. I was particularly struck by an observation made by Fr. John O'Malley, the Jesuit historian who penned, some years ago, an influential book called What Happened at Vatican II? The Second Vatican Council, he said, was the largest meeting in the history of the world. Indeed, some 2,600 people -- bishops, theologians,...
  • Looking Back at Election Day

    11/20/2012 6:56:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic New York ^ | 11/15/12 | Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
    Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?The 2012 campaign is over, and the dust is settling. After asking me how our recovery from Hurricane Sandy is going, most folks these days then inquire about how I think the Church did on election day. Such a question usually triggers a mini-catechism lesson from me, as I reply that, actually, the Church wasnt on the ballot, and the election was hardly a referendum on the Church. The Church, I go on, was founded by the one who stated that My kingdom is not of this world, and whose members consider the statement of...
  • Catholics Must Face Squarely the Dire Threat to Religious Liberty

    11/20/2012 6:03:52 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 20, 2012 | Rev. George Rutler
    Of the 427 weddings in my present parish during the past eleven years (I have lost count of all the others), the band—for want of a better word—at the most recent reception was the loudest I can remember. Conversation was impossible, so some of a certain age complained loudly but not loudly enough and others of a lesser age laughed at their complaints. I have come to realize that for many of them, conversation as an art is an unknown thing.This reminded me of the line about the morally tranquilizing effects of “intolerable music” in Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard Class Day...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - November 20, 2012 [Devotional]

    11/20/2012 4:42:05 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 11/20/12 | Joel Osteen
    Enter with This Today's Scripture Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria As believers, we have the honor and privilege to enter boldly into Gods presence. Scripture says that we can come to His throne of grace and receive His mercy. Because He loves us, He has given us unlimited access to Himself 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But notice that todays verse tells us that we shouldnt just come any old way to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 20, 2012]

    11/20/2012 4:39:29 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Forgiveness of God "In Him we have . . . the forgiveness of sins . . ." Ephesians 1:7 Beware of the pleasant view of the fatherhood of God: God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That thought, based solely on emotion, cannot be found anywhere in the New Testament. The only basis on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ. To base our forgiveness on any other ground is unconscious blasphemy. The only ground on which God can forgive our sin and reinstate us...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/20/12)[Prayer]

    11/20/2012 4:08:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11.20/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures JudgeIsaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.
  • Today's Toons 11/20/12

    11/20/2012 3:23:59 AM PST · by pookie18 · 17 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 11/20/12 | pookie18
    Click on link.
  • Atheist Action Halts Calif. Nativity Display; Churches Go to Court

    11/20/2012 1:07:17 AM PST · by islamisasataniclie · 11 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    Churches are going to federal court to reclaim their freedom of speech after the city of Santa Monica, Calif., decided to end a nearly 60-year tradition of having Christian displays of the nativity in a public park due to an uproar caused by atheists' anti-God signs. Behind the trouble in Santa Monica is a member of the American Atheists, Damon Vix, who applied for and was granted a booth in Palisades Park alongside the nativity display three years ago. He erected a sign quoting Thomas Jefferson: "Religions are all alike -- founded on fables and mythologies." Another sign read, "Happy...
  • Anti-Israel Protestants: more Bible study needed

    11/19/2012 11:57:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | November 19, 2012 | Mark Paredes
    The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal place to equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with Flavor Flav. UCC Pastor Emeritus Jeremiah Wright, in a speech to thousands of people in Baltimore in 2011 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 ----- Much has been made in the Jewish community too much, in my humble opinion of the recent letter signed by 15 Protestant church leaders...