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  • This day in 1095 (Catholic Caucus)

    11/27/2012 2:49:57 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    On this day in 1095 Pope Urban II made a speech.The setting was the Council of Clermont in France.Urban, indeed all of Europe, was alarmed at the aggression of the Turks in the East, who had taken the Holy Land and were invading the Eastern Roman Empire. Urban therefore addressed the Council asking them to help their Christian brethren in the East. As Robert the Monk recorded, Urban put it, apparently, this way: “Deus vult!… God wills it!”Thus began the First Crusade.In another version of Urban’s history-shaping speech recorded by one Fulcher of Chartres, Urban also addressed corruption in the...
  • Saint Maxmilian Kolbe: The Immaculata's Perfect Knight [Catholic Caucus]

    11/27/2012 2:25:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    RFPStudentAction.org ^ | 11-2012 | Michael Gore
    Saint Maxmilian Kolbe: The Immaculata's Perfect Knight By Michael Gorre St. Maximilian Kolbe Having selected ten prisoners to die in the starvation bunker to serve as a lesson for an escaped prisoner, Nazi SS Captain Karl Fritsch was about to leave Auschwitz concentration camps Block 13 when the unimaginable happened. Prisoner 16670 stepped out of formation. A murmur spread through the line of prisoners. Facing the 47 year old prisoner, Fritsch demanded, What do you want, you Polish dog?The prisoner, Father Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv., removed his cap and said, I want to die in the place of...
  • Latest Critic of Religious Liberty Reveals His Ignorance of Religion

    11/27/2012 2:11:31 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 27, 2012 | Ryan T. Anderson
    In Why Tolerate Religion? Brian Leiter, author of the Leiter Reports blog and a law professor at the University of Chicago who has an interest in philosophy, asks why Western democracies have sought to promote and protect religionand religious libertyin both law and culture.He explores this question because hes puzzled by it. As he sees things, no one has been able to articulate a credible principled argument for tolerating religion qua religion why, as a matter of moral principle, we ought to accord special legal and moral treatment to religious practices (emphases throughout are original). He argues that there...
  • Nigerian cardinal condemns bombing of Protestant church

    11/27/2012 1:43:56 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | November 26, 2012
    Cardinal John Onaiyekan walks through Vatican City after being made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 24. Credit: Lewis Ashton Glancy - CNA. Rome, Italy, Nov 26, 2012 / 06:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base, lamenting the lack of security in the country. “Once again, a great tragedy has taken place but in this case the circumstances are particularly worrisome,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told Aid to the Church in Need in Rome Nov. 26. “This attack took place...
  • An Ever-Changing College... Ever More, Benedict's Supermajority (Surprising Stats!)

    11/27/2012 1:01:19 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | November 26, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Much as last weekend's events highlighted the reality in the elevation of the two youngest members by far of the Pope's Senate (and, in time, the electorate that'll choose his successor), a 2010 analysislong ago set the stakes for what's now upon us.... Already, in the red hats he doled out in March 2006 and November 2007, the pontiff has named thirty -- that is, at least a quarter of his successors eventual electorate -- so restoring the papal senate to its voting maximum would give Papa Ratzinger 42% of his cardinals in the electoral college, the...
  • How ignoring two little words has devastated evangelization

    11/27/2012 12:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Just two little words in a carefully written text of the Second Vatican Council carry tremendous significance in terms of the emphasis that text was meant to convey. Two little words, so easily overlooked, add urgency to the task for evangelization, and usher in a reminder of why the task of the Church in announcing Jesus Christ is so critical.What are these words? Simply these:“But often….”Perhaps you are less than amazed and wonder what they could have to do with evangelization, let alone urgency. These words occur in a critical text of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium # 16,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GAUDETE SUNDAY, 11-27-12

    11/27/2012 9:06:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Catholic Reference.net ^ | 11-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GAUDETE SUNDAY Third Sunday of Advent, so named from the opening antiphon of the Introit Gaudete in Domino semper (Rejoice in the Lord always). On this Sunday rose vestments are permitted in the Eucharistic liturgy. (Etym. Latin gaudete, rejoice.) See Also: LAETARE SUNDAYAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Woman wonders, Will I be fat in heaven?

    11/27/2012 9:00:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 110 replies
    Lark News ^ | B. Jokin
    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. Kerrie Jameson is confident she is going to heaven. What scares her is the possibility that shell show up 30 pounds overweight and stay that way forever. I work a desk job, and my physique reflects that, says Jameson, 28, who used to work out daily but has fallen into bad eating habits. I have this horrible image of myself standing before the throne looking like a lumpy sack of flour. Everyone else will be worshiping, and Ill be slinking off to a corner to eat chocolate and console myself. The idea of being fat in...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem,(11/27/12)[Prayer]

    11/27/2012 4:43:13 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/27/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Moshi'a....The saviorIsaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Savior. (Isa 43:11)
  • G-d Bless Our Chaplains

    11/26/2012 10:19:10 PM PST · by Phinneous
    Crownheights.info ^ | 4/1/2008 | Rabbi Joseph Jacobson
    A fantastic speech to the annual gathering of US military chaplains from a well-known (well, among the small chassidic population) orthodox speaker, Rabbi Joseph Jacobson. I posted a few years ago...worth viewing again. If you are a Christian and give sermons, I guarantee you'll enjoy this.
  • The Solemnity of Christ the King in China

    11/26/2012 7:47:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/25/12 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Sunday, Solemnity of Christ the King, 25 November 2012, Beijing, China. Only recently the auxiliary bishop of Shanghai bravely announced from the pulpit of Saint Ignatius cathedral that he would no longer subject himself to the leadership of Chinas Catholic Patriotic Association. Soon after, he was escorted to the Sheshan Catholic Seminary, where is presently on a forced spiritual retreat to reconsider his affiliation. In addition, the seminary has been closed until further notice. Chinas Catholics are keenly aware of their situation, and they are also keenly aware of how to respond. Sitting in the pews during 10:00 am Mass...
  • Half of Women Bishops Opponents in Synod Were Women

    11/26/2012 7:10:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/26/12 | John Bingham
    Half of women bishops opponents in Synod were women Almost half of the lay members of the Church of England General Synod who voted down women bishops were themselves women, official voting returns show.According to a list provided by the Church of England, 33 of the 74 members of the House of Laity who rejected the plan to open the episcopate to women were female. Womens campaigners rounded on them calling their stance ridiculous arguing that those who believe in the idea of male headship should have followed the male leaders of the Church and voted in favour. They also...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-12

    11/26/2012 6:07:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2012 Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Rv 14:14-19 I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,"Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth's harvest is fully ripe."So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the...
  • Evangelicals Becoming More Devout, Catholics Less So

    11/26/2012 5:09:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Live Science ^ | 11/26/2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    Evangelical Protestants have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decades, even as Catholics have become less attached to their faith, new research finds. The denominational differences come even as religious affiliations have decreased overall in America, with the number of people who claim no religious affiliation at all doubling from 7 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2000, said study researcher Philip Schwadel, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Nevertheless, Schwadel said, these unaffiliated individuals seem to be dropping out of religious institutions that they were previously ambivalent about. People who feel...
  • The "Faith" of the First Murderer...Genesis 4 pt 3

    And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.(Genesis 4:3)Cain believed in God. Furthermore he worshipped him. The account of the first murder in human history, took place in the context of worship. We would do well to consider the theology of Cain, for we are warned in the book of Jude that in the last days many within the church and outside of it wouldgo in the way of Cain, plunging on into everlasting destruction. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way...
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed (Catholic Caucus)

    11/26/2012 3:38:13 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Currently in the Liturgies of daily Mass we have been reading the Book of Revelation. It is commonly read at the end of the liturgical year, for it bespeaks the end of, and passing qualities of all things of this world.It is also a book of glory, depicting the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a great period of conflict between the doomed kingdom of this world, and the victorious Kingdom of Christ. In this context the Book of Revelation is not a mere tour guide to the last days, but is a book of glory reminding us...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 25th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    11/26/2012 3:06:08 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 25, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - November 25th, 2012 Pastor JD talks about the Gaza ceasefire and the prophecy in Isaiah 19 concerning Egypt.
  • Some Revealing Responses to My Open Letter to Black Evangelicals (On why they voted for Obama)

    11/26/2012 2:38:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/26/2012 | Michael Brown
    My open letter to my black Christian friends, written out of respect and solidarity, generated an extremely high number of email responses. They ranged from commendation to condemnation, with one email informing me that neither you nor I are going to alter prophecy, these things are foretold, we have to pray now GOD will get us out of here before masses get destroyed! Espiritus offered a unique perspective: The Black, Youth and Latino vote is being used [by the Chinese] for the outcome [of the] 2012 election. . . . Under Komrad Obama, Americas military will be emasculated, our nuclear...
  • Does Someone Have to be Pro-Life to be a True Christian?

    11/26/2012 1:17:49 PM PST · by victim soul · 110 replies
    Life News ^ | 11.26.12 | Kristen Walker Hatten
    I wasnt a Christian when I became pro-life. I was kind of anti-Christian. I was converted on the basis of science, reason, ethics, and human rights. A year later, I was confirmed in the Catholic Church. I dont think thats a coincidence. But I also dont think one has to be a Christian to be pro-life. I do, however, believe that one has to be pro-life to be a Christian. Why? Well, because, duh. I mean, is it really necessary to go into deep biblical study over this issue? Is it necessary to quote Exodus 21:22-23, or Psalm 139:13-15, or...
  • Uniquely Ready To Respond To Disasters Like Sandy

    11/26/2012 11:20:49 AM PST · by BlueMoose · 2 replies
    WNYC ^ | November 23, 2012 | By Kathleen Horan
    Mormons are among the many faith-based organizations who've pitched in to assist in the post-Sandy relief effort. More than 5,000 are expected to volunteer this weekend in areas affected by the storm. Members say the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's tradition of preparedness has helped mobilize both volunteers and supplies quickly. Elder Jeffrey Olson of New Jersey, is an organizer for Helping Hands, the churchs community service and relief program. He said Mormons are encouraged to be ready for a range of emergencies and disasters. "One of our teachings is if you are prepared you shall not...