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  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    11/28/2012 7:46:16 AM PST · by Hiskid · 22 replies
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  • Yad Vashem Honors Italian Cardinal Who Rescued Jews

    11/28/2012 7:29:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 28, 2012 / 12:12 am (CNA).- Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as “Righteous Among the Nations” for his help in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution. Yad Vashem said on Nov. 26 that the cardinal “played a central role in the organization and operation of a widespread rescue network.” The Nazis began to deport Jews after the German occupation of Italy in September 1943. A major rescue effort in Florence was begun by the city’s Jewish leader Rabbi Nathan Cassuto and Jewish...
  • Russian Сhurch Offers to Send Relief to Syria Christians

    11/28/2012 7:26:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/28/12
    Moscow, November 28, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed willingness to send humanitarian relief to Christians in conflict-ridden Syria. "I believe that we must support the initiative to send humanitarian aid to Syrian Christians who are suffering and have lost their homes, primarily by sending them medications and bandages. The Russian Church stands ready to join this project," the head of the church, Patriarch Kirill, said at a meeting of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society on Wednesday. The Patriarch argued that ethnic, religious and social divisions were one of the sources of the Syrian crisis. "It is no...
  • 1,000 flying saucers invade Grand Haven [the invasion that has been lost to time: June 17, 1950]

    11/28/2012 7:15:11 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Grand Haven Tribune ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | Kevin Collier
    Between 4 and 5 p.m. that day, 1,000 “flying saucers” dropped out of the sky and onto the city. But it was no Roswell. No aliens were sighted, and the only wreckage recovered throughout the city was made from paper. The stunt was performed by First Reformed Church as a promotion for their vacation Bible school. The “saucers” were paper plates dropped from an airplane that took off from Grand Haven Airport, commanded by the Rev. Bernard Brunsting, a veteran wartime B-17 bomber pilot. The co-pilot was Kenneth Lestma, assistant pastor of the church. He flew with a rescue squadron...
  • Can an Adult Film Actress Truly Be Religious?

    11/28/2012 7:01:52 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 128 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 28, 2012 | JP
    There have been several supposedly “scientific” studies published this year that either disparaged people of faith or insidiously mocked religion. That includes a study, published in the journal Science, which asserted that people who believe in God are not analytical thinkers. There also was a study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, which claimed that “highly religious” folk are less compassionate toward the needy than atheists. Now comes yet another study, published this week in the Journal of Sex Research, which claims that adult film actresses are actually more religious than women who don’t get paid to...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (11/28/12)[Prayer]

    11/28/2012 4:58:34 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/28/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures HaKadosh....The Holy OneIsaiah 40:25 ..."To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.
  • Marriage for Sale: It's time the church remembered the purpose of marriage.

    11/28/2012 4:08:03 AM PST · by rhema · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | 5/24/12 | Douglas E. Baker
    Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries put marriage on garish display as a kind of sideshow drama—a public relations exercise more carefully designed to capture headlines than to secure the hearts of the couple at the center of the spotlight into an eternal covenant. The frivolity of their divorce was made all the more damaging to the institution of marriage itself as Kardashian's publicist openly admitted that the entire saga was part of a plot to make money the old fashioned way—by extortion. When Louisiana native Jason Alexander recently reflected on the 55-hour "marriage" he shared with Britney Spears...
  • Jesus and Extraterrestrials according to Contactee Sixto Paz Wells

    11/27/2012 8:21:43 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies
    ExoNews.org ^ | November 5, 2012 | Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera
    SPW- I am part of a contact group which for 37 years has been receiving psychographic messages that have been corroborated through UFO sightings once appointments were made. There have been witnesses, like Spanish reporter Juan José Benitez and Judge Dr. Ana María Polo from “Caso Cerrado” (a TV program) in Miami. Throughout these years we haven’t just seen appearing and landed spacecraft but we have seen the crew members and also some related experiences have taken place such as when a spacecraft appears and projects a beam of light forming a luminous dome or “Xendra” which is a dimensional...
  • Someone Always Has to Pay...Genesis 4 pt 4

    But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.(Genesis 4:5-8)Cain offered...
  • Bugarach: the French village destined to survive the Mayan apocalypse

    11/27/2012 7:01:29 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 November 2012 | Angelique Chrisafis
    Bugarach, with its two narrow streets, 176 residents, little agriculture, scores of wild orchids and virtually no pollution, was barely heard of a few years ago. Now, it's arguably the most famous village in France, known variously as "the village at the end of the world", the "chosen village", or as CNN put it, "the doomsday destination". According to a prophecy/internet rumour, which no one has ever quite got to the bottom of, an ancient Mayan calendar has predicted the end of the world will happen on the night of 21 December 2012, and only one place on earth will...
  • Cain Strikes Again- Genesis 4 pt 5

    11/27/2012 6:58:59 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 5 replies
    http://billrandles.wordpress.com ^ | 01-10-11 | Bill Randles
    In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.( I John 2:10-12)Cain and Abel were brothers. Both of them were strict Monotheistic worshippers also. But that is where the similarity ended. Abel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-28-12

    11/27/2012 6:55:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 28, 2012 Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 15:1-4 I, John, saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring:seven angels with the seven last plagues,for through them God's fury is accomplished. Then I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire.On the sea of glass were standing thosewho had won the victory over the beastand its image and the number that signified its name.They were holding God's harps,and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God,and the song of the Lamb: "Great and wonderful are your works,Lord God almighty.Just...
  • UFOs around Sun resemble foretold Galactic Obliteration Devices

    11/27/2012 6:21:45 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 62 replies
    The Canadian - Agora Cosmopolitan ^ | 23 November 2012 | Raymond
    UFO Sightings Daily now reports that giant cubic entities that resemble the "Borg Cubes" in the Star Trek science fiction series are orbiting the Sun, and could soon head toward Earth. If one combines the beliefs of the ancient Pagan Gnostics with the Luciferian Liberation Front’s interpretation of the Bible and a 2011 report to UFO Sightings Daily, one has to conclude that GOD is orbiting the sun in the form of a giant cube. In this case, however, GOD stands for Galactic Obliteration Device. Revelations, chapter 22, does describe the "City of God", the New Jerusalem, as a giant...
  • The Mythical 'Cycle of Violence'

    11/27/2012 4:37:04 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | November 26, 2012 | Jack Kinsella
    According to the newspaper Al Hayat, Israel offered Hamas and the Islamic Jihad leadership a 90 day cease-fire during which time Israel would gauge Hamas' ability to stop the shelling of Israeli cities and towns prior to discussing Hamas' demands. The offer was simple enough. "If you stop trying to kill Jews, we'll stop retaliating." Hamas rejected the offer only hours after Hillary Clinton promised that she would work out a deal that would benefit both sides, promising from Jerusalem that; "in the days ahead the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region...
  • THE IMPOSSIBLE GOSPEL OF MORMONISM: PLAN OF SALVATION

    11/27/2012 4:05:51 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 263 replies
    Mormon Infographics ^ | November 27, 2012
  • “Where Are The Catholics?”

    11/27/2012 3:44:22 PM PST · by NYer · 55 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 27, 2012 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    On the morning after Thanksgiving, I was driving over to Frederick, Maryland with one of my nephews. On the car radio, he was listening to a talk radio program from WMAL in Washington. The host of the program was a man who described himself as a conservative Jew. He was talking of the increasing religious persecution within the United States. Several times throughout the program he pointed out that it was the Catholics who are more and more being singled out and discriminated against. The First Amendment on religious freedom seems almost a dead letter when it comes to...
  • 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 camp’s 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 religion—and religious liberty—in both law and culture.He explores this question because he’s 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 analysis long 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 successor’s 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 she’ll 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 I’ll 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 Journey…The 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 China’s 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.” China’s 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. Women’s 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 1 Rv 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 would”go 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, America’s 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 wasn’t 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 don’t think that’s a coincidence. But I also don’t 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 church’s 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...
  • Sparks Fly at Pius XII Debate in London

    11/26/2012 10:33:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/23/12 | Edward Pentin
    Majority of the audience failed to be swayed by scholars speaking in favour of the wartime popeScholars speaking in favour of Venerable Pope Pius XII and his wartime record managed to convince a significant number of people that the Pontiff did the best he could to save Jewish lives from the Holocaust, even if they failed to win over the majority of the audience at a recent lively debate in London. The Intelligence Squared debate, held last Wednesday in front of a large audience of participants, heard four scholars debate the motion: “‘Hitler’s Pope’: Pius XII did too little to...
  • Catholic Academy of Sussex County reinvents school district (Catholic Caucus)

    11/26/2012 9:37:04 AM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    nj.com ^ | 07.22.12 | Thomas J. Healey
    Without a single campus, faculty or student body to its name, the 3-year-old partnership of Catholic schools that’s flourishing in northwestern New Jersey can hardly be considered an “academy.” But even if it’s more virtual than physical, the Catholic Academy of Sussex County is having a huge impact on the governance and administration of education in that corner of the state, and could well serve as a model for other parochial school systems that face extinction. Like many Catholic school districts, the one in Sussex County found itself in trouble. Two of its four elementary schools were in danger of...
  • Catholic Social Teaching: It’s Time to End the Misrepresentations

    11/26/2012 9:35:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/26/12 | Anthony Esolen
    Imagine someone appealing to Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, to justify the activities of gangs in Los Angeles. Why not? Lord Baden-Powell wanted boys to do risky things, and what’s more dangerous than running guns or smuggling cocaine or fighting another gang in a shooting spree? He enjoined upon the Scouts a stern code of honor and loyalty, and who is more loyal than a new recruit for the Crips? Who is more willing to shed his blood for the honor of the gang? Imagine someone appealing to Michelangelo to justify porn. Why not? Michelangelo painted nudes all...
  • Understanding the C of E and Those Who May Come Over

    11/26/2012 9:23:26 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 11/24/12 | Fr. Tim Finigan
    The vote against women bishops at the General Synod by the House of Laity may be puzzling to some; perhaps even more so if you are told (correctly) that a significant number of those who voted against it are themselves in favour of women bishops. Tom Sutcliffe has written a balanced and helpful article for Anglican Ink which explains things well. See: A "liberal" member of Synod explains his "no" vote on women bishops. (H/T The Deacon's Bench) Essentially he and others considered that the proposal was misguided in its approach to those who opposed women bishops, and would over-ride...
  • St. Petersburg Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Madonna

    11/26/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/23/12
    St. Petersburg, November 23, Interfax - St. Petersburg's Moskovsky District Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit brought by a group of public figures against pop diva Madonna. The court ordered the plaintiffs to pay the defendant's attorney fees. The ten plaintiffs are to pay 22,022 rubles and 22 kopecks each to two of the defendant's companies and 16,000 rubles and 16 kopecks to another. The ruling will be appealed, one of the plaintiffs, Darya Dedova, told reporters. In August 2012, the plaintiffs filed separate lawsuits against Madonna (Louise Ciccone), the Peterburgsky sports and entertainment complex where Madonna's concert took place,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEATH INSTINCT, 11-26-12

    11/26/2012 8:38:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DEATH INSTINCT A term for the irrational desire for destruction and death and, when joined with pleasure, is a morbid drive for pain. It partly explains why some people commit suicide. It also helps to explain the nihilistic tendency in certain modern movements that exhibit a positive genius for destroying what may have taken centuries to build in religious or secular society. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/26/12)[Prayer]

    11/26/2012 5:56:12 AM PST · by left that other site · 27 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/26/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Ha Shem....The NameLeviticus 24:11 ...The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.) This is the only Instance I could find in Scripture that uses the Name "Ha Shem". It is interesting, as it is a narrative about a man who "Blasphemed the NAME with a curse". There is NO QUESTION as to WHOSE Name was being Blasphemed, and it was...
  • Jamie Foxx Gives Honor and Praise to Barack Obama (GOD) on the BET Soul Train Awards

    11/25/2012 9:11:50 PM PST · by AmbassadorForChrist · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2012-11-25 | Loonie Tune
    2012-11-25 - YouTube - Jamie Foxx (Actor) - Soul Train Awards - "let's give honor to God - our LORD and Savior Barak Obama, Barak Obama, Barak Obama..."
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Nation

    11/25/2012 6:54:46 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 18 replies
    11-24-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Exodus 14:13 Fear not; Stand still (Firm, Confident, Undismayed) And See the Salvation of the Lord which He will Work for you Today.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-12

    11/25/2012 6:19:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 26, 2012   Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5 I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,and with him a hundred and forty-four thousandwho had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.I heard a sound from heavenlike the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,before the four living creatures and the elders.No one could learn this hymn except...
  • Shun 'worldly logic of power': Pope Benedict to new cardinals

    11/25/2012 4:25:20 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11/25/2012 | Reuters
    VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict on Sunday told six prelates newly elevated to the rank of cardinal that all Catholic leaders should shun the "worldly logic of power" and stick to spreading the gospel. snip "To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love," he said. "To you, dear and venerable brother cardinals — I think in particular of those created yesterday — is entrusted this demanding responsibility: to bear witness to the kingdom of God, to the truth." snip...
  • In world's most religious country, humanists rally for secular space

    11/25/2012 3:54:09 PM PST · by haffast · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/25/2012 | Chris Stein
    In Ghana, where deeply held religious beliefs unite much of the population, a new group has formed around a shared disbelief in religion. The Humanist Association of Ghana practices a philosophy that is mostly unheard of in Ghana, which a recent survey ranked as the most religious country in the world. Nonetheless, the group has already made waves in West Africa. Last weekend, the association hosted humanists from across the region for a conference in the capital Accra, where attendees listened as speakers discussed the impact humanists could make on West African society. Lecturers talked about how humanists can stand...
  • Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator

    11/25/2012 3:47:46 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2012 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    There is a dangerous philosophy emerging in our fast-paced, technology-driven world of which most people are totally unaware. And yet, when Francis Fukuyama, economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, was asked what idea posed the "greatest threat to the welfare of humanity," his answer was this philosophy.  And yet I'm positive most Catholics have never heard of it. Catholics certainly do not realize that they are being fed a steady diet of images in popular media that play right to the more seductive aspects of this ideology. What is it? It is transhumanism. "What is that?"...
  • Israel vs. Hamas: The Story Behind the Conflict

    11/25/2012 12:17:58 PM PST · by Aquamarine · 5 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 11/24/2012 | Stephen Flurry
    Jerusalem-To understand the latest escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza.....