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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-29-12

    11/28/2012 8:48:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2012 Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,having great authority,and the earth became illumined by his splendor.He cried out in a mighty voice: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.She has become a haunt for demons.She is a cage for every unclean spirit,a cage for every unclean bird,a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast." A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstoneand threw it into the sea and said: "With such force will Babylon the great city...
  • Goal of Corporate Reunion no Longer Realistically Exists [C of E & Catholic]

    11/28/2012 8:00:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 11/28/12 | Fr. Tim Finnigan
    How would the ordination of women as Bishops affect the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Church of England? More specifically, how would it affect dialogue? At the end of an article about Professor Henry Chadwick's thoughts on the matter, Independent Catholic News reports on the position taken by Archbishop Nichols: Meanwhile, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, was asked during a press conference in London on Friday 16 November 2012 about the impact on ecumenical relations if the General Synod of Church of England General votes...
  • Archbishops' Council Says Restart Process to Admit Women to Episcopate at July 2013 General Synod

    11/28/2012 7:50:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishops’ Council issued this statement today.Statement on the Conclusion of the Meeting of the Archbishops’ Council November 201228 November 2012“The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England met on November 27-28th to consider a wide ranging agenda. A substantial amount of time was given over to the discussion of the recent vote by General Synod on Women in the Episcopate. “As part of their reflections, many council members commented on the deep degree of sadness and shock that they had felt as a result of the vote and also of the need to affirm all women serving the church...
  • The Cult has started a new ad campaign in New York [Where the Mormon tithe & temple fits in]

    11/28/2012 6:00:38 PM PST · by Colofornian · 851 replies
    ExMormonforums.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Infymus
    http://www.lds.org/church/news/mormonor ... c?lang=engHow about being straight up and saying that Mormons put on costumes and chant rituals in secret buildings that only 10% of gross earnings paid as "tithes" allow entrance? Mormonism wants people to think they are normal that they are just Christians like everyone else. Each year they get rid of more and more of their embarrassing doctrines - or doctrines that aren't politically correct anymore. Apologist attack dogs fight any critics on technicalities. Mormonism has one thing that works for them - and that is the funneling of cash from members to the Cult coffers. This is...
  • The Disappearing White Catholic Voter

    11/28/2012 3:46:35 PM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 28, 2012 | George J. Marlin
    For over seventy years, white blue-collar Catholics who have lived and worked in America’s once great industrial states were the voting bloc that provided the margins of victory for Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes. The 2012 election results, however, indicate these Catholics no longer have that kind of clout at the ballot box.Why? First of all, they are an aging group whose numbers are declining every year. About 650 Catholic World War II and Korean War veterans die every day. That translates into 950,000 in the last four years. Add spouses and the number...
  • Conference to study father figures in television

    11/28/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | November 28, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Rome, Italy, Nov 28, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey. Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed Professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference scheduled for April 22-23, 2013 at the Roman university. Fuster, who teaches cinema history at Holy Cross, noted that screen writers often depict schizophrenic and dysfunctional families and their solution for these situations is usually “a family rupture.”...
  • Was Angus T. Jones Wrong for Bashing Two and a Half Men?

    11/28/2012 2:07:18 PM PST · by InHisService · 42 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 11-28-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    I have to admit, I have never watched Two and a Half Men, and never will. I hate sitcoms. I’ve tried to watch other ones and found them to be rather unfunny; as a Christian myself I find the content worldly, over-sexualized and very distasteful, as are most programs on TV. But as an actor on the program, was Jones wrong for speaking out against it?
  • Douthat's excellent critique of American heresies [Bad Religion]

    11/28/2012 2:07:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 11-27-12 | Phil Lawler
    Douthat's excellent critique of American heresies By Phil Lawler  | November 27, 2012 8:27 AM Ross Douthat will forgive me, I hope, for saying that it is remarkable Bad Religion was written by such a young man. I don’t mean to patronize him. A conservative Catholic writer who has established himself as a regular op-ed columnist for the New York Times doesn’t need a condescending pat on the head from me.Still, as I read Douthat’s description of the seismic shifts in American culture during the 1960s and 1970s, I had to remind myself repeatedly that he is too young to...
  • Pentagon Spends $100,000 to Find Out: ‘Did Jesus Die for Klingons Too?’

    11/28/2012 11:56:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | November 16, 2012 | Heather Clark
    An Oklahoma senator has released a report outlining what he believes is some of the Pentagon’s most wasteful spending. Among a number of odd items includes a workshop on how Christianity would be affected if aliens were proven to exist. Senator Tom Coburn is known to be the “waste-watcher” on Capitol Hill, as he investigates unnecessary spending in various branches of the government. On Thursday, he issued what some consider to be a laughable list of Defense Department expenditures that have nothing to do with defense. In addition to $1.5 billion being spent on a plan to invent roll-up beef...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORAL PERSON, 11-28-12

    11/28/2012 11:44:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MORAL PERSON In ecclesiastical law, a group of at least three physical person united together by their free will to form a society recognized as such be competent Church authority. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • 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...