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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 · 852 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...