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  • Despite ‘War on Catholics,’ Faculty and Staff at Catholic Universities Gave Overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/05/2012 6:49:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 12/3/12 | Levi Fox
    About ninety percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine. A Campus Reform investigation revealed that faculty and staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to President Obama's reelection campaign. The findings, based on official Federal Election Commission data made available by the government transparency site OpenSecrets.org, revealed...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem(12/5/12)[Prayer]

    12/05/2012 5:05:19 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Potter Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-12

    12/04/2012 7:26:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2012 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • Early Church Errors Repeating?

    12/04/2012 6:46:21 PM PST · by fwdude · 71 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Dave Hunt
    An excerpt from How Close Are We?The Blessed Hope With Christ’s I will come again! still fresh in memories, the early Christians eagerly waited and watched for their Lord’s return. He had said that they were not of this world, but that He had chosen them out of it. Paul would soon write under His Lord’s inspiration: “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20,21). The world held little interest for...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Why are the Four Gospels the heart of Christian Faith?

    12/04/2012 6:26:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Article works to get rid of the Heavenly Mother myths [Meet Mrs. god; wife of a Mormon god]

    12/04/2012 4:01:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Meridian Magazine, a Mormon magazine, (its website is http://ldsmag.com) has published an excellent article by Warren Aston, titled “The Other Half of Heaven: Debunking Myths About Heavenly Mother.” (Read) It’s refreshing to see this piece published in Meridian, which is often a vanilla-plain LDS-themed publication. (Hat tip for learning about the article goes to LDS writer Joanna Brooks, via her Facebook page).For a divine individual who is presumably equal to her spouse, Heavenly Father, Mormons are hesitant to discuss Heavenly Mother. As Aston points out, the most condescending reason sometimes offered for the silence on Heavenly Mother is that to...
  • Brigham Young biography portrays a great leader and an unpleasant man [Book on Lds Deseret shelf]

    12/04/2012 3:35:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Closing the book after reading, "Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet," the new biography by George Mason University religious studies professor John G. Turner, published by Belknap Press of Harvard University, causes some swirling emotions for this Latter-day Saint reader. From reading Turner’s fantastic — and it is by far the best that has been written of Young’s life — biography, it’s easy for a faithful Mormon to agree that God called Young to the task of moving 20,000-plus Mormons across the plains to Utah territory and over a generation-plus, to set up hundreds of Mormon settlements. No man in U.S. history...
  • Papal Frontal Assault

    12/04/2012 12:38:26 PM PST · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 8 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 12/04/2012 | Michael Voris
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  • Catholic Newspaper Calls for Ordination of Women

    12/04/2012 12:16:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | 12/3/12 | Robert MacPherson
    WASHINGTON — An independent Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States called Monday for a campaign to reverse the Vatican's refusal to allow women to become priests. "Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand," the National Catholic Reporter said, waving a red flag in front of the Vatican over one of its most strongly held teachings. The call to the priesthood "is a gift from God," it said, and excluding women from responding to that call "has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale." With bishops and theologians...
  • Presbyterians and the fiscal cliff: potential impact on your church's bottom line [Reformed Caucus]

    12/04/2012 12:04:45 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Layman Online ^ | 12/3/2012 | Carmen Fowler LaBerge
    * Disclaimer: The following should not be considered legal, financial or tax advice. Every individual situation is unique and you are encouraged to consult with your tax and financial advisor before year end. There's a lot of hype, confusion and speculation related to the so-called "fiscal cliff" America is facing as the calendar rolls over from 2012 to 2013. At the Presbyterian Lay Committee, we're getting questions from donors and churches alike about what they might anticipate in terms of the impact on charitable giving. The answer all depends on what happens between now and the end of the year...
  • Jesuit Suspended After Joining Female 'Priest' for Liturgy

    12/04/2012 9:01:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    An elderly Jesuit priest has been suspended from ministry in the Milwaukee archdiocese after he joined in a liturgical celebration with a woman who claims to be a Catholic priest. Father Bill Brennan told the National Catholic Reporter that his Jesuit superiors had barred him from public ministry at the request of Milwaukee’s Archbishop Jerome Listecki. The 92-year-old priest said that he was also told not to contact the media—an order that he apparently ignored in speaking with the National Catholic Reporter. Jesuit, 92, penalized after eucharistic liturgy with woman priest (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Poll: Most Americans Say Employers Should Cover Contraception

    12/04/2012 8:34:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/3/12 | Daniel Burke
    (RNS) Most Americans say that employers -- even religious ones -- should provide birth control coverage to their employees, according to a survey released on Monday (Dec. 3). The poll by LifeWay Research also showed that almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe businesses should be required to provide the coverage for free, even if contraception conflicts with the owner’s religious ethics. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law, President Obama issued regulations that require most employers, including some religious ones like Catholic colleges and hospitals, to provide birth control coverage. The administration has...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AMOS, 12-04-12

    12/04/2012 8:28:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AMOS Third among the minor prophets. He describes Israel as steeped in national prosperity and reveling is sin. The central theme of his book is a threefold prophecy that extends through nine chapters. The first part (1-2) foretells God's judgment on the nations surrounding Israel and then on Israel itself. The second part (3-6) develops the divine judgment against Israel in three separate discourses. The third part (7-9) records five visions, of which the fifth describes the glorious anticipation of messianic blessings. Amos is the prophet of God's sovereign lordship over all creation. All items in...
  • Archbishop Tobin asks Catholics to evangelize with passion {Ecumenical}

    12/04/2012 6:53:25 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Catholic News agency ^ | 4.Dec.2012 | Kevin J Jones
    Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus. “What we will do together as a Church, we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron Saint Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. “We will do whatever the Lord asks us to do, in bringing the Good News especially to those who have the least chance of doing it. For those who live on the margin of things,...
  • Pope Benedict XVI tightens church control over Catholic charities {Catholic-Orthodox Caucus}

    12/04/2012 6:50:03 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3.Dec.2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church doctrine, according to new rules issued by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (Dec. 1). The new guidelines state that charities with links to the church must “follow Catholic principles in their activity” and may not “accept commitments” that could undermine those principles in any way. They also bar charities from accepting funding “from groups or institutions that pursue ends contrary to the church’s teaching” or for initiatives that are “not in conformity with the Church’s teaching.” Should an organization fall short of these...
  • Nigerian Baptist pastors killed in bombing

    12/04/2012 6:45:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Baptist Standard ^ | 3.Dec.2012 | Bob Allen
    The head of the Baptist World Alliance protested continuing violence in Nigeria that recently claimed the lives of two Baptist pastors. BWA General Secretary Neville Callam said he is “deeply concerned about the continuing attacks being perpetrated by extremist groups, in many cases targeting Christians.” Callam issued the statement after Olasupo Ayokunle, president and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, reported two pastors were among at least 15 people killed Nov. 25 in a suicide bombing of a church located on a military base in Jaji in Kaduna State. Callam cited special concern about Maiduguri, where a third...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 4, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/04/2012 5:09:01 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/4/12 | Joel Osteen
    The Journey of Preparation Today's Scripture A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Oftentimes, God will use our experiences in life as stepping stones to prepare us for what He has in store next. Scripture tells us that He’ll even take the things the enemy tries to bring against us and turn them around and use them for our good. He is always leading us on a journey of preparation. That’s why it’s so important to keep our eyes focused on Him. We have to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 4, 2012]

    12/04/2012 5:06:09 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Law of Opposition "To him who overcomes . . ." —Revelation 2:7 Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. It is a fact that there is a continuing struggle in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life.Health is the balance between the physical parts of my body and all the things and forces surrounding me. To maintain good health I must have sufficient internal strength to fight off the things that are external. Everything outside my physical life is designed to cause my death. The very elements that sustain me while...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/4/12)[Prayer]

    12/04/2012 4:52:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/4/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Cornerstone Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
  • Book of lamentations: An intimate look at Anglicanism

    12/04/2012 2:32:38 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    The Economist ^ | Nov 2012 | Economist
    TO ENGLISHMEN of Roger Scruton’s generation (he is 68), religion was “as unmentionable as sex or love or hygiene”. The clumsy soul who stops by a country church in Philip Larkin’s 1955 poem, “Church Going”, speaks of an “awkward reverence”. This seems to be what Anglicanism means for many: God, as depicted in church services, is an Englishman, “uncomfortable in the presence of enthusiasm, reluctant to make a fuss, but trapped into making public speeches”, .. Mr Scruton’s work has a spurtive, poetic quality to it. Justifications of Anglican doctrine lie beside the author’s thoughts on his village church. Literary...