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  • Catholic Word of the Day: HELP OF CHRISTIANS, 12-12-12

    12/12/2012 11:16:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HELP OF CHRISTIANS Title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, established as a feast by Pope Pius VII in 1814, in gratitude for his safe return to Rome after five years of captivity in Savona. Though not in the universal calendar, it is the patronal feast of Australia. The original invocation "Auxilium Christianorum" was inserted in the Litany of Our Lady by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the Christian victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal...
  • UK Government Says it Will Legalize Gay Marriage, but Bar Church of England from Involvement

    12/12/2012 8:42:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/11/12 | AP
    LONDON — The British government announced Tuesday that it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage — but banning the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies. Equalities minister Maria Miller said the legislation would authorize same-sex civil marriages, as well as religious ceremonies if religions decide to “opt in. “I feel strongly that, if a couple wish to show their love and commitment to each other, the state should not stand in their way,” Miller said. “For me, extending marriage to same-sex couples will strengthen, not weaken, this vital institution.” Some religious groups, such as Quakers and...
  • Study: Most Catholic Colleges No Longer Require Catholic Theology

    12/12/2012 8:36:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic colleges that have maintained a strong religious identity also have the strongest core curricula, according to a new study from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). The study finds that students at most other U.S. Catholic colleges can avoid the study of Catholic theology altogether. Dr. Kimberly Shankman, dean of Benedictine College and a research fellow for the CNS Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, finds that Catholic colleges generally devote a larger share of undergraduate requirements to general education than other U.S. colleges. Many also require particular courses for all students instead of offering a menu of...
  • Vatican Official Warns of Mediocrity in American Christianity

    12/12/2012 8:33:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Vatican City, Dec 11, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official for the Vatican's Latin America commission has warned against a “gray pragmatism and mediocrity” that he believes has infiltrated Christianity in America. Professor Guzman Carriquiry, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, made his remarks on Dec. 8, the first day of the International Congress Ecclesial in America taking place at the Vatican's Synod Hall. During his speech, Carriquiry noted a growing tendency among Americans to live the faith with a lack of enthusiasm, lukewarmness and ignorance. “How many Christians today have buried their baptism under a...
  • Protestant-Catholic Gap Narrows as Census Results Revealed [Northern Ireland]

    12/12/2012 8:29:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11/12/12 | David Young
    The gap between the proportion of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland has narrowed, new census figures revealed today. The percentage of Catholics in the population was up to 45 while Protestant representation has fallen to 48% from the 2001 census. The figures were detailed in the 2011 census, the results of which were published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency today. Almost half the population (48%) designated themselves as British when asked to select one or more of a number of identities, including Northern Irish or Irish. A total of 29% of the overall population included Northern...
  • Eleven Anglican Sisters to be Received into the Catholic Church [UK]

    12/12/2012 8:21:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/12/12 | Mark Greaves
    Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, on New Year’s Day. The group, which ranges in age from 45 to 83, includes the mother superior of the community and a Sister who was once a minister in the Church of England. Three are in their 80s. Next year they will stay for six weeks at a Benedictine convent. After...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/12/2012 7:24:11 AM PST · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Why Aren’t Christians Allowed to be Offended?

    12/12/2012 6:14:58 AM PST · by Guido2012 · 41 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/12/12 | Tony Caruso
    Why aren’t Christians allowed to be offended? We’re reminded of this issue every year at this time as we observe the War on Christmas. And this sensitivity to offense doesn’t stop with Christmas. Why is it that we’re required to be silent while the gay agenda, feminism, multiculturalism, radical environmentalism, and globalism are deified and taught to our children, while the Christian worldview is vilified by the same government officials?
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/12/12)[Prayer]

    12/12/2012 5:22:25 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/12/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures FortressJeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 12, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/12/2012 4:45:57 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/12/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Still Has a Plan Today's Scripture ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream or vision for your life, then you’re not really going to reach your fullest potential. Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. Things didn’t turn out the way you planned....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 12, 2012]

    12/12/2012 4:43:46 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Personality ". . . that they may be one just as We are one . . ." —John 17:22 Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. An island in the sea may be just the top of a large mountain, and our personality is like that island. We don’t know the great depths of our being, therefore we cannot measure ourselves. We start out thinking we can, but soon realize that there is really only one Being who fully understands us,...
  • Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians UK

    12/12/2012 12:01:53 AM PST · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11.12.2012 | Steve Doughty
    Religion in decline as census figures reveal there are 4million fewer Christians and one in four is now an atheist Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheism>Number of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the populationChristianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four millionThe diminishing number of Christians is mirrored by a rapid growth in those who profess no religious affiliation....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-12, Feast, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2012 8:58:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-12-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2012 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe   Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. or Ps 1:1Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab God's...
  • Pastor John MacArthur: Democrats ‘Adopted The Sins of Romans 1 As Their Platform’

    12/11/2012 8:56:08 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12-10-12 | Jon Street
    Evangelical pastor and author John MacArthur said that the Democratic Party has “adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform." “And as you know,” MacArthur told his Southern California congregation on Sept. 30, “I’m not one to talk about politics as such, but I was essentially amazed that one of the historic parties here in the United States adopted the sins of Romans 1 as their platform. This is a new day in our country. Parties which used to differ on economics now differ dramatically on issues that invade the realm of God’s law and morality.” MacArthur is an...
  • Backward Christian Soldiers: Jesus Not Only Saves, He Shoots

    12/11/2012 8:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 11, 2012 | Nina Burleigh
    Last week, a cadet publicly quit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, citing forced prayer and churchgoing. Republican strategist Shirley Husar, in a debate on HuffPost Live, asserted that West Point is “a religious institute.” Merry Christmas, Shirley, but West Point is not a religious institute—though that’s not for want of trying on the Christian right’s part. The cadet in question is 24-year-old Blake Page, who described being “severely punished” for not going to church while in basic training. “You scrubbed floors for four hours or went on rock flipping detail so the rocks could get an even tan...
  • Why a failure of leadership in the Church, on both sides of the Atlantic? Bishops’ conferences?

    12/11/2012 4:08:07 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 11, 2012 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    US bishops look over documents at a meeting in Baltimore (Photo: CNS) Since the presidential election, I havenÂ’t been watching the American news channels much, I havenÂ’t had the heart. The US appears to be about to go over something they are calling the fiscal cliff because of ObamaÂ’s triumphalistic behaviour: he won, so heÂ’s not compromising with congressional Republicans who want much-needed public spending cuts, and heÂ’ll blame them if they do all go over this cliff (there are, I understand, other analyses of what is happening, but I like this one best). This cliff may not seem...
  • A Strange Thing Jesus Said to a Paralyzed Man – Another Insight from Pope Benedict’s New Book

    12/11/2012 2:56:55 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel from Monday the second week of Advent is the gospel of the paralyzed man who is lowered through the roof. It is presented to us in Advent because, among the many prophecies about the Messiah, would be that the lame would walk. But the Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us, and it is very provocatively expressed in this Gospel.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment. Jesus looks at a paralyzed man and says to him, As for you, your sins are forgiven (Lk 5:20). What a strange thing...
  • The Catholic University of America Rejects Gay Student Organization

    12/11/2012 2:25:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 12/11/12 | Matthew Archbold
    In the same week that the University of Notre Dame approved of a gay student organization, The Catholic University of America denied official recognition to a gay student organization on campus, reportedly citing a concern that it could become an “advocacy group.” CUAllies, on their Facebook page, compared the denial to being “denied Communion.” They wrote: Yesterday, Catholic University handed down its decision to once again deny official recognition to CUAllies. They cited a “possibiltiy of becoming an advoacy group” as the reason. This denial is very much like having been denied communion–a particpation in one’s faith community. We have...
  • Prayer request, please.

    12/11/2012 1:56:54 PM PST · by NewCenturions · 54 replies
    self | 12-11-12 | Newcenturions
    My mom had 2 strokes in the past 3 days. Went to ER today. They did basic tests. She is 90 yrs old. She is home now. Her name is Elizabeth. Please say a prayer for her...and thank you.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TOWER OF DAVID, 12-11-12

    12/11/2012 9:38:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TOWER OF DAVID A symbol of the Blessed Virgin occuring in the Litany of Loreto. Mary's Son recognized as the glory of the line of David, whose star often appears in conjunction with the tower when that symbol is used. Mary, too, is a tower of strength against heresy. 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

    12/11/2012 8:38:47 AM PST · by Hiskid · 14 replies
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  • Coptic Christians Asking Free World to Cut Ties With Egypt Under Morsi

    12/11/2012 7:27:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/11/12 | Alex Murashko
    The founder of an international group of advocates for the equality and rights of Coptic Christians is appealing to the leaders of democratic nations to cut any ties with Egypt. The Voice of the Copts is attempting to thwart President Mohamed Morsi's regime from implementing a primarily Islamic-based constitution. "We demand that world leaders withdraw their recognition of Egypt's phony 'pro-democracy' leader, Mr. Morsi, who is backed by the illegal Muslim Brotherhood party," states Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, president of Voice of the Copts, in an open letter sent Monday. "Freeze your political relationships with Egypt, halt all investments and aid...
  • Diocese of Phoenix Deny Olmsted to Vatican Report

    12/11/2012 7:20:21 AM PST · by marshmallow
    PHOENIX (AP) - The Diocese of Phoenix is denying a report that the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix is headed to the Vatican. Rob DeFrancesco told The Associated Press on Sunday that a report in an Italian newspaper that Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was going to Rome for a Vatican post is false.
  • Bishop Robert Morlino Cracks Down on Madison Nuns for Espousing 'New Ageism' and 'Indifferentism'

    12/11/2012 7:12:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12/11/12 | Doug Erickson
    Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese. Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal. Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom's Well, also have been banned as part of the same action. The memo...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/11/12)[Prayer]

    12/11/2012 5:07:21 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/11/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Refiner's FireMalachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 11, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/11/2012 4:43:45 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Email ^ | 12/11/12 | Joel Osteen
    Don't Get Stuck in the Past Today's Scripture Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The very moment we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we instantly become a new creation. Our spirits are made alive in Him, the old passes away, and His peace fills our hearts. Of course, everything in your life doesn’t change instantly. Some things do, but some things God will do in your life over time as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 11, 2012]

    12/11/2012 4:41:20 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Individuality "Jesus said to His disciples, ’If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .’ " —Matthew 16:24 Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary characteristic of a child, and rightly so. When we confuse individuality with the spiritual life, we remain isolated. This shell of individuality is God’s created natural covering designed to protect the spiritual life. But our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into...
  • Prayer Request For A Friend (Vanity)

    12/11/2012 4:34:22 AM PST · by poobear · 37 replies
    I humbly ask FReeper Prayer Warriors to Pray for my friend (K). He has had elevated PSA levels and is finally going in to find out if the dreaded 'C' is present tomorrow. K is way too young for this and is quite worried as he has 3 children who are dependent on him. I have been Praying for K daily but I could use some help guys. May G-d Bless all of you! Poobear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-11-12, OM, St. Damasus I, Pope

    12/10/2012 9:47:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 11, 2012   Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory...
  • Would you please pray for my family member?

    12/10/2012 9:08:42 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 70 replies
    12/10/12 | winston's julia
    My family member has lived with crippling back pain for years. They have done surgeries, but some have been botched. She has been living on pain killers. Tomorrow they are going to try to put a direct line into her spinal cord, or something... so that the meds can go right in.
  • Handwringing about homosexuality

    12/10/2012 7:45:16 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 73 replies
    Renew America ^ | Dan Popp
    Christians are sometimes challenged as to why we so strongly oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior. After all, there are worse sins — and more imminent threats to national security. Before I begin my answer, as I try to say whenever I write about this topic, the biblical view concerns homosexual acts — not homosexual people. The current paradigm that some are "born gay" seems to be less empirical than political. It's a weapon used to stifle discussion by intentionally confusing disapproval of a practice with hatred for a person. But even if people are born attracted to the same...
  • The Director and Stars of “The Hobbit” Share Thoughts on Bravery, Mercy and Tolkien’s Christianity

    12/10/2012 6:04:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Patheos/Christopher Closeup ^ | December 10, 2012 | Tony Rossi
    The new film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (opening Dec. 14) has got action and adventure galore, just like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that preceded it. But the director and actors who worked on the movie are well aware of the deeper themes that lie at the heart of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), who authored all the original books, published between 1937 and 1955. At a recent press conference about the film in New York City, Richard Armitage, who portrays the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield, said, “One of the things I find when I look...
  • Russian Solidarity for French Church

    12/10/2012 3:22:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russia's Orthodox Church has pledged "solidarity and support" for the Catholic Church in France in its campaign against a bill to allow same-sex marriage by the Socialist Government of President Francois Hollande. In a letter, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Moscow Patriarchate's external relations director, praised Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, president of France's bishops' conference, for his "consistent and uncompromising" opposition to same-sex marriage which represented "the truly Christian view" on the issue. He told the cardinal the Moscow Patriarchate was ready to work with French bishops "to protect the Gospel's ethical values". The Russian prelate added: "It is gratifying that...
  • The Rise of American Power in the Curia [Olmstead to Rome]

    12/10/2012 3:20:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/7/12 | Marco Tosatti
    The Bishop of Phoenix, Olmsted, will soon be officially announced as the new Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated LifeThe official announcement of the appointment of the Bishop of Phoenix (Arizona) Thomas J. Olmsted, as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life is expected any day now. Olmsted should replace fellow American, Tobin, who occupied this delicate position for a very short period. Tobin heads the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Olmsted’s approach in the Congregation is expected to be far closer to the sensibilities of American bishops with regard to issue of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of...
  • The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today

    12/10/2012 2:08:24 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 10, 2012 | Robert Royal
    If you ask still-practicing Christians about the vices of post-Christian America, many would say: abortion, divorce, promiscuity, pornography, gay marriage, and other burgeoning forms of cultural crudeness. These are serious sins and social problems, to be sure, and naturally grow wherever Christian virtues shrink. But anyone familiar with the traditional sorting of sins and vices might produce a very different kind of list. It’s telling that even Christians today usually don’t. Lust, which lies behind several vices mentioned above, is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, a very common and subtle fault. In Dante’s Divine Comedy, it’s the first sin...
  • The fight for sexual sanity in a world awash in porn (part 4)

    12/10/2012 12:55:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    December 10, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - My roommate during my first year at college was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. As part of his recovery he regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and out of both curiosity and a desire to support his efforts, I often tagged along. So it was that under the glare of florescent lights, in dingy boardrooms in the basements of schools and churches, with the acidic smell of cheap coffee wafting under my nose, I received a better education in human nature than I ever received in any of my anthropology classes – witnessing first-hand its...
  • Three ways to kick porn out of your life (part 3)

    12/10/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But even if we can all agree that porn is a devil, that is only the beginning. That we even come to hate pornography is no guarantee that we will be freed from its allure. Many are those who have believed that they had their porn use “under control,” but who, upon seeking to quit once and for all, have found themselves inexplicably returning again and again, in defiance of their convictions and their good sense. It turns out that the temptation of anonymous, responsibility-free sexual pleasure on demand is a remarkably enduring one, even...
  • Porn: devil or an angel? (part 2(

    12/10/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | John Jalsevac
    November 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - But there is no use going any further until we can all agree that porn really is a devil. Strange as it may seem, many of our modern sex educators believe that porn use is simply a natural part of the healthy development of an adolescent sexuality, and that it is only harmful in cases where the habit interferes with the user’s capacity to perform his or her daily duties. In this view porn is, at worst, a mischievous but usually “harmless” sprite, or, at best, an angel. I once read an article about pornography...
  • My porn addiction (part 1)

    12/10/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | John Jalsevac
    Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 at 11:38 am November 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It was in the mid 90s that we began to hear a whole lot about this new thing called “the Internet,” which could answer all of mankind’s deepest questions. At around the same time I hit puberty and began to spend my time moping about pondering the age-old riddle of what, exactly, women look like underneath their clothing. Evidently at some point I put two and two together and punched the appropriate keywords into the prehistoric version of Google, with spectacular results. So far so good, and if...
  • Why are some denominations/churches changing their bylaws on gay marriage (Or drinking, smoking...

    12/10/2012 9:27:44 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 194 replies
    12/10/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    ...gambling, rock music, etc, etc? Now, this thread isn't about debating what is sin and what isn't or what constitutes sin or doesn't. Please don't hijack this thread over the issues that I listed. Thank you. This thread is about our changing culture - and let's face it, more and more denominations/churches are ever so slowly moving towards tolerance and/or acceptance of homosexual marriage. The rest in the list (following gay marriage) that I included in the thread were put there to show that if you look back far enough at various denomination's church bylaws some churches were once against...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHURCH BUILDING, 12-10-12

    12/10/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHURCH BUILDING In ecclesiastical law a church is a sacred structure devoted to divine worship for the principal purpose of being used by all the faithful for public divine worship. An oratory is different from a church in that it is not principally destined for public worship by all the faithful even though, in the case of a public oratory, they have the right to go there. so, too, a shrine, if principally destined to honor a particular saint in a given locality, is not technically a church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • Leo XIII: “Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor”

    12/10/2012 8:08:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/10/12 | Anthony Esolen
    In Quod Apostolici Muneris (1878), Pope Leo XIII deplores those who “under the motley and all but barbarous terms and titles of Socialists, Communists, and Nihilists, are spread abroad throughout the world,” striving in alliance for “the purpose long resolved upon, of uprooting the foundations of civil society at large.” It may sound odd to our ears, that socialists, whose prescriptions for society are many and comprehensive, should be united with nihilists, who by definition believe in nothing. But Pope Leo, beginning as always from a rich view of human nature grounded in reason and elevated by relevation, sees the...
  • Jean-Louis Brugučs: The Man with Benedict XVI's Dream Job

    12/10/2012 8:01:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 12/8/12
    December 8, 2012. (Romereports.com) Meet the new librarian of the Holy Roman Church, the man in charge of the Vatican Secret Archives. His name is Jean-Louis Brugučs, a 69-year-old Frenchman. He has been appointed to the job then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger vied for three times under John Paul II. MONS. JEAN-LOUIS BRUGUČSLibrarian of the Holy Roman Church“When the Pope invited me, this past April 30, he let me in on a secret. Before being elected Pope, he wanted to be the Church's librarian. Now, of course he cannot do that. So then, he told me, 'I would like to realized that...
  • Pope: Mary Immaculate Teaches us Silence, Grace and Joy

    12/10/2012 7:56:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    In the act of veneration of the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna, Benedict XVI said that big things, like Mary's Annunciation, occur in silence and go unnoticed in the "frenzy that characterise our cities." Through grace, Mary reminds us that the "power of God's love is stronger than evil, that it can fill the void that selfishness creates in the history of people," which "can become hell". For the pope, "Christianity" is a religion of joy, "good tidings," even if some believe it is an obstacle to joy because they see in it an ensemble of prohibitions and rules. [....
  • Hurts and Hopes Regarding the Recent Debates on Hell

    12/10/2012 7:52:39 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 9, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As most of you know, there has been a rather vivid discussion recently in the blogosphere on the subject of hell. As one who has written rather substantially, on the topic of hell, and our need to recover a more biblical notion regarding judgment and hell, I pray that you will tolerate me adding my own voice to the recent discussions.Those who read this blog regularly, will know that I have spoken on the topic of Hell on any number of occasions. For example:The Hell of It ——–Hell Has to Be——Will Many Be Saved? ——–Sinner Please Don’t Let this Harvest...
  • Pope: Church Needs Irreplaceable Contribution of American Faithful

    12/10/2012 7:52:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/9/12
    (Vatican Radio) “The universal Church expects and needs”, the “missionary spirit”, “zealous generosity” and “irreplaceable contribution” of the Church in America, North and South, said Pope Benedict XVI Sunday evening in an address to cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity from the American continent. They had gathered around the Altar of the Chair in St Peter’s Basilica for the Opening Mass of the International Congress on the Church in America. The congress, Dec 9-11, is marking 15 years since the Synod of Bishops for America. The liturgical celebration was presided by Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/10/12)[Prayer]

    12/10/2012 5:28:41 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/10/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Fuller's Soap ...CleansingMalachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 10, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/10/2012 4:45:48 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/10/12 | Joel Osteen
    The Day You've Been Waiting For Today's Scripture See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you ever found yourself waiting for something? Waiting for that promotion? Waiting for that relationship? Waiting for a breakthrough? Waiting for something new? Well, I’ve got good news for you: I believe today is the day you’ve been waiting for! I believe God is doing a new thing for you today. Notice...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 10, 2012]

    12/10/2012 4:42:57 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Offering of the Natural "It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman" —Galatians 4:22 Paul was not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural can be turned into the spiritual only through sacrifice. Without this a person will lead a divided life. Why did God demand that the natural must be sacrificed? God did not demand it. It is not God’s perfect will, but His permissive will. God’s perfect will was for the natural to...
  • Rob Bell Tells How 'Love Wins' Led to Mars Hill Departure

    12/10/2012 2:26:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Katherine Weber
    Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a "search for a more forgiving faith." Bell details this search in a recent interview with The New Yorker, and discusses his invitation to Christians interested in a different kind of church, "one that can keep pace with the rising 'waterline of culture.'" "Bell is now loosely aligned with a cohort of pastors worldwide who are searching for ways to move beyond old-fashioned worship," Kelefa Sanneh of...