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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.