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  • Rome's New and Novel Concept of Tradition Living Tradition (Viva Voce - Whatever We Say)

    12/17/2012 1:19:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 413 replies
    Monergism.com ^ | 12/17/2012 | William Webster
    In the history of Roman Catholic dogma, one can trace an evolution in the theory of tradition. There were two fundamental patristic principles which governed the early Church's approach to dogma. The first was sola Scriptura in which the fathers viewed Scripture as both materially and formally sufficient. It was materially sufficient in that it was the only source of doctrine and truth and the ultimate authority in all doctrinal controversies. It was necessary that every teaching of the Church as it related to doctrine be proven from Scripture. Thomas Aquinas articulated this patristic view when he stated that canonical...
  • EP Bartholomew Seeks to Restart [Orthodox-Catholic] Ecumenical Progress

    12/17/2012 12:55:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 12/14/12 | Josephus Flavius
    CONSTANTINOPLE (OCL) – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is attempting to inaugurate a new path and new dynamics of rapprochement and reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church in conjunction with the Theological Dialogue working towards the Eucharistic Union of the Churches. In his speech to the Delegation of the Church of Rome headed by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the feast day of St. Andrew the First Called Apostle, the patriarch said on November 30 that “the uniqueness of the founders of our Churches, of Elder...
  • What if Mary Had Known About Abortion?

    12/17/2012 11:03:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/17/2012 | Rev. Mark H. Creech
    Recently I saw a t-shirt that said, "The Virgin Mary was an Unwed Teenage Mother." That's true and it reminded me of an interruption that took place at a Quebec pro-life conference back in October of this year. LifeSiteNews.com says about a dozen pro-choice protestors descended upon an evangelical church where the conference was being held, chanting blasphemous slogans, one of which was a French pro-abortion sing-song against the Virgin Mary: Ah si Marie avait connu l'avortment, on n'aurait pas tous ces emmerdement.s. Translated this means, "Oh, If Mary had known about abortion, we wouldn't have to deal with all...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KYRIE ELEISON, 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 10:13:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):KYRIE ELEISON The formula of a prayer, "Lord, have mercy," said or sung and repeated in the penitential rite at the beginning of Mass in the Roman Liturgy. Used in conjunction with Christe Eleison, "Christ, have mercy." One of the few Greek prayers in the Latin Mass, it is most likely the remnant of a liturgical litany. It is also said in the Divine Office and in many litanies, notably the Litany of the Saints. In the Eastern Churches it may appear without Christe Eleison. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern...
  • Another Ordinary Year in America

    12/17/2012 8:47:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/17/12 | Anthony Esolen
    The student congress at Harvard, America’s most prestigious “institution of higher learning,” as the euphemism goes, has voted to provide funds to a campus group promoting sadomasochistic sex. Members of the Love and Fidelity Network, a group promoting chastity before marriage and faithfulness within, voice their opposition, and are widely denounced and ridiculed. A female professor of philosophy at Queen’s University in Ontario writes a book whose title asks us to consider why we should have any children at all. The word “marriage” does not appear in its index. “Marriage” is, however, on the mind of an obscene advice columnist...
  • Gov. Jindal Draws Correction from Church for Contraception Op-Ed

    12/17/2012 8:38:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 12/15/12 | Hillary Senour
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has voiced his support for over-the-counter access to birth control, a position that Church representatives say goes against Catholic teaching on contraception. “The Archdiocese of New Orleans disagrees with Governor Jindal’s stance on this issue, as the use of birth control and contraceptives are against Catholic Church teaching,” Communications Director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Sarah Comiskey McDonald, told EWTN News on Dec. 14. Robert Tasman, Associate Director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, also echoed the archdiocese’s statement. Gov. Jindal, a Catholic, argued in a Dec. 13 editorial for the Wall Street Journal...
  • Russia Rejects UN Committee Edict on Homosexual Propaganda

    12/17/2012 8:32:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 12/14/12 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    GENEVA, December 14, 2012 (Zenit.org).- A UN committee of legal experts reprimanded the Russian Federation last month for allowing the Ryazan province of Russia to enforce a law that bans the promotion of homosexuality among minors as part of a national effort to protect children from early sexualization, and related adverse health consequences. In 2009 Irina Fedotova, a lesbian activist, lodged a complaint against Russia with the UN Human Rights Committee, which monitors the implementation of the 1966 International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). She was detained and fined for standing outside a secondary school with posters that...
  • Should Church Boards Be Able To Decide Which Pastor A Particular Church Gets To Vote On

    12/17/2012 7:10:15 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 43 replies
    12/17/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A vacancy occurs within a church (as in the pastoral position), and let's say an interim pastor steps in for a certain amount of time until a replacement pastor is voted in. Let's say 4-5/6 licensed/ordained ministers within that denomination apply for the open position and thus for a chance to preach before the church - and the church members who will later hear those ministers will pray about which one they desire to be their pastor and eventually vote one in. Should the board get to toss any of those names from consideration, if those licensed/ordained ministers are in...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 17, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/17/2012 4:36:11 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/17/12 | Joel Osteen
    A Person of Understanding Today's Scripture “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that right now you are equipped with everything you need to fulfill your passion and purpose in this life? Everything you need is on the inside of you — like deep waters. God leads you and draws those things out of you when you stay open and humble before Him. You draw those things out when you are submitted to His Word. You draw...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 17, 2012]

    12/17/2012 4:34:39 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Redemption— Creating the Need it Satisfies "The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him . . ." —1 Corinthians 2:14 The gospel of God creates the sense of need for the gospel. Is the gospel hidden to those who are servants already? No, Paul said, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe . . .” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). The majority of people think of themselves as being...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/17/12)[Prayer]

    12/17/2012 4:32:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/17/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Anointed (The One Enthroned in Heaven)Psalm 2 Psalm 2 1. Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2. The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, 3. “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” 4. The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6. “I have installed my...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-12

    12/16/2012 9:40:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2012   Monday of the Third Week of Advent   Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:"Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. "You, Judah, shall your brothers praise--your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion's whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts--who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people's...
  • Most Catholics like new Mass translations (Study reflects positive feedback one year...

    12/16/2012 8:07:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | November, 2012 | DENNIS SADOWSKI
    Most Catholics like new Mass translations   Study reflects positive feedback one year after introduction of new Roman Missal. DENNIS SADOWSKI | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — A wide majority of Massgoers are satisfied with the new English translation of the Roman Missal introduced a year ago at Advent, a survey showed. Seventy percent of Catholics responding agreed that the translation is a "good thing," according to results of the survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. Half of respondents agreed with the assessment while 20 percent strongly agreed with it, the survey...
  • A MESSAGE FROM GOD ON NEWTOWN

    12/16/2012 6:35:01 PM PST · by evangmlw · 28 replies
    Sunday Sermon ^ | 12/16/2012 | Michael Wrenn
    Pastor gives fifteen minutes of insight to what is happening and why these things are happening in our society. ***** Warning ***** Fasten your seatbelt before viewing.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes And Nation

    12/16/2012 5:16:50 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    12-16-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore Come Boldly unto the Throne of Grace, That we May Obtain Mercy, And Find Grace to Help in Time of Need.
  • QUAERITUR: Catholic funeral for a Lutheran?

    12/16/2012 3:24:55 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 15, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    My grandmother recently died. She was a Lutheran, but we, her descendents, are Catholic. Who, then, should do the burial? A Lutheran minister, or our Catholic priest? Thank you, and please pray for her soul. Canon 1183.3 states, “In the prudent judgment of the local ordinary, ecclesiastical funerals can be granted to baptized persons who are enrolled in a non-Catholic Church or ecclesial community unless their intention is evidently to the contrary and provided that their own minister is not available.” In this situation, it seems the grandmother’s minister is available.Since grandma did not convert prior to her death,...
  • The Queen James Bible? Oh Yes We Did!

    12/16/2012 3:10:22 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | December 15, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    By now you must have heard, some idiots have gone and re-written the bible to be more gay friendly and they call it, the Queen James Bible. I am not making this up. Sooooo... CMR got a sneak peak and we can report that in the "Gay" version of the Bible certain passages, to got extra emphasis, were re-interpreted, some redacted, and some even re-written. "Your rod and your staff, they comfort me." [That is not what that means!] "These were the spoils which remained of the plunder taken by the fighting men: 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys, and...
  • Shabbat Night Live – December 14, 2012 (Michael Rood)

    12/16/2012 12:33:21 PM PST · by Errant · 42 replies
    A Rood Awakening International ^ | December 14, 2012 | Michael Rood
    Michael Rood broadcasts SNL (Sabbath Night Live) from Dallas Texas at the debut of his new book, “The Chronological Gospels.” A former Christian minister and U.S. Marine, many of Michael’s teachings come from his own life experiences. He seeks to teach the Hebrew Roots of the Christian faith, unsoiled, pure scripture without any added non-Biblical traditions or beliefs. At approximately 1 hour and 39 minute minutes into the broadcast Michael explains the confusion in Matthew 1: …the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham, and in Luke. An accurate interpretation is required to support...
  • Church Explodes on Thieves: 'God Watches Over the Evil and the Good'

    12/16/2012 9:24:48 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Dec 16, 2012 | Sami K. Martin
    A church explosion took two thieves by surprise during the middle of an attempted robbery. Police are asking for the public's help in bringing the two men to justice. "Our security alarms went off at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, and that's when our church member Homer Pate notified the Harris County Sheriff's department of the robbery," deacon Michael Kirtley told ABC News. According to Kirtley, two men apparently tried to steal the copper from the Westway Baptist Church's electric cable. Instead, what they managed to leave with were burns that would most likely require medical attention. Surveillance footage captured the...
  • Our God-Forsaken Schools

    12/16/2012 8:43:47 AM PST · by Guido2012 · 26 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/16/12 | Tony Caruso
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…. Proverbs 1:7 What is truly detestable about the state of public schools in this country is how far they have strayed from their historical roots. Most of the schools in this country, as well as many of the prestigious Ivy League universities were founded for the sole purpose of educating the populace in the Scriptures. Noah Webster, one of our nation’s leading educators, said, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to...