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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...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 16, 2012]

    12/16/2012 5:20:19 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    Wrestling Before God "Take up the whole armor of God . . . praying always . . ." —Ephesians 6:13,18 You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/16/12)[Prayer]

    12/16/2012 5:19:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/16/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Crown of Glory-Diadem of BeautyIsaiah 28:5 "In that day the Lord of hosts will be a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people; and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgement, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate."
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-16-12, Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

    12/15/2012 9:45:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2012   Third Sunday of Advent   Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against youhe has turned away your enemies;the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;he will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,he will sing joyfully because of you,as one sings...
  • Cain's Punishment; Cut Off from The Ground...Genesis 4 pt 7

    And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me,b> from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be...
  • America Still Has Half a Soul. For Now

    12/15/2012 3:55:36 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    Left: Family members of victims grieve near Sandy Hook Elementary School. Right: People take part in a vigil outside St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn. (CNS photos) I got a late start yesterday morning and didn't hear the news until a few hours after it broke. My wife had an appointment, and so I made breakfast for our three (home schooled) children, ages four, eight, and twelve. When I first read of the assault and massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I felt ill. It was gut wrenching. I thought for a bit about...
  • Council of Trent, On Justification, Ch. VIII and XVI

    12/15/2012 2:10:56 PM PST · by narses · 56 replies
    Council of Trent ^ | January 13, 1547 | Council of Trent, On Justification, Ch. VIII
    Council of Trent, On Justification, Ch. VIII When the Apostle says that man is justified by faith and freely, these words are to be understood in that sense in which the uninterrupted unanimity of the Catholic Church has held and expressed them, namely, that we are therefore said to be justified by faith, because faith is the beginning of human salvation, the foundation and root of all justification, "without which it is impossible to please God" and to come to the fellowship of His sons; and we are therefore said to be justified gratuitously, because none of those things that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/15/2012 2:10:36 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    December 15, 2012 | Irish Rose
    And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. (Luke 1:76-79)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANSELMIAN ARGUMENT, 12-15-12

    12/15/2012 12:52:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANSELMIAN ARGUMENT The famous argument of St. Anselm (1033-1109) of Canterbury (1033-1109) for the existence of God. It is an argument a priori, drawn from the idea of God rather than a posteriori, from the works of God. Anselm used it to refute the fool who says there is no God (Psalm 13). He argues as follows: We call God a being so great that nothing greater can be conceived. This definition is accepted even by the atheist, who admits that God exists at least in the mind of the believer. But that which is so...
  • Pope lights Christmas tree and says abortion, gay marriage are threats to peace

    12/15/2012 12:28:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | AP
    Pope lights Christmas tree and says abortion, gay marriage are threats to peace Published December 14, 2012| Associated PressVATICAN CITY –  The Christmas season kicked off Friday at the Vatican with the traditional lighting of the tree in St. Peter's Square -- and a reminder from the pope about what happened when the "lights" of God were turned off in past atheistic regimes.--snip-- "And when in the past they tried to stamp out the light of God to instead turn on illusory and misleading glows, there were seasons of tragic violence against man," he said. "And this is because when...
  • Newtown pastor: Parents asked about kids' last moments [Msgr. Robert Weiss]

    12/15/2012 12:15:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    TodayNews.today.com ^ | 12-15-12 | Scott Stump
    Newtown pastor: Parents asked about kids' last moments By Scott Stump, TODAY contributor As the parents of the children who were murdered by a gunman in a Connecticut elementary school Friday attempt to process the horror of their death, many tried to imagine what the final moments for their loved ones were like.Several of them came to be consoled by Msgr. Robert Weiss, the pastor of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut. Weiss spoke with Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Saturday about the moment when families were informed by authorities that their children or loved ones had perished in...
  • Blame Evil, Not Guns, For Newtown Massacre

    12/15/2012 9:33:02 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 15, 2012 | JP
    A letter to the editor today in the editorial pages of my local newspaper caught my attention. The writer lamented yesterday’s slaughter of 27 innocents in Newtown, Connecticut – as we all do. Then he identified the culprit – guns. We’ve never heard of a “mass-knifing” claiming so many victims, he pointed out. His implication was that, if we scrap the Second Amendment, there will be no more funerals for victims of mass murder. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Timothy McVeigh did not use a gun in 1995 when he killed 168 people, including 10 children,...
  • A Reminder We Are In The Middle Of A Spiritual War (The Newtown School Shooting Incident Friday)

    12/15/2012 8:32:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | December 15,2012 | annem040359
    Yesterday, when I first heard of the horror shooting incident that took place at the Newtown, CT, elementary school, the Sandy Hook School, I was SHOCKED, SICKEN, and WITH GREAT SORROW by the unfolding of this recent heartbreaking and tragic current event. Hearing about the innocent children who were slaughtered, plus the adults as well, I ended up screaming in HORROR that innocent children, including those who are just beginning their formal learning had no chance to live a life in full. What even SHOCKED me even more was that, the young man who did the killing, a 20-year-old man...
  • What if Mary had known about abortion?

    12/15/2012 5:20:33 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 37 replies
    Renew America ^ | 12-15-17 | 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...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/15/12)[Prayer]

    12/15/2012 5:01:13 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/15/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Dwelling PlacePsalm 90:1 A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 15, 2012]

    12/15/2012 4:37:43 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “Approved to God” "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" —2 Timothy 2:15 If you cannot express yourself well on each of your beliefs, work and study until you can. If you don’t, other people may miss out on the blessings that come from knowing the truth. Strive to re-express a truth of God to yourself clearly and understandably, and God will use that same explanation when you share it with someone else. But you must be willing to go through God’s winepress...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-12

    12/14/2012 10:48:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2012   Saturday of the Second Week of Advent   Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord's word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the...
  • Where is God At Times Like These? A meditation in the wake of a violent atrocity [Prayer Ping]

    12/14/2012 10:01:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington.org ^ | 12-14-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where is God At Times Like These? A meditation in the wake of a violent atrocity.By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the great mysteries to to believer and non-believer alike is the mystery of evil and suffering.  If there is a God who is omnipotent and omniscient how can he tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where was God yesterday when the shootings in Connecticut occurred?  Where is God when a young girl is raped, when genocide is committed, when evil men hatch their plots? Why Did God even conceive the evil ones, and let them be...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Yes to Christ, No to the Church?

    12/14/2012 9:18:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 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...
  • Churches may not recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ in any way: Seattle Archbishop rules

    12/14/2012 3:09:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.14.2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, December 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Regardless of the state marriage referendum, Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Seattle may not participate in any same-sex “marriage” or recognize them in any way – including solemnizing such unions, allowing their facilities to conduct the ceremony or its reception, or providing marital counseling to homosexual couples. Following Washington state’s legalization of same-sex “marriage,” and marijuana, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has issued a “policy refresher” to explain how the new laws will affect Catholic parishes in his archdiocese. The archbishop wrote that he was “disappointed that so many voters failed to recognize marriage...
  • Reflections on Newtown Shooting

    12/14/2012 2:53:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    pastormatthew ^ | Matthew R. St. John
    Three thoughts come to my mind, and if they can help you then please receive them as some contribution to your effort to deal with the unfolding trauma. First, we have to remember that God bears us up right now in the midst of it all. Psalm 68:19 declares, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” In those simple words I am reminded that our Lord can carry us even today. He is with us and has not forgotten us. Moreover, he alone is our hope. Secondly, it helps me to remember there is...
  • What We Once Knew...Reflections on The Kindergarten Massacre

    Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to...
  • Prayer for the innocents

    12/14/2012 11:53:33 AM PST · by redgolum · 17 replies
    Vanity
    I would like to post some sort of prayer that is elegant and thoughtful, but at this time I can not. Dear Lord, be with the inoocents and their family. Please pray for them.
  • The Unwritten Order of Things- Boyd K. Packer-Mormon

    12/14/2012 9:12:07 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 23 replies
    BYU Devotional Address ^ | October, 1996 | Boyd K Packer
    I speak to you today as a teacher.-SNIP-When I decided to become a teacher, Dr. Schaefer’s example inspired me to try to the best of my ability to teach basic, simple truths in the most understandable way. I have learned how very difficult it is to simplify. Years after the war, I returned to Washington State University and found Dr. Schaefer. He, of course, did not remember me. I was just one of many hundreds of cadets in his classes. I thanked him for what he had taught me. The math and calculus had long since faded away, but not...
  • Recently Released 'Queen James' Purports to Be First-Ever 'Gay Bible'

    12/14/2012 8:55:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A recently released Bible translation based off of the King James Bible boasts of being the first ever "Gay Bible" in the world. Titled the Queen James Bible, its publishers argued in a statement that it accurately translates certain verses pertaining to homosexuality, which have been misunderstood by religious conservatives. "Homosexuality was first overtly mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this – only interpretations have been made," said the editors. "The Queen James Bible addresses those controversial verses by editing them...
  • Queen James Bible: publisher releases ‘gay-friendly’ Bible translation

    12/14/2012 8:37:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lsn ^ | 12.14.2012 | John Jalsevac
    December 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Don’t like it? Change it. That’s the approach to Scriptural translation taken by the creators of a new gay-friendly Bible. “You can’t choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now you can choose a Bible, too,” say the creators of the Bible, emblazoned with a rainbow cross, which was launched at the end of November. The editors explain in a statement that they took each of the eight Bible verses traditionally used to argue that homosexuality is sinful, and edited them “in a way that makes homophobic interpretations impossible.” For instance, in the first...
  • On the three person Trinity at Christmastime [New Church, Open]

    12/14/2012 8:28:31 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 133 replies
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 | Self
    I'd like to pose a question to the defenders of the three 'person' Trinity:Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" 35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GENERAL JUDGMENT, 12-14-12

    12/14/2012 8:26:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GENERAL JUDGMENT The universal judgment of the human race at the final resurrection of the dead. It is expressed in all the creeds that affirm that Christ now "sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from where He shall come to judge the living and the dead," i.e., the just and the wicked. This will be a social judgment because it will manifest to the world God's justice in condemning sinners, and his mercy in those who are saved. It will also be a total judgment by revealing not only people's moral conduct...
  • Vandals Desecrate Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem

    12/14/2012 7:55:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 12.12.12 | Algemeiner
    The Monastery of the Cross Church in Jerusalem. Photo: Yosarian/Wikimedia Commons.Vandals spray-painted profanities on the entrance to and on three vehicles belonging to the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem overnight Tuesday in the latest in a spate of so-called “price-tag” attacks on Christian institutions in Israel over the past year.The vandalism at the church is the second such attack on the site this year, with a similar attack occurring some ten months ago. In both cases, police have made no arrests. The Orthodox Greek church, which lies in Jerusalem’s Valley of the Cross close to Sacher Park in Rehavia,...
  • Price-tag Vandals Hit J'lem church, Palestinian Town

    12/14/2012 7:42:49 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/12/12 | Melanie Lidman
    Extremists puncture tires in 2 separate incidents, spray-paint "The Maccabis will succeed" on wall near J'lem monastery.“Price-tag” vandals targeted sites in Jerusalem and near Ramallah overnight Tuesday, spraying extremist graffiti and puncturing car tires. The words “tag mahir” – “price tag” – have become affiliated with the extreme fringe of the settlement and right-wing movements. For the second time in less than a year, vandals targeted the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park. This time, the vandals wrote: “Happy Hanukka, the Maccabees will succeed” on a stone wall surrounding the structure. They also spraypainted graffiti on a car...
  • Generic Armenians Fleeing Syria for No Particular Reason

    12/14/2012 7:36:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 12/12/12 | Terry Mattingly
    For news consumers who are closely following events on the ground in Syria, especially those of us who are worried about the protection of religious minorities there, it will come as little surprise to learn that ethnic Armenians are fleeing the dangerous cities and towns of Syria. Logically enough, The New York Times reports that many of these refugees are fleeing back into Armenia, to a “motherland most barely know.” And what is this flight all about, according to the Times team? Might this have something to do with religion and centuries of persecution? The following passage is long, but...