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  • Pro-family pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration after backlash from gay activists

    01/10/2013 10:49:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.10.2013 | Patrick B. Craine
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Rev. Louie Giglio, the pro-family pastor picked by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his Jan. 21st inauguration, has backed out after a pressure campaign by homosexual activists. Rev. Giglio, who heads Atlanta’s Passion City Church, said he did not want the inauguration to “be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point.” Rev. Louie Giglio Immediately after Giglio announced his withdrawal, Fox News political analyst Kirsten Powers tweeted: “The intolerant Left claims another scalp.” Obama’s choice of Giglio on Tuesday quickly came under attack by activists who highlighted...
  • Something to be dealt with in the churches - urgently and forcefully

    01/10/2013 9:54:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.10.2013 | Steve Jalsevac
    This past summer I wrote about a very serious problem in the Catholic Church that is still far from having been resolved, although there has been some progress. That is, there are still very many actively homosexual and homosexual friendly clergy (from the lowest ranks to cardinals), religious and staff in numerous Church related offices and organizations in the developed World and in other nations such as Columbia. These people of the 50s and 60s revolution in the Church, some heavily influenced by Marxist thought, have played and are still playing a large role in most of the dreadful corruptions...
  • Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

    01/10/2013 9:38:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/7/13 | Jennifer Pinkowski
    DEMRE, Turkey — In the fourth century A.D., a bishop named Nicholas transformed the city of Myra, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey, into a Christian capital. One wall of the chapel has a cross-shaped window that, when sunlit, beams its shape onto an altar table. A vibrant fresco that is unusual for Turkey was perfectly preserved. Nicholas was later canonized, becoming the St. Nicholas of Christmas fame. Myra had a much unhappier fate. After some 800 years as an important pilgrimage site in the Byzantine Empire it vanished — buried under 18 feet of mud from...
  • Has modern Christianity formed a new Church? [vanity]

    01/10/2013 9:33:42 AM PST · by MeOnTheBeach · 71 replies
    Has modern Christianity formed a new Church? I'll keep the journey into history simple. In the last 2000 years the churches large enough to survive the attacks by larger established churches could survive. They were not civil nor peaceful. They conducted massive wars against each other. However, over the last several decades, something different has happened, a new church has formed. All these churches that used to slaughter each other now accept the baptisms and membership performed by their one time rivals. Individual doctrines no longer matter. Their adherents now claim everyone is "saved" in the body of Christ. Modern...
  • Leo XIII Knew Socialism Would Fail Because it was Evil

    01/10/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/10/13 | Anthony Esolen
    It is generally held that Catholic Social Teaching begins with Pope Leo XIII’s masterly encyclical, Rerum Novarum (1891). That, as I’ve tried to show, is a dreadful mistake. Pope Leo considered it his duty to apply to current concerns the constant teaching of the Church and of the word of God. Like Thomas Aquinas, the study of whose works he promoted vigorously, he would have considered “originality” a vice, not a virtue. Perhaps we are misled by the title, Rerum Novarum. In our anti-society of rapacious consumption of the “new” and “improved,” and the unease instilled in us by mass...
  • Tyburn Nuns to Open First Convent in Africa as Order Grows Worldwide

    01/10/2013 7:57:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/10/13 | Simon Caldwell
    A London-based order of nuns is to open its seventh convent in the space of just 20 years. The Tyburn Nuns, whose mother house is situated near Marble Arch, have started to build their first African monastery in the Diocese of Minna in Niger State in the north of Nigeria. It will be their 11th monastery, the 10th since the Second World War and the seventh to open in a rapid global proliferation of religious houses under the order since 1993. The contemplative Benedictines were invited to Nigeria to promote Eucharistic Adoration and to pray for peace in a country...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/10/13)[Prayer]

    01/10/2013 5:17:30 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/10/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation." God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/10/13)[Prayer]

    01/10/2013 4:56:08 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/10/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures King...MelechZachariah 9:9) "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 10, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/10/2013 4:51:35 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/12/13 | Joel Osteen
    Heaven's Currency Today's Scripture And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the natural realm, we exchange money for the things we want and need. But in the spiritual realm, faith is what we exchange. The Bible tells us that when you pray, have faith, and you will receive it. Faith moves mountains. Faith pleases God. Faith is what opens doors. What is faith? It’s believing in God and His goodness. It’s knowing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 10, 2013]

    01/10/2013 4:49:21 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Opened Sight "I now send you, to open their eyes . . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins . . ." —Acts 26:17-18 This verse is the greatest example of the true essence of the message of a disciple of Jesus Christ in all of the New Testament.God’s first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words, “. . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins . . . .” When a person fails in his personal Christian life, it is usually because he has never received anything. The only sign that a...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/09/2013 5:20:12 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    Hiskid | 1-9-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • [Judeo=Christians] What to Expect in Obama’s Second Term

    01/09/2013 3:42:31 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 9, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    The next four years will not be good ones for practicing Catholics or, for that matter, anyone who subscribes to Judeo-Christian beliefs. I’m certain that in a short time from now, Catholics will look upon the recent “fiscal cliff” scuffle as merely the prelude to the president’s plan to impose his ideological will on the nation.Although Obama won with only 51 percent of the vote – and is the first president re-elected to a second term receiving fewer total votes than in his first election – he actually believes he received a huge mandate last November. He rejects the notion...
  • Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht, ZT"L

    01/09/2013 3:28:10 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 1/9/'13 | Editorial Board
    We join with Klal Yisrael in mourning the passing of Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht. Rabbi Hecht, the longtime president of the Igud Harabbonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America, with a membership of more than 800 rabbis from the United States, Canada and Israel, was a man of many accomplishments. Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum details some of them in his My Machberes feature on page 26. Rabbi Hecht was known for his devotion to shleimut ha’aretz – that belief that all parts of our ancestral home – promised by God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – must remain eternally in Jewish hands. As such...
  • Genetics Research Confirms Biblical Timeline

    01/09/2013 1:57:52 PM PST · by fishtank · 45 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins
    Genetics Research Confirms Biblical Timeline by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Exciting research from the summer of 2012 described DNA variation in the protein coding regions of the human genome linked to population growth. One of the investigation's conclusions was that the human genome began to rapidly diversify not more than 5,000 years ago.1,2 This observation closely agrees with a biblical timeline of post-flood human diversification. Yet another study, this one published in the journal Nature, accessed even more extensive data and unintentionally confirmed the recent human history described in Genesis.3 Differences in human DNA can be characterized across populations and...
  • Pro-abortion feminist welcomed to Catholic Santa Clara University amid protest

    01/09/2013 1:28:56 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 3 replies
    TFP ^ | 01-09-13 | TFP Student Action
    SIGN YOUR PROTEST HERE On January 17, Santa Clara University will welcome Amy Tan, a novelist who has made no secret of her support for abortion “rights,” as well as the unfettered use of contraceptives. Ms. Tan has used her novels as a means to promulgate erroneous opinions, with abortion featuring prominently in one of her books, The Joy Luck Club. Additionally, Ms. Tan has not shied away from announcing her anti-Catholic position. In a public Facebook post sprinkled with obscenities, she harangued pro-life politicians, accusing them of “wanting to pervert the lives of women.”  (Warning: foul language) However, Santa...
  • Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #4 - Do you Reject this Evil World?

    01/09/2013 9:41:11 AM PST · by xzins · 12 replies
    SO4J ^ | John MacArthur
    Skip to comments.11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #4 - Do you Reject this Evil World? SO4J ^ | John MacArthur Posted on 01/07/2013 6:02:58 AM PST by xzins Test #1 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #1 - Do you enjoy Fellowship with God and Christ? Test #2 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #2 - Are you Sensitive to Sin in your Life? Test #3 of Series: 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation: Test #3 - Do You Obey God's Word? Is It Real? 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation by...
  • Sign of Hope: Anglican Nuns Become Catholic

    01/09/2013 9:29:18 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 9, 2013 | Dr. William Oddie
    I have had, as we all have, many good moments in my life as a Catholic (greatly outweighing the inevitable bad ones); but yesterday was one of the very best. Have I ever, I try to recall, had such a vivid sense of how glorious it is to be a Catholic, of the transcendent splendor of the Catholic life? Probably, but I wonder if any liturgy ever passed off with such an exultant sense of joyful celebration? I am referring, as some of you who read my last post may have surmised, to the reception of 11 sisters led by...
  • TED Conference Comes to the Vatican

    01/09/2013 8:10:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 1/8/13 | Antonio Gaspari
    International Meeting Will Discuss Religious Freedom in Today's WorldIt has been known as "the 'Oscars' of Ideas", "the genius of Hollywood. The Technology Entertainment Design conference, better known as TED, is a mix of science, communication and entertainment which follows its credo of "ideas worth spreading". What started as an annual conference for people who wanted to share ideas has now become one of the most visited websites in the world. Now the famous conference is coming to the Vatican. On April 19, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture will open "TEDxViadellaConciliazione", a global meeting which...
  • Response to Mormon Missionary Age Announcement Remains Enthusiastic and Unprecedented

    01/09/2013 7:56:48 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 115 replies
    Mormon Newsroom ^ | January 7, 2013 | News Release
    Candace Richins was in the midst of her freshman season with Utah State University’s women’s volleyball team when the announcement came from Church President Thomas S. Monson women can serve missions at age 19 and men at 18. Although thrilled about the possibility of serving a mission earlier, Richins — a possible starter on the team in 2013 — worried because her scholarship and spot on the team would not be guaranteed if she left.A few days later, while in a religion class near campus, Richins knew what she needed to do. “I felt very impressed that I needed to...
  • No Ordinary Year for the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate

    01/09/2013 7:39:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/8/13 | Charlotte Hays
    2012 was full of milestones for the new ordinariate, and 2013 will feature more, including a February visit by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.WASHINGTON — When Father Scott Hurd, vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a home in the Catholic Church for former Episcopalians and Anglicans — reflects back on 2012, he points to a period of rapid and exciting growth marking its first year of existence. On New Year’s Day 2012, Pope Benedict XVI erected the ordinariate, which allows former Anglicans to retain certain...