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  • Can a Pope Ever Resign?

    01/11/2013 11:33:05 AM PST · by Weiss White · 10 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 3, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I read in a news article that Pope Benedict said he would resign, if he reached the point where he couldn’t physically handle being Pope any longer. Is that even possible? Can a Pope ever resign? —Scott A: It’s true that in the nearly eight years of Pope Benedict’s reign, more than one news article has been written on this subject. It’s of particularly keen interest to those opposed to his teachings, who would gladly see him leave the Throne of Peter as soon as possible—but it’s of interest to many of the rest of us as well, if...
  • The Professor Who Knows Our Names

    01/11/2013 10:50:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/10/13 | Brian Jones
    A tribute to the man who is Schall“Father Schall cares about where you’re from and how you’re doing. He doesn’t need to do that, but he does. The greatest professor I’ll ever have knows my name.”— Victoria Edel, former student of Father James Schall “What, in the end, does a professor most want his students to remember? Not himself but what is true and the search for it. Above all, he wants them to remember the Socratic foundations of our culture, that ‘it is never right to do wrong,’ that death is not the worst evil, that ultimately our lives...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/11/2013)[Prayer]

    01/11/2013 8:52:35 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 18 replies
    January 11, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation 34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. 35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” 36 At the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALEXIANS, 01-11-13

    01/11/2013 8:40:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-11-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALEXIANS Religious institute of brothers, founded in the fourteenth century in Brabant and re-established in 1854. Their apostolate is to care for the sick, direct hospitals and homes for the aged and poor, and administer cemeteries. There are also Alexian Sisters doing similar work. The patron is St. Alexis of Edessa (d. 430). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Fr. Jenkins Makes Ironic Plea for Civility

    01/11/2013 7:35:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 1/10/13 | Matthew Archbold
    Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., the president of the University of Notre Dame, has a piece in The Wall Street Journal pleading for civility in debate. This is not the first time that Fr. Jenkins has used that word. In fact, calls for “civility” have become something of a hallmark of his presidency of the University. In recent years, there have reportedly been on-campus panel discussions on civility, a University forum called “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” and posters urging students to take the “Notre Dame Pledge for Virtuous Discourse,” which encourages students to engage in respectful...
  • Vatican Artist from Russia Follows the Old Masters

    01/11/2013 7:07:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Kuwait Times ^ | 1/11/13 | AFP
    After Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican’s latest official painter is something of an unusual choice-an ebullient Russian woman with a pet owl who is a regular at the court of cardinals and popes. An Orthodox believer in the heart of Roman Catholicism, Natalia Tsarkova paints her classical-style portraits in a flat filled with Vatican memorabilia by the walls of the Holy See. “I like the atmosphere here, I feel needed,” Tsarkova told AFP in an interview in a studio with several unfinished works and back copies of the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. It is dream come true for this...
  • Monks in California Breathe Life Into a Monastery From Spain

    01/11/2013 7:01:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/10/13 | Norimitsu Onishi
    VINA, Calif. — The rebirth of a medieval Cistercian monastery building here on a patch of rural Northern California land was, of course, improbable. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon, brought the dismantled Santa Maria de Óvila monastery from Spain but failed to restore it. The City of San Francisco, after some fitful starts at bringing the monastery back to life, left its stones languishing for decades in Golden Gate Park. The Great Depression, World War II and lethargy got in the way. But an aging and shrinking order of Cistercian monks have accomplished what great men and cities could...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 11, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/11/2013 4:46:07 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/11/13 | Joel Osteen
    Honor the Lord with Your Body Today's Scripture “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Scripture says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are to honor the Lord with our bodies. How do you do that? You take care of it. You respect it. You treat it as valuable. You use your body to bring Him glory. When you stand strong against temptation, you are honoring the Lord with your body. When you take care of yourself by...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 11, 2013]

    01/11/2013 4:45:19 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    What My Obedience to God Costs Other People "As they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon . . . , and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus" —Luke 23:26 If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything— it is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience does cost a great deal. If we...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem91/11/13)[Prayer]

    01/11/2013 4:15:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/11/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Living GodDaniel 6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?"
  • Do we need greater gun control?: Jewish texts support right to bear arms as ethical obligation

    01/10/2013 11:37:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    J Weekly - Covering the SF Jewish Bay Area ^ | January 10, 2013 | Robert D. Altabet
    The tragic Newtown shooting has led to renewed calls for gun control by Conservative and Reform Jewish leaders, who have highlighted this as a religious issue (“As Jews, we must act against gun violence — now,” op-ed, Dec. 21). These emotional reactions are understandable, but their one-sided presentation of Jewish tradition fails to distinguish between the requirements of the real world and our hopes for the messianic age. Jewish tradition speaks both to defense preparation and the need for_training and safety with the best tools available, firearms, which are susceptible to misuse in the wrong hands. Exodus 13:10 tells us,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-11-13

    01/10/2013 7:56:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-11-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 11, 2013 Friday after Epiphany   Reading 1 1 Jn 5:5-13 Beloved:Who indeed is the victor over the worldbut the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies,and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify,the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony,the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this,that he...
  • Do we need greater gun control?: First lady is right person to lead charge on sensible policy

    01/10/2013 7:29:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    J Weekly - Covering the SF Jewish Bay Area ^ | January 10, 2013 | Rabbi Amy Eilberg
    Along with citizens throughout our nation and beyond, I was anguished by the death of the beautiful, innocent children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the wake of the shootings, I was gripped first with deep grief and then with a powerful wave of activist energy. I hoped that this most horrific incident of gun violence would shake the nation from complacency and stir the adoption of sensible gun control legislation. I believed that all over the country, parents of all stripes and persuasions — including gun owners — would recognize that a civilized nation cannot continue to allow policies...
  • SUNDAY [Catholic] CELEBRATIONS IN THE ABSENCE OF A PRIEST

    01/10/2013 3:15:50 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | January 10, 2013
    In 1994 there was a book prepared by the Committee on the liturgy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved for use in the Dioceses of the USA by the NCCB. It is entitled, "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest." It is a liturgical book that gives options for parishes when no priest is available on a Sunday. The expectation in the norms of the "General Instruction or Introduction" of this liturgical book is that the bishop be very much involved in the decision making process of the necessity of such a celebration in particular...
  • The line Of Seth...Genesis 5 pt 2

    We have already followed the development of God estranged humanity, through the line of Cain. The primary characteristics of that part of Adam’s family, was the attempt to mitigate the Curse of God ,without repentance; by means of the development of agriculture, animal husbandry, metallurgy and of music and the arts . In spite of the remarkably swift cultural, agricultural and technological advances in Cain’s seed, we see also the steady spiritual and moral disintegration of marriage, the family, and human culture in the brief view given in Genesis 4. Lamech boasts to his two wives, in the first recorded...
  • Biden Holds Unannounced Meeting With Faith Leaders…on Gun Control

    01/10/2013 12:57:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 10, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Following controversial comments alleging that President Barack Obama will potentially rely upon “executive orders” to tackle gun control, Vice President Joe Biden held an unannounced meeting with faith leaders on Wednesday where he purportedly reiterated the same point. The nation’s second-in-command and his gun violence team discussed the issues surrounding firearms and the country’s most recent crises with 12 national faith leaders in an effort to urge them to “help find common sense solutions.” During the event, Biden reportedly echoed what he told reporters earlier in the day — that the Obama administration will be taking two tracks to curb...
  • You Didn't Build That

    01/10/2013 11:28:11 AM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    Common Sense for a Senseless World ^ | JANUARY 9, 2013 | Don Kriefall
    When President Obama addressed a crowd in Ohio during his election campaign this fall, he ventured off the teleprompter and spoke from his heart. Driving another wedge into his strategy of promoting class warfare, he admonished those who have been successful in business, stating that “You didn’t build that.” The President further stated that without the help of government provided infrastructure that included teachers, road building, and workers, their success would not have been possible. Obviously, the president truly believes that without government, nothing is possible. Obama’s true ideology was revealed in that moment of candor, exposing his belief that...
  • 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...
  • Transgender Teacher Sues Catholic School Over Firing

    01/09/2013 7:27:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/7/13 | Russel Goldman
    A transgender teacher is suing the New York City Catholic school where he worked for more than 30 years, claiming he was wrongfully terminated for growing out his hair, painting his fingernails and being "worse than gay." In a lawsuit, Mark Krolikowski, 59, alleges that after 32 years of teaching at St. Francis Prep in Queens, N.Y., and receiving numerous accolades for his work including leading students in a musical performance for Pope Benedict XVI, he was fired last year after the parents of a ninth grader complained about his appearance. Krolikowski remains anatomically male and routinely wore suits and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem,(1/9/13)[Prayer]

    01/09/2013 5:42:35 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/9/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Keeper...The Shade of Your Right HandPsalm 121:5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 9, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/09/2013 4:45:39 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | Joel Osteen
    Positioned for Blessings Today's Scripture Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10, AMP. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings on you today and every day of the year. But notice that today’s verse...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 9, 2013]

    01/09/2013 4:44:49 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Prayerful Inner-Searching "May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless . . ." —1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Your whole spirit . . . .” The great, mysterious work of the Holy Spirit is in the deep recesses of our being which we cannot reach. Read Psalm 139 . The psalmist implies— “O Lord, You are the God of the early mornings, the God of the late nights, the God of the mountain peaks, and the God of the sea. But, my God, my soul has horizons further away than those of early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights...
  • The Generations of Adam...Genesis 5 pt 1

    This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred...
  • ***An Email From Ben Stein***

    01/08/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by The Wizard · 20 replies
    email | Stardate: 1301.8
    The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS 'Sunday Morning' Commentary. My confession: I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat... Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the...
  • Liberace Movie Too Gay for Hollywood, but Not for San Bernadino

    01/08/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Brokeback Mountain not as funny, says director SoderberghIn a January 5 New York Post story, movie director, Steven Soderbergh, revealed that his biopic, Beyond the Candelabra, was “too gay” for Hollywood. “Nobody would make it,” Soderbergh tells the Post. “We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. “And this is after Brokeback Mountain, by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.” The movie is based upon the tell-all book, Beyond the Candelabra by Scott Thorson, entertainer Liberace’s young homosexual lover. It...
  • Arguments begin in case of minister accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ for homosexuality remarks

    01/08/2013 11:51:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.8.2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    Lawyers for a Massachusetts pastor have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a foreign homosexual advocacy group accusing him of “crimes against humanity.” During a 90-minute hearing on Monday in U.S. District Court, Judge Michael Ponsor said the lawsuit filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) against Springfield-based minister Scott Lively poses a test of free-speech protection and the rights of sexual minorities to equal protection under the law. Ponsor heard arguments from lawyers representing both Lively and SMUG. SMUG, represented in court by the George Soros-funded “Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR),” accused Lively of...
  • Cultural Assimilation: A Threat to Catholic Identity

    01/08/2013 8:07:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/8/13 | James Kalb
    For the most part, American Catholics have wanted to be like other people. They arrived in America as immigrants from places where they had a definite (if sometimes lowly) position. They left that for a country where social positions were fluid, they would be held in contempt if they stayed as they were, and they could rise to the heights if they Americanized. So they became dedicated Americans. They were used to being part of the social whole, and that was the way to be part of it here. What they lost in security of position by moving to the...
  • Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Assumption of the Virgin Destroyed [by Kosovar Albanians]

    01/08/2013 7:58:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Orthodox Church News ^ | 1/4/13 | Kisha D Dorado
    Belgrade: Albanians last night completely destroyed the monastery “Assumption of the Virgin” in southern Serbia. Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin” which is located in the vicinity of Vladicin Han was vandalized last night. The door was smashed, and the entire interior were broken. The money from the candle sales and other item inside the monastery is stolen, and all the icons were smashed. Mother Paraskeva (62 years old) confirmed this information. She was very upset fear for her safety. “I’m afraid they will come back, but I’m not going anywhere. I’m here alone and old, but let them come,...
  • Church Can't Withhold Names in Calif. Priest Files

    01/08/2013 7:47:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 1/7/13 | Greg Risling
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of church leaders and pedophile priests identified in thousands of pages of internal documents recounting sexual abuse allegations dating back decades, a judge ruled Monday.</p>
  • Prince Charles 'Worried About Changing Laws of Royal Succession'

    01/08/2013 7:40:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | Caroline Davies and Juliette Jowit
    Prince of Wales reportedly met Whitehall officials to share his concerns about fast-tracked changes to the UK's constitutionThe Prince of Wales is said to have raised his fears of "unintended consequences" of the government rushing to change the laws of succession to the throne. In a private meeting with Richard Heaton, permanent secretary of the Cabinet Office, Charles reportedly voiced concerns over what would happen if his grandchild, due next year, were to marry a Roman Catholic. The succession to the crown bill, which will change the ancient laws governing the royal line of succession to ensure the Duke and...
  • Erik Davis: Jesus freaks rock

    01/08/2013 6:24:14 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 5 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | Erik Davis
    n the late 1960s and 70s, droves of hippies and freaks bounced back from various countercultural bummers by embracing the “One Way” of Jesus Christ. Though they rejected many aspects of the underground scene—fun stuff like drugs, free love, and the occult smorgasbord—the Jesus Freaks kept others very much alive. They had a strong yen for intense spiritual experiences and communal tribes, as well as an apocalyptic sense of imminent global transformation. In stark contrast to previous generations of American Christians, who largely rejected popular culture as the devil’s work, these hirsute believers also embraced countercultural media—street newspapers, bumper-stickers, coffee...