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  • Is the Bible embarrassing?

    01/23/2013 7:24:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 88 replies
    NunBlog ^ | Sr Anne Flanagan
    No kidding: there are parts of the Bible that most of us would be ashamed to read out loud, never mind post in our blogs. (A certain passage from Ezekiel comes to mind. There's a reason the lectionary has an optional abridged version!) Are we guilty of Cafeteria Catholicism by not focusing on these texts, or making them foundational for theology and spirituality? Is that a kind of bowdlerization of the word of God? Are we presuming to "edit" the Bible and only highlight the nice, agreeable parts? What gives? The fact is, there are some ways in which the...
  • Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped....

    01/23/2013 6:24:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | Rachel Quigley
    FULL TITLE: Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect with her six young children Ruby Jessop was just 14-years-old when she was deemed 'sexually mature' by polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and forced to marry her second cousin and step-brother and have sex with different men. She was held against her will at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the next 12 years, in which time she bore six children and lived under the iron fist of the pervert leader. Ruby Jessop, now 26, managed...
  • White, “Christian” and Treasonous: Who Will They Kill? (Guess who he's talking about?)

    01/23/2013 5:03:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 23, 2013 | Frank Schaeffer
    The battle over gun control has exposed a truth the mainstream media is apparently too shy to mention: A bunch of far right white mostly southern paranoid extremists are preparing for armed revolution and apocalypse. They speak treason: literally. They are preparing to “defend” America from America with arsenals of weapons and stockpiles of ammunition. Their “enemy” is everyone in America not like them. They think the world is ending and/or that the government is out to get them. That doesn’t mean it will happen. But expect violence and assassinations. Their ideology is made up of equal parts racism, evangelical...
  • Cardinal Jozef Glemp, longtime leader of Poland's Roman Catholic church, dies at 83

    01/23/2013 3:12:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    An official says Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the head of Poland's influential Roman Catholic church from 1981 to 2004 — a time when it played a historic role in the fight against communism — has died at the age of 83. Jozef Kloch, a church spokesman, said in a statement that Glemp died Wednesday evening in Warsaw. Glemp had been ill for many years, and the Polish news agency PAP said he had lung cancer.
  • Bishop Says Finding Body of Aborted Baby in Sink Made Him Pro-Life

    01/23/2013 1:51:40 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Millions of Americans have their own stories about how they arrived at the pro-life position on abortion, but Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has a unique one. He experienced the reality of abortion in a way most people never have.In a new interview with the National Catholic Register, he talked about the experience of seeing the body of a baby who had been victimized by abortion in a sink. It left such an indelible impression on him that he said he will forever be pro-life.From the interview: “Today is a day to repent,” Archbishop Aquila said in his Jan....
  • Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

    01/23/2013 1:43:57 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | January 23, 2013 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Photography © by Andy Coan There is a myth that we must lay to rest, once and for all – Protestants are all about the Bible, while Catholics are all about the Sacraments. While I can’t speak for my Protestant brethren, I can say this with certainty – the Catholic Church has never tolerated any such “either/or.” Both Scripture and Sacraments are precious gifts from the Lord, gifts we desperately need.“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ!” insisted St. Jerome, a father and Doctor of the Catholic Church from the 5th century AD. Because of this, every liturgical service of...
  • Pope Selects American Priest for Rare St. Peter's Job

    01/23/2013 12:12:02 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 21, 2013 | ESTEFANIA AGUIRRE
    VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the 21st century, Pope Benedict XVI has made an American priest a canon of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "You're the first of this century and the first of this millennium," said Cardinal Angelo Comastri during the Jan. 20 celebration for Msgr. Francis Kelly. "This is a celebration of fidelity, and fidelity is maintaining during the whole life the commitment pronounced in your youth," he added in St. Peter's Basilica, referring to Msgr. Kelly's priesthood of 50 years. Pope Benedict XVI announced Msgr. Kelly's new role in an Oct. 20 decree, giving...
  • Robert George Warns of Catholic Oppression Over Marriage

    01/23/2013 12:11:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/23/13 | Adelaide Darling
    Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- A Princeton law professor has predicted increasing persecution of Catholic teaching on sexuality, amid accusations by a New York scholar that such teaching creates a culture of rape. In a Jan. 17 email to CNA, Professor Robert George of Princeton University warned of rising oppression against those who oppose a redefinition of marriage. Such persecution includes an increase in "the use of 'anti-discrimination' laws to violate the freedom of religious institutions and religious individuals to honor their beliefs about marriage and sexual morality,” he said. George's comments came amid claims by...
  • Feminists Protest Vatican’s inclusion in SICA

    01/23/2013 12:04:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Nicaragua Dispatch ^ | 1/23/13 | Tim Rogers
    Feminists say Central America is fertile ground for the Roman Catholic Church’s efforts to influence public policy in foreign countriesCentral American feminists and human rights advocates are protesting what they call the “abnormal” and “suspicious” inclusion of the Vatican as an extra-regional state observer to the Central American Integration System (SICA). Rights groups claim the inclusion of the Holy See in Central America’s integration process is—to paraphrase the Bible—like letting in a wolf in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). “The Vatican has an expansionist plan to influence public policy in other nations,” says Marta Maria Blandón, director of Ipas Central America,...
  • Were Viruses Created or Evolved? (article)

    01/23/2013 8:57:30 AM PST · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | September 2, 2011 | Brian Thomas
    Were Viruses Created or Evolved? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Viruses have a bad reputation. They are ultra-tiny, well-designed machines that copy themselves in a process that sometimes causes disease in the organisms in which they reside. One class called retroviruses is equipped with machinery that splices its own viral code into the DNA of a host cell. Retroviruses have been portrayed as genetic "leftovers" from an evolutionary past, but how did they really originate? A report published in Science showed how one retrovirus was "born." Researchers discovered that a retrovirus named XMRV was formed when two DNA sequences called...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/23/2013 8:52:03 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
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  • The Modern State Causes the Problems it Pretends to Fix

    01/23/2013 8:51:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/22/13 | Anthony Esolen
    Pope Leo XIII affirms that a well governed State will promote the material and moral prosperity of its citizens, will honor private property and free association, and will protect the poor from abuse or depredation by the rich. How to do these things? Leo lays down four principles. The first is what I’ll call the Principle of Moral Health. “A State,” he says, “chiefly prospers and thrives through moral rule, well-regulated family life [family life directed from within by the moral law], respect for religion and justice, the moderation and equal allocation of public taxes, the progress of the arts...
  • What The Chinese See That We Don’t

    01/23/2013 8:47:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1/22/13 | Rod Dreher
    Uh-oh: Now that a new generation of leaders are taking the helm in China in March and talking about reform, at least some Chinese are looking at the US and wondering if religion is the key to constitutional democracy. Obama’s inauguration was a top trending topic on Sina Weibo, China’s massive microblogging site, with over 25 million posts on Jan. 21. Of these, one comment by a Weibo user by the name Wugou1975 was forwarded over 2,000 times, garnering over 500 comments. The blogger posted a photo of Obama taking the presidential oath with Supreme Court Justice John Roberts: Some...
  • The Pope Has a New App-titude

    01/23/2013 8:40:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/23/13 | Carol Glatz
    IVATICAN CITY — The Vatican launched a new “Pope App” on the eve of the release of the pope’s World Communications Day message, which will be dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization. The new app provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican’s six webcams. It sends out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican’s many news outlets as well as posts images and quotes from Pope Benedict XVI. The app is still in the 1.0 stage so as updated versions come out, there will be a search function...
  • Mythbusters: Abp Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    01/23/2013 8:30:52 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/22/13 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    You may recall the appointment of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in July of last year. The announcement created a tempest in a teapot as both Traditionalists and Modernists loudly denounced the new prefect’s theological views. As I strongly suspected at the time, both groups were simply doing what they always do. They were attempting to create a mythology, or really two different mythologies, which would undermine Archbishop Müller’s ability to do his job. But when you are denounced by those who reject Catholic teaching on opposite sides, it is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELOHIM, 01-23-13

    01/23/2013 6:29:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 01-23-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ELOHIM the Hebrew word most frequently used for God. It appears several thousand times in the Old Testament. It was also used in a plural sense to designate heathen gods (Genesis 35:2, Exodus 18:11). When Jesus was heard to say on the Cross "Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani," he was using a modified form of Elohim (Matthew 27:46). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ‘Monsignor Meth’: Priest Accused of Drug Dealing, Having Sex in Church Rectory

    01/23/2013 6:11:07 AM PST · by RummyChick · 42 replies
    Time ^ | 1/22/13 | Charlie Campbell
    It’s just like Breaking Bad, but replace the mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a prominent Catholic priest. Monsignor Kevin Wallin of Bridgeport, Conn., is facing trial for selling up to $9,000 of methamphetamine a week and has been relieved of his ecumenical duties after superiors learned of his alleged penchant for gay sex on church grounds. The 61-year-old was suspended from duties at Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Cathedral in May as a result of his increasingly erratic behavior. “We became aware that he was acting out sexually — with men — in the church rectory,” Brian Wallace, a spokesman for...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/23/13)[Prayer]

    01/23/2013 5:14:00 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/23/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Scepter...StarNumbers 24: I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 23, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/23/2013 4:46:28 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/23/13 | Joel Osteen
    Strong Against Difficulty Today's Scripture “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” (Isaiah 41:10, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria It’s easy to look around at what’s happening in the earth today and be tempted to feel afraid or dismayed. Circumstances may seem overwhelming. Maybe your business...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 23, 2013]

    01/23/2013 4:45:28 AM PST · by Vision · 6 replies
    Transformed by Beholding "We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image . . ." —2 Corinthians 3:18 The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of...