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  • Possible lift of Boy Scouts' gay ban draws disappointment

    02/01/2013 6:45:30 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Boy Scouts salute the american flag. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nat Moger. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 12:28 am (CNA).- News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly gay members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country. Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.” “The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill told CNA on Jan....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 1, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/01/2013 4:45:21 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/1/13 | Joel Osteen
    Get Ready for a Shift! Today's Scripture I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that one touch of Gods favor can put you 50 years down the road? You can be at a lower position at work, just going along being your best, honoring God, and suddenly, things can change. One good break, one idea, one person who likes you, and suddenly, you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 1, 2013]

    02/01/2013 4:44:26 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Call of God "Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification— we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (see...
  • A good friend is considering joining the Jehovah's Witnesses. What should he worry about?

    01/31/2013 8:44:30 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 143 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 1/31/2013 | Me
    When I come by my friends house they are always there. They are polite to me but act like I'm interfering. Anyone here associated with them or been to their church? Thanks.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-13

    01/31/2013 7:58:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-01-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2013 Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Heb 10:32-39 Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what...
  • Why a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic - Dr. Scott Hahn

    01/31/2013 7:01:05 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 65 replies
    youtube ^ | August 29, 2012 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Dr. Scott Hahn has a number of different recorded talks where he discusses his conversion from being an Evangelical Protestant Pastor to becoming an ordinary Catholic layman. Some of those talks tend to focus more precisely on that specific period from when he was already a Protestant Pastor through his actual conversion to the Catholic faith, but this audio recording has a broader focus, and includes a longer period in his life, including some of the foibles of his youth. (This was originally just an audio recording, to which the "youtube" poster added some unusual slides for their "youtube video",...
  • Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2013 6:08:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | October 11, 2011 | not given
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation At the final session of the Convocation of Priests serving in the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop Alexander Sample spoke about his vision or program for the New Evangelisation. He summed it up by saying: It's the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This is very much in line with Pope John Paul II's view: that there is no need for any new program. However, Bishop Sample highlighted two central themes that are, as it were, coming over the horizon: the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy the work...
  • Unpaid Mormon Leaders Get a Pretty Sweet Deal [So-called 'unpaid' bishops get $100,000 in benefits!]

    01/31/2013 5:05:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 173 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Sharon Lindblum
    Late last year (2012) a copy of the 2006 Mission Presidents Handbook was posted on an individuals blog site. This document, produced by the Mormon Church as a practical instruction manual for mission presidents, contains basic policies and guidelines established by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to help you lead your missionaries and direct the work (6). The book is not intended for general readership; general readers have found that it contains some things that are surprising in light of the public face that the Church puts forth. PaycheckOne such surprise is found in Appendix...
  • The Appeal of Normal Holiness: The Revolutionary Approach of St. John Bosco

    01/31/2013 4:11:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | January 2013 | Leo Zanchettin
    The Appeal of Normal Holiness The Revolutionary Approach of St. John Bosco By: Leo Zanchettin Italy in the mid-1880s was not the best place for farming families. Many farms were failing, and in the face of mounting poverty, parents sent their sons into the cities to work in the rapidly expanding factories. Sadly, however, with no child labor laws, these boys were often subjected to very harsh conditions. Working for pennies a day, most of them could not even afford a place to live. They ended up sleeping in abandoned buildings or on the streets or in the fields...
  • Noah Found Grace...Genesis 6 pt 7

    And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the...
  • Canon lawyer: Bishop has warned National Catholic Reporter

    01/31/2013 2:03:10 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 31, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Dr. Kurt Martens, J.C.D., Associate Professor of Canon Law at Catholic University of America. Credit: Ed Pfueller/CUA. Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA).- A canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America says that a recent column by Bishop Robert Finn serves as a strong urging to the National Catholic Reporter to re-establish its fidelity to the Church. “What he's doing here,” Dr. Kurt Martens said, “is he's giving them a warning, saying 'Be careful, because...I've looked into the NCR's positions against authentic Church teaching on a number of issues.'” “He has, as a diocesan bishop,...
  • The Four Pillars of the Christian Life

    01/31/2013 1:49:23 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 30, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I and twelve other pastors, have been meeting recently to embark on a period and plan for renewal in our parishes. which focuses back on the fundamental mission of the Church, and of our parishes, and which seeks to restore a kind of back to basics approach to Church life.For too often many parishes are reduced from being lighthouses to clubhouses; from being thermostats which set the temperature of culture, to thermometers that merely record the temperature; from being places where Christ is central, and it is his wedding, to being places where Christ is merely an invited guest at...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIBER USUALIS, 01-31-13

    01/31/2013 8:40:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 01-31-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIBER USUALIS A liturgical book containing most of the Gregorian chants and readings in the Mass and the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Hillary Clinton Only Secretary Since Nixon Years to Skip the Vatican

    01/31/2013 7:08:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/30/13 | Al Kamen
    A recent Loop item noted that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite a record number of countries visited, was the only secretary in many years not to visit the Vatican except for Warren Christopher. We were relying on the official records compiled by the State Department historians office. But some former top aides to Christopher insist the records are wrong, and they are pretty sure they were at the Vatican with President Clinton, Christopher and Pope John Paul II. Well, lets see. The historians records say Christopher accompanied President Clinton to meetings with Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Scalfaro,...
  • Catholic Event Cancels Talk by Islam Critic

    01/31/2013 7:02:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/31/13 | Lisa Wangsness
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Mens Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to be a featured speaker at the DCU Center on March 16. Spencer is director of the blog Jihad Watch and a leader of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, both of which are seen as anti-Muslim groups by some organizations that monitor...
  • Vatican and Israel Edge Closer to An Agreement

    01/31/2013 6:58:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    In an interview with Jerusalem Post Israels Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, announced Jerusalem is on verge of signing a diplomatic agreement with the Holy See. But the Vatican is exercising cautionWe have overcome most if not all the outstanding issues that have prevented signing of this agreement for so long, said Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon in an interview with Jerusalem Post on the progress of Israeli-Vatican diplomatic relations. Ayalon said he was sure the new Israeli government would sign soon: the reason it has not already been signed is that it would have been inappropriate for a caretaker...
  • Religious Radicals Will Fail in Russia - Putin

    01/31/2013 6:54:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/31/13
    MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) - Religious radicals in Russia will fail in their attempts to intimidate clerics and followers of traditional Islam, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting with his envoys to Russian federal districts, Putin said that multiethnic harmony should be consistently maintained as religious radicals of various confessions have intensified their activities in the country. In fact, a terrorist war is being waged against [those who teach] traditional Islam. They are being intimidated, deprived of their rights to speak to believers. At the same time, false values that have nothing to do...
  • The Hellenic Origins of Church Music

    01/31/2013 6:49:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/30/13 | Christopher B. Warner
    Many Greek contributions to Western music have been unknown to modern scholars until recently.Today, the name of Greece may evoke new images of debt, bailouts, and tourism, or old images of Olympians, Corinthian columns, Socrates, and Spartan warriors. But most of us dont associate Greece with Western Church music. Nevertheless, Gregorian chant, Western musical notation, and the Lutheran hymnal all have common origins in the Hellenic (Greek) Eastern Christian traditions of sacred music. Medieval music theorists of Europe built their work upon a foundation established by the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. And if the Greco-Syrians had not developed the...
  • Can a Pope be Removed from Office?

    01/31/2013 5:35:16 AM PST · by Weiss White · 43 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 31, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: In a recent piece you explained that the Pope can resign if he chooses. To me that raises another question: What would happen if a Pope became so mentally debilitated that he didnt know what he was doing? It seems to me that he wouldnt be able to resign under those circumstances. Is there some legal mechanism that would allow the Church to remove him, and call for a conclave to elect a new Pope? Or is there at least a way for the cardinals to take charge of running the Church until that Pope passes away? Paul
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem (1/31/13)[Prayer]

    01/31/2013 5:04:30 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/31/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Gibbor - Mighty GOD(Isaiah 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.