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  • German Catholic Church May Back Some "Morning-After Pills"

    02/06/2013 7:55:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters) - Germany's Catholic Church may approve some so-called morning-after pills for rape victims after a leading cardinal unexpectedly announced they did not induce abortions and could be used in Catholic hospitals. Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, an ally of German-born Pope Benedict, changed his policy after two Catholic hospitals refused to treat a rape victim because they could not prescribe the pill, which is taken after sex to avoid pregnancy. The Catholic Church firmly opposes abortion and artificial birth control. Many Catholics see all emergency contraceptives as abortion-inducing drugs banned by this policy, but Meisner said some prevent...
  • Same-Sex Couples Cannot Adopt Russian Children

    02/06/2013 7:51:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/5/13
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax - Same-sex couples are prohibited to adopt Russian orphans, Presidential Children's Rights Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Tuesday. "Our fundamental laws - the Constitution and the Family Code - have already declared that position. They define a marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Nothing else. Period," Astakhov said. There have been public protests in countries pondering same-sex marriage laws, such as France, the ombudsman said. Many people think they need a law banning homosexuality propaganda, just like Russia has endorsed, he said. "They say that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/06/2013 6:55:14 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
    2/6/13 | Hiskid
    At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. (Col. 1: 3-4)
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/6/13)[Prayer]

    02/06/2013 5:45:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/6/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Machase Lanu - GOD Our Refuge(Psalms 62:8) Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
  • Slouching Toward Gay Takeover of Boy Scouts

    02/06/2013 5:07:29 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 23 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 6, 2013 | JP
    One of the more memorable sketches to air on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” featured actor Alec Baldwin and comedian Adam Sandler as members of a Boy Scout troop. Baldwin played a gay scoutmaster, “Mr. Armstrong.” Sandler reprised his role as “Canteen Boy,” a scout clearly suffering arrested development. In the sketch, Mr. Armstrong makes a sexual advance on Canteen Boy, brushing his unshaven face against the lad. So uncomfortable is Sandler’s character, who is not so dimwitted that he doesn’t know a pedophile when he sees one, that he flees into the woods. The sketch was uproariously funny. But what...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 6, 2013]

    02/06/2013 4:41:48 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Ready To Be Poured Out As an Offering? (2) "I am already being poured out as a drink offering . . ." —2 Timothy 4:6 Are you ready to be poured out as an offering? It is an act of your will, not your emotions. Tell God you are ready to be offered as a sacrifice for Him. Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. God sends you through a crisis in private, where no other person can help you. From the outside your life...
  • Should Richard III Receive a Catholic Burial?

    02/06/2013 4:11:39 AM PST · by NYer · 104 replies
    First Things ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mark Movsesian
    You thought there couldn’t be a law and religion angle to today’s news—fascinating for us history nerds—that archaeologists have discovered the mortal remains of Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester? Think again. Plans are underway to re-inter the bones in the city’s Anglican Cathedral. Not so fast, say some: the hunchback king wasn’t a Protestant, but a Catholic, and he requires a Catholic burial. In fact, as Shakespeare fans know, Richard died at Bosworth Field (“A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”), defending his throne from Henry Tudor. Henry went on to reign as Henry VII;...
  • Does Joyce Meyers teach a “feel good” Gospel and Christianity – or am I just misinformed?

    02/05/2013 10:00:31 PM PST · by damonw · 30 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith ^ | 02/05/13 | Damon Whitsell
    This is just an excerpt from our article here http://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com/2013/02/06/does-joyce-meyers-teach-a-feel-good-gospel-and-christianity-or-am-i-just-misinformed/ Does Joyce Meyers teach a “feel good” Gospel and Christianity – or am I just misinformed? I got notice of this thread on ChristianForums.com via a pingback to our groublog when this article was posted there. I thought since this thread about dreams and idols turned into a debate about Joyce Meyers and comments were made like she is “anything but a feel good preacher” and “the last thing Joyce Meyers teaches is feel good Christianity”,, I would chime in a post some resources from our groupblog concerning Meyers and...
  • Founder of Ground Zero Mosque 'spent more than $3 MILLION on lavish trips, luxury sports cars..

    02/05/2013 9:12:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    The founder of the controversial Ground Zero Mosque allegedly spent more than $3 million that had been donated to charity to fund a first-class lifestyle that involved 'lavish trips, luxury sports cars and personal real estate.' Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was slapped with a $20 million lawsuit by, Robert Leslie Deak, a major backer to his nonprofit who alleges the wild spending in the papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Rauf's charity, the Cordoba Initiative, received $3 million from the Malaysian as well as another $167,000 from private donors. That money was meant to counter anti-Islamic sentiment but instead went...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-13, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2013 8:08:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2013   Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs     Reading 1 Heb 12:4-7, 11-15 Brothers and sisters:In your struggle against sinyou have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordor lose heart when reproved by him;for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;he scourges every son he acknowledges.Endure your trials as “discipline”;God treats you as his sons.For what Ason” is there whom his father does not discipline?At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for...
  • ...Police investigate claims that Mormons kept wives from escaping Utah enclave

    02/05/2013 8:08:03 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Sam Webb
    Arizona Attorney General claims sect is holding women against their willHe says police in Hildale and Colorado City are holding the womenMarshal's office in Mormon stronghold strongly denies the claim Police in a Utah town dominated by one of the largest polygamous sects in the U.S. have been stopping women from leaving, according to a top lawman. Arizona's attorney general Tom Horne yesterday announced a criminal probe of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the Marshal's Office, which serves as a small police force in the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and...
  • What do you know about black history? [BYU students offensive to point of tears--laughing & crying]

    02/05/2013 7:50:30 PM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | ScratchmyBackerman
    ...Follow me on Stand up comic, Dave Ackerman, goes to Brigham Young University to find out what BYU students know about Black History Month.
  • Social justice vs. kingdom work

    02/05/2013 7:47:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Chistian Chronicle ^ | The March 2013 Edition | Bobby Ross, Jr.
    AT A NATIONAL MEETING of youth ministers, the key role of the local church is emphasized. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Love Jesus. Tolerate the church. At a time when Americans’ confidence in organized religion has hit a 40-year low, that mindset seems particularly prevalent among younger Christians. At the recent National Conference on Youth Ministries, Scot McKnight — one of the keynote speakers — challenged what he described as the modern tendency to lift up social justice efforts as “kingdom work.” “It’s like a tsunami, beginning to overtake the church, and the church is losing significance in local communities because...
  • Who Was Paul VI?

    02/05/2013 7:40:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | February 2013 | Robert J. Siscoe
    Who Was Paul VI?A review of Msgr. Villa’s Paul VI Beatified?By Robert J. Siscoe It was during the 35th Assembly of the Italian Bishops that Cardinal Ruini, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, announced his intention to submit the cause for beatification of Paul VI. On May 13, 1992, he issued an Edict that appeared in the Roma Sette, inviting “every single faithful to communicate to us directly… any information which, in any way, may argue against the reputation of sanctity of the Servant of God [Paul VI]”. Fr. Luigi Villa, editor of Chiesa Viva, answered the call. In the...
  • Why Christians Need Confessions

    02/05/2013 6:29:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    New Horizons ^ | February 2013 | Carl R. Trueman
    Despite claims to the contrary, the Christian world is not divided between those who have creeds and confessions and those who just have the Bible. It is actually divided between those who have creeds and confessions and write them down in a public form, open to public scrutiny and correction, and those who have them and do not write them down. The reason is simple: every church (and indeed every Christian) believes the Bible means something, and what it thinks the Bible means is its creed and confession, whether it chooses to write its beliefs down or not. Of course,...
  • The Fullness of Iniquity

    02/05/2013 4:38:32 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Garcia
    'And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.' (Daniel 5:25-28) By the time our Founding Fathers got around to establishing us as a nation, American’s had already been roughing it in the wilderness colonies for almost 200 years. The first colonies began in the late 1500’s with settlements in places like Roanoke and Jamestown. As the colonies...
  • The Book of Genesis (chapters 7 and 8) ... Pastor Rick Booye.

    02/05/2013 3:57:24 PM PST · by fishtank
    Willing Heart Radio ^ | May 10, 2000 | Rick Booye
    Skeptics say: "Man is capable of destroying mankind, but God isn't." (my own title summary) Hi all. I have a new favorite radio preacher, Rick Booye. I bumped into him on local radio a few weeks ago, and have been IMPRESSED with him ever since. On his May 10, 2000 message on the book of Genesis....
  • Cultural Pandering No Boon for Shriveling United Church of Christ

    02/05/2013 3:16:54 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 2-4-13 | John Lomperis
    Advocates for churches and Christian institutions reconsidering biblical teaching on sexual morality frequently claim that such cultural accomodationism is "needed" if Christian communities are to have any hope of surviving in an America whose secular culture is increasingly intolerant of moral boundaries for sexual expression (beyond consent). If one is going to take such arguments seriously, it makes sense to consider how well that has worked in the denomination that has most prominently pioneered enthusiastic abandonment of biblical values on marriage and sex. The United Church of Christ (UCC) attracted heaps of polarized public attention in 2005 with its embrace...
  • Love is as Loves Does: A Meditation on the Litany of Love In St. Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians

    02/05/2013 2:38:22 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 4, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In his great treatise on the Theological Virtue of Love, St. Paul sets forth a kind of symphony in three movements. In yesterday’s post we saw the first movement, wherein he teaches on the primacy and prerequisite of love to inform other virtues, lest they lack either a proper balance or proper object. Indeed, without love many of our excellencies, good though they are can become detached, disordered, and even dangerous.Today is set forth the second movement wherein St. Paul and the Holy Spirit describe love in a litany-like manner. The litany is both memorable and vivid.MOVEMENT II. The PORTRAIT...
  • Can abortionists really be Christians?

    02/05/2013 2:22:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LAN ^ | Cassy Fiano
    There’s something disturbing about abortionists, and the activists who support them, pretending that Jesus would be totally cool with abortion. You can kill babies all day long and still be a Christian, like, for sure! That’s the latest claim from one abortion supporter, Reverend Matthew Westfox, the associate minister at All Souls Bethlehem Church. He’s insisting not only that you can be an abortion worker and still be a Christian, but that you’d also be serving God as you rip the little babies from their mothers’ wombs! Hallelujah! Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that...