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  • Catholic Bishop: Obama Is 'Proponent' of What is 'Shameful and Criminal in the Eyes of Almighty God’

    02/07/2013 10:06:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2/6/13 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Nicholas DiMarzio, the Catholic bishop of the diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., says that in his zealous support for abortion, President Barack Obama has used his position not to help mothers and children in difficult circumstances but instead has been an advocate for that which “is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God.” In his column for the diocesan newspaper The Tablet, entitled “Deeper Into the Culture of Death,” Bishop DiMarzio praises Abraham Lincoln, the abolition of slavery, and notes how far the nation has come in electing Obama as president. DiMarzio also notes the 40th anniversary...
  • Arab Spring Turns into Islamic Winter for Christians

    02/07/2013 10:03:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 2/6/13 | Marco Tosatti
    The Open Doors 2013 World Watch List reveals that the countries where Christians are worst off are those where the Arab Spring revolts took placeFor the past year, Open Doors, a U.S.-based human rights organisation has been compiling the “World Watch List” which maps the religious freedom situation around the world. According to the data collected for the 2013 list, as many as eight out of ten States that have adopted repressive measures against Christians are Islamic. At the dawn of the third millennium, therefore, state Islam presents itself as an element of deep and continuous repression of religious freedom....
  • Debate: Is giving up alcohol, chocolate or biscuits the best way of marking Lent?

    02/07/2013 9:58:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 69 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 7, 2013
    In the paper this week we asked well-known Catholics what they plan to do for Lent. Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of the Olympic opening ceremony, is giving up tea and coffee; Bishop Alan Hopes will give up bread; and Stuart Reid will stop reading blogs that make him angry. Ann Widdecombe is abstaining from every kind of drink except water. Sister Wendy Beckett, however, won’t be giving up anything. “During Lent I do nothing extra,” she says. “After all, it is surely a time less for ‘giving up’ and more for ‘looking up’: up to Jesus on the Cross.” Does...
  • Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East

    02/07/2013 9:57:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Listers, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Our brethren in the East call the period of Lent the “Great Fast,” or alternatively, “Great Lent.” It is the most important of the four fasting seasons in the Eastern churches, since it is the preparation for the feast of feasts, namely Pascha, or Easter. In the Byzantine rite, the period of Great Lent is preceded by four Sundays (five in the Slavic reckoning), during which the faithful prepare themselves for the asceticism, prayer, and repentance which accompanies the Fast. The first of these is the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee,...
  • Coptic Pope Tawadros II Criticises Egypt's Islamist Leadership, New Constitution

    02/07/2013 9:51:00 AM PST · by marshmallow
    In interview with Associated Press, Egypt's recently-enthroned Coptic patriarch dismisses country's new national charter and questions efficacy of President Morsi's calls for national dialogueEgypt's Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation's Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless. Pope Tawadros II's dive into politics came as he tried to energize the spiritual solidarity of a demoralized community with a visit to a historic monastery that no Coptic pontiff has been to in decades because...
  • Moscow Patriarchate: progress in relations with Catholics, increased distances with Protestants

    02/07/2013 8:54:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 02/07/2013 | Nina Achmatova
    Moscow (AsiaNews) - Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church in recent years are experiencing a " positive trend," due to the "clear recognition of the need to join forces in defence of traditional Christian values ​​and counter some threats of modernity, such as the 'aggressive secularism which threatens the moral basis of social and private life, the crisis of family values ​​and the persecution and discrimination of Christians in the world". This overview of inter-Christian dialogue, and in particular with the Catholic Church, was given by the Patriarch of Moscow, Kirill, as he opened the Council of Bishops...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATRIARCHATE, 02-07-13

    02/07/2013 8:41:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-07-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PATRIARCHATE The territory ruled ecclesiastically by a patriarch. Rome, Alexandria, Antioch were the first to enjoy patriarchal rights. The Pope as patriarch of the West holds jurisdiction over all the western lands where Latin was once the professional and liturgical language, where the Roman Rite is now used almost exclusively and Roman canon law still obtains. In the East the patriarchates have become organizations of Catholics observing different rites. The original Eastern patriarchates are now represented by a loose federation of Churches differing in liturgies and customs but united in faith, morals, and communion with the...
  • L.A. Archdiocese considers $200-million fund drive amid scandal

    02/07/2013 6:59:54 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 05, 2013 | Harriet Ryan, Ashley Powers and Victoria Kim
    In the midst of renewed public outrage over its handling of clergy sex abuse, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is considering a $200-million fundraising campaign that could erase debts brought on by the scandal. [SNIP] The archdiocese's $660-million settlement in 2007 with more than 500 victims was the largest in U.S. history. According to a December financial report, the archdiocese is still paying down loans it used to cover the settlement, and its liabilities now outstrip its assets by $80 million. [SNIP] If the new fundraiser occurs, it would place Archbishop Jose Gomez in the potentially difficult position of seeking large...
  • Creation story isn't science but reveals God's love, pope says

    02/07/2013 6:26:00 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 134 replies
    US Catholic ^ | February 6, 2013 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The biblical account of creation isn't a textbook for science, Pope Benedict XVI said. Instead, the first chapter of Genesis reveals the fundamental truth about reality: that the world is not the result of chaos, but is born of and continually supported by God's love, the pope said Feb. 6 at his weekly general audience. In a series of Year of Faith audience talks about the creed, Pope Benedict touched on the description of God as "creator of heaven and earth." In an age of science and advanced technology, how are Catholics supposed to understand the...
  • Bishop Sample and the Future of Catholic Music

    02/07/2013 5:48:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Chant Cafe ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeffrey Tucker
    There are two errors to correct in the news that Bishop Alexander K. Sample is headed to Portland, Oregon. The first is that it means nothing. The second is that it means everything. As is often the case, the reality will be something in between. At one level, it is a momentous choice because the Bishop is one of the great voices and minds in our time in favor of the “reform the reform” plus the push for sacred music, about which he is a genuine expert. Portland is the home of the Oregon Catholic Press, which provides music...
  • Boy Scouts delay vote on end of gay membership ban (in detail)

    02/07/2013 5:38:25 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    cna ^ | February 7, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Boy Scouts of America salute the flag during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen. Washington D.C., Feb 7, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- The Boy Scouts of America have announced that they will delay voting on the decision to reverse a ban on gay individual and troop leader participation within the organization until May. “After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization,” said Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations for the organization, “the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/7/13)[Prayer]

    02/07/2013 5:23:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Eli Maelekhi - GOD My King(Psalms 68:24) They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(2/7/13)[Prayer]

    02/07/2013 5:16:36 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/7/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. God Bless America!
  • Ex-WoF Testimony: Ex-WoFer is also a Former Witch who says The Word of Faith is Witchcraft

    02/07/2013 4:49:08 AM PST · by damonw · 23 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith ^ | 02/07/13 | Damon Whitsell
    SNIPPET: "I posted an article I wrote on Joyce Meyers at FreeRepublic.com and when someone responded that they liked her I claimed that The Word of Faith teaching is really Witchcraft veiled in Christians terms. In disbelief he said that he had attended one of Meyer’s meetings with his daughter and son-in-law and that he “didn’t really see anyone there who looked like a good advocate for witchcraft”. I responded…" ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Article is a testimony from a former witch who became word of faith after coming to Christ, and after time came to believe she had Gods blessing to...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 7, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/07/2013 4:48:32 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/7/13 | Joel Osteen
    Unexpected Shifts Today's Scripture “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I know a man who had been out of work for over three years. He’s in construction management. For 25 years, he had a very good position at a successful company. But a few years ago when the economy went down,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 7, 2013]

    02/07/2013 4:47:38 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Spiritual Dejection "We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened" —Luke 24:21 Every fact that the disciples stated was right, but the conclusions they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If I am depressed or burdened, I am to blame, not God or anyone else. Dejection stems from one of two sources— I have either satisfied a lust or I have not had it satisfied. In either case, dejection...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-07-13, OM, Bl. Pius IX

    02/06/2013 8:30:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 7, 2013 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 12:18-19, 21-24 Brothers and sisters:You have not approached that which could be touchedand a blazing fire and gloomy darknessand storm and a trumpet blastand a voice speaking words such that those who heardbegged that no message be further addressed to them.Indeed, so fearful was the spectacle that Moses said,“I am terrified and trembling.”No, you have approached Mount Zionand the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,and countless angels in festal gathering,and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven,and God the judge of all,and...
  • Why Did God Create Man? (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/06/2013 4:34:44 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies
    The Omega Letter ^ | February 5, 2013 | Jack Kinsella
    The Bible tells us that it is the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Creator of all things, including the heavens, the earth, and even hell. This mystery is revealed in the first chapter of the Book of John. John takes us back to creation, saying, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (1:1) In John's Gospel, the 'Word' (logos) is capitalized as a proper noun, since it is used in the sense of a title. "The same was in the beginning with God." John also reveals that, "All things...
  • National Evangelical Association urges Obama administration to drop HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 3:50:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lsn ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations with more than 45,000 congregations, have released a statement urging President Obama to drop the proposed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on contraceptive and abortifacient coverage, even after the administration offered a limited ‘compromise’ slightly expanding religious exemptions to the rule. “The minor modifications announced today still require many Americans and their religious organizations to either violate faith and conscience or face heavy financial penalties,” wrote the group on Friday. “At the very least he should exempt all religious employers who object on grounds based in religiously informed...
  • Shape or be shaped: Christians in an era of marriage decline

    02/06/2013 3:29:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LSN ^ | Carolyn Moynihan
    Christians throughout the West are dismayed at plummeting church attendance figures. They blame video games, or left-wing teachers, or Richard Dawkins. But perhaps the real answer is closer to home -- their own families. Divorce, single motherhood and cohabitation have been destabilising family life in America and other developed countries for decades. About one million children in the US each year experience the divorce of their parents, and more than half the children born to women under 30 are now born outside marriage. Reproductive technologies are also adding ambiguity -- and potential fault lines -- to family relationships. Christians as...
  • British Parliament Redefines Marriage

    02/06/2013 2:15:52 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 5, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Today the UK Parliament took the first legal steps to sanction same sex marriage. The implications of their re-definition of marriage are very ominous indeed, and the ignorant arrogance of their lawmakers is breath taking.Think about it for a moment. Nowhere, not in any time or any place, not in any culture or civilization from the most primitive jungle dwelling tribe to the most sophisticated society has marriage between two people of the same gender ever been contemplated. Some societies have accepted homosexuality or been lenient toward such practices, but no one has ever suggested that marriage could ever be...
  • Love Perfects and Completes All: The Conclusion of St. Paul’s Great Treatise on Love

    02/06/2013 2:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 5, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the great treatise on Love of 1 Corinthians 13, St. Paul sets forth a symphony of sorts in three movements, wherein he describes the Theological Virtue of Love. Over the past two days we looked at the first two movements:Movement I – The PRIMACY and PREREQUISITE of LoveMovement II – The PORTRAIT and POWER of Love today we conclude withMovement III – The PERFECTION and PERMANENCE of LoveThe text says,Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORDINARY JURISDICTION, 02-06-13

    02/06/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ORDINARY JURISDICTION The right to exercise authority when this right is attached to an ecclesiastical office. This is the jurisdiction enjoyed by the Pope over the entire Church, by a bishop over his diocese, and in the internal forum by the pastor over the members of his parish. Jurisdiction can be either personal or vicarious, depending on whether it is exercised by the officeholder or by someone he delegated. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Viewpoint: Dispelling the darkness [One BYU student recounts her battle with depression]

    02/06/2013 1:04:13 PM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Aug. 17, 2012 | Katie Harmer
    I had my first panic attack somewhere around the age of 12... I thought...I would grow out of such episodes over time...As I got older, the attacks and periods of depression only grew more frequent and intense... For those inexperienced with depression, it’s not simply a few bad days or fleeting moments of unhappiness, but a constant, oppressive feeling of hopelessness. It interferes with your day-to-day life. It was difficult to focus or do anything. Some days it would take me hours to get out of the house simply because I couldn’t summon the will to do anything. Several times...
  • UVU professor's study puts focus on LDS women and depression

    02/06/2013 1:03:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    Deseret News [Owned by Lds church] ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Ben Lockhart
    ...LDS women in Utah are at risk for depression due to "toxic perfectionism" and a host of other cultural factors, according to a recent study presented at Utah Valley University... UVU professor Kris Doty..conducted a "qualitative exploratory study" by repeatedly interviewing 20 women over a one-year period. The women were diagnosed as depressed, signed up for the study and identified themselves as active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In her findings, Doty identified five major factors that she said led to depression among the study's participants — genetics, history of abuse, family relationships, feeling judged...
  • Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation/ Life and Turbulent Times of [Blessed] Pius IX

    02/06/2013 12:02:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 07, 2008 | Elizabeth Lev
    Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation Life and Turbulent Times of Pius IX February 07, 2008 |  By Elizabeth Lev ROME, FEB. 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- It seems hard to believe that eight years have already passed since the 2000 Jubilee. For those in Rome the Holy Year remains memorable for many things, from the 25 million pilgrims to the ubiquitous presence of John Paul II exhorting people to sainthood in St. Peter's Square or manning the confessionals in the basilica. This week however, we remember another event of the year 2000: the beatification of Pius IX. The 256th successor of...
  • I’m telling you, it’s those Christians we need to worry about – ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF PEACE

    02/06/2013 10:50:33 AM PST · by damonw · 25 replies
    The Religion Of Conquest ^ | 4/7/13 | Damon Whitsell
    Post contains the following article from 2008, a cool and humorous picture and video to make a point about Christian Terrorism (AKA abortion clinic bombings)- that being that they hardly ever happen and it is ridiculous to claim Christianity poses anywhere near the threat level of Islam. Even what is termed Christian Dominionism is way overblown by Liberals to point at Christianity when talking about Islam (there is a link in the article to material refuting those claims). So if you have a freind that says something along the lines of Christians are more of a concern that Islam,, send...
  • Archbishop Chaput slams phony ‘compromise’ on Obamacare HHS mandate

    02/06/2013 10:03:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LSN ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PHILADELPHIA, February 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Monday condemned the Obama administration’s proposed ‘compromise’ on the HHS birth control mandate in his weekly column for his diocesan newspaper. “The White House has made no concessions to the religious conscience claims of private businesses, and the whole spirit of the ‘compromise’ is minimalist,” the Archbishop wrote in the column, called Making Sense of Another Ambiguous ‘Compromise.’ At issue is the HHS mandate requiring private employers to provide health care plans that include contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs to female employees without copays. Churches are currently exempt...
  • The Rich, Not States, are Called to Help Others

    02/06/2013 9:17:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 2/6/13 | Anthony Esolen
    At the end of part eight in this series, I observed that Pope Leo XIII lays a heavy obligation upon the rich. What is that obligation? Who are the rich? Like Thomas Aquinas, whom he admired so well, Leo is quite practical. It is right for a man to provide for his family so that they may live in a “becoming” way, worthy of their high calling. That implies more than bare necessities. Think of the life of the Church. She is not Puritan. She does not follow the worldly pseudo-asceticism of Judas, who complains that the adulteress has lavished...
  • At 900 Years, Knights of Malta Confronts Modernity

    02/06/2013 9:09:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CBs Atlanta ^ | 2/5/13 | Nicole WInfield
    ROME (AP) - Matthew Festing - aka His Most Eminent Highness The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta - bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance palazzo sweaty and somewhat disheveled, and asks an aide if he should take off his sweater to be photographed. Garrulous and self-effacing, Festing embodies some of the paradoxes of a fabled Catholic religious order that dates from the medieval Crusades: Steeped in European nobility and mystique, the order's mission is humility and charity - running hospitals, ambulance services and old folks' homes around the globe. It has many trappings...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Will Put Catholics Under ‘Intolerable Moral Pressures’, Says Bishop [UK]

    02/06/2013 9:01:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/6/13 | Madeleine Teahan
    The legalisation of gay marriage will place Catholic professionals under “intolerable moral pressures”, the Bishop of Portsmouth has said. Following the vote on Tuesday night, where a majority of 225 MPs voted in favour of the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Bishop Philip Egan said: “Just as the Church has been forced to abandon its adoption services, so too Catholics who work in the medical profession and in social services are going to find themselves under intolerable moral pressures. These pressures will also arguably be felt throughout our Catholic schools, by teachers, staff and parents.” The bishop expressed his...
  • 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 · 7 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...