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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...