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  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/17/13)[Prayer]

    02/17/2013 5:06:33 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/17/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Bore - The LORD Creator(Isaiah 40:28) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 17, 2013]

    02/17/2013 4:53:31 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Depression "Arise and eat" —1 Kings 19:5 The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive—only material things don’t suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example, things that are associated with...
  • Pope still extremely Catholic (A look at how media cover Catholicism [and the Pope])

    02/16/2013 10:09:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | February 12, 2013 | MOLLIE HEMINGWAY
    Pope still extremely Catholic   MOLLIE HEMINGWAY I hope everyone is having a blast with Day 2 of Papalpalooza. I've actually enjoyed some of the media coverage I've come across but we all know what happens when I post on good stuff. <crickets>Right.  So let's look at other approaches taken.I know it's The Guardian but I did like the transparency of this piece, which reads something like a parody of how the mainstream media treat the Roman Catholic Church.  Headline: Next pope's in-tray: five key issues for the Catholic churchWith Pope Benedict XVI announcing his intention to step down, we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-17-13, First Sunday of Lent

    02/16/2013 9:35:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | 02-17-13 | Revised New American Biblel
    February 17, 2013   First Sunday of Lent   Reading 1 Dt 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying: “The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God.Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a wandering Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien.But there he became a nation great, strong, and numerous.When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, Creation and the Angels

    02/16/2013 9:18:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
      The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed Creation and the Angels Lesson 4 from the Baltimore Cathechism35. What do we mean when we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth? When we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth we mean that He made all things from nothing by His almighty power.I am the Lord God, that make all things, that alone stretch out the heavens, that establish the earth. (Isaiah 44:24)36. Which are the chief creatures of God? The chief creatures of God are angels and men.Thou hast...
  • Egyptian Coptic Christians Seek Russian Refuge

    02/16/2013 8:12:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/11/13
    Egypt's Coptic Christian population has often had a difficult relationship with the country's Muslim majority, and human rights groups estimate that several thousand Copts may have left the country since the 2011 revolution. Video at link.
  • University Says No Exams On Wiccan, Pagan Holidays

    02/16/2013 7:59:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    fox ^ | 2/16/13 | staff
    Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes

    02/16/2013 5:26:38 PM PST · by Jeanbl · 14 replies
    John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. . . . 2 Thessalonians 3:16 May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
  • Is the Pope facing International Criminal Prosecution?

    02/16/2013 5:20:42 PM PST · by George Varnum · 80 replies
    The ROOD Awakening ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Rood
    Pope Benedict XVI has allegedly applied to the President of the Republic of Italy for immunity from arrest and prosecution following a diplomatic statement of intent to issue an arrest warrant for him. Apparently an unidentified EU country wants to prosecute him for various charges related to ongoing child abuse scandals.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/16/2013 5:10:32 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    February 16, 2013 | Irish Rose
    Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:11-14)
  • E.J. Dionne -- The best choice for pope? A nun

    02/16/2013 3:56:06 PM PST · by NYer · 78 replies
    CMR ^ | February 16, 2013 | Patrick Archbold
    The media silly season prior to a conclave may have just reached its peak. The media has been giving all kinds of silly advice to the cardinal-electors and the future pontiff, but E.J. Dionne's idiocy takes the cake. In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff. ... A sister as pope could also resolve what...
  • Anybody gearing up for the Mormon Reformation/95 Theses Post this weekend?

    02/16/2013 3:33:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies ^ | Feb. 16, 2013 | Anonymous and Luther Day Saint
    ...Should be a good turnout 300+ confirmed on Facebook, with many more reaching out to me pledging anonymous participation. I have confirmed postings already in Australia, Germany, and Africa.... Also, I'm working to see if the story just got published by a new outlet because as of an hour ago, I've been getting about 4-5 new unique visits per minute. Every person counts! Please support the effort and join us tonight!
  • Jesus debates 'Progressive' Catholics

    02/16/2013 3:00:28 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Bonfire of the Vanities ^ | February 14, 2013 | FR MARTIN FOX
    When I began Mass today, I wasn't going to offer a homily. It's not required for daily Mass (but is encouraged); it's good for folks to have some silence to reflect on the Scriptures and on the prayers of Mass; and many people at daily Mass have to get back to work--so I try to keep things moving, yet reverent. But as I listened to the readings, a point came to mind that I decided to share. It occurred to me that what our Lord told people to do, in the Gospel, is directly the opposite to what the so-called...
  • Another way to destroy the (Catholic) Church where you are.

    02/16/2013 2:50:00 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 15, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Hell’s Bible has a piece about one way some people are trying to “revitalize” the Catholic Church in Brazil. Rather, this is how Hell’s Bible and those who work for the enemy against the Church want the Church to try to revitalize the faith. Such a path would enervate the Church, not revitalize her. A Laboratory for Revitalizing CatholicismRIO DE JANEIRO — At one new megachurch in São Paulo, a Roman Catholic priest who was a personal trainer before joining the clergy energetically belts out songs, rock-star style, before 25,000 worshipers. Other Brazilian priests are donning cowboy hats and crooning...
  • Non-believers taking college campuses by storm

    02/16/2013 2:45:43 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Katherine Don
    In the past few years, the number of affiliated student secular organizations has increased more than threefold This month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a select group of students will show their humanitarian spirit by participating in the Bleedin’ Heathens Blood Drive. On February 12, they will eat cake to celebrate Darwin Day, and earlier this year, they performed “de-baptism” ceremonies to celebrate Blasphemy Day, attended a War on Christmas Party, and set up Hug An Atheist and Ask An Atheist booths in the campus quad. These activities and more are organized by the Illini Secular Student Alliance...
  • ZOT: If The Pope Asked Me how to attract more to the Catholic Church, pagans, & stray lambs too

    02/16/2013 12:47:21 PM PST · by San Rafael Blue · 75 replies
    San Rafael Blue
    The very notion that His Holiness, The Pope, way over there in Rome (Vatican) would ask me anything at all is of course, somewhat ludicrous and highly unlikey, to say the least. That is my initial disclaimer and statement of humility before I even start my excercise of answering questions I have not been seriously asked. Still, in the privacy of my home, I hold opinions, and by the miracle of this internet connection, I can speak to you by the press of a button. So, with that said, let's talk for a bit. Anyone could hold a valid point...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOSTOLICA SOLLICITUDO, 02-16-13

    02/16/2013 12:32:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-16-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOSTOLICA SOLLICITUDO Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI, establishing the synod of bishops for the universal Church, September 15, 1965. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel!

    02/16/2013 8:20:00 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 11, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    After finally watching Survivor for the first time, beginning with Season 20 - Heroes vs. Villains, I became an instant fan. Since then, I have watched every episode of every season - and they're about to begin Season 26. In between seasons, I have been trying to play catch-up. I have seen Seasons 1-3 and 9-13, and I've loved every minute. Sure, it's reasonable to ask whether it is an appropriate thing for a practicing Catholic to watch. The players aren't dressed modestly, though that's to be expected since it often takes place in the tropics, and in all...
  • MSNBC Features Liberal Nun Slamming Catholic Church: 'One Of The Last Bastions Of Sexism'

    02/16/2013 7:15:23 AM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jeffrey Meyer
    It seems as though MSNBC’s liberal agenda doesn't concern itself simply with secular politics. They want the Catholic Church to "lean forward" into fundamentally changing themselves to reflect liberal values. In service of this pulpit-pounding, MSNBC's Jansing & Co. program brought on two liberal Catholic women over two days. At no point did she turn to a traditionalist, orthodox Catholic to defend the church's traditional teachings. On February 14, fill-in host Richard Lui interviewed Sister Louise Akers, of the Sisters of Charity to rail against the Church, in what she views as, “the last bastion of sexism.” Lui began the...
  • Conclave to silence at least nine tweeting cardinals

    02/16/2013 7:00:19 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | February 15, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Matt Lauer and New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan appear on NBC’s “Today” show in New York in this handout photo taken Feb. 11. The cardinal talked about Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement earlier that morning that he will resign as pope at the end of the month. The 85-year-old pontiff said he no longer has the energy to exercise his ministry over the universal church. (CNS photo/Peter Kramer, NBC via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Parrots may squawk in the Vatican Gardens during a conclave, but the cardinals are not allowed to tweet.For most of the 117 red-vested princes of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/16/13)[Prayer]

    02/16/2013 5:50:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/16/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Adon Kol Ha-arets - The LORD, the Lord of All the Earth(Joshua 3:11) See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.
  • Pope Benedict's resignation and the mystery of the missing encyclical

    02/16/2013 5:49:59 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    cns ^ | February 15, 2013 | Francis X. Rocca
    (CNS/Paul Haring) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's historic decision to resign at the end of February has astonished and perplexed the world in many ways, not least because of what might be called the mystery of the missing encyclical. In December, the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Pope Benedict's fourth encyclical would be released in the first half of 2013. Treating the subject of faith, the encyclical would complete a trilogy on the three "theological virtues," following "Deus Caritas Est" (2005) on charity, and "Spe Salvi" (2007) on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 16, 2013]

    02/16/2013 5:02:54 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative "Arise from the dead . . ." —Ephesians 5:14 Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard—just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-16-13

    02/15/2013 10:29:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-16-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 16, 2013   Saturday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Unity and Trinity of God

    02/15/2013 9:50:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed The Unity and Trinity of God Lesson 3 from the Baltimore Cathechism24. Is there only one God? Yes, there is only one God.I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God besides me. (Isaiah 45:5)25. How many Persons are there in God? In God there are three Divine Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.Going, therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19)26. Is the Father...
  • Communion: God's Healing Meal

    02/15/2013 8:28:32 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 16 replies
    02-16-13 | Frank Broom
    We need to get the Bible revelation of communion, because it is not just drinking some juice and eating a cracker it is far more than that. But, through tradition you can make the word of God of no effect (Matthew 15:6). Communion is a powerful means of receiving healing. Notice what Jesus said, "Take eat; this is my body" and "This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many." Jesus said that was his blood and in Leviticus 17 God established that the life of the flesh is in the blood, it is the life...
  • The Impossible "Road Map" of Peace with the Lefebvrists

    02/15/2013 4:41:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Chiesa Press ^ | 2-09-13 | Sandro Magister
    In them, this brilliant and esteemed mystic and spiritual master expressed strong criticisms of Vatican Council II. Fr. Barsotti wrote: "I am perplexed with regard to the Council: the plethora of documents, their length, often their language, these frightened me. They are documents that bear witness to a purely human assurance more than two a simple firmness of faith. But above all I am outraged by the behavior of the theologians.” "The Council is the supreme exercise of the magisterium, and is justified only by a supreme necessity. Could not the fearful gravity of the present situation of the Church...
  • RI records show inner workings of Legion of Christ

    02/15/2013 3:55:57 PM PST · by Lera · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 15, 2013 | MICHELLE R. SMITH
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) Documents detailing the dubious fundraising practices of a disgraced Roman Catholic religious order called the Legion of Christ were released to the public Friday, showing how the organization took control of an elderly woman's finances and persuaded her to bequeath it $60 million.
  • Benedict, Dawkins, and the Fullness of Reason

    02/15/2013 2:27:05 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 15, 2013 | Francis J. Beckwith
    In his most eloquent account of the relationship between faith and reason – the 2006 Regensberg address – Pope Benedict XVI argues that the modern understanding of reason that restricts rationality to the deliverances of the hard sciences is incapable of offering a rational justification of itself, and much of anything else that makes life worth living. “Modern scientific reason,” the Holy Father writes, “quite simply has to accept the rational structure of matter and the correspondence between our spirit [i.e., mind] and the prevailing rational structures of nature as a given, on which its methodology has to be based.”...
  • Benedict XVI: Vatican II as I saw it

    02/15/2013 2:12:47 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 15, 2013 | SHAWN TRIBE
    Recently there has been some vigorous discussion around the question of the Council, continuity and rupture. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI shared his own reflections on this subject, which has been published on the Vatican Radio website here: Pope Benedict's Last Great Master Class: Vatican II, as I saw it. The entire address can be read over there, but I thought I would publish the following excerpts which should be of particular interest to NLM readers: ... we went to the Council not only with joy, but with enthusiasm. The expectation was incredible. We hoped that everything would be renewed, that...
  • Deacon Bill Steltemeier of EWTN dies

    02/15/2013 1:49:41 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 15, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A giant in Catholic broadcasting—and one of the most familiar and recognizable deacons in America—has died.From the National Catholic Register: Deacon R. William Steltemeier Jr., died on Feb. 15 at age 83 after an extended illness. Familiar to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers, for three decades he had been a faithful servant for Mother Angelica and the mission of EWTN.He is survived by Ramona, his wife of 59 years. He was preceded in death by his son, Rudy Steltemeier III, and daughter-in-law Debra Steltemeier. Funeral arrangements are still pending.Born in Nashville, Tenn., on June 6, 1929, to...
  • A Life of True Surrender!

    02/15/2013 10:18:18 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 2-15-13 | Jedediah
    You are not sure of your "self" at times but this is why I come and speak to your heart for you to surrender your "self" completely that I may "arise" in you in fullness and truth for "I AM" and this is what you must desire to become " ME IN YOU " For I created you for My glory and my will is all you need to complete each day! So stop competing with your "self" for I AM your will "alive" in you even now and unto forever. I AM all that matters! So lay your life...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SYNCRETISM, 02-15-13

    02/15/2013 8:36:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 02-15-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SYNCRETISM The effort to unite different doctrines and practices, especially in religion. Such unions or amalgams are part of cultural history and are typical of what has occurred in every segment of the non-Christian world. Syncretism is also applied to the ecumenical efforts among separated Christian churches and within Catholicism to the attempts made of combining the best elements of different theological schools. But in recent years the term mainly refers to misguided claims that religious unity can be achieved by ignoring the differences between faiths on the assumption that all creeds are essentially one and...
  • Benedict’s renunciation and the wolves within the church

    02/15/2013 8:35:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Steve Jalsevac
    Since Pope Benedict’s shock announcement Monday, I have held off commenting. Time was needed to step back and consider just what this astounding action from the world's leading defender of life and family really meant. It was an earthquake announcement that had to have greater significance than the Pope merely being tired and worn out. The two lightening strikes onto the dome of St. Peter’s that evening added an uncanny emphasis that the Pope’s action demanded the world’s attention.
  • Mark Driscoll on Joel Osteen: 'There Are Worse Things Than Being Happy and Encouraging'

    02/15/2013 8:32:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | February 5, 2013 | Nicola Menzie
    Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll recently came to the defense of fellow Christian minister Joel Osteen, while admitting that his "Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a pinata." In a recent interview with The Gospel Coalition, the Mars Hill Church pastor was asked to comment on a segment of his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?, that mentions "appreciated people" who "exchange grumbling for praying, competing for celebrating, bitterness for thankfulness, performing for serving, and boasting for encouraging." The interviewer, TGC's associate editor Matt Smethurst, asked Driscoll, "What's an 'appreciated person'? Isn't that what Joel Osteen...
  • Message from Jesus, as given to Anne the Lay Apostle

    02/15/2013 8:28:42 AM PST · by mgist · 16 replies
    Direction for our Time ^ | May 5, 2004 | Jesus
    May 5, 2004 Jesus My dear earthly souls must fix their gaze on Me, much as a sailor will use the North Star to navigate his direction. If your gaze is fixed on Me, you will always be sailing toward heaven. There will be small diversions in your course, but generally you will be moving nearer. I speak now with firmness because I am certain there is no other way for you. If you take your eyes from Me for even the shortest period you will be swept away from your course, such are the winds of the world. You...
  • Stock rises for 'Hitler's pope'

    02/15/2013 6:56:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Conway
    Pope Benedict’s decision to resign has re-ignited media debate about his degree of complicity in the cover-up of child abuse by Catholic priests. That debate echoes an earlier controversy over the complicity in evil on a much vaster scale of a predecessor of Benedict. Pius XII was pope during the Nazi period, and has been condemned for not using his office more vocally to denounce the persecution of Jews. Ironically, it was Pope Benedict who stoked the debate about Pius in 2009 after calling for him to be granted venerable status, first stage on the road to sainthood. What Benedict’s...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/15/2013 6:43:04 AM PST · by Hiskid · 7 replies
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  • The Left Lobbies for a Liberal Successor to Benedict (and here is why)

    02/15/2013 6:15:09 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 15, 2013 | George Neumayr
    To the dictators of relativism and their allies in the chattering class, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI is seen as an occasion for celebration and a chance to lobby the Church for a liberal successor. The mischief is already underway, as seen in such headlines as: “New Pope should not condemn contraception, says cardinal.”The Church’s enemies, both within and without her walls, see an opportunity to capitalize on Benedict’s resignation, and the media, as always, stands ready to help. The coverage so far of the resignation has been grotesquely biased. ABC News wins the prize for the most ludicrously...
  • Pope Benedict's Future Residence

    02/15/2013 6:06:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The New Liturigical Movement ^ | 2/14/13 | Shawn Tribe
    For those of you who might like to see the building in which Pope Benedict XVI will retire to, Robert Duncan of CNS has produced the following video which shows some outside views of it: Video link
  • Popular Misconceptions About The Papal Resignation and the Conclave

    02/15/2013 6:02:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/14/13 | Phil Lawler
    The mainstream media are suddenly taking a keen interest in Vatican affairs, sending reporters to process the latest unfounded rumors from Rome. Meanwhile self-proclaimed experts on Catholicism are flooding the internet with their own theories. As a result, thousands of inaccurate stories are appearing every day. Once again I encourage readers to treat every new report with caution, and sensational reports with outright skepticism. To separate the wheat from the chaff, keep checking this site. We cannot correct every misleading story that appears in the media; there are simply too many. But we can, and will, offer occasional bulletins to...
  • Anglicans Swimming the Tiber, a One-Year Report

    02/15/2013 5:58:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Terry Mattingly on Religion ^ | 2/13/13 | Terry Mattingly
    It’s natural for any employee to want to know just how committed the big boss is to the company’s future and, especially, to the expansion project that includes his job. So, even though Pope Benedict XVI didn’t make it to America in person, Father Jason Catania still appreciated the message he sent to the former Episcopal priests and others who swam the Tiber to Rome after the pontiff’s controversial “Anglicanorum Coetibus (“groups of Anglicans”) pronouncement in 2009. “We didn’t just wake up one morning last year and said, ‘Why don’t we join the Catholic Church?’ Many of us have made...
  • Eating Alligator on Friday's During Lent (and the rest of the year)

    02/15/2013 5:53:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    If anyone remembers the story behind this great case of legal intepretation, please comment.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 15, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/15/2013 4:49:28 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/15/13 | Joel Osteen
    Free from Comparison Today's Scripture For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you comfortable in your own skin? In other words, do you recognize yourself as the treasure God made you, or are you constantly looking for approval and comparing yourself to a neighbor, co-worker or friend? Do you try to out-dress them or out-perform them? Are you always looking for ways to one-up others? Friend, it’s time to let all of that go....
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 15, 2013]

    02/15/2013 4:47:32 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” "None of us lives to himself . . ." —Romans 14:7 Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, everyone around me suffers. We “sit together in the heavenly places . . .” (Ephesians 2:6). “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:26). If you allow physical selfishness, mental carelessness, moral insensitivity, or spiritual weakness, everyone in contact with you will suffer. But you...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/15/13)[Prayer]

    02/15/2013 4:22:56 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/15/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Tsadeki - GOD of My Righteousness(Psalms 4:1) Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-15-13

    02/14/2013 10:28:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-15-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 15, 2013   Friday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God.“Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?” Lo, on your...
  • Benedict Will Still Be There for Us-Pope Benedict had a profound effect on this former Presbyterian

    02/14/2013 8:23:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies ^ | February 14, 2013 | Scott Hahn
    Like most Catholics, I woke on the morning of Feb. 11, 2013, to a different sort of alarm. Nothing in my past — indeed, very little in history — had prepared me for what I found in the news that day. To many people, the Pope resigning seemed an impossibility, like a square circle. But that wasn’t my particular problem. As a theologian, I knew it could be done. In fact, the conditions had been publicly rehearsed by no less an authority than Benedict XVI in interviews with the media. A pope’s resignation was not my problem. My problem was...
  • `The God-Factor in Science` ~ Concepts (2-9-2013)

    02/14/2013 5:48:26 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 2-14-2013 | Papa Giorgio
    ////////“Everything I have said and done in these last years is relativism by intuition…. If relativism signifies contempt for fixed categories and men who claim to be bearers of an objective, immortal truth… then there is nothing more relativistic than fascistic attitudes and activity…. From the fact that all ideologies are of equal value, that all ideologies are mere fictions, the modern relativist infers that everybody has the right to create for himself his own ideology and to attempt to enforce it with all the energy of which he is capable.” Mussolini, Diuturna pp. 374-77, quoted in A Refutation of...
  • Kudos: Liberal Evangelical Ron Sider Quits AARP Over 'Generational Injustice' [Barf Alert]

    02/14/2013 4:08:12 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Jeff Walton
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Warning of "generational injustice" and an unsustainable federal budget deficit, Evangelicals for Social Action President Ron Sider has resigned his membership in the AARP over its opposition to changes in Social Security and Medicare. In a recent Huffington Post article, Sider, a longtime influential figure in the Evangelical Left, notes that the federal government spends about $4 on every senior over 65 and only $1 on every child under 18. Throughout his column, Sider defends so-called entitlement programs as essential to vulnerable populations. But concessions are needed to keep the programs from spiraling...