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  • How to Stay in the LDS Church After a Major Trial of Faith [Internal Mormon critic]

    02/17/2013 8:56:40 AM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    Slideshare.net ^ | Oct. 12, 2007 | John P. Dehlin
    Staying is not for everyone... In spite of 32 years of church education, I didn't ever learn... * "Peepstone in hat" treasure digging and translation of Book of Mormon * Credibility issues w/the 3 and 8 witnesses * Multiple lst vision stories...the changing narrative of founding stories * Book of Mormon historicity issues * Book of Abraham papyrus issues * Joseph Smith having 30+ wives, 8+...married to other men at the time they were sealed to Joseph * Post-manifesto polygamy, and polygamy as a requirement for exaltation * ...depth of the Temple/Masonry connections * ...basics of Mountain Meadows (though lots...
  • Mormon Reformation [Posting of 95 Theses on Mormon Church Doors]

    02/17/2013 8:03:17 AM PST · by Colofornian · 71 replies
    Mormon Reformation ^ | 2013 | Martin Luther-day Saint
    In 1517, Martin Luther posted a list of 95 Theses on his church's doors. His actions exposed the corruption of the Catholic Church and started what came to be known as the Protestant Reformation. Between the hours of 9 PM Saturday, February 16 and 9 AM Sunday, February 17, 2013, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others will post this list of 95 LDS Theses onto the doors of LDS churches around the world. Join the event here - If you don't use Facebook, you can still participate! The purpose of this event is two-fold:...
  • Prayers for Our Holy Father Benedict XVI and the Papal Conclave.

    02/17/2013 7:01:42 AM PST · by fatima · 28 replies
    Please post your prayers here.
  • 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
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 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
    Ex-Mormon.org ^ | 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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.