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  • Benedict’s Coming Revolution Over State-Funded Catholic Charity

    02/18/2013 7:38:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 2/18/13 | Christopher Manion
    Pope Gregory XIV once said that “a lifetime is not enough” to see all of Rome. Similarly, the contributions of Pope Benedict XVI will last far beyond our lifetimes—yet their most lasting impact might be barely visible today. Take his “Regensburg Lecture,” delivered in 2006. The media huffed that the address offended Muslims, and wrote off the rest. It should not be surprising that their postmodern mentality chose to ignore the lecture’s fundamental theme: that rationality is required of all men—not just of Muslims but also of those who are deconstructing the dessicated remains of Western Civilization from within. In...
  • How Many Votes Is a Photo Op With the Pope Worth?

    02/18/2013 7:37:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | February 18, 2013 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Even though a large majority of Italian Catholics don't regularly attend Sunday Mass, the Vatican traditionally wields influence on politics in Italy, a country where Christian Democrats held sway for decades. Just about anything the pope does or says is big news. And Pope Benedict XVI has made no secret of his preference for Monti, a practicing Catholic, whom he greeted warmly on Saturday in one of his last private audiences with an Italian political leader. [SNIP] But a photo op with the pope is Italian candidate heaven, and Monti, because he is premier, got the providential tete-a-tete with Benedict...
  • Gay Marriage: No Opt-Out for Christian Registrars [UK]

    02/18/2013 6:47:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/15/13 | John Bingham
    Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing gay marriages if they object on grounds of belief, the Government’s human rights watchdog has said.In guidance to MPs, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said marriage registrars were public officials and so should expect to be “required” to carry out the ceremonies. The document makes clear that employees, including teachers and chaplains working in the public sector, should be free to express their views on marriage without being disciplined. But it says that religious protection is “a qualified right” which “the state can interfere with” in some...
  • Um, I, I, Um What Is It ?

    02/18/2013 6:36:39 AM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski's Youtube Videos ^ | 2-18-20013 | Revski
    This animated video of a US Northwestern rough legged hawk and it’s cry, brook fish, farm pig, Galapagos tortoise and bullfrogs singing the chorus to the hymn, "Revive Us Again", are to inspire faith in Jesus our Lord. The voices of this video are myself and grandchildren; Elijah, Megan, Taylor and Jamee.
  • Ten Commandments Party Established in Russia

    02/18/2013 6:28:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/18/13
    Moscow, February 18, Interfax - The inaugural congress of the Russian Ten Commandments Party took place in Moscow. The total of 134 delegates from 45 Russian subjects, including Christians of different confessions, Muslims, and Jews, participated in the inaugural congress on February 17. The political council, the decision making body of the party, was headed by Sergey Mezentsev, Ph.D. "I hope that your activity will help to restore moral values, God's Ten Commandments in the everyday political life, in the life of our society. I hope that you will stay faithful to these God's Commandments, that you'll be able to...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/18/13)[Prayer]

    02/18/2013 4:45:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/18/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH El Emeth - LORD GOD of Truth(Psalms 31:5) Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 18, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/18/2013 3:38:25 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/18/13 | Joel Osteen
    Saying WhatDavid Said Today's Scripture “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria “I’m God’s masterpiece. I’m wonderfully made. I’m talented. I’m original. God has given me everything that I need.” That’s what David was saying in Psalm 139. He praised God for making him in an amazing way and declared that what God had done was wonderful. Is that how you started your day? Most people think they are being humble by putting themselves down. They say, “Oh,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 18, 2013]

    02/18/2013 3:37:25 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Despair "Rise, let us be going" —Matthew 26:46 In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we...
  • Viewpoint: 'Hold on to what you believe' [Lds: 'Does it feel...everyone you know is falling away?']

    02/17/2013 8:50:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Laura Thomas
    A couple of months ago I ran into a dear friend of mine. After exchanging pleasantries and walking along campus, she turned to me and said, “Does it feel that everyone you know is falling away from the church?” Relieved that someone could understand how I feel, I looked at her and sighed. It seems like more and more of my friends are losing their faith in God and leaving the church. She and I have a close friend who recently told us that she’s now an agnostic. Or maybe she’s an atheist. I’m not too sure at this point...
  • Why People Leave the LDS Church, and what family/friends/community can do about it

    02/17/2013 8:14:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Slideshare.net ^ | 2008 | John P. Dehlin
    Worldwide Church Activity Rates Inactive 7-8M Active 4-5M Salt Lake Tribune, Merrill Bateman SNIP Brigham Young - Journal of Discourses "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind…the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race — that they should be the 'servant of servants;' and they will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-13

    02/17/2013 7:54:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-18-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2013 Monday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in...
  • The Reason Benedict Resigned

    02/17/2013 7:06:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 74 replies
    CE.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | William Fahey
    The Reason Benedict Resigned by William Fahey on February 15, 2013 ·  The Catholic world is largely shocked by the publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter of resignation this morning.  The secular world assumes the worst—no, it desires the worst, and by insinuation worms doubts into the minds of even the faithful.The secular world will tear through the brief letter and fixate upon the line about a “world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith.”  It will weave from these deconstructed words an existential tale of despair, scandal, and...
  • 'America needs the Ten Commandments'

    02/17/2013 6:52:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 17, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    "WND founder to launch national billboard campaign featuring the moral law"WASHINGTON – America has turned from God and has forgotten right from wrong, says WND founder Joseph Farah, who is announcing the launch a dramatic new national billboard campaign featuring the Ten Commandments to help awaken believers and non-believers alike to “the wickedness and evil that abound in our country.” The campaign kicks off this week with 11 major billboards – all in the heart of what some call “sin city,” Las Vegas. Farah is asking for contributions from those who recognize the Ten Commandments represent the glue that holds...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/17/2013 6:41:44 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    2-17-13 | Kitty Mittens
    John 10:27-29 My Sheep Hear My Voice, and I Know them, and they Follow Me: And I Give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall Never Perish, Neither shall Any Man Pluck them out of My Hand. My Father, Which Gave them Me, is Greater than All; And No Man is Able to Pluck them out of My Father's Hand.
  • Radical NY abortion bill could close Catholic hospitals, Church warns

    02/17/2013 2:51:26 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 15, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    ALBANY, NY, February 15, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The state of New York could soon shut down Catholic and other health care providers for not offering or referring for abortions, according to the New York Catholic Conference. The group has been monitoring Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill with concern. Among other actions, the act would declare that New York “shall not discriminate against the exercise of [abortion] rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services or information.” According to the Conference, this “no discrimination of abortion rights” provision could “permit state regulators to require support for...
  • Sunstone 2012 Recap [Focus on internal Lds critic Dehlin's presentation on why some Mormons stay]

    02/17/2013 1:59:10 PM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Wheat and Tares.org ^ | July 30, 2012 | Mormon Heretic
    ...The Why We Stay presentation was very interesting as well. Rhonda Calister, John Dehlin...spoke about the reasons “Why We Stay” in the Church...John considers himself “still a believer in something” though he says that with some asterisks. He doesn’t like the Old Testament God, he . He also felt that a version of reform Mormonism is happening within the church, not outside of it. ...John gave another great presentation. He has recently spoken with a member of the Quorum of Twelve, and said that this person said that even in his position, it is hard to make a difference inside...
  • “This is what we want the next Pope to be like” (theologians paint portrait of successor)

    02/17/2013 1:53:02 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | February 15, 2013 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    A document prepared by theologians painting the portrait of Ratzinger’s successor has gathered two thousand signatures. “Nationality is not important, just as long as he doesn’t fall slave to the Curia” Church reform plan. How should the next Pope be? Theologians have outlined what Benedict XVI’s successor should be like, in a document which has so far been signed by two thousand theologians across the world. Its first signatories were prestigious theologians such as Paul Knitter, Mgr. Calsaldáliga, Hans Küng, Leonardo Boff, Peter Phan and Paul Collins.   The next Pope is being asked to combat the “current stagnation” and counter...
  • Of 'Mormon Studies' and Apologetics [Mormon apologist recounts his firing by BYU]

    02/17/2013 1:30:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    FairLDS.org ^ | Aug. 5, 2012 | Daniel C. Peterson
    ...The very recent decision by the current leadership of the Maxwell Institute to forego explicit defense and advocacy of Mormonism—to renounce explicit apologetics—may have been influenced by concerns about the arrogant mean-spiritedness of one or two of those most prominently associated with its apologetic side... SNIP ...notice how the 2012 Mission Statement of the Maxwell Institute reads, and contrast it with the one I quoted...from 2010:.. ...Gone is the language about “defend[ing] the Restoration”... ...during the last conversation that I had with the director of the Maxwell Institute before I left for six weeks overseas—I was dismissed by email roughly...
  • 400: Top 5 Myths and Truths about Why Committed Mormons Leave the Church [Lds FAIR group critiqued]

    02/17/2013 1:19:00 PM PST · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    MormonStories.org ^ | Feb. 10, 2013 | John Dehlin
    ...problems with FAIR 1. They legitimize the problems (unavoidable) 2. They introduce additional problems (unavoidable) 3. Many find their answers to be ultimately unsatisfying (unsure if this is unavoidable) 4. Many also find their tone and tactics to be unChristlike (definitely avoidable) From respondent 2844: "As I studied Church history and uncovered many controversial historical evidence, I would frequent LDS apologetic sites for answers (e.g. FARMS (now the Maxwell Institute), Shields, FAIR. I soon discovered those sites rarely dealt with the controversial evidences but rather often skirted or obfuscated the issue and frequently resorted to personal attacks on the individuals...
  • At B16's Window, A Big "Thank You"... While Behind the Walls, The "Showcase" Begins

    02/17/2013 1:06:55 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    WITL ^ | February 17, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Drawing a crowd at least four or five times its normal size, a throng estimated at well over 100,000 people swarmed St Peter's Square today for the Pope's noontime Angelus – the next-to-last Sunday greeting from B16 before his resignation takes effect in 11 days. Unlike the Wednesday Audience, no tickets are required for the pontiff's weekly appearance at his study window. It was reported yesterday that the lone remaining mid-week gathering – on the 27th – has already seen 35,000 requests for tickets, and will be moved into the Square from its usual winter venue inside the 7,000-seat...
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Day 5

    02/17/2013 9:51:08 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 17, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day five's list of cardinal electors is as follows: NAPIER Wilfrid Fox, O.F.M. [English, Italian]NICORA Attilio [English, Italian]NJUE John [English, Italian]NYCZ Kazimierz [English, Italian] O’BRIEN Edwin Frederick  [English, Italian]O’BRIEN Keith Michael Patrick [English, Italian] OKOGIE Anthony Olubunmi [English, Italian]O'MALLEY Seán Patrick, O.F.M. Cap. [English, Italian] ONAIYEKAN John Olorunfemi  [English, Italian] ORTEGA Y ALAMINO Jaime Lucas [English, Italian]OUELLET Marc, P.S.S. [English, Italian] PATABANDIGE DON Albert Malcolm Ranjith [English, Italian]PELL George [English, Italian] PENGO Polycarp [English, Italian] PHAM MINH MÂN Jean-Baptiste [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: NICORA AttilioO’BRIEN Edwin FrederickO’BRIEN Keith Michael PatrickOKOGIE Anthony OlubunmiORTEGA Y ALAMINO Jaime LucasPHAM MINH MÂN Jean-BaptisteSurvivors from day five (9 of 15): NAPIER Wilfrid Fox, O.F.M.NJUE JohnNYCZ KazimierzO'MALLEY Seán Patrick, O.F.M. Cap.ONAIYEKAN John OlorunfemiOUELLET Marc, P.S.S.PATABANDIGE DON Albert Malcolm RanjithPELL GeorgePENGO PolycarpTotal Survivors thus far...
  • 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 · 70 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.
  • 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 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...