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  • article: "Lincoln Laments at Gettysburg: Biblical Creation and Civil War Insights"

    02/22/2013 8:48:40 AM PST · by fishtank · 6 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2013 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    Lincoln Laments at Gettysburg: Biblical Creation and Civil War Insights by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.1 These words spoken by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago allude to America’s Declaration of Independence. In that foundational document, the colonial declarants proclaimed a creation-based view of human liberty: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...
  • The Islamization of Spanish Jurisprudence

    02/22/2013 7:35:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/20/13 | Soeren Kern
    Spain Submits to "Adoption Jihad"To the extent that European lawmakers are willing to graft Islamic legal principles onto Europe's secular legal codes, Islamic Sharia law could easily become a permanent reality in Spain and across the continent.Spain has acceded to the demands of the Islamist government in Morocco by agreeing that Moroccan children adopted by Spanish families must remain culturally and religiously Muslim. The agreement obliges the Spanish government to establish a "control mechanism" that would enable Moroccan religious authorities to monitor the children until they reach the age of 18 to ensure they have not converted to Christianity. The...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • Disgraced US Prelate Could be Asked to Skip Conclave: Cardinal

    02/22/2013 7:26:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Post ^ | 2/19/13 | AFP
    US cardinal Roger Mahony, retired from church duties as part of a paedophilia scandal, cannot be banned from the conclave to elect a new pope, but could be advised to stay away, a fellow cardinal and canon law expert said in an interview on Tuesday. "The common practise is to use persuasion. There is no more that can be done. Cardinal Mahony has the right and duty to take part," Velasio De Paolis, one of the 117 cardinal electors due to participate, told La Repubblica daily. "This is a troubling situation but the rules must be followed," he said. "He...
  • Italian Paper Says Cardinals Discovered Homosexual Network Within Vatican

    02/22/2013 7:20:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Vatican has refused to comment on Italian press reports that an internal report on the “Vatileaks” scandal might have influenced the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign. The daily La Repubblica reported that in their report to the Pope, a commission of 3 cardinals investigating the leaked papal documents had found evidence of a homosexual network within the Vatican, and hinted at the possibility that some Vatican officials were subject to blackmail. “There will be no comment, denials or confirmation of what has been written in an Italian newspaper,” Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/22/13)[Prayer]

    02/22/2013 6:23:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/22/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Gibbor Milchamah - The LORD Mighty In Battle (Psalms 24:8) Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 22, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/22/2013 5:24:08 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/22/13 | Joel Osteen
    When Life Isn’t Fair Today's Scripture “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everyone goes through things that don’t seem to make sense. It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” “Why did this person treat me wrong?” “Why did I get laid off?” But we have to understand, even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And, He promises to work all...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 22, 2013]

    02/22/2013 5:22:56 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance "Be still, and know that I am God . . ." —Psalm 46:10 Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-13, Feast, Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2013 11:15:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2013   Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle   Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5,...
  • New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese, Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle

    02/21/2013 10:47:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald.com ^ | 02-19-13 | Catholic News Service
    New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese Rockville Centre priest spent a decade as military chaplain. Catholic News Service Gregory A. Shemitz | CNS Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle sings at the end of Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, N.Y., Feb. 11. Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop-designate Coyle, 48, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and a Navy reservist, to serve as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. WASHINGTON — Msgr. Robert J. Coyle, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who spent 10 years of his priesthood in the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/22/2013)

    02/21/2013 10:18:23 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 20 replies
    February 21, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus" Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-13, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/21/2013 4:59:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2013   Thursday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-13

    02/21/2013 4:53:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2013 Wednesday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of...
  • “Some people think truth is more important than loyalty to a tradition.” ['Leaving Mormonism']

    02/21/2013 4:53:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Sharon Lindbloom
    About a year ago news headlines announced that vast numbers of Mormons were leaving the Mormon Church. While that is perhaps considered old news today, for Mormons who are struggling with their faith it is very relevant. This 9-minute video, “Leaving Mormonism,” looks at some of the struggles and triumphs of Mormons who asked themselves some hard questions and...found peace in the answers. Leaving Mormonism from Andy Poland on Vimeo.
  • The Brazen Clericalism of Cardinal Mahony

    02/21/2013 4:48:22 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 21, 2013 | George Neumayr
    As archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony was famous for his petulance, dispatching angry letters to priests and others whom he considered insufficiently deferential. But now that he finds himself in a subordinate position as a retired and rebuked bishop he displays none of the deference he once demanded.No sooner had his successor stripped him of his diocese-wide “administrative” and “public” duties than the cardinal took to his “blog” to pout over the demotion through a snubbing letter. Hinting at a powerful faction of Los Angeles movers and shakers behind him while adopting a tone of passive-aggressive innocence, Cardinal Mahony...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-13

    02/21/2013 4:45:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2013 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/21/13)[Prayer]

    02/21/2013 3:58:17 PM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/21/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Chereb - The LORD... the Sword(Deuteronomy 33:29) Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword.
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Days 6 through 9 (in that order)

    02/21/2013 3:41:27 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 21, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day six's list of cardinal electors is as follows: PIACENZA Mauro [English, Italian]POLETTO Severino [English, Italian] POLICARPO José da CRUZ [English, Italian] PULJIĆ Vinko [English, Italian] RAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.  [English, Italian]RAVASI Gianfranco [English, Italian]RE Giovanni Battista [English, Italian]RICARD Jean-Pierre [English, Italian] RIGALI Justin Francis [English, Italian] RIVERA CARRERA Norberto [English, Italian]ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco [English, Italian]RODÉ Franc, C.M. [English, Italian] RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B. [English, Italian]ROMEO Paolo [English, Italian]ROUCO VARELA Antonio María [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: POLETTO SeverinoPOLICARPO José da CRUZRAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.RE Giovanni BattistaRIGALI Justin FrancisRODÉ Franc, C.M.ROMEO PaoloROUCO VARELA Antonio MaríaSurvivors from day six (7 of 15): PIACENZA MauroPULJIĆ VinkoRAVASI GianfrancoRICARD Jean-PierreRIVERA CARRERA NorbertoROBLES ORTEGA FranciscoRODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B.Total Survivors thus far (36 of 90):ALENCHERRY GeorgeAVIZ João BRAZ deBARBARIN PhilippeBERTELLO GiuseppeBETORI GiuseppeBOZANIĆ JosipBURKE Raymond...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    02/21/2013 3:22:15 PM PST · by Jeanbl · 10 replies
    2/21/13 | Jeanbl
    Exodus 14:13 . . . “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. . . 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  • Another grim report on Pope's medical condition

    02/21/2013 3:19:29 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 20, 2013
    Pope Benedict XVI has experienced dangerous spikes in his blood pressure and has been advised by his doctor to avoid air travel, according to a report by veteran Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti. Tosatti said that the Pope’s medical condition shows “a progressive deterioration of his health and his energy” that explains the Pontiff’s decision to resign. The Italian journalist said that the Pope has suffered from insomnia, has almost completely lost vision in his left eye, and has fallen out of bed several times. Tosatti said that the Pope had been specifically advised by his doctor against making the overseas...
  • Mormon Reformation (Stay) or Mormon Evacuation (Leave the Church)?? [Vanity: Links]

    02/21/2013 3:11:46 PM PST · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Feb. 21, 2013 | Colofornian
    With Free Republic being down Monday thru part of Thursday, some may not have seen this latest wave regarding the recent struggle calling for Mormons to either reform their church -- or leave it. Some internal Mormon critics -- like John Dehlin -- favors Mormons staying, but realizes that's NOT an option for all disafffected Lds. (Three of the links below are from PowerPoint presentations by Dehlin) Along these lines, these articles/presentations were all posted on FR last Sunday...feel free to either comment here...or go to one or more of these links below and comment there...Also...the first, second, and sixth...
  • Canon Law and the Upcoming Conclave

    02/21/2013 2:46:36 PM PST · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 21, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q1: Can you please explain for us how the papal conclave will work? And are there any major aspects of it that will be different this time, because Pope Benedict is still living? –Leah Q2: Who can, and cannot, be elected Pope? –Joseph The Catholic world is still reeling from Pope Benedict’s astounding announcement last week, but the secular media has already been busily declaiming about the possible reasons for the decision, Pope Benedict’s legacy, possible contenders for the job, etc. etc. ad infinitum. In the process, the amount of misinformation that is being disseminated is staggering!
  • Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/02/13

    02/18/2013 10:01:08 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 18, 2013 | LUKE COPPEN
    A priest holds a placard in St Peter's Square during yesterday's Angelus (AP) Benedict XVI urged an estimated 50,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for yesterday’s Angelus to “continue to pray for me and the next pope” (video).German journalist and papal confidant Peter Seewald has said that Pope Benedict is suffering from sight and hearing problems and has lost so much weight that “tailors had difficulty in keeping up with newly fitted clothes“.Senior cardinals are reportedly opposed to suggestions that the conclave could begin sooner than March 15.John Allen profiles Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, preacher of this year’s Lenten spiritual...
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Day 6

    02/18/2013 9:47:47 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 18, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day six's list of cardinal electors is as follows: PIACENZA Mauro [English, Italian]POLETTO Severino [English, Italian] POLICARPO José da CRUZ [English, Italian] PULJIĆ Vinko [English, Italian] RAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.  [English, Italian]RAVASI Gianfranco [English, Italian]RE Giovanni Battista [English, Italian]RICARD Jean-Pierre [English, Italian] RIGALI Justin Francis [English, Italian] RIVERA CARRERA Norberto [English, Italian]ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco [English, Italian]RODÉ Franc, C.M. [English, Italian] RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B. [English, Italian]ROMEO Paolo [English, Italian]ROUCO VARELA Antonio María [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: POLETTO SeverinoPOLICARPO José da CRUZRAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.RE Giovanni BattistaRIGALI Justin FrancisRODÉ Franc, C.M.ROMEO PaoloROUCO VARELA Antonio MaríaSurvivors from day six (7 of 15): PIACENZA MauroPULJIĆ VinkoRAVASI GianfrancoRICARD Jean-PierreRIVERA CARRERA NorbertoROBLES ORTEGA FranciscoRODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B.Total Survivors thus far (36 of 90):ALENCHERRY GeorgeAVIZ João BRAZ deBARBARIN PhilippeBERTELLO GiuseppeBETORI GiuseppeBOZANIĆ JosipBURKE Raymond...
  • Papabile of the day: Cardinal Scola

    02/18/2013 9:06:23 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 5 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/18/2013 | John Allen
    "By consensus, there's no slam-dunk, take-it-to-the-bank favorite heading into the next papal election, but the closest to thing to someone in pole position is probably 71-year-old Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY, 02-18-13

    02/18/2013 8:45:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-18-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OUR LADY The most popular title for the Blessed Virgin in Catholic piety and literature. Its first recorded use in English is in the Anglo-Saxon poet Cynewulf (c. A.D. 750) and is commonly associated with some special prerogative or office of the Blessed Virgin, e.g., Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Way. It is equivalent to Madonna in Italian, and Domina in Latin. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Left-Wing Blog wonders: Is the Retiring Pope To be Protected From the Law?

    02/18/2013 8:40:35 AM PST · by Blue Collar Christian · 61 replies
    Politicol News ^ | February 16, 2013
    Pope Evades Criminal Charges by Hiding in Vatican February 16, 2013 Feb. 16, 2013 Late breaking news on the real reason why Pope Benedict XVI quit the job as Pope is centered around the fact that he was going to be charged for crimes against humanity by shielding pedophile priests in the RC church. A statement given to Reuters reveals that the Church has decided to grant Joseph Ratzinger immunity against any and all charges involving his protection of known sex offenders. As a high ranking member of the Catholic Church, Ratzinger knew priests who habitually were reported as sex...
  • 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:...