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  • Bermuda Becomes First Country to Repeal Gay Marriage

    02/08/2018 5:52:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 8, 2018 | Alexander Slavsky
    After Bermuda's House of Assembly and Senate voted to reverse so-called same-sex marriage in December, the governor signed it into the law on Wednesday, making Bermuda the first country in the world to roll back gay marriage. Bermuda's governor, John Rankin, signed the measure into law after last year's Bermuda Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. Walton Brown, minister of home affairs, said the legislation reflects the resistance to same-sex marriage from the socially conservative island, while complying with European court rulings that recognize and protect same-sex partners in the territory.  "The act is intended to strike a fair balance between two...
  • Cath Cauc: Bp. Conley Lifting Excommunications Without Renouncing Membership in Heretical Group

    02/08/2018 1:28:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 8, 2018 | Alexander Slavsky
    The bishop of the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska is restoring full communion in the Catholic Church for five women who will remain members of the heretical group Call to Action Nebraska (CTA) — a move causing concern among faithful Catholics.According to media reports, Bp. James Conley is offering the five women the lifting of their excommunications on an individual basis. Conley, two diocesan officials and the five CTA Nebraska women are reported to have been in talks at the chancery regarding since September 2016."Bishop Conley just desires all Catholics to be in union, so he wants to make that possible for as many people as possible," commented Fr. Nicholas Kipper, spokesman...
  • Amir on the latest developments in Syria, Feb. 8

    02/08/2018 12:59:33 PM PST · by firebrand · 17 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Feb. 8, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    This is a longer one, and follows fast on the heels of the last one, but there is a lot happening now. Damascus is being destroyed by Assad, not by Israel as was Amir's guess previously. Amir believes they are using chemical weapons, which could very well make Damascus "uninhabitable," as it says in Isaiah. Russia is angry over U.S. involvement as we keep our word on protecting the Kurds. Russia wants the oil in the area that the Kurds control and is accusing us of going after the oil. Some positive words about Trump, who is loved in Israel.
  • What is God Like?

    02/08/2018 12:27:20 PM PST · by metmom · 50 replies
    Key Life ^ | November 15, 2017 | Steve Brown
    If we want to know about the real God, only one source will do. Look to Jesus Biblical Christians should find out about God from Jesus. Christ is the standard for everything a Christian should think about God. If something we think about God violates what we know of Jesus, what he taught, and how he acted, then that thought lies. If someone gives us the impression that God’s nature differs from what Jesus said and demonstrated it to be, then don’t buy a used car from that person—and don’t listen to anything he or she says about anything else....
  • Where We (the church) Are In this Story...Balaam pt 5

    And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. And the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Underhanded Tactics

    02/08/2018 10:50:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 8, 2018 | Michael Voris
    We frequently report to you various underhanded tactics and sneaky tricks pulled by various bishops and clergy to stamp out any resistance of faithful Catholics to oppose their liberalization of the Church. Most of the time, we can't be very specific because if we were specific, various clergy or even laity would suffer repercussions for telling us details. However, we now have a case that we can be very specific about because the case was fumbled by Church officials, and Church Militant became aware of the details as part of the record. It involves dirty tricks by Bp. Kevin Vann and his cohorts...
  • A Vatican-Based Bishop Extols China: Reality checks in Rome are badly needed these days.

    02/08/2018 10:43:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2018 | George Weigel
    Despite the media and blogosphere attention he attracts, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, a 75-year-old Argentine who is chancellor of various pontifical academies, is a small-bore bit player in the current drama of what friends and critics alike regard as an increasingly dysfunctional Vatican. Yet when someone of even his relative insignificance announces that “right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” that dysfunction comes into sharp relief — and a correction of the record is imperative. Catholic social doctrine is built on four foundational principles: 1. The inviolable dignity and value of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘Humanae Vitae’ Rethink?

    02/08/2018 10:39:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 7, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    In an interview with news agency Kathpress last week, Msgr. Alejandro Cifres, chief archivist for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, confirmed that a papal commission is reviewing Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirming the Church's teaching on contraception. The admission contradicts earlier Vatican denials that such a commission exists.  In May 2017, Italian journalist Marco Tosatti broke the story that Pope Francis, in collaboration with Pontifical Academy for Life head Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, was "about to appoint — or [may] even have already formed — a secret committee to examine and possibly study changes to the Church's position on contraception," as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On Eve of Vatican Sellout, Bishop Sorondo Hails Communist China ... a

    02/08/2018 10:00:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 7, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    On Eve of Vatican Sellout, Bishop Sorondo Hails Communist China as Example of "Catholic Social Teaching" by Christopher A. Ferrara February 7, 2018 Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, circa A.D. 2018 Even the secular conservative news site Brietbart has begun to notice the corruption of the Catholic Church at the very top as a key element in the sociopolitical crisis that represents the final stage of what Patrick Buchanan has called The Death of the West. Brietbart reports on an interview of the Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo in a Spanish daily concerning his recent visit to communist China, where the Vatican...
  • No, You Can't Rewrite the Bible to Remove Gendered Language for God

    02/08/2018 9:57:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/08/2018 | Michael Brown
    As LifeSite News reported, earlier this month, “The Episcopal church in the Diocese of Washington, D.C., passed a resolution . . . to stop using masculine pronouns for God in future updates to its Book of Common Prayer.“The resolution to stop using ‘gendered language for God’ was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese's 123rd Convention.”To be sure, this is not the first group to move in the direction of “gender-inclusive” language when it comes to the deity.Back in 2011, I documented how some gay churches replaced God as Father with God as Creator in their hymns. And last year,...
  • Charity, clarity, and their opposite [Abp. Chaput against Card. Marx on blessing same sex unions]

    02/08/2018 9:49:25 AM PST · by Petrosius · 2 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | February 6, 2018 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    To the people of the Church in Philadelphia: Nearly everyone trying to understand the current government turmoil in Washington is either (a) pre-committed to one or the other political party’s version of events; or (b) thoroughly confused. Most of us fall more or less in the second group. And that means a great many citizens end up feeling powerless, then disgusted, then angry. If, as Scripture says, the truth makes us free, the lack of it makes us frustrated and locked in a state of uncertainty. To put it another way: Confusion is bad. It’s bad for the individual soul,...
  • On the Importance of Little Things

    02/08/2018 8:42:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Importance of Little Things Msgr. Charles Pope • February 7, 2018 • I have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation:Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est.What is a little thing, is (just) a little thing, But to be faithful in a little thing, is a great thing.(De Doctrina Christiana, IV,35)I first saw this quote on the frontispiece of a book by Adrian Fortescue. Fortescue applied it to the intricate details of celebrating the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The "Disloyal" Maneuver of Those Who Want To Rewrite "Humanae Vitae."

    02/08/2018 8:15:18 AM PST · by ebb tide
    L'Espresso ^ | February 8, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Published as received. The author of the letter is an ecclesiastic with advanced specialized scholarly training, and one who has held significant teaching posts in Italy and abroad, but who also dedicates time and energy to pastoral care.He is the same one whose letter www.chiesa published in January of 2016, on the deterioration in the “quality” of sacramental confessions, a deterioration that does not appear unrelated to the impact on many of the faithful of certain remarks of Pope Francis emphasized by the media.In this new letter he highlights the baselessness of the arguments recently adopted - mainly in a...
  • Vatican in Bed With the Devil And Does Not Notice It

    02/08/2018 8:11:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 8, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Father Bernardo Cervellera, the editor-in-chief of AsiaNews, has answerd Vatican Bishop Marcello Sanchez Sorondo who, its seems without being drunk, believes that the Communist Chinese regime is the best implementer of the Churches’ social doctrine. Cervellera accuses Sanchez of making “a laughing stock of the Church”. He writes, “Someone should tell Bishop Sanchez that since February 1 all underground Catholic Churches have been closed by the regime and at least 6 million Catholics have no meeting places. Further, local Communist authorities prohibit "minors under the age of 18" from entering churches, even official ones. Cervellera quotes a priest, "China has...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 8 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/08/2018 7:02:08 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 8 (NKJV) The Excellence of Wisdom Wisdom Is Everlasting01 Does not wisdom cry out, 00 And understanding lift up her voice? 02 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, 00 Beside the way, where the paths meet. 03 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, 00 At the entrance of the doors: 04 "To you, O men, I call, 00 And my voice is to the sons of men. 05 O you simple ones, understand prudence, 00 And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 06 Listen, for I...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/8/18)[Prayer]

    02/08/2018 6:53:26 AM PST · by left that other site · 24 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/8/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God 

"YHVH Adon Kol Ha-arets - GOD The Lord of All the Earth" (Old Testament) Joshua 3:11 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. (End of Scripture Passage) 

"YHVH Adon Kol Ha-arets - GOD The Lord of All the Earth" Four years ago, on February 16th, 2013, we were awakened with news of a meteorite strike in Chelyabinsk, Russia, with STUNNING Videos taken by ordinary Russian Citizens. Then, an expected asteroid pass...
  • Interpreting the Logos (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    02/08/2018 5:56:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    In Greek philosophy, the logos remains an impersonal force, a lifeless and abstract philosophical concept that is a necessary postulate for the cause of order and purpose in the universe. In Hebrew thought, the Logos is personal. He indeed has the power of unity, coherence, and purpose, but the distinctive point is that the biblical Logos is a He, not an it. All attempts to translate the word Logos have suffered from some degree of inadequacy. No English word is able to capture the fullness of John’s Logos when he declared that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us....
  • The Joy of Spiritual Unity

    02/08/2018 4:34:04 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To the saints . . . including the overseers and deacons" (Phil. 1:1). Faithful spiritual leaders are worthy of your appreciation and esteem. Paul's salutation includes the "overseers and deacons" at Philippi. That probably is not a reference to elders and deacons as we know them, but a general reference to all the Philippian saints, which included spiritual leaders (overseers) and those who followed (servants). That implies unity and submission within the church, which brings joy to leaders and followers alike. Hebrews 13:17 emphasizes that point: "Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls,...
  • Becoming Holy

    02/08/2018 4:33:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16). God requires holiness and in Christ provides us the means to attain it. As we have learned, God is holy, and absolute holiness is the standard for anyone who wishes to be in His presence. “God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment” (2 Peter 2:4). In the same way, men who reject God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-18, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2018 10:15:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-08-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2018 Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 11:4-13 When Solomon was old his wives had turned his heart to strange gods,and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God,as the heart of his father David had been.By adoring Astarte, the goddess of the Sidonians,and Milcom, the idol of the Ammonites,Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD;he did not follow him unreservedly as his father David had done.Solomon then built a high place to Chemosh, the idol of Moab,and to Molech, the idol of the Ammonites,on the hill...