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  • Don’t Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to one’s faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere “freedom to...
  • (Israeli)Rabbinical court prevents (American-Israeli)teen girl from leaving Israel

    09/19/2014 5:41:14 AM PDT · by patlin · 27 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Melanie Lidman
    An American-Israeli woman is fighting for her daughter’s right to leave Israel after her ex-husband filed a case in the Rabbinical Court on September 4 demanding visitation rights. The child in question, a 13-year-old named Inbar, or Amber Hope Layman, cannot leave Israel during the legal proceedings, and her mother promises to “raise hell” in order to bring her home. The mother, Danielle Layman, currently lives in Kansas and is married to an American, Jeremy Layman. She left Shahar Abecassis, Inbar’s father, in 2003. Danielle Layman said Shahar was abusive and made threats on Inbar’s life, and that she had...
  • 'Meteoric' Rise in Religious Education in Tel Aviv

    09/01/2014 3:14:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/9/14 | Moshe Cohen
    Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) on the first day of classes Monday visited the “Reishit” school in Tel Aviv, a rapidly growing religious school in the traditionally secular city. At the school, located in southern Tel Aviv, Ben-Dahan spoke before hundreds of students. Reishit boasts some 400 students, the highest number in its history. If the students "work hard they can get to anywhere they want. Any one of you can be an IDF general, a rabbi, minister, or director of a large company," remarked Ben-Dahan at the school. "We need faith in religious and state...
  • Dear Mr. Gothard

    08/26/2014 10:53:34 AM PDT · by DariusBane · 119 replies ^ | 8 July 2014 | Heather E. Corcoran
    You would see me across the room when we arrived on Saturday night for staff dinner. You’d signal to me in a personal and private way that you wanted me to sit with you. And you always positioned me just directly across from you. You’d slide your feet out of your shoes and play footsies with me. You would use your feet to feel But rather than offering that protection, you exploited that situation. You asked me to tell you how it felt. To tell you if my body was aroused by their touches. You wanted vivid details. But you...
  • Administration Proposes New Health Rules Addressing Religious Objections

    08/22/2014 4:33:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    New York Times, ^ | 8/22/14 | Michael D. Shear
    Edgartown, Mass. — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new regulations intended to address the religious objections that some nonprofit organizations and private companies have to providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. (Snip) On Friday, the administration proposed a rule, which would go into effect immediately, to address the concerns of nonprofit groups. Under the proposal, a religious college or other nonprofit group could inform the Department of Health and Human Services of its religious objections and the department would then contact insurance companies and arrange the birth control coverage at
  • Gallup: 'God Gap' Persists; Religious Are Mostly Republican; Non-Religious Are Mostly Democrat

    07/31/2014 8:05:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    The so-called "God Gap" between Republicans and Democrats continues to play an important role in partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll.Among very religious Americans, about half, 49 percent, identify as Republican or are likely to vote Republican. Among nonreligious Americans, also about half, 52 percent, identify as Democrats or are likely to vote for Democrats. This God gap, sometimes called the "religious participation gap," has characterized party politics in the United States for at least the seven years that Gallup has been measuring it, Frank Newport, editor in chief for Gallup, pointed out in a blog post.Religiosity was...
  • Democratic Bill Would Grant Executive Power to Deny Religious Freedom to Churches, Synagogues,

    07/10/2014 5:09:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/10/14 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Most houses of worship have been granted a full exemption from Obamacare's regulation mandating coverage of contraception and abortifacients, but Ed Whelan points out that new legislation unveiled by Senate Democrats yesterday could put that religious protection in jeopardy. Although "bill itself wouldn’t abolish the exemption," Whelan writes, it "would allow the Obama administration (or its successors) to abolish the exemption and the accommodation in their entirety. (If the bill were instead intended to preserve the exemption and the accommodation against regulatory abolition, it would be a fairly simple matter to say so clearly.)"
  • Holy war rocks Harvard as the Catholic Church fights back against Satanic mass

    05/10/2014 4:44:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/14 | kelly
    Church officials say they will “combat evil” by hosting a positive worship service to counter a Harvard group’s Satanic mass planned for Monday evening. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a Eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, The Boston Globe reports. The religious procession will end up at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, just a 10-minutes walk from the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is set to hold a “black mass.” A black mass is a ritual performed as a parody of the...
  • Obama: Pope Didn't Raise Obamacare 'In Detail' But I Told Vatican Sec. of State 'Most Religious

    03/27/2014 5:14:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ( – President Obama said Pope Francis did not raise Obamacare “in detail” when they met on Thursday, but that in a separate meeting with the Vatican’s secretary of state “we discussed briefly the issue of making sure that conscience and religious freedom was observed in the context of applying the law.” At a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also acknowledged that he differs with the Vatican’s stance on some issues, but added that he “heartily” agrees with most of its positions. - See more at:
  • ‘Lunch lady said I can’t pray,’ 5-year-old tells her parents

    03/27/2014 10:26:30 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 34 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 3-27-2014 | Michele Kirk
    Imagine hearing this story from your 5-year-old when you ask her how her day was in kindergarten. Kudos to these parents for staying calm and teaching this little girl that she can pray absolutely anywhere she wants.
  • "Fiddler on the Roof," returning to Broadway

    03/08/2014 9:28:33 AM PST · by zerosix · 44 replies
    Monterey Hearald ^ | March 7, 2014 | Mark Kennedy, AP
    Teyve is coming back. Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel said Thursday that they will present a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" — one of the last great musicals of Broadway's Golden Age — in the fall of 2015. It will represent the fifth revival of the show, which features lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock and a story by Joseph Stein. There was no word on casting, although Bartlett Sher will direct and choreography will be by Hofesh Shechter, adapting Jerome Robbins' original work. The Tony Award-winning musical about a Jewish milkman from the Ukrainian village...
  • Poll: Most Arizonans back veto (SB 1062)

    03/05/2014 8:35:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | March 4, 2014 | Tal Kopan
    Arizonans think Gov. Jan Brewer was right in vetoing controversial legislation seen as anti-gay, according to a new poll, with a plurality in the state also supporting same-sex marriage for the first time. Nearly three in four Arizona voters said they supported Brewer’s decision to veto the bill, with only 18 percent against it, according to a Public Policy Polling poll out Tuesday. A strong majority of each party, including Republicans, were behind her move.
  • SB1062: Should Arizona Governor Jan Brewer veto 'Religious Freedom' bill? (POLL)

    02/24/2014 3:02:33 PM PST · by whee0071 · 21 replies
    ABC-15 Phoenix ^ | 02/23/2014
    Support for Governor Brewer to veto a bill to protect religious freedom among Arizona business owners is lagging by 56 points in an online TV poll the results of which will likely be used this evening. Excerpt follows. PHOENIX - All eyes are on Arizona after lawmakers sent SB1062 to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk last week. The controversial “Religious Freedom" bill would allow business owners to deny service to customers solely based on their religious beliefs. What do you think Brewer should do? Now is your chance to sound-off in our ABC15 poll: SB1062: Should Arizona Governor Jan Brewer veto...
  • Ariz. Bill Decried As License to Discriminate

    02/20/2014 9:16:54 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 20, 2014 | MSN
    PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
  • Supreme Court Grants Temporary Reprieve to Little Sisters of the Poor

    01/24/2014 6:39:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 1/24/14 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Politico: The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns’ order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon. The Supreme Court’s action could defuse for the time being a showdown between religious employers and the federal government over the procedures for providing contraceptive coverage to employees of hospitals, nursing homes and other entities run by religious groups.
  • Are You Religious...or Are You Saved?

    12/10/2013 5:23:53 AM PST · by CynicalBear · 190 replies ^ | 12/13 | Pete Rose
    I once heard a radio preacher make the statement, “You can be religious to your fingertips and still go to hell.” This is absolutely true. Religion and salvation are two vastly different things. Religion is man trying to reach God by his own efforts, through rituals and ceremonies and keeping of the laws and rules of the religion he is practicing. It may include doing good works, it may include trying to turn others to your religion and it may include other such things that may be well and good as far as this life is concerned, but it won’t...
  • A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat of Religious Freedom in the Military

    11/07/2013 9:39:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/6/13 | ThomasMoreLawCenter
    Vid at link
  • Religious Intolerance In the NY Daily News

    10/18/2013 12:17:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/17/13 | Jeff Dunetz
    This morning's NY Daily News criticized the New York City Republican mayoral candidate for being respectful of Jewish customs. In the Orthodox Jewish tradition men and women are separated during prayer services. When Republican candidate Joe Lhota visited the Shomer Shabbos Synagogue on Wednesday, he stood in the back as a prayer service was going on. In the video above around the 46 second mark one can hear a member of the congregation ask Lhota to have the women in his entourage wait outside because prayers were going on. The NY Daily News blasted Lhota for the incident. Joe Lhota...
  • North Penn School District clarifies 'no Halloween' notice (Halloween too religious)

    10/09/2013 3:44:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    ABC6 ^ | 10/9/2013 | ABC6
    TOWAMENCIN TWP., Pa. - October 9, 2013 (WPVI) -- A decision to cancel some Halloween celebrations at an elementary school in Montgomery County is stirring controversy among some parents. Parents received a letter Tuesday from the principal at Inglewood Elementary School. The school is located in Towamencin Township, near Lansdale, and is part of the North Penn School District. The letter, obtained by Action News and signed by the school's principal, Orlando Taylor, announced Taylor's decision not to hold Halloween parades or celebrations at the school this year.
  • Prayers for Mom

    10/09/2013 6:21:03 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 30 replies
    Self | 10/9/2013 | Self
    My mother Betty, 87 years young, fell and broke her leg. She's scheduled for a rod implant surgery tomorrow at 7 AM. She's a wonderful lady, active with her church and circle, and still mentally sharp. She's doing well after her fall, and was very positive when I spoke to her earlier today. I would greatly appreciate your prayers and good thoughts! God Bless!
  • Synchronicity - A Film About A Higher Calling

    09/11/2013 10:00:49 AM PDT · by 3343durango · 3 replies
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 09/11/2013 | LaSpeedofix
    A 7 minute short (but powerful) movie that ends with a question many of you may have asked yourself sometimes.
  • Army Reprimands Soldier Under Fire for Religious Beliefs

    06/24/2013 2:56:12 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 24 replies ^ | 6/24/2013 | Todd Starnes
    A member of the U.S. Army Band who said he was reprimanded for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity was found guilty of three Article 15 charges. Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a decorated soloist with the Army Band, was found guilty Thursday of failing to go to an appointed place of duty, disobedience of an order and making a false official statement, his attorney said. The charges were handed down June 9, one day after Sommers told Fox News that he was...
  • Rear Admiral Lee Addresses Restrictive Regulations on Religious Liberty

    06/09/2013 11:58:20 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | June 7,2013 | Youtube
    Speech at Family Research Council, Washington D.C. Admiral Says "I am not backing down"
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    04/30/2013 3:53:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/30/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished –...
  • Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public, Charter Schools

    04/22/2013 8:54:12 AM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 10, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Private religious schools perform better than public schools, and public charter schools performed no better than regular public schools, according to a new study by William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton. Jeynes spoke Monday with The Christian Post about the study. He found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools. The results of his research were recently published in vol. 87, issue 3 of the Peabody Journal of Education in an article titled,...
  • The real domestic terrorists

    04/20/2013 7:07:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/20/2013 | Patrice Lewis
    In the wake of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, it took mere hours for CNN to strongly hint – without anything so significant as evidence or proof – that right-wing extremists were responsible.

    04/19/2013 5:16:13 AM PDT · by Penn4God · 4 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | April 18, 2013 | J. Matt Barber
    Unfortunately, in our ever-”progressive” culture, being Christian has fast become a most dangerous proposition. As each homofascist demand is checked from liberals’ sin-centric wish list, it only gets worse.
  • Army Labeled Evangelicals as Religious Extremists

    04/05/2013 4:26:16 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 28 replies ^ | April 5, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A U.S. Army training instructor listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve unit based in Pennsylvania, Fox News has learned. “We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.” The incident occurred during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. Topping the list is Evangelical...
  • Provo-Orem, Utah, Is Most Religious U.S. Metro Area

    03/30/2013 5:35:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/30/2013 | Frank Newport
    Provo-Orem, Utah, is the most religious of 189 U.S. metropolitan areas Gallup surveyed in 2012, with 77% of its residents classified as very religious. Burlington, Vt., and Boulder, Colo., are the least religious, with 17% meeting that threshold. Most of the top religious cities are in the South -- the exceptions are Provo; Ogden-Clearfield, Utah; and Holland-Grand Haven, Mich. The least religious cities are clustered in the Northeast and on the Pacific Coast, with the exception of Boulder and Madison, Wis. The cities referred to in this article are based on the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) as defined by the...
  • Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows

    03/15/2013 10:01:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    UC Berkeley ^ | March 12, 2013 | Yasmin Anwar
    Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990. Fewer Americans affiliated with an organized religion, survey shows UC Berkeley sociologists Mike Hout and Claude Fischer , along with Mark Chaves of Duke University, analyzed data on religious attitudes as part of the General Social Survey, a highly cited biannual...
  • Michelle Obama Commission On Religious Child Abuse Is Now Urgent

    02/08/2013 3:27:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Chrisian Catholicism ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Jerry Slevin
    Two events within the last few months confirmed conclusively that local law enforcement in the USA cannot prevent Catholic Church leaders from facilitating predatory priests who sexually abuse children. Documents just released in Los Angeles and others released in Philadelphia a few months earlier show this. Two Cardinals, Mahony and Bevilacqua, oversaw numerous predatory priests who were enabled to continue to abuse children repeatedly even after the Cardinals knew the priests were predators. It is the same old story that played out with Cardinal Law in Boston a decade before and in many other U.S. dioceses since. Local prosecutors beholden...
  • Nuns Must Have Birth Control Coverage

    02/02/2013 10:08:03 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | February 1, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Obama Administration has really pulled a fast one. In its proposed rule to supposedly provide greater protections to non house of worship religious organizations opposed to contraception, it actually ensures that contraception coverage will be provided to all religious employees–whether house of worship, convent, or school.  In other words, the proposed rule expands the government’s intrusion into religious affairs, rather than reduce it.Here’s how they plan to do it:1. From now on no distinction will be made in the rule between “house of worship” employers and general religious organization employers. In order to be exempted from the requirement of providing free...
  • "The Om School Movement" By Dr. Peter Jones

    11/08/2012 6:28:20 PM PST · by truthxchange · 10 replies ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAY SISTERSm 11-03-12

    11/03/2012 7:35:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 11-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LAY SISTERS Members of a religious institute of women who are not bound by choir duty or engaged in the distinctive apostolate of the rest of the community. Their role in a community of nuns is to serve the physical and temporal needs of those who are strictly cloistered. The term "extern Sisters" is sometimes used, but the expression is misleading. They are full members of the community and share in all its spiritual benefits. The Holy See has provided that monasteries of contemplative nuns may have "Sisters employed in the external service of the convent,...
  • Who Was the Most Religious President of All Time? (They called him "The Deacon")

    09/27/2012 5:28:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Slate ^ | 09/27/2012 | Forrest Wickman
    If elected, Mitt Romney “would arguably be the most actively religious President in American history,” according to a profile in the latest New Yorker. Who’s been our most religious president? Jimmy Carter, probably. It’s impossible to know the contents of a man’s heart, but historians who study the religious lives of the presidents point again and again to the words and deeds of James Earl Carter Jr. The Georgia Baptist set a new standard during his 1976 presidential campaign when he described himself as “born again,” and he was frank about his religious beliefs throughout his presidency. While in office,...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (9/23/2012)[Prayer]

    09/22/2012 10:07:25 PM PDT · by DarthVader · 13 replies
    9/23/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Time for the Religious to Pay Their Fair Share

    09/20/2012 8:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/20/2012 | Benjamin Bull
    There is a movement underway in Europe to remove the tax exemptions churches have enjoyed for centuries. In Spain and Italy this attempt is being broadly pursued, while in Britain it is being done piecemeal. For example, in Spain and Italy the special tax status of churches and their ministries are being openly targeted by political leaders who want to get their hands into church coffers. Ricardo Rubio, a city councilman in Alcala de Henares, Spain, says he, and those who share his view, “want to make a statement that the costs of the [financial] crisis should be borne equally...
  • Religious groups plan spiritual events while Democrats are in town (RATS in Charlotte - uh, oh...)

    08/17/2012 5:14:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/17/12 | Michael Gordon
    Religious groups plan spiritual events while Democrats are in townBy Michael Gordon The Charlotte Observer Posted: Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 >The Rev. James Forbes told convention delegates in Boston in 2004 that “the Democratic Party had not really spent a lot of time talking about faith and politics.” That won't be a problem in Charlotte. Forbes will be part of a sweeping series of spiritual events tied to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. From mass prayer gatherings by Christians and Muslims to speeches and programs, the City of Churches plans to live up to its name. Several congregations will offer...
  • Peres: 'Ben-Guron Was Religious'

    07/23/2012 2:45:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/7/12
    At a panel discussing the life of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, President Shimon Peres said Monday that Ben-Gurion was a “religious Jew.” Peres said that Ben-Gurion “did not fight against the religious, but against the attempt to turn religion into a bureaucracy. Ben-Gurion saw himself as a religious mam. He was the greatest diplomat of them all, and he had a prophetic vision. “He did not make a mistake in anything...
  • I Called The DOJ Today- So Should You!

    06/26/2012 11:23:50 AM PDT · by marcbold · 20 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/27/2012 | Patrick Archbold
    I just called the Department of Justice today. I have never done anything like this before but I felt compelled. You see, it was all over the news yesterday that the DOJ had set up a special hotline number and an email address to report potential civil rights violations by the government! Finally, I thought. Finally the government is willing to listen to us ordinary citizens whose God-given rights are being trampled and ignored in favor of the government's misguided and over-zealous policy initiatives. No. I am not an illegal alien. But if the government has its way, I am...
  • Sisters of Mercy doctors say LCWR is injecting politics into dialogue

    06/14/2012 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | June 14, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Members of the religious order at the Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center. Credit: Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. Alma, Mich., Jun 14, 2012 / 02:15 am (CNA).- Physicians who are also Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma are criticizing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its defenders for using an impoverished “language of politics” instead of “the language of faith” in the dialogue with the Catholic hierarchy. “There is no basis for authentic dialogue between these two languages. The language of faith is rooted in Jesus Christ, His life and His mission, as well as the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VOW OF POVERTY, 06-08-12

    06/08/2012 8:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 06-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):VOW OF POVERTY The vow by which a person freely gives up the ownership, or at least the independent use and administration, of temporal goods. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Got faith? Maine is the least-religious state in the nation

    05/21/2012 6:48:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 05/21/2012 | By Judy Harrison
    Maine has fewer residents who claim a religious affiliation than any other state in the union. The Pine Tree State is the only one in the country in which less than 30 percent of the population belong to a religious denomination or independent Christian church, according to a census conducted every 10 years by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. This follows a Pew study that found 40 percent of Mainers pray daily — the lowest percentage in the nation. “What’s alarming about those numbers is that more than 300 years after the country was founded by people...
  • Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

    05/10/2012 1:38:08 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 10th, 2011 | Sharon Otterman
    The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested. Their communities, headed by dynastic leaders called rebbes, strive to preserve their centuries-old customs by resisting the contaminating influences of the outside world. While some ultra-Orthodox rabbis now argue that a child molester should be reported to the police, others strictly adhere to an ancient prohibition against mesirah, the turning in of a Jew to non-Jewish authorities, and consider publicly...
  • Moral Duties in a Muddied World

    05/05/2012 3:42:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 5, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Vatican City -- In an election season in which the White House has instituted a policy that puts unprecedented limits on the constitutional right to freedom of religion, questions of conscience, duty and spiritual and moral obligation are of critical importance. A conference at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences had some related thoughts and warnings. The Vatican think tank was founded in 1994 and is meant to facilitate a continuing dialogue between faith and reason, between the social sciences and the social thought of the Church. To an American sitting in on the conference, some of its sessions...
  • Clergy group to air ad against Alabama immigration law

    04/03/2012 7:14:00 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The Associated Press | NBC 13 ^ | April 03, 2012 - | The Associated Press | NBC 13
    MONTGOMERY, Ala -- A group of clergy leaders is airing a TV commercial that speaks out against Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigration.
  • The Santorum forum pt X: 'Rick Rocks' the 'Heights' but where's the 'Hail Mary'?

    03/27/2012 5:21:18 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 8 replies ^ | March 27th, 2012 | By Tom O'Toole
    A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar, and the bartender says, "Hello, Mitt!" — a joke from a Santorum campaign ad Romney is running to win the White House. Rick is running to win back the country. — Foster Friess, Santorum's biggest Super Pac supporter, on why he still contributes to Rick's cause Whether it's winning big in Louisiana or losing to the GOP bigwigs in Illinois, Rick Santorum continues to grab the headlines (and sound bites) if not always for the right reasons. As Mr. Friess (himself not a stranger to a controversial headline or...
  • Fr. Maletta's Religious Liberty Homily on HHS Mandate

    03/25/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT · by foxfield
    WHP (580AM), Glen Meakem Show ^ | Feb 5, 2012 | Fr. Sammie Maletta
    Fr. Sammie Maletta drawing a line in the sand.
  • Newt's campaign rally at Brandon Mississippi (Video-3/11/12)

    03/11/2012 9:03:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Electad ^ | 3/11/12 | Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich holds a campaign rally at Brandon City Hall, Brandon, Mississippi
  • Praying For Maureen Dowd's Excorcism

    02/23/2012 4:07:59 PM PST · by joeclarke · 3 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 02/23/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Disrespectful, blasphemous clip art accompanying Maureen Dowd's latest column - Fanatical Santorum Wages His 'Spiritual War' I don't want to seem too fanatical to Maureen Dowd, the NY Time's preeminent lady journalist, but she is indeed need of deliverance from a spirit that is quite contrary to anything that may be considered good and wholesome. This has been proven many times in her past writings, as well as today in her denunciation of Rick Santorum as a crazy man. See below. Rick Santorum is not yet my pick for President, nor would I nominate him for Catholic sainthood (I am...