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  • LCWR nuns: “Catholic Church is pro-foetus but keeps silent on other essential issues”

    07/20/2012 4:32:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 7/19/2012 | Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
    Sister Pat Farrel, president of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious breaks the silence in a radio interview with NPR. The world moves on and doctrine cannot remain static she says It seemed like a coincidence to many but the day after a change of guard was announced in the leadership of the Holy Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - Cardinal Levada was substituted by Cardinal Müller – nuns of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), the association which represents 80% of women religious in the U.S. and which is preparing a national assembly to be held...
  • Why No Denomination Will Survive the Homosexuality Crisis

    07/16/2012 6:29:36 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 86 replies
    Christian Post Opinion ^ | July 16 2012 | Kevin De Young
    There is no way, short of a miraculous and full-scale changing of hearts and minds, for North American denominations to survive the homosexuality crisis. Denominations like the PCUSA, ELCA, RCA, UMC, and Episcopal Church will continue. They won't fold their tents and join the Southern Baptists (though wouldn't that be interesting!). I'm not suggesting most of our old, mainline denominations will disappear. But I do not see how any of these once flourishing denominations will make it through the present crisis intact. And the sooner denominations admit this sobering reality the better. Every denomination is different. The percentages on both...
  • The Light That Failed (Episcopal Church)

    07/16/2012 5:43:07 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    American Interest ^ | 7/16/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    New numbers reveal that the collapse of the Episcopal Church dramatically accelerated in the last ten years. The denomination is literally falling apart, with attendance down 25% between 2000 and 2010. For a link to the PDF file with the numbers, and for Rod Dreher’s comments on them, look here; but it’s important to note that the effect of these numbers on the life and the well being of local churches is even greater than the raw figures might suggest. Many mainline Protestant congregations today are stuck with an infrastructure built in the 1950s and 1960s. There are buildings to...
  • The [ELCA] Presiding Bishop's "Core" Convictions

    07/16/2012 4:26:09 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Lutheran Forum ^ | 7/14/12 | Paul R. Hinlicky
    I promised that I would review Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson’s Reconciling Works Keynote Address that he gave on July 7. The text was made available by the Bishop’s Office to Pastor Daniel Ostercamp of Webster, SD, who made it available to me. You can read it for yourself here. I will leave to others the critical analysis of Hanson’s remarkably rosy picture of the ELCA. I will also ignore the several self-justifications of his own partisan (or insufficiently partisan!) leadership that pepper the address. The theological question I posed in my previous post was whether the bishop would nurture God’s...
  • Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?

    07/15/2012 4:35:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 14 2012 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    IN 1998, John Shelby Spong, then the reliably controversial Episcopal bishop of Newark, published a book entitled “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Spong was a uniquely radical figure — during his career, he dismissed almost every element of traditional Christian faith as so much superstition — but most recent leaders of the Episcopal Church have shared his premise. Thus their church has spent the last several decades changing and then changing some more, from a sedate pillar of the WASP establishment into one of the most self-consciously progressive Christian bodies in the United States. Go to Columnist Page »...
  • Well, the Episcopalians Did It Again

    07/15/2012 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    Episcopalian leaders continue to guide their denomination into the abyss—and no doubt, the Presbyterians (PCUSA) will soon follow. As reported in the Huffington Post, the Episcopal denomination’s General Convention voted this week to make it illegal to “discriminate against anyone.” Specifically, that means it is now illegal to “. . . bar from the priesthood people who were born into one gender and live as another or who do not identify themselves as male or female.” Readers of my columns and other pieces may remember my prediction that this fast train into the pit would not stop just with practicing...
  • Episcopalians Call for Repeal of DOMA; Approve Rites for Pet Funerals

    07/13/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/13/12 | Audrey Barrick
    The Episcopal Church's 77th General Convention concluded Thursday with the adoption of a long list of resolutions, from one that calls on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act to another providing rites for pet funerals. Episcopal leaders, who met in Indianapolis for over a week, considered dozens of resolutions – the most controversial being the approval of transgender ordination and rites for the blessing of same-sex unions. In protest, leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina, including its bishop, left the convention early after expressing clearly their belief that the decisions mark a departure from Scripture...
  • Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse?

    07/12/2012 8:09:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Belief.net ^ | 7/11/12 | Rob Kerby
    The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it. The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King Henry VIII to continue executing any wife who failed to bear him sons, is in trouble. Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out...
  • Reverend Wright knocks Obama in Sunday sermon

    07/08/2012 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/12 | Jamie Weinstein and Michelle Fields
    Speaking at the 100th anniversary of a Washington, D.C. church, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright knocked President Barack Obama and accused America’s elite academic institutions of instilling racism. Wright opened up his sermon at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church Sunday by reading from the Book of Isaiah and speaking of the importance of foundational stones. Using that as a metaphor, Wright proceeded to list dozens of names that he suggested were foundational stones for the black community, from Nat Turner to Emmett Till to W.E.B Du Bois. He then seemingly took a shot at his former parishioner, President Obama. “They are...
  • Hundreds of Christians walked in LGBT Pride march in London

    07/08/2012 4:09:36 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 66 replies
    Ekklesia ^ | 8 July 2012 | Staff writers
    [picture from "Queering the Church"] Around 200 Christians marched as a group in the Pride procession in London yesterday (7 July) to show their support for the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Many wore T-shirts declaring "Christian and proud". Many other Christians joined other parts of the parade. A small number of Christians stood at the side of the march with placards expressing their sorrow for Christian homophobia. Later, a Christian service for Pride participants was hosted at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. There were also participants of other faiths at the event, including Jews...
  • Presbyterians Reject Gay Marriage in Close Vote

    07/07/2012 5:10:05 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 66 replies
    News Max ^ | July 7 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    The U.S. Presbyterian Church on Friday narrowly rejected a proposal by same-sex marriage proponents for a constitutional change that would redefine marriage as a union between "two people," rather than between a woman and a man.
  • Presbyterian Church in US considers Israel divestment

    07/05/2012 8:12:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/5/12 | staff
    The largest Presbyterian group in the US is considering divesting from three major global companies over the Israeli military’s use of their products in the Palestinian territories. The proposal before the Presbyterian Church (USA) has outraged many Jewish groups, who sent representatives to the church’s national assembly in Pittsburgh this week to lobby against the measure. Divestment supporters say the targeted companies — Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola — are profiting from Palestinian suffering. The American Jewish Committee, a public policy group, has said the proposal demonizes Israel and threatens Christian-Jewish relations. Debate and vote were scheduled for late
  • Episcopal Church expected to OK liturgy for same-sex couples

    07/05/2012 5:49:31 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 21 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 5 2012 | Laura J Nelson
    Sixteen years after allowing gays and lesbians to become priests, the Episcopal Church appears poised to introduce a rite that would specifically bless the unions of same-sex couples. If the liturgy is approved, which is expected, Episcopalians will become the first major denomination to endorse such a ritual for homosexual couples. On its face, the blessing seems similar to that of a marriage rite -- including “I do,” “we have gathered together today” and an exchange of rings. Notably absent are the words “husband,” “wife” and “marriage.”
  • Black Pastors Lay Down Gauntlet to Obama Over Same-Sex Marriage

    07/05/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/3/12 | P. Stanley
    Coalition Calls on Black Christians to Withhold Support Until President Grants Meeting The Coalition of African American Pastors demanded on Monday that President Obama meet with the group to address his stance on same-sex marriage. So far, the White House has refused to acknowledge the group's request but leaders say they plan to "turn up the heat" by asking black Christians to sit on the sidelines for the time being. "We have requested a meeting with President Obama and until he meets with us, we are going to ask black Christians to withhold their support until he personally hears our...
  • "Evangelical Environmental Network" running ads on Rush's show for Claire McCaskill. Soros group?

    07/05/2012 11:37:02 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The ads are really obnoxious about how "big corporations" oppose limits on mercury and how Claire McCaskill "stood tall" against them. And, I kid you not, they ended with "For the Children." I am absolutely certain this is not a legitimate religious group, but a bunch of Lefties running a false-flag operation. Does anybody know anything about these goons?
  • Pastor whose congregation dwindled after gay-marriage vote to close St. Paul church

    06/30/2012 7:24:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-30-12 | Frederick Melo
    Grace Community United Church of Christ will close its doors this weekend, but the pastor who says his decision to publicly support gay-marriage rights unwittingly thrust it on a path toward financial ruin plans to find a new home for his small congregation. He has faith that his flock will follow. The Rev. Oliver White, 69, had hoped fundraising would keep the predominantly African-American church on St. Paul's East Side open after a Seattle investor demanded full payment on a high-interest loan. But after a well-publicized Internet campaign raised only about $56,000 of the $200,000 the church needs to pay...
  • Many Americans Can't Name Obama's Religion

    06/23/2012 10:26:28 AM PDT · by trekdown · 63 replies
    Gallup, Inc. ^ | June 22, 2012 | Frank Newport
    Just 34% of Americans correctly say U.S. President Barack Obama is a Christian, while 44% say they don't know Obama's religion and 11% say he is a Muslim.
  • Following the Truth: Empty Churches – Where Should We Draw The Line?

    06/12/2012 6:03:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 85 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | May 9th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
      Empty Churches – Where Should We Draw The Line? May 9th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  “Religion is popular only when it ceases to be truly religious. Religion by its very nature is unpopular – certainly unpopular with the ego.” (Archbishop Fulton J Sheen)Recently, an interesting article was brought to my attention. Appearing in The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), the point was raised that organized religion was on the decline throughout the area. More and more, organized religion is coming under attack, as evidenced by the recent YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”. While the idea of individuals...
  • St. Paul UCC church at brink of closing over gay-marriage stand (supported)

    05/30/2012 8:15:34 PM PDT · by dewawi · 24 replies
    The Rev. Oliver White knew not everyone at his St. Paul church was going to agree with his support for gay marriage. But he never imagined that nearly two-thirds of his (black) congregation would leave. And now, Grace Community United Church of Christ, the only UCC church in Minnesota with a predominantly black congregation, is in desperate straits. The church has until June 30 to raise $200,000 to pay off a loan, otherwise it likely will be forced to close, White says.
  • Rev. Wright on Obamas: ‘Church Is Not Their Thing’

    05/29/2012 2:46:15 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Rev. Wright on Obamas: ‘Church Is Not Their Thing’ By Fred Lucas May 29, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – In speaking about Barack and Michelle Obama, their longtime pastor, the Rev. Jermiah Wright said, “Church is not their thing. It never was their thing.” President Obama and the first lady were married by Rev. Wright, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, were baptized by the controversial pastor. As head of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Wright sometimes delivered sermons critical of U.S. foreign policy and asked whether God should bless or damn America. (Rev. Wright is now...
  • Early Christian Communism

    05/24/2012 9:59:00 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 9 replies
    http://mises.org ^ | May 24, 2012 | Murray N. Rothbard
    For centuries the alleged ideal of communism had come to the world as a messianic and millennial creed. Various seers, notably Joachim of Fiore, had prophesied the final state of mankind as one of perfect harmony and equality, one where all things are owned in common, where there is no necessity for work or need for the division of labor. In the case of Joachim, of course, problems of production and property, indeed of scarcity in general, were "solved" by man no longer possessing a physical body. As pure spirits, men as equal and harmonious psychic entities spending all their...
  • President Obama Is Ending Black America's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy (Obama is the Messiah!)

    05/18/2012 7:20:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 17, 2012 | Aisha C. Moodie-Mills
    Since President Obama declared his support for marriage equality last week, many politicos (including myself) have speculated about whether black voters, who are divided on the issue, will abandon him. The consensus among gay rights supporters and foes alike is a resounding "no." Sure, some black clergy are outraged, but even they admit this issue is no deal breaker. And the ongoing debate over an unlikely black backlash eclipses what promises to be the most profound impact of the president's "evolution." President Obama has single-handedly dismantled the "don't ask, don't tell" policy within the black church -- that silent disdain...
  • Wright: I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

    05/16/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 183 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-15-2012 | Jim Hoft
    In a shocking interview yesterday on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, author Ed Klein said Barack Obama’s former pastor helped Obama accept Christianity without having to renounce Islam. The Daily Caller reported: Klein also said Wright told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein said he has on tape. -snip- Klein spoke more on this in a separate interview with NewsMax: Klein says Obama originally sought out Wright to discuss community activism. “Quickly the conversations turned from picking up garbage on the street and getting streetlights put up on...
  • Obama hires apostate Catholic to counter Catholic bishops campaign

    05/15/2012 4:34:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 5/15/12 | Nick Donnelly
    President Obama has hired Michael Wear,an apostate Catholic who belongs to a ‘nondenominational,evangelical-style church in Washington’,to counter the Bishops campaign to protect religious freedom in the US. CNN reports: ‘Michael Wear,who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships,will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as faith vote coordinator,a campaign official said.’ Wear,who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational,evangelical-style church in Washington,has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term. A source close to the campaign...
  • Obama endorses gay ‘marriage’: says support based on Jesus, Golden Rule

    05/10/2012 5:04:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 5/9/2012 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama has flip-flopped on gay “marriage” for the second time, endorsing same-sex marriage in an interview today, in which he said his decision was motivated in part by his Christian faith and his belief in the Golden Rule. “I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC News reporter Robin Roberts in an interview to air this evening. He added that his wife, Michelle, agreed with him. “We’ve talked...
  • Forgive us our student loan debt (Is forgiving debt a moral issue?)

    04/28/2012 6:42:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/28/2012 | By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    We need to start taking student loan debt seriously, both as a troubling moral issue and as a ticking economic time bomb. By some reports, student loan debt will exceed 1 trillion dollars this year, more than the credit card debt of all Americans. A whole generation of young Americans is at risk in this excessive borrowing. They fall further and further behind in “servicing their debt” because they have no way to keep up with the payments as many of them are unemployed or underemployed. They will delay starting marriage and families; they dare not take the risk of...
  • From a Progressive "Christian" Online Group: "How I Became a Heretic with Help from Jesus"

    04/25/2012 1:00:43 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    North Seattle Progressive Christians Meetup Group | Jonathan Tong
    University Congregational United Church of Christ Come hear one of the most passionate and committed voices for progressive Christianity speak this Wednesday at the U District in Seattle. The title of the lecture is "How I Became a Heretic with Help from Jesus." Rev. Meyers is senior minister at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, the fastest growing UCC church in the Kansas Oklahoma conference. He is also a tenured professor of philosophy at Oklahoma City University, an author, a syndicated columnist, and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio.
  • Female Episcopal Priest Visits a Mormon Temple

    04/24/2012 1:28:27 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 401 replies
    The Mormon Dialogue ^ | April 23,,2012 | Danielle Tumminio
    As I stood in front of the new Mormon Temple in Liberty, Mo., it struck me as ironic that close to 175 years ago, Mormons were forced out of this same state. Whereas the Missouri public once urged their governor to force Joseph Smith and his followers out of the area surrounding Kansas City, Mormons began to return to the region in the 1900s, eventually gathering in such large numbers that the Church organization decided the region needed a temple. Which is why I came to visit. Latter Day Saints restrict temple access to members of their denomination who...
  • Racism mars process to choose Anglican leader {Gay Bish's don't like African views}

    04/23/2012 4:28:53 AM PDT · by Cronos · 17 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 22 April 2012 | RICHARD EDEN AND EDWARD MALNICK
    The early favourite to become the next Archbishop of Canter-bury - spiritual leaders of the world's Anglicans - is the victim of "naked racism" by critics who are trying to besmirch his name, one of his closest sup-porters said. ..Arora's accusation of an "anonymous whispering" campaign against the archbishop has the potential to be hugely damaging to the church. It recalls the last time the Church sought a new Archbishop of Canterbury, in 2002, when the Michael Nazir-Ali, then Bishop of Rochester, was described as a "Paki Papist" by an unidentified cleric...., two bishops who spoke to the Sunday Telegraph...
  • The Religion of the Left

    04/14/2012 5:57:50 PM PDT · by No One Special · 7 replies
    American Digest ^ | March 26, 2012 | Vanderleun
    There is a world dimensional For those untwisted by the love of things irreconcilable. --Hart Crane I've written elsewhere that one of the "things you can't say about the First Terrorist War" is that it is, at bottom, a war of two religions. So it is with the culture wars in America today. It too is, and you are not supposed to say this either, a war of TWO religions. Then again, that is not quite right. Try it this way. We are fighting a war of two religions in which only one side is allowed to be designated as...
  • CA Planned Parenthood Joins Pro-Choice Clergy to Launch ‘40 Days of Prayer’ In Support of Abortion

    04/11/2012 11:17:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 11, 2012 | By Billy Hallowell
    The Six Rivers Planned Parenthood of Eureka, California, has a new prayer campaign that may cause some head-scratching among religious individuals who stand opposed to abortion. The initiative, “40 Days of Prayer: Supporting Women Everywhere,” provides 40 different prayers that can be offered up in support of abortion rights. . .
  • Planned Parenthood Sets Up 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion

    04/11/2012 12:02:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    LifeNews.Com ^ | April 10, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A local Planned Parenthood abortion business in California is copycatting the 40 Days for Life campaign, which recently resulted in saving the lives of more than 700 unborn children from abortion. The abortion business has set up its own 40 Days of Prayer for the local abortion center. “We trust you to decide about your sexuality, having your children, and planning your family,” says a flier promoting the Humbolt County Clergy for Choice event. “We are religious leaders who value all human life. We accept that religions differ about when life begins. We are here to help.” “We believe...
  • Newsweek Cover (War on the Church and SCOTUS)

    04/09/2012 4:58:38 PM PDT · by SampleMan · 24 replies
    Newsweek | April 9, 2012
    The current cover of a "news" magazine. I guess the left has now given up on eradicating Christianity in totality and now hope to subvert followers to their "reading" of the gospels. And note Foreheads article about SCOTUS betrayal. The Enquier has more integrity.
  • Jesse Jackson politicizes the crucifixion: Jesus was killed because ‘he occupied the corrupt

    04/09/2012 10:28:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/12 | Jeff Poor
    Jesse Jackson, the president and founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, doubled down on a statement he made in London in December proclaiming Jesus was an “occupier,” this time tying the proclamation to the story of Easter weekend. Speaking at an Occupy Chicago rally in Grant Park on Saturday, Jackson told a crowd his interpretation of why Jesus went to the cross: “He fought for the poor because he was among the poor. He faced crucifixion as he fought occupation.” Specifically, Jackson said Jesus was killed because he confronted the money changers in the temple in Jerusalem, as told in the
  • Obamas Attend Easter Worship at Historic DC Church

    04/08/2012 11:20:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | April 8, 2012 | Matthew Larotonda
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Donning their Sunday best, President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter services this morning at St. John's Church in Washington D.C. Located a block away from the White House, the protestant Episcopal parish is a frequent visit for Obama and past presidents. A casual stroll through Lafayette Park will bring you to the historic house of worship in minutes. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia were seated about six pews back from the pulpit of Rev. Luis Leon, whose sermon reflected on the uncertain state of world affairs as they related...
  • Jimmy Carter – A Truly Evil Man

    04/05/2012 2:03:16 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 63 replies
    WND ^ | 4/3/2012 | Joseph Farah
    What happens when an evil man is interviewed by a know-nothing interviewer from a corrupt and decadent faux news agency? ---- Asked about homosexuality and the Bible, Carter had this to say: “Homosexuality was well-known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born, and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.” Wait a minute! Isn’t Jesus God? And didn’t God inspire the Bible? Just because...
  • More Anglicans leave Church of England for Rome

    04/01/2012 10:02:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Refreshing News ^ | April 1, 2012
    A parish church has been torn apart by its priest’s decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church. St. Annes R.C. Church in Darlington (England)On Wednesday, the 26-strong choir of St James the Great will sing for the congregation as they have always done during Holy Week. But this week they will do so a mile down the road in St Anne’s Roman Catholic church, their new home. Led by Fr Ian Grieves, the priest at St James in Darlington for 23 years, 58 parishioners will formally join the Ordinariate, the body set up by the Pope for disaffected Anglicans....
  • President Carter says he clashed with 'fundamentalist' Pope John Paul II

    03/24/2012 10:09:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diogenes
    Former US President Jimmy Carter has disclosed that he had angry exchanges with Pope John Paul II about liberation theology and about the ordination of women. The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Church’s “perpetuation of the subservience of women” while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978, and “there was more harshness when we turned to the subject of ‘liberation theology.” Carter said that he classified the Pope as a “fundamentalist,” placing him in that category along with Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini. In the same interview Carter said that “it...
  • Jimmy Carter supports same-sex ‘marriage’ as he launches his new Bible

    03/21/2012 5:51:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 20, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    ATLANTA, GEORGIA, March 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Former president Jimmy Carter has been strongly identified as a "Born Again" Christian and as a liberal Democrat for nearly five decades. He is once more blending those roles as he promotes "his" latest book, his own study Bible. The NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter contains the full text of the New International Version of the Bible and the former president’s prayers, reflections, and asides. During his book tour to promote a study of the Scriptures, Carter mentioned he supports same-sex "marriage." President Carter told Paul Brandeis Raushenbush,...
  • Exit the Archbishop (A look back at the tenure of retiring Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams)

    03/19/2012 5:32:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/19/2012 | John O'Sullivan
    The first thing to be said about Dr. Rowan Williams is that he is by common consent a subtle theologian, a sensitive pastoral priest, and a genuinely good and holy man, because a great many less flattering things will be said about him in the next few months, some of them further down this column. Dr. Williams announced last Friday that he intended to resign at the end of the year as Archbishop of Canterbury and therefore as spiritual leader of the Church of England and, by extension, of the 77 million–strong Anglican Communion around the world. His announcement came...
  • How the apostates take over (Part 1)

    03/17/2012 3:32:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    One News Now ^ | 3-16-12 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    The evangelical church is under constant threat to compromise its reliance on biblical truth. The human desire to be accepted, to not be seen as "outside the mainstream," can be overwhelming. But that desire is our weakness, our downfall. It does not always immediately destroy the dam we build to protect the waters of truth, but instead it leads to tiny fissures that grow until destruction is inevitable. Twenty years ago, I experienced the painful demise of the Episcopal Church, which once was a bastion of biblical truth. It was not a pretty picture. It was a picture painted in...
  • Father Marcel Guarnizo: 'I Did The Only Thing a Faithful Catholic Priest Could Do' (Ecumenical)

    03/14/2012 2:13:02 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/14/2012 | Father Marcel Guarnizo
    I would like to begin by once again sending my condolences to the Johnson family on the death of Mrs. Loetta Johnson. I also feel obliged to answer questions from my parishioners, as well as from the public, about the incident on February 25th. Here are the facts: On Saturday, February 25th I showed up to officiate at a funeral Mass for Mrs. Loetta Johnson. The arrangements for the Mass were also not my own. I wish to clarify that Ms. Barbara Johnson (the woman who has since complained to the press), has never been a parishioner of mine. In...
  • How the Left Moved into Religion

    03/11/2012 12:04:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2012 | Mary Nicholas
    It is the year of the "ethics of energy," according to the National Council of Churches (NCC)..... .........Formerly overt supporters of communism, the NCC recast itself as a leader of the 'religious left.'" While the U.S. was fighting the Cold War, the NCC funded communist regimes in.... The NCC considers the U.S. "an oppressor, both at home and abroad".... ... Candidates should feel comfortable explaining their religious convictions to voters." But..."there is a point when an emphasis on religion becomes inappropriate and even unsettling in a religiously diverse society such as ours."... ........ReverendWright admired LouisFarrakhan....,and often praised him both in...
  • Leading Jesuit college sacks dissident professor

    03/08/2012 5:19:42 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Monica Brady-Myerov
    Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women.The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it unique. It reads: “No other institution so explicitly embodies the fundamental human desire to know.”But after Father John Shea, a professor of pastoral care and counseling, asked church leaders for a theological explanation for why women are not being ordained to the priesthood of the...
  • William Hamilton, who said `God is Dead,’ dies at 87

    03/02/2012 9:13:07 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    RNS ^ | March 1, 2012 | Nancy Haught
    PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) William Hamilton, the retired theologian who declared in the 1960s that God was dead, died Tuesday (Feb. 28) in his downtown Portland apartment. He was 87. Hamilton said he'd been haunted by questions about God since he was a teenager. Years later, when his conclusion was published in the April 8, 1966, edition of Time Magazine, he found himself at the center of a theological storm. Time christened the new movement "radical theology," and Hamilton, one of its key figures, received death threats and inspired angry letters to the editor. He lost his endowed chair as...
  • The Left's Hatred of Religion

    02/19/2012 1:54:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2012 | T.R. Clancy
    ...JoanWalsh at Salon writes that she was raised Catholic, but has since turned into "a secularfeministliberaldemocrat." Last Friday evening, when Obama's supporters were still clinging to their belief that his announcement of a compromise would steal all the wind out of the bishops' sails, she asked this: Why did we spend 10 days listening to prominent Catholics, including even some liberals and Democrats, insist that the White House had overreached and trampled on "religious freedom" - in this case, the "freedom" of the Catholic hierarchy to impose rules that even most Catholics don't live by? ("Catholic tribalism and the contraceptive...
  • First They Came for Rush and Lou Dobbs

    02/14/2012 5:09:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    .....First they came for Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. And the Catholic bishops did not speak out. Now they are coming for the Catholic bishops. Who will speak out now? Not, alas, the United Church of Christ. Let's go back into recent history -- 2009 to be exact. It was a story that involved the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a blatant, full-on attack on the right of free speech and a free press -- the First Amendment. As I wrote here, here, here, here, here, and here three years ago, the Catholic bishops had managed to get their...
  • California's Catholic hierarchy takes stand against illegal-immigration dragnet

    01/27/2012 5:23:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 01/27/2012 | By Matt O'Brien
    The Bay Area's biggest religious institution, the Catholic Church, is throwing its weight against a federal immigration dragnet that in the past two years deported more than 6,500 people from the region. As Republican presidential contenders clash just days before the crucial Florida primary over the harshness or softness of their stands on illegal immigration, Catholic priests here and across the country are championing a humanitarian approach and condemning what they describe as "selfish" demagoguery. "It is heartbreaking to hear the painful stories of unjust deportations pouring in from our congregations. California can do better," San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer...
  • J'ACCUSE! Why Obama is wrong on the HHS conscience regulations (blast from the Catholic Left)

    01/25/2012 10:57:03 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    National Catholic REPORTER, no kidding ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Sean Michael WINTERS, no kidding
    Obama lost my vote yesterday when he declined to expand the exceedingly narrow conscience exemptions proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The issue of conscience protections is so foundational, I do not see how I ever could, in good conscience, vote for this man again. I do not come at this issue as a Catholic special pleader, who wants only to protect my own, although it was a little bracing to realize that the president’s decision yesterday essentially told us, as Catholics, that there is no room in this great country of ours for the institutions our...
  • Has Obama Lost the Catholic Left?

    01/22/2012 9:42:58 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 163 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society | 01/22/12 | CNS Staff
    Has Obama Lost the Catholic Left? Lyndon B. Johnson, after watching Walter Cronkite conclude a special broadcast which was heavily critical of the Tet offensive, said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”Well, this story isn’t exactly on the same level as that, but President Barack Obama may be losing the Catholic Left, with obvious implications for entrenched faculty on many Catholic college campuses. Michael Sean Winters, a lead writer for the National Catholic Reporter and vocal defender of the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement honors for President Obama, wrote yesterday that he can’t see how he could...