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  • Pope Francis to stand with migrants at U.S. border

    02/10/2016 5:33:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 101 replies
    WND ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Cheryl Chumley
    Pontiff's show of solidarity during visit to Mexico Pope Francis, who has spent the past several months pressing nations, including America, to embrace those fleeing the unrest in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with open arms - and open borders - is now taking that stance to a new political level and planning a solidarity stand with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Market Watch reported Francis is due to arrive in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit. And as part of that visit, he is planning to stand on the U.S. border, in Ciudad Juarez, and deliver a...
  • Chelsea Clinton Left the Pro-Life Baptist Church at Age Six Because They Talked About Abortion...

    02/10/2016 12:12:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 February 2016 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER
    Chelsea Clinton says she left the pro-life Baptist church at age six because they talked about abortion in Sunday Chelsea Clinton claims she left a Baptist church as a child because they started talking about abortion in Sunday when she was just six years old. Chelsea made the comment at a recent fundraiser for her mother Hillary Clinton in an attempt to address evangelicals who question her mother's faith in God and secular voters who say she's too religious, according to The New York Post. A Democrat shared Chelsea's speech with a Post reporter who did not specify where the...
  • Pope Francis Will Stand With Migrants at U.S. Border

    02/09/2016 6:26:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 85 replies
    Pope Francis Will Stand With Migrants at U.S. Border Dudley Althaus And José de Córdoba Feb. 9, 2016 8:53 p.m. ET MEXICO CITY—Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit that will end with a highly symbolic and potentially controversial act: the pontiff taking a stand on the fortified U.S. border to show solidarity with the migrants trying to cross it. The pope’s gesture comes at the height of a rancorous U.S. political season in which immigration has become a hot-button issue. Two leading candidates for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, have vowed to...
  • Church Offers First Ever Transgender Baptisms [1 John 2 - Antichrist cont.]

    02/06/2016 10:31:05 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 2/5/2016 | Liam Deacon
    A Christian pastor has started offering the UK's first ever baptism service for the transgendered, allowing the afflicted to be welcomed into God's family according to their new, chosen gender identity. The New Chapel (Unitarian and Free Christian) in Greater Manchester unanimously passed the new proposal at its general meeting last week, paving the way for the ceremonies to go ahead in the near future. 'Worship leader' Jean Clements said she came up with the idea after meeting and marrying a gay couple with a small child – a biological boy which they had branded as transgendered and decided was...
  • Hillary Clinton: My Beliefs are aligned with the Ten Commandments

    02/02/2016 5:05:27 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 1/30/2016 | Tim Brown
    I kid you not, Hillary "Jezebel" Clinton claims that her beliefs are aligned with the Ten Commandments and that she is a Christian. I guess I'm not surprised, given that another Saul Alinsky disciple by the name of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah also claimed to be a Christian. During a town hall meeting in Knoxville, Iowa, a young woman asked Clinton, "I'm just curious how you would say that your beliefs align with the Ten Commandments, and if that's something that's important to you." (Watch ridiculous video at link) "I am a person of faith," declared Clinton. "I am...
  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • Pastor Drops Gay Bombshell in Middle of Sunday Sermon

    01/15/2016 12:03:31 PM PST · by robowombat · 59 replies
    Charisma ^ | 6:00AM EST 1/15/2016 | JENNIFER LECLAIRE
    Pastor Drops Gay Bombshell in Middle of Sunday Sermon 6:00AM EST 1/15/2016 JENNIFER LECLAIRE We're seeing 1 Timothy 4:1 playing out right before our very eyes. It's called the Great Apostasy and it's well underway. "At last I am choosing to serve in that role with full authenticity and as my genuine self—as a woman who loves and shares my life with another woman." Those were the words of Cynthia Meyer, a pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, who decided to make her first sermon of 2016 a coming out party. Meyer, 53, has been an ordained UM pastor for...
  • Anglicans Sanction US Episcopal Church Over Gay Marriage

    01/14/2016 7:44:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/16 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) - Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Episcopalians have been barred for three years from any policy-setting positions in the Anglican Communion while a task force is formed that will try to reconcile conflicting views over sexuality in the 85-million-member family of churches. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the United States. The announcement came near the end of a weeklong meeting in Canterbury, England, called by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, to...
  • BREAKING: Episcopal Church suspended from Anglican Communion

    01/14/2016 12:50:28 PM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | January 14, 2016 | Kimberly Winston
    The Anglican Communion voted to censure its American branch, the Episcopal Church, during a meeting in Canterbury, England, called to reflect on the future of the communion. The vote Thursday (Jan. 14) to suspend the Episcopal Church from voting and decision-making for a period of three years was leaked a day ahead of a press conference that had been scheduled for Friday.
  • A 'Gay Lobby' at the Vatican? One Cardinal Says It's Real, and Pope Francis is Responding

    01/13/2016 6:15:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The influential Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga has acknowledged the presence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican. In a new interview, he says that Pope Francis has adopted a gradual approach to address it - and that Catholic teaching won't change. The Honduran newspaper El Heraldo asked the cardinal whether there actually was an attempted or successful "infiltration of the gay community in the Vatican." Cardinal Maradiaga responded: "Not only that, also the Pope said: there was even a 'lobby' in this sense." "Little by little the Pope is trying to...
  • Liberal Christianity – the bastard daughter of the Enlightenment

    01/05/2016 9:51:34 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pastoral Meanderings ^ | 01-05-2016 | Pastor Peters
    Liberal Christianity - the bastard daughter of the Enlightenment... now there is a line you are not soon to forget. I wish I could say I had written it but I did not. And another one, well, several lines: Unlike either the Renaissance or the Reformation, the Enlightenment had begun not as an attempt to rescue some hallowed past, but as an assault on the past in the name of the future...It was a period which sought to overturn every intellectual assumption, every dogma, every 'prejudice' (a favourite term) that had previously exercised any hold over the minds of...
  • Religious leader thanks God for abortionists, calls them heroes

    12/27/2015 6:14:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | December 26, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Tell us again how you love Jesus and support abortion. That’s what Reverend Harry Knox, leader of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) does on a regular basis. The head of the religious group that supports and promotes Planned Parenthood, and does so in the name of God, wants to be sure that in the season that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, his group of religious leaders would have supported the right to abort the Christ-child. In a letter to the RCRC’s email list this month, Knox wrote: Thank God for abortion providers. Thank God for all the...
  • Graham leaving GOP puts key evangelical vote at risk...

    12/27/2015 7:31:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-27-15 | Joseph Weber
    The Rev. Franklin Graham quitting the Republican Party poses a significant blow to the GOP's 2016 White House aspirations, especially if other evangelical pastors follow suit and their millions-plus congregations stay away from the polls. Graham suggested earlier this week that the last straw was congressional Republicans funding Planned Parenthood in the recently passed, $1.8 trillion tax-and-spending package, despite revelations about the group harvesting fetal tissue. However, he made clear Wednesday night that the funding was only part of the reason he left the GOP to become an independent. "It's not just that," Graham said on Fox News' "On the...
  • King: Jesus depictions today further promote a white supremacist agenda

    To be clear, Christmas in the United States, despite the name, has very little to do with Jesus Christ and everything to do with consumerism and gift giving. However, side by side with Easter, it’s also the time when we are most likely to see depictions of Jesus used as tools of white supremacy. In Atlanta, I see them everywhere I go. Jesus as a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby and his blue-eyed supermodel mother are ubiquitous and done without even a slight hint of humor. It's preposterous. It would truly be no different from depicting Christopher Columbus as a dark-skinned African...
  • Obama: ‘Our Family Celebrates the Birth of Jesus and the Values He lived In His Own Life’

    12/26/2015 6:54:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2015 | 9:30 AM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a videotaped Christmas message to the nation yesterday. In this message, the president said: "Today, like millions of Americans and Christians around the world, our family celebrates the birth of Jesus and the values He lived in his own life." The president and his family are on vacation in Hawaii. The last piece of legislation he signed was on Dec. 18. It was the omnibus spending bill, which permits funding of Planned Parenthood. ...
  • Can the Religious Right Give Ted Cruz the Win?

    12/22/2015 5:24:57 PM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Merritt
    In August 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stood before a crowd of 15,000 evangelicals in Dallas, Texas, and declared: “I know you can’t endorse me. But...I want you to know that I endorse you.” Shortly thereafter, various leaders of what would become known as the religious right would endorse Reagan, and their support would help make him the 40th president of the United States. In December 2015, several dozen religious right leaders gathered yet again—this time in secret, at a Sheraton hotel outside Washington, D.C.—to determine which candidate would earn their endorsement. After four rounds of balloting, one candidate...
  • Why Evangelicals Should Vote For Trump If He Gets The GOP Nod

    12/20/2015 5:02:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2015 | Doug Giles
    A couple of weeks ago, before a "moderate Muslim" couple lit up San Bernardino, a duo, by the way, that BHO's boys "vetted" to immigrate into the US, I read a column telling Christians not to vote for Trump should he win the GOP ticket because he didn't pass the "Word of God" litmus test. The Christian writer said evangelicals shouldn't support The Donald primarily because Trump mocked the disabled NYT reporter Serge Kovaleski. That, for said writer, was a holy deal breaker. He also pointed out that Trump was cocky, cheeky and braggadocious and that, my dear brethren, was...
  • Most U.S. Christian groups grow more accepting of homosexuality

    12/18/2015 9:05:33 AM PST · by aimhigh · 66 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 12/18/2015 | Carlyle Murphy
    Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful, according to an extensive Pew Research Center survey of U.S. religious beliefs and practices.
  • US evangelical leaders urge Christian acceptance of refugees

    12/17/2015 5:54:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 7:40 PM EST
    Evangelical leaders are urging fellow Christians to welcome refugees from Syria and Iraq despite opposition by many governors and presidential candidates. Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, World Relief and other Christian groups said they would not surrender to fears surrounding the issue. ...
  • Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist Clergy Back Funding for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    12/15/2015 7:04:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    A group of liberal clergy and religious leaders are calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbot to reverse his decision to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Abbott’s administration cut taxpayer funding for the abortion company after it was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies, though Planned Parenthood is fighting in court to keep taxpayers on the dole. “The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas, and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end,” Abbott said at the time. The signers (some listed below) of the...
  • Episcopal Abuses Turn Inward [Apostate church & spiritual train-wreck]

    12/13/2015 4:29:01 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Anglican Curmudgeon ^ | 12-13-2015 | A.S. Haley
    In a development that few Episcopalians of four or five years ago could have imagined, the Episcopal bishops of the most powerful and financially secure dioceses have begun to turn on their own once-strong, but now severely weakened, parishes. Having driven out all the dissenters at enormous expense to their coffers, these dioceses are increasingly trying to make up their losses by sacrificing valuable real estate -- even if it means turning out previously loyal congregations from their hard-won property. And -- who could have foreseen it? -- the parishes most harmed by the continuous litigation were precisely those with...
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church to remove images of Confederate flags

    11/28/2015 3:09:39 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 18 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 23, 2015 | LAURA KEBEDE
    The historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church known as the “Cathedral of the Confederacy” has begun removing all images of the Confederate flag from within its walls. The measure includes six plaques with various versions of the Confederate flag, the church’s coat of arms with the flag on kneelers at the high altar, and bookplates in some books in the church’s library. The coat of arms will be retired, and the church will start to dig deeper in its history, the role of race and slavery in that history, and how parishioners can engage in conversations about race in the Richmond...
  • Is it really 'unchristian' to resist forced settlement of refugees?

    11/24/2015 11:57:56 AM PST · by hemogoblin · 54 replies
    Christian Action Network ^ | 11-24-2015 | Alec Rooney
    Let us share a trend from Christian Action Network’s Facebook page, where supporters “Like” the things we do and haters bombard us with profanity and/or insults. When we announced our recent petition drive to keep Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe from settling Syrian refugees in our home state (it’s still open; sign it here), the negative reactions all had a similar tone: that we are “unchristian” for opposing a huge, hasty and very political importation of strangers into our midst from a region known for terrorism and extremist violence. Here are some choice examples: How Christian of you.. WWJTA? (Who would...
  • Why Some Churches Choose to Die

    11/22/2015 4:17:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2015 | Thom S. Rainer
    The conversation surprised me. I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived "good old days," the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support. I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the members asked me a question that seemed to come from nowhere: "Will we have to sing from screens instead of hymnals?" she...
  • You’re Not A Bad Christian Just Because You Want To Be Cautious About Syrian Refugees

    So I guess the Syrian refugee crisis is the latest complex issue we're supposed to pretend to have all figured out. Well, perhaps against my better judgment, I'm going to admit that I don't have it figured out, exactly. To be honest, I hadn't even thought much about refugee policy until very recently. I haven't spent very much time studying the legal and moral arguments for and against the various different sides. I haven't investigated the theological justifications for all of the possible positions on the subject. I'm not an expert by any means. What I know about the relevant...
  • I went to church w/ Ted Cruz, he's building an army of young Christian voters in Iowa-"scary stuff"

    11/21/2015 1:08:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 152 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Robert Leonard - reporter, anthropologist, and author of “Yellow Cab”
    Many around me in the coffee shop nodded in agreement in support of welcoming Christian refugees and rejecting those of other faiths. It fits their narrative that they should help persecuted Christians. After all, despite the fact that American Christians are the most entitled and privileged people in the history of the planet, many feel persecuted.One of the more endearing customs of many of our small town Iowa churches on Sunday morning is story time. The pastor welcomes elementary and pre-school aged kids up front, where he or she sits with the children, and shares a parable. Often the pastor...
  • Texas Megachurch Votes to Leave Presbyterian Church (USA)

    11/07/2015 1:45:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/4/15 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    A Texas congregation with approximately 2,200 members has voted to disaffiliate from Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences. First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio members voted Sunday to seek dismissal from PC (USA) and to join the more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. According to a vote tally provided to The Christian Post by FPC San Antonio, out of 1,072 voting members present 87.3 percent voted to terminate their affiliation with PC(USA) and 85.6 percent voted to join ECO.
  • Nadia Bolz Weber: A pastor for America's outsiders

    11/05/2015 3:50:48 PM PST · by Salman · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 July 2015 | Jane Little
    At the House for All Sinners and Saints in the US city of Denver, a foul-mouthed tattoo-loving Lutheran pastor who was once a Pagan, an alcoholic and a stand-up comedian, is reinventing church. Nadia Bolz Weber walks through the glass doors and immediately commands attention. She is 6'1" (185cm), has short, salt-and-pepper hair slicked back from her face, wears dark pink lipstick, and her bare arms are well-toned from many hours spent lifting weights in the gym. There is no dog collar this morning. But I get a clear view of her trademark tattoos. Elaborate, colourful images extend all the...
  • Christianity And LGBT Rights: 70% Of US Catholics Say Gays Should Be Accepted By Society

    11/04/2015 11:35:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 11/04/2015 | By Ismat Sarah Mangla
    American Christians have become a lot more tolerant of homosexuality over the past eight years, according to a landmark study released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday that showed big gains in acceptance since the last time the study was conducted in 2007. The 2014 Religious Landscape Study, a survey of more than 35,000 Americans, examined a vast array of religious and social issues, including immigration. The study concluded that nearly all major religious groups have become significantly more accepting of homosexuality -- and almost all Christian groups are more accepting than they were in 2007. It holds true...
  • Growing Number of Pastors Believe Christianity and Islam Are Similar

    11/04/2015 11:52:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/27/2015 | LISA CANNON GREEN
    Protestant pastors are increasingly polarized about Islam, as a growing share label the Muslim faith violent while a sharply rising minority calls it spiritually good. Although a majority considers Islam dangerous, a small but increasing segment believes Islam is similar to Christianity, according to a new survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Two-thirds of Protestant pastors agree Christianity and Islam should seek to coexist in America. The softening of some pastors' views toward Islam is a key finding of a LifeWay Research survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors. Seventeen percent of pastors characterize Islam as similar to Christianity, nearly double the 9...
  • Hattiesburg church dismissed from Baptist Association for affirming homosexual lifestyle

    11/03/2015 8:33:32 AM PST · by PAR35 · 63 replies
    WDAM-TV ^ | October 27, 2015 | Margaret Ann Morgan
    HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Baptist church in Hattiesburg that is self-described as "a different kind of Baptist church" was kicked out of the Pine Belt Baptist Association. A written statement by University Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Rusty Edwards said members of the association voted to dismiss UBC from its membership on Tuesday, Oct. 20. ... The statement specifically outlined University Baptist Church's decision to openly affirm the practice of a "homosexual lifestyle" into their church. According to the statement, the church is listed as an "affirming" church on the website gaychurch.org. The Pine Belt Baptist Association said that doctrine...
  • United Methodist and Episcopalian Church Clergy Lead Prayer Rally to Bless Abortion Clinic

    10/12/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 103 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have misguided faith....In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have misguided faith....Young also says religious groups are fueling the so-called war on women. She explained, Women are being attacked at a moral level by the radical Religious Right. Theyve hijacked the political discussion. This event is an opportunity for progressive religious leaders to stop the silence. We need to be in the conversation....The abortion reverend heads up a group...
  • The Episcopal Church drops below two million mark on PB Jefferts Schori's watch

    10/11/2015 7:50:51 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 27 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | October 10, 2015 | Mary Ann Mueller
    When the 2014 stats came out last week, it was no surprise that The Episcopal Church had again lost membership across the board. However, the newest released figures show that there is a dip in most church growth indicators -- total membership, ASA, congregations, baptisms, communicants, faith formation pupils, confirmations, and receptions from other Christian denominations. There is a slight uptick in marriages and an increase in funerals. For the first time in 75 years, The Episcopal Church's total membership dipped below the two million member mark. TEC's just-released official 2014 stats show worldwide church membership standing at 1,956,042. The...
  • I am a gay priest who is happy': Vatican official fired after coming out on eve of Church conf.

    10/05/2015 9:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Sarah Kaplan
    On Saturday evening, as hundreds of bishops convened in Rome for a major church assembly on family issues, former Vatican priest Krzysztof Charamsa headed a mile across town to a different gathering: the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a group of 13 organizations advocating for inclusion of gays in the church. Charamsa had lost his job just before, when he was fired from his position in the Vaticans doctrine office after announcing that he was gay and introducing reporters to his boyfriend. I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay...
  • The un-Christian immorality of socialist Pope Francis

    10/03/2015 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct. 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    There was a time when even if you were not Catholic, and even if you strenuously disagreed with Roman Catholic doctrine and practice, you could still expect the pontiffs to be on the right side of world events. Yet, we've come a long way from John Paul II joining with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to oppose the Soviet Union and worldwide Communism. Those who believed that Communism "fell" with the Berlin Wall were premature, and didn't realize that it was merely going underground, taking on new forms and putting forward new faces to the public at large. One of...
  • Vatican sacks priest after he comes out as gay

    10/03/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality. Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa was removed from his position at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm where he had worked since 2003, a statement said. Charamsa, 43, and a Polish theologian, announced he was gay and had a partner in a long interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday. He later held a news conference...
  • The Christian Temptation Towards Socialism

    10/02/2015 9:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/01/2015 | Marc Fitch
    The last temptation of Christ may not have occurred in the desert when Satan confronted Jesus. In the biblical book of Matthew, Christ goes alone into the desert and fasts for 40 days. While he is starving, the Devil confronts and tempts him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Christ answers, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant, has faced a similar temptation to turn stone into bread in the form of socialism....
  • How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward

    09/30/2015 12:45:01 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | Michaelangelo Signorile
    After first refusing to confirm nor deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis' attorney -- who made the news public after the pope's trip ended -- said Francis told her to "stay strong." And that simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying "the gay issue" on his U.S. trip. The pope played us for fools, trying to have it both ways. As I noted last week, he's an artful politician, telling different audiences what they want to hear...
  • Gay Catholics Urge Synod Fathers to Reject Harsh Language

    09/30/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Appeal comes in briefing paper sent to English bishops attending family synodGay Catholics have sent a briefing paper to the two English bishops attending the family synod next week, urging them to reject harsh language about homosexuality. The LGBT Catholics Briefing Paper resulted from a reflection day, sponsored by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, held in June 2013. The briefing paper is addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and chairman of the bishops conference Committee for Marriage and Family Life, who will be at the synod which opens on Sunday....
  • THE MYSTERY OF POPE FRANCIS: WAS THERE A VATICAN COUP?

    09/27/2015 6:17:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 134 replies
    Powerline ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would have thought had stacked the ranks of the Cardinals with clergy that would perpetuate their theological and philosophical outlook. Was Benedict hounded out of office by some kind of internal Vatican scandal perhaps? Was there some ecclesiastical version of a coup?There’s no evidence that I’m aware of—until now. Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a very curious article about...
  • More on the Pope's Speech to Congress: What He Said -- and What He Meant

    09/24/2015 2:08:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, we're gonna go back to the audio sound bites. Pope Francis and his speech before the joint session of Congress. Let me just ask a question. This is rooted, ladies and gentlemen, in our first caller. I've noticed that there is a process by which people go through when they support somebody, but they're not sure what the person they support is saying all the time or maybe a person they support never has addressed certain things. The people that support them will always interpret what the person they support says as being what they like. I first...
  • Pope Francis Just Echoed Obama's 'Offensive' Prayer Breakfast Remarks

    While delivering the first address from a pontiff to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis touched on topics ranging from the plight of immigrants to climate change and the death penalty. Many of his comments were lightly delivered and unlikely to elicit much controversy, though the reaction might be different if they were given by another world leader. Case in point: Toward the beginning of his address, Francis alluded to religious extremism, noting that "no religion is immune" from it. His full quote as prepared for delivery: "Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred...
  • Pope Francis' Speech To Congress Didn't Mention Abortion, Gay Marriage By Name

    09/24/2015 8:35:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 151 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09/24/2015 | Jaweed Kaleem
    In a 3,404-word address, he used only 75 words on the two topics. Pope Francis touched on many topics in his speech to Congress, but conservatives may have expected him to say more about abortion and same-sex marriage. During his historic speech at a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis hit upon a variety of issues that have defined the Catholic church: protecting the environment, helping the poor, addressing the plight of immigrants, abolishing the death penalty and taking a stand against the proliferation of the weapons trade, to name a few. Yet, while the pope had strong...
  • Pope Francis delivers big for Dems on war, climate, immigration

    09/24/2015 9:15:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/24/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Pope Francis on Thursday gave an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress that delivered big applause lines for Democrats on issues like the need to end armed conflict, welcoming immigrants, and taking steps to stop climate change. And while Republicans have spent the week reminding people that the pope agrees with the GOP on issues like family and abortion, the pontiff only gave a few brief nods to those issues, and in far less specific terms. For example, he stressed that the "Golden Rule" reminds people of their "responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage...
  • Francis takes Congress to task on immigration, abortion, gay marriage and (Shortened)

    09/24/2015 9:11:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 118 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Martosko,J.Taylor Rushing
    Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.
  • Pope Francis Address to the US Congress [Full text]

    09/24/2015 9:09:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/24/15
    Here is the text of Pope Francis address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. * * * Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility. Each...
  • Rev. Wright: Obama Was 'Steeped In Islam'

    09/21/2015 7:18:26 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    May 18, 2012
    Hysteria regarding Obama being Moslem is nothing new. Let's look at these two videos. Video #1: http://www.breitbart.com/video/2012/05/18/obama-steeped-in-islam-obamas-20-year-spiritual-mentor-rev-wright-next-shocking-revelation/ Around 2:15 mark: KLEIN: When I asked the Reverend Wright about this whole question of Islam and Christianity. He said, well, you know, Barack Obama was steeped in Islam. He knew a lot about Islam from his childhood. But he knew very little about Christianity. And I made it easy for him to feel not guilty about learning about Christianity without turning his back on his Islamic friends. HANNITY: What does that mean? KLEIN: So then I said to him, well, did you...
  • Wright: I Made It Comfortable For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

    09/20/2015 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 157 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In a shocking interview yesterday on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, author Ed Klein said Barack Obamas former pastor helped Obama accept Christianity without having to renounce Islam.
  • Gay Michigan Pastor Forced to Resign Shares Story in Bay Area

    09/19/2015 1:15:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/18 | Pete Suratos
    A Methodist pastor who was told to resign from his Michigan church because of his sexuality visited the Bay Area to share his story. Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson spoke to the Twin Towers Methodist Church in Alameda on Friday and discussed the life-changing moment when he was told to resign because he is gay. He said he has decided to take his story on the road and change minds along the way. Hutchinson said he was forced to resign from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after he told the bishop about his gay partner. According to the United Methodist Church's guidelines, that...
  • German Bishop Sees Good in Adultery, Sodomy

    09/15/2015 4:57:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/15/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A German bishop is advocating Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholic spouses and urging a special blessing for same-sex couples. In a recent interview with German newspaper Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, Bp. Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrck, Germany, admits marital indissolubility yet questions whether adulterous second civil marriages "might actually correspond better to God's covenant with human beings." Here's his full response: KNA: A major issue will be divorced and remarried individuals. You have advocated allowing such persons to receive Holy Communion under certain conditions. What are those conditions? Bode: Marriage is indissoluble according to the will of Jesus. With a...