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  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/25/2016 3:57:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 244 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | May 10, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words. To read the document with the formatting go to the link of the document.) Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History! Dear friends, As always as I have wrote in the last couple of “Spiritual Food”s, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the...
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • United Methodist Church to respond to rumors that it is about to split over gay equality

    05/17/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    The United Methodist Church is considering splitting over the full acceptance of gay members, according to reports by top clergy and advocacy groups. Church officials say the president of the Council of Bishops will address the rumor Tuesday in Portland, Ore., where the denomination is holding a major convention. The rumors about the United States’ third-largest faith group began spreading on social media Monday night, when some prominent pastors reportedly told crowds in Portland that a plan is in the works. Details about what the plan entails and who was on board with it were unconfirmed. United Methodist Church spokeswoman...
  • One of Pope Francis’ strongest critics' note of hope (SSPX Bishop Fellay) (Really)

    04/01/2016 8:13:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Fri Apr 1, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    April 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Of all the people many would assume to be Pope Francis’ greatest enemy, the head of the Society of Saint Pius X would likely hit the top of many lists. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, however has made some remarkably hopeful statements about the Pope, revealing what he sees as Francis’ own embrace of the SSPX. Rumors of reunification effort have been circulating since Pope Francis’ surprise announcement that the priests of the SSPX would be given permission to hear confessions of all Catholics during the Year of Mercy. Those rumors were...
  • Have we truly arrived to a SCHISM?

    03/11/2016 5:22:36 AM PST · by JosephJames · 34 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | March 10, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    Have we truly arrived to a SCHISM? Dear friends, As always, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church for adults (CCC), but to keep our eyes open so as not to fall into the beautiful lies of Satan presented as if they were the Truth!!! A friend of mine recently showed me a synthesis of a conference given by Padre Santiago Martin, F.M., entitled “Love, Truth...
  • Pope Francis, Russian Patriarch Kirill to meet in Cuba to heal 1,000yr rift [Rev 17]

    02/05/2016 9:50:47 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Russia Times ^ | 2/5/2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba. The meeting between heads the two major Christian churches would be an unprecedented move to mend a millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of the religion, which started with the Great Schism of 1054. The upcoming meeting confirms Russia's status in the Christian world, according to Alexandr Avdeev Russia's ambassador to the Holy See. "In light of the Western sanctions, the meeting between...
  • 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.
  • As Anglicans meet, spiritual leader says schism would be failure (but not disaster)

    01/11/2016 12:34:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:31am EST | Estelle Shirbon
    A schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexual rights and women clerics would be a failure but not a disaster, the spiritual head of Anglicans said on Monday at the start of a high-stakes meeting between conservative and liberal primates. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will host the heads of the communion's 37 other provinces around the globe for a week of talks to try and work out if and how they can stick together after more than a decade of bitter disagreements. "Certainly I want reconciliation, but reconciliation doesn't always mean agreement. In fact, it very seldom does....
  • 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...
  • Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves

    11/08/2015 11:19:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    EAD ^ | 11/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Christianity is under attack from a thousand different directions all at once, and yet many believers have turned their guns on one another. This war among Christians seems to intensify with each passing year, and believers are often fighting for some of the stupidest reasons you can possibly imagine. Meanwhile, people are leaving our churches in droves and church attendance is way down. This is especially true of younger Americans. According to an incredible new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of all Millennials (U.S. adults born since 1990) attend religious services on...
  • 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.
  • What does the Jesuit master reveal about the Jesuit Bishop of Rome's intention...

    11/07/2015 4:06:30 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 11/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "What does the Jesuit master reveal about the Jesuit Bishop of Rome's intention. Are we on the verge of heresy and schism?" Journalists have had unprecedented access to the Pope. It is a disgraceful and utterly contemptible reality that old men with decaying minds from a lifetime of atheism such as Scalfari and Jesuits with burning errors steeped in modernism and heterodoxy are able to communicate that which is in the mind of Jorge Bergoglio better than faithful Catholic media or better still, faithful cardinals and bishops! The Jesuit Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi tried to walk back the Scalfari report,...
  • 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...
  • Socci: With Papally-Mandated "Catholic Divorce" destroying a Sacrament, Schism Looms...

    09/16/2015 4:58:58 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/16/15 | Antonio Socci
    "Socci: With Papally-Mandated "Catholic Divorce" destroying a Sacrament, Schism Looms Large on the Catholic Horizon" "Newsweek" recently had a photo of Pope Francis on their front-cover with the headline: “Is the Pope Catholic?”. Subtitle: “Of course he is. You just wouldn’t know it from his press clips.” Indeed, it is a legitimate question, seeing that the Argentine Pope has prayed in a Mosque and said in an interview to Scalfari: “There is no Catholic God.” The anxiety in the Church is now becoming enormous after the 8th of September. In fact with two Motu Proprios on the nullity of marriage,...
  • Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate

    06/14/2015 1:34:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | June 13, 2015 | John Vidal
    The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind. Could it lead to a step-change in the battle against global warming?Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday. In an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment, the pontiff is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that...
  • German Bishops have Prepared the Way for a De Facto Schism

    06/13/2015 10:10:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 10, 2015 | Marie Meaney
    The German bishops are offering us a new kind of Christianity despite their claim that no change is being proposed other than in pastoral approach and language. A new pastoral approach would be commendable if applied as Pope Francis intends, to accompany the broken, wounded and lost into the field hospital that is the Church. However, this is not the intention of the German bishops. It is easy to disguise a substantial change to the meaning of marriage by calling it simply a pastoral innovation. The recent confidential day of studies organized by Cardinal Marx, Bishops Markus Büchel and Georges...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 70 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...
  • Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”?

    05/18/2015 5:50:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-18-15 | Jeffrey Walton
    Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”? The 2014 numbers reveal the PCUSA's largest statistical decline to date. A slimmed-down Presbyterian Church (USA) is apparently getting ready for beach season after shedding unwanted excess members, according to a cheery report by the denomination’s top official. “The PC(USA) is a church made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world,” an apparently unfazed Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, soothed. “Membership declines continue, but on a whole the...
  • PCUSA Stalling Korean Church's Effort to Leave Denomination?

    04/08/2015 8:42:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill. Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality. Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. Despite that, the PCUSA Presbytery of San Gabriel has not apparently finalized the dismissal as of this month, according to the Korean-American Christian publication Christianity Daily. Rachael Lee...
  • 34,000 black churches cut ties with the Presbyterian Church USA after it backed same-sex ‘marriage’

    04/03/2015 3:50:43 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Lifesitenews ^ | 2.Apr.2015 | Kirsten Anderson
    The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) – a coalition of 34,000 black churches from 15 denominations representing almost 16 million black Americans – has cut all ties with the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) after the denomination voted to embrace same-sex “marriage.” The PCUSA voted last June to jettison the traditional definition of marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman. Instead, its Book of Order now defines marriage as a union “between two people,” with no mention of biological sex. At the same time, the PCUSA voted to allow its pastors to officiate at homosexual “weddings” in...
  • 34K Black And Latino Churches Cut Ties With Presbyterian USA After Same-Sex Marriage Approval

    03/30/2015 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A coalition of 34,000 black churches has cut its ties with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) in the wake of its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.
  • Being Soul Sad For My Church [PC(USA)]

    03/27/2015 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Winds Of Talahi ^ | March 25, 2015
    There have been few times in my life when I have been truly soul sad. As a Pastor, I have stood by the bed of dying patients and encouraged them to hope in Heaven when earth offered them none. I have held the hands of mothers when their cries had no comfort, because the terminally ill child in their arms would be the pain of unfulfilled dreams. I have listened to the hurt of children betrayed, seen the terror of marriages destroyed by temptation, and cried when good people have made devastatingly bad choices. For these my soul has hurt,...
  • FORMER SSPX Bishop Williamson to consecrate bishop(s) (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 03-16-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    It was only a matter of time. Ever since Bishop Richard Williamson eventually caused the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) to force his own expulsion from that Society in 2012, the watch has been on for him to consecrate one or more bishops. This became even more inevitable as he has failed to recruit any significant number of clergy or faithful away from the SSPX in a so-called "Resistance" attempt. Rorate can now report at least one consecration will occur on March 19 (Feast of St. Joseph).
  • 9 Thoughts on Church Splits

    03/12/2015 7:34:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2015 | BY THOM S. RAINER
    For over thirty years I have been professionally and personally connected to the local church. I have served as a pastor, church consultant, author, seminary dean, and church resource provider. The most painful moments of my tenure have been those occasions where church dissension is great, and where church splits take place. There is little good that comes from church splits. The residual pain is lasting and the negative community impact is enduring. After reflecting on church splits over my thirty-year tenure, and after conducting an informal Twitter poll, I have nine major thoughts I would like to share with...
  • First Presbyterian Church of Boulder may realign; same-sex marriage a factor

    03/02/2015 11:28:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 02/28/2015 | Charlie Brennan
    The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is asking its congregation to vote on whether to end affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), in favor of a California-based evangelical Presbyterian association that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, 1820 15th St., well known for a large-scale feed of Boulder's homeless population every Thanksgiving, had originally been scheduled to take a vote of its congregation Feb. 22, but that was postponed due to weather. And although absentee voting has been ongoing, the bulk of the balloting is now scheduled for its...
  • Are you Really Ready for the Prospect of Two Churches?

    02/12/2015 7:41:14 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | 2/11/15 | That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill
    Is this post-Synod scenario completely out of the question? A man and a woman, both divorced, wish to remarry. One of them is a Catholic. They go to see one priest at a Church and the parish priest says, "According to my conscience, informed by the Word of God, you cannot be remarried in the Catholic Church unless your previous marriage is annulled." The couple go to see another priest at another Church nearby and he says, "According to the Pope and the Synod on the Family, you can be remarried here." Thinking the unthinkable Now I know that the...
  • Gay Marriage Acceptance by Finnish Lutheran Archbishop Prompts Mass Resignations From Church..

    12/01/2014 6:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12/1/14 | Stoyan Zaimov
    As many as 7,800 people have resigned from the Lutheran Church in Finland since the parliament approved a law legalizing same-sex marriages on Friday, which was backed by Kari Mäkinen, the Archbishop of Turku and Finland. Mäkinen reportedly said that he was "rejoiced" by the passage of the law, YLE News reported on Sunday. "I know how much this day means for rainbow people, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them," the Archbishop said. "We are in the same situation as our neighboring Nordic churches: our concept of marriage needs...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • Megachurch Will Pay Millions to Leave Presbyterian Denomination After Battle Over Liberal Theology

    09/21/2014 4:17:55 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 80 replies
    Yet another megachurch has announced that it will spend millions to officially separate itself from Presbyterian Church (USA), a denomination that has, in recent years, experienced turmoil over what critics decry as an increasingly liberal theology. Nearly 89 percent of the congregation at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, voted in October 2013 to leave the denomination and to join the more theologically conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians — a decision that carries with it a hefty price tag. The church will need to pay $7.8 million in order to officially leave Presbyterian Church (USA) and keep its...
  • The coming progressive schism (Elizabeth Warren, netroots, Hobby Lobby, Hillary and 2016)

    07/19/2014 5:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    There’s big trouble in little Progressivetown, folks. That’s trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with We, as in We (meaning Daily KOS) won’t be going to Netroots Nation next year because it’s being held in Arizona. Netroots Nation announced two days ago that Phoenix, Arizona would host its 2015 conference. I wish the conference the best, but it will unfortunately take place without Daily Kos’ attendance or assistance. I made very clear in the wake of Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 that I would not be setting foot in the state, nor spending a dime in it until the...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Hopes Approval of Female Bishops will not Block Ecumenical Progress

    07/19/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as bishops. Dr. Justin Welby acknowledges that some “ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion.” But he observes that a shared Christian faith provides “much that unites us,” and argues that there is “so much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever.” In his letter the Anglican primate explains the drive to approve the...
  • The real reason liberal churches are losing members

    06/27/2014 12:15:05 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 25 June 2014 | Michael Brown
    Almost every day conservative Christians are told that if we don't become more enlightened and progressive, we will become irrelevant to society as our numbers continue to decline. In reality, the opposite is true: We will only be relevant to the extent we honor God and hold fast to biblical truth, which is why the more "progressive" and "enlightened churches" are the ones losing members the most rapidly. God will back His gospel, not some man-made, watered-down message. God will back the exaltation of Jesus, not some muddled, every-path-leads-to-God nonsense. God will back the call to take up the cross...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • PCUSA Votes to Allow Clergy to Marry Same-Sex Couples; Approves Redefining Marriage

    06/20/2014 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Lillian Kwon
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages. Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal. The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. "The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them ... God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God's unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God." The PCUSA's 221st General Assembly, which is meeting in Detroit this...
  • Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage

    06/19/2014 6:25:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it is legal. The church also voted, by an overwhelming majority, to change the language about marriage in the church constitution to "two persons" from a "man and a woman," according to More Light Presbyterians, a group that supports gay rights. To take effect, that change would need to be approved by a majority of 172 local presbyteries, which have a year to vote, the church said in a statement. However, starting Saturday, pastors can go ahead and begin marrying same-sex couples in the...
  • The Coming Evangelical Divide

    06/18/2014 7:11:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 127 replies
    Keep Believing ^ | 17 June 2014 | Ray Pritchard
    The evangelical movement is about to divide. Nothing could be clearer. It’s true that we have often disagreed over things like church government, views of the Second Coming, baptism, lifestyle habits, worship style and musical preference. But those differences, though deeply felt, were intramural debates over secondary issues. This time we are going to divide over a primary issue. It is isn’t just about homosexuality or even about gay marriage, though that is the most obvious factor. When all the cards are out on the table, it will be clear that we have divided over biblical authority. Some of us...
  • Neocons and Small-Government Conservatives, Consciously Uncouple

    03/30/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 33 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 27 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Once the Cold War ended it didn't make much sense for neoconservatives and small-government conservatives to remain in a coalition. But breakups take time, and post-9/11 politics briefly created the illusion that Bill Kristol and George Will belong in the same political party. I am here to tell you that they do not, even if many people who identify as small-government conservatives still don't realize it. There are kind, intellectually honest neoconservatives who genuinely believe that their hawkish, imperial approach to foreign policy would bring about a better world. Their notion of the good is still incompatible with small-government conservatism...
  • Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

    02/09/2014 8:54:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    WRAL-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2014 | Rachel Zoll
    The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. In response, theological conservatives have sought formal complaints against the defiant clergy, which could lead to church trials. One scholar has warned that Methodists are "retreating into our various camps" instead of seeking a resolution over an issue...
  • Austria: More Leaving Church Under Pope Francis Than Under Benedict XVI

    01/16/2014 8:57:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 74 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 1/16/14 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Vienna) in Austria in 2013, there were more than leaving the church than in 2012. Nearly 55,000 Catholics have left the Catholic Church as a corporate body under public law. Thus more Austrians left the Church in the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis, than in the last year of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. The church leaders wonder about this phenomenon, which they had not expected. "We would have expected better numbers," said the Bishop of Linz Vicar William Viehböck. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. there was relief heard from not a few official...
  • Is schism the greatest evil?

    01/09/2014 7:12:37 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    "...But Dr. von Hildebrand asks some very pointed questions regarding schism: But is a schism truly the greatest evil? The falling away of each individual person who leaves the Church is a great evil in itself, and especially for his soul, endangering his eternal salvation. But it is much worse when, although he has lost the true faith, he remains within the Church and poisons the faithful through his influence. This is worse for him, too, he adds to the awful sin of heresy that of lying, deceiving others, abusing his dignity as a Catholic, and, in the case of...
  • After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?

    01/05/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    CNN Belief Blog ^ | 01/05/2014 | Katie Engelhart
    LONDON (CNN) - The Sunday Assembly was riding high. The world’s most voguish - though not its only - atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim. So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was ready to franchise, branching out into cities such as New York, Dublin and Melbourne. “It’s a way to scale goodness,” declared Sanderson Jones, a standup comic and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a “godless congregation.” But nearly as quickly as the Assembly spread, it split, with New York City emerging...
  • Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Nudged 1,000 People to Leave Mars Hill Bible Church, Says Successor

    11/19/2013 3:00:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson. Dobson was chosen by Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to replace Bell, who founded the congregation in 1999. "There was a lot of drama with (Bell's book) Love Wins and that season feels like it's over. This year has been one of sort of settling down a bit and re-identifying our...
  • Texas' Largest Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregation Votes to Leave Denomination

    10/30/2013 5:34:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10-30-2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Texas has voted to leave the mainline denomination over theological differences. Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has approximately 4,000 members, overwhelmingly approved a resolution recently that would involve the congregation seeking dismissal from PC (USA). Eighty-nine percent of the members present at the Congregational and Corporate Meeting held at the church voted in favor of leaving PC (USA). Last month, Highland Park Presbyterian leadership unanimously approved a resolution to begin the process of dismissal from PC (USA). The Session recommended dismissal from the mainline denomination and membership into the newer more...
  • Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis-"We have in front of us a genuine Modernist"

    10/18/2013 7:10:02 AM PDT · by tomsbartoo · 31 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 14, 2013 | John Vennari
    Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis - “We have in front of us a genuine Modernist!” 14/10/13 10:26 Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis “We have in front of us a genuine Modernist!” by John Vennari Catholic Family News Bishop Bernard Fellay warned on October 12, “The situation of the Church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse.” He said this in an address at the Angelus Press Conference, the weekend of Oct 11-13, 2013, in Kansas City. Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, gave an extensive lecture on Saturday...
  • Aide Says McCain '[edited] Hates Cruz'

    09/23/2013 10:29:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    TPM ^ | 9/23/13
    <p>A lengthy profile on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the October issue of GQ may compound his already-contentious relationship with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).</p> <p>In the piece by Jason Zengerle, an unnamed adviser to McCain explained the Arizona senator's aversion to Cruz.</p>
  • Western Maryland secessionists seek to sever ties with the liberal Free State

    09/08/2013 4:42:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The push by 50 western Virginia counties to secede in 1863, forming West Virginia at the height of the Civil War, was led by a charismatic store-clerk-turned-lawyer who famously urged his supporters: “Cut the knot now! Cut it now! Apply the knife.” West Virginia was the last state to break off from another. Now, 150 years later, a 49-year-old information technology consultant wants to apply the knife to Maryland’s five western counties. “The people are the sovereign,” says Scott Strzelczyk, leader of the fledgling Western Maryland Initiative, and the western sovereigns are fed up with Annapolis’s liberal majority, elected by...
  • CITING OBAMACARE, 40,000 LONGSHOREMEN QUIT THE AFL-CIO

    09/02/2013 8:34:31 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | Sep 2, 2013 | clyde
    Breitbart is reporting that in what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare. “We feel the Federation has...
  • Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO (It's a sign of things to come)

    09/01/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 43 replies
    LABORNOTES ^ | 08/31/2013 | Mark Brenner
    Longshore Union Quits the AFL-CIO In a surprise move, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced its disaffiliation from the AFL-CIO yesterday. The news comes just a week before the federation is set to hold its national convention in Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest port and an ILWU stronghold.. The ILWU, known for its militant traditions and progressive politics, has been drawn into turf wars with other unions in recent years—particularly in the grain export terminals of the Pacific Northwest, where longshore workers have been locked in a high-stakes battle over master contract standards since 2011. - See more...
  • ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

    07/28/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 7-28-13 | Kevin Vogts
    Promoting acceptance of sexual behavior has replaced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the primary mission. On the one hand, the world will never be satisfied–until Christians completely renounce their faith. More importantly, the Lord will never bless such unfaithfulness to Him and His Word. We see from the sad example of what’s happened to the ELCA–the biggest split in American church history–that whatever churches and other organizations such as the Boy Scouts imagine they will gain by giving in to the world is dwarfed by what they will surely lose.
  • Iowa Divided: Civil War Threatens the State's GOP

    07/26/2013 6:49:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/26/2013 | Robert Costa
    Des Moines, Iowa — The front line of the Republican civil war may be Grand Avenue, a hilly road that cuts through the heart of Iowa’s biggest city. On one side of the street is the gold-domed state capitol, home to Republican Terry Branstad, Iowa’s longest-serving governor. On the other side is a weathered brick building housing the Iowa GOP, which is chaired by A. J. Spiker and David Fischer. Both men are faithful allies of Ron Paul, the retired Texas congressman who twice ran for the Republican presidential nomination. These days, relations between the two camps are as messy...