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  • Mormon church cuts ties to Boy Scouts after program drops ‘boy’ from the name

    05/10/2018 8:57:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 05/10/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Mormon Church has announced that it will end all association with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and other worldwide Scouting programs, a week after the BSA announced it would cut “boy” from the name because it now accepts girls. “Effective on December 31, 2019, the Church will conclude its relationship as a chartered organization with all Scouting programs around the world,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) announced on May 8. Instead, next year it plans to launch its own youth programs to “help all...
  • CHURCH Pastor: I miscalculated impact of LGBTQ-affirming vote

    04/23/2018 2:07:04 PM PDT · by fwdude · 77 replies
    One News Now ^ | January 15, 2018 | Bill Bumpas, Jody Brown
    A Baptist pastor in Dallas is facing some harsh realities more than a year after leading his congregation to affirm homosexuality. In November 2016, Wilshire Baptist Church voted to extend membership to those involved in the homosexual lifestyle. The church's slogan is now "Open to all, closed to none." The action prompted the Baptist General Convention of Texas to sever ties with the church. A year later, Chelsen Vicari decided to contact senior pastor George Mason to see how the church has been affected by the change.
  • Local Church Leaves United Methodist Church Over Its Support for Abortion

    03/31/2018 4:56:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Mar 30, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Mississippi United Methodist Church recently voted to leave its denomination, in part, because of the denomination’s position on abortion. In the past, the United Methodist Church has been affiliated with the pro-abortion group Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and some of its pastors continue to support pro-abortion causes. The denomination does not describe abortion as a sin, either. Its position statement describes abortion as a “complex” issue. It says: “Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of...
  • [Cath Cauc] Dutch Cardinal blames Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia for ‘fracturing’ Catholic Church

    03/08/2018 11:50:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 7, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    A cardinal from the Netherlands has stated that the question of divorced-and-civilly ‘remarried’ Catholics receiving Holy Communion is “fracturing” the Church. The source of the confusion, he says, is Pope Francis’ 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia, specifically Paragraph 305.  Willem Jacobus Cardinal Eijk recently gave an interview to the Italian monthly magazine Il Timone in which he defended traditional Church doctrine. He remarked on the damage Pope Francis’ lack of clarity on the issue has done to the Church.  “The question of whether it is possible to consent to the so-called divorced and civilly remarried receiving sacramental absolution and thus the...
  • [Catholic Caucus]...German Bishops: Polish in ‘Identity Crisis,’ Insisting on ‘Exclusion’

    03/01/2018 6:40:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 1, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    LifeSiteNews reported a few days ago the inspiring piece of news that in Poland, 140,000 Catholics signed a petition to their bishops asking them to protect their teaching “from German errors.” At the same time, the German bishops had their spring assembly, during which they invited speakers who described the Polish Catholics as understandably “backward” due to their own Communist history and separation from the West and its ongoing discussions.Let us first consider the affirming report about the strong traditional faith of the Polish Catholics. As LifeSiteNews wrote (emphasis added): Over 140,000 Poles have signed a petition asking the nation’s...
  • Patriarch Filaret Says Ukrainian Church Will Never Go Back To Moscow Patriarchate

    03/01/2018 5:17:09 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Filaret, has said the Ukrainian church will never go back under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate. "First of all, I want to tell the Moscow patriarch and the Russian bishops that the Ukrainian church will never go back to the Moscow Patriarchate. Why is that? Because we have our own state. Don't you see how deceptive Moscow is? One cannot trust them." Filaret told journalists in Kyiv on December 1 that the Russian Orthodox Church was "deceptive" on November 30 when it said he had written a letter to Russian Patriarch...
  • Soon Oath of Blind Obedience to Bergoglio

    02/19/2018 3:56:29 AM PST · by JosephJames · 59 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | February 14, 2018 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    In preparation to take away the Most Holy Eucharist in all the public Catholic churches in the world by way of a mandatory invalid ecumenical mass, there are many indications that for the first time ever, all deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals will have to take an OATH OF TOTAL FIDELITY TO BERGOGLIO, NOT TO CHRIST, as has always been done in the past during the Chrism Mass, on Wednesday (March 28, 2018) of Holy Week (or Thursday in some diocese). In all probability, this will be the beginning of the greatest schism in the history of the Catholic Church....
  • Are Protestants Together?

    02/03/2018 6:09:12 AM PST · by tiredofallofit · 123 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 2/2/2018 | Robert Messner
    Some time ago, I read the short book Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Catholicism written by the late Reformed preacher R.C. Sproul. It was a good read; I thought that Sproul treated this controversy with a degree of fairness and accuracy that was not present in other books that I have read on this subject. He basically laid the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Westminster Confession side-by-side as he worked through the major differences. Sure, there were some snarky comments here and there but I overlooked these since it was clear that the book was being targeted...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Schneider invites world’s prelates to sign Profession of Immutable Truths

    01/30/2018 5:43:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 30, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    In an exclusive interview two weeks after issuing a profession of immutable truths about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider is inviting his brother bishops around the world to join in raising a common voice in defense of the sanctity and the indissolubility of marriage, in the midst of a “neo-pagan society” where divorce has become “a plague.” In conversation with LifeSiteNews on Jan. 15, 2018, the auxiliary bishop of Astana Kazakhstan said: “God decides the time, and the time will come when the Pope and the episcopacy again will proclaim, with all clarity, unambiguity and beauty, the sanctity of marriage, and of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Barf Alert: Cardinal Parolin: Amoris Laetitia is a ‘paradigm shift’

    01/11/2018 10:14:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 11, 2018 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said Amoris marked a 'new spirit' and 'new approach'Amoris Laetitia is marked a “paradigm shift” for the Church, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said.Cardinal Parolin, who is regarded as the second most senior official in the Church after the Pope himself, said the document resulted from a “new paradigm that Pope Francis is carrying forward with wisdom, with prudence, and also with patience.”“Probably, the difficulties that came up [around the document] and that still exist in the Church, beyond certain aspects of its content, are due precisely to this change of attitude that the Pope...
  • Cath Cauc: Top Theologian: Pope committing “calumny” against some of his critics

    11/02/2017 11:16:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | November 1, 2017 | Mark Lambert
    Pope committing “calumny” against some of his critics @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); It has been revealed today that Father Thomas Weinandy, former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' committee on doctrine and currently a member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission, sent a letter to the Holy Father on July 31 criticising him for “demeaning” the importance of doctrine, committing “calumny” against some of his critics, and appointing bishops who “scandalise” believers with dubious “teaching and pastoral practice.” He stressed the Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and particularly to the Pope, to “dispel error, not to foster it,” and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Brandmüller demands Pope answer Dubia

    10/28/2017 5:22:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | October 28, 2017 | Christopher Gillibrand
    Cardinal Brandmüller demands Pope answer Dubia Cardinal Brandmüller defends "Dubia" Last year, four cardinals had made public their criticism of the Pope with their "Dubia". For this they learned a great deal of counter-criticism. One of them now defends the requests to Francis. The Four Dubia Cardinals- two now dead. The German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller defended the "Dubia", which he co-wrote, to Pope Francis. He understood the criticism that had triggered the publication of the questions. But the step was "only taken after a waiting for an answer", he said in the interview of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Saturday). "And...
  • Is The EU Heading For An East-West Schism?

    10/11/2017 10:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    <p>The European Union is losing a major player in the United Kingdom, but there’s other potential cracks in the alliance showing up and additional wrinkles to resolve. While it’s still far from a sure thing, Catalonia may split off from Spain, leaving a question mark over their future. And some of the established EU members have been making noises about not being terribly happy with the way Brussels runs the operation.</p>
  • Cardinal Sarah: Church is facing ‘grave risk’ of schism over morality[Catholic Caucus]

    04/24/2017 4:43:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 24, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Cardinal Robert Sarah warned that the Church’s unity is being threatened by influential leaders within the Church who “insist” that national churches have the “capacity to decide for themselves” on doctrinal and moral matters.  “Without a common faith, the Church is threatened by confusion and then, progressively, she can slide into dispersion and schism,” he said.  “Today there is a grave risk of the fragmentation of the Church, of breaking up the Mystical Body of Christ by insisting on the national identities of the Churches and thus on their capacity to decide for...
  • Is the Catholic Church in De Facto Schism?

    03/31/2017 10:00:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 31, 2017 | E. Christian Brugger
    March 31, 2017Is the Catholic Church in De Facto Schism?E. Christian Brugger Why is there confusion in the Catholic Church over Amoris Laetitia, and what consequences does it have for Church unity? I argue here that the confusion is ultimately over two de fide dogmas of Christian faith and that one consequence of the confusion is de facto schism within the Catholic Church.When de fide (“of the faith”) is used in Catholic theology to designate a doctrine, it signifies a truth that pertains to Divine Revelation. The term Divine Revelation refers to truths by which God chose to reveal himself and his will to humanity...
  • Could a Pope BE in Schism? [Catholic Caucus]

    03/05/2017 4:33:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 27 replies
    In the LIght of the Law ^ | March 4, 2017 | Dr. Edward Peters
    Concerns that Pope Francis could cause a schism in the Church have been percolating in Catholic circles for some time now: US Catholic, Crux, Inside the Vatican, The Spectator. More recently, though, a narrower and more technical question has begun to surface, namely, whether a pope himself could be in schism. Following are some initial thoughts on that question.Canon 751 of the 1983 Code defines schism as “the refusal [detractatio] of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.” The first thing to notice here is that schism is defined as...
  • Report: Some Cardinals Want Pope Francis to Resign, Fear Schism Worse Than The Reformation

    03/03/2017 3:46:36 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 38 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/2/17 | Michael W. Chapman
    According to a report in The London Times and best selling Catholic author and journalist Antonio Socci, about 12 cardinals who have supported Pope Francis since his election in March 2013 now fear that his controversial reforms may cause a schism in the Church, and so they hope to pressure the Pope to resign. "A large part of the cardinals who voted for him is very worried and the curia ... that organized his election and has accompanied him thus far, without ever disassociating itself from him, is cultivationg the idea of a moral suasion to convince him to retire,"...
  • A Surprising German Editorial: A De Facto Schism in the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    01/20/2017 5:07:54 AM PST · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 18, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Out of Germany there now come to us some newly unexpected and surprisingly strong words. For, the candid source is that same national Catholic newspaper, Die Tagespost, and that same Rome Correspondent – Guido Horst himself – whom we had just a few days ago politely criticized for his claim that the debate about Amoris Laetitia is – and should be – now over and closed. To do justice to this new important 16 January editorial statement from Germany, I shall therefore present a translation in full of Horst’s somewhat short but incisive statement concerning the current situation in the...
  • Thirty cardinals ‘raised concerns’ about Amoris Laetitia draft [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 1:07:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 11, 2017 | Staff
    The Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia has caused widespread concern among cardinals and bishops, according to new reports. Edward Pentin, veteran Vatican reporter for the National Catholic Register, reports: “Before the document was published, 30 cardinals, having seen an advance draft of the apostolic exhortation, wrote to the Pope expressing their reservations, especially on the issue of Communion for remarried divorcees, warning that the document would weaken the three essential sacraments of the Church: the Eucharist, marriage and confession.” Pentin also said that a “significant number” of bishops’ conferences have expressed concerns about the document. Furthermore, the Congregation for the...
  • Liberal Churches Are Dying. But Conservative Churches Are Thriving.

    01/04/2017 5:45:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/4/17 | David Haskell
    A Canadian study found that conservative churches are still growing, while less orthodox congregations dwindle away.Mainline Protestant churches are in trouble: A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center found that these congregations, once a mainstay of American religion, are now shrinking by about 1 million members annually. Fewer members not only means fewer souls saved, a frightening thought for some clergy members, but also less income for churches, further ensuring their decline. Faced with this troubling development, clergy members have made various efforts to revive church attendance. It was almost 20 years ago that John Shelby Spong, a U.S....