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  • Why Catholics Can’t Sing And The Crisis Of Catholic Education

    03/02/2015 8:03:50 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 30 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 2, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    First Things has a great little post by a dejected Lutheran convert about how Catholic liturgical singing is like “plaintive squeaks from depressed marmosets.” This is a permanent pet peeve of mine. And yes, this is something parish priests should do more about. You know the phenomenon of how a church will be crowded–except the two front pews. I knew a priest who often wouldn’t start Mass until those pews were filled. He would go out in front before Mass and ask people to move to the first pews. One of the few 70s-style liturgical tics I wouldn’t mind at...
  • Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism

    03/01/2015 6:17:28 AM PST · by Popman · 14 replies
    Crisi magazine ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | DUSTY GATES
    Somewhere along the line of modern history, the idea has taken root, spread, and become commonly held among seculars that religious people hold to a Faith that is separate from, and at odds with, natural reason. Modern science, following the lead of modern philosophy and modern secularized religion, has fallen for the heretical notion that there are two separate tracks of history: a material track, which many assume to be the true one and to which many attach all their trust, and the spiritual one, which is reduced by many to mere fantasy; a delusion held by believers to bring...
  • March 20 Solar Eclipse and the Four Blood Moons

    03/01/2015 11:53:53 AM PST · by UnwashedPeasant · 95 replies
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    You are probably aware of the Four Blood Moons, but there is some related info that might be new to you. Between the 2nd and 3rd blood moons, there will be a significant total solar eclipse. Here are some of the strange facts for everyone to consider. (By the way, I am not a Bible scholar, by any means. The facts might have prophetic meaning, or they might be just celestial poetry.)
  • Documentary on the Shroud Airs Sunday

    02/28/2015 3:41:21 PM PST · by NYer · 104 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 28, 2015 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    All four gospels mention the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be that burial cloth. It is etched with the image of a man that was scourged, crowned with thorns, crucified, and lanced in the side. If it is real, it provides archeological evidence of the most consequential event in human history—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Pope Francis plans to venerate the Shroud this summer, just as his predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict did. The Pope has called for it to be displayed in Turin from April 19...
  • Life After Delivery

    02/26/2015 5:46:35 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 7 replies
    CathNews ^ | February 22 2015 | CathNews
    In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.” The first...
  • Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals

    02/25/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 25, 2015 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Disappointing progressives yet again, Pope Francis has now condemned contemporary gender theory as denying “the order of creation.” In an interview published in a new book, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, (portions of which were also published last month in the Italian daily La Stampa), Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional “binary” category of...
  • The Six Days of Creation

    02/24/2015 3:58:46 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 171 replies
    CHAPTER 4 The Six Days of Creation Were they days or ages??? There are those who believe that the days in Genesis chapter 1 were normal 24 hour days (just as Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are normal 24 hour days). There are others who believe that the days in Genesis chapter 1 were not 24 hour days, but that each day represented an age (a long period of time). They believe that each "day-age" lasted thousands or perhaps even millions of years. This is called the "day-age" theory. WHAT DOES GOD SAY? EXODUS 20:11—"For in ______    ___________ the LORD _____________...
  • Evolution makes atheists out of people!

    02/17/2015 7:42:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 67 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 2-17-2015 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Evolution makes atheists out of people! By Jonathan Sarfati Out on ministry at churches, our speakers often encounter anguished parents (and grandparents) lamenting that their children now reject the faith in which they were raised. If you too are a parent with this same angst, I remind you that Adam and Eve failed even with the best possible raising from God Himself, as well as enjoying perfect health and living in paradise. And Judas Iscariot remained unsaved despite three years with the best teacher ever: Jesus Himself. Evolution undermines basic Christian doctrines Having said that, there is a common pattern...
  • Pink Hearts and Green Aliens

    02/14/2015 1:50:44 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jake Frost
    Valentine’s Day is a big deal around our house. Our first child was born on Valentine’s, and she loves all things pink, pretty, and frilly. And chocolate.She loves her princess shoes, sparkles, fancy hair doo-dads (she’s also asking me for hair rollers, and she’s only five), hearts, ribbons, make-up, purses, clothes (the more sequins the better). And chocolate. Did I mention that she really likes chocolate?How such a bubbling passion for feminine farrago took hold in her heart is something of a mystery to us. Our family tends to be more of a low-key, sweatshirts and sneakers kind of crew....
  • Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls

    02/12/2015 10:39:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    The Evening Bulletin [PA] [re-post FR thread] ^ | 25 September 2007 | By: Neil Altman, For The Bulletin
    Challenging History: The Dead Sea Scrolls By: Neil Altman, For The Bulletin 09/24/2007 Editor's Note: According to an exhibit at the United States Library of Congress, young Bedouin shepherds, searching for a stray goat in the Judean Desert in 1947, entered a long-untouched cave and found scrolls in a jar and under debris on the floor. That initial discovery by the Bedouins began a search that lasted nearly a decade, eventually producing thousands of scroll fragments from 11 caves. During those same years, archaeologists tried to identify the people who deposited the scrolls. They found the Qumran ruin, a...
  • FReeper University: REL 013: Comparative Studies of the Koran (2:46 - 2:70)

    02/12/2015 6:28:47 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 2 replies
    February 12, 2015
    The last read verses.Here are today's verses: 2:46. (They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return. 2:47. O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you and that I preferred you to the 'Alamin (mankind and jinns) (of your time period, in the past). 2:48. And fear a Day (of Judgement) when a person shall not avail another, nor will intercession be accepted from him nor will compensation be taken from him nor will they be helped. 2:49. And (remember) when We...
  • The Church Opposes Science: The Myth of Catholic Irrationality

    02/10/2015 2:06:38 PM PST · by NYer · 71 replies
    CERC ^ | February 10, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER KACZOR
    Many people believe that faith and reason, or religion and science, are locked in an irreconcilable war of attrition against one another. One must choose to be a person of learning, science, and reason, or choose to embrace religion, dogma, and faith alone.  On this view, the Church opposes science, and if one embraces science, then one ought to reject the Church.The scientific method looks to evidence to settle questions, so perhaps it would be fair to look at evidence to answer the question whether the Catholic Church is opposed to science and reason.  If the Catholic Church were opposed...
  • Of vaccination, a Pope, and anti-Catholic slander

    02/07/2015 4:29:05 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    wdTPRS ^ | February 7wdt, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At First Things there is an interesting piece about how enemies of truth, and therefore of God, created a “black legend” around a Pope with disinformation.  The target Pope wasn’t, this time, Pius XII, but rather Leo XII (+1829). AN ANTI-VAXX POPE?Just as every Easter long-falsified stories about Jesus are warmed up by journalists to increase the print-run of their magazines, so similar nonsense is brought forth whenever issues of science and religion are covered in the media. Whenever one needs to fill an empty page, magazines are quick to run a story about the “persecution” of Galileo and the “fight” of...
  • Rising IQs and the Decline of Faith

    02/07/2015 2:26:36 PM PST · by NYer · 84 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 4, 2015 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    For a little more than 100 years weÂ’ve had standardized IQ tests, and over those 100 years there has been a consistent, linear increase in IQ scores, on the order of 3 points per decade. According to IQ tests, we are getting smarter. Also over the last 100 years, rates of belief in God and religious participation have been decreasing. The decrease in religiosity has been less linear than the rise in IQ, but discounting periods of increased religiosity corresponding to major crises like WWI, the Great Depression and WWII, overall there has been a roughly corresponding decrease in...
  • Conscientious objection to vaccinations

    02/04/2015 3:15:51 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 4, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    Following an outbreak of measles that was traced back to Disneyland, public-health authorities are ramping up their campaign to persuade all American parents that their children should be vaccinated. This campaign places pressure on some parents who have moral objections to the use of certain vaccines. We should not underestimate the vigor of the public-health campaign. Writers from RealClear Science and from Fox News-- not outlets ordinarily inclined to favor the expansion of government powers—have called for mandatory vaccination of all children, and even jail time for parents who resist. Nor should we underestimate the seriousness of some parents who...
  • Three-parent baby law makes human life disposable, says bishop

    02/04/2015 3:09:54 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 4, 2015
    Bishop Sherrington condemned the move Bishop John Sherrington says the Church remains opposed to procedures where the destruction of human embryos is part of the process The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has condemned the House of Commons decision to vote in favour of legalising three-parent children.Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster issued a statement on behalf of the bishops, stating that “Whilst the Church recognises the suffering that mitochondrial diseases bring and hopes that alternative methods of treatment can be found, it remains opposed on principle to these procedures where the destruction of human embryos is part...
  • EPA to Pope Francis: Deliver the Credibility. We Know You Can!

    01/30/2015 2:54:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    PewSitter.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Frank Walker
    Why is it that both the Vatican and the Obama White House feel they can be so open and candid about their close collaboration? Is the Administration part of the Catholic Church or is the Church a mouthpiece for the Administration... or is Communism just a modern word for the Gospel, like Pope Francis says? Why do we keep hearing the same ugly messages wherever we look? In a bid to bolster the Obama administration's "moral" case for combating climate change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency will meet senior Vatican officials Friday to enlist papal support for its...
  • Drawn to God's design Cath converts share how Church’s teaching on contraception led them to Faith

    01/25/2015 3:32:09 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    OSV ^ | January 22, 2015 | Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
    Both in anecdotes and “exit polls,” former Catholics frequently cite the Church’s teachings on sexuality as a reason for leaving the Faith. But these same countercultural teachings have also been the door into the Catholic Church for believers seeking a consistent morality grounded in the Gospel. Converts have benefited from both the gift of the teaching as well as their entry into the Catholic Church.Krista Millegan is one such convert. She read Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) with her then-fiancé, Brantly, while they were undergraduates at the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. “The...
  • Pope Pius XII on Large Catholic Families

    01/20/2015 6:18:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 19, 2015 | Brian Wiliams
    Below is an excerpt from an address given by Pope Pius XII to the Directors of the Associations for Large Families of Rome and Italy in January 20, 1958, the nineteenth (and final) year of his papacy. Throughout the address the Holy Father eloquently speaks of the joy, sacrifice and generosity so prevalent amongst those families who God has abundantly blessed with the gift of children. “Large families are the most splendid flower-beds in the garden of the Church; happiness flowers in them and sanctity ripens in favorable soil. Every family group, even the smallest, was meant by God to...
  • Full Transcript of Pope's Press Conference on Flight from Manila

    01/20/2015 5:47:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Full Transcript of Pope's Press Conference on Flight from Manila In a wide-ranging press conference, on the flight from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis spoke about corruption in Governments and the Church, the need for prudence with freedom of expression, why he didn’t meet the Dalai Lama recently and the Church’s position on birth control. He talked too about the trips he intends to make to three cities in the USA, and—though plans are not yet finalized—to three Latin American countries (Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay) and two African countries (Uganda and the Central African Republic) this year, and his hope...
  • Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, was a devout Christian, says his close friend

    01/20/2015 2:58:06 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 78 replies
    beliefnet - inspire your everyday ^ | April 2011 | beliefnet.com
    The first man in outer space 50 years ago believed fervently in the Almighty — even though the atheistic Soviet government put famous words in his mouth that he had looked around at the cosmos and did not see God. Mankind’s first space flight lasted 108 minutes on April 12, 1961. It was the height of the Cold War. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was proclaimed by the Soviet leadership to have announced, “I went up to space, but I didn’t encounter God.” However, he never uttered those often-quoted words, says a close friend. And it seems that the Soviet Union lied...
  • Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests [Four-Year Old]

    01/19/2015 8:19:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 18, 2015
    Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric. The dispute between Heather Hironimus, the mother opposing circumcision, and Dennis Nebus, the father favoring it, has sparked a prolonged court battle, protests and the rapt attention of a movement of self-proclaimed "intactivists."
  • How Southern Baptists became pro-life

    01/17/2015 4:37:51 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 1-16-15 | David Roach
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 18) commemorates 42 years of legal abortion in the United States. NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion. "Right there beside the Unitarians and universalists was the Southern Baptist Convention," Lewis, a St. Louis pastor who went on to become president of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board), told Baptist Press. "... That bothered me a lot." Larry Lewis, former president...
  • Who Am to Judge Your Carbon Footprint? Pope Francis and Climate Change

    01/17/2015 2:32:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Catholic Family News | 1/16/15 | John Venarri
    Pope Francis is in the news for speaking out on the alleged dangers of man-made Climate Change. Unfortunately, Francis is outside his field in making comments on this topic, and seems to have accepted uncritically the unproven pop-science of the moment. Francis himself is not a climatologist, and no one would expect a Pope to be so. Francis, however, is also not a theologian, (no Doctorate, that is) but was a teacher of literature in Argentina, who went on to become Novice Master, Jesuit Provincial and then Rector of the Jesuit Collegio Maximo, prior to his elevation to the episcopacy....
  • Archaeological Evidence: Exodus and the Trial of Jesus

    01/16/2015 7:29:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/16/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    Every year, usually at Christmas time, a so-called "mainstream" magazine takes up the topic of Christianity or the Bible. Often, Christians who believe the Bible get a fair hearing—other times, not so much. This latest time, it was Newsweek and journalist Kurt Eichenwald doing the "honors." Here's the title: "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." Actually, this piece is so ill-informed that it's a sin—not just against God but against good journalism. Al Mohler had this to say: "[Eichenwald's] article is a hit-piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility. His only sources cited within the article are from...
  • A Response to Newsweek on the Bible

    01/15/2015 1:30:54 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 48 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/15/15 | Michael Brown
    Newsweek’s recent cover story on the Bible, as we expected, proved quite controversial, particularly among the evangelical community... Is it true that prominent Christian leaders in America are misusing the Bible to suit their own purposes?... Has the text of the Bible undergone such dramatic changes over the centuries that it bears little resemblance to the original teachings of Moses, Jesus, and Paul?.. ..does Newsweek paint an accurate picture of conservative evangelicals? Certainly not. More importantly, does Newsweek paint an accurate picture of the reliability of the Scriptures? Emphatically not...
  • When Science is Betrayed – and What Lessons We Should Learn

    01/15/2015 7:50:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Science is Betrayed – and What Lessons We Should Learn By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a great reverence for science in our culture. On the one hand, rightly so. Science has made enormous strides that have changed life as we know it. Profound discoveries have eradicated diseases, improved health, increased the world’s food supply, led to a computer revolution, drawn us higher into outer space and deeper into inner space, revealed hidden mysteries of nature, and produced technologies unimaginable to even our recent ancestors.On the other hand, the reverence of science has tipped perhaps too far in the direction of a...
  • Science, God, and the Improbability of Life, 'LIKE' IT OR NOT

    01/14/2015 10:01:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Break Point ^ | 01/14/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    I’m not a scientist, and I don’t play one on TV. But I can examine scientific evidence and ask the question, “How is life possible?” This past Christmas, the Wall Street Journal ran an essay of mine entitled “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” The content will be familiar to those who have read my latest book, “Miracles,” or heard me talk about it here at BreakPoint. I noted that the initial euphoria over the possibility that there were a septillion -- that’s one followed by 24 zeros -- planets capable of supporting life in the universe was followed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Four Things to Remember About the Pope’s Environment Letter

    01/08/2015 7:41:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 01.13.15 | Robert P. George
    So here we are waiting for Pope Francis to hand down his encyclical on our moral responsibility to care for the natural environment. Already there is lots of huffing and puffing, and ideological battle lines are being drawn. It seems that virtually nobody in the public media is interested in being taught by the Pope in his magisterial capacity. Instead, all the talk is about how the encyclical can or can’t be used to advance political agendas. Catholics who fear that the Pope is a secret (or perhaps not-so-secret) radical left-winger, are preemptively questioning the Pope’s authority as pope to address...
  • Group Planning Legal Action Against DC for Banning Conversion Therapy for Gay Youth

    01/08/2015 9:50:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors. Voice of the Voiceless, an organization focused on ex-gay rights and recognition, is in the early stages of planning to bring legal action against the government of the nation's Capital over the recently passed bill. Christopher Doyle, president and co-founder of VoV, told The Christian Post that at present they are seeking a plaintiff to bring a case against the new law. "We are still seeking a plaintiff (minor and their family)...
  • 2015: A Call To Action

    01/01/2015 3:27:25 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 11 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 1 Jan 2015 | Mundabor
    If 2014 was, in Church matters, rather akin to 1914, 2015 might well end up resembling 1915 if Francis decides to go for the all-out confrontation in matters of, ahem, pastoral sacrilege. An hypothesis, this, which I consider not very probable, but certainly possible. There isn’t much we humble pewsitters can do individually to counter this. Collectively, though, we are the ones who will shape the image, and therefore to a good extent the effectiveness, of this diabolical papacy. You would not be led in moral matters by a child, or by a lunatic, or even by an old crank....
  • Pope Francis Climate Push Anything But Catholic

    12/30/2014 4:14:11 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | December 30, 2014 | Frank Walker
     Investor’s Business Daily notes the stark chilling nature of Pope’s upcoming climate push. It’s anything but Catholic. Pope Francis' recent leftist statements should trouble Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but even more disturbing are the pope's latest declarations on the dramatic action needed to fight climate change. The Vatican apparently now has been infiltrated by followers of a radical green movement that is, at its core, anti-Christian, anti-people, anti-poor and anti-development. The basic tenets of Catholicism — the sanctity of human life and the value of all souls — are detested by the modern pagan environmentalists who worship the created, but...
  • Pope Francis, The Environ-Mentalist

    12/30/2014 3:56:32 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 21 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 30 Dec 2014 | Mundabor
    I smile already at seeing how much this enviro-moron in white will cover himself in ridicule if he dares to, as reported, dedicate no less than an encyclical letter to Environ-Mentalism; thus childishly trying to play Leo XIII as he consigns himself to public mockery for all centuries to come. He will be made into little pieces, ridiculed by everyone with a brain in front of everyone with a brain; not very many, perhaps, but enough to destroy this other dream of greatness of this petty, old, vain man. If the Synod has shown anything is that the world is,...
  • Top 10 Misconceptions About the Catholic Church

    12/29/2014 10:30:48 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 155 replies
    LISTVERSE ^ | 13 July 2009 | Jamie Frater
    I have taken ten of the most believed or written about misconceptions about Catholics or the Church and debunked them (with evidence wherever possible).
  • CONSERVATIVE CATHOLICS ANGRY AS POPE PLANS TO ISSUE ENC ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    12/29/2014 8:49:05 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 29, 2014
    Next year, Pope Francis will issue a rare encyclical calling on Catholics the world over to do their bit in reducing emissions, the Observer has reported.The pontiff also plans to make a series of speeches and summit appearances in the run up to the UN’s climate conference due to take place in Paris toward the end of 2015, with a view to influencing the outcome of the meeting. The conference, which will be the 21st such annual climate conference, is widely seen as a deadline for global negotiations on climate change, and the event at which new legally binding targets...
  • Pope Francis Delves Deeper Into Leftist Politics by Pushing Global Warming Hoax

    12/29/2014 5:11:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 47 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 12/29/14
    You know the Catholic Church is in trouble when the left-wing Guardian refers to Francis as the “superman pope.” He didn’t earn this dubious honor just by brokering Obama’s embrace of the communist slave state in Cuba. He has promoted state-inflicted poverty by attacking economic freedom and is now pushing the global warming hoax: In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions. The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor...
  • Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth ... How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Life in/Universe!

    12/29/2014 7:55:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 88 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-25-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recent Article Ponders the Rarity of Earth And How Astronomical Are the Odds Against Complex Life in the Universe! By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe have discussed on the blog before the potential flaws in the mere statistical presumption that because there are so many stars there must be billions of other Earth-like planets in the universe that likely support life similar to ours. Why? Because it is not just one or two things that make Earth what it is; it is many, many essential things that make Earth capable of sustaining life for long enough that our civilization has...
  • Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches [Climate Hoax]

    12/28/2014 9:06:22 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 137 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 Dec 2014 | John Vidal
    Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology. Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.
  • Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

    12/27/2014 3:36:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 27, 2014 | John Vidal
    He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? It looks as if he will give it a go.
  • Beyond Goodbye: Are shared-death experiences real?

    12/27/2014 9:32:14 AM PST · by NYer · 125 replies
    cnn ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Blake
    <p>William Peters was working as a volunteer in a hospice when he had a strange encounter with a dying man that changed his life.</p> <p>The man’s name was Ron, and he was a former Merchant Marine who was afflicted with stomach cancer. Peters says he would spend up to three hours a day at Ron’s bedside, talking to and reading adventure stories to him because few family or friends visited.</p>
  • Archaeologists Are Excavating A Synagogue Where Jesus Likely Preached

    12/26/2014 1:49:47 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    io9 ^ | December 25, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    Since 2009, archaeologists have been slowly excavating the ancient town of Magdala—thought to be the home of Mary Magdalene—near the Sea of Galilee. Among their finds has been a first-century synagogue where, experts say, Jesus likely preached. Image: Israel Antiquities Authority Although Jerusalem and Bethlehem are the sites most commonly associated with Jesus, Father Eamon Kelly—vice president of Israel's Magdala Center and vice chargé of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center—points out that Jesus spent almost his entire life in what is now northern Israel. "Eighty percent of Jesus' public life was here," he tells the Israeli...
  • The Elephant at the Synod: Contraception

    12/13/2014 5:47:39 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 13, 2014 | Howard Kainz
    At the Extraordinary Synod held at the Vatican in October, several Catholic married couples were invited as “non-voting” auditors to offer some experiences “from the ground up” for consideration by the synod fathers.A Brazilian couple, Arturo and Hermelinda As Zamberline, were exceptional in focusing on contraception as the larger context in which the various problems concerning marriage should be understood. Their experience certainly coincides with the facts of Catholic existence in other parts of the world. As they put it: We must admit without fear that many Catholic couples, even those who seek to live their marriage seriously, do not...
  • The Flood Out Of The Dragon's Mouth...Rev 12 pt 10

    When And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the...
  • Does Science Now Point to God? Author to Discuss Discoveries in Cosmology, Biology, Evolution

    12/08/2014 2:54:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    PRWeb ^ | October 1, 2014 | Joseph Budzinski
    Has science now proven that God exists? Douglas Ell, author of the new book Counting To God, will speak about this and other “big questions” related to science and faith in two lectures at Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach. Times: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:00 pm Location: Trinity Episcopal Church 2365 Pine Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32960 Both talks are open to the general public and there is no charge. In Counting To God, Ell applies the lens of mathematical analysis to a series of scientific discoveries, drawing startling conclusions about the relation...
  • God’s Work? A new poll suggests Americans aren’t so confident in their creationism.

    12/08/2014 1:03:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | 12/08/2014 | By William Saletan
    In a dozen polls taken from 1982 to 2014, Gallup has asked Americans to choose among three views of evolution. One view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.” Another view is that humans “developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.” The third option is that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” In that three-decade span, the young-Earth creationist option has always...
  • Proof of Life

    12/07/2014 8:01:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | December 7, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The intellectual role that used to be occupied by theology is now largely filled by science fiction. Wikipedia lists only a dozen of possibly hundreds of books where writers, some of them practicing mathematicians or scientists themselves, examine the consequences of our current understanding of the universe. The familiar, everyday world that we know isn’t what it seems. It is actually a strange place. On large scales it isn’t governed by ‘common sense’ Newtonian physics but by the paradoxes of relativity. At very small scales, perhaps at its foundation, it is governed by quantum phenomena, which is stranger still. Arthur...
  • Clinical study: Church community service promotes greater wellbeing

    12/07/2014 7:27:24 PM PST · by Teleios Research
    Community Mental Health Journal ^ | 12/03/2013 | MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC
    To assess the impact of community service on personal wellbeing in a mid-west church-based population a prospective survey was distributed evaluating self-reported community service, the perceived benefit of the service and its association to personal wellbeing. There were 309 participants. Those who served in some capacity had better scores on survey questions including: contentment, peace, joy, purpose and community acceptance, but not better self-perceived mental or physical health. Church going adults, who are serving in some capacity in their church or community, may demonstrate heightened personal wellbeing compared to those who are not assisting others.
  • Solanus Casey: Red-Blooded American Miracle Worker

    12/04/2014 5:03:16 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 4, 2014 | PATRICIA TREECE
    Saint_Mary_Magdalen_Church_(Brighton,_Michigan)_-_Solanus_Casey_Shrine" Sixteen-month-old Elizabeth Fanning lies listlessly in her mother’s arms. Anxiously, drawn-faced Mrs. Fanning coaxes her child to take even a spoonful of the liver soup recommended by doctors. But al­though Elizabeth’s swollen belly and twiglike limbs make her look like a starvation victim, the lethargic baby has no interest in food of any kind. Little Betsy, as her parents call her, has a fatal disease in 1940: the blood cancer known as leukemia. What makes her case especially tragic is that the illness may be the result of new medical technology. Born in August 1938, Elizabeth appeared normal....
  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 7:41:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 102 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 11-25-2014 | Keaton Halley
    ‘From the beginning of creation’—what did Jesus mean? There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth by Keaton Halley Published: 25 November 2014 (GMT+10) Not everyone welcomes this news, but some of Jesus’ statements imply, of necessity, that the world is young. This is something I regularly point out when I speak in churches about creation, and it is a theme on which we have written previously, in articles such as Jesus on the age of the earth and in chapter 9 of Refuting Compromise. To reiterate the argument briefly, Jesus claimed that human history began...
  • Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

    11/24/2014 1:07:14 PM PST · by NYer · 1,052 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | DENNIS BONNETTE
    Pure myth! That is today’s typical view of a literal Adam and Eve. Yet, contrary to current skepticism, a real Adam and Eve remain credible—both in terms of Catholic doctrine and sound natural science.By calling the Genesis story a “myth,” people avoid saying it is mere “fantasy,” that is, with no foundation in reality at all. While rejecting a literal first pair of human parents for all mankind, they hope to retain some “deeper” truth about an original “sinful human condition,” a “mythic” meaning. They think that the latest findings in paleoanthropology and genetics render a literal pair of...