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  • Pope Francis Recruits Naomi Klein in Climate Change Battle

    06/28/2015 11:32:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/27/15 | Rosie Scammell
    Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming. Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate...
  • The Climate Letter Urges ‘Dialogue with Everyone,’ So Why Did Vatican Single Out and Harass Us?

    06/25/2015 5:37:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 34, 2015 | Tom Harris
    The Vatican’s contradictions extend beyond its behavior: they even appear within the encyclical letter itself. The Pope stresses open dialogue, as in the quote above, but then the pope references “obstructionist attitudes” ranging “from denial of the problem to indifference,” supporting Yore’s contention that he in fact has no patience for divergent views on the topic.
  • Pope Francesco's Amazing Climate Theatre

    06/25/2015 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 8 replies
    brotherlapin,com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brother Lapin
    Morris tells me the recyclical Laudato Si’ is subtitled: “Pope Francesco’s Amazing Climate Theatre,” and how appropriate this is. The recyclical provides fun for all the family: there’s something in the show for everyone: global warming enthusiasts, liberals, Buddhists, atheists, New Age hippies, greens, and everyone who enjoys those lovely pictures of Saint Francis surrounded by corgis, hummingbirds and My Little Pony, without asking awkward questions like, “What did Francis say about sin?” At the heart of this recyclical is the popular image of Saint Francis surrounded by cuddly animals, and this is where we find the real theological and...
  • Prophetic Bombshell - June 30th, 2015

    06/24/2015 6:55:03 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 26 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/23/15 | Gary
    Much has been said about this coming fall, the highest watch season we have ever seen.  JD Farag refuses to set dates (as he should), but admits September will see a convergence of events unlike anything that has come before.  The danger in getting hyped-up is that should the LORD tarry, many will be discouraged and could lose faith, but on the other hand we are told to watch for His coming and to know the season.  As JD explains, better to blow the trumpet than not.  Better to be ready, than have your head in the sand, focused on...
  • 6 Things Jimmy Akin Won’t Tell You about the Pope’s New Encyclical

    06/22/2015 6:31:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 243 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 22, 2015 | Hillary White
    Since my buddy Chris Ferrara has, perhaps before anyone else in the English speaking world, done a thorough examination of the pope’s environment encyclical, “Laudato Si,” I will confine myself here to some observations of a different sort and to proposing a few questions for consideration – to talking around it, so to speak. A great many people, long before the document was issued yesterday, have been asking whether it should have been written at all. Is this appropriate for a pope? Why was it necessary? Why, of all the possible topics, did Pope Francis choose this one? Has he...
  • The Single Most important Lesson of Laudato Si

    06/21/2015 6:53:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Harvesting the Truth of the Vatican II ^ | June 19, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    The number one most important lesson to be learned from the document’s 40,000+ words is the indisputable reality that the Catholic Church in our day; more precisely, the men who are leading her and duly running her into the ground, the Bishop of Rome chief among them, has little concern for the mission that was given to the Church by Christ the King.
  • Why I’m Disregarding Laudato Si and You Should Too

    06/21/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 19, 2015 | Chris Jackson
    Having wasted over an hour of my life, I now can say that I have read Laudato Si. It is the Pope’s latest verbose tome of an encyclical, which: espouses global warming alarmism, calls for international organizations to police climate change, and waxes poetic about people leading animals to God. In short it is as if Al Gore, Karl Marx, and Teilhard de Chardin wrote an encyclical. What’s worse is that because it came from a Pope, otherwise sane and rational people are actually taking it seriously.
  • Pope Francis Goes Off the Rails

    06/20/2015 8:29:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 17, 2015 | Rich Lowry, editor, The National Review
    A quasi-religious movement now has a genuinely religious leader. The pope’s encyclical on the environment is being hailed for its embrace of science, although it is about as scientific as the Catholic hymnal. Pope Francis writes that Sister Earth “now cries out because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.” Really? Is that what the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says? I’m not Catholic, but I respect the pope’s humility and am moved by his love for the handicapped and his concern...
  • Mixing Up the Sciences of Heaven and Earth

    06/18/2015 11:50:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 18, 2015 | FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    A museum curator here in New York recently showed me some extraordinary documents and I touched them with awe, albeit with cotton gloves.  There was Benjamin Franklin’s annotated copy of the Constitution, and a long letter by Washington refusing to run for a second presidential term, because all he had to commend himself was his character, which was no longer of interest to an ungrateful populace that already had reduced politics to material interests.  In pencil on a small piece of paper, Lee proposed a meeting with Grant at Appomattox to present his sword.More riveting, at least to me as a cleric, was...
  • LAUDATO SI’

    06/18/2015 9:07:16 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 51 replies
    Vatican ^ | June 18, 2015 | Pope Francis
    222. Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption. We need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible. It is the conviction that “less is more”. A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfilment....
  • A message from the Pope: Hey you, stop ignoring climate change

    06/18/2015 6:22:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN two degrees ^ | June 18, 2015 | John D. Sutter, CNN
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) You could be forgiven for thinking the reason the world isn't doing nearly enough to fight climate change is that the American Ostrich Politicians are holding us back. You know these guys: Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush. These AOPs have their heads stuck so far in the sand that they aren't willing to see that climate change is real, that we're largely causing it -- and that failing to act puts the entire world at serious risk. But when I read Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and climate change, I was struck by his mention of a...
  • A Most Dangerous Heresy

    06/17/2015 10:34:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    ignatius his conclave ^ | 06-17-2015 | gkirkuk
    The scientific world was shocked and outraged today when the long-awaited papal encyclical on climate change, De haeretico comburendo, was leaked by seasoned Vatican watcher Sandro Magister. Magister was immediately stripped of his press accreditation. In a scathing attack on what he will call ‘the climate change industry’, Pope Francis will claim that recorded changes over recent years are well within generally accepted margins of error, and that evidence that they are primarily caused by human activity are ‘highly speculative and almost certainly exaggerated’. The Pope will call for the resources of global finance now being devoted to lowering greenhouse...
  • Leaked Laudato Lamented

    06/17/2015 9:13:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 17, 2015 | WILLIAM M. BRIGGS
    Here are some comments on the leaked version of Laudato Si’. As everybody knows, the final version may be different than the leaked version. Even if so, the comments I make are valid concerning the material we have. I also only concentrate on the section devoted to “climate change,” a.k.a. global warming.  The document is long and will take time to digest.Laudato begins its climate portion by claiming a scientific “consensus exists that indicates that we are very firm in presence of a worrisome warming of the climate system.” This isn’t so. Many scientists—real climatologists, that is;  see this video...
  • He may be pope, but that doesn’t mean he can stop climate change

    06/17/2015 1:20:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Grist ^ | June 16, 2015 | Ben Adler
    Liberals love nothing better than a religious figure who takes their side, and the media loves nothing more than the man-bites-dog story of a conservative force or figure staking out a progressive position. Consider all the hype given to pro-social justice evangelical Christians like Jim Wallis, or the statistically nonexistent “Creation Care” movement of green evangelicals. So the Monday leak of Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical on climate change naturally triggered triumphant statements from green groups. In the draft, Francis says that climate change is mostly human-made, and that a failure to mitigate it would be an abrogation of our responsibility...
  • Pope Francis’ Climate-Change Encyclical Leaked Four Days Early by Italian Magazine

    06/16/2015 1:16:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jacob Koffler
    The 192-page document is Pope Francis' first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet's poor.Italian magazine L’Espresso leaked Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated encyclical on climate change on its website on Monday, breaking an embargo on the document set for Thursday. The 192-page document is Pope Francis’ first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet’s poor. Hailed by some as the “Pope of the poor,” Francis’ linkage of environmental and economic issues puts the Vatican out front on a closely watched topic. A Vatican official told Bloomberg News that the leak...
  • Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

    06/15/2015 5:18:35 AM PDT · by EBH · 19 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/15/2015 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jun 15, 2015 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides. “The great novelty which emerges from the encyclical is that it comes from a shepherd who’s thinking of all those who are his,” a source familiar the encyclical has said. "(It) has a big overview, the capacity of helping us walk towards a more integral ecology that is all inclusive and...
  • When Dr Goebbels Advises The Pope

    06/14/2015 7:18:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mundabor
    The soon-to-be-released encyclical about the environment – no doubt, the biggest collection of rubbish ever published by a Pope – will be presented by three men. One of them if Prof. John Schellnhuber, a well-known climate Nazi. professor Schnellnhuber should, I think, be posed a simple questions: seen that no one believes that his own fantasy-targets about emission reduction will be reached, where does he think the global population should stabilise to avoid planetary food wars, and how does he think the target should be achieved? You see, our Enviro-Goebbels is already on record with saying that around 4.5 degrees...
  • Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There Are 6 Billion Too Many of Us

    06/14/2015 5:40:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 June 2015 | by Austin Ruse
    <p>One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people.</p> <p>The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation.</p>
  • CLIMATE EXPERT: MARXISTS, GLOBAL WARMING EXTREMISTS CONTROL VATICAN

    06/14/2015 5:04:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 13, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Monckton said that Schnellnhuber will be standing by the side of Pope Francis when they announce the encyclical next week. “The fact that Schnellnhuber is going to be there is an extremely bad sign,” he declared.
  • From The Pastor: Fr. George W. Rutler on "Transgenderism"

    06/14/2015 12:35:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.stmichaelnyc.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Fr. George S. Rutler
    Devotees of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe know the lament of Strephon who was half man and half woodland sprite: “My body can creep through a keyhole, but what's the good of that when my legs are left kicking behind?” This came to mind when a picture of Bruce Jenner dressed as a woman appeared on a magazine cover. He received ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award for having “shown the courage to embrace a truth that had been hidden for years.” Sixty-five years, that is. Anyone who can remain awake listening to the conversations of sedentary former athletes on ESPN is...
  • PopeWatch: Green Encyclical Likely to be Worse Than Anticipated

    06/12/2015 7:25:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | June 12, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Judging from one of the three designated presenters at the rollout of the Green Encyclical on June 18, the Encyclical appears likely to be worse than critics feared. Rorate Caeli gives us the details: The Vatican has just revealed in today’s Bollettino the line-up of speakers for the official presentation of the “Environment Encyclical”, Laudato Si, on June 18 at the New Synod Hall. – Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; – His Eminence Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church; – Prof. John Schellnhuber, Founding...
  • Pope Francis: Gender Theory Is a Threat to Society

    06/09/2015 4:10:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 9, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — One week after Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair wearing an ivory corset declaring he is a woman, Pope Francis again denounced gender ideology as an aberration.  Speaking to the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday, June 8th, during their ad limina visit to Rome, the Pope said the ideology is among the most pernicious threats to marriage and family life. “Let me draw your attention to the value and beauty of marriage,” he said. “The complementarity of man and woman, the crown of God's creation, is being questioned by so-called gender ideology, in...
  • Six Poor Reasons for Rejecting the Miraculous

    06/07/2015 7:08:33 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 70 replies
    Christian theology affirms a number of miracles, most importantly the atonement, the resurrection, the incarnation and the virgin birth. The secular mind dismisses these as tall-tales and myths produced by superstitious, pre-modern minds. However, it seems to us that the modern prejudice against miracles is not very rational. 1) Experience shows that miracles do not occur (Skip) 2) Science shows that miracles are impossible! (Skip) 3) If we believe in one supernatural event we might as well believe in Santa and flying reindeer! (Skip) 4) But surely miracles are so improbable, so extraordinary, that no amount of evidence could justify...
  • Did Antonin Scalia just confess to being a creationist?

    06/05/2015 10:43:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Week ^ | June 5, 2015 | Meghan DeMaria
    In a speech at his granddaughter's high school graduation Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hinted that he may believe some tenets of creationism. "Class of 2015, you should not leave Stone Ridge High School thinking that you face challenges that are at all, in any important sense, unprecedented," Scalia said during the speech. "Humanity has been around for at least some 5,000 years or so, and I doubt that the basic challenges as confronted are any worse now, or alas even much different, from what they ever were." ThinkProgress notes that Scalia's statement is a bit odd, since the...
  • Mysterious Red Mark Beneath Painting of Crucified Christ ... Leads Pastor to Speculate on Jesus' ...

    06/02/2015 10:51:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.christianpost.com ^ | June 2, 2015|7:57 am | By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Mysterious Red Mark Beneath Painting of Crucified Christ at Newport Church Leads Pastor to Speculate on Jesus' Presence ********************************************************************************* Mysterious red stain beneath painting of Jesus at St. John the Evangelist Church in Newport leads to speculation of holy presence in May 2015. A narrow red stain that has remained for years beneath a painting of a crucified Christ at the Saint John the Evangelist church in Newport, Rhode Island, has led the church's pastor to speculate on its possible meaning and the presence of Jesus. Providence Journal reported on Monday that the 140-year-old Episcopal church has recently...
  • Vatican’s eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

    05/22/2015 6:12:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    He is known as the architect of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the proponent of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His new book, entitled, (what else) The Age of Sustainable Development provides the lesson plan for the SDGs implementation. In his various UN roles, Sachs advocates for population control services of abortion, sterilization and all assorted reproductive rights.
  • Triad mother recounts miraculous events surrounding high-risk pregnancy, healing

    05/22/2015 4:16:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic News Herald ^ | May 22, 2015
     GREENSBORO — Donielle Wilde, her husband Keith and their 10 children know what it's like to receive a miracle ‒ well, two miracles, actually. One is a healthy little bundle of joy named Sylvia Hope, delivered via C-section after a harrowing pregnancy which was overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. The other, they say, is a complete healing from that cancer.The Wilde family's ordeal began when Donielle was nine weeks pregnant. When she met with her obstetrician for a routine ultrasound, he noticed a 5-centimeter mass on her ovary that looked suspicious. Donielle underwent surgery to remove the stage IV...
  • For the Vatican, Climate Change Leads to ... Abortion?

    05/22/2015 3:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Via Life Site News come some frankly bizarre statements from the Vatican official who put together last month's Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity conference. Two major speakers at the conference were Jeffrey Sachs, widely criticized for the abject failure of his Millennium Villages initiative, and Ban-Ki moon, current secretary general of the United Nations—both of whom are extremely pro-abortion. Which the Catholic Church is not. Stefano Gennarini asks Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, whether he knew about the pro-abortion and population control chops of his two big guests and whether that...
  • Pope Seen as Too Strict

    05/20/2015 5:23:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Corriere Della Serra ^ | May 20, 2015
    The new Vatican Has support of only 20% of bishops. Enthusiasts, enemies and silent dissenters colour Francis’s fraught relationship with Curia. Bond with ordinary people and harshness with Church hierarchy criticised “There’s depression. Heads are cowed. When he speaks about bishops, this Pope who shows great compassion to everyone else is inclined to use a stick”. On rereading it the following day, the Pope’s address to the opening of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI) left a deep impression, provoking some bitter reflections. The address was received as confirmation of severity that has been perceived with pained surprise over the past...
  • Scientific Neutrality and Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe

    05/20/2015 10:36:20 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 19, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 "...in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9 John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account...
  • POPE ALLEGEDLY HALTS PUBLICATION OF ECO-ENCYCLICAL AMID CONTROVERSY

    05/17/2015 10:43:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2015 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    A Vatican insider asserts that Pope Francis has scrapped the draft of his encyclical letter on the environment and sent it back for major revision. The letter was slated for publication in early summer, but now may not be ready until much later, he suggests. Citing sources within the Santa Marta residence where the Pope lives, veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister has written that “Francis has scrubbed the draft” of the text presented to him by Argentinian Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, perhaps foreseeing that Cardinal Gerhard Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “would have demolished it” once...
  • Encyclicus Maculatus: Eco-Encyclical To Undergo Revision

    05/13/2015 4:13:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 52 replies
    The Radical Catholic ^ | May 13, 2015 | The Radical Catholic
    According to Vaticanist Sandro Magister, Pope Francis has decided to postpone the publication of his long-awaited encyclical on the environment. The reason, according to Magister, is that the Pope realized that the document in its current state had no chance of receiving the approval of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith under the leadership of Cardinal Gerhard Müller. If it seems somewhat improper for a Cardinal to be telling a Pope what he can and can't write, don't fret, gentle reader: the text wasn't written by Pope Francis at all. The ghostwriter behind the heavily discussed encyclical is...
  • Catholic Churchmen Dance to Enviro-Pagan Puppet Masters

    05/09/2015 7:18:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/08/15 | John Vennari
    One of the major goals of the pagan, anti-life ecology movement was to get the Church and religious leaders committed to the cause of environmentalism. In this, the Green Movement succeeded. We will look at a central 1986 event at Assisi that was crucial to getting the Catholic Church involved. The Greening of Religion The first pan-religious event at Assisi was not Pope John Paul II’s prayer meeting for peace on October 27, 1986, but the 25th Anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) starting on September 26th, the previous month of the same year. At a speech delivered to...
  • An Unholy Alliance

    05/07/2015 6:23:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    Powerful winds are blowing through St. Peter’s Square, setting up the perfect storm. Indeed, the climate is drastically changing in Vatican City as the world awaits Pope Francis’ environment encyclical. Behind the scenes of St. Peter’s, forces are at play to create a very problematic document influenced, and partly written, by rabid opponents of Catholic moral teaching.. As the keynote speaker at the final Pontifical environmental conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said climate change is the “defining issue of our times” and that it is “important faith groups are in harmony with this issue.” Moon said he was...
  • Will the Pope declare that the Earth has “rights” this year?

    05/02/2015 4:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 2, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Wesley Smith at National Review Online caught my attention while I was down here at Right Online with this piece on the question of nature rights. The nature rights movement is real and extremely subversive to human freedom and thriving. Most people think such a thing can never happen. But it already is happening. Bolivia and Ecuador have legalized the rights of nature, as have more than 30 U.S. cities, including Santa Monica. Moreover, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban-ki Moon has declared his support. Smith is referring to an article at Commonweal which discusses the Pope’s upcoming encyclical...
  • The Vatican's dangerous embrace of climate-change theory

    04/30/2015 11:49:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 30, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    Imagine—just imagine, for the sake of the argument—that scientists in a future generation discover that the global-warming trend of recent years was not caused by human activity. If that happens, what will be the consequences for the Catholic Church, in light of the Vatican’s apparent embrace of the climate-change hypothesis? This is not-- repeat, not another column about the scientific evidence for or against the reality human-induced climate change. If you are inclined to respond by denouncing either the proponents or the foes of that theory, please stop. My own personal opinion on that theory is of little or no...
  • Moral Obligation is Our Dignity

    04/29/2015 2:45:52 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 2 replies
    Magnificat via CERC ^ | POPE BENEDICT XVI
    Moral obligation is not man's prison, from which he must liberate himself in order finally to be able to do what he wants. It is moral obligation that constitutes his dignity, and he does not become more free if he discards it: on the contrary, he takes a step backward, to the level of a machine, or a mere thing. If there is no longer any obligation to which he can and must respond in freedom, then there is no longer any realm of freedom at all. The recognition of morality is the real substance of human dignity; but one...
  • VATICAN HEAVIES SILENCE CLIMATE HERETICS AT UN PAPAL SUMMIT

    04/28/2015 6:01:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | James Delingpole
    Papal heavies shut down an awkward question at a Vatican press conference today when a journalist asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon his views on climate sceptics.
  • PopeWatch: Green Pope

    04/26/2015 8:52:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | April 24, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    How bad will the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment be? Maybe this bad: As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical — to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative. In recent weeks, Vatican officials have outlined what the document will say and are choreographing its release — perhaps as early as June — for maximum global impact beyond the Roman Catholic Church’s 1.2 billion members. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who chairs a panel dealing...
  • Muslim Delegation Visits Shroud of Turin

    04/24/2015 2:17:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 24, 2015 | L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO
    Imam says linen cloth believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus invites us to be "brothers" TURIN — “We decided to come as a sign, to say that we are citizens of this country and city. The Shroud draws Christians and Muslims, and in a world marked by division, it invites us to be brothers.”  This message of peace and dialogue came Wednesday from a group of Muslims who visited the Holy Shroud of Turin now on display at northern Italian city’s Cathedral. The delegation included the President of the League of Imams and Preachers of Mosques in Italy,...
  • The Absolute POWER and AUTHORITY of ALMIGHTY GOD'S Two Witnesses of Revelation!!

    04/17/2015 7:30:38 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 40 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/167/15
    For the past five years I have been absolutely fascinated about how little is stated about the Two Witnesses' ministry of Revelation (Rev. 11:3-12), but also have been absolutely blown away with how much in that little given one could write a novel on! The Divine POWER and AUTHORITY given unto them by Almighty God is inconceivable but by faith we must believe it to be so. The key is knowing where they fit into Almighty God's final outworking of Biblical prophecy before the return of the Messiah (Rev.19:11-21). These two Lamp Stands of Revelation's chief ministry for 1260 days...
  • Pope Francis: If men and women aren't different, we have problems

    04/16/2015 10:07:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Pope Francis makes a visit to the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Rome on Feb. 8, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 15, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. “Experience teaches us: to know each other well and grow in harmony, the human being requires the reciprocity of man and woman,” the pontiff said Wednesday to participants in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. In his Apr. 15...
  • Can Matter Be Eternal and Created at the Same Time?

    04/13/2015 2:37:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 13, 2015 | WILLIAM E. CARROLL
    Does it matter whether or not matter is eternal? Peter J. Leithart, who writes a regular blog on the web site of First Things, definitely thinks it does. According to Leithart , who is a Protestant theologian in the Reformed Presbyterian tradition in the United States, if matter is eternal, "creation can only be control, limitation, ordering." Then God could only be a master craftsman, working with already existing material to form the universe. If matter is eternal, "creation cannot be a gift; . . . cannot be the bestowal of existence, a grant of being." Finally, if matter is...
  • The Battle Over the Sexes: Catholic Perspectives on the Gender Debate

    04/11/2015 3:59:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 11, 2015 | Benjamin J. Vail
    Photo: us.fotolia.com | © olly Quia parvus error in principio magnus est in fine. (“A small error at the outset can lead to great errors in the final conclusions.”) – St. Thomas Aquinas, De Ente et Essentia By now, most people have heard the common saying, “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” popularized by the book by John Gray in the 1990s. That God created men and women with equal human dignity but distinct and complementary natures is a perennial teaching of the Catholic Church, but today’s society is becoming increasingly untethered from this eternal truth, leading...
  • Can we delete death? Transhumanism's lofty goal meets a Catholic response

    04/09/2015 1:59:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 9, 2015 | Adelaide Mena and Mary Rezac
    Bionic eye (CC0 1.0). Washington D.C., Apr 9, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live on after we die, to freeze our bodies only to bring them back in the future, or to pop pills to enhance our mood and intelligence. While these may seem like impossible notions, these are the kinds of things the transhumanism and posthumanism movements are hoping for and working toward. However, as with most technological advancements, these proposals have bioethicists and theologians questioning: just because we...
  • The dilemma of Celiac Catholics

    04/09/2015 6:23:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 53 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 04/09/2015 | Richard Sikorski
    [SNIP] Severely gluten intolerant, Celiac Catholics like myself can’t take the whole wheat hosts that are so prevalent in today’s Catholic churches, so we’re forced to receive our Lord in the form of wine. Problem is, with so many faithful receiving Holy Communion during Holy Week services, the consecrated wine runs out before Communicants do. During packed Holy Thursday and Easter Masses, as many as a third of the congregation may miss out on lifting the chalice. You can bet most of these are Celiac victims. That happened to me this past Thursday. I’ve received Holy Communion at over 57...
  • Shimmer1 update, from Shimmer1

    04/08/2015 5:50:35 PM PDT · by Shimmer1 · 111 replies
    Shimmer1
    I am so excited, I can't believe that I put off telling you all. I walked into chemo yesterday and the dr told me that contrary to me having one more cycle (of three weeks) that I was DONE. DONE. DONE!!!! I've been on cloud nine ever since. I'm sorry. I am never sure I'm posting correctly, so I put it off. Here's my face now :D
  • Top 10 Tips for Atheists This Easter

    04/07/2015 7:06:54 AM PDT · by jettester · 8 replies
    The Drum ^ | 17 April, 2014 | John Dickson
    Atheists should drop their easily dismissed scientific, philosophical or historical arguments against Christianity, and instead quiz believers about Old Testament violence and hell, writes John Dickson.
  • Lunatics, Liars, or Witnesses to the Risen Lord?

    04/06/2015 2:20:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 6, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
     We know who the disciples saw after the empty tomb was found. But what did they see?As Christians we believe that the same person who had died on the cross, Jesus Christ, really appeared in the flesh-and-blood, even with the same body as before, yet in a glorified condition.But last year, the Boston Globe published an interview with a secular theologian (yes, you read that right), Bart Ehrman who offered a ‘new theory’ about what the disciples had seen.His answer: a hallucination. The disciples were so distraught by the death of their savior, so his theory goes, that their...
  • Biblical Conspiracies 3 of 4: Secrets of the Crucifixion

    04/04/2015 2:31:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 23 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 11/22/2014 | Documentary.su
    Biblical Conspiracies 3 of 4 Secrets of the Crucifixion