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  • 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 · 21 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...
  • Clinical study: Christians have greater well-being

    11/15/2014 6:31:11 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice ^ | November 2013 | MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC
    A mid-west, religiously conservative church-population was evaluated for the impact upon a subject’s Biblically based depth of religious adherence on quality of life. A survey was distributed on self-reported adherence to basic activities and knowledge of faith and perceived well-being. Of 303 included subjects we found differences between adherent and less-adherent groups in each of 7 questions (P≤0.01). The strongest separation between groups resulted from: if they met the needs of another Christian, studied the Holy Scriptures or praised God. Religious adherence may promote a sense of well-being in those who profess Christian faith.
  • Pope Leo XIII Institute:Exorcism is Back

    11/14/2014 6:19:10 PM PST · by johniegrad · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | May 4th, 2014 | Katie Engelhart
    Do-it-yourself exorcism schools, some aligned with actual Vatican guidelines, are on the rise. Is it really 2014?
  • Catholicism, evolution and young earth creationism

    11/11/2014 6:20:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 77 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 10, 2014 | Thomas Van
    Pope Francis’s recent remarks that evolution and Catholicism are compatible caused great deal of excitement in the secular media. While this compatibility will come as no surprise to educated Catholics, it is not the same as saying that Catholics cannot be creationists. However, in an article posted today on Catholic Household, Kevin Edwards makes a strong case for “Why Catholics Should Prefer Evolution to Young Earth Creationism.” Aside from science and common sense, Edwards draws on St. Augustine’s book on the interpretation of Genesis, from which he quotes some fascinating passages. Edwards’s article is thought-provoking enough to be worth reading...
  • Jesuit Philosopher Works to Demonstrate Compatibility of Faith and Science

    11/05/2014 3:34:45 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 4, 2014 | Jim Graves
    Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, during a 2010 appearance on "The Larry King Show". Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Ph.D., 62, is president of the Magis Center (www.magiscenter.com), headquartered in the new chancery office of the Diocese of Orange, California. The center’s goal is to demonstrate that faith and reason and science are compatible, and to combat the increasing secularization of society, particularly among young people. Fr. Spitzer was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was an attorney and businessman; he was one of five children. His father was Lutheran; his mother a Catholic and daily communicant. He attended...
  • Traditions of a Global Flood

    11/05/2014 8:25:35 AM PST · by fishtank · 16 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 2014 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Traditions of a Global Flood by John D. Morris, Ph.D. * Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Corinthians 1:20) One of the strongest evidences for the global Flood that annihilated all people on Earth except for Noah and his family has been the presence of flood legends in the folklore of people groups from around the world. And the stories are all so similar. Local geography and cultural aspects may be present, but they all seem to be telling the...
  • Far from being an heroic deed, it is a most cowardly act. (Brittany Maynard ends own life)

    11/03/2014 2:19:24 PM PST · by NYer · 120 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | November 3, 2014 | BRIAN WILLIAMS
    With the sad and scandalous news out of Oregon last night of Brittany Maynard’s state sanctioned suicide, thoughts turn toward the eternal consequences of such actions. The Internet and social media com boxes are full of praise and condolences for the terminally ill young woman and her grieving family. Many have offered their personal belief that Brittany is now in heaven with God who understands (and apparently condones) her decision. Even among professing Catholics there has been an incredible disconnect between what we are called to believe and what some “want” to believe. As word of her suicide was released...
  • Video: Jesuit Priest Talks About Real-Life Exorcism

    11/01/2014 3:45:29 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | October 31, 2014
    The late Fr. Herbert J. Ryan, S.J., from Loyola Marymount University talks about the 1949 exorcism of a young man in St. Louis whose case inspired the novel by William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist." Fr. Ryan served as a consultant on the film "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." In 1949 the young man began to show signs of demonic possession in his Maryland home. An inexperienced local priest tried to conduct an exorcism at Georgetown University Hospital, with disastrous consequences. The young man was sent to St. Louis where he had family ties, and where Jesuit priests successfully conducted an...
  • Religion News Service monkeys around with that Pope Francis evolution speech

    11/01/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    GetReligion ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    If the mainstream media had a mantra these days, it would be "The Pope Is Just Like Us!" A recent variation on the meme of Francis as an earth-shattering revolutionary is the press's guiding interpretation of the pope's address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. As Catholic blogger Damian Geminder observes, MSNBC Community Editor Daniel Berger had "the most popular article on msnbc.com for much of Tuesday, featuring this completely-not-sensationalistic-and-totally-journalistic headline" No need to give details here on where the MSNBC spin goes off the rails, as Geminder has done a serviceable (albeit highly polemicized) job. So too has...
  • vatican offers assistance to childless couples

    11/01/2014 2:12:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 31, 2014 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    A new hospital in Rome has opened a program to help childless couples better understand fertility, using minimally invasive, natural approaches without drugs. Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, noted that children “contribute greatly to the good of the parents themselves.”“Nevertheless,” he said, “we know that after a few years of marriage, some couples are faced with the ordeal of conjugal sterility. In addition to prayer, the Church is close to our brothers and sisters who are suffering, strongly encouraging scientific research aimed at overcoming natural sterility.”Zimowski’s words came just days...
  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 8:53:59 PM PDT · by oohebo · 20 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.” Moore, who serves as president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spoke to a group of journalists Tuesday (Oct. 28) covering the group’s national conference. “The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea,” Moore told journalists. “Faithfulness to...
  • Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a wand'

    10/30/2014 4:22:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    MSN News ^ | 10/30/2014 | Adam Withnall
    The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared. Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”. “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with...
  • Sorry, But Media Coverage of Pope Francis is Papal Bull

    10/29/2014 4:57:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Time ^ | October 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Dias
    The 'Pope Francis supports evolution' story is just the latest example of the press getting the Catholic church completely wrong It is official: the media has gone bananas in its coverage of Pope Francis.The OMG-Pope-Francis-Supports-Evolution story of the past two days is just the latest example. Almost every news outlet, major and minor, has plastered Pope Francis’ name across the interwebs and proclaimed he has finally planted the Catholic Church in the evolution camp of the creation-evolution debate. The only problem? Almost every outlet has got the story wrong, proving once again that the mainstream media has nearly no understanding...
  • Pius XII On Those Who Put Faith In Evolution, Like Materialists And Communists Do

    10/29/2014 4:45:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Pewsitter.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Frank Walker
    Nate Anderson at ars Technica science site reported on Pope Francis' words on creation, the Big Bang, and evolution theory. Though only a few paragraphs long (and currently available only in Italian; the translation below is unofficial), Francis's remarks focused largely on evolution—still a controversial doctrine in parts of the worldwide Christian church. "When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we are in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand capable of doing anything," Francis said. "But he was not. He created beings and let them develop in accordance with the internal...
  • Glen Campbell and Brittany Maynard Face Their Mortality Very Differently

    10/28/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 28, 2014 | JANET MORANA
    Two stories battled for my attention recently, and both of them broke my heart. The first was about Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to gain access to legal suicide-inducing drugs. She is planning to die in bed, surrounded by her family, on Nov. 1 (the solemnity of All Saints), two days after her husband’s birthday. The second story was about the singer Glen Campbell, who decided to go public with his struggle against Alzheimer’s disease. With his children on stage with him for a final, 151-stop musical tour, and the cameras...
  • Pope Francis Says Evolution Is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements

    10/28/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday. "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator." The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic...
  • NO BIG BANG WITHOUT GOD, SAYS POPE FRANCIS

    10/27/2014 1:47:14 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 192 replies
    Brietbart ^ | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 27 Oct 2014, 8:30 AM PDT | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 27 Oct 2014, 8:30 AM PDT
    The Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” Pope Francis said Monday morning, because the beginning of the world “is not the work of chaos.” The Pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered in the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather “the Creator who brought all things into being.” The origin of the world derives directly “from a supreme Principle of creative love,” he added. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation,...
  • Still Soft after 551 Million Years?

    10/26/2014 6:42:10 PM PDT · by lasereye · 16 replies
    ICR ^ | 2014 | Brian Thomas, M.S. *
    Original soft-tissue fossils continue to challenge mainstream understanding of how and when fossils formed. Secular researchers described dozens of them over the years, from mummified skin and dried red blood to still-purple retinas, and they assign them ages of tens of millions of years. However, the science of tissue decay clearly does not permit these long ages. For example, lab bench tests that accelerate tissue decay under high temperatures place a maximum age of fewer than one million years on some of the most resilient proteins, assuming the fossil proteins were kept cold and sterile during the entire process. These...