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  • I’m an atheist. So why can’t I shake God?

    02/07/2016 10:35:14 PM PST · by TBP · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Elizabeth King
    Although I’ve been a content atheist for a decade, somehow God has found a way to stick around in my mind. Not the God of the Bible who created heaven and Earth — the God that lingers with me is harder to explain. The idea of God pesters me and makes me think that maybe I’m not as devoted to my beliefs as I’d like to think I am and would like to be. Maybe I’m still subconsciously afraid of hell and want to go to heaven when I die. It’s confusing and frustrating to feel the presence of something...
  • The Dark God of Gnostic Progressive Spirituality

    02/04/2016 4:35:11 AM PST · by spirited irish · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Linda Kimball
    We are at the dawn of a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to our life...Perhaps the best name for this new segment of historical experience is the Interspiritual Age." Wayne Teasdale, "The Mystic Heart" "At the outbreak of the modern era, the (gnostic) system of inverse biblical exegesis was once again activated." Ioan Couliano, "The Tree of Gnosis" The Gnostic system of inverse exegesis begins with evolution, which has persuaded people, "...to think of everything in nature as the fruit of a gradual growth rather than an original creation." Such inverse thinking means it is now impossible for educated...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio meets Pope Francis to talk about climate change

    01/28/2016 6:55:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jodi Gugliemi
    Leonardo DiCaprio has officially met the Pope. The actor had a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday morning. "Leo explained that he wanted to discuss a subject they both have very much at heart: protecting the environment and climate change," a source tells PEOPLE. DiCaprio, 41, arrived at the Vatican at 11:15 a.m. local time and was accompanied by his father, George DiCaprio, and Milutin Gatsby, global fundraising chair for the actor's namesake charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. During the 15-minute meeting, the actor presented the pontiff with a check from his environmental philanthropy for him...
  • How Christianity Benefits Society, Even “Angry Humanists”

    01/23/2016 12:18:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    Why has America been blessed in many ways in the past? At its core, the answer has to do with the Judeo-Christian tradition. We are living off of the residue of that great heritage. As one author put it, "one of our nation's primary advantages over many others lies in the greater strength of religion in American life." That author is Dr. Rodney Stark, a professor at Baylor, who is a specialist on the sociology of religion. Last week I mentioned a remarkable book he wrote that I feel did not get the attention it deserves. It's called America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits...
  • United Methodist Church Bans Intelligent Design Group From General Conference

    01/20/2016 1:12:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/20/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    The United Methodist Church has rejected an Intelligent Design group's request to have an information table at the denomination's 2016 General Conference. Reaffirming a decision from December, the UMC's Commission on the General Conference decided last week to not allow the Seattle-based Discovery Institute an information table at the Mainline Protestant denomination's gathering in Portland, Oregon. Diane Degnan, spokeswoman for the UMC, told The Christian Post that this was the first General Conference to allow for "outside exhibitors." "The Commission on the General Conference determined that the application by the Discovery Institute did not meet the guidelines established for exhibitors...
  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • New Take on the Biblical Flood story

    01/07/2016 1:19:30 PM PST · by Yollopoliuhqui · 44 replies
    Malaga Bay ^ | January 6, 2016 | Tim Cullen
    New interpretations of the Biblical Flood story
  • "SHROUD (of Turin) A NEW ASTONISHING PHENOMENON DISCOVERED IN THIS FIND"

    01/04/2016 2:20:34 PM PST · by overdog2 · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | Jun 28, 2015 | spacereinstitute
    This video answers many of the questions posted here regarding the Shroud of Turin. Note: it supports the connection to the Sudarium of Oviedo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCtDqCuhWNM&feature=youtu.be "SHROUD A NEW ASTONISHING PHENOMENON DISCOVERED IN THIS FIND" Published on Jun 28, 2015 Photogrammetric restitution on the Shroud of Turin has revealed a previously unknown phenomenon that opens up new horizons for science. The strength of this discovery is stressed by the fact that the geometrical data used for restitution can be verified with tools that are accessible to everyone.
  • The Virgin Birth: Where Science Meets Scripture PUTTING JESUS TO THE DNA TEST

    01/04/2016 9:38:32 AM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 33 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | December 2015 | Maria Hsia Chang
    A 2013 Harris Poll found that while sixty-eight percent of American adults believe that Jesus is God, or the Son of God, only fifty-seven percent believe in the virgin birth. Disbelief in Jesus being born of a virgin, which is a fundamental tenet of Christianity, in turn implies a belief that the author of the Gospel According to Luke lied when he wrote: The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph…. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found...
  • Surgical Sex - Why We Stopped Doing Sex Change Operations

    01/02/2016 9:13:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 47 replies
    First Things ^ | November 2004 | Paul R. McHugh
    hen the practice of sex-change surgery first emerged back in the early 1970s, I would often remind its advocating psychiatrists that with other patients, alcoholics in particular, they would quote the Serenity Prayer, "God, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Where did they get the idea that our sexual identity ("gender" was the term they preferred) as men or women was in the category of things that could be changed?Their regular response was to show me their patients. Men (and...
  • Bible Prophecy Becoming Bible Fact Every Day- A Few Examples in Pictures

    01/01/2016 7:31:23 AM PST · by ghosthost · 21 replies
    Google Images ^ | 1-1-16 | vanity
    I remember reading obscure things concerning biblical prophecy when I was a child. I couldn't quite wrap my mind around them. But these days, the Bible seems more like a newspaper than a book of prophecy. Look over these photos/verses and please add your own!
  • The Star of Bethlehem Scientifically Proven

    12/25/2015 2:41:05 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 158 replies
    YouTube ^ | 17 May 2015 | God
    Proof of when the Star of Bethlehem happened and how...
  • Vatican Bishop: Pope's View on Global Warming is as Authoritative as the Condemnation of Abortion

    12/21/2015 9:34:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/15 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, December 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A heated exchange regarding global warming and magisterial teaching between a top Vatican official and various other presenters ended a December 3 Acton Institute conference in Rome. Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, a close advisor to Pope Francis and the Chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences stressed that the pope's declarations on the gravity of global warming as expressed in the encyclical Laudato Si' are magisterial teaching equivalent to the teaching that abortion is sinful. Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, the founder of Ignatius Press who...
  • Behold, the Official Catholic Blessing for Beer

    12/19/2015 10:37:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | Unknown | Editor
    Did you know the Catholic Church has an official blessing for beer?In the 1964 edition of the Rituale Romanum, one of the Church’s official books of rituals, there is a section with “Blessings of things designated for ordinary use.”Among the many rituals listed, you can find special blessings for pastries, medicine, cheese, fire, seeds, airplanes, and more – including beer.Why bless beer? Because it is a part of God’s good creation and a wonderful gift for human enjoyment! Ever since Jesus turned water into wine at the marriage at Cana (John 2), the Catholic Church has supported the enjoyment of alcohol...
  • Are kids from religious backgrounds really more selfish than their nonreligious peers? (Salon)

    12/14/2015 7:28:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Salon ^ | 12/13/15 | Michael Schulson
    Are kids from more religious families more or less altruistic than their peers from less-religious families? That's what a high-profile new study from University of Chicago neuroscientist Jean Decety and a global crew of collaborators sought to determine... (snip) In their study, Decety and his colleagues gave the sticker test to 1,170 kids at schools in six cities--Amman, Cape Town, Chicago, Guangzhou, Istanbul, and Toronto...The researchers also gave the kids another test, in which they watched videos of people hurting other people, and then judged (a) how mean the bullies were, and (b) how much punishment the bullies deserved. (snip)...
  • Parameters of Religion and Science

    12/14/2015 7:38:10 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Church of St Michael ^ | December 13, 2015 | Fr. George Rutler
    Weekly Column (via email) Parameters are measurable factors that define a system, in the sense of a criterion or framework - like the parts that make the whole. The parameters of religion and science complement and serve each other, but are not to be confused. Thus, Cardinal Baronio told his friend Galileo that the Bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go. The Third Sunday of Advent is about heaven, and our Lord commissioned his Church to make people fit for it. The parameters of religion cannot estimate how many people can fit into heaven,...
  • The Christ Follower Who Saved a Billion People

    12/13/2015 7:56:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    Forty-five years ago this past Friday, Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “More than any other person of (the) age,” the Nobel Committee stated, the Christ follower had “helped to provide bread for a hungry world.” Indeed, Dr. Borlaug, who grew up on an Iowa farm, who earned a Ph.D in plant pathology, was the father of the “green revolution.” His breakthroughs in breeding high-yielding crops averted the mass famines widely predicted during the 1960s. In so doing, he “alter(ed) the course of history,” the New York Times eulogized in 2009. In his Nobel Lecture, Borlaug noted, “Man’s...
  • On Climate Change,Francis Builds on His Predecessors’ Positions (Bp: Part of ordinary magisterium)

    12/13/2015 1:51:28 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 11, 2015 | Edward Pentin
    ...Some in the Vatican, however, see the Pope's position as more binding on the faithful. At a Dec. 3 Acton Institute conference on Laudato Si in Rome, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, insisted the Pope's support for climate-change science is not mere opinion, but part of the ordinary magisterium, and so is owed the same obedience by the faithful as the recognition that abortion is a mortal sin (which is also part of the ordinary magisterium, he pointed out). "When the Pope supports this because the majority tell him that scientific opinion thinks this,...
  • Can Google Silence the Church?

    12/11/2015 10:28:08 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 7 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 12/11/15 | Chelsen Vicari
    Whether we’re talking about the redefinition of marriage or taxpayer funded abortion and contraception, one question is crossing many Christians’ minds: where will the next challenge to religious liberty arise? Among some, there is a growing concern that the next threat to religious liberty will be a cyber showdown.
  • World's Richest Chinese Co-Sponsors Vatican's Light Show

    12/11/2015 5:53:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    UCA News ^ | 12/11/15
    Li Ka-shing, a Buddhist, says it a privilege to participate The world's wealthiest Chinese person was one of the sponsors of a Vatican light show that was part of the opening program for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The three-hour event, "Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home" saw the colorful display of images of people from various places, the natural world and climate change against the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 8. About 1.5 million spectators watched the show. The light show was staged by a conglomerate of social justice organizations under the umbrella of the World Bank...
  • Cardinal Turkson: If Climate Talks Stall, Pope Francis May Gently Intervene

    12/10/2015 8:19:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    AP via Crux ^ | 12/8/15 | Seth Borenstein
    LE BOURGET, France - If international climate talks really stall, don't be surprised if there might be an ever-so-slight intervention by Pope Francis. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace who helped draft the pope's June encyclical on global warming, said the pontiff has "deep trust" that negotiators in Paris will get the job done. But just in case they don't, the pope might possibly send a gentle message, he said. "If it gets to a stalemate or whatever, he may utter a statement or make a comment or whatever, but he will refrain from...
  • Francis Effect: the Vatican profaned

    12/09/2015 4:09:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/09/15 | Antonio Socci
    The incredible show on St Peter's Basilica: a Neo-Pagan obscenity for the Feast of the Immaculate! The sense that St. Peter's Basilica has been profaned is strong. The symbolic significance of the event is a Church immersed in darkness, but illuminated by the world, by the new climatist-religion-ideology (all financed by the World Bank Group which will now have to explain to us what politics compatible with the teaching of the Church it is promoting..) The holy place par excellence, the heart of Christianity transformed on a maxi-screen for the show of the New World Power Ideology ...and the Nativity...
  • ‘SACRILEGE’: CATHOLIC LEADERS REACT TO VATICAN’S ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ LIGHT SHOW

    12/09/2015 2:32:41 PM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | December 9, 2015
      (Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews) – Howling, grunting, and roaring animals, along with images of overcrowded city centers, depictions of pollution, and negative portrayals of industrialization, appeared on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica this evening during a much hyped “climate change” light show.The show was the finale of the opening celebration for the Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. The event was watched by tens of thousands in St. Peter’s Square along with estimated millions worldwide through online streaming.The multi-million dollar show titled “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home” was created and funded by climate-change partisans and population-control advocates with...
  • Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

    12/08/2015 10:19:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 8, 2015; Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I thought I could just let it pass...but I can't. On 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at 7 pm climate-change zealots will be allowed to project a light show entitled "Illuminating Our Common Home” onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in order to "educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class," a press release states. On the opening of the Year of Mercy? Why not rent out the Sistine chapel too, while they're at it? The Vatican basilica is a consecrated building. This is a non-sacred use - in fact...
  • Was Islam the original thinkers of the Deathstar?

    12/01/2015 10:36:13 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 16 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 1996 | Louis Farrakhan
    "The Honorable Elijah Muhammad told us of a giant Mother Plane that is made like the universe, spheres within spheres. White people call them unidentified flying objects. Ezekiel, in the Old Testament, saw a wheel that looked like a cloud by day but a pillar of fire by night. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that that wheel was built on the island of Nippon, which is now called Japan, by some of the Original scientists. It took $15 billion in gold at that time to build it. It is made of the toughest steel. America does not yet know the...
  • World headed toward 'suicide' if no climate agreement: pope

    11/30/2015 10:17:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    The U.N. climate conference in Paris is most likely humanity's last chance to thwart global environmental disaster, Pope Francis said on Monday, warning the world was "at the limits of suicide". The pope, who wrote a major document on the environment last June, made the comment in an hour-long news conference aboard the plane returning him to Rome at the end of a six-day trip to Africa. The freewheeling conversations have become a trademark of his papacy and the few times he takes direct questions from journalists....
  • Pope Francis attacks ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics, dismisses condom ban as unimportant

    11/30/2015 3:52:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 30, 2015 | John Henry Westen
    On the plane returning from his journey to Africa today Pope Francis made his clearest remarks in condemnation of ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics. "Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil." "They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it is my church." "We have to combat it," he...
  • Creationist Group 'Answers in Genesis' Disputes 'Lucy' Ancestry Claim

    11/27/2015 11:55:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/27/2015 | BY MICHAEL T. HAMILTON
    Earlier this week Google's logo mutated (if you will) from its usual form into a Google Doodle adorned with a series of images depicting an ape evolving into a human. Clicking the Doodle led to information about "AL 288-1," less esoterically known as "Lucy the Australopithecus," or simply "Lucy." Many scientists regard the fossil as an intermediary link between apes and humans.The same day, Googling "lucy australopithecus controversy" turned up a different interpretation of the fossil, including several from Answers in Genesis. The apologetics ministry, which focuses primarily on whether evolution or biblical creation provides the most accurate interpretation...
  • How Should We Then Live?

    11/25/2015 3:03:00 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Schaeffer, Francis
    How Should We Then Live
  • What did Jesus look like? Italian police use the Holy Shroud to develop facial image.

    11/09/2015 12:24:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 116 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | June 17, 2015
    What exactly did Jesus look like? Both as a child and then as an adult? It's a question that's been asked for centuries. An Italian scientific team decided to look into it, using the latest technology. The team used the Holy Shroud as a starting point to try and depict Jesus' appearance. GIOVANNI TESSITORE Technical Director, Italian State Dept. "One of the tasks this police department carries out quite often is facial reconstruction. So everything from describing facial features to comparing them. This is our starting point, so we used the Holy Shroud as our base and went from there."...
  • AFTER SCIENTOLOGY, LEAH REMINI FINDS COMFORT IN RETURN TO CATHOLICISM

    11/06/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by NYer · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 5, 2015
    Former Scientologist and King of Queens star Leah Remini said she has found “amazing” comfort in returning to the Catholic Church after leaving Scientology two years ago, contrasting Scientology’s abusive policies with Christianity. During an interview with Howard Stern Tuesday morning, the 45-year-old actress said she was so happy to be “reconnecting” to the faith of her childhood.Initially, Stern tried to lump all religions together as equally fanatical, but Remini jumped in, telling the shock jock he was making a big mistake.“I’ve come to the conclusion in my life that all religions are sorta nutty,” Stern said. “And, you know,...
  • Archbp. Aquila: German bishops promote cheap grace

    10/20/2015 2:40:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 20, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    His Excellency Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, has something to say.From the NCRegister:Did Thomas More and John Fisher Die For Nothing? The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin with the letter signed by Cardinal Kasper and other members of the German episcopate in 1993. Another country’s episcopate – England’s – pioneered this experiment in Christian doctrine nearly 500 years ago. At stake then was not just whether any Catholic could remarry, but whether the king could, since his wife had not borne him a son. As with those who advocate...
  • My dad got diagnosed with COPD Stage 3 bordering to stage 4. (prayer request)

    10/17/2015 6:47:36 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 76 replies
    I knew he was sick and getting worse.My dad is the type that do not go to doctors ever. But now he wanted to go.I went with him to a lung doctor the other day that gave him the bad news. He is so strong and relaxed about it though. He has stopped smoking this summer which is extremely good. But still he is stage 3 -borderline to 4. Maybe I ask for prayers do deal with my dad being sick. I tend to worry and fuss a bit and become very protective. My dad seems to cope very good....
  • Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator

    10/17/2015 1:22:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | October 15, 2015 | Rebecca Taylor
    There is a dangerous philosophy emerging in our fast-paced, technology-driven world of which most people are totally unaware. And yet, when Francis Fukuyama, economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, was asked what idea posed the “greatest threat to the welfare of humanity,” his answer was this philosophy.And yet I am positive most Catholics have never heard of it. Catholics certainly do not realize that they are being fed a steady diet of images in popular media that play right to the more seductive aspects of this ideology.What is it? It is transhumanism. “What is that?” you...
  • RED SEA: ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER REMAINS OF EGYPTIAN ARMY FROM THE BIBLICAL EXODUS

    10/13/2015 3:53:54 PM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 34 replies
    Disclose.Tv ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Unknown
    "Suez| Egypts Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age."
  • WHEN THE POPE MADE 10 DAYS DISAPPEAR

    10/08/2015 4:56:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 6, 2015 | CARA GIAIMO
    Adetail on Pope Gregory XIII's tomb, carved by Camillo Rusconi, shows the Pope being presented with a plan for what would become the Gregorian Calendar. (Image: Terfili/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)The Pope tends to be a powerful guy. He can start global conversations, rock all kinds of colors, and sometimes perform miracles.But only once in history has a pope made time literally disappear.In 1582, thanks to then-Pope Gregory XIII, October 6thalong with the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14thsimply didn't exist. Ten days, gone.Why? Because of that perpetualthorn in Christianity's side: the Sun.In the 16th century, much...
  • Vatican Astronomer: Discoveries on Mars May Reveal Gods Personality

    10/02/2015 6:21:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Catholic News Service
    NASA scientists have confirmed that liquid water flows, at least during the summer months, on the surface of MarsA Vatican astronomer said the latest discovery of flowing liquid water on the surface of Mars was exciting. You can see the traces of the rivers changing over the course of a Martian year. So we are not talking about water that was there a long time ago or water that is frozen under the surface, but actual liquid water on the surface, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, told Vatican Radio on Tuesday. NASA scientists confirmed on Monday...
  • Pope Francis: Gov't Workers Have Right to Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

    Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience............ Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States' thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes. On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays. "Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical...
  • Secret Confessions of Surrogate Mothers

    09/28/2015 1:49:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | September 28, 2015 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    The Catholic Church is perceived to be anti-science. That perception is completely false, of course. The Church is one of the few institutions left that actually looks at human biology and acknowledges the facts. And I am not just talking about the fact that a new genetically distinct human organism is created when fertilization is complete. (In layman's terms, new life begins at conception.) In our hook-up culture, the Church also acknowledges that it is called the "reproductive" system not the "recreation" system for a reason. Biologically speaking, sex is not a recreational activity. The Church is also one of...
  • Super Blood Moon to Make Last Appearance Until 2033

    09/27/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 35 replies
    NY Times (via Drudge) ^ | 9/25/15 | DANIEL VICTOR
    A rare astronomical phenomenon Sunday night will produce a moon that will appear slightly bigger than usual and have a reddish hue, an event known as a super blood moon. Its a combination of curiosities that hasnt happened since 1982, and wont happen again until 2033. A so-called supermoon, which occurs when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit, will coincide with a lunar eclipse, leaving the moon in Earths shadow. Individually, the two phenomena are not uncommon, but they do not align often. Most people are unlikely to detect the larger size of the supermoon. It may...
  • Catholic Congressman to Boycott Popes Address Over Climate Change

    09/21/2015 6:14:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/18/15 | Staff Reporter
    Arizona Republican says he cannot attend if Holy Father focuses on 'flawed' climate scienceAn American Catholic congressman has announced he is boycotting Pope Franciss address to the US Congress over his views on the environment. Paul Gosar, a Republican congressman for the State of Arizona, wrote on the Town Hall website that he could not attend Franciss address next Thursday because it would mostly be about climate change. Writing that he was excited when he first learned of the visit, he went on: Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of...
  • Is 7-year biblical 'Tribulation' about to start? (Shemitah, blood moons and signs)

    09/13/2015 7:37:14 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 147 replies
    WND ^ | 9/10/2015
    Millions of investors concerned about the Shemitah cycle are watching stock markets and economies in these dark days of September. Will the Dow crash, they wonder, like it did in the past two Shemitah years, 2001 and 2008, or will the dollar collapse and take the U.S. economy down with it? Not Mark Biltz. The founder and pastor of El Shaddai Ministries is watching for something much bigger. The start of the Tribulation. Biltz, author of Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, is not predicting that the Tribulation will start with the beginning of a new seven-year cycle at...
  • Flashback: The Appendix, from Top 10 Useless Limbs (and Other Vestigial Organs)

    08/31/2015 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Livescience.com ^ | 2/9/05 | Brandon Miller
    In Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) and in his later works, he referred to several "vestiges" in human anatomy that were left over from the course of evolution. These vestigial organs, Darwin argued, are evidence of evolution and represent a function that was once necessary for survival, but over time that function became either diminished or nonexistent. (snip) The Human Appendix In plant-eating vertebrates, the appendix is much larger and its main function is to help digest a largely herbivorous diet. The human appendix is a small pouch attached to the large intestine where it joins the...
  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    08/30/2015 11:58:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-29-2015 | Fr. Alexey Young
    On this day, the Church celebrates the icon of the Savior "Made Without Hands"the prototype of which is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ's holy face, left on a cloth used to cover His face at burial after the crucifixion. An exhaustively researched and highly interesting article by Fr. Alexy Young, Nun Michaila, and Mary Mansur was published a number of years ago in the periodical, "Orthodox America" on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Napkin. We present it today in the spirit of the present feast. The truth of God has to be comprehended...
  • Near Death, Nearer to God: A Catholic Author's Recent Experience of Almost Dying

    08/28/2015 2:30:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOSEPH PEARCE
    I would not describe myself as a mystic, nor would I say that I am particularly attracted to mysticism. On the contrary, I tend to shy away from such things. I would even go so far as to say that I have a sneaking sympathy for Ronald Knoxs quip (or was it Newmans) that mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism. Its not that I dont respect mysticismas long as it is grounded in orthodoxy. I have a great love for the mystical meanderings of St. John of the Cross, and who but a fool does not have...
  • A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

    08/25/2015 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 13 replies
    Outer Places ^ | Janey Tracey
    Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there's a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of...
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    08/25/2015 1:08:57 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 8 replies
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  • The Network of Stolen Consciousness - How Black Magick is used in Mind Control

    08/22/2015 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 82 replies
    Metatech.org ^ | Beth Goobie
    The Network of Stolen Consciousness – How Black Magick is used in Mind Control August 10, 2014 by user8127 The Network of Stolen Consciousness How Black Magick is used in Mind Control by Beth GoobieThis is a terrifying look at the inner most procedures of satanic intelligence cults. This is without a doubt one of the most advanced exposes of advanced mind control technology and processes that I have ever seen published.—————————————I am a survivor of intelligence cults that operate across Canada and are connected internationally. In 1959, I was born into an intergenerational CIA-connected cult that continues to operate...
  • How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

    08/21/2015 6:36:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | August 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer: For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygrade that they didn’t seem worth pondering.All of that...
  • October 5, 2017

    October 5, 2017 Blessings to you in the name of Yahuah, the Father, and his Son, Yahusha. Time is short. You have a life-saving message to deliver. Nothing else matters. Your loved ones, your family, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors and even your enemies all of the people who have the greatest need to receive your message will likely reject both your message and you. Your mission is to try anyway. This paper is your guide to the end of the age. It will provide you with the knowledge and the tools you need to...