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  • Catholics Protest Oklahoma Satanic Sacrilege

    12/31/2015 1:36:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | December 31, 2015 | Joseph Gonzalez
    "The satanists all had blood on their hands" OKLAHOMA CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - On Christmas Eve, the Oklahoma satanists who planned to pour blood on a staute of the Blessed Virgin in front of St. Joseph's Old Cathedral were met with a counter-protest: a group of Catholics with Rosaries and Gregorian chant bearing a statue of Our Lady on a litre (pictured above). Many of the Catholics represented the traditional Catholic international group Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). The leader of the Satanic Church of Ahriman, Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender who has used the alias "Adam Smith," obtained a...
  • Marietta (GA) churchgoers see likeness of Virgin Mary in window

    12/25/2015 5:12:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 71 replies
    wfsb.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | Christian De La Rosa
    MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) - What may seem like a foggy window at a catholic church in Marietta is drawing dozens of people from all over Georgia and even moving some to tears. Many believers say it’s the image of the Virgin Mary. We spoke to the Priest at Transfiguration Catholic Church who told us the silhouette is most noticeable during sunny days. He believes it isn’t damaged glass and he says it’s not a doctored image. "There are a lot of people that may think it's a stain or condensation. They ask if I drew it," says Father Bernardo Molina....
  • A 'most powerful woman' – National Geographic's major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

    12/25/2015 5:08:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | cna
    Washington D.C., Dec 23, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Our Lady. Blessed Mother. Virgin Mary. Queen of Peace. Theotokos. Handmaid of the Lord. Mother Mary. These are just some of the titles used to describe the young woman to whom an angel appeared some 2,000 years ago with the message that she would conceive and bear the Savior of the World. Mary has very few recorded words in the New Testament, but her worldwide devotion spans across time, cultures and even religions. In a Nov. 8 feature for National Geographic, “How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman,”...
  • Satanists planning Christmas Eve display in Oklahoma City

    12/22/2015 5:48:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    newsok ^ | December 11, 2015 | Matt Patterson,
    A local Satanist will be protesting in front of a downtown Oklahoma City church on Christmas Eve. Adam Daniels said he plans to pour costume blood over a Virgin Mary statue that has been treated "with sulfur powder and ash," outside St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral, 307 NW 4. Prayers will also be said to the statue. The display will be confined to the sidewalk and will not block any church entrances, according to the permit obtained by Daniels. The permit also requires the group to clean up the display after the event and ensure no costume blood is left on...
  • CNN Sashays With Satanists

    12/18/2015 5:08:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. When Ted Turner was running CNN back in 1991, he banned the use of the word "foreign" on air. In a memo to employees, he made a threat to fine employees with a forced donation to UNICEF. To avoid offense, they were told they should use the word "international" instead because it "promotes a sense of unity." Today, this is Jeff Zucker's CNN, and unity be damned. Offending the audience is part of the ratings gambit. On Dec. 13, as many Christians celebrated the third Sunday of Advent and rejoiced over...
  • Satanist Will Pour Blood on Virgin Mary for Christmas

    12/15/2015 6:43:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 52 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | Joseph Gonzalez
    OKLAHOMA CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - A satanist is planning to protest the Mother of God's virginity by pouring fake blood on a Mary statue outside a church on Christmas Eve. The leader of the Satanic Church of Ahriman, Adam Daniels, a registered sex offender that has used the alias "Adam Smith," has titled the protest "The Virgin Birth Is a Lie," and says he wants to expose the "lies of the Catholic Church" by adding "another layer of corruption to Mary." He says the Virgin Birth of Jesus is a "fraud." Daniels obtained a permit to protest on the sidewalk outside...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    01/26/2015 5:06:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    catholicgentleman.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Sam Guzman
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1,923 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • 13 Beautiful Non-White Depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/10/2015 10:10:54 AM PST · by millegan · 45 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    The Blessed Virgin Mary was thoroughly Jewish. Different cultures and ethnicities have often portrayed her, Jesus, and others from the Bible as being from their group. Since Christianity for many centuries was based largely in Europe, these important characters of salvation history have often been depicted as white Europeans. Which is fine! But other cultures have also depicted them according to their own appearances. Here are 13 beautiful non-white European depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
  • Writers piece is insensitive not only to the faithful, but to rape victims

    12/29/2014 5:25:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    live action news ^ | December 29, 2014 | Rebecca Downs
    Just before Christmas, Salon reposted a piece titled Why rape is so intrinsic to religion, which was authored by Valerie Tarico and appeared first on Alternet, a site Salon claims it is proud to feature content from. Many took to decrying the ridiculousness of the article. The Alternet version asks: Stories like the virgin birth lack freely given female consent. Why dont they bother us more? Perhaps they dont bother us more because to view such stories, like Tarico does, as rapey is whats really bothersome. To claim that Mary was raped is incorrect, especially considering that since Mary...
  • Church Nativity Scene Depicts Homeless Virgin Mary At Bus Stop

    12/23/2014 8:30:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | December 22, 2014 | CBS
    CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) A local church nativity scene depicts a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. The theme for this years display at Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard is Commercialism and the Oppressed. Church leaders say the eyes of God are always watching and people should reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We want to draw attention to those people who are on the margins who Jesus would be standing with today, said Pamela Bunce of Claremont United Methodist Church. The Southland church is known for its design...
  • Battle Continues Over Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted Facebook Page

    06/04/2014 7:02:16 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/29/14 | Bill Hallowell
    Its been on again, off again for a controversial anti-Christian Facebook page at the center of a heated First Amendment debate. Just days after a pro-life group claimed victory in having the Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted page removed for violating Facebooks standards, it is once again active. The contentious page, which pokes fun at Christian theology and organized religion, was apparently removed Friday following new-found complaints from the leader of Project Wildwire, a pro-life group that opposes Planned Parenthood. Cary Bogue, the organizations CEO, took credit for the removal in a press release, noting that he finds the Virgin Mary...
  • Facebook reinstates offensive Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted page; Christian activist plans protest

    05/26/2014 5:48:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    life site news ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    MILWAUKEE, May 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) The head of a Christian ministry that succeeded in having an anti-Christian hate page removed from Facebook last year is taking action once again after discovering the page has been reinstated. Cary Bogue, CEO of Project Wildfire and owner of the Catholics & Protestants United Against Christian Discrimination Facebook page, objects to a page called Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted, (WARNING: obscene content) which depicts as its cover image the unborn Jesus as an abortion victim wearing a crown of thorns, while the Virgin Mary smokes a marijuana cigar with a satisfied smirk. The pages...
  • Pope Francis Entrusts Holy Land Pilgrimage to Mary

    05/23/2014 7:05:24 PM PDT · by delchiante · 186 replies
    NC Register ^ | 5/23/2014 | BY CNA/EWTN NEWS
    Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francisoffered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has made to the Virgin Mary, under whose protection he has placed his pontificate. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the archpriest of the basilica,...
  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
  • How Can Mary Hear Thousands Simultaneously?

    12/15/2013 2:24:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 102 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | October 31, 2013 | Tim Staples
    How Can Mary Hear Thousands Simultaneously? In his 1999 book, Evangelical Answers – A Critique of Current Roman Catholic Apologists, Eric Svendsen claims the Catholic Church makes Mary into not just a god, but the God:Suppose someone in the United States were to pray to Mary at a certain time during the day. Suppose further that, at exactly that same moment, someone in Europe begins also to pray to Mary… suppose at that same moment hundreds of thousands of devoted Catholics all over the world begin praying the rosary… In order for Mary to hear all those prayers at once...
  • 'Tomatoes are Christian,' Egyptian Salafi group warns

    08/31/2013 9:31:02 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 76 replies
    A Salafi group called the "Popular Egyptian Islamic Association" has warned Muslims against eating tomatoes on the grounds that the fruit is a "Christian food," NowLebanon.com has reported. The group based its claim on the fact that a shape resembling a cross is revealed when one cuts a tomato in half. The association published the warning on its Facebook page with a photo of a tomato cut in half, revealing a cross-shaped interior. A message posted on the page read, "Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian. [The tomato] praises the cross instead of Allah and says that Allah...
  • Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

    08/15/2013 2:21:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 14, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, nevertheless there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in three stages:1. Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into heaven. We do not just acknowledge that her soul was taken to heaven, as is the...
  • Facebook Group Virgin Mary Should Have Aborted Taken Down

    08/08/2013 6:45:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Tens of thousands of people complained about a Facebook page that promotes the notion that the Virgin Mary should have had an abortion. Titled Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted, the administrator of the page claims to explain what really happened in the biblical times, since the bible is full of lies. After a massive campaign to contact Facebook and a corresponding hashtag campaign on Twitter, it appears the page has been taken down. Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted, which had at its peak about 6,800 likes, was taken down Wednesday, likely in response to complaints from Christian activists. The effort against the...
  • Facebook Group Claims Virgin Mary Should Have Aborted

    08/04/2013 3:18:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | Russ Jones
    A group of concerned Christians are calling on Facebook to remove a page that promotes the notion that the Virgin Mary of the Bible should have received an abortion. Titled Virgin Mary Shouldve Aborted, the administrator of the page claims to explain what really happened in the biblical times, since the bible is full of lies. With just over 3,000 Likes, Celene Schartner of Australia says the page not only demeans what Christians believe, but it is slanderous and hateful. It diminishes the right to life of every unborn infant in its mothers womb by its very title and statement....
  • From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

    07/29/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    "On flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome" Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S VIRGINITY, 02-26-13

    02/26/2013 4:03:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-26-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MARY'S VIRGINITY The belief that the Mother of Jesus was always a virgin. Three stages of virginity are professed in this belief: "mary's conception of her Son without the co-operation of man, giving birth to Christ without violating her integrity, and remaining a virgin after Jesus was born. The Church's faith in Mary's virginal conception of Jesus found its way into all the ancient professions of belief. In a text dating from the early second century, the Apostles' creed speaks of "Jesus Christ . . . who was born by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin...
  • Worlds largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

    02/04/2013 4:33:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 72 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February - 4 - 2013
    La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply a work of engineering and art, the monument is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions. Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the countrys second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the...
  • "A Blessed Visitation" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-45)

    12/22/2012 7:30:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 23, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Blessed Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)It was a meeting of the moms. Two expectant mothers, one old, one young. One was six months along; the other, newly pregnant. And the fact that they were expecting was totally unexpected! Both of them were pregnant when really neither one of them should have been, under normal circumstances. But these circumstances were anything but normal. What was happening was much better than normal. This meeting of the moms was the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Elizabeth was the older woman; Mary, the younger. Elizabeth was in her sixth month; Marys pregnancy had just started....
  • The Malicious Mangling of the Virgin Mary

    11/16/2012 4:47:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin. This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin...
  • Catholic Caucus: Virgin Mary statue draws visitors to Broadmoor home

    08/06/2012 12:49:42 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    Morning Advocate ^ | August 6, 2012 | by naomi martin
    Ever since word started spreading July 5 of the bleeding Virgin Mary statue in the front yard of a house on Broadmoor Circle, the once quiet dead-end street has transformed into a bustling scene lined with yellow police tape and cars from all over the country. The Wisconsin license plate kind of struck me, said neighbor Greg Miller, 52. But there have been California, Florida, a lot of other out-of-state plates. It seemed for a while like it might be the No. 1 tourist attraction in town. The home is owned by Hoa Nguyen, who is from Vietnam and does...
  • Fr Mitch Pacwa: Lack of any Spiritual Depth to Messages May be the Unraveling of Medjugorje

    07/29/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Sanctepater ^ | July 29, 2012 | Greg Garrison
    [Father Mitch] Pacwa said there is no chance for the visions to get approval while they're still going on, and it's a long shot even after they stop. One quirk that emerged was when two of the Medjugorje visionaries said the Virgin Mary endorsed a book, "The Poem of the Man-God," that had been condemned by the Vatican. The fanciful 1940s biography of Jesus by Maria Valtorta contains details like a dancing girl brushing up against Jesus, Joseph giving young Jesus an anachronistic tool kit with screwdrivers and the Virgin Mary making statements such as "man disgusts me," Pacwa...
  • Indonesia: Islamic supremacists decapitate statue of Virgin Mary

    12/15/2011 3:04:28 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 19 replies
    Jihadwatch ^ | 15th Dec 2011 | Robert Spencer
    Last night, vandals decapitated the statue of the Virgin Mary in a small grotto in Sendag Prawito, Tawangmangu, Semarang Archdiocese (Central Java). A cross was stolen and the aspersorium was badly damaged.
  • Vatican condemns attack on Rome church during protest (worldwide Global Day of Rage)

    10/16/2011 1:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies
    Inquirer News ^ | October 16, 2011
    VIOLENT ROME PROTEST Policemen stand in front of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran during a demonstration in Rome on Saturday, October 15, 2011, as part of a global day of protests inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" and "Indignant" movements, with the Italian capital under a security lockdown. The Vatican has condemned Saturday's violent clashes including an attack by protesters on a church in which a crucifix and a statue of the Virgin Mary were destroyed. AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI VATICAN CITY—The Vatican has condemned Saturday’s violent clashes in central Rome including an attack by protesters on a church...
  • Virgin Mary appears outside a Sanger liquor store?

    10/04/2011 6:53:29 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    ABC 30 ^ | October 01, 2011
    SANGER, Calif. (KFSN) -- A holy sighting at a liquor shop? Some people say they have seen the image of the Virgin Mary appear outside Johnny Liquor store in Sanger. Those believers claim to see the outline of the Virgin on the side of the store but some say the image is nocturnal. "Word is they see the image of the Virgin Mary, however only at night," said Santiago Aguilar in a video he posted on YouTube. Santiago took nighttime video of the wall where you can see what appears to be an oval shape reflection coming from the light...
  • WHAT ARE THE MARYLIKE STANDARDS?

    08/25/2011 12:55:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    http://cora.dashjr.org/trad/modesty.html#chap3 ^ | 8/25/2011 | Morgana's BVM Vanity
    "A dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers' breadth under the pit of the throat;; which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows; and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knees. Furthermore, dresses of transparent material are improper." (The Cardinal vicar of Pope Pius XI) Marylike is modest without compromise, "like Mary", Christ's Mother. Marylike dresses have sleeves extending at least to the elbows; and skirts reaching below the knees. Acceptable Marylike Standards have been revealed in many private revelations since 1917 throughout the world. One of these standards is the dress...
  • Miraculous Photos of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Do you believe this? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/03/2011 6:22:58 AM PDT · by GADEL · 98 replies · 1+ views
    HubBlogs with GADEL ^ | Sunday, June 26, 2011 | Godwin Delali Adadzie
    A collection of some 'miraculous' photographs of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Well, as Saint Augustine of Hippo says, "Unless you believe, you will not understand." These are pictures taken by various people including apparitions witnessed by millions in Egypt including the former president of Egypt, Abdul Nasser. See post at Miraculous Photos of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Is the Perpetual Virginity of Mary a Biblical View?

    05/31/2011 11:34:50 AM PDT · by sigzero · 366 replies · 1+ views
    Answers in Genesis ^ | 5/31/2011 | Bodie Hodge
    Mary was a virgin who was to conceive by being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and give birth to the Son of God. Few in Christian realms would deny Mary was a virgin and remained a virgin through pregnancy and the birth of Christ. This was the ultimate fulfillment of a prophecy from Isaiah: Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14, emphasis added) However, Marys virginity after the birth of Christ can become a heated debate in some circles. Though some...
  • The Church Fathers- Mary: Ever Virgin

    05/31/2011 11:53:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2,496 replies · 1+ views
    The Church Fathers ^ | 120AD-450AD
    The Protoevangelium of JamesAnd behold, an angel of the Lord stood by [St. Anne], saying, Anne! Anne! The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world. And Anne said, As the Lord my God lives, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God, and it shall minister to him in the holy things all the days of its life. . . . And [from the time she was three] Mary was in the...
  • Officials want surfing Madonna mosaic gone

    05/20/2011 3:11:18 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    upi ^ | May 20, 2011
    ENCINITAS, Calif.- Officials in a California city said they are researching a way to remove a stained-glass mosaic of a surfing Madonna without damaging the piece. The Encinitas City Council unanimously agreed the unauthorized mosaic, installed by a group of artists under a train bridge on Encinitas Boulevard just before Easter, must come down, and they voted to allot $2,000 for an arts conservation agency to investigate ways to remove the art without damaging it, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. The mosaic depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary, riding a surfboard alongside the...
  • Virgin Birthor Prophetic Slip?

    05/08/2011 4:01:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 55 replies
    Virgin Birth—or Prophetic Slip? by  A.P. Staff One of the first miracles recorded in the New Testament is the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. According to Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah prophesied about the virgin birth in Isaiah 7:14. However, some in the scholarly community (particularly those within the atheistic and agnostic segments) deny that Isaiah was prophesying about a virgin birth. Isaiah 7:14 reads as follows in three separate translations: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (ASV, emp. added). Therefore the Lord himself...
  • Residents spot the Virgin Mary on the side of an apartment building

    12/15/2010 2:08:10 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | By Daily Mail Reporter
    An apparition of the Virgin Mary has been spotted by residents of a rough Texan city - and they believe it is a sign for them to mend their ways. New Braunfels has a population of just over 50,000 and is notorious for its high unemployment levels, poverty and crime. But the sighting of Mary has raised spirits and renewed the sense of hope, just before Christmas.
  • I Love that Woman! My Unworthy Reflections on The Immaculate Conception

    12/08/2010 5:59:13 AM PST · by mlizzy · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-8-06 | Tom O'Toole
    ...a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful that the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, was, by a unique grace and privilege of Almighty God in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, preserved exempt from all stain of original sin. Ineffabilis Deus Today's feast day is more than Pope Pius IX's 1854 infallible proclamation, as important as that Dogma was and is. Today's feast day, which issues not only from the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus but its echo...
  • Hope of Thy Children Scarred by Sin

    12/07/2010 11:33:11 AM PST · by mlizzy
    Vultus Christi ^ | 12-7-10 | Fr Mark Kirby
    Power of the Mother With the Son For if "God heareth not sinners, but if a man be a worshipper of Him and do His will, him He heareth"; if "the continual prayer of a just man availeth much"; if faithful Abraham was required to pray for Abimelech, "for he was a prophet"; if patient Job was to "pray for his friends," for he had "spoken right things before God"; if meek Moses, by lifting up his hands, turned the battle in favour of Israel, against Amalec; why should we wonder at hearing that Mary, the only spotless child...
  • Hope of Thy Children Scarred by Sin

    12/07/2010 11:33:11 AM PST · by mlizzy
    Vultus Christi ^ | 12-7-10 | Fr Mark Kirby
    Power of the Mother With the Son For if "God heareth not sinners, but if a man be a worshipper of Him and do His will, him He heareth"; if "the continual prayer of a just man availeth much"; if faithful Abraham was required to pray for Abimelech, "for he was a prophet"; if patient Job was to "pray for his friends," for he had "spoken right things before God"; if meek Moses, by lifting up his hands, turned the battle in favour of Israel, against Amalec; why should we wonder at hearing that Mary, the only spotless child...
  • Christopher Hitchens Warns of the Rising Influence of Christianity in Russia in Matters of State.

    11/05/2010 9:45:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Ministry Values ^ | 11/2/10 | Stephen Ryan
    Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev go to Church frequently, kiss precious icons of the Virgin Mary and seek political and moral counsel from the Russian Orthodox Clergy. Furthermore, to the surprise of many Americans, particularly Evangelical Christians, Vladimir Putin wears a Christian cross with him at all times. On ABC's Good Morning America Anchor George Stephanopoulos recently interviewed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you, the American public doesn't know all that much about you personally. But I was fascinated to be-- in reading your biography to learn many of the details. You were brought up in Soviet...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Mary

    10/25/2010 8:23:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Mary 668. Why do Catholics believe that Mary prays for them and helps them? Because they believe that she is their spiritual Mother, and that she has not lost her interest in those for whom her Son died, merely because she is in heaven. It is the Christian law, according to St. James, that we should pray for one another. The Saints in heaven pray for us who are on earth and still endeavoring to work out our salvation. And Mary is the greatest of the Saints. It is but an application in practice of our belief in the Communion...
  • Did Mary retain her virginal integrity while giving birth to Jesus?

    10/06/2010 7:56:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 354 replies
    Catholic Bridge ^ | David MacDonald
    Overall, Catholics liked the movie "The Nativity" but had several problems with it. For one thing they changed Scripture during the closing of the movie. On the screen they flashed the Bible passage from Luke 1:46-54. But they left out the words "for me" from middle of the sentence "The Lord has done great things for me, and Holy is his name." I don't think they should have taken that out of the Word of God, without using any elypses to show they skipped it. Another issue with the movie is they showed Mary screaming and pushing in pain as...
  • Holy Virgin appears in Colombian thunder storm

    07/02/2010 3:20:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 55 replies · 4+ views
    Columbia Reports ^ | July 1, 2010 | Pandora Pugsley
    The Holy Virgin risked over-exposure this week after Our Lady of Mount Carmel popped out yet again to the delight of Colombian villagers. The seemingly ubiquitous deity's image was spotted on a wall at a cross-roads by a young boy in Cumural, central Colombia. "It's true!" said one over-excited neighbour, who personally saw a picture of the Virgin, sporting a crown, robe and scapular and cradling baby Jesus in her arms. Among theories circulating as to how Our Lady got there, the favourite appeared to be that she was "beamed from the heavens" following a thunder storm. It wasn't long...
  • Are any Catholics familiar with Veronica Lueken and the Bay Side Prophecys/Apparitions?

    05/25/2010 7:01:09 PM PDT · by wheathead · 23 replies · 522+ views
    http://www.tldm.org/default.htm ^ | 05/25/2010 | wheathead
    I'm looking for fellow Catholics that have any knowledge of the Bayside Apparitions/Veronica Lueken. The following is an excerpt from the website.
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

    05/25/2010 6:55:01 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 135+ views
    StudiO'brien ^ | 1-1-09 | Michael D. O'Brien
    This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed, more than a generation. How swiftly it has gone, and how changed is the face of our world. Let us not blame war or economic trouble or abortion for the current state of the world, for this would be to blame symptoms and ignore the source of the disease. It is, in fact, contraception that is destroying Western civilization. In many of the documents of Vatican II and in subsequent papal encyclicals, the...
  • Virgin Mary statue in Weymouth [Massachusetts] destroyed [Ecumenical]

    05/20/2010 8:52:37 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies · 700+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 05/18/2010 | Stefanie Geisler
    A statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized and destroyed outside a Catholic church in Weymouth on Sunday, breaking it into three pieces in a crime that shocked the community, the church's pastor said today. "Right now, all I can say is I'm considering it a hate crime," said the Rev. Bill Salmon, who has been with the Immaculate Conception church for six years. "I don't know what their actual motivation would be, but when you start moving the base of a statue, you know it's deliberate." Salmon said one of his parishioners notified him of the vandalism after an...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 3:30 Beads!

    05/14/2010 10:11:57 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 77 replies · 1,017+ views
    Vanity ^ | 5-14-10 | MLizzy
    The 3:30 Beads A few days back, on May 10, Irisshlass commented to me; Maybe we Catholics here can form a prayer group and at a certain hour of the day or night, we all say our rosaries in our home. Even though we are not together we are in heart ... Although I am not a speck Irish, my husband's roots (he's a "Grogan-O'Toole") have worn off on me a bit, and I could hardly think of denyin' the suggestion of an "Irisshlass." So without further ado[s], here are the "rules." Join us in saying a Rosary every day...
  • Next on reality TV: Virgin auction [offensive!]

    05/11/2010 11:13:41 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 40 replies · 970+ views
    Jill Stanek ^ | 5-11-10 | Jill Stanek
    I expect liberal feminists won't mind this, since they support those formerly known as prostitutes: "sex workers." From the New York Post, today: A reality show that promises to sell off 3 virgins to the highest bidder is - to say the least - raising a storm of controversy on 2 sides of the Pacific.... The show is the brainchild of an Australian filmmaker, Justin Sisley [pictured above], and will be made for TV there. But, as of yesterday, the show was set to be filmed in NV. The 3 virgins - 2 women and 1 man - are to...
  • The Importance of the Meditated Holy Rosary -- What the Popes have to say [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2010 8:00:17 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 8 replies · 226+ views
    "The Rosary is the glory of the Roman Church. As an exercise of Christian piety, it takes its place among the faithful after the Mass and the Sacraments." -Pope John XXIII "Would you like me to tell you a 'secret'? It is simple, and after all, is no secret: 'Pray, pray much. Say the Rosary everyday.'"-Pope John Paul II "The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin ... It not only serves admirably to overcome the enemies of God and of religion, but it is also a stimulus and an...