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  • [Catholic Caucus] Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

    01/16/2019 2:07:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | January 16, 2019 | Asia News
    Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong A group of Catholics, mostly young people, have addressed a letter to the diocesan Curia. Whilst appreciating the educational and charitable work the Church has offered so far, the petitioners demand the diocese not be China’s "vassal" and end the "colonial" phase of its work as a substitute services provider. It also notes the commitment of Christian in politics, defending the right of the faithful to religious freedom in China as well as Hong Kong’s freedom. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – A group of Hong Kong Catholics, most of...
  • New York Abortion Bill Could One Day Make Being Pro-Life ‘a Crime’

    01/15/2019 5:51:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/14/19 | Emily Benson
    Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act “worse than we thought it would be.” “It foresees a time in New York where it’s a crime to be pro-life,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities and the Catholic Action Network for the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops. The measure, introduced in the Legislature the week of January 7, will expand access to abortion in the state, despite being promoted as simply codifying Roe v Wade. It not only increases access to abortion across the board, including...
  • In China, They’re Closing Churches, Jailing Pastors – and Even Rewriting Scripture

    01/15/2019 5:42:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/13/19 | Lily Kuo
    China’s Communist party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows. A new state translation of the Bible will establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the textIn late October, the pastor of one of China’s best-known underground churches asked this of his congregation: had they successfully spread the gospel throughout their city? “If tomorrow morning the Early Rain Covenant Church suddenly disappeared from the city of Chengdu, if each of us vanished into thin air, would this city be any different? Would anyone miss us?” said Wang Yi, leaning over his pulpit and pausing to let the question weigh on his...
  • Violent Clashes in Haifa as Arab Christians Protest 'McJesus' Sculpture

    01/14/2019 6:19:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The jerusalem Post ^ | 1/12/19 | Sara Rubinstein
    The depiction of a crucified Ronald McDonald, sculpted by Finnish artist Janei Leinonen, and part of the musuem's "Sacred Goods" exhibit, has been on display since August.Violent clashes broke out between hundreds of Arab Christians and police in Haifa on Friday following demonstrations against the Haifa Museum of Art which displayed "McJesus," a sculpture showing Ronald McDonald on a cross. The depiction of a crucified Ronald McDonald, sculpted by Finnish artist Janei Leinonen, and part of the musuem's "Sacred Goods" exhibit, has been on display since August. An Arab Christian protestor told Walla! news that the government was not properly...
  • Authorities Demand “Church-Free Zones” Near Schools [China]

    01/14/2019 6:09:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/10/19 | Feng Gang
    Regulations to “protect” minors from religion reach a new level of absurdity, as churches near schools are forced to close, asked to share lists of youth members.The Chinese government has declared schools to be church-free zones and is taking steps to enforce its will. Bitter Winter obtained a copy of a document entitled Implementation Plan on the Special Governance of Private Christian Gathering Sites, which was issued by the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of a city in the northern Shanxi Province. The document calls for the “centralized remediation” of religious meeting venues near colleges and universities (remediation being...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1-14-19 (Prayer)

    01/13/2019 10:36:22 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 32 replies
    1-14-19 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Ps.9:2 I will be Filled with Joy because of You. I will Sing Praises...
  • Chaldean Priest: a New Year of Rebirth for Mosul

    01/13/2019 6:34:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/10/19
    Fr. Paul describes Christmas celebrations in the former stronghold of the Islamic State. Liturgies on the Nineveh plain "crowded and vibrant". A new Archbishop in Mosul to rebuild the community, on a pastoral and social level. Christians and Muslims against obscurantism, ask for "dialogue and modernity".Mosul (AsiaNews) - If 2014 was "the black year" with the flight of the bishop, priests and faithful following the rise of the Islamic State (IS, ex Isis), then 2019 will be the year "of our rebirth, of pastoral and social challenges, of the return of the refugees," says Fr. Paul Thabit Mekko, the head...
  • Church Sign Declaring ‘Bruce Jenner is Still a Man’ Vandalized Following LGBT Protests

    01/13/2019 6:30:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/10/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    WEED, California, January 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – After an American pastor refused to bow to pro-LGBT protesters’ demands that he change his church message board, he found the sign in ruins. Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, Siskiyou County, California angered some folks when he put up a message on the marquee outside his church last week reading “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.”Although he normally changes his sign from week to week, Hoke said he would not take down his message until...
  • Atheist group warns over 1,000 school districts not to take kids to Ark Encounter

    01/13/2019 9:43:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2019 | Samuel Smith
    The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky bathed in sunset colors. | ANSWERS IN GENESISOne of the nation’s leading atheist legal groups has sent a warning to over 1,000 public school districts telling them not to take field trips to Answers in Genesis' creationist attractions in Kentucky.The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which claims 31,000 members across the U.S., announced Tuesday that it contacted school districts in five states warning them that field trips to the Ark Encounter or the Creation Museum would be a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.“Public schools and public school staff may not constitutionally organize...
  • Germany to Curb Mosque Funding from Gulf States

    01/12/2019 6:15:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12/28/18
    The German government has started to request that those countries register any funding they may provide to mosques in Germany, a report says. The move aims to discourage radicalization in German mosques.The German Foreign Ministry wants Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and other Gulf states to register any donations or state subsidies intended for mosques in Germany. According to daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and German broadcasters WDR and NDR, the government has involved both the domestic and foreign intelligence services to monitor who sends the money and who receives it. The Gulf states are also required to alert German authorities if a...
  • Methodist university presidents call on denomination to amend LGBTQ policies

    01/12/2019 5:34:16 PM PST · by Gamecock · 57 replies
    RNS ^ | 1/10/2019 | Yonat Shimron
    Ahead of next month’s special session on sexuality intended to resolve an issue that has dogged the United Methodist Church for decades, a group of affiliated college and university presidents issued a strong call for full inclusion of LGBTQ Christians. The group, which represents presidents of 93 United Methodist-affiliated colleges and universities, urged the denomination to amend its policies and practices to recognize the “sacred worth” of people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The three-paragraph statement won unanimous approval in a vote taken Friday (Jan. 4) by the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist...
  • The First Church of Modern [post-1923] Turkey to be Built in Istanbul

    01/11/2019 6:32:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/9/19
    Construction of the first Christian (Syrian-Orthodox) place of worship of the Republican era should start at the end of February in Yesilkoy, an Istanbul neighbourhood not far from the international airport. It will serve as a point of reference for the city’s 17,000 Assyrians.Istanbul (AsiaNews) – The construction of a Christian church will start in late February in Istanbul, the first since the founding of the modern Turkish republic, said a city official during a meeting with a Syriac Orthodox Church prelate. Freedom of worship is guaranteed in Turkey, but freedom of religion has been violated on various occasions in...
  • Episcopal Church head Michael Curry punishes NY bishop who won’t allow gay marriage in diocese

    01/11/2019 9:28:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    The head of The Episcopal Church has issued a partial restriction on the ministry of a New York bishop who recently refused to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies at his diocese. Bishop William Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany released a pastoral letter last year stating his refusal to follow a recently passed resolution mandating that all regional bodies in The Episcopal Church perform same-sex marriages. A spokesperson for The Episcopal Church directed The Christian Post to a statement released Friday by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who supports same-sex marriage and leads the mainline Protestant denomination. “During the period of...
  • Schools as a Stomping Ground for Indoctrination [China]

    01/10/2019 6:18:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/8/19 | Piao Junying
    The Chinese government is going after elementary and high schools to teach students that atheism, not religion, is the best belief system.The Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, is indoctrinating the young minds, starting a movement to boycott religion on school campuses, using the typical means of threats and intimidation to achieve its ultimate goal of eradicating religion. Bitter Winter received witness accounts about the growing anti-religion attitude in schools across provinces in China. In order to stop students from participating in religion, the Education Department of Heping district, in Shenyang city of the northeastern province of Liaoning, issued an edict...
  • Christians in Israel Grow (Slightly) Through Immigration. Educated and Active

    01/10/2019 6:11:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/8/19
    The data emerged from the latest report of the Central Statistics Department. There are about 175 thousand Christians today in Israel, equal to 2% of the population. The population increase of 2.2%. 78.5% of the 12-year-olds graduated from secondary education, just under 70% of the active population.Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - A Christian population that is growing, even with a lower child birth rate compared with Jews and Muslims, thanks also to the arrival of migrant workers. A good level of education among young people, with a figure that almost equals the Jewish majority and a percentage of increasingly significant active participation...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Wuerl knew McCarrick abuse allegations in 2004

    01/10/2019 5:05:46 PM PST · by sitetest · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 10, 2019 | Ed Condon and JD Flynn
    Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2019 / 05:13 pm (CNA).- An allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was reported to Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 2004, despite Wuerl’s insistence he knew nothing about McCarrick’s alleged sexual misconduct until 2018. Wuerl forwarded the report to the apostolic nuncio in Washington, DC, the Diocese of Pittsburgh said Thursday. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Washington confirmed to CNA that an allegation against McCarrick was presented to Wuerl while he served as Bishop of Pittsburgh, as part of a complaint made by laicized priest Robert Ciolek. In a statement, the Diocese of Pittsburgh said...
  • Will Pope Francis Canonize Socialist Bishop Who Supported Armed Struggle?

    01/10/2019 9:01:34 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 9, 2019 | George Neumayr
    Will Pope Francis Canonize Socialist Bishop Who Supported Armed Struggle? The Left is cheering on the canonization movement for Dom Helder Camara Around the time of Vatican II, a group of socialist bishops signed a secret manifesto called the Pact of the Catacombs. It received its name from having been signed at a church near the catacombs in Rome. Most of the signatories of the secret manifesto came from Latin America. According to the text of the Pact of the Catacombs, the bishops pledged to politicize the Church for the sake of ushering in the "advent of another social order."...
  • Andy Stanley says Ten Commandments don't apply to Christians

    01/10/2019 8:11:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 231 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/10/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    Andy Stanley preaches to an estimated 33,000 people every Sunday at North Point Ministries' five metro-Atlanta campuses. | Photo courtesy of North Point MinistriesChristians should quit erecting Ten Commandments displays and should instead consider making monuments dedicated to the Sermon on the Mount, popular pastor Andy Stanley said.In a column published by Relevant Magazine, the North Point Community Church pastor argued that the Ten Commandments are “the old covenant” and no longer apply to believers."[I]f we’re going to create a monument to stand as a testament to our faith, shouldn’t it at least be a monument of something that actually...
  • Sack Catholic Professor for 'Criticising Homosexuality', Students Say in Petition to Oxford Univ.

    01/09/2019 6:27:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/8/19 | Eleanor Harding
    * Students claim John Finnis, 77, attacked same-sex relations in essays published* Campaigners launched a petition and say his presence threatens gay people * However, Oxford has supported his right to academic freedomStudents are demanding Oxford University sacks a Roman Catholic professor for allegedly criticising homosexuality. They claim essays published by John Finnis, 77, emeritus professor of law and legal philosophy, attack same-sex relations and are ‘discriminatory’. Campaigners say his presence on campus threatens gay people, and a petition demanding his removal from his academic position has 350 backers so far. However, Oxford has supported his right to academic freedom....
  • [Cath Cauc] The Church is collapsing, but the Vatican has launched a crusade against Salvini

    01/09/2019 9:00:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 6, 2018 | Antonio Socci
    Socci: The Church is collapsing, but the Vatican has launched a crusade against Salvini What is going on in the Catholic Church? The situation is not only catastrophic - it’s absurd.  We hear of churches emptying dramatically in the West and Christians being cruelly persecuted in the East. We hear of the disappearance of traditional Catholic movements, of internal clashes in the Curia, of continuous scandals, of immense confusion among the faithful as a result of Pope Francis’ revolutionary feats ( recently he even “forgot” about the dogma of the Immaculate Conception). Yet the churchmen are not addressing any...