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  • Vatican Discusses Crisis of Closed Churches

    07/18/2018 6:50:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/13/18 | David Nussman
    How to preserve architecture without disrespecting sacred groundsVATICAN CITY ( - An international conference discussing the rash of closed churches and how to dispose of them is scheduled at the Vatican for November. On Tuesday, Vatican officials announced they were planning a two-day conference to address the many parishes being shuttered around the world and sold off for profane use. They explained that the purpose of the conference is not "whether or when to dispose of or sell a church — the ultimate choice is that of the bishops and sometimes it is an obligatory choice — but rather to...
  • Amir Tsarfati on the Summit meeting and the latest on the Middle East and Israel 7/17

    07/18/2018 12:10:13 PM PDT · by firebrand · 6 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | July 17, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir discusses the meeting between Trump and Putin. Both Russia and the U.S., and of course Israel, want the Iranians out of Syria but they remain, discovered to be dressed as Syrian soldiers. Anti-migration sentiment grows in Sweden, France has migrant riots after the World Cup victory, and protests continue in the streets in Iran. The basic point: There is a group of wealthy families that is running, or trying to run, the world. After they create enough trouble for themselves and everyone else, they will cry out for a deliverer, a messiah, who will be the Antichrist.
  • Differences and Universals in Music Across Cultures; An Evaluation Guide for Missionaries

    07/17/2018 7:59:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2018 | Scott Aniol
    A missionary cannot properly evaluate the differences among cultural expressions until he has understood their universals.At the root of the most thoughtful defenses of contemporary worship today is an appeal based on a missions philosophy that stresses indigenous ministry. If, as the International Missionary Council asserted as far back 1938, an indigenous church is one that "spontaneously uses forms of thought and modes of action natural and familiar in its own environment," then it makes sense that a church use those music forms that are most common in its culture. A pastor or a missionary should not expect a church...
  • World’s Oldest Methodist Chapel to Host Homosexual ‘Celebration’

    07/17/2018 4:13:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/13/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    LONDON, July 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The oldest Methodist chapel in the world is about to be the site of an LGBT “celebration,” in direct contradiction of Scripture and the chapel’s own founder. On Saturday, the pro-homosexual group Christians At Bristol Pride will hold a “Service of Celebration” at The New Room in John Wesley’s chapel in London, Christian Concern reports. The chapel was built in 1778 under the direction of English theologian John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The pro-gay group says the event will be “an affirming service with songs, prayers and symbolic actions,” after which attendees will...
  • Cardinal McCarrick & His Protectors

    07/17/2018 4:09:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 7/16/18 | Rod Dreher
    Well, well, well. On the front page of today’s New York Times, Uncle Ted takes a direct hit. This was a long time coming. Headline: “He Preyed On Men Who Wanted To Be Priests. Then He Became A Cardinal.” Excerpts: But while the church responded quickly to the allegation that Cardinal McCarrick had abused a child, some church officials knew for decades that the cardinal had been accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching adults, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times. Between 1994 and 2008, multiple reports about the cardinal’s transgressions with adult seminary students...
  • Bahrain’s Our Lady Cathedral to Become the Heart of the Catholic Community in Arabia

    07/17/2018 4:04:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 7/14/18
    Construction, which began with the ground-breaking ceremony, is set to last until 2021. Once completed, it will be the reference point for the community of northern Arabia. In addition to the church, it will have a residential area for the episcopal curia, a guest house and educational facilities. A time capsule was placed in its foundations with the history of the local Church and Christians.Manama (AsiaNews) – The Church of Bahrain and the Gulf recently celebrated the formal start of the construction of the new cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, patron saint of the Arabian Peninsula. The new place...
  • The Difference Between Penance and Punishment

    07/16/2018 8:14:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 112 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Difference Between Penance and Punishment Msgr. Charles Pope • July 15, 2018 • There is an old rabbinic story that speaks to the danger of being “unbroken.” It also illustrates the difference between penance and punishment. I am relating this story from memory and may have adapted it somewhat over the years, so if you know it in a different way, please be merciful! Here is (my version of) the story:There once was a man who had violated the Sabbath against his will, because his carriage had broken down. Although he ran, striving to reach town before sundown,...
  • Franklin Graham Event Bus Ads Pulled in UK After Outcry From LGBT Community

    07/16/2018 6:17:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/12/18 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bus ads promoting an upcoming evangelistic festival with Franklin Graham in England were pulled in response to outcry from LGBT communities. "Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double decker buses," said a spokesperson for the company, according to the Blackpool Gazette. "In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the 'Time for Hope' Festival with immediate effect. We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company. "We...
  • Patriarch Kirill to Lead 21-km Procession in Memory of Nicholas II's Family

    07/15/2018 6:42:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/18
    Moscow, July 12, Interfax - The centenary of the execution of the last Russian emperor and his family will be marked by a 21-kilometer nighttime religious procession led by Patriarch Kirill from the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyrs at Ganina Yama, the patriarch's press secretary Rev. Alexander Volkov told reporters. In this way, the patriarch will pay tribute to the memory of the canonized royal family, who were executed by the Bolsheviks early on July 17, 1918 at the Ipatyev House, where the Church on the Blood was later built. After...
  • Vatican Opens Door to Apology for Catholic Church’s Role in Residential Schools [Canada]

    07/15/2018 6:32:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/12/18 | Gloria Galloway
    The Vatican’s ambassador to Canada says Pope Francis is opening the door to an apology to the country’s Indigenous people for the abuse of children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools. A papal apology was one of the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent years investigating the schools. And Canada’s Parliament has voted to ask Francis to visit this country and make the requested statement of regret. At a private gathering for foreign dignitaries and Canadian politicians held late last month at his residence in Ottawa, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Papal Nuncio, said the request...
  • Philippine Bishops Call for Three Days Fasting After President Calls God ‘Stupid’

    07/13/2018 8:30:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a thinly veiled attack on President Duterte, the bishops condemned 'those who have blasphemed God's Holy Name'Catholic bishops in the Philippines, concerned about an increase in violence and police reaction to crime, announced a day of prayer and penance on July 16 and three days of fasting, prayer and penance on July 17-19. The bishops said they wanted to “invoke God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God’s Holy Name, those who slander and bear false witness, and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality in our country.” In a pastoral...
  • Canadian Jesuit asks order to make stopping abortion world-wide top priority

    07/12/2018 7:02:02 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Jul 11, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    OTTAWA, July 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian Jesuit who has fasted and prayed on Parliament Hill for nearly 30 years to end abortion has blasted his order for being silent on “the worldwide genocide of the preborn” for the same length of time. Fr. Tony Van Hee, who will be 83 in September, also issued a heartfelt plea in a February letter to Jesuit superior general Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal that the Jesuits make ending abortion a top priority. It was his personal response to Abascal’s request for proposals by January 2019 for new “universal apostolic preferences” to...
  • Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican Team Up to Rebuild Christian Sites in Syria

    07/11/2018 6:07:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    TASS ^ | 7/8/11
    BARI /Italy/, July 8. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches have begun implementing a plan aimed at reconstruction of Christian churches and monasteries destroyed during the years of Syrian war, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, told TASS on Saturday. "We have taken on reconstruction, and some churches and monasteries are being rebuilt now. In particular, restoration work is nearing an end in Maaloula. It is one of the major holy sites in the Antioch Orthodox Church, a nunnery built in the location where the Aramaic language...
  • Italian Priest Flaunts ‘Marriage’ to Male Partner, Remains a Priest

    07/11/2018 5:59:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/4/18 | Juliana Freitag
    'Married' in April, Fr. Giuliano Costalunga is yet to be laicized by his bishopItalian newspapers broke the news this week that a Venetian priest recently married his male partner in Spain, but remains a priest in his diocese. Father Giuliano Costalunga, a 48-year-old priest from the diocese of Verona, married his Spanish partner Pablo in April on one of the Canary Islands. Costalunga was in charge of the parishes of Selva di Progno e Giazza until three years ago. Old press reports show that he created controversy among his flock for being "too modern" and for "having divided the community."...
  • Archbishop Stops Jesuit Who Supports Gay ‘Marriage’ from Speaking at Conference in His Diocese

    07/11/2018 5:47:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/6/18 | Claire Chretien
    TASMANIA, Australia, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian archbishop has banned a dissident Jesuit priest who supports homosexual "marriage" from speaking at a conference in his archdiocese and faces secular media criticism for doing so. Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous, who in 2015 faced a government investigation for distributing a pamphlet articulating Catholic teaching on marriage, sent a letter to Father Frank Brennan’s superior notifying him of the decision. Brennan had been scheduled to speak at a conference where Porteous was speaking about marriage. Brennan, the head of Catholic Social Services Australia, supports same-sex “marriage” in opposition to Church teaching,...
  • Amir discusses attack by Israel in Syria 7/8-7/9 and the precarious situation there

    07/11/2018 11:08:32 AM PDT · by firebrand · 8 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | July 10, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    A description of the Israeli attack on the T-4 airbase in Syria and the complete destruction of the control tower. The Iranians are no longer hiding their intentions and are waiting for the order to destroy Israel. Israel's help in rescuing the trapped soccer players (amazing technology!). The repercussions on Iran of Trump moving out of the Iran nuclear deal. And did you know it was Israeli intelligence that revealed the plot to blow up the convention in Paris at which Giuliani and Gingrich were scheduled to speak? Earthquakes and their possible significance. And the update is followed by a...
  • German Priests Resist Bishop Over Intercommunion

    07/10/2018 6:30:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/5/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Paderborn circle of priests declare Abp. Hans-Josef Becker's directive 'unacceptable'PADERBORN, Germany ( - A group of faithful German priests is resisting their bishop over intercommunion with non-Catholics. On Tuesday, an association of priests in the western German archdiocese of Paderborn issued a statement condemning Abp. Hans-Josef Becker's decision to allow non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion on an individual basis. "We note unanimously that this directive is unacceptable," declared the priestly circle Communio Veritatis. Drawing from the Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Communio Veritatis declared: "In general, 'to receive Holy Communion, one must be fully...
  • ‘Sterile Hypocrisy’ Behind Mistreatment of Migrants, Pope Says

    07/09/2018 6:18:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/7/18 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Pope Francis thanked Mediterranean migrant rescue teams for 'embodying the parable of the Good Samaritan'Hearts that are closed to welcoming migrants and refugees are similar to those of the Pharisees, who often would preach sacrifice and following God’s law without exercising mercy to those in need, Pope Francis said. Jesus’s rebuke of the Pharisees’ “insidious murmuring” is “a finger pointed at the sterile hypocrisy of those who do not want to ‘dirty their hands,’ like the priest or the Levite in the parable of the good Samaritan,” the Pope said in his homily on July 6 during a Mass commemorating...
  • How Should Christians Engage with Culture?

    07/08/2018 8:18:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | July 3, 2018 | Philip Yancey
    The shift in American society from admiring Christians to fearing and criticizing them provides an opportunity for self-reflection. How have we been presenting the message we believe in? Might there be a more grace-filled way?Some want to focus on personal morality and leave public morality to secular politicians. Others seek ways to guide the broader culture while still communicating grace. Rather than propose a single path, I will instead make some observations and suggestions for Christians to consider as we interact with a world that does not always share our views.Clashes Between Christ and Culture Are UnavoidableJohn Howard Yoder recounted...
  • German Bishop Invites All Protestant Spouses to Receive Communion at Jubilee Masses

    07/08/2018 7:14:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/6/18 | Staff Reporter
    The Bishop of Würzburg's invitation goes well beyond previous statements from German bishopsThe Bishop of Würzburg has allowed all Protestants married to Catholics to receive Holy Communion at jubilee Masses for married couples in his cathedral. Bishop Franz Jung, who was installed as bishop just last month, told spouses in “inter-denominational” marriages that they were welcome to “join the Lord’s table” at the Masses, which are taking place on Thursday and Friday. An article on the diocese’s website says the bishop “expressly invited interdenominational [literally ‘confession-uniting’] couples to celebrate the Eucharist”. The article says that, in the coming months, the...