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  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘eucharistic heart’

    06/23/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Eucharist conforms Catholics to “the pattern of Christ’s self-giving love” and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year’s Fortnight for Freedom. The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi. “By entering the dynamic of Christ’s self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between,” he said in his homily. More than...
  • To liberal Democrats masquerading as Catholics nothing too low; too dirty to say or do

    06/22/2014 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    To the loathsome, liberal Democrat it is never important what he/she says; it is only THAT he/she says. They are the experts at dog whistle messages to their anti-American donors and the theme is always the same: “You hate America and/or the Catholic Church. I hate them as well so send me money so I can keep on attacking them.” Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is one of the best at crafting messages to the hating crowd that makes up the Democrat Party. She knows how to tap into their wallets. She has carved out a special niche for herself as the...
  • In 2014, how can grown men write this with a straight face? "Vatican II was a new Pentecost ... ."

    06/21/2014 6:51:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | June 21, 2014 | New Catholic
    In 2014, how can grown men write this with a straight face? International Theological Commission of the Catholic Church The Church had one Pentecost. One. The Church does not need new foundations, she is not a country in search of new constitutional orders. Enough is enough: 50 years of collapse of the sensus catholicus, collapse of Catholic life in all countries where the Church was firmly established in Europe and the Americas, near-disappearance of all Catholic communities across the Middle East (in this case, mostly through no fault of the hierarchy, but still indicating that speaking of a "new Pentecost"...
  • Nancy Pelosi Urges S.F. Archbishop to Exit Marriage March

    06/15/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 6/14/14 | Carla Marinucci
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as "venom masquerading as virtue." Pelosi, who is one of the country's most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a letter obtained by The Chronicle not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington. Cordileone, who is one of the featured speakers at the event, was a leader in the campaign for...
  • Adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism.

    06/12/2014 3:28:30 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 20 replies
    This Week ^ | June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Stoker
    An adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism. He's right. At least by one National Review writer's definition of the free market. It should come as no surprise that Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga's recent comments on American libertarianism have stirred a bit of a furor in free-market circles. On American zeal for preserving laissez-faire economic systems, the Honduran Cardinal had the following to say at speech on June 3 in Washington, D.C.: The elimination of the structural causes for poverty is a matter of urgency that can no longer be postponed... The hungry or sick child of...
  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/11/2014 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 58 replies
    Christian Order ^ | 3/'14 | Peter Wilder
    What has Darwinism got in common with Modernism? Everything! They are two edges of the same blade. A century ago, how could any Catholic dare question the Church’s dogmatic teaching and not be excommunicated as a heretic? The answer is that natural science has allegedly shown that nothing in the realm of the created world is immutable. It has proved thereby that the Church was wrong in dogmatically declaring that fully operating living beings with stable natures were produced from nothing. The knowledge now amassed from biology, physics, and chemistry is already sufficient to render the notion of creation ex...
  • The Catholic Faith is the fixed point on which we move the world

    06/11/2014 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 32 replies
    An essay in which I argue that scientists make for poor moralists and that the only institution in the world able to call these scientists to account is the Roman Catholic Church, because only within her the fusion of faith and reason has come to full fruition.. Brethren, Peace be with you! I hope and pray you’ve been set afire by the Holy Spirit as we made his bestowing present once again the liturgy last Sunday.Today, I wish to knit a “tapestry” of considerations about the relationship between empirical science and morality. Each consideration stands by itself but it is...
  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | 06/11/2014
    ROME — Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks to reporters on a plane returning from a Middle East trip were the first he has made since becoming pope. “Celibacy is not a dogma,” he said Monday in answer to a question about whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian Churches. “It is a...
  • 500 Years of Chaos: Protestantism’s Anniversary

    06/08/2014 1:59:17 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 682 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 7 June 2014 | Philipp Rogall
    In 2017, we will witness the 500th anniversary of one of the most important, influential and regrettable events in Church history: the Protestant Reformation, or the Protestant Rebellion, as some prefer to call it. Indeed, the latter term would suit me better, too. But, being German, I am used to the former expression and should I ever refer to said event as die protestantische Rebellion, people would think me some sort of radical. On that thought, perhaps it is worth noting that rebels are often quite radical themselves, which is one thing we can definitely say of the so-called "Reformers"....
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

    06/02/2014 7:13:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 85 replies
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | May 2, 2005 | Thomas E. Woods
    Thomas Woods' book titled HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUILD WESTERN CIVILIZATION is an unanswerable antidote to anti-Catholic bashers and their mindless sychophants. Prof. Woods provides a compelling case that Western Civilization could not have thrived without the valuable achievements of the Catholic Church over the past 2,000 years. Prof. Woods survey of the Catholic Church in late Ancient History and during the Dark Ages makes clear that the Catholic Church authorities and especially the monks were invaluable in preserving learning. He makes clear that the early Catholic monks and nuns were the only literate people in Europe, and they preserved...
  • Why do “Catholic” colleges maintain Gay and Lesbian Club occasions of sin?

    06/01/2014 8:33:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/1/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Recently Norte Dame University, a putatively “Catholic” school, denied certification as a sanctioned on campus club to a group of students who wanted to come together to defend marriage. Father John Jenkins’ administration ran the students in a circle with technical objections of the type that it would never hold against a Pro-gay marriage club or any Gay Lesbian or transgendered club. Because it has long since abandoned any pretense of caring about Catholic doctrine, Notre Dame like dozens of other non-Catholic Catholic schools, has a Gay Lesbian and Transgender club. Panting after acceptance by the secular world, Notre Dame’s...
  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 3:30:55 PM PDT · by boatbums · 135 replies
    The Wizard of Oz has fascinated adults and children for many years. You know the story: a farm girl from Kansas finds herself in the middle of an unwelcomed adventure in an attempt to find the fanciful wizard, who, she hopes, will help her return home. After many trials and tribulations, she, along with her newfound friends, ultimately arrives at the Emerald City only to discover, much to her chagrin, that the "wizard" was really no wizard at all. He wasn't much of anything. In modern parlance, he was a wimp. Believe it or not, many-a-Protestant claims to have experienced...
  • The AP Stylebook of Galileo, Pedophiles, and Galileo

    05/30/2014 3:54:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    NCRegister ^ | May 29, 2014 | Simcha Fisher
    I haven't seen the [AP Stylebook's] new religion chapter, but I have seen how the press generally reports on Catholicism -- and it seems like there are already some agreed-upon guidelines. For instance: Catholics in the news. If an actor, a football player, a CEO, or any other reasonably decent, successful or attractive person is a practicing Catholic, that is never relevant, and any reference to receiving the sacraments or belief in God must be edited out for clarity and brevity. However, if the story is about a transvestite stripper, a comedian who draws heavily on the comedic value of...
  • Pope calls Muslims 'brothers' at Dome of the Rock

    05/27/2014 7:17:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 132 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 26, 2014
    Francis took off his shoes to step into the gold-topped dome, which enshrines the rock where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Speaking to the grand mufti of Jerusalem and other Muslim authorities, Francis deviated from his prepared remarks to refer not just to his "dear friends" but "dear brothers." "May we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters," he said, and added, "May we learn to understand the suffering of others! May no one abuse the name of God through violence!"
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism (John MacArthur)

    05/26/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 232 replies
    Grace To You ^ | Pastor John MacArthur
    Praying to Mary, celebrating the Mass, venerating the Pope—you won’t find those doctrines in the Bible. And yet more than one billion Roman Catholics throughout the world follow such practices in line with the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. With that many Catholics around the globe, it’s likely you know some of them as relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Find out what they don’t know—the origin and error of Catholic doctrine—so you can help the Catholics you know out of the darkness and into the light.
  • Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    05/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 220 replies
    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit. In other words: if God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say "we want in on this Catholicism thing."...
  • Something other than an ordinary read

    05/12/2014 7:17:32 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 9 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 5/10/14 | Rita Buettner
    Before I started reading Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It, I wasn't sure what to expect. I am a regular reader of Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog, Conversion Diary, so I knew the author was an excellent writer with six children and an intense fear of scorpions. I also knew she had made the journey from atheism to Catholicism. As Jennifer raised questions about Christianity and then Catholicism, sometimes I found myself arguing with her. Other times I realized she was asking a question I couldn’t easily answer myself. Why does God answer some people’s...
  • May is Mary’s Month: 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Spiritual Mother (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/07/2014 7:30:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://catholicexchange.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Fr. Ed Broom
    October is the month of the most Holy Rosary; November, the month to pray for the faithful departed; June we immerse ourselves in the ocean of mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; July we praise and worship the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our salvation. May is the month of Mary. Mary is the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son and the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Queen of the angels, saints, of heaven and earth. And St. Louis de Montfort acclaims her as the Queen of all hearts and...
  • Give Me the Pomp and Ceremony... (Ecumenical)

    05/02/2014 1:49:13 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies
    Standing on My Head blog ^ | 05/02/2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The other day I took a funeral for Arthur– one of our WWII vets. He was a sweet, faithful and good Catholic gentleman and a decorated WWII pilot. At the graveside a couple of Marines were present in their dress uniforms for the flag ceremony. They stood tall with shoes shined and hat brims low. After the Catholic ceremony one soldier stood at attention while the other bugled “Taps”. Then he stepped forward, smart and correct. They took the flag and folded it into the famous triangle and handed it to the widow with the set formula of words. It...
  • RT’s “Whistleblower” Believes In 'Second Species' that controls World Bank (and the Vatican)

    05/01/2014 2:45:29 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 36 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 04/22/14 | Adam Holland
    Karen Hudes – RT’s “Whistleblower” Who Believes World Bank Controlled By Second Species Adam Holland April 22, 2014 Print Friendly Reporters love nothing more than a source with important inside information about the secret operations of a powerful institution. For the public, the word “whistleblower” evokes the individual citizen putting themselves at risk to stop wrongdoing by an employer. It’s a powerful idea – one justifiably lauded both in fiction and fact, and protected and encouraged by a set of federal laws set up precisely to encourage such heroic behavior. But not all whistleblowers are created equal. In fact, there...
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • Pope’s box, with wood from Baltimore basilica, puts religious liberty in spotlight, rector says

    03/27/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/27/14 | Maria Wiering
    The use of wood from Baltimore’s basilica to construct a “seed chest” given to Pope Francis by President Barack Obama March 27 points to the history of American Catholicism and Baltimore’s role in it, said Monsignor Arthur Valenzano, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “I’m very pleased,” Monsignor Valenzano said of the gift. “It gives us another chance to get the word out nationally, and now internationally, about the role that the basilica played and continues to play in the United States.” Robert S. Reier, the basilica’s operations manager, collected...
  • Guinness Pulls Out of St. Patty’s Parade Over LGBT Ban (New York City)

    03/16/2014 7:03:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2014 | Leonard Greene
    Guinness pulls out of St. Patty’s parade over LGBT ban Guinness beer has pulled its sponsorship from New York’s famed St. Patrick’s day parade over a controversial policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from marching openly, according to reports. “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the company said in a statement on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website. “We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue...
  • Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism

    03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 135 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”“For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process where we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians,” Ekman says on his...
  • Challenge your friend, be generous to your foe: Part one of a series on cultural dialogue

    02/25/2014 9:38:57 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 1 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/22/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    The cultural chasm between religious individuals and American society is swelling. On a personal level, I feel distant from the current trends in politics, television, movies, and music. It’s becoming harder for individuals with Catholic sensibilities, for instance, to tune into the Grammys or scan across Yahoo’s headlines without feeling lost. Amidst the vast difference between my own beliefs and the accepted principles of secular culture, I have been contemplating how we can dialogue with people on the other side. How do we avoid hiding in our own little clique of likeminded individuals? How do we cut through all the...
  • Naziism Paved the Way

    02/23/2014 12:27:40 PM PST · by Shery · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 23.Feb.2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Of all the myriad myths spread at light speed by the enemies of Christianity and astonishingly believed without much critical thought by vast numbers of people, one of the most surreal must be the idea that Nazism was Christian. This is part of an email I received fromTony, a supporter of my party Liberty GB, who sent me a long list of sharp attacks against Christianity after watching my video: What Is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. For example Adolf Hitler was a Catholic and included proclamations of his beliefs in his writings, e.g. "We demand liberty...
  • Worldwide poll of Catholics shows … a lot of confusion

    02/10/2014 7:26:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Not the least of which is on the part of the poll itself. Yesterday, the Washington Post’s religion reporters Michelle Boorstein and Peyton Craighill reported on a global survey conducted by Univision that showed a wide split among Catholics of different regions on adherence to church doctrine. Boorstein and Craighill argue that this demonstrates the uphill battle facing Pope Francis as he tries to unite the global Christian church, and his own: Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large...
  • A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching

    02/06/2014 9:15:58 AM PST · by cornelis · 20 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Patrick J. Deneen
    For most casual observers, whether Catholic or not, the main battle lines within American Catholicism today seem self-evident. The cleavage overlaps perfectly the divide between the political parties, leading to the frequently-used labels “liberal” and “conservative” Catholics. We have Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo representing the Left, and Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback aligned with the Right. Mainstream opinion has classified Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as honorary Republicans, and Pope Francis as a Democrat (hence, why he is appearing on the covers of Time and Rolling Stone Magazines). This division does indeed capture real battle lines, but...
  • Op-Ed: Catholic France, Adieu; Welcome, Islam

    02/01/2014 11:37:56 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Giulio Meotti
    Minarets instead of church towers, muezzins instead of churchbells. A different France.The secular and libertarian magazine Causeur asks: “Is this the end of the bell towers of France?”. Until last week, the church bells of Boissettes, a town of five hundred inhabitants in the district of the Seine, were ringing every half hour. Then, the Administrative Court of Paris has stopped the bells, as an alleged violation of the 1905 law on the separation of church and state. The story seems a perfect epitaph to an essay that appeared ten years ago by Daničle Hervieu -Léger, “Catholicisme, la fin d’un...
  • When was it?

    01/27/2014 7:57:57 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 219 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 27 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    For Protestantism to make much sense, the Church must have, at some point, abandoned the truth and become apostate. Otherwise, Protestantism has no license to exist. But when was this "Great Apostasy"? Protestants offer varying opinions, but none of them hold up to scrutiny. Was it right after the deaths of the Apostles?A view most supported by Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses is that, after the Apostles, the Church quickly fell into apostasy. This would be a massive blow at both God's promise to guard His Church (Joshua 1:5; Matthew 16:18) and all of the doctrine mentioned hereafter. But if this...
  • Pope Benedict ‘defrocked’ nearly 400 priests for child sex abuse in 2 years

    01/26/2014 9:15:50 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1-18-2014
    Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children in his final two years before stepping down as the head of the Catholic Church in 2013, documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal. According to the data, 260 priests were deprived of their ecclesiastical status in 2012 and 124 in 2012 – more than a twofold increase over the 171 priests defrocked in the preceding two years. The figures represent the first time the Vatican has provided statistics on the number of priests to be removed for sex abuse as a result of the Church’s in-house procedures....
  • Eastside Catholic president resigns [Seattle Area]

    01/21/2014 5:19:40 PM PST · by steve86 · 21 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 1/21/2014 | Lornet Turnbull
    The president of Eastside Catholic School has resigned amid the fallout from her decision to dismiss the school’s vice principal for marrying his gay partner. In December, Sister Mary Tracy terminated Vice Principal Mark Zmuda, who also served as the swim coach, saying his marriage to a man violated teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which he’d agreed to uphold when he began working at the school.
  • Comments about Homosexual Acts cause National Catholic Reporter to Shut Down All Comments

    01/06/2014 10:23:26 AM PST · by MikeyB806 · 39 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 1/6/2004 | MIkeyB806
    Left-leaning NCR (National Catholic Reporter, not to be confused with the conservative National Catholic Register) decided to shut down comments on its site this morning due to a deluge of comments on posts about homosexuality that it deemed to be "malicious" and "abusive." Catholicism teaches that homosexuality is not a sin, but that homosexual acts are. Nonetheless, homosexual activists attack the Church in the media and elsewhere as being anti-homosexual. The objectional comments that caused NCR to shut down commenting called attention to that very distinction. Post topics particularly at issue were about the Boy Scouts' policy on homosexuality, an...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 5 January 2014

    01/05/2014 5:10:00 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 5 January 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 5th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mitt Romney; Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for an organization of Catholic nuns challenging a requirement that some religion-affiliated groups provide health insurance that includes birth control; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council; Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Author Michael Coren on Pope Francis, Orthodoxy, and 'The future of Catholicism'

    01/01/2014 1:02:38 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2013 | KATE O'HARE
    Michael Coren didn't have to be Catholic. Actually, he's had several opportunities to walk away from the enterprise altogether. Born to a Jewish cab driver in Essex, England, in January 1959, he became a Roman Catholic in his 20s while still living in the U.K. After moving to Canada in the late '80s, he abandoned the Catholic Church for evangelical Christianity. A journalist and author known for his bruising honesty, sharp wit, and often provocative style, Coren continued to have a strained relationship with Rome, even though he was married to a cradle Catholic and was raising his children...
  • The hidden exodus: Catholics becoming Protestants

    12/30/2013 9:35:20 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 319 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Apr. 18, 2011 | Thomas Reese
    ......"The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence: One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic........."Thankfully, although the U.S. bishops have not supported research on people who have left the church, the Pew Center has. Pew’s data shows that those leaving the church are not homogenous. They can be divided...
  • How I Became "Tiberjudy"

    12/26/2013 8:33:22 AM PST · by mlizzy · 14 replies
    Tiber Judy ^ | 12-26-13 | Tiber Judy
    I was 19 years old and was back home in Georgia following my first year away at college. It had been a transformative year for me in many ways. I had left my family to go to school in Dallas, with all the adjustments a teenager endures living in a dorm and being on their own for the first time. Back at home with my family I was anxious to share my new experiences with them. My mom and I talked for hours about my roommate and my classes, the new friends I’d made and my excitement about the coming...
  • Atheists, work with us for peace, Pope says on Christmas

    12/25/2013 5:25:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/13 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world... He said that people of other religions were also praying for peace, and - departing from his prepared text - he urged atheists to join forces with believers. "I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace," he said, drawing sustained applause from...
  • Papa Gaga’s “Pastoral” Code: The modernist trick of undermining faith through “experience”

    12/20/2013 5:46:30 AM PST · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Quidlibet ^ | December 18, 2013 | Rev. Anthony Cekeda
    “WHEN I HEAR the word, ‘culture,’ I reach for my revolver.” The idea behind the pithy saying, usually attributed to Nazi Hermann Goering, is that a soothing term often hides a poisonous agenda. So it is with the term “pastoral” used in the context of the post-Vatican II religion. Every priest, bishop and indeed, pope worthy of his calling, of course, must strive to imitate the solicitude of the Good Shepherd as he goes about the work of teaching, ruling and sanctifying the flock in His Master’s name. But as those of us who lived through the first chaos-filled decades...
  • Catholic Sacraments - Explained without Protestant Bias

    12/16/2013 6:05:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 56 replies
    Youtube - posted by Jeremy Hochstein ^ | October 11, 2011 | Karlo Broussard
    Karlo Broussard does a very good job of explaining the sacraments without the distortions or misrepresentations of Protestants who never even walked the earth until more than 14 centuries after Christ established the sacraments.
  • The second face of LGBT (video of raging feminists at the link) - ADULT CONTENT

    12/13/2013 6:36:35 PM PST · by Marie · 27 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Nov 24, 2013 | unknown
    Feminists (7000 members of LGBT congress) attack on people (1500 young catholics) who are stand and pray to defend their church. Next they are burning an effigy of the Pope. That's how they understand tolerance and modern world.
  • Developing the Case for Being a Tea Party Catholic

    12/11/2013 5:12:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Zenit ^ | 12/11/2013 | Giovanni Patriarca
    In his latest book Tea Party Catholic, Dr. Samuel Gregg develops a Catholic case for the values and institutions associated with the free economy, limited government, and America’s experiment in ordered liberty.He underscores the moral and economic benefits of business and markets, addresses the welfare state’s problems, and deals with related issues that divide Catholics in America such as the demands of social justice, the role of unions, immigration, poverty, and the relationship between secularism and big government.Gregg concludes that as a creative minority, limited government Catholics can help transform the wider movement to reground the United States upon the...
  • The unholy dollar: Pope Francis slams ‘tyranny’ of markets and ‘idolatry of money’

    11/26/2013 9:17:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 62 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/26/2013 | Stephen Rex Brown
    In his first major work, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to commit itself to fighting poverty and called on world leaders to become more concerned about the current state of society. He opened the door to reforms of Vatican bureaucracy while reaffirming that female priests and the church’s opposition to abortion is 'not open to discussion.' (In his first major work, Pope Francis called on an end to society’s obsession with money. He also said he was open to reforms that would move power away from the Vatican.) Pope Francis decried the unfettered capitalism that has created “a new...
  • With Love and Charity to All [Mormonism's 'Catholic-bashing'; BYU plays Notre Dame today!]

    11/23/2013 8:42:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 70 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | April 13, 2007 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Following the distribution of the Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith DVD last month, there have been many conversations and opinions published online regarding the Christian outreach effort. One exchange took place on the Salt Lake Tribune’s public forum. A Catholic woman, who believes in “love and charity to all” wrote to express her dismay over the DVD distribution, ending her letter with a kind hope that Latter-day Saints had been able to enjoy their Church’s General Conference despite the “sport” engaged in by “anti-Mormons.” Perhaps this was not the most charitable and loving letter “to all” in consideration of the nature of...
  • What drove English and American anti-Catholicism? A fear that it threatened freedom

    11/12/2013 3:47:47 PM PST · by NYer · 218 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 12, 2013 | DANIEL HANNAN
    The US Declaration of Indepdence: Thomas Jefferson saw Catholicism as despotism Foreign visitors are often bewildered, and occasionally disgusted, by the spectacle of Guy Fawkes Night. The English are not a notably religious people, yet here they are wallowing in what looks like a macabre orgy of anti-Catholicism.In fact, of course, the event has transcended its sectarian origins. To the extent that participants are aware of any historical resonance at all, they believe they are celebrating parliamentary democracy – which needs protecting, these days, from the Treaty of Rome, not the Bishop of Rome. Fifth of November bonfires serve as...
  • Author of 'Mormon Christianity' Claims Christians Can Learn From the LDS Church

    11/14/2013 9:24:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 358 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Tyler O'Neil
    A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion. Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways." "Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's...
  • Pope Francis: ‘The Devil Is on the First Page of the Bible’

    10/15/2013 9:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2013 - 5:04 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Pope Francis said it is true that in the past, people with epilepsy might have been mischaracterized as being possessed by demons, but that confusion did not refute the fact that the Devil exists and is so important that he “is on the first page of the Bible” and at the Bible’s end, “with the victory of God over the Devil.” … As for his comments on Satan and other demons, the Pope said, “Some may say, ‘But Father, you’re too old-fashioned. You’re frightening us with these things.’ No, it’s not me! It is the Gospel! And these are not...
  • This Book is Rocking the Catholic World

    10/11/2013 1:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/10/13 | Father Thomas Berg
    My friends know that I appreciate candor, and that I can be frank to a fault. I don’t tolerate it well when everyone in the room is desperately trying to ignore the proverbial eight-hundred pound gorilla sitting in the corner. Author Sherry Weddell does not tolerate this well either. And she would like us – “active” and presumably committed Catholics, lay, religious, consecrated and clergy – to focus on one rather large gorilla sitting in the corner of our contemporary Church: the reality that a disturbingly large proportion of Church-going Catholics fail to live as disciples of Jesus – as...
  • Denying Catholics the right to hold Mass was a despicable act even for Obama

    10/10/2013 10:43:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out Because I was not Catholic,” was the third stanza in a poem by Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp for seven years because he spoke against denial of religious freedom to worship as each individual sees fit. His theme centers around the Silence is Consent mantra of Germans who alleged they knew nothing about the gas fumes circling the country’s forests. Well, last weekend, here in America, our First Amendment Right of Religious Freedom was silenced by an edict from on high...