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  • Mosuls iconic Clock Church destroyed by ISIS

    04/26/2016 5:34:46 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 22 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 04/26/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Islamic State militants in Iraq have blown up the remnants of the prestigious Latin Church, dubbed the "Clock Church" for its prominent clock tower in central Mosul, according to the Patriarch of the Chaldeans, Louis Raphael Sacco. Militants cordoned off areas surrounding the church and looted the building for profitable artifacts and antiquities before destroying the remaining parts with explosives, an Iraqi Christian community leader confirmed to The Foreign Desk. The Clock Church, which had its clock tower gifted in 1873 to Iraqi Christians by Napoleon IIIs wife, French Empress Eugnie, became a target of ISIS attacks in February 2015,...
  • Police seek clues after finding a woman dead in church and video of a man dressed as a cop

    04/19/2016 9:56:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Bevers, 45, had arrived at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Tex., about 4:18 a.m. on Monday. She was there to set up for an early-morning fitness class she taught. About an hour later, police were dispatched to the church, where they found a grisly scene: Bevers dead and surrounded by broken glass. Surveillance footage showed that before she arrived, someone else was in the building: a suspect dressed up like a police officer on a SWAT-style raid. Flashes of footage show the suspect walking around the church dressed in dark tactical gear: a heavy vest, a heavy helmet...
  • MS: Petition to Stop Church Protection Act and Constitutional Carry Fails with 3 Signatures

    04/18/2016 5:09:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly two weeks ago, Ariel Draper started a petition on thepetitionsite.com to push Governor Phillip Bryant to veto Mississippi House Bill 786. The goal of the petition was to get 1,000 signatures in support. The petition had 3 signatures when the bill was signed into law today. The petition used rather incendiary language. From the petition: Mississippi House Bill 786 introduces legislation that would grant the following : To provide that killing a person while acting as a participant of a church or place of worship security team is JUSTIFIABLE homicide ; and for related purposes. Literally making a...
  • Turkish President Erdogan Seizes Six Christian Churches, Making Them State Property

    04/17/2016 6:49:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/16/2016 | By Michael van der Galien
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's administration recently seized six churches as state property in the volatile southeastern part of Turkey. As World Watch Monitor reports: After 10 months of urban conflict in Turkey’s war-torn southeast, the government has expropriated huge sections of property, apparently to rebuild and restore the historical centre of the region’s largest city, Diyarbakir. But to the dismay of the city’s handful of Christian congregations, this includes all its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches. Unlike the state-funded mosques, Turkey’s ancient church buildings – some of which pre-date Islam – have been managed, historically, by church foundations.Because of this...
  • Genocide Designation Is a Call to Solidarity Between Domestic and International Church

    04/13/2016 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Dr. Thomas F. Farr Last month, the United States formally recognized that a genocide against Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities is taking place at the hands of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. What next? While steps must be taken to stop future atrocities from occurring, provide aid to those whose lives have been upended, and to plan for their future, we must also recognize and nurture the solidarity that we as American Christians share with our brothers and sisters overseas. To advocate for them we must love them. And to love...
  • Gaza, ancient church ruins destroyed to make way for shopping center

    04/12/2016 5:28:01 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 04/08/2015
    Gaza (Agenzia Fides) - The ruins of an ancient Byzantine church, re-emerged during construction work of a shopping center, have been removed by bulldozers and the local authorities did nothing to protect the precious historical and archaeological site. The episode of severe neglect, which took place last week, has provoked strong reactions of condemnation from some Palestinian Christians, launched by Israeli press. The workers, with their bulldozers, according to reconstructions provided by local sources, found the remains of a large Byzantine church of at least 1500 years ago, but continued their work of digging to prepare the foundation of the...
  • Amazing 6th Century Church Uncovered in Rome

    04/02/2016 3:58:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | March 30, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    After 30 years and millions of dollars of restoration, 1500-year-old Santa Maria Antiqua, buried beneath the Roman Forum by an earthquake in 847, has finally reopened to the public, and it is stunning: “This church is the Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,” Maria Andaloro, an art historian involved in the project, told Reuters. “It collected the very best of figurative culture of the Christian world between Rome and Byzantium.” Being buried by the earthquake saved the church from being altered in later centuries, particularly during the Counter-Reformation, said Prof Andaloro. Among the most significant frescoes is a depiction...
  • Man with guns arrested at Bellevue Baptist Church (25,000 member church in Memphis, TN)

    03/27/2016 1:18:00 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 9 replies
    wmcactionnews5.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | WMCActionNewsStaff
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are investigating a person with several guns at Bellevue Baptist Church. Police said security told them they saw a man in the sanctuary who was carrying multiple guns. Officers arrived on the scene and took the suspect into custody without incident. This is an ongoing investigation. Easter service at Bellevue Baptist continued as planned. Bellevue Baptist tweeted the following statement regarding the incident:
  • Judge bans a British father from taking his son to church... because his mother is a Muslim

    03/27/2016 1:08:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | March 25, 2016 | Olga Craig for The Mail on Sunday
    A British father has been banned from taking his son to a church after the boy's Muslim mother won a controversial court order preventing the boy from attending. The father a non-practising Muslim who has forged close connections to his local Christian community and is divorced from the boy's mother has been warned that he could be denied access to the nine-year-old if he attempts to take him to church or to a leisure centre it runs. Now the father, who was born in the UK to Pakistani parents, is challenging the ruling made by District Judge Williscroft...
  • Easter week vandals deface Ashland (Kentucky) Jesus on the Cross

    03/23/2016 7:25:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Randy Yohe
    The last thing you expect on Easter week is a church vandalism. But as 13 News discovered, defacing Jesus on the cross had some calling for jail, others for mercy. During Lenten season, Liz Trabandt was one of Ashland's Holy Family Church volunteers who washed the 666 and upside down cross spray painted on the parish garage. During Easter holy week, spray painted on the large crucifix that welcomes all to the catholic church, another 666 and upside down cross. Police said so far, their ongoing criminal investigation into the vandalism has no leads and no suspects. Right now the...
  • Lawsuit Against Cities Near Chicago, for Black Crime in Chicago is Struck Down

    03/20/2016 4:36:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A bizarre lawsuit, filed by the reliably leftist Rev. Michael Pfleger, was dismissed by Cook County judge Franklin Valderrama on February 25th. Other leftist activists had joined Rev. Pfleger in filing the lawsuit against three municipalities outside of Chicago. From chicagotribune.com: A lawsuit filed by Rev. Michael Pfleger and a group of activists last year that said lax local gun laws in Lincolnwood were to blame when guns sold by the towns only firearms dealer ended up at Chicago crime scenes has been dismissed by a Cook County judge. The lawsuits tried to make the claim that black people...
  • Actress Jennifer Garner: Filming 'Miracles From Heaven' Inspired Me to Go Back to Church

    03/20/2016 7:26:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 03/20/2016
    In new faith film Miracles from Heaven, which is based on a true story, actress Jennifer Garner plays Christy Beam, the mother of a young girl Annabel (Kylie Rogers) who is diagnosed with an incurable and painful disease. Because of the illness, pressure on the young family was high as Annabel had to undergo numerous hospital appointments and procedures. However, one day Annabel was involved in a freak accident and fell from a tree and hit her head. When she came to, doctors discovered she'd somehow been cured. "I mean there's reason there's a movie and a book about it,"...
  • How a change in Vatican protocol reflects outreach to the divorced-and-remarried

    03/13/2016 4:35:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 12, 2016 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    With an eye toward divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Pope Francis has recently changed protocol for heads of state who are visiting the Pope at the Vatican. Catholic heads of state who are in an irregular marital situation may now take part in an official visit to the Pope as a couple, accompanied by their irregular spouse. The Pope made the change in February. By chance, the first to benefit from the new protocol was Argentinas President Mauricio Macr. He made an official visit to Pope Francis Feb. 27, accompanied by his third wife, Juliana Awada. Before the change in protocol, the Catholic...
  • Dont Let Your Pastor Politicize You

    03/08/2016 8:41:44 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    CANada Free Press ^ | 03/08/16 | Judi McLeod
    Become a Nomad for Christ: NEVER let political pastors be the cause of YOU losing YOUR faith. Better they should lose theirs than yours If you are one of the faithful still going to church on Sunday, dont be the fertile ground that lets your pastor politicize you. Even if its only for the sake of situational awareness, take stake of what is happening in many of the mainline churches, whose pastors have become the latest breed of political activists, trading the Gospel of Christ for politics, all for the 30 pieces of silver called government grants. Political activists at...
  • Woman sues Florida megachurch after failing to get hush money to keep affair with pastor a secret

    02/25/2016 1:31:17 PM PST · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 2/16/2016
    A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Florida megachurch after it reportedly did not pay her the promised hush money to keep her alleged affair with a pastor a secret. Church member Arlene Miranda filed the suit against Orlando Baptist Church based in Orange County, saying the church failed to pay the agreed $3,000 so she would keep quiet about her alleged affair with Pastor David Janney, 61, married, and the church's president. "They threatened me. If I didn't sign it, they threatened me," Miranda told WFTV. Miranda denied she filed the lawsuit for the money, saying "I committed...
  • The GOP Primary Is Revealing Fault Lines in the Evangelical Movement

    02/22/2016 11:54:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 71 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 22, 2016 | David French
    Over at FiveThirtyEight, Farai Chideya takes a crack at analyzing Trump's strong showing with South Carolina's Evangelicals. He accurately notes that Evangelicals aren't necessarily voting on their faith:' Trump's win among evangelicals was a bit of a surprise to the media - the cable networks hammered away at the issue, and on Sunday's "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd peppered Cruz with questions about why he lost the group that had supported him in Iowa. But the South Carolina results show evangelicals are a diverse group with sometimes differing priorities. Trump did well among less-conservative evangelicals but not among those who...
  • Astonishing new church in Russia

    02/13/2016 3:51:33 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 13, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Church architecture reflects the faith of the people who build churches.These days many of the modern Catholic churches I have seen look more like municipal airport buildings than structures to house the most sacred thing humans can undertake, the place where heaven and earth meet.I was recently sent a link to a site about a new church in Moscow. The church was recently completed and consecrated by Patriarch Kirill in December 2015. A Miracle of Liturgical Art: The Church of the Protection of the Mother of God at Yasenevo[…]But most astonishing by far was the project to decorate the interior...
  • ISIS Plot To Shoot Up A Detroit Megachurch Revealed As 'Christianophobia' Spreads Across America

    02/08/2016 2:58:22 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    EOTAD ^ | 2/7/2016 | Michael Snyder
    If you are a Christian, you better brace yourself for great persecution. It has gotten very little attention from the mainstream media, but federal authorities have uncovered an ISIS plot to 'shoot up' a Detroit megachurch. 21-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan of Dearborn Heights, Michigan told authorities that he actually intended to take a gun into a very large church in Detroit that can seat up to 6,000 people and start killing Christians. He has been charged with supporting the Islamic States and with "illegally having a firearm while using a controlled substance". Abu-Rayyan actually admitted that since he can’t be part...
  • I’m an atheist. So why can’t I shake God?

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

    02/03/2016 5:08:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/2/16
    Moscow, Fabruary 2, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said the inquiry into the killing of the family of Nicholas II will be completed once the truth is found. "I have received highest-level reassurances that there will be no hurry and no tying down of the end of the inquiry to any particular date. The inquiry will last as long as is necessary in order establish the truth," the patriarch said at the current Bishops' Council in Moscow on Tuesday. Unlike the situation in the 1990s, the state has given representatives of the Church - archbishops,...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Federal Law, Allows California to Force Churches to Fund Abortions

    02/02/2016 9:46:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    It has been more than a year since the Obama Administration promised to investigate a California order that forces churches to fund abortions through health insurance plans. Despite the repeated urging of pro-life lawmakers and religious groups in California to act on that promise, the administration appears to be doing nothing. The troubling situation began in 2014 when the California Department of Managed Health Care reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. The...
  • Myth Busted: 'Separation of Church and State'

    01/31/2016 9:09:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Matt Barber
    The American church has a problem. It's one part fear, one part confusion and one part apathy. Pastors, priests and rabbis have long swallowed the false notion that all things religious and all things political are somehow mutually exclusive - that never the twain shall meet. Leading up to Ronald Reagan's landslide presidential victory in 1980, Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of Liberty University, captured the crux of the church's apathy problem. "I'm being accused of being controversial and political," he said. "I'm not political. But moral issues that become political, I still fight. It isn't my fault that...
  • Human Trafficking abomination is getting into the media

    01/21/2016 5:00:46 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Caged No More [film site] ^ | January 21, 2016 | self
    ABOUT CAGED NO MORE CAGED NO MORE is an entertaining feature film that will raise awareness of human trafficking, aid in connecting anti-trafficking organizations, equip parents, schools and churches to aid in prevention, and assist in eradicating trafficking. Starring Kevin Sorbo, Emmy-Award winner Loretta Devine, Alan Powell, and Cassidy Gifford with appearances by Kathie Lee Gifford, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Natalie Grant. Inspired by real events, CAGED NO MORE is the story of Aggie Prejean, a grandmother on a desperate search to find her two granddaughters, Skye and Elle, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father. As the details...
  • Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump

    01/18/2016 11:48:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 234 replies
    Politico | January 18, 2016 | Blake Hounshell
    One of the United States' most influential evangelical leaders blasted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Monday for hosting Donald Trump to give a campaign speech. Russell Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, let fly a series of tweets after Falwell gave a glowing introduction to Trump, calling him "one of the greatest visionaries of our time" and saying Trump "lives a life of helping others ... as Jesus taught in the New Testament." Moore appeared incredulous at Falwell's language, which was more effusive than he had...
  • Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Pastor Paul Blair

    01/14/2016 8:12:35 AM PST · by Isara · 22 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Evangelical Influencer Supports Cruz for PresidentHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Paul Blair, President of Reclaiming America for Christ and the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church.Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and spent five years in the NFL. Since 2001, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Pastor Blair speaks around the United States on the topics of Christian apologetics, a biblical worldview, Islam, and the nation's Christian heritage. He is also a member of the Council for National Policy.Pastor Blair was named Oklahoma's Pastor of the...
  • Church of England attendance plunges to record low

    01/14/2016 6:50:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 12, 2016 | John Bingham
    Attendance at Church of England services has plunged to its lowest level ever as the Archbishop of Canterbury warned it was battling to maintain its place in an increasingly “anti-Christian” culture. Official figures – based on an annual pew count – show that only 1.4 per cent of the population of England now attend Anglican services on a typical Sunday morning.
  • Fire in two churches in Seine-et-Marne (France)

    01/10/2016 4:05:06 PM PST · by Lera · 23 replies
    FranceBleu ^ | 1/10/26
    Two fires broke out that night in two churches in Seine-et-Marne. A Fontainebleau and Veneux-les-Sablons, two remote towns of ten kilometers. For the Saint-Louis de Fontainebleau, criminal track is preferred. It is the guardian who raised the alarm. When she returned to the church this morning, a thick black smoke emerged from the building. The criminal track any subsequently privileged, three fire starts were reported by firefighters. "Carpets, furniture were piled to allow a starting fire," said Frédéric Valletoux, the mayor of Fontainebleau.
  • 4 Myths about the Condition of the Church

    01/07/2016 10:39:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    At the start of a new year, it's good to take honest stock of where we are, so we can adjust accordingly. I had the privilege recently of interviewing for Christian television a leading church statistician of our time---Dr. Ed Stetzer, head of research for LifeWay (Nashville) of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also teaches part-time at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I asked Dr. Stetzer about the poll on American Christianity released about a half a year ago by Pew Research. Some people mistakenly interpreted the poll's findings to indicate that the church in America is in...
  • North Carolina Pastor Disarms Vet During New Year's Service

    01/03/2016 4:34:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 3, 2016 | Tim Stelloh
    Bishop Larry Wright had been preaching for about 20 minutes on New Year's Eve when he saw the front door of his North Carolina church swing open. In marched a young disheveled man whom he'd never seen before. In one hand the man had a semi-automatic assault rifle; in the other, a magazine. He wasn't. Wright, 57, is a City Council member. But he was also a career military man a former paratrooper and drill sergeant who retired in 1997 so his training kicked in as he descended the pulpit's three steps: Was there a bullet still in the chamber?...
  • Denton church threatened

    12/22/2015 2:18:27 PM PST · by tuffydoodle · 29 replies
    CBS/DFW ^ | 12/21-2016 | CBS DFW
    DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton Police are investigating a bomb threat to a church. Police say a representative from Denton Bible Church told police Monday a letter came to the church which included a bomb threat for the Christmas Eve service. The Police Department is working with church staff in an effort to identify and locate the person or persons who issued the threats. Pastoral staff and elders of Denton Bible Church advised they will be having the Christmas Eve service. They will also be adding additional security. This investigation is ongoing.
  • Open Carry at Immanuel Baptist Church

    12/22/2015 7:36:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Both people in the picture above are open carrying.A correspondent reports on open carry at a church in Northern Wisconsin. There is a sign near the entrance that says that legal carry of guns is welcome. Here is the pro-carry sign. It is a simple 8 1/2 by 11 sheet: Wisconsin is underrated as a pro-Second Amendment state. The state never outlawed open carry, even if the urban areas routinely violated Second Amendment rights of citizens before 2010. Wisconsin passed a strong amendment to the State Constitution in 1998, affirming the right to keep and bear arms for all...
  • Guns In Church? Security Is Heightened As FEMA Helps Churches Prepare For 'Active Shooter Incidents'

    12/21/2015 8:49:47 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 43 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Michael Snyder
    Do you ever wonder if someone might come marching into your church one Sunday morning and start shooting? When I was growing up, I never even imagined that some mentally-imbalanced individual or a group of Islamic terrorists would ever attempt to attack a church service that I was attending, but times have changed. There have been more mass shootings in America during the presidency of Barack Obama than under the previous four presidents combined, and the primary target of the Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino was a Messianic Christian. The shooters in San Bernardino could have very easily decided to...
  • Church doubles attendance with ‘Star Wars’-themed service

    The force is strong in Berlin. A church in the German capital invited “Star Wars” fans to attend a special service Sunday themed on the sci-fi blockbuster in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion Church on a Sunday. “We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig said after the service. “It’s great that there...
  • Family Files Lawsuit After Sexual Assault of 3-Year-Old At Church

    12/02/2015 11:34:20 AM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    newschannel5.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | newschannel5
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - A local family has filed a lawsuit to hold a Williamson County church accountable after their 3-year-old was sexually assaulted at the church. According to the lawsuit filed Monday, a teenage volunteer at Fellowship Bible Church of Williamson County raped the child in a church bathroom on August 24, 2014. The family of the 3-year-old had been members of the church for 12 years. They were baptized and married at the church and saw the church as a second home. On the day the sexual assault took place, the parents dropped off their two children at the...
  • Vandals Target Church

    11/30/2015 5:58:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    NBCLosAngeles ^ | November 30, 2015 | Conan Nolan and Jason Kandel
    Vandals targeted a Roman Catholic church in Lynwood, painting demonic symbols on the doors, statues and signs. ...cut off the hands of a statue and apparently spray painted "666" on a church sign.
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church to remove images of Confederate flags

    11/28/2015 3:09:39 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 18 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 23, 2015 | LAURA KEBEDE
    The historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church known as the “Cathedral of the Confederacy” has begun removing all images of the Confederate flag from within its walls. The measure includes six plaques with various versions of the Confederate flag, the church’s coat of arms with the flag on kneelers at the high altar, and bookplates in some books in the church’s library. The coat of arms will be retired, and the church will start to dig deeper in its history, the role of race and slavery in that history, and how parishioners can engage in conversations about race in the Richmond...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Bishop Barron

    11/26/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 11/23/15 | Maureen Mullarkey
    I have never been more than an occasional viewer of Fr. Robert Barron's Word on Fire chats. His recent televised interview with EWTN's Catherine Szeltner put paid to whatever interest I had. Newly elevated to an auxiliary bishop in the sprawling L.A. diocese, now-Bp. Barron was in Baltimore for his initial appearance among the USCCB. Ms. Szeltner was on hand to ask how Catholics should respond to the slaughter in Paris. "How should they react?" she wondered, as if Catholics were dependent on guidance in their attitude toward carnage. This was hardly a spontaneous interview. Chairs had been set. The...
  • Giving Caesar His Due

    11/21/2015 12:51:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2015 | John Nantz
    If you're not engaged politically, you're not much of a Christian. Standing aloof from the critical issues of our era is hardly Christ-like. And, failing to be engaged, informed, and active is failing to fulfill the law of Christ. These statements may sound intolerant, and certainly insensitive, but Christ wasn't someone who engaged in faux compassion. He loved enough to confront evil, even if it meant bruising ego or offending someone's sense of self or propriety. After all, the "wages of sin is death," and the compassionate don't stand idly by while an ocean of humanity cascades off a precipice....
  • Pastafarian Woman Allowed to Wear Pasta Strainer on Head in Driver's License Photo

    11/14/2015 2:07:27 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 65 replies
    Us Magazine ^ | November 14, 2015 | Joyce Chen
    A woman in Massachusetts is causing a stir on the Internet after a photograph of her wearing a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo have been circulating the web — all in the name of freedom of religion. On Friday, Nov. 13, Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., told the Associated Press that she “absolutely loves the history and the story” of Pastafarians, a religious group that is otherwise known as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. She opted to wear a strainer on her head as part of her religious observance, she added, much the same...
  • The Pope Wanted Hitler Dead: The Secret Story of the Vaticans War to Kill the Nazi Despot

    10/17/2015 1:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | SATURDAY, OCT 17, 2015 | MARK RIEBLING
    History hasn't looked kindly on the Catholic Church during WW II. The conventional narrative is not the whole storyAt six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peters. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius took his place at the end, borne on a portable throne. Ostrich plumes stirred silently to either side, like quotation marks. Pius entered the basilica to a blare of silver trumpets and a burst of applause. Through pillars of incense he blessed the faces. At the High Altar, attendants...
  • The African Church Is the New Champion of Orthodoxy [Catholic Caucus]

    11/10/2015 5:19:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Crisis ^ | 11/10/15 | Stephen Beale
    Europe is the Faith–so Hilaire Belloc declared in 1920. Nearly a century later, the faith burns as bright as it did then, but it is Africa, not Europe, that is carrying the torch of orthodoxy.Such is the unavoidable take-away from last month’s synod on the family. With prominent Western traditionalists like Cardinal Raymond Burke sidelined, the prelates from sub-Saharan Africa became the outspoken voices of orthodoxy.Cardinal Robert Sarah, a Guinea native and the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made headlines in a floor speech (fittingly, in this context, they are called “interventions”) likening gender ideology and ISIS to...
  • LIMITLESS "JEHOVAH" [charismatic caucus]

    11/09/2015 1:58:31 PM PST · by Jedediah · 7 replies
    Bible,the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-9-15 | Holy Spirit,bible
    Limitless and eternity walk in tandem, In other words they both speak I AM, The power and knowledge of all that is or can be, The the sum of which is infinity, to walk and breathe yeah exist in and through all, Understanding that there is no wall, Nothing can stop the synergy, Of The Creator for I AM HE, Job 38 38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now your loins like a man, and I will demand of you,...
  • Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves

    11/08/2015 11:19:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    EAD ^ | 11/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Christianity is under attack from a thousand different directions all at once, and yet many believers have turned their guns on one another. This war among Christians seems to intensify with each passing year, and believers are often fighting for some of the stupidest reasons you can possibly imagine. Meanwhile, people are leaving our churches in droves and church attendance is way down. This is especially true of younger Americans. According to an incredible new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of all Millennials (U.S. adults born since 1990) attend religious services on...
  • Church secretary sentenced to probation for thefts ($30,000!)

    11/07/2015 7:58:11 PM PST · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 11/05/2015 | Ed Treleven
    A former church secretary was sentenced Wednesday to six years of probation for stealing about $30,000 from the town of Burke church where she worked and had been a longtime member. Her lawyer, Joel Winnig, and Assistant District Attorney Paul Humphrey had agreed to recommend 90 days in jail as a condition of six years of probation, but Circuit Judge Ellen Berz did not order the jail time.
  • THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORSHIPING GOD AND WORSHIPING WORSHIP

    11/06/2015 8:02:31 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    zachicks.com ^ | 11/2/15 | Zac Hicks
    “Idolatry happens when we take good things and make them ultimate things.”  ~Tim Keller The following comparisons are meant to be provocative and evocative. Even if stark statements like these generalize and absolutize a bit too much, one thing I have learned from reading the reformers is that the discipline of "dialectic," as they called it (roughly, the practice of pitting ideas and statements against each other for the sake of disputation and dialogue), yields a lot of helpful clarifications. So, I encourage you to take these in that light.These observations have overflowed from the boiling pot of my own wayward heart and...
  • Who's Burning Black Churches? Oh

    11/06/2015 7:24:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/06/2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Here we go again: another liberal narrative burned to a crisp. Over a two-week period in October, an arsonist targeted seven churches in the St. Louis area -- including several in Black Lives Matter protest hotspot Ferguson, Mo. The Atlantic magazine, invoking the "long history of terrorism against black churches in America,” lamented that the crime spree had been "slow to get the same attention” in the local and national media as another string of church arsons that occurred earlier this summer. Reminder: Several of those hyped hate crimes against "black churches” had been committed by black suspects; a significant...
  • My Pastor Can Beat Up Your Pastor

    11/05/2015 7:27:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear Raymond: Thanks for your kind letter. I appreciate your willingness to reach out to me for advice concerning recent developments in your church home. Your question to me was pretty direct. Given your pastor's recent declaration that he intends to grow the church membership by 10,000 in five years, how should you express your concerns that numbers have now replaced the Gospel as the focal point of your church's mission? My answer will also be direct. In my view, you should not bother voicing your concerns to your pastor. You should leave your church immediately. That may sound extreme...
  • AZ:More Open Carry at the Vertical Church

    11/05/2015 5:28:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was on Security detail at my church again. They keep the temperature cool, so I was wearing a jacket. One of the difficulties of open carry is that it becomes awkward when you are wearing clothes to keep warm. So I was carrying casually concealed. Glocks are popular I did not mind the temperature. I am acclimated to warmer temps; but it is easier to for me to put on a jacket than it is for someone who likes it a bit cooler to remove their skin. I noticed five open carriers, and at least one other concealed...
  • Pope Francis to Publish First Book of His Papacy

    11/02/2015 6:20:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/30/15 | Jennifer Maloney
    Pope Francis in January will publish the first book of his papacy, written in an interview format with Italian journalist and Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli. The book's world-wide release on Jan. 12 will coincide with a special jubilee "year of mercy" that Pope Francis has called to reach out to alienated members of the church and to non-Catholics in need. In the new book, "The Name of God Is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli," the pope "discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his teaching and testimony, and in addition sums up other ideas-reconciliation, the closeness of God-that...
  • The Christian Business That Was Shut Down Over Gay Marriage Is Now a Church

    11/01/2015 6:04:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/31/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Christian owners of Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, had to close down their business completely after they were charged with discrimination for refusing to hold a same-sex wedding at the venue, but now they say they have a reason to be "pretty tickled." Richard Odgaard and his wife, Betty, had to close their business, a gift shop and bistro, in August, about two years after they told a gay couple from Des Moines their facility couldn't host a same-sex wedding. The Odgaards were subsequently forced to pay a $5,000 settlement for refusing to host a same-sex wedding ceremony....