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  • Is This Cave in Turkey the Place Where Saint Peter Celebrated Mass?

    06/29/2016 4:03:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 207 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 22, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Chapter 11 of the Acts of the Apostles says that Antioch was the city in which, for the first time, the disciples of Jesus were called “Christians.” Tradition has enthroned Peter as the founder of the Church of Antioch, following the narration of the very same Book of Acts, which tells not only of the arrival of Peter and Barnabas to the Turkish city, but also of their preaching.Moreover, this very same tradition claims that it was in the Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa (“Grotto of St. Peter” in Aramaic) where Peter would celebrate the Eucharist for this community. That is to...
  • Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points” [vanity]

    07/19/2016 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 34 replies
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    Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points”Recently as I meditated on Scripture, the Holy Spirit drew my attention and interest to how a certain verse embodies a pivoting or inflection-point in Christianity’s long story. That caused me to want to derive and list all of the major pivot-points which have occurred—that is, pivotal incidents which substantially changed the course of events in the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan. Your list might be somewhat different, but all these seem to me to be hugely impactful. Chronologically, they are: CREATION—God creates our physical universe to house us and then He creates us, the first physical creatures...
  • 'Jesus's wife' papyrus is likely a fake, professor now says

    06/20/2016 11:26:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 2:16 PM EDT
    A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married now says it’s likely a forgery. In 2012, Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King presented the fragment, which includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, my wife.” Since then, other scholars have raised doubts about the fragment’s authenticity. …
  • Gaffe of the Century! NYT Says St. Paul Ordered Christians to ‘Execute’ Homosexuals

    06/20/2016 4:12:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 19, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    With remarkable insouciance, NYT writers Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez blithely make reference to “a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays,” meaning Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans 1:18-32.As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Times editors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves.The Times report, titled “After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands,” follows on the fatal shooting of...
  • Amateur archaeologist finds Denmark’s oldest crucifix

    05/17/2016 8:42:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    cphpost.dk ^ | 5-17-16 | Christian W
    When amateur archaeologist Dennis Fabricius Holm got off work early last Friday and decided to spend a couple of hours searching a little field in Funen with his metal detector, little did he know he was about to make history. Holm stumbled across one of the most extraordinary finds in recent times near the little town of Aunslev when he discovered a crucifix that dates back about 1,100 years – Denmark’s oldest crucifix ever found. It could rewrite Danish history. “It’s a completely sensational find that dates back to the first half of the 900s,” Malene Refshauge Beck, a curator...
  • A 1500-Year-Old Underground Byzantine Church Is Found in Turkey

    05/13/2016 6:21:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/11/16 | Daniel Esparza
    Unearthed in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia, the unique church contains remarkable frescoesLast February, archaeologists unearthed a unique rock-carved underground church in Nevsehir, in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. The church was decorated with never before seen frescoes depicting JesusÂ’ Ascension, the Final Judgement, Jesus feeding the multitudes, and portraits of saints and prophets. The discovery, made during excavations and cleaning operations in an underground city recently uncovered as part of an urban project in Nevsehir, is located within a castle that might date back to the fifth century. Authorities expect it will make Cappadocia an even more...
  • 'Sistine Chapel of the Early Middle Ages' buried for a millenium by an earthquake reopens

    03/23/2016 9:35:07 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 23, 2016 | Nick Squires,
    A 1,500-year-old church which was buried under debris from an earthquake for more than a millennium has reopened to the public after a painstaking restoration of some of the world’s earliest Christian art. The sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua is located in the ancient Roman Forum, at the bottom of the Palatine Hill, where Roman emperors lived for centuries in sumptuous palaces.
  • Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick

    03/17/2016 4:56:31 AM PDT · by 2banana · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | March, 2016 | David Kithcart
    Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick Before all the festivities focused on shamrocks and leprechauns and good luck wishes, there was truly something to celebrate: a man willing to stand in the gap for Jesus Christ. It was an act of defiance that changed the course of a nation. Patrick lit a fire in pagan 5th century Ireland, ushering Christianity into the country. Who was this man who became the patron saint of Ireland? Ireland was a beautiful island shrouded in terrible darkness. Warlords and druids ruled the land. But across the sea in Britain, a teen-ager was poised...
  • He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen

    02/14/2016 6:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies
    He Warned Us About Islam Over 750 Years Ago… It’s Time To Listen. St. Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the most revered philosophers and theologians of any era. A 13th-century Dominican friar, his works include the “Summa Theologica” and several groundbreaking commentaries on the works of Aristotle. Over 750 years ago, he also had some prescient words about the spread of Islam, shared via Breitbart. In his work “Summa Contra Gentiles” — in which he argued for the truth of Christianity against other religions — he blasted Islam as a carnal, brutal religion which seemed to place earthly pleasures...
  • For centuries, Islam and Christianity were locked in a brutal conflict most have forgotten.

    11/21/2015 3:58:36 AM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/21/12 | Tom Holland
    Unsurprisingly, then, during the 8th century, Muslims began to conceive of the world as divided between the House of Islam and a Christian 'House of War', sinister in its disbelief, obdurate in its defiance of the message of the Holy Koran. Sayings became attributed to Muhammad which cast warfare in the cause of the Muslim God as a duty of the Faithful, such as: 'I was ordered to fight all men until they say, 'There is no god but Allah.' ' Slaughtering Christians was cast not merely as an option for dutiful Muslims, but as a positive obligation. One veteran...
  • Ralph Peters: ’2000 Years of Christian Civilization Destroyed on Obama’s Watch’

    09/21/2015 2:45:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/20/15 | Debra Heine
    The Islamic State has managed to destroy two thousand years of Christian civilization in the Middle East in just a couple of years, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters noted on The O’Reilly Factor last week. And he placed the blame squarely on President Obama’s cowardly, feckless, incompetent foreign policy.ISIS has been spreading across the Middle East like a plague of locusts, and as they have spread, they have targeted religious minorities, particularly Christians, for destruction. In Syria, tens of thousands of Assyrian Christians have been attacked and displaced.They are the forgotten refugees.A Catholic priest who visited Kurdish Iraq last fall described...
  • The Early Church on Homosexuality

    08/01/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Reformed Reader ^ | 7/18/15 | Shane Lems
    In the days of the early church – I’m thinking specifically of the 2nd century – Christian apologists had to defend the faith against false charges, accusations, and misrepresentations. One such apologist, Athenagoras (d. 200 AD?), wrote a booklet to Roman rulers called A Plea for the Christians. This apology by Athenagoras is still quite relevant today because it discusses things we still talk about today. I’ll come back to this booklet later, but for now I want to point out what this 2nd century Christian apologist said about sexual immorality and homosexuality. Athenagoras refuted the claim or accusation that...
  • Mystery reliquary found under America’s first Protestant church

    07/30/2015 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Madeleine Teahan
    Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy Historians have discovered four bodies and a mystery Catholic reliquary under the first English Protestant church in America.In an extraordinary turn of events, graves have been discovered under what used to be the floor of America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia – the church where Pocahontas married the English colonist John Rolfe.The graves include the bodies of Captain William West, who was killed by Indians, Rev Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister and Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the first English knight buried in America. The grave of...
  • Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

    06/29/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 305 replies
    Reclaiming the Mind ^ | April 25,2015 | C Michael Patton
    Definition of Sola Scriptura Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant belief that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all, “sola scriptura” itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed non normata Lat. “norm that norms which is not normed”). Scripture is the norma normans sed non normata “norm that norms which is...
  • The whitewashing of England’s Catholic history

    06/16/2015 8:39:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    catholicherald.co.uk ^ | 16 Jun 2015 | Ed West
    Last week I was writing about Magna Carta and how the Catholic Church’s role has been written out, in particular the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. But the same could also be said about much of English history from 600AD to 1600; from the very first law code written in English, which begins with a clause protecting Church property, to the intellectual flourishing of the 13th century, led by churchmen such as Roger Bacon, the Franciscan friar who foresaw air travel. However, the whitewashing of English Catholic history is mainly seen in three areas: political liberty, economic...
  • To Be Deep in History

    05/15/2015 2:05:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 147 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | 5/15/2015 | Keith Mathison
    The nineteenth century witnessed the conversions of two prominent Anglican clergymen to Roman Catholicism. Both men would ultimately become cardinals in the Roman Church, and both men would profoundly influence Roman Catholic theology. The first was John Henry Newman (1801–1890). The second was Henry Edward Manning (1808–1892). Newman is probably most well known for his involvement in the high church Oxford Movement and for his Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845). Manning is best known for his advocacy of social justice and for his strong support of the doctrine of papal infallibility following his conversion to Rome. He...
  • April Fool's Day is a Catholic Thing

    04/01/2015 5:16:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    Okay, so it isn't really Catholic thing per se, but the origin of April Fool's Day is actually found in the Church. A lot of people don't know this, so here's how the story goes. On February 24, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued the papal bull Inter Gravissimas which established the Gregorian calendar (which gets it's name from this pope) as the official calendar for the Christian world. With this pronouncement, the Julian calendar was replaced and the first day of the new year was moved to January 1. Those who continued to observe it on April 1, whether out...
  • Why Church History Always Matters

    03/20/2015 6:57:58 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 59 replies
    Place For Truth ^ | March 17, 2015 | Michael Roberts
    “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”  But how does one know such a danger exists unless one already possesses an interest in, and respect for, people who lived and thought and wrote in the past?  And in order to avoid this historical pitfall, the assumption must exist that people in the past actually have things to say to us that we need to know, an assumption that may not be as accepted as it once was.  C.S. Lewis talked about the threat of “presentism,” the idea that our current time is the most developed and that...
  • VIDEO: Obama’s Deception – The Crusades vs Islamic Jihad

    02/08/2015 11:27:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    viral buzz ^ | 2/8/15 | staff
    FacebookTwitterEmailMore Obama, like many before him, excuses Islamic State because the Christians did it first President Obama took to the floor during Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. He defended IS by saying the Christians did it first with the Crusades. So let’s actually look at how Islamic Jihad has spread across North Africa and Europe.  The image above shows the Muslim conquest battles and by comparison, the image below shows the areas where the Crusades took place.That seems a lot less than President Obama would have you believeNow what the short video that explains the difference between an aggressive Muslim expansion...
  • How the Catholic Church Saved Hanukkah

    12/20/2014 11:25:30 AM PST · by millegan · 184 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    "And so we encounter another oddity of Hanukkah: Jews know the fuller history of the holiday because Christians preserved the books that the Jews themselves lost. In a further twist, Jews in the Middle Ages encountered the story of the martyred mother and her seven sons anew in Christian literature and once again placed it in the time of the Maccabees."
  • 1,500-year-old 'magical' papyrus is first to refer to Last Supper

    09/02/2014 10:11:49 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 72 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 2 September 2014 | Sarah Griffiths for
    It has laid largely unstudied in a university library for more than 100 years. But now a 1,500-year-old papyrus has been identified as one of the world’s earliest surviving Christian charms. The ‘remarkable’ document contains some of the earliest documented references to The Last Supper and sheds new light on early Christian practices, experts say.
  • Real History Of The Crusades,The

    08/09/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by EBH · 60 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Thomas F. Madden
    As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word "crusade" in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questions, or at least thought they did. What they really wanted was an expert to say it all back to them. For example, I was frequently asked...
  • Pope Francis recalls birth of Church in Upper Room

    05/26/2014 12:21:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    cna ^ | May 26, 2014
    Pope Francis incenses the altar during Mass in the Upper Room on May 26, 2014. Credit: EWTN. Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 09:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the conclusion of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance of the Upper Room, held to be the site of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' apostles. “It is a great gift that the Lord has given us by bringing us together here in the Upper Room for the celebration of the Eucharist,” said Pope Francis on May 26 in Jerusalem....
  • How a Protestant spin machine hid the truth about the English Reformation

    05/25/2014 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 173 replies
    Telegraph UK blog ^ | Sunday 25 May 2014 | Dominic Selwood
    . . . . For centuries, the English have been taught that the late medieval Church was superstitious, corrupt, exploitative, and alien. Above all, we were told that King Henry VIII and the people of England despised its popish flummery and primitive rites. England was fed up to the back teeth with the ignorant mumbo-jumbo magicians of the foreign Church, and up and down the country Tudor people preferred plain-speaking, rational men like Wycliffe, Luther, and Calvin. Henry VIII achieved what all sane English and Welsh people had long desired ­– an excuse to break away from an anachronistic subjugation...
  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/26/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 May 2014 | Reuters
    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back. Like many things in the Middle East, where the pope is on the last leg of a three-day visit, modern-day discourse about Jesus is complicated and often political. A Jew, Jesus was born in...
  • Is the Founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus or Jesus of Nazareth?

    02/24/2014 2:10:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies
    Evidence for God ^ | 02/24/2014 | Rich Deem
    Many skeptics assert that Paul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul) hijacked the early Christian religion, changing the theology from what Jesus originally taught. Usually offered as proof for this claim are the doctrines found in Paul's great theological work, his letter to the Romans. Without a doubt, the book of Romans contains the most complete exposition of orthodox Christian doctrines. Are these doctrines contrary to what Jesus taught? Do they conflict with the teachings of the Old Testament from which they were purportedly derived? If Paul really "invented" Christianity, then one would expect that his teachings would be different from...
  • Why did so many seek to revolutionize the Church in the 60s and 70s?

    02/24/2014 2:34:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In my college years I worked with a company that built and serviced pipe organs around the Washington DC area. During those years I probably entered some 300 different churches both Catholic and Protestant.Of course, as a Catholic, I particularly loved going to the Catholic churches. I especially loved visiting the older city parishes that were built back before the revolution. I had grown up in the suburbs where almost every church was built after 1955, when church building took a decided turn for the worse: Ugly bland, beige buildings with carpeted floors and potted plants. A plain wooden table...
  • Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain

    02/23/2014 9:21:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/21/14 | Soeren Kern
    Observers say that by granting citizenship to all descendants of expelled Muslims, Spain, virtually overnight, would end up with the largest Muslim population in the European Union."Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some but not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision [not to include Muslims in the return] could cost?... Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims? — Ahmed Bensalh, Morisco-Moroccan journalist. "Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison." — Jose...
  • Dr. David Jeremiah's historical revisionism

    02/10/2014 8:17:44 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 24 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 10, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Dr. David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, in his book entitled "I Never Thought I'd See The Day," which is listed as a "# 1 New York Times Bestseller," engages in historical revisionism as he attempts to portray William Tyndale as a "martyr" for the Bible. On page 161 of his book, Dr. Jeremiah asserts that, "..because TYndale believed that every English-speaking person deserved to have access to the Bible in English, he labored to produce the first complete New Testament (and part of the Old Testament) in English translated directly from the...
  • Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews

    02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon
    More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now. Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the...
  • Remembering the Early Church

    02/09/2014 2:09:50 PM PST · by NYer · 151 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | February 9, 2014 | GEORGE SIM JOHNSTON
    Remembering the Early ChurchGEORGE SIM JOHNSTONLately, I have been hearing a lot about how the primitive Church was not Roman Catholic. Virgin and Child from the catacombs Rome, 4th century I don't know why it is, but this information keeps bursting upon me in the most unlikely settings — a lunch party near the sand dunes, cocktails on the upper east side — where a kindly soul informs me between sips of Dubonnet that the Catholic Church really began as an episcopal conspiracy centuries after Christ. My interlocutor has usually been reading a book by Garry Wills or Elaine Pagels,...
  • Forget The Da Vinci Code: This is The Real Mystery of the Knights Templar

    01/10/2014 5:14:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 52 replies
    Telegraph ^ | December 29, 2013 | Dominic Selwood
    Not so long ago, casually throwing the Knights Templar into polite conversation was a litmus test of mental health. One of Umberto Eco’s characters in Foucault’s Pendulum summed it up perfectly. He declared that you could recognise a lunatic "by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars". But all good things come to an end. The enigmatic medieval monk-knights are no longer a fringe interest for obsessives. They are now squarely mainstream. And as 18 March 2014 draws closer, Templarmania is going...
  • 12 Historical Quotes Against Sodomy That Every Christian Should Know

    01/03/2014 8:40:04 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12-14-13 | TFP Student Action
    For millennia the Catholic Church has consistently opposed unnatural vice. Here is a brief sampling of useful quotes from Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers who condemn homosexual vice in their writings. 1. Athenagoras of Athens (2nd Century) Athenagoras of Athens was a philosopher who converted to Christianity in the second century. He shows that the pagans, who were totally immoral, did not even refrain from sins against nature: "But though such is our character (Oh. why should I speak of things unfit to be uttered?), the things said of us are an example of the...
  • HEY, NANCY BOYS: The Early Church Rebelled Against Oppressive Governments

    10/06/2013 5:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2013 | Doug Giles
    The Christians of the first century were rebels with a cause. They weren’t the hair-spray-addicted, religious sponges of pop culture and oppressive governments looking to be ogled by an Oprah-addled crowd or breastfed by some big government tit . Oh, no, senorita. The primitive church was out to change the world. After Jerusalem fell in AD 70, the church, birthed by the Holy Spirit during Rome’s heyday, exploded with growth in Asia Minor — which happened to be Ground Zero for Caesar worship. The punch-drunk citizens of Roman rule thought the various Caesars, their laws, and their government were...
  • Archaeologists unearth section of an Anglo Saxon cross in Weardale

    09/28/2013 11:50:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Northern Echo ^ | Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Crook & Weardale desk
    Archaelogists excavating a medieval church in a dales village have found further evidence that the site was an Anglo Saxon settlement. A carved section from an eighth century stone cross was unearthed during a dig at St Botolph"s field in Frosterley in Weardale this week. The discovery was met with great excitement from the archaeologists and volunteers who were digging on the site as part of the Altogether Archaeology project... Mr Frodsham said Frosterley was largely a post-medieval village but recent finds have suggested people lived in the area much earlier... It has already attracted more than 500 volunteers who...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Peter And Paul"(1981)

    05/19/2013 12:29:36 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1981 | Robert Day
  • Did the early Church move the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? (Ecumenical)

    05/12/2013 5:55:26 PM PDT · by narses · 401 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | Peggy Frye
    Full Question Until recently, I always thought Catholics worshiped on the Sabbath, and that the early Church moved the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Is this true? Answer This is a common misunderstanding. Catholics do not worship on the Sabbath, which according to Jewish law is the last day of the week (Saturday), when God rested from all the work he had done in creation (Gen. 2:2-3). Catholics worship on the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week (Sunday, the eighth day); the day when God said "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3); the day when Christ rose from...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    01/06/2013 3:56:49 PM PST · by NYer · 3,032 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | December 19, 2012
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peter’s apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, “In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure.” Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? Chiselled stonework with 'Christian figure' ... in Yemen

    01/01/2013 5:55:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    daily mail ^ | 18:59 EST, 29 December 2012
    An Archaeologist has discovered what he believes to be the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen. The find has led to theories that there may have once been a Christian church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of the Holy City, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254657/Was-church-Mecca-Chiselled-stonework-Christian-figure-discovered-holy-site-Yemen.html#ixzz2GmL9IgsA Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam

    12/29/2012 4:19:03 AM PST · by txnativegop · 10 replies
    ABCNews/SpiegelOnline ^ | December 29, 2012 | Matthias Schulz
    Story at link.
  • Is Christmas Pagan? No! It's time to learn some real history....

    12/23/2012 1:28:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 91 replies
    CatholicKnight.blogspot.com ^ | December 2012 | CatholicKnight
    Is Christmas Pagan? A Jewish Star of David Tops This Christmas Tree   THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:   About this time every year we hear the usual misnomer that Christmas is a Pagan celebration whitewashed by the medieval Catholic Church. We hear this from all corners. Secularists just accept it as fact. Catholics, rather embarrassingly, often try to gloss over it. While Protestant Fundamentalists frequently rail against it, usually calling for either a boycott of the holiday, or else a return to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. (For some ridiculous reason, some Fundamentalists subscribe to the notion that if a certain...
  • The great Church scholar who lived in a cave for 32 years

    09/30/2012 2:44:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 30, 2012
    Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome Jerome (c 347-420), the greatest scholar among the Church Fathers, made the Latin translation of the Bible which became known as the Vulgate.He was, however, a contentious individual, with a penchant for sarcasm which readily created enemies. “If he will only conceal his nose and hold his tongue,” he wrote of one opponent, “he might yet be taken as handsome and learned.”Jerome was born at Stridon, near Ljubljana in modern Slovenia. He was not baptised until he went to study in Rome as a teenager.His early propensity for idleness and amusement...
  • Why Did the Jews Reject Christianity?

    08/12/2012 9:20:00 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 304 replies
    The Yeshiva.net ^ | 8/1/2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    A Jewish class on why Jews do not accept Christianity. I post for Jews to self-educate and for Christians to understand the Jewish point of view--not that it matters (that they do.)
  • Ancient Testimonies Against Abortion

    08/09/2012 2:24:57 PM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08/07/2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In doing research for an Our Sunday Visitor column (my regular Q and A column), I found it necessary to comb through some of the early Church sources regarding the teaching against abortion. I thought it might be helpful here, by way of a resource, to post some of those teachings here. While I have seen a quote here and there, I was actually quite pleased to find several quotes I had not seen or read before on the question of abortion and to assemble in one place a good number of quotes. I also ask your help in adding...
  • Early Christian Communism

    05/24/2012 9:59:00 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 9 replies
    http://mises.org ^ | May 24, 2012 | Murray N. Rothbard
    For centuries the alleged ideal of communism had come to the world as a messianic and millennial creed. Various seers, notably Joachim of Fiore, had prophesied the final state of mankind as one of perfect harmony and equality, one where all things are owned in common, where there is no necessity for work or need for the division of labor. In the case of Joachim, of course, problems of production and property, indeed of scarcity in general, were "solved" by man no longer possessing a physical body. As pure spirits, men as equal and harmonious psychic entities spending all their...
  • The First Crusade, the true story

    02/27/2012 12:07:26 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies · 2+ views
    ekathimerini.com ^ | By Peter Frankopan
    Why was there a sudden need to recover the city where Jesus Christ lived and was crucified? The answer, writes Peter Frankopan, lies in the imperial capital of Constantinople. On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II stood up at the Council of Clermont in central France to make an important announcement. Persians (by whom he meant the Turks), “a people rejected by God,” had risen up against the Christians in the East, he said. It was imperative for the knighthood of Europe to rush to defend their brethren. Take up arms, he urged, and defend the faithful who were suffering...
  • EWTN Live: Fr. M. Pacwa w/ Prof. Sharon Davies, author of "Rising Road"&the Fr. James Coyle Project

    08/01/2011 10:05:49 AM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies
    YouTube, EWTN ^ | 7-20-2011
    EWTN Live - hosted by Fr. Mitch Pacwa with Professor Sharon Davies, author of "Rising Road, A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America," 7-20-2011
  • When America Feared and Reviled Catholics

    10/11/2010 8:46:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/10/10 | Sharon Davies
    In the early 1900s, many Americans — from ordinary citizens to those in high office — were frightened by the perceived threat from the Roman Catholic Church. Their fear had tragic consequences.The mind-set is all too familiar: A radical religious group, lurking inside the country, owing loyalty to a foreign power, threatens America. No one denies that its members have a right to worship as they please, but good Americans, patriots, feel compelled to call for curbs against the menace they present. Because of the number of Americans sharing these fears, calls for restrictions on the religion are voiced openly...
  • Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

    05/09/2011 10:59:18 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 192 replies
    Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | May 8, 2011 | Fr. James Bernstein
    .....The guidelines I used in interpreting Scripture seemed simple enough: When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense. I believed that those who were truly faithful and honest in following this principle would achieve Christian unity. To my surprise, this “common sense” approach led not to increased Christian clarity and unity, but rather to a spiritual free-for-all! Those who most strongly adhered to believing “only the Bible” tended to become the, most factious, divisive, and combative of Christians-perhaps unintentionally. In fact, it seemed to me that the more one held to the Bible as the...