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  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    Torah and Halacha | 03/31/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage By Yomin Postelnik The sum total of all of the recent discussions about gittin from a halachic and moral standpoint is that while everyone should strive to alleviate suffering and seek to resolve marriage disputes so that both can move on peacefully, we must first do everything possible to save the marriage. Gittin are a hard process halachically, largely in order to minimize their number. Civil jurisdictions that have a one year waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • Tolerance is over

    03/31/2015 9:18:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 31, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The world is going nuts. I have often felt a bit like Cassandra, but … Cassandra was right.Here is another take.From the pen of John Zmirak at The Stream with my emphases and comments: The expected Supreme Court decision imposing on 50 states an entirely newunderstanding of marriage, and the frenzy of hatred that gay activists have stoked against Indiana for trying to shelter religious believers from crippling lawsuits should wake us to a cold and stark reality: The age of tolerance in America is vanishing before your eyes. The question is how Christians and other people of faith and good will...
  • 12 Amazing Christian Sculptures Made Entirely Out of LEGOs

    03/31/2015 8:43:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 30, 2015 | Churchpop.com
    Making every lego brick subject to Christ. via likecool.com Sacr-Cur Basilica Jesus via likecool.com Created by a Swedish church, the statue is 6 ft tall, is made up of 30k bricks, and took 40 volunteers about 18 months to put together.St. Paul Cathedral (London, UK) via ohlssons.be Some of the detail: Scorpions and Centaurs / Flickr Veni, Sancte Spiritus via godbricks.blogspot.com By Brian Korte of BrickWorkz, this is a lego mosaic of the same image in St. Peters Basilica.The Last Supper via luprechaun.wordpress.com Gothic Cathedral via brickshelf.com A few more angles: via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com via brickshelf.com Solomons...
  • You Dont Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know Youre Black

    03/31/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    To recap: Tim Cook (please, please click this link) and the left are happy to do business in countries that stone to death or otherwise jail gay people, but will not do business with Indiana, which merely passed a law insisting that the free exercise clause of the first amendment be on the same legal footing in courts as the free speech clause of the first amendment. The Supreme Court, in Perry Educ. Assn v. Perry Local Educators Assn, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled that for a state to restrict content based speech, it must have a compelling governmental interest....
  • Hundreds March Against S.F. Archbishops 'Morality Clauses

    03/31/2015 10:09:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/31/15 | Victoria Colliver
    Carrying signs reading Who Am I to Judge? and Love One Another, hundreds of students, teachers and supporters marched Monday evening from the Mission Dolores Basilica to the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco, where they delivered petitions opposing the archbishops morality clauses at four Catholic high schools. San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has come under fire for calling on teachers and staff members at high schools within the archdiocese Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan, Serra and Marin Catholic to accept contract and handbook language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination. Many of the...
  • German Church May Take Italian Football Star to Court Over Unpaid Taxes

    03/31/2015 4:18:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/31/15 | Staff Reporter
    Luca Toni reportedly failed to pay church taxes while playing for Bayern Munich in GermanyItalian footballer Luca Toni could be taken to court by the Catholic Church in Germany over unpaid church taxes, according to reports. According to Sport Mediaset, Toni did not pay the Kirchensteuer (church tax) while playing for Bayern Munich from 2007 to 2010 and a trial is now possible as the German Church attempts to claw back around 1.7m. It has has been reported that Toni, who currently play for Hellas Verona in Serie A, was initially registered by his accountant as an atheist, but later...
  • A Dozen Reasons Why I Became a Preterist

    03/30/2015 7:11:21 PM PDT · by grumpa · 57 replies
    self | March 30, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    A DOZEN REASONS WHY I BECAME A PRETERIST by Charles S. Meek Kicking and screaming, gnarling and scratching, I became convinced that the preterist view of eschatology is the correct one. Heres why. 1. I could no longer ignore, in good conscience, the over 100 time-statements in the New Testament that demand fulfillment of the prophesied events within the lifetimes of the New Testament writers. 2. I became convinced that the culmination of all eleven specific mentions of the last days or end times in the New Testament could not be placed beyond the first century. 3. I realized that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/30/2015 6:03:58 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    3-30-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 6:3 Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; The Whole Earth is Filled with His Glory.
  • Must Catholicism Be Patriarchal?

    03/30/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 29, 2015 | FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox cannot have women bishops is because one can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women ministers in non-Catholic denominations raises the question of just how patriarchal the Christian religion must be.  Is it necessary to call priests “Father” and refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”? The title “Abbot” comes from the ancient term “Abba-Father,” and “pope” comes from the Greek word pappas — “daddy.” Are these no more than human traditions? Are these just social constructs? Or is the idea of...
  • Are You Ready for the Blood Moon? (Catholic Caucus)

    03/30/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 30, 2015 | Anabelle Hazard
    With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all that?  Me neither. I’m preoccupied enough paying attention to my present day-to-day duties and will gladly turn over tomorrow to God’s capable hands.             And yet, Jesus taught us to expect that the kingdom of God is coming any day.  Knowing that today could be...
  • IS SEXUAL ORIENTATION ANALOGOUS TO RACE?

    03/30/2015 10:18:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 02/24/2014 | Joe Carter
    This weekend Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt stirred up controversy by writing in the Daily Beast that Christians have no biblical basis for claiming that religious belief should allow them to refuse to serve a same-sex wedding:Before considering legal rights, Christians wrestling with this issue must first resolve the primary issue of whether the Bible calls Christians to deny services to people who are engaging in behavior they believe violates the teachings of Christianity regarding marriage. The answer is, it does not. Nor does the Bible teach that providing such a service should be construed as participation or affirmation. Yet...
  • 34K Black And Latino Churches Cut Ties With Presbyterian USA After Same-Sex Marriage Approval

    03/30/2015 4:35:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A coalition of 34,000 black churches has cut its ties with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) in the wake of its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.
  • How To Make Pax Cakes, A Palm Sunday Tradition [Taken With Glass of Ale]

    03/29/2015 9:41:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 28, 2015 | Leah Hyslop
    How To Make Pax Cakes, A Palm Sunday Tradition Mark Palm Sunday with your family by making pax cakes, a forgotten Herefordshire sweet treat Palm Sunday treat: Mary-Anne Boermans' lenten biscuits Photo: Mary-Anne Boermans By Leah Hyslop 29 Mar 2015 The Easter period is inextricably connected with certain foods eggs, roast lamb and hot cross buns. But not many people in Britain today will enjoy a pax cake. These little treats, which seem to have originated in Herefordshire, were once handed out by churches after the service on Palm Sunday, the day which marks Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusaleum....
  • A Day-by-Day Guide to Jesus' Last Week

    03/29/2015 2:26:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 29, 2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    At the heart of our faith is the Paschal Mystery: the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus Final week. We call this Holy Week for Jesus public ministry culminates with his suffering, death and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. It is hoped that you might print out the pdf flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it each day of this week. Prayerfully walk with Jesus in his most...
  • Palm Sunday: Pope Francis Praises Modern Martyrs As "Cloud Of Witnesses"

    03/29/2015 11:44:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his Palm Sunday homily, Pope Francis held up persecuted Christians as modern heroes because of their faithfulness to God even in the midst of hardships. They are the ones who follow Jesus on his path of humiliation, Francis said.
  • A Modern Translation [Beatitudes for modernists]

    03/29/2015 11:34:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3/26/15 | Anthony Esolen
    The Church, Ive been hearing, has to change, if she is going to have any leverage with men and women of our time. What that means, of course, is that they would like a sexual permission slip. Its the only thing they care about. Whats it to them, after all, if the Church does not change her teachings, even if she could? They dont obey them anyway. But perhaps they are setting their revisionary sights too low. Why change the Bride of Christ, when you might as well go for Christ Himself? Why trick out the bride in lingerie from...
  • Catholicism and Secular Media: 10 Questions for Bill Donohue

    03/29/2015 11:34:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 9, 2015 | Sean Salai, S.J.
    William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. (Photo courtesy of CL: www.catholicleague.org) William A. Donohue is a New York-based author, sociologist, and political activist who has been president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights since 1993. He holds a PhD in sociology from New York University and is an adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He is the author of several books, including the 2012 best-seller Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century and the just published The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await...
  • Judge Censors Bible for Public Preaching [UK]

    03/29/2015 10:22:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    A Christian street preacher has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual, reports Christian Concern for our Nation. But the preacher was acquitted of two other Public Order charges. Unusual judgmentIn a highly unusual judgment, Michael Overd, who regularly preaches on the streets of Taunton, was told by the Judge that he should not have referred to Leviticus chapter 20 to make his point but clearly indicated that he could have used chapter 18 of the book. District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi found...
  • (Catholic) Religious Superiors Call for Rethinking about Gay Couples ... [Catholic Caucus]

    03/29/2015 9:24:39 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | March 28, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Germanys religious superiors of mens and womens communities released a statement that calls for a more expansive understanding of sexuality and, specifically, a rethinking of the churchs treatment of same-gender couples. Meanwhile, the U.S.s Cardinal Raymond Burke compared these couples to kind murderers in his most recent interview. The German Conference of Religious Superiors prepared the eight-page statement for that nations bishops as part of their broader preparations for the upcoming Synod of Bishops. In it, the 430 superiors, who represent the countrys 22,800 religious, note that most lesbian and gay people feel unwelcome. The National Catholic Reporter quoted from...
  • A CALL TO PRAYER...for our Nation

    03/29/2015 8:09:36 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 9 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 27 Mar 2015 | Dr. Charles Stanley
    A CALL TO PRAYER We are living in one of the most dangerous periods in history. Every day we see more crime and corruption, and the effects of a growing hatred toward the things of God. But because of our Lords faithful promises, there is always hope. Dr. Stanley reminds us that It is only when we seek God, turn from our sin, and submit to His will that our nationand our worldwill be free. As we spend time with the Lord each day, we must remember to pray with passion and perseverance for our churches, our countrys leaders,...
  • Catholic college wont offer federal loans, citing overreaching regs

    03/29/2015 3:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | March 16, 2015 | NATE MADDEN
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Wyoming Catholic College, a Catholic university founded in 2005 in Lander, announced in late February that it “shall not participate in federal student loan programs.”The decision came after months of analysis and deliberations by the college and its board of directors.“While the financial benefits are undeniable,” said a news release, “the increasingly burdensome regulatory requirements are clearly troubling for faith-based institutions.” The decision to forego federal student loan and grant programs was reached in a unanimous vote by the college’s board of directors.“While respecting that some of our peer institutions have reached a different conclusion on this...
  • Filipino Bishops Reverse Position on LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

    03/28/2015 5:19:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | March 25, 2015 | Bob Shine
    In a reversal from their earlier position, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines have endorsed an LGBT non-discrimination bill, with only one reservation. Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines sent a pastoral guidance letter to dioceses endorsing non-discrimination as a Christian imperative, reports Gay Star News. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the conferences president, said further: Insofar as the proposed piece of legislation renders illegitimate the relegation of persons with sexual orientation and gender identity issues to citizens of a lower category enjoying fewer rights, the CBCP cannot but lend its support to this proposed legislative measure....
  • Todd: If Cruz Can Win Evangelical Vote, He Has a Shot

    03/28/2015 4:47:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NBCs Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd discussed how Ted Cruz could have a shot at the nomination by riding the evangelical vote to victory in a YouTube video released Friday. Todd pointed out that in the past candidates can get relevancy from the evangelical vote, but no one has been able to use it to win the nomination. But that Cruz, if he can clinch the evangelical vote, might be able to change that because this primary calendar, believe it or not, is actually in the advantage of evangelical candidates. Todd stated that two of the first four primary...
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). Thats nearly double the proportion of virgin unchurched who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Catholicism in Space: Houston, Do We Have a problem?

    03/28/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 64 replies
    Twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly (raised Catholic in an Irish-American family) are about to embark on an important scientific experiment on Friday. Scott Kelly will begin spending a year in space on the International Space Station (ISS) while his brother stays back here on earth as a control subject. NASA will be studying how extended time in space changes Scott relative to his brother Mark. Living for an extended time outside the gravity of earth and partially exposed to the radiation of space can impact ones bones, heart, eyes, muscles, and who knows what else. Its probably important to...
  • Parents claim nuns are cashing in by closing Montessori preschool

    03/28/2015 10:39:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/27/2015 | By Julia Marsh
    Even Mother Teresa might have been tempted by this kind of property bonanza. A group of nuns wants to boot 55 tots from one of the citys oldest preschools so they can cash in on the facilitys $20 million Chelsea real estate, according to a lawsuit by fuming parents. More than 50 moms and dads of kids at Nazareth Nursery Montessori claim the Sisters of St. Francis who bought the West 15th Street facility for $5,000 in 1901 want to sell the schools two brick brownstones and hoard the money. It's clear that the defendants plan to close...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/28/2015 10:25:26 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    March 28, 2015 | Irish Rose
    The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people: Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. (Psalm 50:1-6)
  • Iraqi Christian Leader Makes Direct Appeal at UN

    03/28/2015 4:40:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The leader of Iraqs Chaldean Catholics at the United Nations in New York today urged international leaders to support his countrys government in a drive for the liberation of all Iraqi cities." For the first time, the UN Security Council devoted a debate to the persecution of minorities under attack by jihadists, according to ANSAMed, a service of the Italian news agency ANSA. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius chaired the debate, which included Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and, by video-conference from Geneva, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid...
  • Opposition to the Phony Synod Rises, Francis Says Gossip Against It Must Cease [Catholic Caucus]

    03/27/2015 7:18:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 3/27/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In a major setback for the radically progressive controllers of the Phony Synod, who are gearing up and stacking the deck for another assault on Holy Matrimony, nearly 500 priests in England have signed an open letter, published in The Catholic Herald, which contains this stunning declaration: We affirm the importance ofupholding the Churchs traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments, and that doctrine and practice remain firmly and inseparably in harmony. Just as stunning is the concluding paragraph: We urge all those who will participate in the second Synod in October 2015 to make a clear and firm...
  • Church of England to have first bishop couple

    03/27/2015 2:48:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2015
    London (AFP) - The Church of England will have its first husband and wife bishops after nominating Alison White to be the next bishop of Hull on Wednesday. White will become the Church's of England's second female bishop at a ceremony on July 3 in York, the diocese which includes Hull. "This is an adventure I had never imagined setting out on," White said in a statement. "You may have noticed that I am married to a bishop. This may seem excessive! You would think that one in a family is more than enough. "Believe me, this has crossed...
  • On the Lost Justice of the Sabbath Rest

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • The Death Of Catholic Universities In America

    03/27/2015 6:41:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/26/15 | Dominic Lynch
    Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.Catholic universities in America are typically regarded as offering a well-rounded education combined with one of the premier intellectual forces of the West: the Catholic Church, and its vast well of knowledge in almost every discipline. Unlike state-sponsored institutions, which can offer a quality education, Catholic universities have the advantage of a grounded and time-tested moral foundation. This foundation, and the discoveries, advances, and progress it has produced, is unrivaled in any other Western tradition. Secular universities, good though they...
  • The Right to Give Your Kids a Catholic Education

    03/27/2015 6:30:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/25/15 | Grazie pozo Christie
    A salute to Archbishop Cordileone for defending it in San Francisco.California is always a great state to watch, as things that happen there tend to be harbingers for the other 49. In San Francisco, we have the spectacle of an archbishop under attack from several state senators. His offense? Trying to ensure that high-school students in Catholic schools get the Catholic education their parents have freely chosen to give them. Archbishop Cordileone has had the good sense to ask high-school faculty to affirm that they will impart the Churchs social teachings. Hes trying to guarantee that students will receive the...
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like himand who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate, Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • A Report on the Sodomy Synod [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2015 5:51:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Culture Wars ^ | January 2015 | Robert Kempson
    The Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in Rome from October 5-19, has proved to be the most controversial gathering of Catholic bishops since the Second Vatican Council. It has seen open conflict within the College of Cardinals and between bishops. The conflict has been centered on questions surrounding human sexuality but stems from a deeper rift between those who strive to be faithful to the natural law and the teaching of the Catholic Church and those who strive to distort that teaching to bring it into conformity with the revolutionary principles of modernity. INTRODUCING CARDINAL KASPER The lead-up to...
  • A Report on the Sodomy Synod, from Culture Wars [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2015 5:39:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Eye-Witness ^ | March 25, 2015 | Aged Parent
    Well-informed Catholics the world over have a fairly good idea of what went on a few months ago in Rome but this summary, from Culture Wars, is a useful compendium of the facts that all Catholics should be cognizant of right now. We have to know what we are dealing with. http://www.culturewars.com/2015/Synod.htm What we are dealing with is not pretty. I can not see it as anything other than a full frontal assault not only on Catholic morality but on simple human decency as well. And we would do well to understand what lies just underneath the surface, just below...
  • 1 in 4 Americans Don't Believe in God; Lack of Trust in Local Churches Cited as a Reason

    03/26/2015 4:46:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV ,
    Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith. The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna...
  • New York Congregation Is the First to Leave Presbyterian Church (USA) After Approval of Gay Marriage

    03/26/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    A small congregation in New York has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination's recent vote to approve gay marriage. Brighton Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old congregation in Rochester, voted Sunday to seek dismissal from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. The vote to disaffiliate came not long after a majority of presbyteries in PCUSA approved an amendment to their Book of Order defining marriage to include same-sex couples. Kerry E. Luddy, spokeswoman for Brighton Presbyterian and wife of the head pastor, told The Christian Post that the decision to leave "is not a...
  • TOP 10 THINGS CATHOLICS DONT HAVE TO BELIEVE (Catholic Caucus)

    03/26/2015 3:56:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | MATT BOWMAN
    Easter is a time for initiating people into the Church. In many Catholic parishes this happens through RCIA: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.But what do you have to believe to be Catholic? There’s a lot of confusion about this in public discussion. Current popular opinion says that under Pope Francis the Church is more open, more welcoming, more willing to offer full communion to people who diverge from Church teaching.If Pope John Paul II was known for his opening exhortation “Be not afraid!” Pope Francis’s most repeated (and misconstrued) quote is “Who am I to judge?”This supposed openness...
  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/26/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | STEPHEN BASKERVILLE
    When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the...
  • Notre Dame Bioethicist Foresees Manufactured Sperm and Eggs--Soon

    03/26/2015 1:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 26, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME It won't be long beforetwo women can have a baby of their own, with no biological contribution from a man at all. So says Carter Snead, director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Snead, who once served as general counsel to the President's Council of Bioethics under George W. Bush, said that atthe current rate of developments in reproductive technology, sperm and eggs may soon be created from human skin cells. But it doesnt have to be this way, says Snead, who together with the Center is trying to re-inject...
  • Irish Association of Catholic Priests Takes Neutral Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    03/26/2015 4:59:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/25/15 | Staff Reporter
    The organisation has urged priests not to tell their parishioners how they should voteThe Association of Catholic Priests has adopted a neutral position on the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and urged priests not to instruct their parishioners on how they should vote in May. The group of priests, with a membership of about 1,000, issued a statement saying: After a consultation with our members, the results of which indicated clearly a wide range of views, the Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to adopt a position in favour or against the marriage equality referendum. The statement added: Sexual...
  • Fury to Freedom [powerful conversion video]

    03/25/2015 7:13:39 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 1, 2004 | Raul Ries
    Raul as a youth, was a dangerous, violent person who was ready to explode at any moment. This video chronicles the miraculous transformation of a person who was on a road to destruction to a man of God. This is the personal testimony of Raul Ries and how God demonstrates His grace, His love and His mercy. From Christiancinema.com: The true story of Raul Ries finds a young man full of hate and fight, lies and deception, and anger beyond control. This story focuses on Raul's high school days, martial arts experiences, and early years of his marriage. With everything...
  • Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/25/2015 4:40:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Spectator ^ | March 25, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    [Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, Im astonished by some of the names I see there clergy I wouldnt have described as conservatives, let alone traditionalists. It reinforces my sense that vast numbers of priests, however much they admire Pope Francis, are worried about the direction of this pontificate or, rather, its lack of direction.]
  • 'Killing Jesus' Portrays Jesus as Man, Tones Down His Miracles and Power, Film's Actors Explain

    03/25/2015 8:38:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The upcoming National Geographic miniseries "Killing Jesus," which is based on Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same name, tells the story of the historical Jesus and leaves the supernatural claims made by believers out of the equation. The approach to the film was intentional, according to some of the actors in the film who believe it will help to get the Jesus story out to those who are skeptics. Chris Ryman, who plays Malchus, the Roman guard who arrests Jesus before His crucifixion, commented on the film's portrayal of Jesus the man in the...
  • I support Patricia Jannuzzi's right to express her Catholic mind without fear of retribution

    03/25/2015 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 90 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 25 Mar 2015 | Tefilo de Jess (@vivificat)
    Teacher Patricia Jannuzi Brethren, Peace be with you. As you may know from numerous media reports, Patricia Jannuzzi is a (suspended) teacher at a Catholic high school in New Jersey. According to Aleteia.org, Jannuzzi, a teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, was suspended with pay and benefits two weeks ago. Her bishop, Paul Bootkoski of the diocese of Metuchen, wrote that Jannuzzis now-deleted Facebook post was disturbing and do not reflect the churchs teachings of acceptance. Placing private-school teachers on administrative leave is a common form of punishment that school district officials use to fire the employees, according...
  • Why Do Islamists Love Bulldozing History So Much?

    03/25/2015 8:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the worlds greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this groups latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has blown up Shiite mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims. Some attacks target the works of other, rival religions, such as Orthodox churches in northern Cyprus (since 1974),...
  • A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith

    03/25/2015 6:12:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/24/15 | Anne Hendershott
    Chesterton once wrote that War is not the best way of settling differencesbut it is the only way of preventing them from being settled for you. If the Catholic Church is to continue to teach the timeless truths about the dignity of all human persons from conception to natural death, and the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, the Church needs to begin to seriously engage in the war that has already been declared against her by those who wish to destroy these teachings. In the past few weeks, there has been an escalation of the attacks...
  • A 'Spiritual Oasis' Southern Arabian Cathedral Celebrates 50 Years

    03/25/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/23/15 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish. On March 19, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, said a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the founding of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. St. Joseph's is the oldest Catholic church in the emirates. Bishop Hinder was joined by more than 30...