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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 26 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/26/2018 6:30:39 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    NKJV Bible ^ | Solomon
    Proverb 26 (NKJV) Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool 01 As snow in summer and rain in harvest, 00 So honor is not fitting for a fool. 02 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, 00 So a curse without cause shall not alight. 03 A whip for the horse, 00 A bridle for the donkey, 00 And a rod for the fool's back. 04 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 00 Lest you also be like him. 05 Answer a fool according to his folly, 00 Lest he be wise in his own...
  • Boy Scouts Demand Condoms

    05/25/2018 4:36:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 25, 2018 | Bradley Eli
    The Boy Scouts are demanding condoms at every Jamboree, according to guidelines now enforced by the World Scout Committee. The World Organization of Scout Movement, which oversees international scout gatherings called Jamborees, drafted directives containing the following mandate: "The Host Organization must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and IST [Staff] at a number of locations on the site." The Boy Scouts, who promise to do their duty to "God" and "country," and to keep themselves "morally straight," have opened their ranks not only to girls but also to gay and transgender scouts. Gay Scout leaders...
  • Irish Times exit poll projects Ireland has voted by landslide to repeal Eighth Amendment

    05/25/2018 4:07:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Irish Times ^ | May 25, 2018 | Pat Leahy
    Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI. The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent – a stunning victory for the Yes side after a long and often divisive campaign. See here for liveblog coverage of events across Friday in the referendum vote.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis: We must not focus on the words of Christ

    05/25/2018 3:35:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | May 25, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    In his Santa Marta homily given earlier today, the God of Surprises (aka Jorge Bergoglio) once again took the occasion to mangle Sacred Scripture in order to justify his departure from the Catholic faith; in this particular case, as it concerns marriage.Today’s victim text was the Novus Ordo Gospel reading taken from Mark 10:1-12 – familiar words that bear reconsidering:Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”...
  • Royal Wedding Pastor Michael Curry Leads 'Reclaiming Jesus' Movement Against Racism, Misogyny ...

    05/25/2018 9:38:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2018 | Samuel Smith
    WASHINGTON — Less than one week after speaking at the royal wedding in England, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, along with a group of multiracial progressive faith leaders, led hundreds in a procession to the White House Thursday night to condemn racism, misogyny and the immorality of political leaders."We are not a partisan group. We are not a left-wing group. We are not a right-wing group. We are a Jesus movement," Curry said during the prayer service at the Disciples of Christ national church. "We came together as Protestant, Catholic, evangelical. We came together — Republicans, Independents and Democrats....
  • How do I/we know I/we are in love?

    05/25/2018 8:18:20 AM PDT · by Bob Celeste · 30 replies ^ | 5.25.2018 | Pastor Bob Celeste for
    How do I/we know I/we are in love? Many a teen is faced with that question. In today's promiscuous, easy going, every thing goes society teens are not taught to wait for marriage, they are told, "it is ok, when you love someone". So girls, how do you know you are in love? How do you know the guy loves you? For girls, the answer is simply, so it is for boys as well. All we need do is go to the word of God. Girls, you are in love, really in love, when you are willing to do for...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 25 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/25/2018 6:41:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 25 (NKJV) Rule Your Spirit 01 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of 00 Judah copied: 02 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, 00 But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. 03 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, 00 So the heart of kings is unsearchable. 04 Take away the dross from silver, 00 And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. 05 Take away the wicked from before the king, 00 And his throne will be established in...
  • He was a starting quarterback in the SEC. Now he's a Catholic missionary.

    05/24/2018 10:50:16 PM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies ^ | May 10, 2018 | Jared Peck
    Patrick Towles, the former University of Kentucky quarterback who transferred to Boston College to finish his career, announced Tuesday he had quit his job at a local bank to become a missionary....“I don’t think anyone who decides to quit their job, leave their home, or shelf the expectations that they had for their life to be all the way sane either,” Towles wrote. “That being said, there were specific moments in my life that led me here. Some were substantial, some were very minor, but all were vital.” Towles recounted his path to becoming a more devoted Catholic and his...
  • Archbishop Blasts ‘New Paganism’ and ‘Denial of Truth’ at Washington Prayer Breakfast

    05/24/2018 7:51:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/24/18 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “Non-religious ‘spiritualism’ is the new paganism,” Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning. Naumann, the incoming chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, said our culture is “experiencing a crisis of faith that leads to denial of truth.” He listed as major problems today school shootings, international tensions and conflicts, and the fact that “one third of American children are being raised in homes without their biological fathers.” He noted Catholic Charities in Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, D.C. are no longer allowed to facilitate adoptions (this is thanks...
  • The terrorism-Islam equation? “A foolish lie”

    05/24/2018 6:29:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Vatican Insider / La Stampa ^ | May 24, 2018 | andrea tornielli
    “It may be on the lips of many, but that equation is a foolish lie." This is how Pope Francis defined the equation that many make between Muslims and terrorists. He did so in the extensive interview with the director of the Echo of Bergamo newspaper, published today 24 May 2018, on the occasion of the arrival in the city of the urn with the remains of Saint John XXIII, who thus returns for the first time to his land.
  • Bishop Curry’s royal wedding sermon was admirable – but he left something out

    05/24/2018 11:59:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 05/22/2018 | by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    As I thought it might be, Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at Saturday’s Royal Wedding was a cracker. It divided opinions, sure, but that is a better fate than being ignored or swiftly forgotten, as normally happens. Funnily enough, the sermon got the thumbs-up from the Guardian. But then as Brendan O’Neill observed, the sermon was, like the new Duchess, very political. Curry is “woke” when it comes to matters like gay marriage. I have not researched the matter, but I doubt there is a single issue on which he is not “progressive”; and though we do not know that much...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Worse Than Useless “Council of Cardinals”

    05/24/2018 11:25:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 22, 2018 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Worse Than Useless “Council of Cardinals”Another Vaunted Reform Disintegrates The post-Vatican II epoch has been marked by a series of unprecedented ecclesial “reforms” hailed as the harbingers of a new “springtime” for the Church when in truth they were only signs of what Cardinal Ratzinger admitted is “a continuing process of decay that has gone on largely on the basis of appeals to the Council, and thus has discredited the Council in the eyes of many people.”So it is with the vaunted “Council of Cardinals” established by Pope Francis shortly after his election.  As Sandro Magister notes, this “Council of Eight,” which...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/24/2018 6:21:02 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    NKJV Bible ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • Another School Shooting: Why and What Should We Do?

    05/24/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 37 replies ^ | 5/24/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Two weeks ago we endured the third anniversary of the death of my beloved pastor and father-in-law, David Fitzpatrick. David was killed by an impaired (alcohol and drugs), hit-and-run motorist. David’s killer pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular homicide, among other charges, and is now spending many years in prison. … I recall vividly the gut-wrenching moments on May 4, 2015 when we knew there was a bicyclist down in the area where my father-in-law used to ride. The calls to David’s cell phone that would never be answered; the rushed and lonely drive from my job to the crash...
  • LGBT Community Cheers Pope's 'God Made You Like This' Remark

    05/23/2018 7:35:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Cleveland Daily Banner ^ | 5/21/18 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to discuss their cases last month. Cruz said he told Francis how Chile's bishops used...
  • U.S. Hospital Refuses to Help Premature Twins Born Alive, Leaves Them to Die

    05/23/2018 7:24:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/23/18 | Lisa Bourne
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twin premature newborn boys died at an Ohio hospital last year while staff stood by refusing to give them medical assistance, a pro-life group is reporting, and the hospital classified the boys’ deaths as stillbirth. Both boys were born alive at 22 weeks and 5 days gestational age at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, according to the report. The first born, Emery, survived for 45 minutes. His younger brother, Elliot, lived for two and a half hours, even crying, and his mother, Amanda, begged for help to no avail. Alarming footage released today...
  • Valedictorian Claims High School Censored Graduation Speech

    05/23/2018 7:18:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 5/23/18
    SCIOTA, IL (CBS Local) – An Illinois high school valedictorian has hired a lawyer after claiming that school officials demanded he remove all religious references from his graduation speech. Sam Blackledge was set to deliver the speech at West Prairie High School on May 19. According to the 18-year-old, school administrators informed him that he needed to take out anything that mentioned God and Jesus minutes before Blackledge was scheduled to go on stage. “It was terrible. I felt like I wanted to cry,” the valedictorian said, via The Kansas City Star. “Christ is the only reason I was a...
  • [Cath Cauc] Former Honduran Ambassador’s Wife Speaks of Cardinal’s Alleged Role in Mismanaged Fund

    05/23/2018 10:55:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | May 22, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The widow of a former dean of the Vatican diplomatic corps has called on Pope Francis to intervene after she lost her life savings with a fund manager recommended to her by one of the Pope’s chief advisers. Martha Alegria Reichmann, the widow of Alejandro Valladares who was Honduran ambassador to the Holy See for 22 years, alleges she and her husband were advised in 2012 by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, to make the investment with London-based investor Youssry Henien.  But Henien then disappeared with all their life savings.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    05/23/2018 6:44:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    NKJV Bible ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • [Cath Cauc] The Mutiny (?) of the Chilean Bishops and the Pope's Self-censorship on Venezuela

    05/22/2018 9:14:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 22, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The glitches, the silences, the inconsistencies of the Vatican communications media often reveal serious divisions at the highest levels of the hierarchy. This is what has happened in recent days, in at least two pressing cases.*One of these concerns Venezuela. Against the background of the disaster into which the country has plunged and in the run-up to the false elections for reconfirming in power the heir of Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, there erupted last week a revolt - which was harshly repressed - in the El Helicoide prison in Caracas, a place of detention and torture for political prisoners who...