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  • Church Asks Music Director to Resign After He Married Same-Sex Partner; Congregation Laments

    10/01/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    Members of Minnesota Catholic Church are lamenting over the resignation of their music director of 17 years who was asked to leave his position after marrying his same-sex partner. Jamie Moore served at St. Victoria Catholic Church for a little less than two decades and was beloved by much of the congregation. Several of the church's choir members recently voiced their disappointment over the matter to KARE11 News. "I think it's unfortunate," said member Judy Janish. "I think people should be able to marry who they love and who they belong with." June Henning, who served alongside Moore for 17...
  • What About Ex-Gays? Does their existence prove that it's impossible to change sexual orientation?

    10/01/2014 8:46:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Michael Brown
    While speaking in Singapore at a seminar sponsored by Focus on the Family, I was asked the question: What about ex-ex-gays? Does their existence prove that it is really impossible for people to change their sexual orientation? This past July, Time magazine ran a story entitled, "9 Ex-Leaders of the Gay Conversion Therapy Movement Apologize." The article stated that, "Former members of organizations that advocated therapy to 'cure' homosexuality have joined LGBT groups in rejecting the concept." Last year, John Paulk, formerly a very prominent ex-gay married to his ex-gay wife Anne, went back to his gay lifestyle after 15...
  • Muslim Sheep Slaughter to be Banned in Moscow During Eid al-Adha Feast

    10/01/2014 8:34:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/1/14
    Moscow, October 1, Interfax - Prayers marking the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, will begin at all Moscow mosques at 7 a.m. on October 4, a spokesman for the city's inter-regional cooperation, national policy and religious organizations department said. "Moscow authorities help Muslims religious organizations each year to organize festive services, providing security, maintenance, medical assistance and broadcasts," he said. But Muscovites and visitors have been warned that the sale and slaughter of sacrificial animals will be banned in Moscow. Sacrificial sheep will be slaughtered on farms and in slaughter houses in individual villages of the Moscow Region., the spokesman said....
  • Faith-based movies go mainstream with Nicolas Cage in ‘Left Behind’

    09/30/2014 2:22:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    New York Post ^ | 09/30/2014 | Reed Tucker
    And on the eighth day, God created decent lighting and production values. After years of releasing shoddy products featuring has-beens like Kirk Cameron, the Christian film industry is upping its game in an attempt to win a crossover audience. Is faith-based cinema about to go truly mainstream? The year certainly has been good to believers. “Heaven Is for Real” with Greg Kinnear, a story about a boy who said he experienced the afterlife during surgery, raked in more than $100 million worldwide. “God’s Not Dead,” about a college student who debates his professor on the existence of a higher power,...
  • Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

    09/30/2014 12:10:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | CNA/EWTN News
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media attention for suggesting that some of those who have been divorced and remarried should be permitted to receive Communion. The Church holds that a person cannot enter a new marriage if their initial marriage is valid. Those who are living together as husband and wife when they are bound to a different spouse may not receive Communion. The Church has an annulment process to examine whether a marriage may...
  • A Mormon St. Peter’s in Rome

    09/30/2014 11:31:35 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 28, 2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A Mormon St. Peter’s in RomeA new Latter-day Saints temple looms large on the Roman horizon, and the Vatican’s prelates, truth to tell, are not too enthusiastic about what they see. ROME, Italy — On the outskirts of Rome along the ancient Catholic pilgrim route known as the Via Francigena and not far from a giant shopping center featuring a massive IKEA and the French do-it-yourself Mecca called Leroy Merlin, cranes are hoisting giant spires onto the top of a Baroque-revival-style church. But unlike most of the religious edifices erected in Catholic Rome, this Roman temple is being built by...
  • Autism and the Church

    09/30/2014 8:55:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 44 replies
    For families dealing with autism, going to church can be difficult. Children with autism often struggle in new environments. Large crowds of people can be overwhelming to them. They are often bothered by certain noises, bright lights and even smells. Many of the individuals have limited verbal skills. There are safety issues for those who have a tendency to wander. I have talked to way too many families who said, “it is just too hard, so we don’t go” or “we can’t find a church willing to accept our child.” What a terrible shame. The families are not to blame....
  • Richard Dawkins: "Theistic evolutionists are deluded"

    09/30/2014 8:37:44 AM PDT · by fishtank · 14 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Posted 9-30-14, excerpted earlier. | CMI staff running Dawkins video clip
    "Many people think that theistic evolution blends faith with scientific credibility, but these comments from Dawkins show that this compromise is even more ridiculed than biblical creationism, which is at least consistent. A powerful argument from a hostile witness."
  • Referees flag Chiefs safety Abdullah for celebration penalty after slide and prayer in endzone

    09/30/2014 5:33:48 AM PDT · by chajin · 37 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tod Palmer
    Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and he made a promise to himself if he ever did find himself in the end zone. “If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone,” Abdullah said. Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah dropped deep in a zone coverage, read Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s eyes and broke hard, intercepting his pass...
  • The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN

    09/29/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://christendomblog.blogspot.co.uk ^ | September 25, 2014 | EWTN
    Let the truth be victorious The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN Episode one of the new EWTN mini-series, The Crusades will be broadcast on 8th October in the USA at 10pm and 9th October at 9.30pm in the UK, the following 3 episodes will be shown on consecutive days at the same time slot. There will also be a continuous showing of all 4 episodes on Saturday 11th starting at 7pm in the Britain and Ireland. The series is a co-production between EWTN, St Clare Media Foundation of the UK, Buckfast Abbey Devon and Lux communication of Slovakia. The...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/29/2014 11:19:34 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    9-29-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 30:18 The Lord is Faithful to His Promises. Blessed are All those who Wait for Him to Help them.
  • A Different Kind of 'Coming Out'

    09/29/2014 9:00:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/28/2014 | Matt Moore
    I came busting out of the closet in 2009 in a desperate attempt to finally find some peace in my life. Some happiness. Some joy. Some freedom. But as most of you already know, the "freedom" that my coming out and adopting a gay identity bought me was a freedom that only brought me into more bondage. But, even so, I would do it all over again. Coming out, that is. I really do believe that finally letting the people around me glimpse into the secret parts of my life was a necessary step in my God-led journey toward the...
  • Meriam Ibrahim Encourages Naghmeh Abedini to Stay Strong for Her Children

    09/29/2014 8:57:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Christian Post ^ | 09/29/2014 | BY STEPHANIE SAMUEL
    Taking the stage at the Values Voter Summit Gala with her husband, Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim encouraged Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini, with stories about caring for her children Martin and Maya. With the help of an interpreter, Ibrahim called Naghmeh Abdini "her sister" and told her "Do not fear; be strong. Take care of your kids and the Lord will be with you." Naghmeh Abedini shared a video during the gala from her children. In the video, 6-year-old Jacob said his heart is "crying" because he "misses Daddy a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, lot,...
  • U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution

    09/29/2014 8:31:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution By Julio Severo The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday adopted a resolution, by a 25-14, against anti-LGBT “violence” and “discrimination” that was pushed forward by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia — nations mostly Catholic, but relentlessly affected by Liberation Theology and other forms of socialism. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world. “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human...
  • Autism and the Church

    09/29/2014 6:55:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Inclusive Church ^ | April 2, 2014 | Amy Fenton Lee
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be...
  • Defending the Faith: Thinking clearly about archaeology and the Book of Mormon

    09/28/2014 3:51:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 09/28/2014 | By Daniel Peterson
    In student papers, year after year, I’ve seen the same mechanical errors repeated and, year after year, I’ve felt compelled to correct them and to explain why they’re wrong. I’ve devoted entire class periods to subject-verb agreement, the use of apostrophes, consistency in verb tenses and lists, and fundamental logical fallacies. Unfortunately, having to address such simple but important mistakes steals valuable time from the actual topics of my classes on Islam and the Middle East. So I was delighted, several years ago, to reread William Strunk and E.B. White’s little classic, “The Elements of Style,” and to realize that...
  • Immodest Dressing Could Lead to Killing (Unborn Babies)

    09/28/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 49 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 9-28-14 | Fr. Carota
    In this blog I want to show that sexually provocative clothing can lead to sexual activity. The lust that provocative clothing causes, is for sex, for pleasure outside of marriage, and not to bring a child into the world. The type of sex that this could provoke, based on lust, could lead to an un-wanted pregnancy. And this pregnancy could end with the unborn baby being murdered at an abortion mill.As many of you know, the 40 Days For Life has begun again. I went to pray the Holy Rosary where they kill unborn babies this morning after Latin Mass....
  • Got a Screaming Kid at Church? 6 Encouraging Things to Remember

    09/28/2014 9:57:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Pop ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Bowsk, Flickr / Ben Francis, Flickr / ChurchPOP With three young boys, Mass can be the scariest part of my whole week. I wonder: will the baby scream right in the middle of the Consecration? Will I end up chasing the toddler down the center aisle? Grim possibilities flit through my mind as I dress the boys for church.But God loves children, and even harrowing churchgoing memories will probably seem precious a decade or two hence.Here then are some thoughts to help you keep perspective if you have this problem as well.1) God notices your kids’ efforts… and yours. This...
  • Washington Post: Introspection time for evangelicals

    09/27/2014 4:33:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/27/2014 | Michael Gerson
    Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress. It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise. This is perhaps the natural...
  • Ted Cruz Says His Father Abandoned Family When He Was 3-Years-Old, Returned After Accepting Christ

    09/27/2014 12:17:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/27/2014 | Sanuel Smith
    In a speech stressing the importance of protecting America's religious liberties and other inalienable rights that so-called "radical" Democratic policies are trying to limit, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reflected on his own family's path toward the Christian faith, which included his father abandoning him and his mother when he was three years old before returning to them after finding Jesus. Before Rev. Rafael Cruz became an evangelical Texas pastor and one of the nation's most notable and quotable congressional parents, he and his wife, with their toddler son, lived in Canada and worked in the oil and energy business....
  • Parishioners meet with bishop over gay couple

    09/27/2014 12:04:33 PM PDT · by steve86 · 42 replies
    Miami Herald/ AP ^ | 9/21/14 | David Murray
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings met Saturday with about 300 parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, where he also led a Mass. About half the parishioners supported the Rev. Samuel Spiering's decision, while the other half were very angry, the Great Falls Tribune...
  • 13 Insightful Maps of U.S. Religion

    09/27/2014 11:24:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | ChurchPopEditor
    Last week, we brought you 11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion. This week, we’re zooming in on the grand ‘ole United States of America. What are the major religious groups? And where are they located? Scroll through these awesome maps, and you’ll see some interesting patterns emerge. You can click on any map to enlarge it. Enjoy
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/27/2014 10:12:09 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    September 27, 2014 | Irish Rose
    Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they...
  • Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

    09/27/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 45 replies
    Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germany’s Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group...
  • The Gay Bullyboys Want You Jailed

    09/26/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    A goofy guy named Adam Weinstein writing for a goofy website called Gawker has called for the jailing of those who deny global warming. Weinstein says, “there is the body of purulent pundits, paid sponsors, and corporate grifters who exploit the smallest uncertainty at the edges of a settled science.” Those who disagree with Weinstein on a scientific and political point are criminally negligent and should face not just fines but even prison.As goofy as he is, he’s not the only one.Just this past weekend serial adulterer Robert Kennedy Jr., who may have driven his second wife to suicide—and...
  • Why “oikonomia” isn’t a solution for divorced and civilly remarried

    09/26/2014 2:40:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER Italian writers have finally gotten to the section by Archbp. Cyril Vasil, SJ, in The Book, that is, the “Five Cardinals” book in defense of the Catholic teaching on marriage.Available now in the UK: HEREArchbishop Vasil is Secretary of the Congregation for Oriental Churches. Sandro Magister has an entry today in which he focuses on Archbp. Vasil’s essay “Separation, Divorce, Dissolution of the Bond, and Remarriage: Theological and Practical Approaches of the Orthodox Churches. There is an extensive excerpt too.Magister’s introductory comments: The example of the Orthodox Churches that allow second marriages is an argument enlisted by...
  • Is Divorce Equivalent to Homosexuality?

    09/26/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/26/2014 | Russell D. Moore
    This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to "disfellowship" a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of churches shares a Christian sexual ethic with all orthodox Christians of every denomination for 2,000 years. One of the arguments made by some, though, is that this is hypocritical since so many ministers in our tradition marry people who have been previously divorced. The argument is that conservative Protestants already embrace a "third way" because we've done so on divorce. Couples divorce, sometimes remarry others,...
  • What This Church Did With $160,000 Was So 'Crazy' It Left Congregants Crying...

    09/26/2014 7:35:23 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/26/2014 | Billy Hallowell
    ...and the Pastor Nervously Sweating What one church recently did with $160,000 during a Sunday morning service absolutely stunned parishioners: 320 members were each given a $500 check to spend as they wish. ... Traux, who aid that the money came from a decades-old real estate deal, first told her congregation that active members would be receiving the sizable checks. ... The move came after Traux and church elders decided to give back $10 percent of the $1.6 million LaSalle Street Church reportedly made from the real estate deal - a sum that adds up to the $160,000 figure members...
  • Multiple sins of the NETWORK nuns exposed

    09/26/2014 4:31:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Even though the culture wars are over and a new morning has dawned, I want you all to click HERE and read carefully a piece at the National Catholic Register by Anne Carey about the “Nuns on the Bus”.The Nuns on the Bus, or NOBs, are going ’round and ’round again, this time palling around with pro-abortion VP Joe Biden.Anne Carey is probably the most informed expert there is about the status of the question concerning women religious in these USA. She has a book which should be on the shelf of every person who ever has to deal with...
  • No Change! (Upcoming Synod on the Family)

    09/25/2014 4:01:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | September 25, 2014 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    "This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it." —Pope Francis, earlier this year, speaking to members of the Spanish hierarchy, according to the Bishop of Cordoba, Spain, in an interview published on September 21 in the Diario de Cordoba, and picked up yesterday and today by other journalists and news agencies. The Pope will not approve any change in the Church's established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad...
  • When donating to charity, here’s what to keep in mind

    09/25/2014 2:10:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    OSV ^ | September 25, 2014 | Mark S. Latkovic, S.T.D.
    Know whether the organization is spending your money in a way that lines up with your beliefs. Fausin Weber, left, and Deacon Brian Edwards of Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 22. CNS photo This summer, people from all over the country were dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association’s fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. As the ice bucket challenge became both more widely known and wildly successful through social media, many pro-life advocates were morally conflicted because the...
  • Barbie as the Virgin Mary? Ken as Jesus? Italian Catholics are not amused

    09/25/2014 1:50:57 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies
    The State ^ | September 24, 2014 | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA
    ROME — Barbie has had a number of careers in her 55 years – flight attendant, veterinarian, astronaut, even president. Her latest role, however, is raising eyebrows. Italy’s Catholic bishops are furious about controversial artistic depictions of the popular Barbie and Ken dolls as the Virgin Mary and a crucified Jesus Christ and other saints. Two Argentinian artists, Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, produced 33 dolls of various religious figures for a show named “Barbie, The Plastic Religion,” which opens in Buenos Aires on Oct. 11. SIR, an Italian website backed by the Italian bishops conference, denounced the controversial toys...
  • Secularist to Lead Alabama City Council Meeting in Its First Atheist 'Prayer'

    09/25/2014 8:40:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/25/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    North Alabama Freethought Association board member Kelly McCauley will open the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday in a non-religious invocation after a secularist group threatened to sue the council over its tradition of Christian Prayer. McCauley, who according to his Meetup page was confirmed in the Lutheran Church and "dropped out" at age 23, told AL.com, "My goal is to offer a non-sectarian invocation that, I hope, will lend gravity to the meeting and point to our civic values." McCauley was invited by Huntsville leaders to give the body's first atheist "prayer" after secularist group Freedom From Religion Foundation complained...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 25, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.”
  • 15 Fun Facts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s FBI file

    09/24/2014 4:20:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2014 | Mary Rezac
    Currently the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, best known for his T.V. and radio preaching, is caught up in an impasse regarding the next steps in his cause for canonization.Photo of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. He had a radio and television program called Life Is Worth Living which aired from 1951 to 1957. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you some fun tidbits we found in his FBI file.But wait! Don’t freak out - pretty much everyone during the Communist scare in the 1950′s had a file, especially people...
  • Pope Francis' Answer to Cardinal Bernadin

    09/24/2014 12:33:35 PM PDT · by veritas2002 · 13 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 9/24/14 | Douglas Kries
    Now that he has been named archbishop of Chicago, many people have expressed interest in Bishop Blase Cupich’s time as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane. I should make clear that I barely know Bishop Cupich on a personal level. I am only a Catholic layman in the diocese of Spokane. I do, however, hold an endowed chair in “Christian Philosophy” at Gonzaga University, serve as academic advisor to Bishop White Seminary (an undergraduate college seminary at Gonzaga), and am a former director of Gonzaga’s small Catholic Studies Program. Gonzaga University is, primarily, a school of approximately 4800 undergraduates that...
  • Upcoming Synod Must Address Family Disintegration

    09/24/2014 5:14:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 23, 2014 | REV. CORMAC BURKE
    Judging by the media reports on the Extraordinary Synod to be held in Rome this October, the bishops present will be mainly concerned with issues such as the admission to the Eucharist of divorced and remarried persons, the speeding up of annulment processes, and the possible revision of the Church’s teaching on contraception. Implicit in most of the reports is the view that a liberalization or “relaxation” of the Church’s present discipline in these matters could help to ameliorate the pastoral problem or concern that the Synod is called to examine. What could be said about this view?First, it...
  • Russia Positions Herself as a “Light to the World” During Pro-Family Conference

    09/23/2014 8:04:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Craddock
    Moscow Gathering Plays Out Against Backdrop of International Sanctions For those who came of age during the Cold War, the idea that Christian Westerners would be invited as special guests inside the Kremlin seems unthinkable. But this was the scene at the International Forum on Large Families and the Future of Humanity, held in Moscow September 10-11. More than 1,000 pro-life, pro-family participants traveled from around the world to attend the Forum, which was headlined by high-profile Russian Ministers and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I. The event received enthusiastic support from the Russian government, which allowed the conference to be...
  • Something Wicked (Michael Voris breaks it down)

    09/23/2014 7:46:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | ChurchMilitant
    Something Wicked this way comes. {CHURCHMILITANT.TV}
  • George Will: I Am a 'Low-Voltage Atheist'

    09/23/2014 5:30:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 41 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jason Devaney
    In a wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Will discusses baseball, politics, and his status as an atheist. "I'm an atheist. An agnostic is someone who is not sure. I'm pretty sure. I see no evidence of God," Will told Real Clear Religion. "The basic question in life is not, 'Is there a God,' but 'Why does anything exist?' St. Thomas Aquinas said that there must be a first cause for everything, and we call the first cause 'God.' Fine, but it just has no hold on me. "I majored in religion in college. I was very interested, but I...
  • It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

    09/23/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09/23/2014 | Elizabeth Picciuto
    A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesn’t make our everyday lives more moral. Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our everyday lives suggests that religious people are no more moral—or immoral—than non-religious people. Whether or not we believe that divine precepts give us guidance, our behavior is remarkably similar. The fact that atheists are apparently...
  • Chrislam Returns

    09/23/2014 1:06:20 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 18 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 9/22/2014 | Neil Munro
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  • Why I Want to Be Left Behind

    09/23/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 137 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | BY JOSHUA RYAN BUTLER
    "Left Behind" comes out this week, an apocalyptic thriller starring Nicolas Cage. Based on the best-selling book series, the movie revolves around "the rapture": a belief that one day all Christians will suddenly vanish, disappearing from the earth to go be with God, while the world they "left behind" plunges into apocalyptic destruction. Americans may find "Left Behind" to be best-selling entertainment, but is it biblical? I say no. In fact, as a follower of Jesus I find the rapture to be not just a little bit off, but actually upside-down and backwards. When Jesus comes, here are a few...
  • Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campus

    09/23/2014 10:36:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 43 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 22, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NEW YORK (RNS) Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in New York City in 2015. The partnership between Redeemer and Reformed Theological Seminary fits in with the desire of evangelicals to plant their flag in large cities such as New York. It also reflects the influence of Reformed theology on evangelical thinking, as well as the impact of megachurches on theological education. And while many seminaries are still suffering declining revenues since the economic crisis...
  • 100 Christians, Including Children, Arrested During Major House Church Raid in China

    09/23/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China's Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country. "We don't know exactly why they raided our church," a local believer told watchdog group International Christian Concern, which has been keeping track of the rising tide of persecution in China. "The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church." Worshipers said that the church was raided without...
  • Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

    09/23/2014 4:45:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15, 2014. Credit: Joaquin Piero Perez/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church's highest court. “I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura –...
  • Spinning the Synod

    09/22/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 19, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Here are five misleading claims and skewed statements about the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The Synod of Bishops wills meet in Rome October 5-19 to discuss “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Here’s a word that hasn’t been used much in recent discussions about the approaching Battle of the Cardin—er, the Synod of Bishops, taking place October 5-19 in Rome: evangelization. Which is curious, since the official title, or theme, for the extraordinary general...
  • Family Synod Thoughts

    09/22/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 9/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I was on the bus today and on the seat in front of me was a Muslim women in a headscarf with three young boys and a baby, she was gently telling one of the boys to stop sulking, whilst feeding the baby and chatting and laughing with the others. On the sideways row of seats was another mother dressed in western clothes chatting on her phone and rather noisily telling off her daughter for making a mess with the chocolate she was eating. In fact she was more interested in fixing up a date for this evening with a...
  • Hundreds Turnout To Protest Black Mass, Held At OKC Civic Center

    09/22/2014 4:21:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    News9.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | News9.com
    OKLAHOMA CITY - The much talked about Black Mass was held in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday night. It was sold out event Sunday night at the Civic Center. There were Rock bands and rituals performed inside, much to the dismay of Christian protesters outside the theatre.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/22/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
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