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  • Catholic high school: Archdiocese 'does not permit' same-sex wedding announcement

    02/04/2016 7:33:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain: Catholic Church can in no way associate itself with same-sex marriage. Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle has refused to run an announcement in its alumni magazine for the same-sex marriage of an alumna who once served as student body vice president and homecoming queen. In response to the submission by the 1997 graduate, the school sent her a letter saying, in part, "... the Archdiocese does not permit this type of information to be published in our Catholic school magazine." The reaction has been a much-circulated Facebook post by James Nau, who was student...
  • Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer.

    02/04/2016 2:47:08 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 4, 2016 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of life and worship.I followed his progress through the years and had the chance last summer to visit him a few months before he took his first vows as a monk at the Benedictine monastery that has been reestablished at Norcia in Italy.Brother Augustine spoke to me for Aleteia about his vocation, his life in the monastery and his work brewing...
  • Texas Megachurch to Pay PC(USA) $1.525 Million in order to Leave Denomination

    02/04/2016 10:13:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/04/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    A Texas megachurch that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences agreed to pay its former regional body approximately $1.5 million to maintain control of its church property. First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio announced Sunday that it reached a settlement with Mission Presbytery over retaining ownership of its name and property. "Under the terms of the settlement, FPC will provide $1,525,000 to the denomination. Mission Presbytery will contribute $125,000 of this amount to the John Knox Ranch Summer Camp," read the announcement. "The contribution to the camp provides one quarter of the $1 million being raised...
  • Vietnam's Newest Theological Institute Kicks Off Courses in September

    02/02/2016 7:52:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/271/6
    Students can apply before 5 July for admission test to either biblical or dogmatic theology. Preparations for the new facility are well underway. This is unusual in a Communist nation where Church educational activities have always been hamperedHo Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/EDA) - In a statement on 21 January, the Bishops' Commission for Education announced that classes will begin next September at Vietnam's new theological institute in Ho Chi Minh City's Third District, at 72/12 Tran Quoc Toan Street. Hence, future students can begin to apply, this according to Eglises d'Asie (EDA). Following the initial evaluation of applicants' ability to...
  • The Number of Believers Among Servicemen of Russian Armed Forces Doubles

    02/02/2016 7:46:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/27/16
    The percentage of believers among the servicemen in the Russia's Armed Forces has increased more than twice since 2001 and now they make up 76 percent of the total number of military men, reported head of Directorate for working with religious servicemen at the Chief Directorate for educational work in the Russian army Alexander Surovtsev on Tuesday to the journalists. "In 2001 only 37 percent of servicemen, when asked if they considered themselves believers, answered yes, and in 2015 as many as 76 percent gave a positive answer," said A. Surovtsev at the annual international Nativity Educational Readings at the...
  • Prayer for My Husband

    02/02/2016 3:59:12 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | FR. GUILLERMO SERRA
    Lord, you who know every heart and who search the depths of every soul,today I want to pray for my husband,the beloved of my heart,whom I chose, thanks to you, to be my companion and my best friend;the one I preferred; the one I selected from within the passing chapters of my life.I want to pray for his heart:gaze on it with tenderness and caress his deepest wounds;heal his memory of any painful recollections and place unending joy on his lips.Flood his heart with love,so that his words and deedstransmit to those who surround himthe companionship and securitythat we...
  • [CofE] Manchester Church Hosts “Trans Jesus” Play, Bishop is Silent

    02/02/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Stand Firm | 01-31-2016 | David Ould
    On Sunday 14 February the parish of St Chrysostom's in the Diocese of Manchester will host the controversial "Trans Jesus" play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" which portrays Jesus as a transsexual (male to female). The play forms part of Manchester's "Queer Contact" festival. The play has aroused understandable protest since it's debut in 2009 as it seeks to actively rewrite Christian belief. Here's a good example from their promo video:
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • Stunning: Watch the Incredible Procession at the Eucharistic Congress (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 4:42:32 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The image above, now circulating on Facebook, is remarkable. So is the video below. An estimated 2 million people took part.The story (h/t Fr. Patrick Longalong): Cebuanos and delegates to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) currently being held in this city trooped to the Cebu Provincial Capitol and filled its surrounding streets to hear the Mass led by Dublin, Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.According to Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD, of DYRF, Police Chief Inspector Ryan Debaras estimated the crowd that gathered for the Mass and procession to be nearly 2 million. Streets leading to the Capitol were closed to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/01/2016 6:50:42 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    2-1-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 18:35 You have Given me Your Salvation as my Shield.
  • No Matter Where I Am, a Catholic Church Is Always Home

    02/01/2016 4:05:40 PM PST · by NYer · 110 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 1, 2016 | DIANA VON GLAHN
    6) Plan a mini pilgrimage to a local shrine; make an effort along the way to live the corporal work of mercy of "welcoming the stranger" as Christ.--56 Ways to Be Merciful in the Jubilee Year of Mercy Growing up Catholic in San Diego, in the shadow of the first of 21 missions founded by St. Junipero Serra, clearly influenced my life as a nomadic Catholic, seeking out sacred sites that raise my mind and heart to God. As I moved around the country and the world, I learned that no matter where I am, a Catholic church is...
  • Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic (Catholic Caucus)

    02/01/2016 2:18:05 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 30, 2016 | Adelaide Mena
    St. Kateri reliquary. Photo courtesy of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center. Albany, N.Y., Jan 30, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange - and thoroughly modern - way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum."It's my first GoFundMe," said Bill Jacobs, co-founder and president of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center.Speaking to CNA about the center's "Rescue Saint Kateri Reliquary!" campaign, he explained, "Our hope is to raise enough money and get it back into the hands of the Church."St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born...
  • World Hijab Day encourages women to try covering up

    02/01/2016 7:03:26 AM PST · by nycteacher · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/2/16 | Emanuella Grinberg
    Khan started World Hijab Day to build empathy for this perspective and to encourage non-Muslims, and Muslims who don't normally wear a hijab, to try it out. The Arabic word hijab refers not just to a headscarf but to modest dress and behavior in general.
  • The Fate of the Religious Right May Be Foretold in Iowa

    01/31/2016 11:25:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Slate ^ | January 31, 2016 | Michelle Goldberg
    Evangelical power brokers are losing their influence. Donald Trump is the proof.Last Wednesday evening, a few hundred Christian conservatives gathered at Noah's Event Venue in suburban Des Moines for a rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It featured leading figures from both the local and national religious right, there to make the case that the movement must unite behind Cruz. "Ted Cruz is one of us," said Bob Vander Plaats, head of the FAMiLY Leader, Iowa's most influential evangelical organization. "He's trustworthy. He hates dishonest gain." Vander Plaats was both referencing Exodus 18:21 ("But...
  • Interview with the only Bishop to take part at Rome's "Family Day"

    01/31/2016 9:34:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 31, 2016 | Serena Sartini
    He is one of the few bishops present at Family Day, perhaps the only one. Without fear of exposing himself or of being criticized by the other bishops, alongside the families, saying no to the Cirinna Bill on civil unions and with an appeal to the President of the Republic, [he says]: "I hope that the Bill will be examined by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella and that he doesn't sign the decree: it is in conflict with article 29 of the Constitution which states that the family is based on matrimony."
  • The Amazing History Behind the Very Christian Plaque at Mount Rushmore

    01/30/2016 3:48:42 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | January 28, 2016 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The story behind a plaque at Mount Rushmore explaining the history of the United States of America with quite a Christian flavor would probably surprise many people. President Calvin Coolidge met the artist Gutzon Borglum who prompted him to dedicate the site for a carving of four president's busts in the 1920's. Coolidge helped to raise funds and was even present as the cornerstone was laid and said, “We have come here to dedicate a cornerstone laid by the hand of the Almighty. …The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting Black Hills of South...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/30/2016 8:19:37 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    January 30, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went...
  • Order of Dependency for the Bible-believing Christian

    01/30/2016 7:34:43 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 27 replies
    January 30, 2016 | Robert E. Patenaude, Th.D.
    Whether anyone in Washington, DC believes that the United States of America is the product of a Christian Heritage, whether anyone has the courage to continue to call the United States a Christian Nation, or not, . . . . our elected representatives must be aware that there are remaining throughout the country millions of Bible-believing Christians who are determined to live-out traditional, Biblical, Christian ideals in our homes and in our public life. We reject the federal government taking the place or honor of God Almighty in our existances. ORDER OF DEPENDENCY FOR THE BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIAN CONTRASTED WITH THE...
  • Pope Invites Evil Dominican Head of "Gay Lobby" to Secret Meeting

    01/29/2016 9:25:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, January 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Bishop Jose Raul Vera Lopez, Dominican and Diocesan Bishop of Saltillo in Mexico, is held to be the "bishop of the gay lobby" in the Catholic Church. The Liberation Theology "inspired" chief shepherd has been known in recent years primarily for his vociferous defense of homosexuality. On the day before the opening of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 on the family, Raul Vera was a "special guest" at a meeting of a "Catholic Gay Network" in Rome. Next February, he will be one of a small circle of selected persons with whom Pope Francis meets during his Mexico...
  • Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton lead the presidential race for pastors

    01/29/2016 5:34:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | January 29, 2016 | Carey Lodge
    Donald Trump is failing to gain support among American church leaders, new research has found, with just five per cent of Republican Protestant pastors saying they would vote for him. Results of a survey conducted among ministers were released by Lifeway research, where senior church leaders were asked: "If the 2016 presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?" Ted Cruz won the race among pastors who identified as Republican, with 29 per cent of those polled saying they would vote for him. More than a third (39 per cent) were undecided, but one in ten said they...
  • "Partakers in the Suffering": Recent Events in China's Hopeful Church

    01/29/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/27/16 | Anthony E. Clark PhD
    The situation in China is far more complex than a simple chronicle of antagonism, suspicion, and persecution; progress and hope also punctuate the narrativeBeloved, do not be startled at the trial by fire now taking place among you to prove you, as if something strange were happening to you; but rejoice, in so far you are partakers of the Suffering of Christ. (1 Peter 4:12) "Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief," asserts Article thirty-six of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, "No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to...
  • Could this be Donald Trump?

    01/29/2016 12:08:02 PM PST · by bestiq · 89 replies
    NKJV ^ | BC | GOD
    Pro 28:2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged.
  • It’s Time for Christians to Go to Jail over Marriage

    01/29/2016 10:54:29 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 30 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 1/29/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    As Churchill inspires us, we must fight the tyrannical menace that is the modern homosexual agenda, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. We must fight strong to the end, we must fight for the churches, we must fight for the chapels, and we must fight for the children. We shall fight in the media, we shall fight in the legislatures, and we shall fight in the courts. And if necessary, as Dr. Martin Luther King inspires us, we must go to jail.
  • Covering Nude Statues in Rome for Iran Head Draws Catholic Leader's Scorn

    01/28/2016 9:05:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/28/16 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) Controversy over Italy's decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran's president continued to spark debate as the leader of the Syrian Catholic Church criticized the episode, saying it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten. "This is our culture. If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!" an exasperated Patriarch Youssef III Younan told journalists in Rome on Thursday (Jan. 28). The head of the Syriac Catholic Church was speaking two days after ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome's Capitoline Museums in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian...
  • Mind Power: A Manifesto

    01/28/2016 12:44:49 PM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    HarvBishop.com ^ | January 2016 | Mitch Horowitz
    From time to time I hear from old friends, and sometimes from strangers, wondering why I occupy myself with what they regard as “woo-woo” stuff – that is, New Thought and positive-mind traditions. They are right about my commitments. Since the 2014 publication of my One Simple Idea, a history and analysis of positive-mind metaphysics, I have grown more dedicated to exploring the use and viability of the core mind-power thesis, which is: thoughts are causative. My aim is not to disembark from “serious” esoteric traditions (more on that in a moment); nor is it to discontinue my work as...
  • Minaret and Muslims in Mexican City Set to Host Pope

    01/28/2016 6:12:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/16 | Yemeli Ortega
    San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico) (AFP) - The domed mosque with a minaret rises above small homes in a seemingly unlikely place: A southern Mexican indigenous city that will greet Pope Francis in three weeks. Surrounded by the misty mountains of Chiapas state, San Cristobal de las Casas is home to many members of Mexico's growing Muslim community. Women wearing colorful hijabs walk down the dusty streets of the highland neighborhoods. On Fridays, hundreds of Muslims go to the imposing mosque or smaller places of worship to pray to Allah. "I wasn't born a Muslim. I became a Muslim...
  • Mixed Signals from Italy's Bishops as Vote Approaches on Civil Partnership Bill?

    01/28/2016 6:08:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/26/16 | Alessandra Nucci
    Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco insists the bishops are united, but questions exist about how supportive Pope Francis is of open opposition to controversial legislation supporting same-sex partnerships The pressure to subvert traditional ethics on issues pertaining to life, the family and education, which has been sweeping through the European Union from West to East, is currently being halted by the former "Iron Curtain" countries, and in Italy, where the struggle has been pitting grassroots movements against the European Establishment for at least a dozen years now. As befits the country that has hosted the papacy for almost all of the twenty...
  • Muslim Group Purchases South Milwaukee Church

    01/28/2016 5:42:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 1/7/16 | Margaret Naczek
    Roughly a year ago, Fr. Bob Betz, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish, South Milwaukee, believed the property of the old St. Adalbert Parish would never be sold. It had been largely empty for about six years and various proposals to sell the 2.5-acre site near 16th and Minnesota avenues fell through. On Monday, Dec. 23, however, Divine Mercy Parish closed a deal and sold the St. Adalbert property for $600,000 to Masjid Al-Huda, a Muslim congregation. The selling of St. Adalbert began with the merger of four South Milwaukee parishes 12 years prior. "They were all viable parishes at one...
  • How Open Minded Should Our Children Be?

    01/27/2016 11:19:57 PM PST · by Phinneous · 18 replies
    The Yeshiva.Net ^ | Jan 2013 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    If you look at an English translation of Ex 18:4, (NIV) and the other was named Eliezer, for he said, "My father's God was my helper; he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh." all versions refer to Eliezer as "the other," when in fact this is a mistranslation of the Hebrew original. In Hebrew Moses' children are referred to as: ...ONE of whom was named Gershom....and ONE of whom was named Eliezer. Whenever there are seeming errors in grammar or syntax, the rabbis expound... The attached class explored the deeper meaning behind this "mistake" in the text of our...
  • Yitro’s Surprising Influence

    01/27/2016 4:06:46 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 2 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/27/'16 | Rabbi Naphtali Hoff
    Yitro is one of the most enigmatic figures in the entire Torah. He is introduced to us as an adviser to Pharaoh (Sotah 11a) who was told about a plan to enslave and kill members of the Hebrew nation living in Egypt. In that meeting, Yitro counseled the Egyptian monarch not to harm the Hebrews. His first appearance in the lines of the written Torah occurs in parashat Shemos, as the father of Tziporah, who would marry Moshe Rabbeinu. In this week's parshah, Yitro comes with his daughter and grandsons and meets up with Moshe in the wilderness. Though warmly...
  • No One Is Safe

    01/27/2016 2:47:30 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/27/'16 | Donny Fuchs
    Victims of Arab TerrorIf one wants to comprehend the cruel ideology of Amalek, of a society so steeped in collective evil that the Torah insists upon collective destruction, one need only look at the latest Arab atrocity in the southern community of Otniel. A fifteen year old Arab teenager entered the home of Dafna Meir (may G-d avenge her blood!) and stabbed her to death in front of her children. A fifteen-year-old monster, whose father celebrated his murderous act. Arab society breeds such evil. In all likelihood, Dafna's killer was groomed to murder Jews from conception. Yet another Arab with...
  • Dear Christians, If You Vote For A Godless Man, You Are Asking For Tyranny

    01/27/2016 11:27:33 AM PST · by paladinan · 92 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-19-2016 | Matt Walsh
    It's very simple. If a man has no moral center, if he has ambition but no faith, if he does not demonstrate humility or integrity, I will never vote for him for president. I don't care who he is, what he's done, what he says, or what positions he holds. None of that will matter when we are living under his tyranny, and tyranny is sure to follow when you give unspeakable power to a man who believes he is God. I'll put this another way: if you vote for a man who worships himself over God, you deserve the...
  • The Inside Story on the Turnpike Mass, From the Priest Who Led It

    01/26/2016 5:26:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Pop ^ | 1/26/16
    You've probably heard the basic story by now: busses full of students heading home from the March for Life in Washington D.C. got stuck on a highway because of a blizzard, and while they were waiting they constructed an altar out of snow and held Mass on the side of the highway. Amazing! ChurchPOP tracked down the priest who presided over this historic Mass, Fr. Patrick Behm, and interviewed him about his experience. "It was incredible," Fr. Behm told ChurchPOP, "easily one of the highlights of my time as a priest." Fr. Behm is the parochial vicar of All Saints'...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/25/2016 7:30:23 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    1-25-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Romans 12:2 Be not Conformed to this World: But be ye Transformed by the Renewing of your Mind, That ye May Prove what is that Good, and Acceptable, and Perfect, Will of God.
  • Don’t confuse traditional marriage with other kinds of unions, says Pope

    01/25/2016 3:30:34 PM PST · by NYer · 71 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 25, 2016
    Francis met with members of the Roman Rota on FridayPope Francis said there can be no confusion between God's plan for marriage as an indissoluble bond between one man and woman who are open to life, and other sorts of unions."The Church, in fact, can demonstrate God's unwavering merciful love toward families, especially those wounded by sin and life's trials, and at the same time proclaim the essential truth of marriage according to God's plan," the Pope said on Friday, in a meeting with members of the Roman Rota. Francis holds the annual meeting to inaugurate the Vatican court's judicial...
  • Reformed Muslims Won't Save the West from Islam

    01/25/2016 7:20:55 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 23 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 25, 2016 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
    The "Solutions" of Western Strategists And Pundits Always Include Muslims "Reforming " Jihad Out Of Islam And/Or Muslims Fighting And Dying For The West Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.) Right Side News Author's Note: The organizational designations "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), "Da'esh' all refer to the same organization, the 'Islamic State' (which is their own designation for themselves). The abbreviation "FTF" is the Obama regime's misleading designation of "Foreign Terrorist Fighters," instead of using their true identity, "Islamic Jihadists." (posting excerpt as punctuation does not convert well-RSN) Western Understanding And...
  • Biblical Prophecy Reveals Pope’s True Intentions Concerning the Jews

    01/25/2016 6:47:09 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 1/25/2016 | Rivkah Lambert Adler
    On the surface, it looks like Pope Francis and the Jews are cozying up to one another and becoming besties. Below the surface, an End of Days prophecy that pits Rome against Jerusalem is playing out. That’s the contention of Rabbi Tovia Singer, a Jewish expert in both Hebrew and Christian Scripture and director of the counter-missionary organization, Outreach Judaism. Singer opens his case by noting the proximity of two recent news items. \
  • The End of Prayer Shaming

    East Catholic High is in Liberal Connecticut,imagine. Check out the video and pass it around https://www.facebook.com/EastCatholicHighSchool/videos/1031698306852693/
  • The End Prayer Shaming

    East Catholic High is down the road a bit. Check out the video and pass it around https://www.facebook.com/EastCatholicHighSchool/videos/1031698306852693/
  • Samurai, Martyr, Soon a Saint: Dom Takayama Justo

    01/24/2016 1:39:24 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 24, 2016 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    There is a classic story about a samurai warrior who came to understand what real courage, integrity and humility were all about. The cruelest, most violent Samurai in Japan decides he wants to become enlightened. He bursts into the home of an esteemed Zen Master and demands that the Master teach him how to become enlightened. The Zen Master looks deeply into his eyes and says, "No. You are a dirty, vicious Samurai. I will not teach you."Enraged, the Samurai yanks out his sword and places it right at the Zen Master's neck. He hollers, "Do you have any...
  • UPDATE: Busloads of pro-life marchers stranded on Penn Turnpike since 9 p.m. Friday: (PHOTOS)

    01/24/2016 9:04:40 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | January 23, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    * See above slide show of 22 photos sent to LifeSiteNews from pro-lifer marchers at the scene. Click on blue arrows to advance photos.* Update 9:10 p.m. Sat: This just now from Mandie DeVries who has two middle school girls and a four month old baby. She said baby is sleeping peacefully. Dubuque County RTL bus started moving at 7 pm. Iowans for LIFE bus about 40 min later. The backup was said then to be 32 miles long and some won't get out tonight. No idea about any of the many others PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE, January 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) –...
  • March for Life Group Stranded in Storm, Prays Mass on Altar Made of Snow

    01/24/2016 5:20:10 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 23, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    A post on Facebook describes the scene: Amazing site from Pennsylvania. Dowling Catholic [High School, in Iowa] students stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike meet kids on the bus from Missouri. They have a priest. And create a snow altar for mass in the middle of this stand still. Very proud of all you Dowling Catholic students.WBAY from Green Bay reports on another stranded band of marchers: A group of 150 people from the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, mostly students, is stranded in their buses by the East Coast blizzard.The group was in Washington, DC, for the "March for...
  • The Blackwhite of Pope Francis

    01/23/2016 4:28:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 22, 2016 | Hilary White
    At first I thought, are we still doing this? Then I read the excerpt of the homily from his daily Mass at Casa Santa Martha: "Christians who obstinately maintain 'it's always been done this way,' this is the path, this is the street--they sin: the sin of divination." We're all familiar by now with the standard repertoire of insults he reserves for believers: "scholars of the law," "doctors of the law," "rigid Christians," and of course, the enigmatic tour de force of incomprehensibility, and favourite of all Trads everywhere: "self-absorbed, promethean neo-pelagian!" If you can figure out what it means,...
  • This Sword-Wielding Samurai Just Moved Closer to Sainthood!

    01/23/2016 4:15:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week by Pope Francis, making the Japanese warrior one among nine other causes that advanced toward sainthood. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were becoming introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism and had his son baptized as "Justo" by the Jesuit Fr. Gaspare di Lella. Takayama's position in Japanese society as daimyo allowed him many benefits, such...
  • How Christianity Benefits Society, Even “Angry Humanists”

    01/23/2016 12:18:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jerry Newcombe
    Why has America been blessed in many ways in the past? At its core, the answer has to do with the Judeo-Christian tradition. We are living off of the residue of that great heritage. As one author put it, "one of our nation's primary advantages over many others lies in the greater strength of religion in American life." That author is Dr. Rodney Stark, a professor at Baylor, who is a specialist on the sociology of religion. Last week I mentioned a remarkable book he wrote that I feel did not get the attention it deserves. It's called America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/23/2016 9:25:36 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    January 23, 2016 | Irish Rose
    He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. (Psalm 147:15-18)
  • “Remembrance of Death” Can Overcome “Death Obsession”

    01/22/2016 7:18:13 AM PST · by NRx
    First Things ^ | 01-22-2016 | Wesley J. Smith
    I was once approached by a member of the Hemlock Society after I had delivered a speech opposing assisted suicide. She asked me, "Mr. Smith, how do you envision your death?" I was a bit taken aback. Her whole approach seemed backwards to me. So, I replied, "Ma'am, I'm still trying to envision my life." We in the West are often accused of having a "death-denying" culture. But I think the opposite is true. As my long-ago encounter with the Hemlock member illustrates, we are actually--and to an increasing degree--becoming a death-obsessed culture. Death obsession is corroding our society's belief...
  • Terrible Suffering in Iraq: Thousands of Civilians Face Death, Displacement and Slavery

    01/22/2016 6:21:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering," says U.N. report.NEW YORK - A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the hands of Islamic State militants, and the numbers are "staggering." "Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Jan. 19. "The figures capture those who were killed or maimed by overt violence, but countless others have died from the lack of access to basic food,...
  • Obama America’s High Priest of Abortion

    01/22/2016 4:13:21 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/22/16
    In light of President Obama placing his hand on the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS WORD of Almighty God and being sworn into a second term... it is no secret that our current president is the greatest advocate for the barbaric act of abortion in the history of this nation. He loves it! He truly loves it! What else are we to think when we look at his voting record and out spoken zeal to preserve this horrific evil (Matt. 7:20)? President and High Priest of Moloch; Barack Hussein Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in their war on life and against...
  • What Hope is there for the Daughters of Moloch?

    01/22/2016 4:10:43 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/22/16
    Today, we live in a ravished society in which there is at least one individual that we might personally know who has had at least one abortion. May it be our sincere desire as ambassadors of Almighty God (2 Cor. 5:17-21) to share with that individual the loving forgiveness and kindness that is found ONLY in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; Rev.1:5). Oh my friend, if you have been one who has been alone and who has had to make decisions that you have fully regretted, turn your heart and eyes to the Savior of the world who LOVED you and...