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  • Pope Francis to Schoenstatt movement: Marriage never been attacked so much as now

    10/25/2014 4:22:33 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    http://en.radiovaticana.va ^ | October 25, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said the institution of Christian marriage has never been attacked so much as nowadays where a temporary or throw-away culture has become widespread. He said marriage should not be seen just a social rite and urged priests to stay close to couples and especially children experiencing the trauma of a family break-up. The Pope was replying to questions put to him on a range of topics during an audience with more than 7000 pilgrims belonging to the Schoenstatt movement, an international Marian and apostolic organization that is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in Germany....
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/25/2014 9:50:35 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    October 25, 2014 | Irish Rose
    And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE. (Ezekiel 48:35)
  • A Hegelian Papacy?

    10/24/2014 7:35:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.onepeterfive.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Brian Miles
    “Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals… As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church…...
  • Religious Sanctimony in Ferguson: Nice of 'em to offer forgiveness to cops they've already convicted

    10/24/2014 5:02:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Testimony emerging from the grand jury investigating the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri seems to confirm the police officer’s claims of self-defense. The official coroner’s report reputedly points to a struggle over the police officer’s gun. But more facts need to be known over the controversial encounter that inflamed protests in the majority black town against the majority white police force. Lack of hard facts did not deter Religious Left activists Jim Wallis and Cornel West from demonstrating and seeking their own arrests in Ferguson last week as part of a “weekend of resistance” ending with a carefully...
  • Ordinary: The New Radical

    10/24/2014 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 6 replies
    Key Life ^ | October 24, 2014 | Michael Horton
    Radical. Epic. Revolutionary. Transformative. Ultimate. Extreme. Emergent. Alternative. Next. Impactful. On The Edge. Beyond. Awesome. Legendary. Innovative. Breakthrough. Everything has to have an exclamation point to catch our attention these days. For many of us, the worst word in our vocabulary is “ordinary.” Who wants a bumper sticker that announces to the neighborhood, “My child is an ordinary student at Bubbling Brook Elementary”? Who wants to be an ordinary person in an ordinary town, a member of an ordinary church with ordinary friends and callings? Our life has to count. We have to leave our mark, a legacy, make a...
  • Pat Buchanan’s Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 5:08:18 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    David Mills at Patheos ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Mills
    Not unsurprisingly, Pat Buchanan has teed off on Pope Francis, and he has done so dishonestly. His latest column will stand for many others of the same sort that mix distortion, assertion, misleading rhetorical questions, dishonest extrapolations, and selective quotation to attack the pope. These writers want to hit him and they don’t seem concerned to hit fairly. People who complained of how the media misrepresented Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have no problem using the same methods on Francis. And sadly, many conservative Catholics revel in watching the Holy Father get hit. I’ll give two examples from...
  • A MUST SEE TAP DANCE DUEL BY US SEMINARIANS!!

    10/23/2014 6:36:50 PM PDT · by mkmensinger · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4-30-14 | YouTube
    These guys are really talented!
  • In Houston, Do Liberals Want Separation of State and Church?

    10/23/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    10/23/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    The city of Houston, Texas (Mayor Annise Parker), has issued subpoenas for pastors' sermons... Not surprised at all. To get right to the point without taking up any unnecessary space, who do statists want Separation of A.) Church and B.) State, but not Separation of B.) State and A.) Church? They apparently want the forward of this, but not the reverse. And they want religious folk to butt out of politics, but they seize every opportunity to stick their noses into the affairs of religious folk. In your opinion, why do you think this is; what do the statists want?
  • Idaho Couple Facing Fines, Jail Time for Not Hosting Gay Weddings May Be Saved by State Law

    10/23/2014 2:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    Idaho couple Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post Lakeside Chapel of Coeur d'Alene, are facing thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for refusing to host gay wedding ceremonies, which the city claims violates its anti-discrimination ordinance. The couple has since filed their business as a religious organization, which means they might be saved by an Idaho law that protects religious freedom. Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel for the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom legal organization, told The Christian Post that while Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance saying that under "public accommodation"...
  • Pakistan clerical panel endorses polygamy

    10/22/2014 9:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | October 23, 2014 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani clerical panel has endorsed polygamy, saying a woman cannot object if her husband remarries. The body that advices the government on religious affairs has long been condemned for its retrograde and misogynist outlook. "A woman cannot demand a divorce over a second, third or fourth marriage of her husband. Islam has given a woman right to separate from her husband, but another marriage could not be a valid ground for doing so," local media reported Islamic Council of Ideology (CII) chairman Shah Ahmed Sheerani as saying. He observed the Muslim Divorce Act, 1939, was against the Sharia....
  • The Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day is up for Sainthood? Excuse me?

    10/22/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 23 replies
    The Catholic American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2011 | Vic Biorseth
    The mental image of a thoroughly Communist Dorothy Day, who remained committed to Marxist notions of the overthrow of government, might be shocking.... [Yet] she maintained her Communist and anarchist views, promoted them, and brought them into the Church Christ founded.... Her goal... was to contribute to the eventual overthrow of the American government, and ... of the Catholic Church hierarchy..... I still remember trying to understand how [Day’s periodical, "The Catholic Worker"] could be both Communist and Catholic.... by the 1970s the FBI dossier on the Catholic Worker Movement was some 581 pages long. The list of Communist revolutionaries,...
  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/22/2014 9:11:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Marko sends in this FiveThirtyEight analysis showing that on social issues, especially homosexuality, Catholics are far more likely to be liberal than other Christians, and even Americans in general Excerpts: In the U.S, the General Social Survey, which is conducted by the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been asking about divorce and gay rights since the early 1970s, and about cohabitation since 1994 (typically at least every two years). At my request, GSS director Tom W. Smith sent data, broken down by religion, for half a dozen questions. In their answers, American Catholics consistently have shown themselves...
  • There's a Real Sword in the Stone, & It Belonged to the RCC’s First Official Saint

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by millegan · 22 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • From Shinto to Christian Pastor

    10/22/2014 8:13:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 2014 | John D. Morris
    From Shinto to Christian Pastor by John D. Morris, Ph.D. * The Institute for Creation Research recently hosted a delightful guest: Pastor Nobuji Horikoshi. (He tells people to remember his last name by noting it sounds somewhat like “Holy Ghost”.) He pastors one of the largest churches in Japan, the growing Souai Church in Mie Prefecture in south-central Japan and heads up an effective “creation voice” in Japan. He even installed an extensive creation museum on the church grounds. Recently, he visited ICR with his lovely wife of many years and his youth pastor, Satoshi Miyazaki.
  • Justin Bieber Posts Bathtub Selfie, Reportedly Gets in Trouble at Vatican

    10/22/2014 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    PopCrush ^ | October 22, 2014 | Michelle McGahan
    [SNIP] ...he reportedly got in trouble while visiting the Vatican earlier this month, CTV reports. While on a private after-hours tour, the Biebs allegedly kicked a soccer ball around the halls and was promptly yelled at by the staff. While the Vatican reportedly will not comment on the incident — and Bieber hasn’t mentioned it either — he did Instagram a picture of himself holding a soccer ball outside of the historic site. Yikes. Beliebers, what do you think of Justin Bieber’s ... reported Vatican mishap?
  • Muslim Columnist Warns Dog Petting Provokes Muslims

    10/22/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Really? Is there anything that doesn’t provoke Muslims?Dogophobia hits moderate Muslim Malaysia as a dog petting event stirs up controversy. Why? Because Mohammed hated dogs and ordered them to be killed.Also Muslims consider dogs and women to be unclean. And it’s hard to get a dog to wear a Burqa. It’s another episode in the long-running Islam Show where everyone is crazy. (The Religion of Peace) The “I Want To Touch A Dog” event should not have been held in Muslim-majority Malaysia as viral images of Muslims petting dogs have caused great uneasiness and public discomfort, an Utusan columnist claimed...
  • For I am the Blessed Karl & the End of Christendom (Ecumenical)

    10/21/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 10/21/2014 | Stephen Masty
    Today, 21st October, is the Feast Day of the Blessed Charles (or Karl) of Austria, beatified in 2004 by the pope Saint John Paul the Great....While devout to be sure, the young Archduke Karl von Habsburg (1887-1922) was also endearingly earnest as he studied his every sequentially-bestowed dynastic honour as though he was a medieval knight-errant preparing to seek the Sacred Grail....Over fewer than two years in power, he outlawed brutal army punishments and stopped submarines from attacking civilian shipping. Inspired by Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, he established sweeping domestic reforms including the world’s first governmental department of...
  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon” Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

    10/21/2014 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming.
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Church’s new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synod’s preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes “recognizing positive elements” in “imperfect”...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/20/2014 8:07:48 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-20-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord (Ps.33:12)
  • Gog's Destruction at The Hands of Almighty God's Two Witnesses!

    10/20/2014 7:37:34 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 80 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/20/2014
    Is it not sobering and very curious that Israel, even when they are totally out of the will of Almighty God are still the scourge of the nations (Deut. 28-32, Lev. 26)? This in its self is a testament to the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord and Bible prophecy and a sign to all nations and to the Jews that Israel is Almighty God's people. It will be after the destruction of Gog's confederacy that Almighty God will reveal this very point (Ezek.39, 7, 21-26). The nation of Israel at present - though back in the land -...
  • Why Sam Harris Is Wrong about Islam: Just because Ben Affleck is wrong doesn't make him right.

    10/20/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/20/2014 | Roger Kimball
    No doubt many of my readers know about the encounter about Islam [1] between Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, and Sam Harris, the “New Atheist” writer and neuroscientist, on Bill Maher’s show. I do not know Ben Affleck’s work as an actor, so I don’t know whether he is commonly cast in comic roles. He was pretty funny, in a slightly deranged sort of way, on Bill Maher’s show, but perhaps that is his usual modus operandi. I propose to leave the substance — if “substance” is the correct word — of Mr. Affleck’s effusions to one side. His performance...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

    10/20/2014 1:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 20, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization. Cardinals and patriarchs from the Middle East together with top officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State and interested dicasteries attended the Oct. 20 summit with the Pope, which was called a ‘public ordinary consistory’. A consistory is a meeting of cardinals which can be...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didn’t Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? You’re bound to learn something new in this list:
  • Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/20/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | November/December 2009 | John Granger
    ...Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books...featuring atypical vampires and werewolf champions are allegories...a re-telling of the Garden of Eden drama—with a Mormon twist. Here, the Fall is a good thing, even the key to salvation and divinization, just as Joseph Smith...the Latter-day Saint prophet, said it was... The key word in...Meyer’s dream is not “vampire”...but “meadow.”...“Mountain Meadows,”...means something much less pastoral and positive and much more visceral and painful to...LDS. ...2003 saw the publication of three books...focused on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which...Mormon faithful in Southern Utah executed...120 men, women, and children on their way to California from Arkansas. All...
  • Full transcript of the BuzzFeed interview with Cardinal Burke

    10/20/2014 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicismPure.Wordpress.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Catholicism Pure & Simple
    Full transcript of the BuzzFeed interview with Cardinal BurkePosted on October 19, 2014 by Catholicism Pure & Simple As an update to the post on the BuzzFeed telephone interview with Cardinal Burke, here is the full transcript of that interview:At the request of many readers, BuzzFeed News has published a full transcript of its interview with Cardinal Burke in which he confirms his removal from the Catholic Church’s highest court.posted on Oct. 18, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.BuzzFeed News reporter J. Lester Feder spoke with Cardinal Raymond Burke Friday morning via Skype to discuss the Extraordinary Synod on the Family and...
  • Pope Francis: 'God is not afraid of new things'

    10/20/2014 7:18:44 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 43 replies
    Courier Journal - USA Today ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric J. Lyman
    <p>"VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council's vast changes, called on the church to adapt to "changing conditions of society."</p>
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 8:59:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • CATHOLIC CAUCUS: In the Aula, Francis Brings Down the Curtain... And Lowers the Boom

    10/18/2014 11:14:37 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Rocco Palmo
    "I Am the Pope, And I'm Here" – In the Aula, Francis Brings Down the Curtain... And Lowers the Boom While the vote on this Synod's final report (Italian fulltext) was the expected business at tonight's closing session, even the crucial summary text was overshadowed by one last speech from the Pope, containing some of his strongest language to date as he reflected on the several "temptations" he saw at play over the last two weeks. A full English translation still in the works, again, Page Three has the live blow-by-blow – the text will be posted here once...
  • Bishops Reject Shift in Tone for Gay, Divorced Catholics

    10/18/2014 4:51:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | October 18, 2014 | DEBORAH BALL
    Bishops Reject Shift in Tone for Gay, Divorced Catholics Bishops Reject Language Highlighting ‘Precious Support’ Committed Gay Couples Lend Each Other DEBORAH BALL Oct. 18, 2014 ROME—Catholic bishops voted Saturday to water down a report earlier this week that advocated a significant shift in the church’s approach to gays and divorced Catholics, reflecting a deep split within the church’s leadership. In a vote Saturday evening, an assembly of nearly 200 bishops, who have been discussing issues concerning the family at a special meeting known as a synod, took their final vote on a working document released Monday. That document, released...
  • 11 of the Best #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

    10/18/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    All of these are from the Things Jesus Never Said Facebook Page.
  • Views on the Synod right now (Catholic Caucus)

    10/18/2014 1:18:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 18, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Another day, another Synod post. Yes, it’ll be over soon. For a while. Then it will fire back up in full fury before next year’s Synod.Today the bishops are working on the final Relatio. They will use electronic voting during their session. What could go wrong?Meanwhile, let me throw a few items at you, in no particular order, for your consideration. Some differing perspectives. Listen for the premises.From Corriere della Sera, my translation: An imprudent move. This is what the publication of the report following the first week of the Synod was considered: the one that had the openings toward...
  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 17, 2014 | ROBERT P. JONES
    Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this group—not because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed “the great white...
  • Synod and Sanity

    10/18/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | Fr. Peter Stravinskas
    I wish to offer some reflections on the Synod, given as “bullet points” in no particular priority order. I would also encourage readers to refer to my May/June editorial, in which I anticipated some of the problems that I thought might emerge and which, unfortunately, have emerged. • The shroud of secrecy surrounding the presentations by the bishops and various lay presenters was most regrettable and most unnecessary. Never before in the modern history of synods have the media and the Catholic faithful been shut off from the conversations occurring in the Synod Hall. It is passing strange that this...
  • Why I stand with the Houston Five (LCMS in solidarity with Houston pastors)

    10/18/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by chajin · 24 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 17, 2014 | Scott R. Murray
    HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subpoena asks for communications from the pastors related to the mayor, the ordinance, and “gender equality” issues. What are pastors to do when coerced by a government entity like the city of Houston? It seems to me that there are a two possible responses: one from a Christian pastor, who serves in Christ’s kingdom, and another from a...
  • Blunt Truth From Down Under

    10/18/2014 6:30:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    There’s only one way to stop this. Cardinal Pell, it’s rumored today, stood up during the proceedings on Thursday when the Synod leaders seemed to have decided on their own authority not to publish the reports of the small groups, presumably because they were uniformly tough on what’s been too soft. He slammed his hand on the table and said, “You must stop manipulating this Synod.” That forced a general vote – and the reports were published. Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing Hattip to Father Z. One of the heroes emerging from the Synod is George Cardinal Pell. It is...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

    10/17/2014 11:28:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CBN News' The Brody File ^ | October 17, 2014 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening...
  • Pope Francis Walks the Talk: Vatican Signals on Gays and Remarriage Are a Hopeful Beginning

    10/17/2014 8:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    A half-century after the historic changes of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis is showing his intent to drive a comparably ambitious agenda for the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st century. The current synod of bishops in Rome, called by Francis to encourage reform and modernization, set a ringing tone of compassion this week with an opening call for a more welcoming attitude toward gay people, unmarried couples, divorced Catholics who remarry, and children in these unions. The bishops’ report on their first week of private discussions did not immediately change church doctrine. But it signaled the pope’s determination...
  • BREAKING: [Burke says] Pope Harming the Church

    10/17/2014 5:25:44 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 162 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | Oct 17 2014 | Michael Voris
    Oct 17 20147 Comments By Church Militant TV News Headlines BREAKING: Pope Harming the Church Cardinal Burke: Pope is harming the Church by not making his position clear. To read the entire interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke, click here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLS3cOxfkJw
  • For first time, Sistine Chapel to be rented out for corporate event

    10/17/2014 1:11:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 158 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | October 16, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >Details: Pope Francis has for the first time allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for a private corporate event, with the proceeds to go to charities working with the poor and homeless. The concert, to be performed amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s frescoes on Saturday, will be attended by a select group of about 40 high-paying tourists who have signed up to an exclusive tour of Italy organised by Porsche. But as the unprecedented deal was announced, the Vatican announced that it would limit the number of visitors allowed inside the chapel to the current total of six...
  • Why Do Marriages Fail? Here’s One Often-Overlooked Root

    10/17/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The news from the Synod this day is improved. Thanks be to God, many, yes many of the bishops and synod participants have articulated how deficient and misleading the “rough draft” Relatio was. Keep praying! The struggles to lay hold of and articulate with clarity God’s stunning teaching on Holy Matrimony and family in a doubtful world will continue.But, frankly, even at the moment Jesus uttered his unequivocal insistence that marriage was one man and one woman in an indissoluble bond, many were stunned and scoffed, If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is...
  • Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to 'secular agenda'

    10/17/2014 12:30:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly's views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. "We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking about marriage and the family and, by and large, I think people will be immensely reassured," Cardinal Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, told Catholic News Service Oct. 16, the day the reports were published. "We're not giving in to the secular agenda; we're not...
  • Rev. Billy Graham: "America is Just as Wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah Ever Were"

    10/17/2014 12:14:23 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 60 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Reverend Billy Graham, arguably the most well-known and respected evangelical preacher of the last 50 years, said in a recently published commentary that America was “founded by men who believed in prayer” and that prayer can turn “the tide of history,” adding that while “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah” and deserves “the judgment of God,” this judgment can be lessened through prayer. “Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had...
  • Christian Mother of Five Death Sentence for Blasphemy Upheld by Pakistani Court

    10/17/2014 9:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, was upheld by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. Bibi has been convicted of blasphemy for drinking from the same bowl of water as Muslims and making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad. "The case against Asia Bibi is a great example of how Christians and other religious minorities are abused in Pakistan by fundamentalists wielding the controversial blasphemy laws. The blasphemy laws were originally written to protect against religious intolerance in Pakistan, but the law has warped into a tool used by extremists...
  • Christian Boxer Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather Jr.: I Pity Him, He Should Fear God

    10/17/2014 9:19:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Manny Pacquiao recently revealed that he pities professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and suggested that he should get to know God instead of flaunting his wealth as Mayweather is known to do. Pacquiao made the comment after Mayweather posted several photographs on his Instagram account, showing Pacquiao knocked down in his past fights with the caption, "Miss Pac Man is broke for a pay day." "I'm not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways. He should fear God. 'For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world...
  • Be Not Afraid: God Has a Plan[Catholic Caucus]

    10/17/2014 9:15:22 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 7 replies
    charliej373 ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | Charlie Johnston
    I have been searching for just the right word to describe to you what my work is. I have thought of ambassador, as that captures much of what I am sent for. But a reader, speaking on another matter, gave me the perfect word: Sherpa. I have not been given messages primarily to share with the world. From a profusion of visitations, I have often been forbidden to share it with anyone but my priests. Frankly, on the rare occasions that I am directed to give a specific message – either to a person or publicly – it makes me...
  • Cardinal Pell: Three-quarters of synod responses objected to draft -- relatio

    10/17/2014 8:45:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    VATICAN CITY – The final version of the relatio from the Exraordinary Synod on the Family will get a vote on Saturday and probably not released until Sunday at the earliest, but Cardinal George Pell warns that those expecting support for a “secular agenda” had better be prepared for disappointment. Catholic News Service interviewed Pell, who serves in the Vatican as prefect for the Secretariat for the Economy, at the end of the circoli minori process. Pell said the draft relatio was “tendentious, skewed,” and broadly opposed on the synod floor when discussed: Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports...