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  • Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

    10/31/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mary Rezac
    Representation of the Salem witch trials, lithograph from 1892. Credit: Library of Congress. Boston, Mass., Oct 31, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants. What is known of her history is sporadic at best, though she was definitely Irish and definitely Catholic. According to an article...
  • Burke: “There is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm” (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by DarkSavant · 19 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 10/31/2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    After his criticisms about the Synod being manipulated and censored, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, is continuing to raise concerns – in an increasingly distressed tone – about the direction the Church is taking, criticising the Pope, whilst at the same time claiming he does not wish it seem like he is speaking out against he Pope.” His latest interview with Darío Menor Torres was published by Spanish religious news weekly Vida Nueva. “Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the Church is like...
  • A Suggested Halloween Date Night for Christian Couples

    10/31/2014 12:13:25 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 5 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 31, 2014 | JP
    Michael Franzese has a powerful testimony to share. It’s about his journey on the road to perdition; during which he was transformed from a made man in the Colombo crime family to a remade man in the family of Christ. The true-to-life tale of the Lord’s saving grace is recounted in the new documentary film, “God the Father.” It opens in theaters Halloween night. Franzese is the son of the one-time underboss of New York’s Colombo mob. So it was not terribly surprising that Michael chose to follow in his father’s unholy footsteps. He remembers vividly his induction into La...
  • Commemorating Protestant Reformation Day [Letter to the Editor]

    10/31/2014 9:38:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 31, 2014 | Isaiah Ashe
    In a few Lutheran churches in Huntsville and Alabama, the last Sunday in October celebrates some points for Reformation Day. It is a time to reflect on Protestantism when Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, nailed his 95 Theses (Propositions) to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31,1517, 497 years ago. Luther's actions, which began the Protestant Reformation, were exposing the Roman church of errors and neglected truths from the Holy Scriptures. It is a sad commentary that many Protestant churches in America have lost sight of their sacred history, and have looked upon it with...
  • Christian Bale, Playing Moses, Calls Him Mentally Ill, 'Barbaric'

    10/31/2014 9:00:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/31/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Christian writer Brian Godawa dismissed recent comments made by actor Christian Bale characterizing the biblical Moses as "schizophrenic" and "barbaric" as ignorant bigotry. Bale plays Moses in the upcoming Ridley Scott film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," which uses hi-tech visual effects to tell the story of how Moses frees 400,000 slaves from Egypt. It is slated for release in December. The Christian Post reported Sunday that Bale told a group of international reporters at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles last month that Moses was mentally unbalanced. "I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the...
  • King Abdullah II to Armenian President: Christians Helped to Build the Arab Civilization

    10/31/2014 7:20:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/24/14
    Amman (Agenzia Fides) - Christians gave their own contribution to the building of Arab civilization. This is also why the forced displacement of the indigenous Christian communities in the Middle East is a serious problem, which must be curbed in any way possible. This is what King Abdullah II of Jordan said in his talks with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, who on Wednesday 29 October, at the head of a large and distinguished delegation, began his official visit in the Kingdom of Jordan, the first regarding an Armenian Head of State. As Jordanian media reports consulted by Agenzia...
  • Rick Santorum on Why We May Be 'One Generation Away' From Christian Persecution in America

    10/31/2014 5:51:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/30/14 | Vincent Funaro
    Rick Santorum recently stopped by CP Voice to discuss a new documentary he helped produce titled "One Generation Away" which deals with the perceived erosion of religious freedom in America. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate believes that if Christians don't fight for their religious freedom in America they could risk turning this country into a place that persecutes them. "If we don't nip it here, then things get a lot worse," said Santorum to CP Voice. "It starts with a gradual erosion, you don't usually go from 0 to 60 in a few days when it comes to religious persecution....
  • Does Mormonism Have “Dead, Zombie Rituals”? [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:22:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    I recently listened to an interesting podcast episode of Buddhist Geeks called “Creating Living Ritual” included a critique of modern Buddhism’s “dead” ritualism. The discussion included some thoughts about what modern ritual should include to be successful and ironically, many of those suggestions Joseph Smith included in the first endowment ceremony which have recently been removed or altered. It got me wondering: did Joseph Smith create better ritualistic practices than we have today? He goes on to lament that “Buddhist rituals, definitely including most Tantric Buddhist rituals, are nothing like that. They are dead, zombie rituals.” (emphasis mine) He also...
  • Temples: Administration of Temples [The Mormon OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:12:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Baptisms for the dead often involve young people, ages twelve to seventeen. By appointment, they will spend two to three hours in the temple baptistery area, each person being baptized typically, for a score or more deceased persons. They dress in all-white baptismal clothing, attend a brief worship service, and then participate in the proxy baptisms. Those performing the baptism often include the adult male supervisors traveling with the group. It is understood that in the spirit world all persons for whom temple work by proxy is performed will have heard of the gospel and its ordinances
  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 8:53:59 PM PDT · by oohebo · 20 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.” Moore, who serves as president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spoke to a group of journalists Tuesday (Oct. 28) covering the group’s national conference. “The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea,” Moore told journalists. “Faithfulness to...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict considers Cardinal Burke among ‘great Cardinals’

    10/30/2014 11:04:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | John-Henry Westen
    Vatican watchers are pointing to a letter written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI this week as an indication of his approval of Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke who is soon to be ousted from his Vatican post and given a mere honorary position. The pope’s letter came in response to an invitation to attend a traditional Latin Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica by Cardinal Burke. He had to decline the invitation because he lives as a “cloistered monk,” leaving the cloister only when “personally invited by the Pope.” “I am very glad that the Usus antiquus [the traditional Latin Mass]...
  • Megachurch Pastors Divided Over Texas Voter ID Law; T.D. Jakes Calls It 'Needless,'

    10/30/2014 8:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/30/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Two of Texas's most popular megachurch pastors, T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas, reflected dueling positions on the state's controversial voter identification law. Jakes dismissed it as "needless" while Jeffress argued that the law is necessary ahead of Tuesday's mid-term elections. The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) into law in 2011 in a bid to curb voter fraud. It requires voters seeking to cast their ballots in person to present photo identification, such as a Texas driver's or gun license, a military ID or a passport according to votetexas.gov....
  • The Notre Dame Scandal Just Got So Much Worse

    10/29/2014 6:26:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/29/14 | Matthew Archbold
    This is not good. You likely remember that earlier this month, the University of Notre Dame announced that it was complying with the law by offering spousal benefits to same-sex partners. The problem is...there's no such law. The Sycamore Trust released its latest bulletin and it's a must read. As we have reported, earlier this month the university announced that, since same-sex marriages are now legal in Indiana after the Supreme Court refused to review the lower court decisions striking down Indiana's ban, Notre Dame would extend spousal benefits to spouses in same-sex civil marriages. Those benefits include not only...
  • Guess How Many Bibles Have Arrived at Office of Houston Mayor After She Subpoenaed Pastors’ Sermons

    10/29/2014 5:14:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 28, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received a flood of Bibles — somewhere between 500 and 1,000 according to a spokesman for the mayor’s office — after the city subpoenaed the church sermons of five local faith leaders opposed to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which the mayor signed in May. “This is more dangerous than anything I’ve ever seen,” Glenn Beck said last week after interviewing one of the five subpoenaed religious leaders. “This is not about equal rights. … This is about shutting people down.” Steve Riggle, the pastor of Grace Community Church in Houston, told Beck that the...
  • Ouija Believe It?

    10/29/2014 2:27:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | October 29, 2014 | Hector Molina
    “Keep telling yourself it’s just a game”This is the promotional tagline for Ouija, the latest low-budget horror movie to be released in time for Halloween. The story centers around a group of friends who use a Ouija board to try to make contact with a recently deceased friend, but end up awakening a dark and malevolent presence. The only redeeming quality of this movie might just be the fear that it instills in moviegoers who just might think twice before engaging in the very sinful and dangerous practice of divination. Divination (from the Latin divinatio: the power of foreseeing,...
  • WATCH THE MEDIA IGNORE WHAT POPE FRANCIS JUST SAID ABOUT MARRIAGE

    10/29/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 28, 2014 | John White
    Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics.They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever image of Pope Francis they wanted to – and we all know what that was.But now Pope Francis is talking about marriage, and newsflash – it’s definitely not what the New York Times and the National Catholic Reporter were hoping for. It will be interesting to...
  • Texas Congregation Suing PCUSA to Keep Property After Leaving Over Its Stance on Homosexuality

    10/29/2014 9:09:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A large Texas congregation that recently decided to disaffiliate from the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States over its increasing acceptance of homosexuality is suing to keep its property. Windwood Presbyterian Church of Houston has been waging a legal battle to not have to pay to keep their church property after having left Presbyterian Church (USA) earlier this year. The Rev. Kevin C. Rudolph, pastor at Windwood Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that the lawsuit dates back to 2008. "We have been involved in a lawsuit over the ownership of the property since 2008 and that suit is still...
  • United Methodist Church's Highest Court Reinstates Pastor Who Officiated Son's Gay Wedding

    10/29/2014 9:05:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    The United Methodist Church's highest court has decided to overturn the defrocking of a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled that Frank Schaefer, formerly pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, Lebanon, could have his clergy credentials reinstated. A UMC spokesperson provided The Christian Post with a copy of the decision Monday morning, wherein the judicial council upheld the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals' decision overturning the defrocking of Schaefer. "The judicial council … finds there are no errors in the application of the church law and judicial decisions. The...
  • Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is My Hero

    10/29/2014 9:00:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/29/14 | Mesfin Fekadu
    NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?" "Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it," said John, earning cheers...
  • Why Christians Should Love Halloween

    10/29/2014 8:59:37 AM PDT · by millegan · 44 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Frank Weathers says he’s done apologizing for Halloween. I’m way ahead of him. I never started. Halloween is a great holiday! I think it’s ridiculous that so many people think they’re pious for boycotting what should be a wonderful spiritual and evangelical opportunity. Plus, a lot of fun. Here’s what I love about Halloween:
  • Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

    10/28/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others—gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful—were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution is happening at warp speed,” said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority.” Speakers at the event said they understood they were on the losing end of the culture war on marriage. But they were prepared to...
  • The Rabbi and the Friar (an unlikely friend remembers Father Benedict Groeschel)

    10/28/2014 9:14:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | 10 . 24 . 14 | Rabbi David R. Blumenthal
    F r. Benedict Groeschel, whose death we all mourn, lived at Trinity House in Larchmont, a hundred yards from my late mother-in-law. Coming from Cologne, Germany, where Jews had good relationships with the Catholic Church, my late mother-in-law chose to continue that tradition. Whenever she cooked for the Jewish holidays, a portion was sent down the block to Fr. Benedict. Whenever objects had to be disposed of, they went to Fr. Benedict. In this way, everything, from used clothing to used cars, was recycled to the poor through Fr. Benedict. We always visited him on the days before Christmas with...
  • Glen Campbell and Brittany Maynard Face Their Mortality Very Differently

    10/28/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 28, 2014 | JANET MORANA
    Two stories battled for my attention recently, and both of them broke my heart. The first was about Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to gain access to legal suicide-inducing drugs. She is planning to die in bed, surrounded by her family, on Nov. 1 (the solemnity of All Saints), two days after her husband’s birthday. The second story was about the singer Glen Campbell, who decided to go public with his struggle against Alzheimer’s disease. With his children on stage with him for a final, 151-stop musical tour, and the cameras...
  • Duck Dynasty Father and Son Release ‘Faith and Family Bible’

    10/28/2014 2:44:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) -- Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and his eldest son Alan Robertson, both of whom are Christian ministers, released The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible today, which is a New King James Version of the Bible complete with testimonials, selected indexes on Jesus’s life, weekly readings, and devotional commentary from both men throughout the book.While noting the joys of duck hunting, family, and Miss Kay’s cooking in the study Bible’s introduction, Phil and Al Robertson say that “what really gets us fired up – what’s the foundation of our daily lives and all that we do – is...
  • Muslim leaders from around the world issue ISIS rebuke

    10/28/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 28, 2014
    A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS) More than 100 Muslim leaders — clerics and laypeople alike — have signed an open letter criticising terrorist group ISIS.In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran to rebuke ISIS’s tactics and actions.Since the letter was issued last month more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter. Twenty of them come from the United States, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations circulated the letter.More signatories hailed from Egypt than anywhere else, although signers also came from Jerusalem and Palestine, as...
  • Pope Francis Says Evolution Is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements

    10/28/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday. "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator." The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic...
  • US Gave $8B to Pakistan While Christian Mother Asia Bibi Was Imprisoned and Sentenced to Death

    10/28/2014 9:42:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The American Center for Law and Justice has started a petition asking the U.S. government to stop sending foreign aid to Pakistan, the country that recently upheld the death sentence for Christian mother Asia Bibi for blasphemy. Figures have shown that the U.S. sent close to $8 billion to Pakistan in the past five years while Bibi has been imprisoned. "We must stop sending billions of our taxpayer dollars to nations that persecute Christians. It's that simple. Not one more dime for persecution. Cut off American foreign aid to any country that persecutes Christians," reads the petition, which has close...
  • Poehler to Create New Church-Centered Sit-Com for NBC

    10/28/2014 8:38:02 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 28 replies
    mrc NewsBusters ^ | October 28, 2014 | Tianna DiMartino
    Oh good. A Hollywood liberal is doing a sitcom about a church. What could go wrong? With NBC’s popular comedic sit-com “Parks and Recreation” heading into its seventh and final season, lead actress Amy Poehler’s next project is one conservative Christians probably won’t welcome. Deadline Hollywood broke the news October 17 that Poehler and “Parks and Recreation” co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar are re-teaming together to co-write a new series for NBC. The currently untitled new series will be centered around “a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community.”...
  • Want Something Creepy? Step Inside Europe’s “Bone Churches”

    10/28/2014 8:34:22 AM PDT · by millegan · 29 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic looks very normal on the outside... (see pics at the link)
  • Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU

    10/28/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 47 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Simon Liu
    The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film “Pride and Faith” on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith. Raia filmed “Pride and Faith” during his senior year for his capstone project as a film student. He hoped to become an ally of the LGBT community after broadening his awareness on the subject. “As I prepared for graduation, I looked to my future and some of my friends and their futures,”...
  • Seven Sub-Topical Samples Proving Mormonism's Occultic Origins [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/28/2014 5:23:04 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 172 replies
    Colofornian | Oct. 28, 2014 | Colofornian
    1: 'Lucifer was one of us...' The so-called 'premortal' world Mormons claim they had as alien spirits on a distant planet, supposedly located near the star they call "Kolob": Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th "prophet" of the Mormon Church: "Before the foundations of this earth were laid, WE were ALL in the presence of the Father as spiritual children. Lucifer was one of us..." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., Religious Truths Defined: A comparison of Religious Faiths with the Restored Gospel, Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, p. 67, 1959/1962) 2. Per a Mormon Seminary and Institute teacher in Salt Lake City, the so-called...
  • The Special Treatment Homosexuals Demand

    10/27/2014 7:35:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 10-26-14 | Selwyn Duke
    There is one particular thing that illustrates better than anything else the unreasonableness — and some would say gall — of homosexuality activists. It’s not demanding that bakers, shirt printers, and wedding planners be party to events and expression deeply contrary to their principles, as offensive as that is. What I speak of is something even more fundamental, something again brought to light by the recent Vatican synod on the family. As many know, the synod made news with an unwisely released and widely misrepresented mid-term report containing language that the secular media interpreted as signaling church capitulation on the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/27/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    10-27-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 33:2 But to us, O Lord, be Merciful, for we have Waited for You. Be our Strength Each Day and our Salvation in the Time of Trouble.
  • I Stand

    10/27/2014 5:39:22 PM PDT · by Chong · 15 replies
    Sign in front of the store | Recently | Tactical Firearms of Katy Texas
    annie, if you are afraid of what the Bible says about homosexuality, then change your ways because you cannot change The Word. You cannot censor Pastors, you cannot censor the Bible, you cannot censor God.
  • Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro-Gay Policy

    10/27/2014 4:39:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/23/14 | Mark Sticherz
    In face of university's "secularist project, Father Miscamble advises go straight to the topWASHINGTON – An orthodox Notre Dame professor gave out the email address of the school president publicly Tuesday night after the nation’s flagship Catholic university announced it would extend benefits to same-sex couples. The Rev. Wison D. Miscamble, C.S.C., a professor of United States history at Notre Dame, urged one young alumni member in the audience at the Catholic Information Center to send an email to President John Jenkins, C.S.C. “Write directly to Father Jenkins. That’s the best person to write to. Now it’s not clear that...
  • Mad Intelligence: The Secularist Response to Islam

    10/27/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 26, 2014 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Nine years as chaplain of an 800 bed state mental hospital taught me that one can be mentally ill and highly intelligent. Talking with the patients often was more interesting than talking with their psychiatrists. Mad men are not mindless. They just do not distinguish between delusion and fact. Chesterton summed this up by aphorism: “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” This explains why it is often hard to distinguish university faculties from mental wards, save for the latter being kept under...
  • 5 (Secular) Reasons Not to Live Together Before Marriage

    10/27/2014 1:18:28 PM PDT · by millegan · 20 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    One interesting aspect of undergoing a dramatic conversion as an adult is that it’s given me the opportunity to be deeply immersed in two rather different cultures. Up until my mid-20s, I was very much a part of post-Christian secular culture. Then my husband and I changed our religious beliefs, and though we’re still in touch with many of our old friends, we’ve increasingly found ourselves in social circles where most people are religious. In general, there are plenty of similarities between our old and new groups of friends. Both consist of smart, nice folks who are curious about the...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Crisis of Today's Families Is How Concepts of Marriage, Family Have Changed

    10/27/2014 7:46:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Echoes - A Forum of Catholic Thought ^ | October 26, 2014 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    VATICAN CITY, October 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) - While saying that the Holy Father sees that families today have been attacked and feels their pain and brokenness, Cardinal Robert Sarah has reaffirmed that we must strongly and firmly defend the Church teachings given to us, especially Jesus' words about marriage. In an interview with ZENIT this week, the president of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum' says, "Stemming from the effects of a secular and relativistic society, the crisis of today's family is in how the concept of marriage and family has changed." The current culture, he explained, speaks of family without...
  • Altar Calls: Are They a Biblical Approach?

    10/27/2014 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/27/2014 | Shane Idleman
    The altar call is an appeal in which the speaker invites attendees to come forward as a way of acknowledging their decision to follow Christ. Many consider Charles Finney (1792-1875) to be the founder of the altar call even though early Methodist used a similar approach known as the "mourners bench." I have had the privilege of working on the field at large stadium events where altar calls have been given, and I have also offered many appeals to come forward as well, primarily in the early years of my ministry. Let me begin by saying that anytime we give...
  • 'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family

    10/27/2014 6:12:31 AM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/26/2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world. “The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience. He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?” “What is being proposed is not marriage, it's an association. But it's not...
  • Atheist Group To Distribute Pamphlets In Schools Of Cartoon Bible Sexually Assaulting Women

    10/27/2014 2:57:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An atheist group is planning to distribute a pamphlet in several Florida public high schools that depicts an illustration of a cartoon Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.
  • Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination

    10/26/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 23, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    A ‘Christian’ wedding chapel—a private business—in Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.The first thing you need to know is that most “wedding chapels” are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis impersonators. Thus, the question of how marriage-equality laws apply to private wedding chapels is ostensibly a question of under what circumstances the government can lawfully step on a for-profit company’s blue suede shoes. Ground zero for this debate...
  • Carol Costello's Envy and Hatred of Sarah Palin

    10/26/2014 7:16:05 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/26/14
    Friday, Rush Limbaugh, "America's REAL anchorman", commented on the nasty and godless Carol Costello's comments as she rejoiced with great glee over the abuse of Bristol Palin and the media coverage of late, which was a direct shot at the Palin family. Maybe Costello's envy and hatred for Mrs. Palin is because she sees in Sarah someone that she could NEVER be. When I heard Costello's comments about Sarah and her family I personally went through the roof! Sarah Palin and her family are beloved by conservatives and I took this attack very personal. Oh how these godless and lawless...
  • Princeton Jurisprudence Prof. Robert P. George: Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom Cannot Coexist

    10/26/2014 12:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/25/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture. Most of those arguing in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples do not understand, or even know, the arguments of those who oppose the redefinition of marriage, George claimed. They assume there are no reasonable arguments against gay marriage and those who...
  • Politics and Religion Pt. 1

    10/25/2014 10:53:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Politics and Religion Pt. 1 Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that. We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play....
  • Pope Francis to Schoenstatt movement: Marriage never been attacked so much as now

    10/25/2014 4:22:33 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 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 · 11 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...