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  • How Should We Then Live?

    11/25/2015 3:03:00 PM PST · by Fai Mao
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Schaeffer, Francis
    How Should We Then Live
  • Pope Francis Confirms Mexico Trip, Including Stop at US Border

    11/25/2015 2:46:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/25/15 | Inés San Martín
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to visit Mexico in February 2016, including a stop at Ciudad Juarez on the US/Mexican border, a gesture clearly intended to express the pontiff's solidarity with immigrants making their way to America in search of opportunity. "I'm going to leave through [Ciudad Juarez] because I wanted to enter the United States from this city," the pontiff said to reporters traveling with him on a six-day swing through Africa. He was referring to his trip to the US last September, when Francis had originally hoped to make a...
  • Europe Must Return to Religious Roots to Oppose Terrorism, says Russian Orthodox Official

    11/25/2015 2:43:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Addressing both houses of the Russian parliament, a leading Russian Orthodox official said that "the whole world community must unite in the struggle against terrorism." Stating that the war on terrorism "is not a war of one religious confession against another," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, recalled that "citizens of the Soviet Union, America, Great Britain and France fought side by side" against Adolf Hitler in World War II. "Multiculturalism, so popular in Europe, presupposing not only the equality of all religions but also their absence from the public space, has...
  • Europe's moral and spiritual vacuum invites acts of terrorism

    11/25/2015 7:35:52 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    RT ^ | 11-24-2015 | Iben Thranholm
    Iben Thranholm examines political and social events with focus on their religious aspects, significance and moral implications. She is one of Denmark’s most widely read columnists on such matters. Thranholm is a former editor and radio host at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), at which she created a religious news program that set a new standard for religious analysis in the newsroom. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Italy, the United States and Russia to carry out research and interviews. She has been awarded for her investigative research into Danish media coverage of religious issues. Published time:...
  • Individuals Picketed in Moscow on the 95th Anniversary of Legalization of Abortions in Russia

    11/24/2015 7:30:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/19/15
    On November 18, 2015, the 95th anniversary of legalization of abortions in the Soviet Union, individuals picketed in defense of life of pre-born children at the entrances to the Council of Federation and the State Duma in Moscow. The Pro-Life Movement activists silently witnessed the fact of legality of infanticide for past 95 years before the elected representatives of the people and representatives of the regions who were arriving to the plenary meetings. Commenting on the action, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Cooperation of the Church and Society Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said: "I am very glad that Orthodox...
  • Archbishop Ganswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

    11/24/2015 7:15:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/21/5 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Robert Sarah's boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Ganswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book 'God or Nothing' - an interview with Cardinal Sarah by Nicolas Diat - the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI compared the cardinal favorably to Pope Galasius I whom the Church, by coincidence, commemorated on Nov. 20. Gelasius' letter to the Emperor Anastasius I...
  • Fr. Miscamble Can't Tell Students How to Get a Catholic Education at Notre Dame

    11/24/2015 2:50:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 11/22/15 | Matthew Archbold
    Earlier this month, the great Sycamore Trust created a website called which would assist Notre Dame students in finding those professors and courses on campus that could be counted on to deliver an "authentic Catholic education." Great idea, right? On top of that, they had the great Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., making his very well informed recommendations to students on the website. Great idea, right? In fact, so many students thought it was a great idea that the website reportedly crashed on the first day. Well, it seems to me the university's administration didn't like the idea. The...
  • The Return of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) - Kamal El-Mekki

    11/24/2015 7:34:45 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 15 replies
    Some of the things covered in this lecture - What really happened to Jesus did he die, was he crucified, who was put on the cross? When will Jesus Return and what will be his mission? Why did Allah (God) raise Jesus up? What will Jesus look like, where and when will he descend? Who will Jesus follow when he returns? Who and what is the dajjal (antichrist)? What will the dajjal (antichrist) look like and where and when will he appear? Who will kill the dajjal (antichrist) and what will happen after he is killed? Who are the yajooj...
  • Over 200 Consecrated Hosts Stolen, Desecrated in Spain Art Exhibit

    11/23/2015 6:36:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Nov 23, 2015 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Critics of Pamplona's city council say it deliberately attacked Catholics and broke Spanish law by using city property to display a sacrilegious art exhibit with more than 240 stolen consecrated Hosts. The Spanish artist Abel Azcona stole more than 240 consecrated Hosts by pretending to receive Holy Communion at Mass. He then placed the hosts on the ground to form the word "Pederasty" in Spanish. Photos of the theft of the Hosts and their placement on the ground are shown in a public art gallery in Pamplona. The city council there...
  • France’s Catholic Revolution

    11/23/2015 3:04:13 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 23, 2015 | Samuel Gregg
    A boy stands with cross outside Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris April 3. Catholic churches in France have been placed under police protection and urged to take extra security measures against possible Islamist attacks before the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption. (CNS photo/Etienne Laurent, EPA) When many think about France and religion today, the images that usually come to mind are those of a highly secular society with a growing Islamic presence: a combination of widespread indifferentism, epicurean Voltairans, persistent anti-Semitism, increasingly radicalized Muslims, and now jihadist-inspired and organized terrorism. But now even some secular French journalists have...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/23/2015 12:18:58 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    11-23-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:17 The Lovingkindness of the Lord Endureth Forever and Ever upon them that Fear Him, And His Righteousness upon Children's Children.
  • 2015 11 22 John Haller's Prophecy Update "World Crisis" (video)

    11/23/2015 8:57:11 AM PST · by Lera · 4 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 11/22/15 | John Haller
    They claim to be Muslim, they quote the Quran, they claim their actions are in the name of the (false god) Allah, yet the progressive talking heads and liberal media types claim that none of the terrorist attacks were done in the name of a religious worldview, a movement that unashamedly admits that its ultimate goal is world domination. "Convert or Die" is the calling card that is ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and many others leave behind everywhere it touches. And yet, world political leaders are turning a blind eye and ignoring this fact and in doing so, imperil...
  • [Australian] Army Chaplains to Remove 'Conquer' from 102-Yr-Old Motto; It's Offensive to Muslims

    11/23/2015 6:57:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 11/20/15 | Matthew Benns
    The Australian Army is removing the motto "In this sign conquer" from the 102-year-old hat badges of army chaplains because it is offensive to Muslims. The move comes after an imam approved by the Grand Mufti was appointed to join the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services in June. Australian Army chaplains have had the motto on their hat badges since 1913. A Defence spokeswoman last night denied the motto was being changed because it was associated with the Crusades, when Christian armies fought Muslims in the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. "The motto of the Australian Army Chaplains...
  • Church of England Threatens to Sue Over Banned Cinema Advert About the Lord's Prayer

    11/23/2015 6:44:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 11/23/15 | Sean Smith
    The Church of England said that it may sue the three largest cinema chains in the UK after they banned a 60-second advert promoting prayer. The short film Just Pray was passed with a U certificate by the British Board of Film Classification and received clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority. But Digital Cinema Media (DCM) agency, which handles British film advertising for Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, which run almost 300 of the 750 cinemas in the UK rejected the advert because they said it would "offend" audiences. The Church of England planned to run the advert before the new...
  • Why Some Churches Choose to Die

    11/22/2015 4:17:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2015 | Thom S. Rainer
    The conversation surprised me. I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived "good old days," the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support. I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the members asked me a question that seemed to come from nowhere: "Will we have to sing from screens instead of hymnals?" she...
  • I went to church with Ted Cruz. He is building an army of young Christian voters in Iowa

    11/22/2015 3:29:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    These Iowa voters buy into Fox News war on Christmas, and love Ted Cruz's patriotic, end-times rhetoric. Look out.One of the more endearing customs of many of our small town Iowa churches on Sunday morning is story time. The pastor welcomes elementary and pre-school aged kids up front, where he or she sits with the children, and shares a parable. Often the pastor sits down on the steps leading up to the altar, and the children will sit, cross legged at the pastor’s feet. Always the pastor picks a good story, something about the importance of friendship, kindness, sharing, telling...
  • Controversy Over Voting Doc Shows Divisions Among US Bishops

    11/22/2015 6:25:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 20, 2015 / 03:30 am (CNA).- At their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops voted to issue a new introductory note and make limited revisions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility. But while the vote was overwhelmingly in favor, it was not without controversy. The 2007 voting guide, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," was among the subjects discussed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this past week. Previously, the bishops had directed a working committee to make limited revisions to the document in order to reflect the magisterium of both the latter part...
  • ABC's Scandal: Kerry Washington Aborts Baby to 'Silent Night'

    11/21/2015 1:07:37 PM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11.20.2015 | Paul Bois
    There really is no other way to put this story than to let out a sigh of wounded disbelief. News 51 7519 No one may ever accuse actress Kerry Washington of being merely a leftist poser in terms of abortion rights, certainly not after last night's episode of ABC's Scandal, which featured her alter-ego Olivia Pope – the show's main character – having an abortion while the beloved Christmas tune "Silent Night" played in the background. You read that correctly. Kerry Washington and the producers of Scandal actually had the nerve to show the main character abort her and the...
  • Archbp Chaput: European Churches that Give Communion to 'Remarried' are Violating Catholic Teaching

    11/21/2015 11:25:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/20/15 | John-Henry Westen
    PHILADELPHIA, November 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has definitively called out his brother bishops in Europe who have allowed Communion for remarried divorcees, saying they have "departed from authentic Catholic teaching." His remarks come in a lengthy essay on mercy published in the December issue of First Things. The Church, he says, "cannot be merciful without being truthful," and a pastoral approach which ignores that we are called to conversion, "out of a thinly veiled pastoral despair and accommodationism will result in less faith, not more." Indeed, continues Chaput, "this is what we see happening in Europe,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/21/2015 8:38:25 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    November 21, 2015 | Irish Rose
    Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. Feet trample it down - the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor. The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns...
  • German Cardinal: ISIS a ‘Satanic Terrorist Group’

    11/20/2015 5:32:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 20, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a "satanic terrorist group." Those were the words of Cdl. Kurt Koch of Germany on Tuesdayat the International Ecumenical Congress held in his country near Stuttgart. The German cardinal, one of the few remaining orthodox prelates in Germany, told his audience it's wrong to believe violent persecutions of Christians are a thing of the past. Instead, he pointed out how there are plenty of martyrs for the Faith today, specifically because of ISIS. "In about 25 countries Christians are under threat of life and limb," observed Cdl. Koch. Hence, it is...
  • False Ecumenical Fantasy Is Stopping the Vatican from Seeing the Evil That Is the Religion of Islam

    11/20/2015 5:09:22 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | November 19, 2015 | Barona
    A false ecumenical fantasy. Here we have the real reasons for the foolishness, the idiocy coming from Rome and various functionaries following the monstrous terrorist attack on Paris last Friday. One minor functionary even mused that the Islamic battle cry, "Allahu Akbar," was never a call to "violence and destruction". This buffoonery is all about a delusional "ecumenical dialogue" with the followers of a false religion, whose founder was a pedophile and a "monster of lust, cruelty, and rapacity" (Archbishop Sheehan). From Jihad Watch:  Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan is not the only one. “Why, we ask...
  • What Would the Buddha Say About the Paris Attacks?

    11/20/2015 8:30:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2015 | BY CHARLIE MARTIN
    Directly after the Paris attacks, the usual suspects posted a famous quotation from the Dhammapada: In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible. This is a legitimate quote -- or as legitimate as any quote from the Buddha. (Although it's kind of a horrible translation. What the Pali verse really says is more like "hate can't be dispelled with more hate, it can only be dispelled by ceasing to hate.") It's usually quoted, however, by man-bun Buddhists who think of Buddhism as Upper West Side liberal pacifism with incense...
  • Russell Moore, Conservative Christian Leader Blasts Anti-Refugee Rhetoric, Calls For Compassion

    11/20/2015 8:23:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/20/2015 | McKay Coppins
    A leading voice on the religious right sharply criticized the "dangerous" anti-refugee sentiment that has permeated the recent political debate in the United States -- and warned that some Republican presidential candidates may turn off Christian voters with their lack of compassion. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that he was shocked by the "overheated" rhetoric being employed by high-profile politicians in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. "Donald Trump is saber-rattling about shutting down mosques in this country, which, as somebody who...
  • Are Christianity and Islam equally violent? Leftists Seem to Think so.

    11/20/2015 8:12:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2015 | By James Arlandson
    This one is making the rounds, both on ABC'sThe View and by a religious leftist who says weneed to wrestle with violencein the Scriptures. The hostesses ofThe ViewsaysHitler was a Christian, so who are Christians today to moralize about ISIS? To me, it doesn't matter whether, hypothetically, Hitler or Timothy McVeigh yelled "I kill in the name of Christ!" (Neither one claimedChristianity; both rejected it.) We wouldjudge them by their fruit and their conformity to the New Testament.Which bring us to the religious leftist. He is right that Christians need to wrestle with Old Testament violence, though he correctlysays...
  • Patriarch Kirill Blesses - Gives Communion to Russian Troops

    11/20/2015 7:26:24 AM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-24-2014 | Russian Orthodox Church
    Scenes from Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy for the Armed Forces at Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • Church Official Suggests Expanding Religious Education in Schools to Prevent Terrorism [Russia]

    11/20/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/20/15
    *** Metropolitan Hilarion urges 'to refuse liberal cliches'Moscow, November 20, Interfax - The role of religion in Russian society should be strengthened, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, believes. "It's time to finally give up this idea of the separation of the church from the state and school from the church, which envisages that religion should not have a direct presence in the secular educational space," the metropolitan said on Friday at a joint meeting of the Federation Council and the State Duma on counterterrorism. He supposes that "lectures on foundations of religious...
  • The Missionary Vision of the Martyred Fr. Daniel Sysoev

    11/19/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-20-2015 | Edward Hunter
    The following paper was written by a seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY for a course focusing on Orthodox missionary activity throughout the world in the Fall 2014 semester. Fr. Daniel SysoevBy all accounts, Fr. Daniel Sysoev was a powerful and effective missionary priest. According to his missionary companion and close friend, Prof. Yuri Maximov (now Priest Giorgy Maximov.—O.C.), Fr. Daniel turned “around 500 Protestants” to Orthodoxy and personally “baptized more than 80 Muslims” in his fourteen years of ordained ministry.1 He built a church community and mission center in an immigrant district in Moscow and had great...
  • The Lesson of Paris (they were entirely predictable)

    11/19/2015 2:38:51 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 17, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in Paris Nov. 16. (CNS photo/Philippe Wojazer, Reuters) Of all the commentaries on the Paris massacres I’ve read, the one that seems most perceptive is a piece by Judith Bergman for the Gatestone Institute titled “How Can Anyone Be Shocked?” Indeed. The attacks had all the inevitability of a Greek tragedy: they were entirely predictable. Nevertheless many reacted with “shock,” including Angela Merkel, David Cameron, and the Vatican. As Bergman writes: After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2,000; and...
  • Inter Communion with Lutherans? A Convert Comments

    11/19/2015 1:55:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Patheos ^ | November 18, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    It is the same with Lutherans and Anglicans. They might have a high liturgy and a more sacramental view of the Lord’s presence than a Baptist, but the 39 Articles of Religion–the Anglican statement of belief (which has never been scrapped) specifically denies transubstantiation. The Lutheran Formula of Concord also denies transubstantiation. The Lutherans and Anglicans believe “The Lord is present” but not as Catholics do, and although individual Lutherans and Anglicans may have a Catholic understanding we can’t decide policy and behaviors according to each individual’s theological opinion. It is very nice of the Holy Father to be kind...

    11/19/2015 11:03:06 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 19, 2015
    The United States Embassy in Italy has issued a security alert to all Americans abroad, warning them to avoid locations that have been identified as potential targets for terrorist attacks. At the top of the short list is “St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City (Rome).”The November 18 notice is billed as a “Security Message for U.S. Citizens” regarding a potential for terrorist attacks, and arrived punctually into the email boxes of all Americans registered with the embassy, including that of Breitbart News.Along with the Vatican, the State Department singles out the Duomo (cathedral) and La Scala opera house in Milan....
  • Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind (must read)

    11/19/2015 7:33:47 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    The American Spectator | 09-19-2012 | Samuel Gregg
    Given the decidedly strange response of the Obama Administration and much of the Western commentariat to the violence sweeping the Islamic world, one temptation is to view their reaction as simple incomprehension in the face of the severe unreason that leads some people to riot and kill in a religion's name. But while the Administration's response has plenty to do with trying to defend a foreign policy that has plainly gone south, it also reflects something far more problematic: the Western secular mind's increasing inability to think seriously and coherently about religion at all. This problem manifests itself in several...
  • The Left’s Dishonest Biblical Argument for Taking in Syrian Refugees

    11/19/2015 7:09:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2015 | David French
    Is Jesus telling America to open its borders? To read the secular and religious Left --and to hear President Obama speak --you'd think that American Christians who argue against welcoming Syrian migrants to our shores are hateful, bigoted hypocrites ignoring clear scriptural imperatives of openness and compassion. In reality, however, Christians who urge that we care for Syrian refugees abroad rather than here at home are responding wisely to national leaders who've failed in their own God-ordained duties. We can be compassionate from afar, and we'd be wise to do so. But don't tell that to the Left. Writing...
  • What Africa can teach Francis

    11/19/2015 2:59:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 1, 2015 | Father Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Very soon Pope Francis will be in Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. This will be the first time Pope Francis has ever been to the continent, and it may well be a game-changer – not for Africa, but for him.
  • Putin the 'Only Defender of Christianity' - Bashar Assad

    11/18/2015 6:43:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 11/18/15
    Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia's Vladimir Putin as the "only defender of Christian civilization one can trust." "When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level. Syria will only share intelligence...
  • 'The Waster': Ominous Letter Spooks Dozens of Churches in Tennessee, Georgia

    11/18/2015 6:31:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/18/15 | M. Alex Johnson
    Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and Georgia are looking for an anonymous man who sent ominous, eerie letters signed "The Waster" to dozens of churches. The photocopied, handwritten letter - which criticizes "you preachers, ministers, and chaplains" for not teaching all of the commandments of the Bible - has been sent to at least 50 churches in the last two weeks in McMinn and Monroe counties in Tennessee and in Murray County, Georgia - and likely elsewhere, authorities said. It doesn't include an explicit threat, meaning no crime has technically been committed, but "it's better to be safe than sorry,"...
  • [SSPX] On the Terrorist Attacks and the Kingship of Christ

    11/18/2015 4:30:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/18/15 | Abbé Christian Bouchacourt
    Terrorist acts of great gravity have been inflicted upon our country. Hundreds of people were killed, injured or traumatized, and we pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in this tragedy, and we pledge our prayers for their families and loved ones in mourning, and for the injured victims, that they may regain their health quickly. Such an attack certainly warrants a prompt response from French political and military authorities. But will this be sufficient to restore order, peace and security in France? We insist that it will not. Indeed, Pope Pius XI in his...
  • New Chasuble for the Year of Mercy [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    11/18/2015 1:07:13 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11-17-2015 | Tancred
    I am not posting the image. Someone else will I'm sure.
  • New measures seek to prevent ISIS drone attack on Vatican in Year of Mercy

    11/18/2015 9:12:50 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 18, 2015
    Drones are to be banned from the airspace over the centre of Rome, during the Year of Mercy as a precaution against ISIS attacks. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that drones will be banned from the airspace from December 8, as the Year of Mercy is due to attract millions of tourists to the Italian capital.Addressing the Italian Parliament, Mr Alfano said that security would be tightened around any potential target, particularly around St Peter’s Square, he said: “Particular attention has been dedicated to the risk of an attack...
  • Ben Carson's Pyramid Scheme Is an Insult to the Christian God

    11/18/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/18/2015 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    Retired neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate Ben Carson has doubled down on his crazy theory about the pyramids. Not only is it false, his idea also minimizes the wonder of God's creation by implying that human beings are not creative enough to build the majestic Egyptian landmarks on their own. At a commencement address at Andrews University in 1998, Carson argued that the biblical prophet Joseph built the pyramids as grain silos for the seven fat years recorded in Genesis. Scholars of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, feel free to laugh now. Everyone else, go ahead, join in. The archaeological evidence...
  • Pope Bergoglio in Florence, With the People Against the Structures

    11/17/2015 8:26:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Chiesa News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Pietro De Marco
    In the address of Pope Francis to participants at the national ecclesial conference of last November 10, in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, we find three features of his communication strategy: the theological-spiritual, the intra-ecclesiastical, and the explicit, prescriptive pastoral focus. The pope duly covered all three, amid repeated applause, interesting for its different intensity depending on the different tone and content of the talk. I will permit myself to observe, because it is not extraneous to what I will say, that the pope could have avoided rather than invited the applause, which in its way...
  • Visit of Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    11/17/2015 8:09:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LMS Chairman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Joseph Shaw
    We had a wonderful weekend with Cardinal Burke. I don't have time to blog about it now, and I won't have time tomorrow, but I will do so thereafter. As well as liturgies and public speaking, His Eminence granted an interview with Mass of Ages, the LMS Magazine. As a tiny taster, when asked what Catholics should do when confronted with bad teaching, he said: I think Catholics should simply say that "I cannot accept this teaching as it goes against what the Church has always taught and practiced." I don't think that Catholics should permit themselves to be driven...
  • G'Town To Rename Buildings Because of Slavery Ties

    11/17/2015 1:40:13 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | November 16, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Georgetown University has announced it will rename two buildings which were named for former presidents with ties to slavery. No word yet on the Jesuit university recanting all the honors it has bestowed on pro-abortion politicians. Now, according to the Washington Post, the Jesuits owned slaves and sold them to pay off debt? Wow. I'd never heard that. That's a pretty large and glaring gap in Matt's historical knowledge right there. Kind of embarrassing, huh? So that's clearly a bad thing the Jesuits did. But it seems to me that it's kinda' interesting the timing of G'town's decision to rename...
  • Death or Incapacitation of Pope Francis: Soon

    11/17/2015 8:44:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Arise! Let us be going! ^ | November 16, 2015 | Father George David Byers
    AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS Most Holy Father, Bishop of Rome, Francis: I note your overture to a Lutheran woman at the Lutheran church on Via Sicilia in Rome on 15 November 2015, the one who asked about intercommunion (starting minute 21.00 on the Vatican YouTube video). I had to wonder before if your recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari was correctly reported. I now have no doubt. With due respect to your person and your office, I ask you not to make this kind of thing part of what you want to publish about the Synod with the authority...
  • Would Jesus take in Syrian refugees?

    11/17/2015 8:24:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2015 | By Michelle Boorstein
    For many American Christians, the Paris attacks have revealed a conflict between two priorities: The cause of persecuted Middle Eastern Christians and a hard line on security. Following reports that one of the Paris attackers had a Syrian passport and had allegedly registered as a refugee, multiple GOP presidential candidates called for bans on Syrian refugees. On Monday, multiple GOP governors joined in. Considering the United States has absorbed fewer than 2,000 Syrians, this may seem like political posturing, but Congress is set later this year to debate funding for another 10,000 who President Obama has said he wants to...
  • Vatican Secretary of State: The Holy Year Is Open to Muslims!

    11/17/2015 12:02:25 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    La Repubblica ^ | November 16, 2015
    The Secretary of the Vatican State, reaffirms that there will be no step back: We are launching a campaign of mercy. The events in Paris don't change anything in the Pope's agenda. VATICAN CITY - Respond with mercy and hospitality to violence. The Secretary of the Vatican State, Pietro Parolin, has confirmed that the Jubilee (from December 8th 2015 to November 20th 2016) is on schedule, as the spokesman for the Holy See, Padre Lombardi had already said, and that, in fact, will be open also to Muslims. "In a world torn by violence, it is the right time to...
  • Russia’s Christian Renaissance Explains Her Current World Role

    11/16/2015 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Russian Insider ^ | 11/16/15 | Frank Gashumba
    Russia is a bulwark for good, resisting an evil which has worked its way deep into the fabric of western societyWinston Churchill, in describing Russia, suggested it was a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. As the world is increasingly forced to pay closer attention to Russia, many may look on with a mixture of curiosity, admiration and mystification, wondering what makes Russia tick. In trying to explain Russian culture, Russians may direct the enquiring foreigner to their literature. And in this literature one will soon be met with the recurring theme of the Russian soul, an idea...
  • Things You Should Know About Islam - Part 1

    11/16/2015 8:14:15 PM PST · by boycott · 50 replies ^ | November 15, 2015 | Tom Wallace
    The first thing we should know is that nearly one in four people in the world today is a Muslim. 1.7 billion people in the world pray to Allah as their god. To be technical, this works out to be 23% of the world’s population are Muslims. At the end of WWI, that is about 100 years ago, the estimated Muslim population in the world was 300 million. In this relatively short time they have grown from 300 million to 1.7 billion. This is phenomenal growth. This growth does not come from evangelism, it is from having lots and lots...
  • Australian Archbishop 'Astonished and Alarmed' by Discrimination Charge

    11/16/2015 8:07:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has decried as "astonishing and truly alarming" a move to bring another Australian archbishop before an anti-discrimination commission because of a pamphlet defending marriage. Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart is the target of a discrimination complaint filed with a government commission in the state of Tasmania. The complaint is based on the archbishop's distribution of a pamphlet prepared by the Australian bishops to encourage support for marriage.
  • American Band in Paris Sings "Kiss the Devil" as Terrorists Attack

    11/16/2015 8:04:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/15/14 | Michael Matt
    Le Point reports that the American rock group Eagles of Death Metal, traumatized by the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, have now returned home to California. They were reportedly in the middle of a song aptly entitled Kiss the Devil when the killers stormed the concert hall and starting killing people. How about some lyrics from that song by this "fun-loving" American band: Who'll love the devil?... Who'll song his song?... Who will love the devil and his song?... I'll love the devil!... I'll sing his song!... I will love the devil and his song!... Who'll love the...