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  • Where does humanistic culture lead?

    07/30/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-28-2015 | St. Justin Popovic
    St. Justin Popovic (April 6, 1894-April 7, 1979) survived two world wars in Serbia, and in this treatise on European culture he discerns the problems with the European worldview that led to such a human disaster, and touches upon the probable future. Theanthropic culture transfigures man from within, and thereby likewise influences his external condition. It transfigures the soul, and by way of the soul, it transfigures the body. According to this culture, the body is the temple of the soul, and it lives, moves and has its being through the soul. Take away the soul from the body and...
  • Mystery reliquary found under America’s first Protestant church

    07/30/2015 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Madeleine Teahan
    Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy Historians have discovered four bodies and a mystery Catholic reliquary under the first English Protestant church in America.In an extraordinary turn of events, graves have been discovered under what used to be the floor of America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia – the church where Pocahontas married the English colonist John Rolfe.The graves include the bodies of Captain William West, who was killed by Indians, Rev Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister and Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the first English knight buried in America. The grave of...
  • Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

    07/30/2015 1:48:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 29, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Huffington Post in Spain: Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. According to them, he is not a “suitable” person because of the life he leads, a life not “congruent with faith.”However, they do not find their argument to be discriminatory.The diocese says that. in responding to the petition they received from Salinas to be a...
  • LGBT Grant-Maker Wants to Win Religious Liberty Fight Within Three Years

    07/30/2015 4:47:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/29/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA).- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years. And these words are not empty rhetoric. A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious freedom exemptions in the United States. “We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands,” Tim...
  • African Bishop Points Out Hypocrisy of Obama’s Pro-Homosexual Agenda

    07/30/2015 4:42:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    US leader stands accused of the same bullying he himself denounced on eve of African tripPresident Barack Obama’s cajoling of Kenyan leaders to accept “LGBT rights” has met with a notable backlash from African bishops and other state and religious leaders, with one African bishop drawing attention to the hypocrisy of Obama's LGBT agenda. Obama arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit on Friday, his first visit to his father’s homeland as US president, before heading to Ethiopia on Sunday for a one-day visit. At a joint press conference held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama advocated for...
  • NJ Church Group to Sleep at Philly Zoo in Order to See Pope

    07/30/2015 3:22:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    NBCPhiladelphia.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Maxfield, David Chang
    While some people are spending as much as $600 a night at hotels for Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia, a North Jersey church group is spending less money on a far less luxurious place to stay: the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • Peculiar Preachers [vanity]

    07/29/2015 8:07:20 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 34 replies
    PECULIAR PREACHERS These preachers are definitely not modern-day "Billy Grahams". These preachers all claim to be guided by the Bible and the Holy Spirit (as do all Christians). "Knocking 'Em Down" Preacher (Deodorant problem?) "Oi-oi-oi-oi..." Preacher- Video Clip 1- Video Clip 2 (2nd clip is just expanded version of 1st clip) "Jovial" Preacher (of happy memory) (Holy laughter???) "Tattooed" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (Theology of tattoo-ology.) "Screaching" Preacher (Please turn down the volume a tad.) "Laughing" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (More holy laughter???) "Drunken Glory" Preacher- Video - Article "Pro-Queer-Pervert" Deacon / Sunday...
  • 'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Contraception, Homosexual Unions [Catholic Caucus]

    07/29/2015 5:13:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/29/2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI
    A Catholic priest who participated in May’s closed-door meeting with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming synod on the family in October suggested that acts the Church considers intrinsically evil — contraception and homosexual activity — cannot be considered so, given the individual’s experience.
  • Knights of Columbus Unveil New Campaign to Aid Middle-East Christians

    07/29/2015 2:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 29, 2015
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution — especially in the Middle East — the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is responding by asking our own members, and the public at large, to help us save the lives of people who are being persecuted simply because of their Christian faith,”...
  • Evening Preaching Sermon .. ALL WELCOME

    07/29/2015 2:36:07 PM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies
    Faithful Word Baptist Church ^ | June 21, 2015 | Pastor Steve Anderson
    The Trinity
  • Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her Teaching

    07/29/2015 2:31:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 28, 2015 | SAM GUZMAN
    “The Catholic Church is intolerant.” That simple thought, like a yellow-fever sign, is supposed to be the one solid reason which should frighten away any one who might be contemplating knocking at the portals of the Church for entrance, or for a crumb of the Bread of Life. When proof for this statement is asked, it is retorted that the Church is intolerant because of its self-complacency and smug satisfaction as the unique interpreter of the thoughts of Christ. Its narrow-mindedness is supposed to be revealed in its unwillingness to cooperate effectively with other Christian bodies that are working...
  • The Christian Life is Monastic Life

    07/29/2015 10:39:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-18-2013 | Fr. Natham Duffy
         To a culture whose core values are self-fulfillment, self-satisfaction, and self-sovereignty, Orthodox monastic life appears as an affront and a scandal. What could be more contrary to our individualistic society which prizes comfort, ease, and “freedom” above all other concerns than a life of utter self-abasement, strict obedience, and striving after Holy suffering for Christ’s sake? The monastic life is a call to prophetic, apostolic, martyric, Christian witness, but is it a completely distinct call from the general Christian calling? Do the commandments to pray unceasingly (1 Thess. 5:17) or to sell all we have, give to the...
  • Encyclical of Greek Archbishop Stylianos of Australia Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

    07/29/2015 9:02:59 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Archbishop Stylianos
    To the Reverend Clergy and the honourable Administrative Committees of the Parish-Communities of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Dearly Beloved, Further to our Encyclical of 28th May 2013, in relation to a law which the State proposes to vote upon with regard to Marriage between persons of the same gender, we write to you once again because the Federal Parliament is expected very soon to deal with the redefinition of the concept of Marriage. You might appreciate, then, should such an Act be legalized, what destructive consequences this will have on the institution of Marriage, but also on the institution of...
  • Dying for Christianity: Millions at Risk Amid Rise in Persecution Across the Globe

    07/29/2015 6:18:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Harriet Sherwood
    Increase in murder, as well as rape, torture and discrimination, has led the pope to warn of a ‘form of genocide’ Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the pope to warn of “a form of genocide” and for campaigners to speak of “religio-ethnic cleansing”. The scale of attacks on Christians in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America has alarmed organisations that monitor religious persecution, with most reporting a significant deterioration in recent years. On his recent trip to Latin America, Pope Francis said he was dismayed...
  • I Have Fallen And I CAN Get Up (Protestant Caucus .. all welcome)

    07/29/2015 3:09:41 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    God's Holy Word ^ | Preached March 5, 2014 | Dr Bob Gray Sr.
    I go to church because I love to hear preaching
  • ‘Kandhamal’ tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution

    07/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/15 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Because of the dramatic events that unfolded there, certain places have come to symbolize entire movements or chapters of history. “Gettysburg,” for instance, immediately evokes the American Civil War, just as “Tiananmen Square” is now universal shorthand for non-violent protest. In similar fashion, in terms of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, “Kandhamal” may be the single word that best captures the whole story.Kandhamal is a district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, where an orgy of violence descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in August, 2008. A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100...
  • Dr Law and Dr Grace .... (Protestant Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:34:50 PM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies
    The Word Of God ^ | July 28, 2015 | Lester Rolloff
    PREACHING is the heart of the Gospel
  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured “gay and transgender Catholics” who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • Satanic Temple Requires Attendees of Event to Sign Over Soul to Devil

    07/28/2015 2:48:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 104 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 28, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The Satanic Temple of Detroit threw off protesters of their unveiling of a demonic statue by leaking word that the event would take place in one place but holding it in another. In addition, in an apparent attempt to weed out Christian moles who might disrupt the presentation of the statue, the Satanic Temple required everyone who had a ticket (for which they paid $25 and up) to sign a quasi-legal document in which they agreed to “transfer” their soul to Satan.​ “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am...
  • Poland then. Britain now. (defending Church teachings poses new risks in Western countries today)

    07/28/2015 2:21:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joanna Bogle
    Thirty years ago, bringing Catholic literature into Communist Poland could get you into trouble. Strangely—scarily—defending Church teachings can pose new risks in Western countries today. People place candles in Pilsudski Square to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II April 2, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. (CNS photo/Peter Andrews, Reuters) “You will be frightened,” Alex warned, “and you will sweat. So wrap the paper in a bit of plastic, cut from a plastic bag, before rolling it up and pinning it inside your clothes.” This was useful advice, because when we stood at Warsaw Airport with...
  • ORTHODOX MONASTICISM: A BRIEF STUDY FOR THE LAYMAN

    07/28/2015 1:23:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Research Institute ^ | 1983 | Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver
    We are living at a time in which the monastic life is not only considered abnormal, but is even ridiculed and condemned. Even they who profess to teach the word of God, especially within Protestant Christianity, cynically condemn the monastic life as useless, isolationist, abnormal, and not in conformity with the teachings of Christ. They teach that they who enter monasteries and convents certainly are not the ideal Christians. The Early HistoryYet, history witnesses to us that the ascetic life, the life of monasticism has existed within the Church from the very beginning. Even before the Church had been established on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Everyone’s a Bit Knotty

    07/27/2015 7:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 07-27-15 | Sarah Maw
    July 27, 2015Everyone’s a Bit KnottySarah Maw When glancing over the myriad of Marian devotions in the Catholic Church, it’s easy to find yourself pondering: “How do I pick one? Can I pick only one? In the end, aren’t they all just prayers to Mary?” Yes, our Marian prayers do all end up in the same place, in God’s hands through Mary. But, the long list of devotions isn’t simply a way for Mary to accumulate as many awesome titles as possible. Each Marian devotion has a unique message behind it, directed to a specific audience, and is accompanied by...
  • Exclusive Report—The Devil in Detroit

    07/27/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/27/15 | Michael Voris
    It took only a moment and it was over. But in that moment, much changed. In a warehouse near the river in downtown Detroit, on the eve of the feast of St. Anne, patroness of Detroit, a statue to the demon Baphomet was unveiled. The event was sponsored by the Satanic Temple and was described as the "largest public satanic ceremony in history." Whether that claim is true or not, hundreds of people turned out for the event by first being directed by e-mail to a decoy location — a deserted bank in a seedy Detroit neighborhood — where they...
  • Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves/Fishes

    07/27/2015 6:34:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2015 • The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four Gospels.There are many theological reasons for this. Clearly, Jesus was fulfilling the promise of Moses: that after him a greater One...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/27/2015 1:51:39 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    7-27-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 59:16,17 I will Sing of Your Strength, In the Morning I will Sing of Your Love; For You are my Fortress, My Refuge in Times of Trouble. O my Strength, I Sing Praise to You; You, O God, are my Fortress, my God of Mercy.
  • On Park Avenue, a Picture of the Catholic Church Divided [Opposing Interpretations of Vatican II]

    07/27/2015 11:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | by NICHOLAS FRANKOVICH
    Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however, is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy, music, architecture, and art. The Eucharist being “the source and summit of the Christian life,” it should come as no surprise that the central object of disagreement between the Catholic Ancients and the Catholic Moderns is the Mass. In the Roman rite, it can...
  • Pennsylvania Congregation Pays UMC $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

    07/26/2015 6:09:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality. Wesley Church, a congregation in Quarryville that has an average weekly worship attendance of about 650, voted to leave the UMC after months of discernment. Chris Lenhart, associate pastor at Wesley Church, told The Christian Post that leadership for the congregation saw a "considerable chasm forming between what Wesley believed and affirmed about the nature of God's word and what the denomination believed and affirmed about the nature of God's Word. "The...
  • Indiana Deputy Clerk, Fired For Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licences, Sues

    07/26/2015 5:16:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Louisville Courier, Religion Clause.Blogspot.com ^ | Friday, July 24, 2015 | Howard Friedman
    Linda Summers, a former deputy clerk in the Harrison County, Indiana Superior Court Clerk's Office, last week filed a federal court lawsuit alleging violation of her First Amendment free exercise rights. religious discrimination in employment.  The Louisville Courier Journal reports that after the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a case from Indiana upholding marriage equality, County Clerk Sally Whitis sent an e-mail to all employees telling them that even if it conflicted with their religious beliefs, they were required to process licenses for same-sex couples. Summers responded with a hand-delivered letter asking that she not be required to do so...
  • Priest shocks flock by leaving wife for younger man

    07/26/2015 3:34:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/26/15 | Julie Kay and Isabel Vincent
    An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man. The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church. The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.” One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago....
  • What to do if you missed the Rapture

    07/26/2015 8:55:19 AM PDT · by MHGinTN · 682 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ed Hinson
    Here is yet more information, for those who miss the Rapture and are here after the event. This is for people, not any particular congregation of people. Please, think about it ...
  • False Doctrine

    07/26/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 5 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 24 Jul 2015
    Sermon Video 21:24KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 6, 7 SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:20 | 2 Peter 3:17-18 | 2 John 1 SUMMARY Our children live in a culture filled with spiritual dangers. The philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, and various other false teachings threaten to lead our kids into error and unbelief, while rampant moral corruption pressures them to succumb to sinful practices. With so much stacked against them, there’s a great need for the influence of godly fathers who love the Lord and know His Word. When the Israelites were about to cross into the Promised Land, they were entering an...
  • Apocalyptic and Utopian: On Pope Francis' Bolivian Manifesto

    07/25/2015 4:11:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 24, 2015 | James J. Schall
    I have seen firsthand a variety of experiences where workers united in cooperatives and other forms of community organization were able to create work where there were only crumbs of an idolatrous economy. I have seen some of you here, recuperated businesses, local fairs and cooperatives of paper collectors are examples of that popular economy is born of exclusion and which, slowly, patiently and resolutely adopts solidary forms which dignifies it. How different this is than the situation which results when those left behind by the formal market are exploited like slaves.” — Pope Francis, Santa Cruz de la Sierra,...
  • New York parishioners protest removal of beloved artwork from historic church

    07/25/2015 3:23:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2015 | Diogenes
    Concerned parishioners gathered outside the residence of New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan on July 23, demonstrating against plans to remove a beloved icon from the Church of Our Saviour. Although Cardinal Dolan was out of town, archdiocesan officials met briefly with a few of the demonstrators, including Ken Woo, the artist who responsible for the stunning Christ Pantocrator. The meeting was described as “productive,” leaving some hope that the archdiocese would intervene to save the artwork. The Christ Pantocrator is the most important of a series of icons done by Woo at the request of Father George Rutler, who...
  • Alinsky Acolytes at the Vatican

    07/25/2015 2:43:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    America's Survival ^ | July 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” ~Saul Alinsky Chicago was home of Saul Alinsky, the infamous founder of community organizing, who penned his infamous manifesto, Rules for Radicals. Borrowing a page from his creed for leftists, Alinsky encourage political operatives to agitate, foster resentments, fan hostilities and create a mass army of malcontents. ACORN, SEIU and other union thug organization serve as the model Alinsky community organizations. Hailing from the rough and tumble political landscape of Al Capone and the Daley machine, where politics is a blood sport, the hard ball politics played by the Vatican...
  • Saint Nero, Patron of Gay Marriage

    07/25/2015 12:43:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/23/15 | R.V. Young
    Regard this essay as a qualified mea culpa. I have long maintained that there is no point in arguing against “gay marriage,” because there are no arguments for it. To argue that a “homosexual” has no right to marry another man is not unlike arguing that a unicorn has no right to be a computer programmer. The proposition is absurd on its face, and so to argue against it is to offer it unwarranted credibility. As evidence, I have remarked that at no time before the late twentieth century—at least within the boundaries of Western civilization—had anyone contemplated marriage between...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/25/2015 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    July 25, 2015 | Irish Rose
    Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:1-4)
  • Pope likely to alter economic message in the U.S., Vatican adviser says

    07/25/2015 9:29:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2015 | Daniel Burke
    Q: In Latin America, the Pope delivered a sharp speech against capitalism, calling the relentless pursuit of prophets the "dung of the devil." A lot of people are wondering, will he bring a similar message to the United States this September? A: I don't know if the Pope wants to repeat that kind of speech.
  • We Will Not Bow

    07/25/2015 7:40:29 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 31 replies
    Grace To You ^ | July 19, 2015 | John MacArthur
    This country talks a lot about terrorist attacks—and rightly so. Almost anybody in America can give you some kind of a listing of the most destructive acts of terror that have happened in our country. But let me suggest to you this: The two greatest attacks of terror on America were perpetrated by the Supreme Court. Not by any Muslim, but by the Supreme Court of the United States. The first one was the legalizing of abortion. Subsequent to that, there have been millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers. It’s incalculable to even comprehend that. The...
  • Norman Vincent Peale: Apostle of Self-Esteem

    07/24/2015 12:07:22 PM PDT · by fishtank · 64 replies
    Way of Life Literature ^ | Republished September 16, 2009 | David Cloud
    NORMAN VINCENT PEALE: APOSTLE OF SELF-ESTEEM Republished September 16, 2009 (first published April 26, 1997) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) – Norman Vincent Peale died on Christmas Eve, 1993, at the age of 95. He was one of the most popular preachers of the twentieth century. His famous book The Power of Positive Thinking has sold almost 20 million copies in 41 languages. It was on the United States best-seller list...
  • Pope Francis' Favorable Rating Drops in U.S.

    07/24/2015 11:18:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/23/2015 | Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pope Francis' favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014. The pontiff's rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope.After Pope Francis was elected the leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, he attempted to focus the church on a renewed sense of protecting the poor, on interfaith relations and on respecting gay and lesbian members of the church. He was lauded in...
  • "ISIS Is Growing," Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq

    07/24/2015 6:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/24/15 | Vatican Radio
    Baghdad prelate calls for serious action against Islamic terrorists, seeks to ease suffering of familiesVATICAN CITY — The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael Sako, says he is personally “very worried” about his nation’s future and warns that the so-called Islamic State, ISIS, “is growing” in strength and influence each day and nowadays the militant group is “like a real state.” In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Iraqi Patriarch donated food and medical supplies to displaced Muslims living in a refugee camp near the city of Ramadi. Accompanied by other members of the Church and representatives of Caritas Iraq,...
  • Gallup Poll shows Pope Francis is not so “Laudato” these days

    07/23/2015 5:50:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/23/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Have you seen the Gallup Poll on Pope Francis’ popularity? HEREHis favorability has, essentially, crashed.Laudato NO!Back in February 2015, Pew Research showed that 70% of all Americans and 90% of Catholics viewed Francis favorably.Today, according Gallup, his favorability is at 71%.So, in about 6 months – half a year – Francis’ popularity in these U.S.A., has, among Catholics, fallen nearly 20% (19% to be exact). That’s in only 6 months.Let us ask:What happened between February and now?Laudato si’.There’s more.Francis lost 14% among liberal Americans.Let us also ask:How do these numbers compare with polls from the beginning of Francis’ pontificate in...
  • Mere Men

    07/23/2015 3:34:19 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 64 replies
    www.markmallet.com ^ | 7/23/2015 | mark mallet
    THERE is a crisis coming—and it is already here—for our Protestant brothers and sisters in Christ. It was foretold by Jesus when He said, …everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined. (Matt 7:26-27) That is, whatever is built on sand : those interpretations of Scripture that depart from the Apostolic faith, those heresies and subjective errors that have divided Christ’s Church...
  • [Former] Gay Priest: Church Should Respect LGBT ‘Love’

    07/23/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/23/15 | Paul Bois
    Writing for The Daily Beast Monday, a former Roman Catholic Priest, who left in November 2014 after "coming out" as homosexual, went on yet another dime-a-dozen rant against Catholic teaching on homosexuality, employing the all-too-common trope that bishops need to stop calling homosexual "love" wrong or sinful while still finding ways to maintain Church teaching, which essentially means "move the goal posts further back until you have nothing left to defend." Every point Bill Dickinson makes as to why the Catholic Church should change up their approach towards the LGBT community serve as basically a trojan horse to lower the...
  • THE BBC REALLY WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THE QUR’AN IS AUTHENTIC [Will bend truth to convince you]

    07/23/2015 8:07:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/23/2015 | Robert Spencer
    The BBC announced enthusiastically Wednesday that “what may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham.” This news is not only of interest to scholars and Muslim intellectuals; it appears to buttress the Islamic claim that the Qur’an’s text has remained unchanged for 1,400 years – which is purported to be proof of its divine origin. There is only one problem with all this: the BBC article raises more questions than it answers, and reveals more about the wishful thinking of the academic and media establishments than it does about the...
  • Two Christian Colleges Allow Hiring of Gay Married Professors

    07/23/2015 7:38:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/23/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Two universities that belong to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, an organization dedicated to delivering Christ-centered education at all of its schools, will now allow the hiring of professors who are married to a partner of the same sex. Goshen College in Indiana and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia announced on Monday that they will now hire faculty who are in same-sex marriages. "We have spent several years reviewing our hiring practices," said Goshen College's Director of Communications Jodi Beyeler to The Christian Post on Monday. "There's been prayer. We've listened to a variety of voices from our...
  • Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

    07/22/2015 6:23:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    NY Times Magazine ^ | 07-22-2015 | ELIZA GRISWOLD
    ...The future of Christianity in the region of its birth is now uncertain. ‘‘How much longer can we flee before we and other minorities become a story in a history book?’’ says Nuri Kino, a journalist and founder of the advocacy group Demand for Action. According to a Pew study, more Christians are now faced with religious persecution than at any time since their early history. ‘‘ISIL has put a spotlight on the issue,’’ says Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose parents are from the region and who advocates on behalf of Eastern Christians....
  • Supreme Court of Pakistan Agrees to Hear Appeal of Christian Mother on Death Row [Asia Bibi]

    07/22/2015 6:21:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court today agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution.Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court at the Lahore Registry admitted for hearing her petition challenging the sentence.Attorney Saif-ul-Malook told Morning Star News that he had a strong case for demanding Noreen’s acquittal.“Asia Bibi has claimed that she had not made any blasphemous remarks, and that rather her fellow villagers had leveled the allegation against her...
  • What? Evangelicals Come Against Franklin Graham's Views on Islam

    07/22/2015 5:18:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/22/15 | Jennifer LeClaire
    After five members of our military were killed in cold blood—and two others wounded—on our own soil in an act of domestic terrorism in Chattanooga, evangelist Franklin Graham dared to say what many in America were thinking:"We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim who comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized—and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad," Graham said."During World War II, we didn't allow Japanese to immigrate to America,...
  • D.C. archdiocese won’t say if they’ll cover same-sex spousal benefits

    07/22/2015 5:10:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 7/22/15 | Lisa Bourne
    In the wake of the Supreme Court decision creating gay “marriage” nationwide, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is leaving it unclear for now whether they intend to allow employees in same-sex “marriages” and offer them same-sex spousal benefits. In a blog post on June 26, the day of the ruling, Cardinal Donald Wuerl indicated the archdiocese is struggling over the issue.“On a very practical level, there is a concern about the new definition of ‘spouse’ and its legal ramifications,” he said. “In this area for example, we must find a way to balance two important values, the provision of appropriate...