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  • More Jesus Movies on the Way

    04/27/2015 11:49:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 27, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Never believe rumors of Jesus’ death. He is alive and well — and coming soon to a theater near you. Sean Bean is one a-list actor listed for a movie about Jesus’ boyhood that will hit theaters in 2016. Hugh Jackman will star as St. Paul in another reported movie due out next year. Pope Francis recently blessed the actor playing Jesus in a new version of Ben Hur. Thus, in 2016, Hollywood will feature at least three movies that more or less affirm the basic Christian understanding of Jesus Christ. Ironically, these three movies will come 10 years...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/27/2015 11:02:20 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 4 replies
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  • French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat

    04/27/2015 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 6 replies
    ALETEIA ^ | 4/24/2013 | John Burger
    French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat Manuel Valls emphasizes Catholic culture of France and warns of division By John Burger Aleteia 4/24/2015 http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/french-prime-minister-attending-mass-most-beautiful-response-to-terror-threat-5888467040993280 It’s not the kind of sentiment one would expect to hear from the leader of a nation that prides itself on its history of secularism. But in the wake of a thwarted terrorist attack on churches in France this past weekend, Prime Minister Manuel Valls was clear: attending Mass is “the most beautiful and strongest" answer to terrorism. Valls spoke to reporters while standing next to Bishop Michel Santier of Creteil, the...
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

    04/27/2015 10:17:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 50 replies
    Life Site ^ | 04-24-2015 | Ben Johnson
    NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.” “Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday. Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent...
  • What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

    04/27/2015 9:41:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2015 | Russell Moore
    In the 1970s Bruce Jenner seemed to have it all—fame, wealth, admiration. He was an Olympic star, so popular in American culture that he was reputedly considered for both the roles of Superman and James Bond. That's changed. Now, Jenner is best known as the step-father on reality television's Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner is now ready for one more change. He says he knows what he's been missing: his identity as a woman. Jenner has reportedly undergone surgery to make himself appear more like a woman and has been photographed wearing dresses. Now, in a highly publicized interview...
  • For filmmakers, 'Little Boy' moved mountains of its own

    04/27/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Hillary Mast
    Jakob Salvati and Eduardo Verastegui star in 'Little Boy.' Courtesy of Metanoia Films. Hollywood, Calif., Apr 25, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- A new film from award-winning writer and director Alejandro Monteverde proved to not only tell a story of faith, but to strengthen the faith of those working on it as well. “It was going to be a very, very difficult film to produce, but at the same time we were in love with the story which is about believing in the impossible,” said Eduardo Verastegui, one of the film’s producers and stars, known for his role in the...
  • Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

    04/27/2015 7:19:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | April 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.” Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26,...
  • Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military

    04/27/2015 6:11:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/23/15 | Bob Smietana
    Yet Southern Baptists still provide by far the most chaplains. Likely presidential candidate and former Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee recently urged Christians to stay out of the military until after the next election, saying they are no longer welcome. “Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile and not just simply bring some scorn to their faith, but would punish them for it?” Huckabee said in a recent interview. In recent years, enough of his fellow Southern Baptists have left active duty that atheists now outnumber the denomination among soldiers. According the latest...
  • AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY U.S. CATHOLIC BISHOP SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

    04/26/2015 4:40:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    April 26, 2015
    http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Obergefell-v-Hodges.pdf NOTE: NY Times Story http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/opinion/sunday/its-not-gay-marriage-vs-the-church-anymore.html?_r=0 It’s Not Gay Marriage vs. the Church Anymore By WILLIAM N. ESKRIDGE Jr.APRIL 25, 2015 NEW HAVEN — THIS week, committed gay couples seeking the right to marry will take their case to the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges are supported by amicus briefs submitted by a variety of institutions and people, from the former N.F.L. player Chris Kluwe to Ken Mehlman, a past chairman of the Republican National Committee. Religious groups are on their side, too. While several prominent religious organizations have filed briefs in opposition, leaders in the Episcopal...
  • Peddlers and Pilgrims: The Two Faces of Christianity

    04/26/2015 2:46:57 PM PDT · by mainstreetradical.com · 20 replies
    Bonnie Leonard ^ | April 24 2015 | Bonnie Leonard
    This past Easter Sunday, some acquaintances invited my husband and I to join them for lunch and proselytized us as an added bonus activity. They run a house church (where they meet in a home versus traditional church) and through getting to know Matt and I set their sights on recruiting us. We had little in common with this family but a few odd circumstances brought us together for a time. We were unaware that this was the agenda for the day until we went to leave. In an obvious, sudden turn of conversation, discussing spiritual topics became an urgent...
  • The central delusion of the Christian right: Americans aren’t really churchgoers after all

    04/26/2015 11:56:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Salon ^ | April 26, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    New research reveals we're not the nation of Bible thumpers Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee like to tell themselves. The 2016 presidential campaign has really and truly started now, and already the religious pandering is getting silly. Despite wanting voters to think of him as a “libertarian” Rand Paul was recently bleating about how this country needs a religious revival, specifically “another Great Awakening.” Ted Cruz made a big fancy speech at Liberty University where he highlighted his defense of state promotion of religion, which he erroneously called “religious freedom,” even though having the state push faith on you is...
  • El Salvador’s gangs promise to stop killing during Romero beatification (gee, thanks)

    04/26/2015 11:02:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Crux News ^ | Inés San Martín
    ROME — As El Salvador prepares to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the criminal gangs that terrorize the country have agreed to a sort of truce: As a gift to the martyr, they’ve promised to suspend killing police and military officers, judges, politicians, and the poor. Romero, who was shot to death while saying Mass in 1980, is considered a national hero in El Salvador for his defense of the poor and of human rights at the outset of a bloody civil war. His May 23 beatification is expected to be one of the largest public events in...
  • Dead Cat Bounce

    04/26/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 123 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 26, 2015 | Patrick Archbold
    There is an amusing investing term called a ‘dead cat bounce.’ It follows from the idea that "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height." A dead cat bounce refers to a temporary recovery from a prolonged decline followed by a continuation of the downtrend. The dead cat bounce is a sucker’s bet. Suckers, thinking that the worst is over and that things have reached bottom, start buying up stock. In reality, the temporary rally is caused by investors shorting the stock purchasing the worthless stock to cover long-term bets against the company creating short-term...
  • The German Catholic Collapse: Priests confess once a year, if at all -- what about the Lay Faithful?

    04/26/2015 9:02:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2015 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    The German laity confirm their desire for evolution in the Church: according to a document made available on the Episcopal Conference site, the answers to the questionnaire between the Synods show that the Catholics of Germany are expecting major openings from the Synod on the Family. Mainly on the thorniest issues: “they are asking for the admittance of the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist, a “development” of moral doctrine for the pastoral acceptance of homosexual people and a form of “church blessing for second civil-marriages.” Are these requests an expression of serious discernment or, do they show a watered-down,...
  • PopeWatch: Green Pope

    04/26/2015 8:52:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | April 24, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    How bad will the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment be? Maybe this bad: As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical — to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative. In recent weeks, Vatican officials have outlined what the document will say and are choreographing its release — perhaps as early as June — for maximum global impact beyond the Roman Catholic Church’s 1.2 billion members. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who chairs a panel dealing...
  • Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

    04/26/2015 7:30:49 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 193 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 26, 2015 | JP
    “I’m a woman.” So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program “20/20.” And that’s not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. “She” also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian. Well, it’s conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, there’s a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans. It’s also possible that Jenner is a “conservative.” Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers – including former Idaho Senator Larry...
  • Bobby Jindal Wows Iowa Evangelicals

    04/26/2015 7:00:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Bobby Jindal is barely breaking 2 percent in Iowa polls — but you’d never know it from the way he wowed the crowd at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit on Saturday. The Republican governor from Louisiana is one of nine presidential hopefuls speaking at the Des Moines-area confab, which gathers evangelical Christians together to judge the GOP candidates’ social conservative bona fides. Freshman senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, the first candidates to speak, were both well received by the Iowan audience. Former Texas governor Rick Perry was next, though he didn’t exactly capture the same enthusiasm. But...
  • Santorum Falls Flat with Iowa Evangelicals, Despite 2012 Caucus WIn

    04/26/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Rick Santorum was the returning champion at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum on Saturday. But inside Waukee, Iowa’s Point of Grace Church, it certainly didn’t feel like it. After his upset victory in the 2012 Iowa caucus – driven largely by the state’s powerful evangelical voting bloc – many expected the former Pennsylvania senator to be welcomed back with open arms. But compared to the other eight Republican candidates present at the Des Moines-area conference, Santorum’s speech fell strangely flat. The audience didn’t clap much, and when they did it was usually polite and perfunctory. Lines that felt...
  • 3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years: Christianity in the USA may look very different

    04/26/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04/24/2015 | Ed Stetzer
    As someone who both cares about the mission of the church and leads a research organization, I watch the trends in the church and the culture. Occasionally, someone asks me to share some thoughts on the big picture, in the case of the North American context, questions related to "streams" of Protestantism. Based on research, statistics, extrapolation, and (I hope) some insight, I notice 3 important trends continuing in the next 10 years. Trend #1: The Hemorrhaging of Mainline Protestantism This trend is hardly news—mainliners will tell you of this hemorrhaging and of their efforts to reverse it. Mainline Protestantism...
  • Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"

    04/26/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Adelaide Mena
    Crowds hold signs in defense of traditional marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Credit: Adelaide Mena/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday. “We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA. The Archbishop cautioned that...
  • Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage ['Eternal Marriage Essential for Exaltation' (living with) Lds god]

    04/25/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage [SNIP] Eternal Marriage Is Essential for Exaltation• What is the Lord’s doctrine of marriage, and how does it differ from the views of the world? Many people in the world consider marriage to be only a social custom, a legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But to Latter-day Saints, marriage is much more. Our exaltation depends on marriage...[SNIP] Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like Him. The Lord has said: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; “And in order...
  • Chapter 47: Exaltation [Requirement #5: 'We MUST be married for eternity...']

    04/25/2015 6:00:40 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    Requirements for Exaltation[SNIP] To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in Him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey His commandments. He commands us all to receive certain ordinances: ... 3. Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood. 4. We must receive the temple endowment. 5. We must be married for eternity, either in this life or in the next.In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord commands all of...
  • President Harold B. Lee’s General Priesthood Address ['only' married exalted 'in celestial kingdom']

    04/25/2015 5:33:09 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Ensign (official Lds Church publication) ^ | January 1974 | Lds "prophet" Harold B. Lee
    ...let me say just a bit more about...marriage. This may sound a little bit bold to urge marriage for those...past the marriageable age;...we are shocked to know that some men are delaying marriage until their later thirties or into their forties, and they have never talked of marriage. [SNIP] ...I have a letter here from a sister that pinpoints something...these girls are going through...There is a man who has been dating her for years and he comes especially at meal time... Here is another one who says, “I am a 40-year-old single woman.” Another one says, “I am a 30-year-old...
  • The Mystery and the Mask of Alfred Hitchcock

    04/25/2015 3:14:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    Left: Alfred Hitchcock directing Family Plot inside Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, in the summer of 1975 (Photo: Stan Osborne | Wikipedia). Right: The cover of the new biography of Hitchcock, written by Peter Ackroyd. Following hard on the heels of last year’s fascinating Charlie Chaplin, Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to yet another ‘Cockney visionary’ with the publication of Alfred Hitchcock (Chatto & Windus). Hitchcock is one of the most written about directors in the history of cinema, certainly in the English-speaking world. What could be left to say of a man about whom it has all been...
  • The Cultural Appropriation Defense for Christians

    04/25/2015 2:49:29 PM PDT · by Talisker · 3 replies
    According to Wiki, “cultural appropriation is the adoption of an oppressed people's cultural elements by members of the dominant culture, or by members of any culture that has historically oppressed the peoples of the originating culture. Appropriation may eventually lead to the appropriating group being seen as the new face of said cultural practices. As oppressed peoples' cultures are mimicked by the dominant culture, observers may begin to falsely associate certain cultural practices with the mimicker, and not with the people who originated them. This is often seen in the use by cultural outsiders of a minority, oppressed culture's symbols...
  • Cdl Burke criticizes Cdl Marx' ‘ridiculous’ claim that German Church is not a ‘subsidiary of Rome’

    04/25/2015 11:38:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview today with the prominent German newspaper, Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome” on the question of Communion for ‘remarried’ couples. “I have not read Marx' declaration verbatim, but of course formulations like 'subsidiary of Rome' are ridiculous,” said Burke. “We are all oriented toward Peter, that is the unity of the Catholic Church. 'Subsidiaries’ – that is the language of business, that does not belong to the Church. That is where obedience counts.” When asked about his...
  • Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproductive rights is incendiary

    04/25/2015 10:13:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 25, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn't entirely changed jobs. In a rare Tuesday night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture. "It is clearly taught by Jesus the Christ himself," Walberg preached to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "for those of us who believe in him — and I understand and I accept the fact that there are those who don't — but he said render...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/25/2015 8:15:15 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 14 replies
    April 25, 2015 | Irish Rose
    “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.’ “Is not my house right with God? Has he not made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part? Will he not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me...
  • Mary Carberry gathers papers exposing her as ‘Maria Divine Mercy’

    04/25/2015 6:25:45 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 36 replies
    One week after exposing Ireland resident Mary McGovern-Carberry as the ‘secret’ Catholic visionary “Maria Divine Mercy,” the Irish Mail on Sunday featured her again…gathering up all available copies of the 1 February 2015 publication near her Malahide home. The former owner of McGovern PR should have known better. The public relations consultant, who fell on hard financial times in recent years, transformed herself into an all-internet, all-secret ‘visionary’ in 2011 gathering millions of Irish-Mail-Inside-2-Feb-8-1followers who purchased her books and medals. Store security cameras caught Carberry – who, as Maria Divine Mercy, called herself the last prophet, angel and victim soul...
  • Polygamy: Demise [Lds polygamy didn't end with 1890 manifesto; nor was it intended to]

    04/25/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    TimesAndSeasons.org ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dave Banack
    This is the third and final post on B. Carmon Hardy’s Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy: Its Origin, Practice and Demise (Arthur H. Clark Co., 2007). The simple story of the end of LDS polygamy is that it ended in 1890 with the Manifesto. The not-so-simple story involves a Second Manifesto in 1904, which raises the obvious question, “If the First Manifesto ended polygamy, why the need for a Second Manifesto?” The First Manifesto did not end the officially sanctioned LDS practice of polygamy. In fact, it took twenty years to fully execute that momentous institutional change of...
  • Presbyterian Pastor: “I Love Planned Parenthood.” Calls Abortion Business a “Ministry”

    04/24/2015 6:31:07 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In a tweet by Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, recently released she states, “So grateful to the many faith leaders who stand with Planned Parenthood and our patients. http://ppact.io/1IIU4QF Thank you, @awkukla!” @awkukla is Andrew Kukla, who describes himself as a , “Presby minister, love philosophy and Kierkegaard in particular, dad of four young kids, and I live in Boise, ID,” on his twitter page. The link takes you to a post written by the Presbyterian pastor which calls what Planned Parenthood does “a ministry“. He titled the blog post, “I (heart) Planned Parenthood.” Hard to believe? Read for yourself:...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibåñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Gay Activists Target Marin Catholic HS in San Francisco

    04/24/2015 1:48:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    The attacks continue against San Francisco’s archbishop and faithful Catholic teachers in his archdiocese who just want to be free to teach the truth with love in the City of St. Francis. Crisis readers are already aware of petitions to Rome to remove the faithful archbishop for requiring Catholic school teachers to follow Catholic teaching and for allowing a conservative priest to only have altar boys. These critics’ latest target is the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, one of the fastest growing orders of nuns in the United States, who teach in his diocese.The San Francisco...
  • Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome

    04/24/2015 7:07:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2015 | Wallace Henley
    The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old "prejudices" that should have long ago been "jettisoned," forcing it into "rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity," in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times. Homosexuality must be removed from the "sin list" and, according to an MSNBC commentator, traditional marriage proponents must be forced "to do things they don't want to do." Sadly, this crusade will be like the Marxist "liberation" movements that promised to "free" people, but really were about control and suppression. The culmination may come as the...
  • The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology

    04/23/2015 6:15:39 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which...
  • Pope Francis Calls Christians to Stand United with Jews in Condemning Anti-Semitism

    04/23/2015 3:10:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Christian Times ^ | 23 April, 2015 | Monica Cantilero
    Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, left, shakes hands with Pope Francis during their meeting in the Vatican on April 20, 2015. Pope Francis called on Christians to stand united with Jews to defend themselves against discrimination and persecution. The Pope made the call during a meeting with a 30-member delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis on Monday at the Vatican. The highest leader of the Catholic Church cited the "troubling" anti-Semitic movements in Europe, in his address to rabbis who met with him in anticipation of the 50th anniversary in October of the "Nostra Aetate," the Second Vatican Council's declaration on...
  • Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick [LGBT Advocate] from North Carolina Family Gathering

    04/23/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of [LGBT] New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis’ initiatives for a more listening and merciful church. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramick’s presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick...
  • “Wolf Hall” and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

    04/23/2015 9:38:18 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 31 replies
    Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater” Easter Sunday night. It’s brilliant television. It’s also a serious distortion of history. And it proves, yet again, that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable bigotry in elite circles in the Anglosphere. The distortions and bias are not surprising, considering the source. Hillary Mantel is a very talented, very bitter ex-Catholic who’s said that the Church today is “not an institution for respectable people” (so much for the English hierarchy’s decades-long wheedling for social acceptance). As she freely concedes, Mantel’s aim in...
  • What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?

    04/23/2015 9:33:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    SLTrib.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threatens its uniqueness. But finding just the right balance to ensure a thriving — and distinctive — faith won't be easy. {SNIP} So, what are the Baby Bear options in Mormonism's future? Too much conflict with the wider society, say on gay rights or women's roles, premier Mormon sociologist Armand Mauss argues, would bring "not only popular disdain but even repression and persecution." {SNIP} Female elders? • Third, the LDS Church runs into much debate and even clashes...
  • Paper Claims Pope Rejected Gay French Diplomat as Ambassador to Holy See

    04/23/2015 9:13:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Kim Willsher
    Report says during ‘discreet’ 15-minute meeting with Laurent Stéfanini, pontiff told him Vatican could not accept his appointmentPope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment, a French newspaper has claimed. In a meeting over the weekend, the pontiff allegedly cited his displeasure with a controversial 2013 gay marriage law in France as part of his reason for the decision, according to the report in satirical title Le Canard Enchâiné. Pope Francis also allegedly said he did not appreciate the manner in which France had...
  • Feast Day of St. George (April 23rd)

    04/23/2015 8:11:39 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 3 replies
    http://www.st-george-medal.com ^ | April 23 | http://www.st-george-medal.com
    St. George who was a martyr and one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers has a feast day on April 23rd, the anniversary of his death by beheading. In 1969, Saint George's feast was reduced to an optional memorial in the Roman Catholic calendar so the solemnity of his commemoration depends purely on local observance. However, St. George Day is celebrated by several nations and cities of which Saint George is patron saint. These include, England, Portugal, Georgia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and the Republic of Macedonia, and the cities of Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy and Beirut in Lebanon. In Palestine...
  • Open Letter to David Brooks: Before You Consider Converting to Christianity, Try Judaism

    04/23/2015 7:44:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/22/2015 | Spengler
    David Brooks shares a stage with pundits during a panel discussion, “2012: The Path to the Presidency”, at the University of Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Dear David Brooks:We have never met, and I do not regularly follow your work. Because you are a public intellectual of Jewish origin, though, your spiritual peregrinations are of broader interest. It may be chutzpah for me to offer you advice, but I could not help thinking of the case of Franz Rosenzweig while reading a post at Aletaia claiming that you may convert to Christianity. Rosenzweig, one of the...
  • Why Is A Catholic University Promoting Laverne Cox? [Catholic / SSPX / Sedevacanist Caucus]

    04/23/2015 5:27:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4/23/15 | Dominic Lynch
    On April 23, Loyola University Chicago, a Catholic, Jesuit university (and my soon-to-be-alma mater), will host transgender advocate and “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox.The event at Loyola is part of a nationwide speaking tour Cox has been engaged in since at least January, when she visited Missouri State. She has also visited George Washington University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Toronto (Canada), Arizona State University (ASU), Illinois State University, and will speak at Wichita State later in April. Notably, Loyola is the only Catholic school at which Cox plans to appear.Cox’s speeches at other universities...
  • Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

    04/21/2015 7:59:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Photo credit: ©M. MIGLIORATO/CPP. Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church's first martyr did. “The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they suffer, they give their lives and we receive the blessing of God for their witness,” Francis told attendees of his April 21 Mass, held in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. “In these days how many Stephens there are in the world!” he said, referring to the first...
  • After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram (Catholic Caucus)

    04/21/2015 7:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 21, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears. “Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told EWTN News April 18. In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at...
  • 'Marriage Was God's Idea, and He Will Preserve It, With or Without Us;' Ted Cruz Asks Pastors...

    04/21/2015 5:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Leonardo Blair
    As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, urged pastors across America to preach and pray against it because "marriage was God's idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us." "We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation's understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?" asked Cruz in a letter sent to tens of thousands of pastors highlighted by CBN News. "Prayer moves our God to...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says Christ Showed Him How to Beat Islamic Terror Group

    04/21/2015 3:46:42 PM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 108 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4-21-15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament last December when, he says, something extraordinary happened: Jesus Christ appeared holding a sword, which He offered to the prelate. According to Bishop Dashe, the moment he took the sword from Jesus' hands, it transformed into Rosary beads. He then heard Christ repeat three times, "Boko Haram is gone." The bishop recalls, "I didn't need any prophet to give me the explanation. It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram."...
  • “There is So much God Wants to Say to this Generation” – An Interview with Michael Chang

    04/21/2015 3:16:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | April 21, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    By now you’ve probably seen the video. Simple text overlaid on sweeping and beautiful natural vistas set to a serene — but determined — instrumental soundtrack. Subtle stylistic choices: the use of lens flare, vintage film effects, and mirroring; the use of just enough motion graphics to make a point without being distracting. Beneath it all, a translation in Arabic script for the intended audience. Together, it forms the most potent and moving message I’ve seen addressing the rise of the Islamic state. It cuts through the noise, and offers the reality of God’s love and the opportunity for salvation to men...
  • How Much Influence Does the LDS Church Have on the Legislature? Depends on Who You Ask

    04/21/2015 10:20:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 36 replies
    UtahPolicy.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Bob Bernick
    Perhaps you will find no issue reflecting a greater divide among Utahns that whether LDS Church leaders have too much influence in the Utah Legislature. A new UtahPolicy poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds that three-fourths of the faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say their church has “about the right amount of influence” on state lawmakers’ political decisions. But when you ask the same influence question of non-Mormons, you find super-majorities – 79 percent of Catholics, 84 percent of Protestants – say the Mormon Church has too much influence on Capitol Hill. Now,...
  • Atheist Writer: Most 2016 Candidates Are ‘God-Fearing Clowns and Faith-Mongering Nitwits’

    04/20/2015 9:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Imagine a president of the United States proclaiming in his or her inaugural address, “I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a hereafter…There is no hope, save in ourselves.” If something like that ever happens, writer Jeffrey Tayler’s dream will have come true. Tayler, who routinely trashes religion for the liberal online magazine Salon, complained in a Sunday article that several recent announcements of presidential candidacies have brought about “a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the...