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  • Born Again by the Word of God by John D. Morris, Ph.D. | Mar. 28, 2013

    03/28/2013 11:12:38 AM PDT · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Mar., 28, 2013 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Born Again by the Word of God by John D. Morris, Ph.D. | Mar. 28, 2013 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:23) Our rebirth into the family of God is quite unlike our natural birth. All human birth and, indeed, due to the universal curse placed on all creation (Romans 8:20-22) at the time of Adam's rebellion (Genesis 3), all plant (1 Peter 1:24) and animal reproduction as well, is "of corruptible seed," withering and dying. Our spirits, however, if we have...
  • If Same-Sex Marriage Is a ‘Right,' There Are No Rights

    03/28/2013 7:53:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 27, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The old adage that one lie leads to another is never more apparent than when modern American public officials deal with issues arising from sexual immorality. President Bill Clinton, for example, started a chain of lies when he decided to have an adulterous relationship with a White House intern. Clinton first lied to his wife, then to a federal court, then to the American people. Nor could Clinton's lies, delivered as president, be his lies alone. His partisans in Congress either had to abandon him or add another link to the chain of lies by declaring that perjury and obstruction...
  • Unholy Week at the Supreme Court

    03/28/2013 6:48:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/28/13 | George Neumayr
    Liberal activists respect neither natural law nor positive law. What God and the people have joined together, they feel perfectly free to put asunder. Marriage, by their lights, is a purely human institution that they can make and remake at will. This unholy cause has been on display during Holy Week at the Supreme Court, where activists, such as Hillary Rosen, declared loudly that “procreation is not the point of marriage.” Apparently Jesus Christ was mistaken on this point. He seemed to think that marriage had to do with the two sexes coming together and becoming “one flesh,” a biological...
  • Can Your Child Be Too Religious? [barf]

    03/28/2013 5:56:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Time/Yahoo ^ | 3/28/2013 | Francine Russo
    Religion can be a source of comfort that improves well-being. But some kinds of religiosity could be a sign of deeper mental health issues. Seeing their kids more eager to pray than play video games, most parents would shout, “Hallelujah” or whatever their expression of joy. And they should. Research shows that religion can be a positive force in the lives of children, just as can be for adults. “Religion,” says Bill Hathaway, a clinical psychologist of religion and Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, “is related to the child having a higher sense of...
  • The Supreme Court Has Already Ruled on Homosexual Marriage (While outlawing polygamy)

    03/28/2013 2:36:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 26, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    In the nineteenth century, the courts agreed that it was necessary for the State to acknowledge the biblical requirement of monogamy over against polygamy (many wives). Marriage is by definition a union of one man and one woman. The courts justified their rulings because of moral absolutes found in the Christian religion. What was true of polygamy was equally true of homosexuality since homosexuality was illegal in all the states, including the Mormon-populated state of Utah. The arguments against polygamy applied to homosexuality with little or no debate. In The Late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day...
  • Pope Francis: a man of joy and humility, or harsh and unbending? (baffled Guardian UK asks)

    03/27/2013 7:20:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 70 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 15 March 2013 | Sam Jones, Uki Goni and Jonathan Watts
    [big snip] Many Jesuits have been lukewarm at best ...the distrust stems from Francis's six years as Jesuit provincial of Argentina ...He was fiercely opposed to liberation theology. "As a provincial, he was extremely strict and fairly conservative, which goes against the grain of the society," said [historian Michael] Walsh. Fr. Jose Maria Sang, who recalls his former mentor as an earnest, well-prepared teacher with a strong spiritual orientation, also believes that those seeking to pigeonhole the new pope as conservative or progressive are missing the point. "These terms are political, not religious," he said. "It is better to look...
  • Solemn Covenant: The Mormon Polygamous Passage [Book lists almost 500 Lds in post-manifesto unions]

    03/27/2013 4:42:02 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    BYU Studies ^ | 1993 (review date) | Author: B. Carmon Hardy Reviewer: Lowell C. Bennion
    Author: B. Carmon HardyReviewer: Lowell C. BennionCategories: History of the Church, Pioneer PeriodJournal: 33:2In recent years, studies of Mormon plural marriage have multiplied almost as rapidly as polygamous families did more than a century ago. With this book, Cartoon Hardy, who teaches American history at California State University in Fullerton, has made a major contribution to our understanding of the solemn covenant of plurality. His study, The Mormon Polygamous Passage (1831–1911), began with his 1963 dissertation on "The Mormon Colonies of Northern Mexico," and he has steadily expanded that research ever since. Solemn Covenant, Hardy's first book, serves as a...
  • School Bans the Word ‘Easter’ (In Alabama!)

    03/27/2013 3:25:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | March 26, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Boys and girls at an Alabama elementary school will still get to hunt for eggs – but they can’t call them ‘Easter Eggs’ have the principal banished the word for the sake of religious diversity.</p> <p>“We had in the past a parent to question us about some of the things we do here at school,” said Heritage Elementary School principal Lydia Davenport. “So we’re just trying to make sure we respect and honor everybody’s differences.”</p>
  • The Quiet Menace: Fixating on Francis, Missing the Point – UPDATED

    03/27/2013 3:21:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | March 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Having just gone to confession after mass this morning, it was not my intention to get into a little tiff with a media outlet on Twitter, but being who I am, I couldn’t let it go when I saw one of those lazy, thoughtless sneers cross my timeline, to the effect that Pope Francis (good guy) was refusing to stay in (bad guy) “Pope Benedict’s luxurious apartments.”I needed to disabuse the writer of the notion that Pope Benedict owned anything, including a “luxurious apartment” but that the papal apartment in the Vatican was simply that — the apartment of whoever...
  • The Mark of the Beast

    03/27/2013 2:39:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    On This Rock ^ | March 26, 2013 | Father John Hollowell
    I just want you to know that if this is your sign then you are actively supporting my persecution, torture, imprisonment, etc.  Perhaps you know that already, and perhaps that warms your heart, but I wanted to make sure we're all on the same page here.   The French didn't wake up one morning and say "Hey, let's kill tens of thousands of Catholics"...it happened over time.  It was a process. And HERE...WE...GO.  The volcano, simmering under the surface for so long, showing little eruptions here and there, being forcasted for decades by people with "eyes to see and...
  • Weird religious school initiation ceremony 'not sexual' [licking shaving cream off a priest's knees]

    03/27/2013 9:21:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    Polskie Radio ^ | 27.3.2013
    Professor Zbigniew Lew-Starowicz, former chairman of the Polish Sexology Society, was requested to give his opinion to an ongoing investigation into an incident at a school in Lubin, southern Poland, in September 2012 where headmaster, Father Marcin Kozyra was photographed taking part in the strange ceremony. The school, run by the Salesian Society, which maintains about a sixth of Poland's religious schools, quickly took the photograph off their web site after concern that the school children may have been lured into performing a sexual act on the headmaster. “The expert assessed that there is no basis to conclude that the...
  • ChurchMilitantTV Special Report : Dolan & the Dolanites

    03/27/2013 8:54:21 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies
    Philothea on Phire blog/ CMTV ^ | 3/26/2013 | Jay Boyd, Ph.D.
    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 CMTV: Dolan and the Dolanites Thank God for the courageous and honest analysis of Michael Voris and ChurchMilitant.TV. In this Special Report, Michael Voris takes Cardinal Dolan to task for multiple offenses against the Church and Our Lord, including the Cardinal's latest escapade of allowing abortion-supporting Vice-President to receive Holy Communion at a Mass where the Cardinal was presiding.   This report is not "bishop-bashing"; it is an act of charity. Our shepherds are held to higher accountability than we, the lay faithful.  It is time that some of them realize that their own actions are...
  • Quo Vadis? Islam and Ecumenism?

    03/27/2013 7:40:56 AM PDT · by marcbold · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3-26-13 | Patrick Archbold
    Ecumenism is a hot topic right now, particularly dialogue with Islam. But whenever I consider dialogue and ecumenism with Islam I always come back to one question. What is the point? By this question, I don't intend sarcastic commentary that any and all dialogue is fruitless. I mean it at face value. To measure the success of any endeavor, you must know what it is we wish to achieve by it. So what do we hope to achieve with better dialogue with Islam? First, may I suggest that it is not possible to have fruitful dialogue with Islam itself, but...
  • The House of Lies

    03/27/2013 6:53:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/26/13 | Anne Hendershott
    This week’s Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage cases owe much to Lawrence v. Texas, the 2003 ruling that overturned anti-sodomy laws. However, the story behind Lawrence isn’t what many suppose.The recent endorsement of same-sex marriage by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came as no surprise. She joins a long list of politicians—mostly Democrats, but increasingly more Republicans—who claim to have been “recently” converted to the cause. Earlier this month her husband, the former President William Clinton, published a piece in the Washington Post in which he said he regretted signing the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. New...
  • Notre Dame gets new bells for her 850th birthday

    03/26/2013 8:41:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    History Blog ^ | March 26, 2013
    Notre Dame de Paris, the Gothic cathedral that is one of the most famous churches in the world, turns 850 years old this year and has gotten a new set of nine bells for a birthday present. The new bells range in size from 767 kilos (1691 lbs) to 1.91 tons. They were blessed in a ceremony at the cathedral on February 2nd (see this YouTube for the full ceremony; the top comment lists the times they were rung), but since they were lined up in the nave, their rings were only heard individually when their clappers were struck against...
  • Do we love those inclined to homosexuality enough to stop same-sex ‘marriage’?

    03/26/2013 8:02:07 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 173 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-26-13 | John-Henry Westen
    Let’s get one thing straight. In this battle over same-sex ‘marriage’ it often sounds like those pushing the dismantling of traditional marriage have the upper hand in terms of love. ‘You are opposed to love!’; ‘How does the love between me and my partner affect you in your marriage?’; ‘Why can’t I be allowed to love whomever I choose?’ These are the tough arguments from ‘love’ facing those who are fighting to protect marriage from radical redefinition. In truth, however, love is the principle reason to fight same-sex ‘marriage.’ You see, law is a teacher and enshrining same-sex ‘marriage’ in...
  • Oliver Cowdery’s ‘Article on Marriage’ embarrassed the LDS Church in its polygamy heyday

    03/26/2013 7:26:44 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | March 25, 2013 | Doug Gibson
    During its first several decades, LDS Church leaders included an “Article on Marriage” in the faith’s Doctrine and Covenants. Penned by early church leader Oliver Cowdery, it stated, in part, “Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.”It sounds pretty simple, albeit a bit clumsy in the wording. Some have surmised that the slight difference in the words “man should have...
  • Legal Equality or Marriage Redefined?

    03/26/2013 3:20:48 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis
    Ethics Forum ^ | March 26, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The United States of America is facing the definition of marriage. (The original amicus brief before SCOTUS, with its supporting documentation, can be found here.) Why the big push in the USA? Follow the money trail. Some are calling this the "trials of marriage." Perhaps we should consider instead "marriage on trial." Other countries call this same-sex civil "partnership" and this is legally equal to marriage between a man and a woman. So the issue is not equality before the law, but redefining marriage. Norway has had "registered partnerships" since 1993. Sweden has called them "registered partnerships" since 1994.
  • University Apologizes for 'Stomp on Jesus' Lesson

    03/26/2013 3:00:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2013 | Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter
    A Florida academic institution that had a professor tell his students to write the name Jesus on paper and trample on it has issued a formal apology for the lesson. "This exercise will not be used again. The University holds dear its core values. We sincerely apologize for any offense this caused," said Florida Atlantic University, a multi-campus institution, in a prepared statement posted on its website. "Florida Atlantic University respects all religions and welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs." FAU also stated that "no students were forced to take part in the exercise" and "that no student...
  • The End is Near For Marriage As We Know It

    03/26/2013 1:25:49 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 26, 2013 | JP
    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a landmark case that seeks to establish “marriage equality” as the law of the land, my thoughts turned to Kody Brown, David Epstein and Kenneth Pinyan. Brown, who appears with his four brides and 17 children in the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” faces prosecution for violating Utah’s ban on polygamy. Epstein, a Columbia University political science professor, was charged last year with one count of incest for his three-year consensual sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. And Pinyan, the subject of a documentary film, “Zoo,” which won an award at...
  • Archbishop Cordileone states case against gay marriage

    03/26/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    USA Today | 3/26/2013
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  • Insight: Silent or supportive, conservatives give gay marriage momentum (LDS does 180?)

    03/25/2013 11:56:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2013 | Peter Henderson
    On a frosty December night last year, about two dozen guests slipped into the Alta Club, a century-old private retreat a block away from the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that dominates Salt Lake City. Two men, who didn't know each other, were the reason for the dinner: church lobbyist Bill Evans and gay rights leader Rick Jacobs. Evans was a point man for the church's successful effort to pass California's gay marriage ban, known as Prop 8, in 2008. Jacobs, leader of Courage Campaign, produced a 2008 commercial against the ban showing Mormon missionaries...
  • A prayer in public school today (vanity)

    03/25/2013 11:21:46 PM PDT · by married21 · 11 replies
    me | 3/25/13 | married21
    Just wanted to report that today I saw kids praying in public school. About eight of them. High school age boys! I attended a music competition to see my daughter's high school band perform. As the group waited outside to go into the warm-up room, prior to performing for the judges, a boy said, "Well, guys, we should pray." There was a little back and forth as it was sorted out who was Christian and who was not interested, and a huddle of guys formed, with their arms around each others' shoulders, seriously praying for their performance to go well...
  • Magdi Allam Leaves Catholic Church Over Its Dhimmitude (Remains a Christian)

    03/25/2013 2:47:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2013 | Andrew Bostom
    In a profoundly symbolic gesture (hat tip Tundra Tabloids), which epitomizes the Catholic Church's abject dhimmitude, high-profile Muslim convert to Christianity Magdi Christiano Allam, has renounced his Catholicism because of what he terms the Church's weakness toward, and legitimation of, Islam. Allam, who remains a Christian, reiterated his belief that Islam is inherently violent, to both its own votaries, and non-Muslims, and criticized The Church for lacking "the vision and courage to denounce the incompatibility of Islam with our [Western] civilization and fundamental rights of the person." When Benedict XVI himself oversaw Magdi Allam's public Easter 2008 conversion from Islam...
  • Comunione e Liberazione: Christ and Culture

    03/25/2013 1:02:01 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 1 replies
    ABC.net Religion & Ethics ^ | 3/25/13 | Tracey Rowland
    Different Marxist factions had different ideas about how best to go about this. The Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci drew a distinction between what he called a "war of manoeuvre" and a "war of position." The war of manoeuvre was the Stalinist model. One simply used political violence to achieve one's ends. But Gramsci thought this would not work in the more highly developed Western countries. For these countries, he recommended a war of position. A war of position is one in which one first identifies "switch-points of social power" and then one seeks to peacefully take control of those switch-points....
  • Magdi Allam Misunderstands Islam and Christianity

    03/25/2013 11:52:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    First Things ^ | March 25, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    A prominent anti-Islam advocate’s hatred of Islam has now led him to abandon his Catholic faith: Magdi Cristiano Allam, an Egyptian-born Muslim whom Pope Benedict publicly baptised at Easter five years ago in St Peter’s Basilica has announced that he is leaving the Church because it has taken too soft a stand against Islam.“My conversion to Catholicism, which came at the hands of Benedict XVI during the Easter Vigil on 22 March 2008, I now consider finished in combination with the end of his pontificate,” Mr Allam wrote on Monday in the right-wing Milan daily, Il Giornale. . . .“The...
  • High profile Muslim convert quits Catholic Church

    03/25/2013 9:08:05 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 65 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 3/25/2013
    High profile Muslim convert quits Catholic Church25 March 2013 Magdi Cristiano Allam, an Egyptian-born Muslim whom Pope Benedict publicly baptised at Easter five years ago in St Peter's Basilica has announced that he is leaving the Church because it has taken too soft a stand against Islam."My conversion to Catholicism, which came at the hands of Benedict XVI during the Easter Vigil on 22 March 2008, I now consider finished in combination with the end of his pontificate," Mr Allam wrote on Monday in the right-wing Milan daily, Il Giornale.The 61-year-old journalist and right-wing politician has long been an Italian...
  • De-Converting Mormons [From an ex-Mormon]

    03/24/2013 7:29:58 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 178 replies
    Ex-Mormon.org ^ | March 24, 2013 | Ex-Cult Member
    (This was actually a reply to another thread but thought I'd re-post it as its own thread) I think I was at least partially responsible for approximately 10 friends and my entire family (parents & siblings). I may have lucked out but some things to note that I think helped me was: 1) I never came across as angry or bitter. I was always nice, friendly and self assured (but not arrogant or condescending) 2) They all knew I was a "good" Mormon so they were all very curious as to why I left when it wasn't because of being...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/24/2013 3:24:31 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    3-24-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • Papal Poverty and Divine Irony

    03/24/2013 11:33:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 24, 2013 | Bevil Bramwell, OMI
    The dictionary defines irony as “a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.” Well, the election of Pope Francis, first of that name, was certainly that. The cardinal electors, most of whom rarely if ever see poor people, chose to be pope someone who has, day after day over many years. The cardinal electors, most of whom live very well indeed, chose someone who lives extremely simply, even cooking his own meals. The cardinals, most of whom do not even do very much to make sure that Church teaching...
  • Christian Group Banned From Running 'Gay Cure' Advertisements [UK]

    03/23/2013 4:13:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Reuters/ Charisma News ^ | 3/22/13 | ESTELLE SHIRBON/REUTERS
    A British judge upheld on Friday a decision to ban a Christian group from placing adverts on London buses that suggested people could be cured of homosexuality. The group, Core Issues Trust, wanted to place adverts on the side of London's distinctive red double-decker buses that read: "Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!" The proposed adverts were a response to a campaign by gay rights group Stonewall, which had run adverts on London buses that read: "Some people are gay. Get over it!" In a 35-page ruling, High Court judge Beverley Lang dismissed Core Issues Trust's claim...
  • [November 1985] The Only True Church

    03/23/2013 4:02:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 129 replies
    Lds.org (Ensign magazine) ^ | November 1985 | Boyd Packer
    SNIP Surely we must appear at times to be very amateurish when compared to the professional clergy of other churches. One doctrine presents a particular challenge. It is our firm conviction that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is...“the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.” (D&C 1:30) This doctrine often generates resistance and repels the casual investigator. Some have said, “We want nothing to do with anyone who makes so presumptuous a claim as that.” The early Latter-day Saints were...the butt of many clever stories. We, of course, are not free from...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/23/2013 10:53:14 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    March 23, 2013 | Irish Rose
    The word of the LORD that came to Joel son of Pethuel. Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers? Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten. (Joel 1:1-4) “I will repay you for...
  • Traits of the Anti-Christ; sound familiar?

    03/23/2013 7:07:45 AM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 62 replies
    I came across this while doing some research on the Anti-Chist. Sound familiar? 46 Prophecies the Antichrist will fulfill 1. The antichrist will be a man - Daniel 7:24-25 2. He will confirm a covenant for 7 years - Daniel 9:27 Now also, this does not mean that he creates this covenant. The word here for "confirm" is 1396 gabar (gaw-bar'); a primitive root; to be strong; by implication, to prevail, act insolently: KJV-- exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more [strength], strengthen, be stronger, be valiant. The antichrist will strengthen a covenant for a 7 year...
  • Pope Francis said: "300 People Could Live Here!"

    03/23/2013 6:59:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | March 22, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    Bird's Eye View of Saint Peter's & the Apostolic Palace Our Holy Father Pope Francis has yet to take residence in the papal apartments known as the "Apostolic Palace" in the Vatican. If you've been to Rome, and you're facing the facade of Saint Peter's basilica, it would be to your right (to the north). Please see the photo above. When escorted through the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis is rumored to have exclaimed, "Three hundred people could live in here!" In the mean time, Pope Francis has remained in the Vatican's guest house Domus Sanctae Marthae - House of Saint Martha,...
  • [March 10, 2010] Hot News Lorenzo Snow marries sweet young thing [5th Mormon 'prophet' married multi

    03/23/2013 5:07:41 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 75 replies
    New Order Mormon Forum Blog ^ | March 10, 2010 | Henry Jacobs
    Does anyone know the story behind Lorenzo Snow marrying a sweet 16 year old girl...?
  • May The Pope Come to Iraq in the Footsteps of Saint Francis, Says Patriarch Sako

    03/22/2013 6:52:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/21/13
    Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church, extends an invitation to the pontiff when the two met this morning in the Vatican. The Holy Father is moved by the suffering of Iraqi Christians. Dialogue with Muslims is a priority.Roma (AsiaNews) - As Saint San Francis travelled to the East where he met Sultan Malik al-Kamil, so we hope Pope Francis "may come to Iraq to confirm us our faith and give our small community in the land of Abraham courage and hope," said His Beatitude Mar Louis Raphael I Sako during an audience with the pontiff this...
  • Cuba to Mark Good Friday as Holiday Thanks to Benedict XVI's Visit

    03/22/2013 6:39:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    And Cubans Able to Follow Some of Pope Francis' 1st DaysThe Cuban government announced that Good Friday will be a public holiday in Cuba. The news was published Monday in the Granma newspaper, indicating that the measure was established in Resolution 24 on March 29, 2009. The following day, the same newspaper, which is the official publication of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, published a note stating that "by an error the newspaper's editorial board omitted yesterday to state that the labor recess of the 29th is for Friday of Holy Week, the omission sparking numerous criticisms...
  • Vatican workers join pope for early morning Masses

    03/22/2013 2:28:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cns ^ | March 22, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Dressed in orange safety vests, green jumpsuits or other workers' attire, Vatican gardeners, garbage collectors and cleaning crews joined Pope Francis for a 7 a.m. Mass March 22. Usually in the Vatican, "we're the invisible ones," Luciano Cecchetti, coordinator of the Vatican gardeners and sanitation workers, told Vatican Radio after the Mass. "To find ourselves before the Holy Father, at a Mass for us, is something that doesn't happen every day. I turned and looked at the faces of the employees: We all left there misty-eyed," he said. After the Mass, there was time for private...
  • Michael Voris on attacks on Francis and Benedict

    03/22/2013 11:55:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Michael Voris has some good things to say about the negative reactions to Pope Francis. Attacking the Pope - You Tube Video
  • Why Joe Biden didn't kiss the Pope's ring (Hypocrite Alert)

    03/22/2013 8:50:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 50 replies
    htto://www.cbsnews.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | AP
    "Biden says his mother told him that no one is "better" than him. And while Biden should treat everyone with respect, his mother said her son should also "demand respect."
  • Asking for Freeper Help with Offensive Facebook Page

    03/21/2013 8:02:50 PM PDT · by Paved Paradise · 71 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3-21-13 | Dan O'Shannon
    I have not posted on FR in a few years, but am hoping to rally some of the troops. Someone "liked" a page on Facebook, which is entitled "The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus," so it showed up on my newsfeed. The author of this page is the producer/writer of the top television show, "Modern Family," and has written for several very popular shows (e.g., Frasier). Apparently, that is not satisfying enough to this person. The content speaks for itself. It is utterly degrading and hateful to anyone who professes Christ regardless of your denomination. I complained to Facebook and cited...
  • Social Justice And Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

    03/21/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/20/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he is a man of few words.” I lived half of my life in Buenos Aires. Few things are more difficult there than finding leaders with his humble demeanor and his preference for teaching by example. Most in his native Argentina have been captured by a political and economic environment ruled by a government dominated “social justice” mentality. Hopefully, Pope Francis will also rise above his culture and help recover a different...
  • Eight things Catholics supposedly want Pope Francis to do, according to @DrSteveMcSwain

    03/21/2013 11:23:22 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 25 replies
    Brothers and sisters, Peace and Good to all of you. I’ve been detecting a trend in the mainstream media (MSM) following the election of Pope Francis and it is a trend that I dislike quite a bit. The trend consists of piling up unrealistic expectations upon the Pope and the desire of Catholics in general (usually, not the church-going Catholics) for the Pope to exercise a doctrinal line-veto and erase, in a few strokes, the Catholic understanding of God, of man, and of the Church itself in favor of postmodern dogmas held by our compassionate, and tolerant elites. Now, Dr....
  • One Catholic, Two Catholics, Three Catholics ...

    03/21/2013 9:59:14 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | March 20, 2013 | Brian Palmer
    The total number of American Catholics depends largely on what you think it takes to be a Catholic, with the numbers dropping as the required level of commitment increases. It takes very little effort to self-identify as a Catholic, so the Pew Research Center’s survey sets the Catholic population high at 75 million. The Catholic Research Forum has more rigorous standards, defining Catholics as people who are baptized into the church and arrange for a Catholic funeral. By this measure, there are approximately 68 million American Catholics. Finally, some demographers count only people who register at a church or regularly...
  • Media Finding it Difficult to Find Nuns Who Look Like Nuns for their Anti-Church Rants

    03/21/2013 9:51:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 19, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    I noticed something odd (or maybe not so odd) in the anti-Catholic rants in the media recently. While they talk about things like the "stained glass ceiling" to refer to the fact that women can't become priests they use images of nuns that don't exactly correlate with their message. 60 Minutes used a graphic of a habited nun in their story blasting the Church for misogyny. And just yesterday, NBC's The Today show extensively used footage of the Sisters of Mary from Ann Arbor in connection with an argument for women becoming priests from Joan Chittister. I understand why they're...
  • Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman

    03/21/2013 6:30:55 AM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th March, 2013 | John Bingham
    Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman The Telegraph's John Bingham, an Ulster Protestant, was in the Vatican City on Sunday when, suddenly, he found himself face to face with the new Pope. He describes what happened next. By John Bingham, Vatican City 6:14PM GMT 17 Mar 2013 Mr Paisley, I hope you are sitting down if you read this. In an unwitting ecumenical gesture, Pope Francis shook hands with the first Ulster protestant of his reign today: me. Pope Francis greets crowds, including the Daily Telegraph's reporter John Bingham (circled), before his Angelus prayer in the Vatican (Reuters) I...
  • Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest

    03/21/2013 4:47:34 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest Francisco Jalics, who was imprisoned for five months in the 1970s, says he and the new pope reconciled in 2000" Jonathan Watts The Guardian, Wednesday 20 March 2013 ..."I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a denunciation," Jalics said. "[But] at the end of the 90s, after numerous conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio."... ...The latest comments follow a less categorical...
  • Pope Francis Visits Downton Abbey: The Papal Wardrobe Controversy

    03/20/2013 4:54:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | March 20, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    When Pope Francis was elected, we didn't know much about him. When Pope Benedict was elected Pope, we knew exactly who he was. Pope Benedict had scores of published books and he had a been a visible and known prelate at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Benedict was in many ways the right hand man of John Paul II and we knew what to expect. Pope Francis is entirely unknown to most of us. As a result, most folks have had to rely on only one source of information for the past week or so: photographs....
  • Does anyone have any pictures of Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi receiving communion?

    03/20/2013 7:45:56 AM PDT · by dangus · 101 replies
    Dangus
    Baby-killing advocates Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have told the press that they received communion at the papal mass. And I've seen loads of pictures of both at the papal mass. Seeing how the big news story their presence spurs is whether they'd receive communion, is there any evidence that they did? It's not like both have not directly lied about their relationships with the Catholic faith. Please understand that I am not making an assertion that they did NOT. I am only trying to find confirmation that they DID.