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  • ACLU Complaint Targets Nation’s Largest Catholic Hospital System Over Sterilization

    10/28/2016 11:28:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Describing sterilization as “essential health care,” the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights against Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic hospital system, as well as a subsidiary, Genesys Health System. Arguing that “Ascension and Genesys’s policy banning tubal ligations discriminates against … women on the basis of sex,” the ACLU called upon the federal government “to take steps to ensure that Ascension and Genesys adhere to the non-discrimination protections guaranteed by Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.” Complaint Filed Against Catholic Hospitals Over Refusal...
  • For Christian Lawmaker, Anti-Alcohol Law "Islamises” Iraq

    10/28/2016 11:17:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    A ban on the sale, importation and production of alcohol is included in a law under pressure from extremist lawmakers. Iraqi Kurdistan will not enforce the law. For Christian leader, the law violates minority rights and is contrary to the Constitution.Baghdad (AsiaNews) – A law adopted by Iraq’s National Assembly banning the sale, importation and production of alcohol in the country "is contrary to the Constitution and citizens’ rights " and is a sign of the Islamisation of Iraq. This is why "we have decided to fight" it and in the coming days “we are going to go court to...
  • Half Page Bible Message for America on Second Page of USA Today News Paper

    10/28/2016 5:08:58 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    USA Today | 10/28/2016
    Dear FR friends, there is a half page Bible tract on the second page of today's USA Today's newspaper (10/28 -30) for ALL America to consider. Please check it out, spread the word and pray for the outworking of Almighty God's will and use for it in the hearts and minds of the American people and world. We want to maximize God's will, saving grace and Gospel message in these evil days for Almighty God's Great Name and Glory - Eph. 5:15-17! Eph. 3:20-21
  • Russia Will Punish the World - 3rd Secret of Fatima Revealed

    10/28/2016 3:07:56 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 24 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | October 26, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document.) Russia Will Punish the World - 3rd Secret of Fatima Revealed People today do not realize the great devastation of ignoring God’s holy laws. It is like kids ignoring what their parents tell them such as not to play with matches or to not play near the highway, and later there are dire consequences. Saint Michael the...
  • Debate Boils Over Sex Education in Catholic Schools

    10/27/2016 8:51:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/27/16 | Matthew Archbold
    With recent well-publicized protests from parents of Catholic school students to the firestorm over new sex-education materials published by the Vatican, things only seem to be growing more intense, leaving many faithful Catholic parents looking for answers.The issue of sex education in Catholic schools has been hotly debated for decades, but with recent well-publicized protests from parents of Catholic school students to the firestorm over new sex-education materials published by the Vatican, things only seem to be growing more intense, leaving many faithful Catholic parents looking for answers. A group of parents recently raised an alarm over sexually graphic pictures...
  • The American Sadducees - Haters of Jesus Christ

    10/27/2016 2:30:27 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/27/16
    In Jesus’ day, there were two main political parties which ran Israel under Rome's oppressive reign. One was the Sadducee party and the other the Pharisee party. Both groups claimed to represent the Law of Moses and have the best interests of the people of Israel in mind. These two parties had opposing political and religious views and were at the opposite ends of the religious and political spectrum. In all honesty they both had little power under Rome’s iron hand, but that never stopped these two parties from trying to gain - the gentile occupied population of Israel’s –...
  • Hosea 4:1-3 Being Fulfilled Before Our Very Eyes

    10/27/2016 7:26:48 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 21 replies ^ | 10/27/16 | Gary
    Consider the words of Hosea 4:1-3, God's judgment on the land that is tainted by widespread, unrestrained sin: Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:“There is no faithfulness, no love,no acknowledgment of God in the land.There is only cursing, lying and murder,stealing and adultery;they break all bounds,and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away;the beasts of the field, the birds in the skyand the fish in the sea are swept away. Now ponder...
  • George Washington's Hope and Prayer

    10/26/2016 8:47:34 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    President George Washington, on April 30, 1789, delivered his famous Inaugural Address to both Houses of Congress. He had just taken the oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, with his hand upon a Bible opened to Deuteronomy, Chapter 28: Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations and whose providential aides...
  • Swiss Christian Nursing Home Must Allow Assisted Suicide

    10/26/2016 5:52:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/26/16 | Simon Caldwell
    A Christian nursing home in Switzerland must allow assisted suicide or lose its charitable statusA Swiss court has ruled that a Christian nursing home must either permit assisted suicide on its premises or give up its charitable status. The nursing home, which is run by the Salvation Army, the UK-based Christian charity, lost a legal challenge to new assisted suicide rules. The regulations, introduced about a year ago, compel charities caring for the sick and elderly to offer assisted suicide when a patient or resident requests it. The nursing home objected on the grounds that the law violated the core...
  • Pastor Defends Having a Late-Term Abortion: “It Was the Right Course of Action for Me”

    10/26/2016 4:42:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies
    Life News ^ | October 26, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Another woman with a painful pregnancy story defended her late-term abortion this week in reaction to Donald Trump’s remarks at the last presidential debate. During the Oct. 19 debate, Trump exposed the brutal nature of late-term abortions and the extremism of pro-abortion challenger Hillary Clinton, who supports late-term and partial-birth abortions up until birth. “I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s...
  • CDF instruction on cremation-affirming the status quo while opening the door to further concessions.

    10/26/2016 4:21:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 26, 2016 | Augustinus
    >>... the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted. Only in grave and exceptional cases dependent on cultural conditions of a localized nature, may the Ordinary, in agreement with the Episcopal Conference or the Synod of Bishops of the Oriental Churches, concede permission for the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence. Nonetheless, the ashes may not be divided among various family members and due respect must be maintained regarding the circumstances of such a conservation.<< This permission should be seen in the context of the contemporary situation of...
  • No More Conservatives

    The trouble with the terms even when they were useful was that they were moving targets. One could only be a “conservative” or a “liberal” in comparison to someone else. It was a sliding scale, and your position on it depended on where you were standing on the line – or who was standing next to you. So, a guy like archbishop Gomez got called a “conservative” (or sometimes an “archconservative” depending on who was doing the labelling) when he went to Los Angeles to take over for the uber “liberal” heretic Mahoney. And when Gomez would say or do...
  • Christian University Comes Under Fire for Partnering With Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    10/26/2016 9:02:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | October 25, 2016 | Students for Life
    The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis details a conversation between a senior demon Screwtape to his nephew and apprentice Wormwood on how to make sure the “patient” compromises his values and morals. It’s eerily close to our current world, where evil infiltrates the very institutions that are supposed to be churning out well-formed pro-life individuals. Instead, we see Christian colleges and universities partnering with Planned Parenthood, allowing the students in their care to be educated by the nation’s largest abortion provider. Recently, we exposed an internship with Planned Parenthood that Texas Christian University was offering for school credit to their...
  • Irish Archbishop: We Shouldn’t Try to Define the Family

    10/25/2016 4:35:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite news ^ | 10/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    DUBLIN, Ireland, October 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — We must not “allow ourselves to be become entangled in trying to produce definitions of the family” because different cultural values mean family “cannot be defined simply,” the Archbishop of Dublin said in a speech preparing for the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who has previously said the controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia will be the “core resource” for the family life conference’s catechesis, lamented that one of the problems with the world is that we “judge things in black and white.” He suggested that this is at odds with...
  • Orbán Urges Europeans to Stand Against ‘Sovietisation’ of EU, Maintain Continent’s Christian Roots

    10/25/2016 4:30:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/24/16 | Virginia Hale
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged Europeans to stand against the “Sovietisation” of Europe and said the continent must close its borders to migrants, at an event Sunday commemorating the anti-communist uprising of 1956.Warning that the European Union (EU) must not be turned into a “modern age empire”, Mr. Orbán defended the nation state and insisted the continent should hold on to its Christian roots. “People who love their freedom must save Brussels from Sovietisation, from people who want to tell us who we should live with in our countries,” the Prime Minister told the crowd gathered in Budapest. He...
  • Albert Mohler Sees God’s Sovereignty in a Time of Darkening Skies

    10/25/2016 9:26:56 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 3 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 10/25/16 | Rick Plasterer
    Southern Baptist theologian and Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler spoke to a Christian Legal Society meeting in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 20, concerning the current crisis confronting Christian life in contemporary America, and what Christian lawyers, in particular, might consider in their now crucial roles. He began by noting that every Christian should be a “would be lawyer,” and vice versa. There will be “many moments of common urgency.” ..."Mohler held that there are two ways that a nation can secularize. It can 1) reject theism outright, or 2) adopt a secular worldview while remaining formally...
  • Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick]...dies aged 92 [trunc]

    10/25/2016 6:51:26 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 144 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10.25.16 | Ted Thornhill
    Full title: Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick] who mocked minorities and said Harry Potter was satanic dies aged 92. Jack T. Chick died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday evening His cartoon tracts vilified secular society, evolution and homosexuality They portrayed rock music and Harry Potter as literal traps of the Devil
  • United Church of Christ Pastor Celebrates Planned Parenthood, Prays for “Right to Choose”

    10/24/2016 6:28:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | October 24, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    One of the key principles of the Christian faith is that all human lives are valuable because they are created in the image of God, and therefore killing an innocent human being is a grave evil. However, a few Christians stray from these teachings and argue that women should have a “right” to abort their unborn child’s life. Neichelle Guidry Jones, a United Church of Christ pastor from Chicago, is one of them. Last week, she praised and prayed for Planned Parenthood as it celebrated its 100th anniversary, Charisma News reports. “We celebrate today that on Oct. 16, 1916, Margaret...
  • Muslims Stage Massive Protest, Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Outside Rome’s Colosseum

    10/24/2016 5:54:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/16 | Thomas Williams
    Thousands of Muslims gathered in protest outside Rome’s Colosseum Friday after Italian authorities shut down a number of so-called “garage mosques” to avoid young people becoming radicalized. The Muslim community of Rome chose the iconic Colosseum, a worldwide symbol of Christian persecution and martyrdom, to stage their demonstration against the alleged shutting down by police of illegal places of Muslim worship in the city. An imam led the group in chanting “Allahu Akbar,” which means in Arabic “God is great,” as they prostrated themselves on the ground. Many Roman citizens were visibly disturbed by the protest, noting that in its...
  • Permanent Imam Is Appointed at Hagia Sophia

    10/24/2016 5:48:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | 10/21/16 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    The position of Imam at Hagia Sophia that was established in 1936 but remained vacant for years has now been filled, as a permanent Imam has been appointed. “Now out of the four minarets of Hagia Sophia we will be hearing the voice of the Imam five times a day when until now it was only twice a day,” Turkish media reported. According to the decision of the Mufti of Fatih district and the Religious Affairs Service where Hagia Sophia belongs, the new permanent Imam will be responsible for all prayers of the day, Eleftheros Typos newspaper reports. Hagia Sophia,...
  • Catholic university prohibits ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ posters on campus

    10/24/2016 1:10:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    The nation’s largest Catholic university told a group of pro-life students that it could not display posters reading “Unborn Lives Matter,” lest they provoke the Black Lives Matter movement. In a letter to the College Republicans, DePaul University president Father Dennis Holtschneider said the posters contained “bigotry” veiled “under the cover of free speech,” the Daily Wire reported. “By our nature, we are committed to developing arguments and exploring important issues that can be steeped in controversy and, oftentimes, emotion,” Mr. Holtschneider said in the letter. “Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/24/2016 11:37:50 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-24-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 118:1 O Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good; For His Lovingkindness is Everlasting.
  • Bringing back the dead… Catholic style

    10/23/2016 3:54:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 23, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Forget about ghosts and goblins on Halloween; how about a walk through a dark cemetery where dead people who once walked the earth appear out of nowhere and talk to you about life and death, heaven and hell?The “Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk” in Emmitsburg, Maryland has provided such an experience every October for the past 12 years. Held in the historic cemetery on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, it’s the brainchild of Fr. Brian Nolan, chaplain for Mount Saint Mary’s University.The idea for the walk was inspired by a haunted house at Mount Saint...
  • The 38 Albanian Martyrs That Died Crying “Long Live Christ the King!”

    10/23/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 10/23/16
    When Pope Francis traveled to Albania two years ago, the testimony of priests and religious leaders who lived under the oppression of the communist regime left him speechless. Now, the 38 people who did not survive torture and died as victims of hatred for the faith have been declared martyrs and will soon be beatified. MSGR. ANGELO MASSAFRA Archbishop of Shkodra (Albania)"In the group of 38 martyrs, the last person was killed in '74 because he secretly baptised someone. The priest was also betrayed and was shot. Before being killed, they used to shout "Long live Christ the King!" like...
  • Pastor at NY church pleads guilty in 14-hour beating

    10/22/2016 9:24:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Boroff
    The pastor of a central New York church where two brothers were beaten during a 14-hour "counseling session" pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and assault. Three other members of the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford agreed to less serious charges for their roles in the beatings that killed Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured his 17-year-old brother Christopher. Pastor Tiffanie Irwin, her brother Joseph Irwin and mother-and-son church members Linda and David Morey are the last of nine people to be convicted in the brutal attack that investigators say took place after the victims discussed leaving the congregation.
  • Muslim Children As Young As Five In Pakistan Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/22/2016 5:08:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10/21/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Muslim children throughout Pakistan are being indoctrinated with hatred for Christians, a senior Church leader has warned. A rare insight into how the anti-Christian persecutors of tomorrow are being created in Pakistan was provided this week by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw. "A huge problem we face in Pakistan – one that is deeply divisive across many sections of society – is hate material in school text books," he said. "For example, in class one, five-year-olds are given a lesson in which they are told: 'Who am I? I am a Muslim and the other people...
  • By God's Grace, Believers Needs to Expand Their Influence in American Society and Around the World

    10/22/2016 8:25:15 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    A pastor commented on the moral and spiritual decline in our country inferring a need to focus on our spiritual issues, not just our political political issues. I agree that the underlying cause of our political and social malaise is a deep spiritual need to come back to a trust and reliance on God, not a reliance on man and his government. "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture

    10/21/2016 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 43 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 20, 2016 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Editor’s note: The following talk, originally titled “Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To,” was delivered October 19, 2016 at the 2016 Bishops’ Symposium co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is published here with permission of the author.Much of what I say today you probably already know. But that doesn’t prevent a good discussion, so I hope you’ll bear with me. As I sat down to write my talk last week, a friend emailed me a copy of a manuscript illustration from...
  • Catholic College Bars ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ Poster

    10/20/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The president of a Catholic university has prohibited a Republican student organization from displaying an “unborn lives matter” poster on the campus. A DePaul University spokeswoman told National Review that Father Dennis Holtschneider denied the request because the poster “was, at best, deceptive, and the words, font, colors, and design clearly were intended to do a disservice to the Black Lives Matter and pro-life movements.” DePaul Invokes ‘Catholic Values’ to Ban Pro-Life Poster (National Review)
  • Patriarch Kirill Urges All Countries to Unite in Sacred War on Terrorism

    10/20/2016 7:12:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/18/16
    London, October 18, Interfax - The war on terrorism is a sacred war, and must be a common cause of all countries, not just Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told a press conference at London's Luton Airport after his visit to the United Kingdom. "I regret that my words were misread. I never spoke about a sacred war in Syria, I spoke about a sacred war on terrorism. I think very many victims of terrorism in Europe could subscribe to these words. Suffice to recall all that happened comparatively recently in France, in Belgium," the patriarch said,...
  • Rebuking the Unholy Pro-Abortion Coalition

    10/20/2016 5:39:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Stream ^ | 10-20-16 | Michael Brown
    Many years ago, while participating in an Operation Rescue sit-in at an abortion clinic near Washington, D.C., I was struck by the make-up of the pro-abortion protesters. They were largely a mix of atheists, Satanists and gays, and they proudly identified as such. What a coalition! I remember asking myself, “Why would homosexuals be so adamant about this — adamant enough to show up early in the morning to protest our event — when, for the most part, it’s not relevant to their lives, since they’re not having babies?” To this day, colleagues of mine who share the gospel outside...
  • Le Pen Says as French President She Would Ban All Religious Symbols, Including Kippot

    10/19/2016 5:52:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the country’s president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot. Le Pen made the statement during an interview on Sunday with France’s BFM-TV. She is expected to seek the country’s presidency in 2017. She heads the third-largest party in France. Le Pen is seeking to broaden an existing law, called the headscarf ban, that does not allow conspicuous displays of religious symbols in public schools to include all public areas. She called the ban a struggle against...
  • Dr. James Dobson Calls for Civil Disobedience

    10/19/2016 5:46:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/18/16 | James Dobson
    Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling to uphold California's so called 'Reproductive FACT Act.' This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve. Since Roe v. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is...
  • The Hedge Is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

    10/19/2016 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 10/19/2016 | Geri Ungurean
    Adrian Rogers speaks of four things in Psalm 80 which are applicable today in America: 1. Great national despair (Psalm 80:4-6) Spiritual sterility – prayers were given up to God out of unrepentant hearts. These prayers actually made God angry. The prayer of an unrepentant people is an insult to Almighty God. Religion without Righteousness is repugnant to God. America is praying but the sin of America is running over. 2. Personal Sorrow Sorrow follows sin as night follows the day. 3. National Shame Our enemies laugh at us. No longer is America respectfed for her ideals. 4. Glorious National...
  • Cardinals oppose ‘perverse’ plan to open a McDonald’s in Vatican City

    10/19/2016 11:18:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 37 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    McDonald’s plan to open its first restaurant in Vatican City has prompted criticism from cardinals living above the proposed site. The fast food giant is reportedly willing to pay “a few tens of thousands of euros per month” to rent a property within sight of St Peter’s Square, according to the Guardian. Cardinals claim that they were not consulted by APSA, the Vatican agency that owns the property, about the plans. Instead, residents were only informed after APSA had agreed to rent the ground floor of the property to McDonald’s. Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told LaRepubblica: “It’s a controversial, perverse decision...
  • Contemtable attack on Mary

    10/19/2016 11:00:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 86 replies ^ | October 18, 2016 | America needs Fatima
    The totally reconstructed, brand-new Estonian National Museum opened on September 28 with a blasphemous attack on Mary, the Mother of God. Here’s what’s happening, according to several news outlets: “Visitors at Estonian National Museum [are] offered to kick Virgin Mary’s image” - - and it’s definitely true. I’ve verified it. “The National Museum which opened in Estonia in the presence of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves last week, is offering its visitors to kick one of the exhibits, an interactive image of Virgin Mary, causing the picture to fall into pieces.” [my emphasis] The display is “a depiction of Virgin Mary...
  • Cardinal-elect Cupich cites pope to justify opening Communion to ‘remarried’

    10/19/2016 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Chicago Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich told an Italian newspaper that his support of Communion for the divorced and remarried is the same position as the pope’s, the bishops of Argentina, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. “My position is the same as that of Pope Francis, who has indicated that the proper interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ was given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and then again by the bishops of Argentina, for which the Pope noted ‘no further interpretation is needed,’” Cupich said. “So if people want to know what I think, they should refer to...
  • Christians: fast and pray, Fast and Pray, FAST AND PRAY for this election and for The USA!!!......

    10/18/2016 6:57:46 PM PDT · by Bellflower · 43 replies
    10/18/2016 | self
    Again, I cannot stress the importance of fasting and praying for this election enough. All those who are Christians please fast and pray to do what is truly essential for the winning of this election, and also for the benefit of the good to come if He allows for us to win this election. The Bible clearly states that it is The LORD that raises up and also brings down rulers. In The Bible whenever something was critically important for the survival and/or well being of the people of God the people prevailed when a time of fasting and praying...
  • Georgetown Battles “Islamophobia” While Christians are Killed

    10/18/2016 5:03:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/18/16 | William Kilpatrick
    If Islamization ever comes to America—and it may come quickly depending on the outcome of the November election—certain Catholic individuals and institutions will bear a heavy burden of responsibility. I’m thinking in particular of Georgetown University and its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative released a report in September on “American Catholic views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.” The report, “Danger & Dialogue,” is particularly concerned that the way Islam is presented in Catholic media is unduly influenced by Catholic “Islamophobes” who are connected to the “Islamophobia industry.” Now...
  • Election 2016 - Catholic Argument for Voting against Hillary

    10/18/2016 3:12:45 PM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 13 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | October 18, 2016 | Ouch
    This sermon will knock your socks off!
  • Catholic Bishop Blasts Tim Kaine: He’s Just a “Cafeteria Catholic” Because He Supports Abortion

    10/18/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by tekrat · 9 replies ^ | 10/18/2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas doesn’t mince any words in a new editorial he posted on the web site of the Catholic archdiocese he heads. He says Hillary Clinton’s running mate Time Kaine is just a “cafeteria Catholic” because he supports abortion.
  • Plans to desecrate image of Virgin Mary in Estonian museum prompt protest

    10/18/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 14, 2016 | David V Barrett
    Archbishop Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said that the exhibit ridicules religionAn image of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Estonia, designed to be desecrated to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, has provoked protests from religious and political leaders.The exhibit in the recently-opened National Museum of Estonia, in Tartu, is part of an exhibition on the Reformation in Estonia. It shows a virtual image of Our Lady of Graces on a screen in a glass box. If visitors kick a marked spot on the plinth supporting the box the image shatters into pieces and is replaced by the...
  • SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

    10/17/2016 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 16, 2016 | Pete Socks
    Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and upheld, not only for your child but for future children, as well. Then imagine that the very entity that you approach in this matter identifies themselves as Catholic and persecuted you for daring to question their authority. Concerned About SexEd Content This...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/17/2016 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    10-17-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and Righteous; Yea, our God is Merciful.

    10/16/2016 2:48:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 16, 2016 | JP
    Most Americans have never heard of Thomas à Kempis, who in 1418 authored “The Imitation of Christ.” But most of us are familiar with the principle he set forth nearly six centuries ago: “Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.” That’s why this God-fearing Christian can do no other than vote for Donald Trump. Not because the billionaire real estate developer/reality show personality is remotely worthy of the office previously held by such great Republican presidents as Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, but because Trump will subject the body of Christ to less evil than Hillary Clinton....
  • Cairo [Anglican] Bishop Urges Church to be Ready for Martyrdom

    10/15/2016 6:43:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    World Watch Monitor ^ | 10/14/16 | Jayson Casper
    A senior Anglican archbishop from the Global South called for the Church to be “ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Christ” in the face of persecution, restrictions, terrorism, and violence carried out in the name of religion. Archbishop Mouneer Anis of Cairo was addressing archbishops and bishops from some of the most difficult places in the world in which to practise the Christian faith: Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Africa, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. More than 100 delegates also discussed the importance of ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue....
  • No, Voting for Trump Is Not Idolatry—Speaking Truth to Christians

    10/15/2016 11:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 13, 2016 | D. C. McAllister
    Many evangelicals and Catholics have been guilty in this election of casting baseless judgments and aspersions on fellow believers. This vilification has been leveled with such a fevered and mob-like malevolence that the fundamental commandment to love your brother has been all but shredded. No doubt, the devil is laughing even as Jesus grieves. The gist of the conflict is that Christians, who have decided that Donald Trump is so evil and immoral that any vote for him is to approve of and even become complicit in his sin, are questioning not only the character but the salvation of those...
  • The Profoundly Politically Incorrect John Zmirak [Catholic]

    10/15/2016 8:26:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 14, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    John Zmirak makes all the right heads explode. For that alone, we should be grateful.John caused quite an Internet kerfuffle a few years ago with a column called Illiberal Catholicism where he identified and took apart a tendency he spotted among young Catholics who were trending toward a hatred of America, a belief now rampant in some circles that America was badly founded and is therefore always incompatible with Catholicism. He also noted their hatred of the free market. We both saw it among the traditionalists we knew in New York in the 1990s. During a Mass on Thanksgiving...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/15/2016 8:04:08 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    October 15, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,...