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  • Michigan Priest Charged With Stealing $700,000 From Church

    04/24/2014 6:37:00 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    HNGN ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Oulimata Ba
    A Catholic priest in Michigan has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a church in Troy, including money donated by the family of a dead parishioner. Reverend Edward Belczak and another church administrator were indicted for theft of $700,000 from the St. Thomas More Church in Troy and the Archdiocese of Detroit between 2004 and 2012, The Detroit News reported. The pair allegedly concealed the theft by forging documents to the Archdiocese that showed the parish's expenses to be a lesser amount than it really was. Belczak, 69, and his accomplice, 67-year-old Janice Verschuren, face several charges including...
  • Christian display at Daley Plaza vandalized

    04/24/2014 3:33:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    myfoxchicago ^ | April 24, 2014
    <p>The message is one of Divine Mercy, but this year the Jesus canvas erected at Daley Plaza has prompted an angry response. Someone has vandalized the display.</p> <p>The vandalism happened sometime overnight. The 15-foot tall canvas display of Jesus had been pierced numerous times and the plexiglass coverings on the four information panels around it had been smashed.</p>
  • Vatican responds to Francis’ call to Argentinian woman; more details emerge

    04/24/2014 1:48:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    CNS photo After yesterday’s media confusion about a phone call Pope Francis made to a woman in Argentina regarding her reception of Communion, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi today made a statement confirming that the phone call did take place, but indicating that reports about what was said may not be reliable and have no bearing on Church teaching. It has been widely reported that Pope Francis called Jaquelina Lisbona of San Lorenzo, Argentina on Easter Monday in response to a letter she sent him last fall. The Holy Father allegedly told her that she may receive Communion despite...
  • St. John Paul II: The 20th Century’s Greatest Dissident

    04/24/2014 10:21:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Tod Worner
    Solzhenitsyn. Havel. Bonhoeffer. Kolakowski. These names are forever lionized in the pantheon of noble dissidents. And rightfully so. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn catalogued the heinous abuses of the Soviet labor camp experience in his greatest work, The Gulag Archipelago. Vaclav Havel endured isolation and harassment as an outspoken playwright who penned the razor-sharp analysis of life under oppressive Czech Communist stooges in his essay The Power of the Powerless. Dietrich Bonhoeffer helped found a Protestant Confessing Church objecting to the Nazification of his former denomination. He then went on to write his seminal work, The Cost of Discipleship, which objected to “cheap...
  • 'Heaven Is for Real' Movie Generating Divided Christian Opinion

    04/24/2014 8:39:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2014 | BY STOYAN ZAIMOV
    "Heaven Is for Real," the movie based on the near-death experience of a young boy who believes he visited heaven and met Jesus, is generating divided opinions among Christians on whether it presents a biblical message on heaven as it hits theaters Easter weekend. The movie is based on the best-selling 2010 book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, where pastor Todd Burpo reports on the near-death experience of his then 4-year-old son, Colton, who shares of meeting Jesus in heaven as well as a number of his deceased relatives...
  • Confusion in Telegraph story about Francis and divorce/remarriage

    04/24/2014 5:40:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/23/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the writer gets it wrong because he doesn’t know better or whether their mistakes are on purpose.Perhaps you can chime in.From The Telegraph: Pope Francis tells divorced woman she should be allowed Communion [This is news?  No.  That was a trick question.  Is there more?]In what would be a break from Catholic teaching, Pope said to have phoned remarried [That adds new information, doesn't it?   You would think that something this important would in the headline, no?] Argentine woman Jacquelina Sabetta telling her ‘nothing wrong’ in her taking Holy Communion  [Next question: Who says?...
  • Loyola Marymount Univ. Hires Dean Despite Past Work with Pro-Abortion Organizations

    04/24/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Catholic Education Daily ^ | April 23, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Loyola Marymount University has named Dr. Robbin Crabtree dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, despite her past consultancy work with a Planned Parenthood-sponsored clinic and her involvement with a pro-abortion rights organization. Crabtree, according to her CV available online, worked on the Advisory Board and Media Relations Committee of Planned Parenthood of Putnam County, Indiana, from 1991 to 1993. The Jesuit University’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry Father Robert Caro, S.J., defended the hiring in an email obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society, describing Crabtree’s consultant work with the abortion giant and her work with a pro-abortion...
  • Why Silencing Christians will Continue

    04/24/2014 5:02:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2013 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The number of subjects we cannot talk about in public discourse are rapidly multiplying. The older notion of “free speech” as a search for the truth through reasonable argument is being replaced. We no longer want to hear speech if it “offends” someone’s feelings or self-defined identity. We would rather “just get along” than to have to decide about the truth of any issue or confront the consequences of its violation.We thus have become infinitely “tolerant” of anything but truth itself. Speech is not directed to truth or falsity of an issue but to the “sensitivity” and “compassion” of...
  • Cincinnati Catholics pound pavement in protest [over teacher morality clause]

    04/24/2014 2:45:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    WLWT ^ | 4/22/2014 | Adrianne Kelly
    Cincinnati Catholics said a revised morality clause in the contract for teachers in the archdiocese is unfair and limits free speech. Some teachers are now refusing to sign it. At least a hundred Catholic teachers, parents and students protested at Fountain Square on Tuesday. Their message to the archdiocese: is fix the contract. Protestors are calling on the archdiocese to fix the morality clause in the teacher-ministry contract. The revised contract for this coming year is very specific. It has a laundry list of violations teachers must stay away from. This includes public support of homosexuality, sexual activity out of...
  • UPDATED: Did Pope Francis Really Tell a Divorced Woman to Take Communion?

    04/23/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/23/14 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and remarried woman that it was okay to take Communion even though her parish priest denied her the host? That’s the latest kerfuffle created by the “cold-call” pope who on Monday, the day after Easter, called an Argentine woman who had written to him about whether she should receive communion at Mass even though she was divorced and remarried. “There are priests who are more papist than the pope,” the pope himself reportedly told Jacquelina Lisbona. Great line, great story — but is any of it true? The details have been shifting. The...
  • Army approves ‘humanist’ as religious preference

    04/23/2014 3:10:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    RNS ^ | April 23, 2013 | Adelle M. Banks
    WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two years after first making his request, Army Maj. Ray Bradley can now be known as exactly what he is: a humanist in the U.S. military.Ray Bradley listens during a planning meeting for the Central North Carolina Atheists and Humanists. Photo by John Nichols, courtesy of U.S. Army This image is available for Web and print publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. “I’m able to self-identity the belief system that governs my life, and I’ve never been able to do that before,” said Bradley, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and works on...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 2:57:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting. Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, “The priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Church’s teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Chiara Corbella: A Witness to Joy

    04/22/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/14 | Marie Meaney
    In worldly terms, Chiara Corbella’s life was not a success story: two children dying shortly after birth, herself ravaged by an aggressive cancer, which killed her at the young age of 28, leaving a beloved husband and a small son behind. This is not the kind of material dreams are made of. Yet when one listens to the testimonies of her friends, husband, and spiritual director, and hears more about her story and looks at her radiating, beautiful face on photographs and in video clips, one can’t help but feel that hers was an extraordinary life. Each saint has a...
  • Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

    04/22/2014 4:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 22, 2013
    Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from his position as Pope Francis’ personal secretary to being prelate secretary general of the Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr....
  • Ukraine President Preaches the Gospel at Easter!

    04/21/2014 5:49:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Slavic Gospel Association ^ | 4-21-14 | Dr. Bob Provost SGA President
    This Easter Sunday in Ukraine was unlike any other in the history of this nation in crisis. As Ukrainian Christians gathered together at Kiev’s Central Baptist Church to worship and celebrate the resurrection, they heard a special message delivered in person by Alexander Turchynov, the country’s acting president. SGA’s Sergei Omelchenko wrote to tell us about the extraordinary day . . . Turchinov 4-21-14 Acting Ukrainian president Alexander Turchynov proclaims the Gospel at the pulpit of Central Baptist Church in Kiev—a truly historic moment! Pastor Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), preached the main message...
  • Cardinal Dolan Defends Hobby Lobby: You Can Buy Contraceptives At 7-11

    04/21/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | April 21, 2013 | IGOR BOBIC
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Sunday unsurprisingly defended Hobby Lobby, the company challenging the rule under Obamacare that for-profit employers' health plans must cover contraceptives for female employees at no extra cost. But in his defense of religious liberty, Dolan incorrectly claimed that women already have access to widely available contraceptives at "any shop on any street in America," namely 7-Eleven. “I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby,” Dolan said on Sunday's "Face The Nation." “I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way...
  • My review of “Heaven is for Real” My (Deacon Greg Kandra) review of “Heaven is for Real”

    04/21/2014 4:12:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 21, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Enjoying a rare day off following the Triduum marathon, I took my wife to see “Heaven is for Real” at a Monday matinee.I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t expecting much. The result could have been awful, a preachy mess. The fact that it isn’t—in fact, a lot of it is awfully satisfying—is a testament to the good taste and storytelling skills of Randall Wallace, the director who shepherded this best-selling book from the page to the screen. Wallace knows his way around big stories with inspirational themes; he wrote “Braveheart” and directed “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He has...
  • Honoring Two Beloved Popes (Sainthood of John XXIII and John Paul II)

    04/21/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan Liedl
    Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to flock to Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. But for those Americans who can’t make the trans-Atlantic trip, there will be plenty of fanfare and celebration stateside, as two of the 20th century’s most beloved popes become saints. The jubilation will be particularly pronounced in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Home to more people of Polish descent than any other city except for Warsaw, Poland’s capital, Chicago’s Polish community will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the canonization of fellow...
  • Syria's Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village

    04/21/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/20/14 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches. Rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December. Government troops swept through the village on Monday,...
  • Bible Critic Says Jesus Isn't God, Stephen Colbert Leaves Him Speechless (Video)

    04/20/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | BY JARED FREEMAN
    (Screenshot: Comedy Central)As we mentioned, Stephen Colbert, heir to David Letterman's chair on "The Late Show," openly talks about his Catholic faith. It's a surprise to those who know the comedian only as the satirical conservative host of "The Colbert Report."In this April 2009 episode on Maundy Thursday, Colbert hosted Bart Ehrman, a prominent New Testament scholar and biblical critic.As Ehrman points out contradictions he's found in the Bible, notably in the crucifixion of Jesus, Colbert takes him to task in his usual acerbic tone. But under the caricature, Colbert presents the divinity of Christ in ways that leave...
  • China on Course to Become 'World's Most Christian Nation' Within 15 Years

    04/20/2014 4:29:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/19/14 | Tom Phillips
    The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross. The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around, opened last year with one theologian declaring it a "miracle that such a small town was able...
  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    04/20/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014
    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Two officers were slightly injured and treated at the scene in the brief clash, the spokesman added. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police...
  • Release My Breath of Resurrection life

    04/20/2014 10:24:03 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-20-14 | Jedediah
    Do you see my children my day has already come but I have breathed my Resurrection Breath of Life in you now for others to receive and so it is as you share Me( JESUS) " The Spring Of Life " that these waters are imparted by the Breath of My Spirit in you ! So "BE" My LIVING WATERS and nourish the seeds of those I have placed in your lives for you are the Dippers and Cups I have ~ RELEASED ~ ~ ~ to those that have come to Jacob's Well for truly My Glory is eternally...
  • This Easter a growing number of Catholic converts are joining the flock

    04/20/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 64 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 20, 2014 | Lilly Fowler
    FARMINGTON, Mo. • It is a special Easter for Wilma Whitworth, who is undergoing a spiritual rebirth, just a week before her 78th birthday. Whitworth is celebrating her first day as a full-fledged Catholic this holiday. And she’s doing so in a largely Protestant town that is undergoing a kind of Catholic revival. St. Joseph Catholic Church, or St. Joe’s as the locals call it, has had 24 children and adults, ages 7 and above, convert to the faith in the past year. There is no one answer for the rise in Catholic conversion in this town of 17,000 an...
  • He is Risen!

    04/20/2014 7:24:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | April 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Those who are Aristotelian devotees of reality stand by the Lesser Truth that A is A, and that A is never Not-A. But the Lesser Truth descends from, and depends upon, the Greater Truth, which is this: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not...
  • Is the Resurrection a Reality to You? - He’s Alive for EVERMORE!

    04/20/2014 4:29:55 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/20/14
    This Easter many will go through the robotic motions of celebrating Easter without any possession of the REALITY of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. They will gather with loved ones, family and friends to color Easter eggs; have Easter egg hunts; eat baked ham, candy and fine desserts; maybe watch a sporting event and perhaps even attend church for the first time since Christmas. This tragically happens every year in a never-ending cycle of tradition and hypocrisy. Oh my friend, what is truly needed this Easter is a dose of the heavenly reality of Christ’s triumphant resurrection...
  • For All the Newly Baptized

    04/20/2014 4:28:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | MARK SHEA
    The Convert G.K. Chesterton After one moment when I bowed my head And the whole world turned over and came upright, And I came out where the old road shone white. I walked the ways and heard what all men said, Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed, Being not unlovable but strange and light; Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite But softly, as men smile about the dead. The sages have a hundred maps to give That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree, They rattle reason out through many a sieve That stores the sand and...
  • Cuban Catholics Mark Holy Week's End With Religious Processions

    04/19/2014 3:55:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    NBC News ^ | 4/19/14 | Mary Murray
    Thousands of Roman Catholics in Cuba are marking the end of Holy Week by holding religious processions fully sanctioned by the government. With heads bowed and eyes often closed, the faithful were young and old, rich and poor. Some joined Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega at Havana’s Cathedral while many more chose to follow the Way of the Cross in smaller processions led by parish priests in their communities. NBC News followed the procession in Regla, a small town across the Havana Bay.
  • What If The Lord Jesus Came To America?

    04/19/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 31 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/19/14
    If the Lord Jesus Christ came in our day (2014) to the "land of the "free", what would you expect the majority of Americans to do with Him? Would the "Word made Flesh" be received and welcomed as the Savior of the world? Would "church" goers receive Him with open arms? Would the socially dependent so called "poor", rich and government and educational elites welcome Him with open arms? Would the conservative and leftist media outlets have good things to say about Him? Would His countless miracles of healing the lame, blind, sick and demon possessed win over the masses...
  • This Most Silent Day

    04/19/2014 6:33:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | APRIL 19, 2014 | Fr. Richard John Neuhaus
    We must not turn away from what we have done to God, lest we be found to have turned away from what he has done for us. It is not easy to look, to really look and see. John Donne, that great spiritual master knew it well. “Good Friday, 1613: Riding Westward” bears close and careful reading:  Yet dare I almost be glad, I do not see That spectacle of too much weight for me. Who sees Gods face, that is self-life, must die; What a death were it then to see God die ? It made His own lieutenant,...
  • Texas church creates 17,000-square-foot Jesus visible by planes

    04/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 111 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 18 April 2014 | Craig Hlavaty
    A church in Grapevine, Texas, is getting into the Easter spirit this week by creating a giant chalk-portrait of Jesus Christ in their parking lot. Fellowship Church is led by Pastor Ed Young, who started the evangelical Christian church in 1990 with about 150 people in Irving. They now have 10 church campuses worldwide. His father is Dr. Ed Young, the head of Second Baptist here in Houston. According to church spokesman Andy Boyd, the 17,000-square-foot drawing of the face of Jesus took 700 volunteers over 9,100 man-hours to create. They also used 6,700 individual pieces of chalk and 125...
  • Eating unworthily of the Tree of Life

    04/18/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Michae Hichborn
    April 16, 2014 (ALL.org) - In the Garden of Eden, as all Christians know, Adam and Eve brought the curse of death upon all mankind by eating the fruit from the tree forbidden by God—the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree was in the center of the garden, was beautiful to look at, and produced fruit that appeared desirable. But God had told Adam and Eve that if they ate the fruit of this tree, they would die. And the devil, in his cunning, tempted Eve to eat this fruit by saying, “What is this talk of...
  • Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-life, Pro-Marriage Stand

    04/18/2014 9:21:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Las Vegas, Nev., Apr 18, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Nevada State Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.” “This is where the party is going.” Fewer than half of the original 520 party delegates were present to vote to approve the platform the evening of April 12 at the party’s annual...
  • The Masters: A Bubba With a Passion for the Gospel and Golf

    04/18/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 04/18/2014 | Joe Carter
    The Story: On Sunday Bubba Watson, one of the most untraditional golfers on the PGA Tour, was the winner of the 2014 Masters Tournament. But golf isn't Watson's top priority. What he considers most important can be gleaned from the description on his Twitter account, @bubbawatson ("Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer.") and his website, BubbaWatson.com ("Loves Jesus and loves sharing his faith").The Background: In an interview with Trevor Freeze of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Watson tells how he uses his Twitter account—along with his PGA platform—to share about his faith in Christ."For me, it's just showing the Light," said Watson....
  • "The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View"

    04/18/2014 6:56:08 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 27 replies
    Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965 ^ | March 1965 | C. Truman Davis, M.D.
    The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S., Arizona Medicine Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1965 In this paper, I shall discuss some of the physical aspects of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus Christ. We shall follow Him from Gethsemane through His trial, His scourging, His path along the Via Dolorosa, to His last dying hours on the cross. I became interested in this about a year ago when I read an account of the crucifixion in Jim Bishop's book, THE DAY CHRIST DIED. I suddenly realized that I had taken the...
  • "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ" JAMA Atticle

    04/18/2014 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Oakleaf · 7 replies
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E. Hosmer, MS, AMI
    ABSTRACT: Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish and Roman trials, was flogged, and was sentenced to death by crucifixion. The scourging produced deep stripelike lacerations and appreciable blood loss, and it probably set the stage for hypovolemic shock as evidenced by the fact that Jesus was too weakened to carry the crossbar (patibulum) to Golgotha. At the site of crucifixion his wrists were nailed to the patibulum, and after the patibulum was lifted onto the upright post, (stipes) his feet were nailed to the stipes. The major pathophysiologic effect of crucifixion was an interference with normal respirations. Accordingly, death resulted primarily...
  • Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

    04/18/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 18, 2014 | CBSNews.com
    ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
  • Kelley Mooney's spiritual lyrical adaptation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

    04/17/2014 10:22:05 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies
    Lyrics Hallelujah - Easter version by Kelley Mooney Lyrics To Hallelujah by Kelly Mooney Adapted to the music of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah A crown of thorns placed on His head He knew that He would soon be dead He said did you forget me Father did you? They nailed Him to a wooden cross Soon all the world would feel the loss Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah Hallelujah x4 He hung His head and prepared to die Then lifted His face up to the sky Said I am coming home now Father to you A reed which held...
  • Cuba Makes Good Friday an Official Holiday

    04/17/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/15/14
    Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an "exceptional" measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday "every year," Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.
  • Atheist Group Sets Up 'Jesus Is a Myth' Banner in Response to Easter Display at Wisconsin Capitol

    04/17/2014 7:43:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | Katherine Webber
    An atheist group is combatting a Christian Easter display at Wisconsin's Capitol building in Madison by setting up a sign that reads "Nobody died for our 'sins,' Jesus Christ is a myth." The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it rushed to get a permit for their display after seeing that the Concerned Women for America group was able to set up their own display at Wisconsin's Capitol building. The CWA group's display reportedly included a Christian cross and pro-life literature. The conservative women's group says on its website that it's dedicated to bringing "biblical principles into all levels of public...
  • The Ultimate Source of Islamic Hate for Infidels

    04/17/2014 7:39:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/17/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Who is ultimately responsible for the ongoing attacks on Christians and their churches throughout the Islamic world? Focusing on one of the most obvious nations where Christians are regularly targeted—Egypt’s Coptic Christians—one finds that the “mob” is the most visible and obvious culprit. One Copt accused of some transgression against Muslim sensibilities—from having relations with a Muslim woman, to ruining a Muslim man’s shirt—is often enough to prompt Muslim mobs to destroy entire Christian villages and their churches.Recently, for example, after her cross identified Mary Saleh George as a Christian, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood mob attacked, beat, and slaughtered her. However,...
  • Any birthday surprises in store? (Happy Birthday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

    04/16/2014 3:53:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cns ^ | April 16, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Benedict received a birthday cake at the White House April 16, 2008, when he turned 81. (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo) VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has yet to reveal what retired Pope Benedict has planned for his 87th birthday today.It will definitely be low key and most probably include a friendly phone call from Pope Francis, who is always picking up the phone on people’s birthdays.While Pope Benedict usually liked to keep celebrations simple, the people around him liked to splurge, especially when he visited Washington, D.C., in 2008.April 16 was his first full day in the...
  • Denver archbishop rallies Coloradans against 'extreme' abortion bill

    04/16/2014 2:45:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 16, 2014
    Protesters against SB175 gather outside the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on April 15, 2014. Credit: Peter Zelasko/CNA. Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws. “Coloradans are not against common sense regulations on abortions, and they should have the opportunity to be able to debate and pass those regulations,” Archbishop Aquila Samuel J. Aquila said to a crowd of hundreds at an assembly and prayer...
  • President Obama names delegation to canonization Mass

    04/16/2014 2:22:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 14, 2014 | Diogenes
    President Barack Obama has announced the names of the members of the presidential delegation to the April 27 Mass of canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. John Podesta, current Counselor to the President and White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, will lead the delegation. The other members of the delegation are Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs. According to Vogue, Fallon was a leading strategist in the effort to garner political support for the HHS mandate. Additional...
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation complains about Clemson football program

    04/16/2014 6:29:02 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 12 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 04/15/14 | Kevin Trahan
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University, citing concerns about how much religious influence coaches have on football players, according to The Greenville News. According to the foundation, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has promoted a culture in the program that violates constitutional stipulations of the separation of church and state.
  • WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM LED BY POPE FRANCIS: GOOD FRIDAY [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/15/2014 8:27:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Vatican.va ^ | 04-16-14 | Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano
    WAY OF THE CROSSAT THE COLOSSEUMLED BY THE HOLY FATHERPOPE FRANCISGOOD FRIDAY Rome, 18 April 2014 “The Face of Christ,the Face of Man”MEDITATIONS by H.E. Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini,Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano  INTRODUCTIONHe who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth. These things occurred so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “None of his bones shall be broken”. And again another passage of Scripture says: “They will look on the one whom they have pierced” (Jn 19:35-37).Loving Jesus, you went up to Golgotha without hesitation, in...
  • Catholic Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    04/15/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Staunchly Catholic Malta has legalized same-sex civil unions and has given gay couples the right to adopt children. The vote comes nearly three years after the Mediterranean island nation legalized divorce The Maltese parliament legalized same-sex unions and gay adoption on Monday in a 37-0 vote, signaling a major change in social policy for a conservative country where Catholicism is the state religion. "Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people," Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. The opposition Nationalist Party abstained from the vote, saying that although it supports civil...
  • Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

    04/15/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama. Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved...
  • Israeli Institute Prepares Priests for Jerusalem's Third Temple

    04/15/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    usnews ^ | April 10, 2014 | Yuval Avivi
    An aerial view of the Old City of Jerusalem. An organization of Israeli temples is preparing priests for the the reconstruction of the city's historic third temple. On April 10, at 5 p.m., hundreds of Jews will gather at the Maimonides rabbinical institution plaza in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem and start learning the Jewish laws of Passover. Rabbis and experts, including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, the leading body preparing for the establishment of the third temple, will teach the audience the laws of the Passover sacrifice. Alongside Ariel, the ritual...