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  • China seeks agreement with Vatican on appointment of new bishops

    11/22/2014 3:31:12 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over the appointment of bishops. The Vatican insists that all bishops must be appointed with a mandate from the Holy See, and has announced the excommunication of Chinese bishops appointed without that mandate. China, on the other hand, claims that the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association should appoint bishops. In his 2007 letter on the Church in China, Pope Benedict XVI said that the universal Church cannot recognize the authority of a group like the Patriotic...
  • Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

    11/22/2014 3:08:35 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Hadro
    Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano. Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter...
  • Skydiver Has Visions of Afterlife Following Fiery Plane Crash

    11/22/2014 2:40:15 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    CBN ^ | November 21, 2014 | Robert Hull
    CBN.com -“The first time you open your parachute, it’s pretty amazing. It’s so peaceful. The panorama—you’re hanging a half a mile above the earth. So it wasn’t about the adrenaline; it was about the pleasure. It was about the pleasure of being in free fall. Feeling like you could fly.”Mickey Robinson was a professional skydiver; he loved falling from the heavens and drifting safely to earth. But one day just after takeoff for a practice jump, the plane’s engine stalled, hurling Mickey and his companions toward the ground at over 100 miles an hour. “The motor just quit and we...
  • German Bishops to Unveil 'Hidden Bombshell'

    11/22/2014 12:03:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/14 | Edward Pentin
    n the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions. Until now, those employed in the German Church the second largest employer in the country are required to adhere to lifestyles consistent with Church teaching. But on Nov. 24th, a majority of bishops are expected to vote to introduce changes to Church rules to allow such employees to continue...
  • Catholic Bishops: Shut Down Government to Stop Obamacares Abortion Funding

    11/22/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life News ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The nation’s Catholic bishops are so upset about taxpayer funding of abortions in Obamacare they are urging a shutdown of the federal government so the issue can be addressed.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a letter to members of Congress advocating adding language to the “must-pass funding legislation” such as the continuing resolution Congress is expected to approve soon to fund the federal government until the next session of Congress that would stop abortion funding under Obamacare. If such language is not approve, the bishops say members of Congress should balk at approving the continuing resolution and...
  • Vanity: I need to know Obama's verses

    11/22/2014 5:49:23 AM PST · by native texan · 51 replies
    Obama''s National Speech on Immigration
    I have been trying to find the verse(s) that Obama quoted in his speech: OBAMA: Or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in? Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger. We were strangers once, too. What book and verse does this say it?
  • There's a War of Religion, but the Pope Keeps Quiet or Stammers.

    11/22/2014 3:12:25 AM PST · by livius · 37 replies
    Chiesa.espress.online.it ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In the face of the offensive of radical Islam, Franciss idea is that we must soothe the conflict. And forget Regensburg. With serious harm also to the reformist currents of Islam... It is impossible not to see in this the features of a war of Islam pushed to the extreme, fought in the name of Allah. It is illusory to deny the Islamic origin of this unbridled theological violence. This has been published even by the officially supervised La Civilt Cattolica, only to be contradicted afterward by its fearsome director, Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit who plays the role of Francis's...
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."Youre the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed, screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether its likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • German Church Historian Fears Antipope Benedict

    11/21/2014 6:11:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/21/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    As Kathweb reports, Hubert Wolf, professor of church history in Munster, calls for a clearer distinction between pope and pope emeritus in Thursdays edition of Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung. According to Wolf, there have been fears that around Francis and Benedict XVI two competing power centers could come into being in the curia, with pope and antipope at the top of each. The church historian notes that when Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415, he became a member of the college of cardinals again and traded his white papal clothing for the purple of a cardinal. After the church council of...
  • China Offers Vatican a Say in Bishop Appointments in Bid to Mend Ties

    11/21/2014 5:55:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Beijing: In a bid to repair strained relations with the Vatican, China has proposed a joint system for appointment of bishops, offering the papal authority a greater say in matters relating to administration of churches. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), an official body that governs the Catholics in China, said it hopes to receive the Vatican's reply by the start of next year to its proposals in this regard, official media reported in Beijing on Friday. "The Vatican seems to hope for more agreements beyond bishop ordination, such as cancelling the CCPA. But that doesn't appear likely," state-run Global...
  • Heaven's Illegal Immigration Policy

    11/21/2014 5:04:26 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    On the eve of Obama's decree we stand at the threshold of entering a new day here in America where - with a swipe of the pen - millions of illegal aliens will be made legal and invade this nation with a heart that withstands our constitutional republic, English language, Judeo/Christian heritage and rule of moral laws. Does this sound harsh to you do-gooders of lawlessness out there? Think again my friends, this act has absolutely nothing to do with helping children or individuals but only seeks to further destroy America, divide Americans and to incite law abiding American citizens...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • While Youre Distracted, Humanum is Happening (HUGE Traditional Marriage Conf in Rome)

    11/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    November 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are more important things in life than politics. One of those things is happening as I write. Most of the world is oblivious to it. The press corps has completely ignored it. But it may be one of the most consequential events in the early twenty-first century. It is called Humanum. In Rome, at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family. Pope Francis opened the...
  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 49 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 20, 2014 | Ins San Martn
    Princeton University law professor Robert P. George ROME So far, Pope Francis most significant internal opposition has come from conservative Catholics alarmed over what they see as playing fast-and-loose with Catholic doctrine. This week, however, an all-star lineup of conservatives gathered in Rome has come to the popes defense. I am a conservative politically, said Princeton University law professor Robert P. George, considered one of Americas most prominent Catholic commentators. But Im a Pope Francis Catholic, which is simply to say that Im a Catholic. Harvard law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann...
  • 5 reasons why people want to believe Jesus was married

    11/20/2014 2:41:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/20/2014 | David Gibson
    Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes from Simcha Jacobovici, an author and filmmaker who is famous for promoting stunning theories about Jesus that on further review often turn out to be dubious. Jacobovicis new claim that he has decoded an old text that reveals Jesus and the Magdalene were married and had two kids (and she was a co-deity with her husband) came out this month and has also been widely dismissed. But as happened earlier this year with the so-called Gospel of Jesuss...
  • Maryland County Pushes Churches to Preach Environmentalism In Exchange for Tax Credits

    11/20/2014 2:17:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 11/19/14 | Joseph Perticone
    Churches in a Maryland county are being offered tax breaks for incorporating environmentalism into their sermons. In Prince Georges County, 30 pastors have started preaching green ministries to avoid extra taxes, the Washington Post reports. The taxes depend on the acreage for all property owners, including churches, as part of Marylands storm water remediation fee. Reverend Nathaniel B. Thomas of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church said he attempted to challenge the fee and said: "Once Uncle Sam finds a way to take your money, he doesnt stop.Thomas acknowledged the people of his congregation have higher priorities than the environment, such...
  • Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washingtons National Cathedral

    11/20/2014 8:22:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    Israel Today ^ | November 20, 2014 | David Lazarus
    It looked like a chilling scene from a Last Days, anti-Christ-takes-over-the-world disaster movie. Hundreds of Muslims take over Americas most notable church, prostrate on their prayer rugs as their unified chant echoes out in full volume: There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle."
  • All Is A Mystery To The Unbelieving

    11/19/2014 2:06:17 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    Only Almighty God has and offers the answers that we so desperately need today. WITHOUT Almighty Gods Word and revelation ALL is a mystery! ALL is unanswerable! ALL is despair! ALL is hopeless! A man, woman, boy or girl MUST be born again to FULLY comprehend Almighty God's revelation and see the ETERNAL picture of our day (John 3:3-7, Rom. 8:5-9, 1 Cor. 2:9-16). My friend, do not deceive yourselves with false hopes, false vain ambitions, false saviors, and false Utopian visions that can NEVER come to pass in this sin ravished world (Gal. 1:4). My friend, do the very...
  • Chicagos Exiting Cardinal: 'The Church is About True/False, Not Left/Right'

    11/19/2014 9:49:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/17/14 | John Allen Jr.
    CHICAGO Back in 1997, journalist Jonathan Kwitny published a biography of Pope John Paul II called Man of the Century. The idea was that the biography of John Paul cut across all the great dramas of the 20th century, from Nazism and Communism to the upheaval in the Catholic Church caused by the Second Vatican Council. By the same logic, one could argue that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was the American churchman of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, because theres almost no story in which he wasnt a lead actor. George played a key role in...
  • Vatican Insider Introduces New Section in Chinese

    11/19/2014 9:40:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 11/18/14 | Andrea Tornielli
    In addition to the three main languages, Italian, English and Spanish, plus a recently launched section in Arabic, the website will now also offer some of its content in Chinese, widening its international readership even further. Half of Vatican Insiders readers reside outside ItalySpeaking to journalists on the return flight from South Korea to Rome last August, Pope Francis answered a question about the Vaticans dialogue with China. He said he prayed when his plane entered Chinese airspace (this was the first time a Pope had flown over China) on the way to South Korea. I went back to my...
  • 5 Reasons Abp. Cupich is a Great Choice for Chicago (or Anywhere)

    11/19/2014 8:50:17 AM PST · by millegan · 11 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    Yesterday, Archbishop Blase Cupich began his tenure as the Archdiocese of Chicagos 9th prelate. My wife and I were blessed a few weeks ago to attend one final young adult Pub Night with the archbishop before he vacated his seat as Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, where he spoke on the Popes encyclical Joy of the Gospel and took questions from the audience on anything and everything. Lots of people have been saying lots of things about Pope Francis recent selection good and bad, Christian and un-Christian, smart and dumb but at the end of the day,...
  • New York High School Rejects Student's Request to Launch Christian Club 'Dare to Believe'

    11/19/2014 8:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A New York high school has rejected a student's request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization. Wantagh High School of the Wantagh Union Free School District recently denied official recognition for Elizabeth Loverde's proposed club "Dare to Believe." In response to the rejection, Loverde and her family contacted the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute, which sent a letter Monday to the principal, as well as to other school district officials. "Once a secondary school such as yours creates a limited open forum, it cannot deny equal access to student groups on the...
  • Christian Ministers Urged to Stop Signing Marriage Certificates

    11/19/2014 6:16:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Two Episcopalian priests have urged American ministers of all Christian communities to join them in a pledge to separate civil marriage from Christian marriage by refusing to acts as agents of the state by signing marriage certificates. The Marriage Pledge initiated by the two clerics appears on the web site of First Things, an influential ecumenical journal. R.R. Reno, the editor of First Things, introduces the effort with his own supportive comment. As the legal reality of marriage changes, we must act, he writes. If the churches continue as if nothing has changed, the message is that for all our...
  • Cardinal Urges Pope Francis to Take Hot-Button Issues Off Table for Next Family Synod

    11/19/2014 6:10:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/18/14 | Sarah MacDonald
    Cardinal Raymond Burke has urged Pope Francis to take the issues of Communion for the divorced and remarried, cohabitation and same-sex marriage off the table for next years Synod of Bishops. Addressing more than 300 delegates at a family and marriage conference, organised by Catholic Voice, in Limerick on November 15, the American cardinal said these issues had distracted the work of the synod in its first session in October. Warning that Satan was sowing confusion and error about matrimony, the cardinal patron of the Knights of Malta said, Even within the church there are those who would obscure the...
  • Pope Francis's defense of doctrine sends the Associated Press spinning

    11/18/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.getreligion.org ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    A colleague offers the following capsule summary of Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield's latest report on Pope Francis, in which the pontiff's defense of traditional church teaching seems to baffle the Vatican correspondent: Francis is a RADICAL no, no, sorry about thathe is now a conservative who sounds just like Benedict -- NO, WAIT -- he really is a liberal at heart, but he is being FORCED by those evil, evil right-wing conservatives to cave--he is at WAR with his own CDF chief (you know, the one he re-confirmed -- but never mind) -- AT WAR, I TELL YOU!...
  • Pope Francis: Children Have Right to a Mother and Father

    11/18/2014 2:45:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | ANN SCHNEIBLE/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that the family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation. The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17, at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled The Complementarity of Man and Woman, currently under way in the Vatican.
  • A Swiss Euthanasia Group Has Offered a Powerful Challenge to Catholics

    11/18/2014 8:20:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | Francis Phillips
    A film presented by EXIT highlights the importance of offering solace to those who have lost the will to liveAnyone involved in the euthanasia debate in this country should watch a recently released YouTube film about the work of EXIT ADMD, a Swiss association which helps French-speaking Swiss residents to die. As Michael Cook describes it in his article on Saturday, it is about the mysticism of Swiss-assisted suicide and it is all the more powerful and persuasive because of it. Unlike films about euthanasia made by the BBC in this country, there is nothing overtly strident or polemical about...
  • The Great Division [Catholic Caucus]

    11/18/2014 5:37:17 AM PST · by Petrosius · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 18, 2014
    Polish Bishops' Conference President: communion for "remarried" divorcees attacks indissolubility of marriage. Curiously enough, Archbishop Gadecki, of Poznan, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, whose presence and firmness were so important in the October Synod, repeats the same line mentioned by Cardinal George in his interview to John Allen: the differences are becoming so wide within the Church, the division so stark, we are not talking anymore about "liberals" or "conservatives" or left and right, but about what is true and what is false, about those who are faithful or unfaithful to the Magisterium. In the Church, this is the line...
  • BYU professors discover hidden recording device in classroom ['content inadvertently erased']

    11/17/2014 8:55:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Jessica Ivins
    PROVO Police at Brigham Young University are investigating whether any laws were broken after professors discovered a voice-activated recording device stuck under a chair in a lecture hall on campus. Two professors were working on a PowerPoint presentation in the Joseph Smith Building two weeks ago when they discovered a digital recorder stuck to the bottom of a stool with Velcro, police said. After attempting to play back the recordings, they grew concerned and began searching other classrooms in the building. Upon discovering similar Velcro setups under chairs in other classrooms, the professors called police. The investigation, however, has...
  • Why the Republicans Swept the Midterms

    11/17/2014 5:16:41 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 16 replies
    Rapture Ready web site ^ | November 17, 2014 | Andy Wood
    What the Talking Heads Are Not Telling You In last week's midterm elections, the Republican Party scored historic victories at the national, state, and local levels of American government. Thus, the American political landscape and balance of power is vastly different today than it was before the November 4th election. While a wave election, such as what we saw last week, does not solve all of our national problems, it certainly will go a long way toward slowing down the progress of evil that has dominated our nation over the past six years. However, very few of the pundits and...
  • Protest Against Anti-Semitism in Turkey

    11/17/2014 6:53:04 AM PST · by Adam Taxin · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11/17/14 | Michael Rubin
    Turkey was once one of the most religiously tolerant majority Muslim societies in its attitude toward Jews. The reason wasnt so much tolerant political culture, but rather a belief that the Jews were a tranquil, loyal minority. After all, Turkish school books taught that while Greeks, Armenians, and Arabs all rose up against the Ottomans, the Jews did not. Hence, Turkey boasted along with Iran either the second or third largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel itself. In recent years, of course, this has changed. Just as...
  • Under Bergoglio, Christianity Matters Less - A Contradictory Pope- Sandro Magister

    11/17/2014 6:33:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/13/14
    The Pope is confusing many bishopsSandro Magister, interviewed by Goffredo Pistelli Italia Oggi November 13, 2014 This year Sandro Magister celebrates 40 years as a Vatican journalist. His first articles in LEspresso in fact, date back to 1974. And today, from those columns and also from the site of the weekly magazine, he still continues to report Vatican and Church news, everything very well-documented without bowing down to anyone. Born in 1943, a native of Busto Arsizio, with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Cattolica, Magister has followed many Roman pontiffs. His articles regarding the present Pontiff, Pope Francis,...
  • Cardinal OMalley: If I Were Founding a Church, Id Love to Have Women Priests

    11/17/2014 6:17:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Sean OMalley of Boston has said that were he to start a church he would love to have women priests. The outspoken remarks came during an interview with 60 Minutes on American television network CBS. Asked by reporter Norah ODonnell whether excluding women from the Church hierarchy was immoral, Cardinal OMalley said, Christ would never ask us to do something immoral. Its a matter of vocation and what God has given to us. He said: Not everyone needs to be ordained to have an important role in the life of the Church. Women run Catholic charities, Catholic schools ...
  • Pope Francis confirms he'll visit Philadelphia for world families meeting in September

    11/17/2014 3:37:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    ROME Pope Francis is coming to the United States.
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - November 17, 2014 - MIKE COUSINEAU - a former Assembly of God

    11/16/2014 6:16:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies
    EWTN ^ | 11.16.14
    Mike Cousineau, a former Assembly of God, sits down with Marcus to talk about what convinced him that the Catholic Church is the True Church. Monday, 11/17 08:00 PMTuesday, 11/18 01:00 AM Friday, 11/21 01:00 PM
  • Landmark moment as 125 millionth Bible printed in China [Largest Bible printer in the world]

    11/16/2014 12:24:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 11/7/2014 | Carey Lodge
    The largest Bible printing factory in the world has printed its 125th million copy, the Financial Times reports. Based in Nanjing, China, the factory is run by the government-sanctioned Amity Foundation in conjunction with the Bible Society. It has produced over 65 million Bibles in ten different Chinese languages since 1987, in addition to more than 59 million in 90 other languages for exportation. Officially an atheist state, the right to freedom of religious belief is guaranteed under Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution but protections are limited to those who worship within state-sanctioned bodies. Chinese Christians often suffer at...
  • What Americas Ratzinger would like to ask Pope Francis

    11/16/2014 11:43:54 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago will turn over the reins to his successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, on Tuesday. George has long been seen as a leading intellectual light among Americas Catholic bishops, and even now, as he fights for his life, his mind remains remarkably nimble. As it turns out, one thing occupying his mind these days is Pope Francis. Now 77, George is currently undergoing experimental treatment intended to stimulate his immune system to fight off the cancer spreading from his bladder, liver, and kidneys through the rest of his body. If it fails, hell likely be looking at...
  • O'Malley's bold talk is about him, not the Pope

    11/15/2014 10:24:24 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Cardinal Sean P. OMalley of Boston has come out swinging on both the Catholic sex abuse scandals and a Vatican crackdown on American nuns, showing remarkable candor in an interview that will enhance his profile as a leading voice of the Pope Francis era in American Catholicism. In provocative comments to air Sunday night on 60 Minutes, OMalley said that controversial Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Mo., wouldnt even be allowed to teach Sunday school in OMalleys archdiocese. Two years ago, Finn became the lone US bishop to be criminally convicted for failing to report a suspected abuser to...
  • Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peters Square

    11/15/2014 8:58:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 20 replies
    Sojourners ^ | 11/13/2014 | Josephine McKenna
    In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor and upend the expectations of the papacy Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peters Square. A homeless man sits close to where the showers are going to be built in St. Peters square. Photo via Josephine McKenna/RNS Related Reading VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews by The Editors Left Behind by John A. Zukowski Compassion in the Stacks by Brittany Shoot Forty Shades of Green by Sean McDonagh The Rich Get Richer by Julie Polter Three showers...
  • Barack Obama's Mere Christianity (Osteen's too)

    11/15/2014 6:09:48 AM PST · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 08, 2014 | John Nantz
    Is Barack Obama a Christian? Well, if you're inclined to agree with Joel Osteen the answer is, apparently, yes. However, if you feel that language has meaning apart from pop culture colloquialisms, you may arrive at a different conclusion. The word Christian was first coined by the pagans at Antioch (Acts 11:26; 26:28). At its inception, the word was a descriptor, a word that denoted an objective set of facts about a person. To call someone a Christian, until fairly recently, meant that the person possessed a firm conviction regarding a defined set of doctrines. A Christian is, fundamentally, one...
  • Worship Only Jesus Christ': Woman Ejected From Muslim Prayer Gathering at National Cathedral

    11/15/2014 6:04:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 258 replies
    Christian News ^ | 11/14/14 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON A woman who proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ during the first-ever Islamic Jumaa prayer gathering at Washingtons National Cathedral was ejected from the building on Friday. Jesus Christ died on that cross over there, the unidentified woman declared as she stood in the front of the room. He is the reason why we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our lord and savior! A man nearby immediately approached her and attempted to reach for her arm, but she pulled away. We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country, she continued. Why...
  • Pope Francis selects Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert

    11/14/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 195 replies
    http://www.nme.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Patti Smith is to play this year's Vatican Christmas Concert in Rome next month. The punk singer will perform live at the Italian city's Auditorium Conciliazione on December 13 following a personal invitation from Pope Francis, according to The International Business Times. The entire event is set to be broadcast live on TV. Smith's booking has evoked a mixed response from Christian groups, with Catholic organisation Portosalvo apparently describing the decision as "blasphemous", following the singer's 1975 song 'Gloria', which famously featured the lines: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine". The singer met Pope Francis at St. Peter's...
  • WE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE (Immigration)

    11/14/2014 3:12:26 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 12, 2014 | BRIAN BURCH
    What is a Catholic to think?We are called to welcome the stranger, but also to respect the law. We are morally bound to respect the dignity of every human person, but cannot create civil disorder.Reports suggest that President Obama may soon act by Executive Order to expand ‘deferred action’ for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. By doing so, the Obama administration would no longer enforce our immigration laws as applied to an estimated 4-5 million people living illegally in the United States.A good idea? Necessary? Legal?Unfortunately this constitutionally suspect move has the apparent support of Bishop Eusebio...
  • Islamic State Leader Targets Rome

    11/14/2014 3:10:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    In an audio message released on November 13, a man identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, pledged that his group will continue its conquests and vowed to bring jihad to Rome. The crusaders missiles will not stop our advance on Rome, al-Baghdadi promised. He urged Muslims: Make the volcanoes of jihad erupt everywhere. The mention of crusaders missiles was evidently a reference to reports that al-Baghdadi had been killed or at least seriously wounded by an American cruise-missile strike. The message from the Islamic State appeared designed to belie those reports.
  • Cardinal O'Malley Says Pope Must Take Action on Bishop Finn

    11/14/2014 3:02:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Bostons Cardinal Sean OMalley has told the CBS television program 60 Minutes that the status of Kansas Citys Bishop Robert Finn-- who has been convicted of endangering children because of his failure to report abuse chargesis a question that the Holy See needs to address urgently. Cardinal OMalley, who heads a new Vatican commission on abuse, nodded silently when 60 Minutes correspondent Norah ODonnell remarked that Bishop Finn would not be allowed to teach religious-education classes under the rules of the Boston archdiocese. The cardinal said that Pope Francis is keenly aware of the problem. Speaking about the work of...
  • The World's Most Persecuted Minority: Christians

    11/14/2014 12:34:39 PM PST · by lulu16 · 1 replies
    The most persecuted and victimized people in the world today are Christians in the Middle East. The perpetrators of the widespread destruction of that region's Christian community? Islamists. Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim lays out the grim details.
  • Pakistani Christians Tortured and Killed on False Accusation of Blasphemy

    11/14/2014 9:18:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/08/2014 | ANTO AKKARA
    LAHORE, Pakistan A young, married Pakistani Christian couple, including the pregnant mother of three children, were brutally tortured and burned alive at a brick kiln Nov. 4 in the Punjab province following a false accusation of blasphemy, according to the brother of the slain husband. The deaths of Shahzad Masih, 28, and his pregnant wife Shama Bibi, 24, were vociferously decried by Christians in the predominantly Muslim country. They were brutally tortured and burnt alive, Shabhaz Masih, elder brother of Shahzad, told the Register from the village of Chak 59, located near Kot Radha Kishan in the Kasur district...
  • Bishop Lennon to Confirm 26 using the Traditional Latin Rite Sunday, November 16

    11/14/2014 9:15:07 AM PST · by Diago · 2 replies
    The Culture of Life Review ^ | 11/14/2014 | Brother Declan
    From the Cleveland Traditional Latin Mass Blog: On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Sacrament of Confirmation in the traditional form will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception's 12 noon High Mass by The Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland. Please consider attending this very special occasion. ********** The thriving Traditional Latin Mass community in Cleveland is a sign of great hope. May these twenty-six confirmandi be just the beginning of a great restoration of the Catholic faith in Cleveland. Please pray for all involved this Sunday and if you are in the area, it would be a great...
  • Four Days After Synod Closes, CDF responds officially: No Communion for "Remarried Divorcees..

    11/14/2014 6:34:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/13/14
    Father Claude Barthe [French Catholic periodical] L'Homme Nouveau November 12, 2014 The question of the situation of Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried was especially discussed at the extraordinary assembly of the Synod on the theme, "The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of the evangelization," that ended in Rome on October 18. A text of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in response to a question sent by a priest, has just added, on a specific point concerning the pastoral work related to these persons, an important element, that is particularly clarifying in the...
  • Not That Kind of Homosexuality? Despite revisionist attempts....

    11/14/2014 6:00:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    Full Title: Not That Kind of Homosexuality? Despite revisionist attempts, the Bible has nothing good to say about homosexual practice. ___________________________________________________________________________ The Bible has nothing good to say about homosexual practice. That may sound like a harsh conclusion, but its not all that controversial. Even the gay Dutch scholar Pim Pronk has concluded that wherever homosexual intercourse is mentioned in Scripture, it is condemned. With reference to it the New Testament adds no new arguments to those of the Old. Rejection is a foregone conclusion; the assessment of it nowhere constitutes a problem.[1] There is simply no positive case to...