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  • In Ethiopia, Religious Extremism Fans the Flames of Ethnic Division

    09/22/2019 7:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    All Africa ^ | 9/18/19 | Morris Kiruga
    Ethiopian Christians took to the streets after morning mass on Sunday to protest multiple attacks on Ethiopian Orthodox churches in the country.The protests were mainly centered in the Amhara region and parts of Addis Ababa, and follow a year-long spate of attacks on both Orthodox and Protestant churches in the country. Protestors are demanding an end to what they view as “a planned and orchestrated attack on the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church”, according to a report on Borkena.com. * Thousands protested despite church organisations announcing on Friday that the action was postponed in favour of dialogue. * Diaspora communities are...
  • Lawsuit Reinstated Against Catholic Hospital

    09/22/2019 7:20:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    State appeals court says transsexual man can sue Mercy San Juan Medical Center for refusing to perform hysterectomyThe 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled that a Sacramento-area transgender man can sue Mercy San Juan Medical Center over the last-minute cancellation of his hysterectomy, overturning a lower-court ruling that dismissed the case. Dignity Health, which operates Mercy San Juan, arranged for Evan Minton to have the procedure at Methodist Hospital in south Sacramento within 72 hours of the denial, court records state. The procedure was canceled, the lawsuit stated, after Minton mentioned to a nurse that he is...
  • Priest Sex Abuse Costing Chicago Archdiocese $220 Million — And Rising

    09/22/2019 7:16:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/18/19 | Martina Moyski
    Chairman of finance council: 'Claims come forward every time you turn around'CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - A prominent sex abuse attorney announced at a press conference on Sept. 17 that he recently settled cases for long-ago sexual misdeeds for more than $80 million for 160 victims over the last two decades. The more than $80 million the Chicago archdiocese has paid since 2001, attorney Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates said, represents a large chunk of the estimated $220 million that the archdiocese had spent in total to settle such claims. The financial toll of priest sex abuse on the Chicago...
  • Amir sermon at the Minnesota conference "Understanding the Times"

    09/22/2019 6:24:38 AM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/21/19 | Amir Tsarfati
    This is worth watching for everyone who won't object to the religious content. I have already pinged the Amir Tsarfati ping list, but this is so chock-full of very recent news and news analysis, as well as Bible interpretation of events, that I thought everyone who subscribes to the Religion forum should see it. Amir is the most important Christian preacher in the world today. Begin watching at the 20-hour-and-10-minute mark to see/hear the message. There is an interview with Amir immediately following the message.
  • The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Letter of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky,CSC Peoria IL

    09/21/2019 12:21:15 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 5 replies
    https://cdop.org/ | 9/16/2019 | Bishop Daniel R Jenky
    The bishop’s 2,100-word teaching document, titled “The Real Presence,” was released Sept. 16, six weeks after the publication of a Pew Research Center study showing that a majority of Catholics in the United States do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.
  • Switzerland’s Supreme Court Rules Parents Have No Right to Homeschool Their Kids

    09/20/2019 6:45:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/18/19 | Martin M. Barillas
    GENEVA, Switzerland, September 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Switzerland’s top court ruled that parents do not have a right to homeschool their children. On Monday, the Swiss Federal Court ruled against a mother from the city of Basel who in 2017 had applied for permission to school her 8-year-old son at home. School authorities rejected the application and a cantonal court threw out the mother’s appeal. When she brought her case to the Federal Court, the mother held that the appeal court’s decision was tantamount to a ban on private instruction at home, thus violating a constitutional right to privacy and...
  • Federal Court Rules in Favor of Atheist Group in COLTS Lawsuit

    09/20/2019 6:34:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    WNEP News ^ | 9/17/19
    LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. -- An atheist group has won its fight against COLTS, the County of Lackawanna Transit System. The federal lawsuit from 2012 was over an ad the group wanted to put on the sides of buses. The COLTS board of directors said the ad violated a policy about buses becoming, "a public forum for debate and discussion." Justin Vacula, a student from Marywood University, sued, and on Tuesday, a federal court ruled the ban on religious and non-religious messaging violates the First Amendment. Vacula is the spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society, the group that brought the...
  • Messori on Church Unrest: Many Are Concerned But Christ Won’t Leave His Church

    09/20/2019 6:29:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/17/19 | Ed Pentin
    Many prelates are privately ‘pulling their hair out’ because of the current situation, said the Italian writer, who co-authored "Crossing the Threshold of Hope" with Pope St. John Paul II, and ‘those in command are intolerant of every critical voice.’The well-known Catholic Italian writer Vittorio Messori has said he and “many Catholics are concerned, some are even desperate” about the current state of the Church, but that he is not without hope because Christ never leaves his Church alone. Messori, who wrote The Ratzinger Report with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Crossing the Threshold of Hope with Pope St. John Paul...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Speaks on Decline, Lambeth Conference and Brexit

    09/20/2019 3:58:09 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 20 September A.D. 2019 | Benjamin Saine
    The Church of England faces serious issues: membership and attendance have continued to drop with no end in sight, theologically conservative bishops threaten a massive boycott of the upcoming 2020 Lambeth Conference, and the Brexit question continues to divide British society. Amidst this, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was interviewed before the attendees of Greenbelt, a liberal Christian conference and festival held annually since 1974. While the festival offers music and art, the conference elements focus upon the role of the church in modern society. During this interview the Archbishop fielded questions from presenters and from an audience. Welby was...
  • NIV Quest Study Bible: Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

    09/20/2019 12:22:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies
    Bible Gateway Blog ^ | September 16, 2019 | Jonathan Petersen
    No one knows the mind of God, except for God himself. He is infinite; we are finite. We are not entirely clueless about his character, however, because God speaks to us through his Word. According to the Bible, one reason bad things happen is because the whole world is under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:19). That’s why Jesus taught us to ask God to deliver us from the evil one when we pray (Matthew 6:13). Even in the Garden of Eden — in paradise, before Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit — Satan was...
  • Pope Francis calls for new ‘supranational’ authorities to rule countries and enforce UN goals

    09/20/2019 6:44:51 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 127 replies
    flnews ^ | 9/18/19 | FireSideChat
    Pope Francis made a strong new push for globalism on Thursday, calling for a supranational, legally constituted body to enforce United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and implement “climate change” policies. Speaking to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the Pope said: “When a supranational common good is clearly identified, there is need for a special legally constituted authority capable of facilitating its implementation.” “Think of the great contemporary challenges of climate change, new slavery and peace,” he told members of the Pontifical Academy, who are meeting this week at the Vatican for a...
  • For Francis, Saving the Amazon is Evangelization in Motion

    09/19/2019 6:18:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/17/19 | John Allen Jr
    ROME - A persistent line of criticism heading into next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, generally coming from more conservative and traditional quarters of Catholicism, is that the whole exercise is a distraction from the Church’s core mission of evangelization, meaning bringing souls to Christ. That, for instance, was the gist of a complaint by German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, who’s pointedly asked, “What do ecology, economy, and politics have to do with the mandate and mission of the Church?” What’s sometimes overlooked is that for Pope Francis, such subjects do not constitute an alternative to evangelization. As he...
  • Victory for Christian Artists in Arizona

    09/19/2019 6:15:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/18/19 | David Nussman
    Christian business can opt out of pro-gay messagingA Christian business in Arizona can now opt out of same-sex "weddings" without being punished — that ruling from the state's Supreme Court this past Monday. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that Brush and Nib Studio — an art and calligraphy company in Phoenix — has the right to refuse to make handmade wedding invitations for a same-sex couple. The owners filed a complaint in 2016 against a law they say requires Christian business owners to violate their deeply held religious beliefs by forcing them to promote gay marriage. In a...
  • Taiyuan, Pilgrims Flock to Save Shrine of Our Lady from Destruction

    09/19/2019 6:12:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 9/16/19 | Wang Zhicheng
    The government wants to destroy the mountain top "Heaven’s Gate". Perhaps a motorway will pass through the area. Great security measures to control thousands of faithful. The sanctuary was built in 1924. Every year, on September 15th, tens of thousands of pilgrims come from all over China.Taiyuan (AsiaNews) - Thousands of faithful came on pilgrimage to Dongergou, near Taiyuan (Shanxi), to the shrine of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is celebrated on September 15 in the Church. This year, in addition to reasons of faith, the faithful were further concerned...
  • Former Albany Bishop [Hubbard] Denies Second Abuse Claim

    09/19/2019 6:05:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Times Union ^ | 9/17/19 | Cayla Harris and Steve Hughes
    Hubbard named in new Child Victims Act lawsuitALBANY — Former Catholic Bishop Howard J. Hubbard has been accused of sexual abuse in a second civil complaint — this one alleging he and two other Albany priests sexually assaulted a teenage girl repeatedly in the rectory of Immaculate Conception Church in Schenectady in the late 1970s. In a statement released Monday, Hubbard denied the new claim and reiterated his earlier assertion that he has never sexually abused anyone.
  • Church is left Vandalized after Standing Against Drag Queen Story Hour Event at Public Library

    09/19/2019 5:37:50 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    nteb ^ | 9/19/19 | Geri Ungurean
    So, at least the drag queen story tellers are being honest about who they answer to! A pentagram and Satan’s signature – yeah, we get it. I am so glad that this church leadership had the courage to speak out against the satanic Drag Queen Story Hour. It’s sick and foul, and many of these drag queens have pedophilia listed on their very long rap sheets. “…but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Luke 22:53 (KJV) But when I look at photos of these drag queens, the people I am most angry about are the parents of...
  • Fear, Silence and Inaction: Eroding Catholic Civil Rights

    09/19/2019 9:38:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | September 17, 2019 | Bob Marshall
    Fear, Silence and Inaction: Eroding Catholic Civil Rights The following is written by Hon. Robert Marshall, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates The so-called Equality ActOn October 30, 2008, Barack Obama said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”   The legal policy changes wrought under the Obama Administration paved the way for the so-called Equality Act, HR 5, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 17, 2019 by a vote of 236 to 173.  The Equality Act would fundamentally and radically alter Civil Rights Law to prohibit “discrimination” on the...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, September 19, 2019 [prayer]

    09/19/2019 5:43:14 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | September 19, 2019 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for the borders of our nation.
  • New JPII Institute Professors Question Church Orthodoxy on Homosexuality, Contraception

    09/18/2019 6:41:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/13/19 | Ed Pentin
    Father Maurizio Chiodi and Father Pier Davide Guenzi currently teach moral theology at the University of Northern Italy in Milan, and both are well known for their questioning of moral absolutes. VATICAN CITY — The latest development in what is becoming increasingly viewed as both a purge and a revolution of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute is the hiring of two moral theologians whose views on homosexuality and contraception contradict the magisterium. The new professors, Father Maurizio Chiodi and Father Pier Davide Guenzi, both moral theologians at the University of Northern Italy in Milan, will begin teaching at the...
  • Newly Passed California Resolution Blames ‘Religious Groups’ for LGBT Suicides

    09/18/2019 6:35:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/17/19 | Calvin Freiburger
    SACRAMENTO, September 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The California legislature has voted in a resolution that blames "religious groups" who hold to biblical understandings of sex and gender as responsible for "disproportionately high rates" of suicide among homosexuals and transgenders. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 declares that homosexuality and transgenderism are “part of natural variations that occur in sexual orientation and gender identity” and condemns counseling services that help people resolve unwanted gender confusion or same-sex attraction. “The stigma associated with being LGBTQ often created by groups in society, including therapists and religious groups, has caused disproportionately high rates of suicide, attempted...