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  • Catholic College Decides to Cover Abortions in Healthcare Plan

    09/30/2014 7:55:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/30/14
    University announces it will comply with new state regulationLoyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is complying with a State of California mandate to include abortion in the medical services its insurance policy covers, Live Action News reported. The decision came in the wake of a directive from the director of the state’s Department of Managed Healthcare, Michelle Rouillard. Los Angeles Loyolan, the campus newspaper, reported on Saturday that LMU’s insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period. “The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and...
  • Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen Claim You’re About to See an Entirely Different Side of Them

    09/30/2014 5:31:28 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, are hoping to bring inspirational messages to an entirely new audience with the launch of a radio channel that they say will show an entirely different side of them. “Joel Osteen Radio” launched Monday with great fanfare at SiriusXM’s New York City headquarters, with the Osteens on hand to answer questions from a small town hall audience, take calls from some of their famous friends and preview the faith-based content that will appear on the 24/7 station. While “Joel Osteen Radio,” which is now accessible on channel 128, will...
  • Faith-based movies go mainstream with Nicolas Cage in ‘Left Behind’

    09/30/2014 2:22:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    New York Post ^ | 09/30/2014 | Reed Tucker
    And on the eighth day, God created decent lighting and production values. After years of releasing shoddy products featuring has-beens like Kirk Cameron, the Christian film industry is upping its game in an attempt to win a crossover audience. Is faith-based cinema about to go truly mainstream? The year certainly has been good to believers. “Heaven Is for Real” with Greg Kinnear, a story about a boy who said he experienced the afterlife during surgery, raked in more than $100 million worldwide. “God’s Not Dead,” about a college student who debates his professor on the existence of a higher power,...
  • Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

    09/30/2014 12:10:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | CNA/EWTN News
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 29, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media attention for suggesting that some of those who have been divorced and remarried should be permitted to receive Communion. The Church holds that a person cannot enter a new marriage if their initial marriage is valid. Those who are living together as husband and wife when they are bound to a different spouse may not receive Communion. The Church has an annulment process to examine whether a marriage may...
  • A Mormon St. Peter’s in Rome

    09/30/2014 11:31:35 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 28, 2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A Mormon St. Peter’s in RomeA new Latter-day Saints temple looms large on the Roman horizon, and the Vatican’s prelates, truth to tell, are not too enthusiastic about what they see. ROME, Italy — On the outskirts of Rome along the ancient Catholic pilgrim route known as the Via Francigena and not far from a giant shopping center featuring a massive IKEA and the French do-it-yourself Mecca called Leroy Merlin, cranes are hoisting giant spires onto the top of a Baroque-revival-style church. But unlike most of the religious edifices erected in Catholic Rome, this Roman temple is being built by...
  • [Catholic and Protestant] Conservatives to Synod: Don’t Go Soft on Marriage

    09/30/2014 4:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/29/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    One sign that a summit is viewed as crucial is when a tug-of-war breaks out to shape its agenda and outcome. By that standard, the looming Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family appears a very big deal indeed. In the run-up to the synod, we’ve already seen cardinals publicly jousting over the contentious issue of whether the Church ought to relax its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Activists and rank-and-file believers alike have entered the fray on all manner of issues related to the family, with the latest to-do involving a cross-section of 48 mostly...
  • Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn Under Vatican Investigation

    09/29/2014 4:39:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/29/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern diocese for several days last week, interviewing more than a dozen people about Finn's leadership, several of those interviewed told NCR. According to those who spoke with Prendergast, the main question he asked was: "Do you think [Finn] is fit to be a leader?" The communications officer...
  • Family Feud Arises Over Late Chuck Smith’s Megachurch

    09/29/2014 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/29/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    When Pastor Chuck Smith passed away last year, few expected a family feud. But that appears to be what's going down in Orange County, California. ABC7.com is reporting a family fight over control of the megachurch that has morphed into an all-out legal battle. Smith's daughter has filed suit alleging elder abuse and neglect in connection with the pioneering pastor's last days. Smith went on to glory after a hard-fought cancer battle in October 2013. "It's still a shock. It's almost a year later and still I can't really process it. Why didn't they help my dad?" Janette Manderson, Smith's...
  • Catholic Music Director Will Not Sue Nienstedt

    09/29/2014 3:22:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | 9/29/14 | Karen Zamora
    The forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court. Jamie Moore, who was music director at St. Victoria Parish Catholic Church for more than 17 years before he quit at the request of church leaders, decided Friday not to pursue legal action against Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to his former lawyer. “I think he was in a very good position to challenge the termination because of the reason that was given, and that was marital status,” Clayton Halunen said Sunday, explaining that Minnesota churches are allowed to discriminate...
  • First Genetically Modified Children Graduate from High School

    09/28/2014 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 9/28/2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic material for this purpose was published in a U.S. medical journal in 1997 and then later cited in a Human Reproduction publication in 2001. Scientists injected 30 embryos in all with a third person’s genetic material....
  • Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores

    09/28/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    rorate Caeli ^ | 9/27/2014 | New Catholic
    Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores Good for the bishop and for the Church: In the same week of the arrest of former Archbishop Wesolowski for his abusive acts as nuncio in the Dominican Republic, as the Pope's own living quarters and bank are still under the control of a monsignor formerly in the service of Vatican diplomacy whose most famous event during his entire life was being caught stuck in an elevator with his male paramour when in Uruguay a few years ago, another bishop resigns for moral reasons -...
  • Paraguayan Bishop Obedient, but Has Grievance Over Removal

    09/27/2014 3:08:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop Livieres said in a Sept. 25 letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “Despite so much discourse about dialogue, mercy, openness, decentralization, and respect for local Churches, I haven’t...
  • Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

    09/27/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 45 replies
    Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germany’s Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group...
  • [Homosexual] Jesuit Leaves Church After Firings

    09/26/2014 6:24:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/22/14 | Nicholas Sciarappa
    In light of recent firings of gays and lesbians from Catholic institutions, Benjamin Brenkert has left the Catholic church after 10 years of pursuing priesthood in the Jesuit order. "I can't be a Jesuit priest because I can't be a member of the Catholic church right now," Brenkert told NCR. "I can't be an openly gay Jesuit discerning priesthood in the Catholic church if LGBT employees are being fired from Catholic institutions." Brenkert said the last straw for him was when a food pantry worker was fired from St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, Mo., after her marriage to...
  • ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod

    09/26/2014 4:15:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 17, 2014 | Matteo Matzuzzi via New Catholic
    ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod Other than Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it seems that the Bishops of Germany are preparing a United German Front behind the ideas of Cardinal Kasper. So reported Matteo Matzuzzi for Il Foglio - Matzuzzi's title is indeed very "Lutheran"... The German Bishops have their “theses” ready to nail to the door of the Synod Matteo Matzuzzi Il Foglio September 17, 2014 The German Bishops are with Cardinal Walter Kasper on marriage and the family. The...
  • Embattled Vatican Cardinal Burke greeted with a standing ovation in Florida

    09/26/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 26, 2014 | John-Henry Westen
    Cardinal Raymond Burke poses for a photo with members of the Catholic Medical Association. Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is expected to be removed from his position as head of the highest court in the Catholic Church and put in a largely honorific position, is back in his homeland of America this week and if anything the appreciation for him has increased rather than waned. Opening the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference in Orlando yesterday, the former Archbishop of St. Louis received a hero’s welcome with a standing ovation before he could say a word, and another standing ovation after...
  • What This Church Did With $160,000 Was So 'Crazy' It Left Congregants Crying...

    09/26/2014 7:35:23 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/26/2014 | Billy Hallowell
    ...and the Pastor Nervously Sweating What one church recently did with $160,000 during a Sunday morning service absolutely stunned parishioners: 320 members were each given a $500 check to spend as they wish. ... Traux, who aid that the money came from a decades-old real estate deal, first told her congregation that active members would be receiving the sizable checks. ... The move came after Traux and church elders decided to give back $10 percent of the $1.6 million LaSalle Street Church reportedly made from the real estate deal - a sum that adds up to the $160,000 figure members...
  • Kentucky Churches Being Turned into Mosques

    09/25/2014 7:57:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    LOUISVILLE The growing trend of former church buildings being turned into mosques and Islamic centers has reached Kentucky’s largest city where even some once-thriving Southern Baptist facilities are now occupied by Muslims. “On a trip to England a few years ago, I recall seeing dozens of churches that had become mosques and wondering how it could happen there; now it’s happening here,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Todd Robertson, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Louisville, said the religious makeup of the Bible Belt is rapidly changing with declining membership in many Christian congregations and...
  • We Can Already See Who Are The 200 Million Man Army That Will Invade Israel

    09/25/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/25/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Will Israel someday cry out “The two hundred million Chinese are coming”? Perhaps they will cry out “The Russians are coming”?While such an army of 200 million will definitely include Chinese, but it will not be China and while it will definitely include nations that were part of Russia, it will not be Russia.And we are already seeing the nations working to unite whose armies constitute even more than 200 million man army. But the enemies who are preparing to come against Jerusalem will deny the Trinity and will all be Muslim.All we need to know to see this is...
  • "SSPX Already is in 'Full Communion', but in a State of 'Imperfect Reconciliation'."

    09/25/2014 6:50:17 PM PDT · by narses · 7 replies
    Eorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2014 | Father Claude Barthe
    One of the wisest clerics in the traditional Catholic world, Father Claude Barthe, wrote a short note for the highly regarded French Catholic periodical L'Homme Nouveau on the Holy See communiqué on the meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay yesterday. He paid attention to the key words, as well as to words that are missing, and how they represent a high point in the evolution of relations between the Apostolic See and the Society of Saint Pius X. Father Barthe, by the way, is the main chaplain of the remarkable Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, taking place a...
  • Why Benedict's Regensburg speech has been vindicated

    09/25/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    http://cathnews.com/ ^ | September 25, 2014 | CathNews.com
    - Ethics and Public Policy Centre Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those who actually read it in 2006 understood that, far from making a “gaffe,” Benedict XVI was exploring with scholarly precision two key questions, the answers to which would profoundly influence the civil war raging within Islam—a war whose outcome will determine whether 21st-century Islam is safe for its own adherents and safe for the world.
  • New Bishop of Gloucester [UK] 'Likely to be a Woman'

    09/24/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/14
    The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham's comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was "really pretty high" as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stepped back as bishop in August. He had been due to retire in November. He was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police investigating two allegations of...
  • Bishop Cupich: A View from Spokane

    09/24/2014 6:20:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 9/24/14 | Douglas Kries
    Now that he has been named archbishop of Chicago, many people have expressed interest in Bishop Blase Cupich’s time as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane. I should make clear that I barely know Bishop Cupich on a personal level. I am only a Catholic layman in the diocese of Spokane. I do, however, hold an endowed chair in “Christian Philosophy” at Gonzaga University, serve as academic advisor to Bishop White Seminary (an undergraduate college seminary at Gonzaga), and am a former director of Gonzaga’s small Catholic Studies Program. Gonzaga University is, primarily, a school of approximately 4800 undergraduates that...
  • Human Rights Campaign Accuses Christian Conservatives of Inciting Fear and Hate

    09/24/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9/22/14 | Michael Brown
    The pictures are dark and ominous, the charges chilling: "There exists a network of extremists . . . [who] spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science." Just who are these evil people and what are they doing? According to the Human Rights Campaign, the world's largest gay activist organization, this "network" consists of American, conservative Christian leaders "who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn." I have made it onto this list – unfortunately, only with a "dishonorable mention" – adding to my already impressive résumé of being marked by groups like GLAAD,...
  • ‘We Do Not Allow Sectarian Materials': Charter School Removes Books Over Christian Content

    09/24/2014 2:30:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 9/22/14 | Heather Clark
    TEMECULA, Calif. – A Christian legal organization in California is denouncing officials at a charter school in the state for removing books from its library simply because they were deemed to be Christian. The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), based in Sacramento, reports that Springs Charter Schools, also known as River Springs Charter Schools, recently targeted books because of their content or religious affiliation. The school, which is stated to be “created and operated by parents” according to its “Vision and Mission” page on its website, also outlines, “We value parent choice and involvement, using the community as the classroom, fostering...
  • Christian Harry Potter? Evangelical Mom Rewrite Removes Witchcraft / ‘Devil Worship’

    09/24/2014 2:27:34 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 17 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 9/24/12 | Jack Phillips
    A housewife allegedly rewrote the Harry Potter series to remove all instances of witchcraft and spellcasting, and replaced them with “prayer and miracles.” The story was posted on FanFiction.net before it went viral a few days ago. Part of it reads: “Hagrid beamed widely. He had been praying so hard to save a soul today; and he was so happy to have saved the soul of such a sweet, earnest little one. The poor boy, being raised by two parents who were not Christian; and who both went to work and left him with a babysitter all day long. It...
  • Christian group at Sonoma State runs afoul of anti-discrimination policy (InterVarsity)

    09/24/2014 2:23:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 9/22/14 | Matt Brown
    A newly enforced anti-discrimination policy at Sonoma State University has caused a Christian organization to lose its campus recognition and potentially thousands of dollars that come with being an officially sanctioned club. The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a national student organization that has operated at SSU since 1962, was stripped of its campus recognition at the beginning of this school year as the California State University system began enforcing a three-year-old policy that prevents clubs from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or disability. InterVarsity accepts all members, but...
  • Pope Francis' Answer to Cardinal Bernadin

    09/24/2014 12:33:35 PM PDT · by veritas2002 · 13 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 9/24/14 | Douglas Kries
    Now that he has been named archbishop of Chicago, many people have expressed interest in Bishop Blase Cupich’s time as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane. I should make clear that I barely know Bishop Cupich on a personal level. I am only a Catholic layman in the diocese of Spokane. I do, however, hold an endowed chair in “Christian Philosophy” at Gonzaga University, serve as academic advisor to Bishop White Seminary (an undergraduate college seminary at Gonzaga), and am a former director of Gonzaga’s small Catholic Studies Program. Gonzaga University is, primarily, a school of approximately 4800 undergraduates that...
  • The Beginning of the End of Abortion -- 40 Days for Life, September 24 -- November 2

    09/23/2014 9:49:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 0923-14 | 40 Days for Life
    The Beginning of the End of Abortion -- 40 Days for Life, September 24 -- November 2Mission 40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:·         Prayer and fasting·         Constant vigil·         Community outreachThe 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where...
  • Russia Positions Herself as a “Light to the World” During Pro-Family Conference

    09/23/2014 8:04:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Craddock
    Moscow Gathering Plays Out Against Backdrop of International Sanctions For those who came of age during the Cold War, the idea that Christian Westerners would be invited as special guests inside the Kremlin seems unthinkable. But this was the scene at the International Forum on Large Families and the Future of Humanity, held in Moscow September 10-11. More than 1,000 pro-life, pro-family participants traveled from around the world to attend the Forum, which was headlined by high-profile Russian Ministers and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I. The event received enthusiastic support from the Russian government, which allowed the conference to be...
  • Something Wicked (Michael Voris breaks it down)

    09/23/2014 7:46:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | ChurchMilitant
    Something Wicked this way comes. {CHURCHMILITANT.TV}
  • Got Zeal? (Quotes as Medicine to Heal Wounds Left by Francis' Screed Against Proselytizing)

    09/23/2014 7:19:30 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 1 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | Sept 20, 2014 anno Domini | Ann Barnhardt
    Got Zeal? An excellent collection of quotes on the utter necessity for zeal for the salvation of souls. Remember these quotes when you hear anyone say that proselytism is “solemn nonsense”, or that they have no desire to convert a person or persons to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. St. James the Apostle: “He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way will save his own soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins” (St. James 5, 19-20). St. John...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY: Reparation, adoration of Christ VICTOR after sacrilege, blasphemy, evil

    09/23/2014 5:42:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/23/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. - 1 Peter 5:8-10 The other day some nitwits did something like a satanic “black mass” in city government facility of Oklahoma City. You know the controversy, so I...
  • Americans fear religion losing influence, say churches should speak out more (Pew poll)

    09/23/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/22/14 | David Lauter
    ix years into a Democratic administration widely seen as pushing a secular agenda, nearly three-quarters of Americans say religion is losing influence in American life and about half say churches and other religious institutions should express their views on political issues.. The findings, from a new Pew survey, underscore a persistent pattern in American politics: During conservative administrations, the public tends to become more liberal and during liberal ones, more conservative. In this case, only about three in 10 Americans see the Obama administration as “friendly to religion.” About four in 10 rate the administration as neutral and another three...
  • Prince William attends Mass ‘in official capacity’ for the first time

    09/23/2014 1:47:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 23, 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    Prince William, right, at an Independence Day Mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Malta (Photo: CNS) Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has attended his first public Mass in an official capacity, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.During a visit to Malta last weekend, the second in line for the throne went to Mass in St John’s Cathedral in Valletta, the island’s capital.The Prince, attending in an official capacity as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence, was seated beside British High Commissioner Rob Luke, just a few seats away from Maltese President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.Prince William...
  • What Rotherham Teaches US...Wisdom Cries Out

    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)I believe that when God metaphorically personified his Wisdom as a lady crying out in the streets to the simple, the wicked and even the scorners,...
  • 100 Christians, Including Children, Arrested During Major House Church Raid in China

    09/23/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China's Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country. "We don't know exactly why they raided our church," a local believer told watchdog group International Christian Concern, which has been keeping track of the rising tide of persecution in China. "The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church." Worshipers said that the church was raided without...
  • Two recent ecclesiastical developments giving me pause and cause for prayer

    09/23/2014 8:01:19 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 14 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 September 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    In which Teófilo reflects about two recent developments in the Church, the onslaught against the Culture of life, the words of Pope Francis, and the five non-negotiable moral teachings of the Church, and the letter Teófilo wrote to Pope Francis a year ago. Brethren: Peace be with you. As you know, I am and always will be a faithful son of the Church and servant of the current Successor of Peter. That loyalty is based upon faith and it is unconditional. I make no excuses for disobeying Pope Francis or any Pope whatsoever, even when he speaks as a personal...
  • Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church.

    09/23/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 161 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 22, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    While America is Busy with Climate Change, Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church. But Which Church? The Answer should Shock You By Shoebat Foundation on September 22, 2014 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) While America is busy with Climate Change, Christ is getting ready to land on planet earth to rescue a specific Church, but which Church? But before we discuss this crucial topic, this is America taking action on Climate Change in which nearly half a million of us marched in New York City: While, you might think, “the world is going...
  • Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

    09/23/2014 4:45:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15, 2014. Credit: Joaquin Piero Perez/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 23, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church's highest court. “I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura –...
  • England and Wales Have Four Times More Priestly Vocations than Ireland

    09/22/2014 6:56:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 9/22/14 | James O'Shea
    A new survey by The Irish Catholic has found that there are four times the number of men beginning studies for the priesthood in England and Wales than there are in Ireland. A survey of seminaries showed that 57 men entered a priestly formation program in England and Wales this year compared to 14 men who entered the seminary in Ireland, despite the fact that Ireland has 4.65 million Catholics while England and Wales have only 4 million. Fr Willie Purcell, Ireland’s National Coordinator for Diocesan Vocations, told The Irish Catholic that the Church in Ireland needs to adopt strategies...
  • ISIS Destroys Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor

    09/22/2014 6:39:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    DER ZOR, Syria (A.W.)—The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) destroyed the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, news agencies in the Middle East reported. The reports surfaced as Armenia was celebrating the 23rd anniversary of its independence on Sept. 21. Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian issued a statement condemning the destruction of the church, which housed the remains of victims of the Armenian Genocide, calling it a “horrible barbarity.” Nalbandian called upon the international community to cut the Islamic State’s sources of supply, support, and financing, and eradicate what it referred to as a disease that “threatened civilized...
  • Spinning the Synod

    09/22/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 19, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Here are five misleading claims and skewed statements about the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The Synod of Bishops wills meet in Rome October 5-19 to discuss “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Here’s a word that hasn’t been used much in recent discussions about the approaching Battle of the Cardin—er, the Synod of Bishops, taking place October 5-19 in Rome: evangelization. Which is curious, since the official title, or theme, for the extraordinary general...
  • My Thoughts On The Appointment Of Bishop Cupich To Chicago…

    09/21/2014 8:45:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Frank Weathers
    Joe Six-Pack will be brief.
  • Liberals Attack Florida Bishop, Appeal to Pope Francis

    09/21/2014 3:50:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A letter and petition accusing Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice, Florida, of authoritarian leadership will soon be on its way to Rome, asking Pope Francis to intervene. The campaign has been orchestrated by two liberal groups agitating for a more lay-directed Church. The Southwest Florida chapter of Call to Action wrote the letter, together with the support of the local chapter of Voice of the Faithful. Call to Action, a group pushing for radical reform such as the ordination of women and a relaxing of sexual ethics, has accused Bishop Dewane of employing scare tactics including bullying...
  • Update in Albania – Muslims pray for Pope, security a non-issue

    09/21/2014 1:58:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Federico Lombardi gives a press briefing in Tirana, Albania. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press briefing Sunday the Vatican's spokesman downplayed worries over Pope Francis' safety in Albania, also noting that Muslims gathered in an important Tirana mosque to pray for the pontiff's visit. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists that the Sept. 21 papal visit has been welcomed with joy by all the Albanian religious communities. On why Pope Francis did not stop the popemobile as he often does to greet children...
  • Pope Orders Review of Annulment Process to Simplify Procedure

    09/21/2014 1:29:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 142 replies
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages. A statement said Francis had appointed an 11-member commission of canon lawyers and theologians to propose reform of the process, "seeking to simplify and streamline it while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage". An annulment, formally known as a "decree of nullity," is a ruling that a marriage was not valid in the first place according to Church law because certain pre-requisites, such...
  • People’s Climate Change March Defiles the Lord’s Day

    09/21/2014 8:18:32 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | JP
    Organizers of the so-called People’s Climate March expect more than 100,000 people to fill the streets of midtown Manhattan on Sunday, demanding action on global warming. It promises to be one of the largest cult gatherings in U.S. history. And it will take place two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an “emergency” climate summit at the United Nations. The march is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, a celebrated environmental activist. In May, he issued a “call to arms” in a jeremiad published in Rolling Stone magazine, which exhorted climate change cultists to descend on New York...
  • HEINOUS NEW LOW: Syrian rebels sabotage vaccinations, killing 50 babies

    09/21/2014 5:07:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | September 19, 2014
    As proof of their bravery, rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are suspected of sabotaging a batch of measles vaccinations, leading to the deaths of up to 50 young children. If true, it's a new low in an especially discouraging chapter of modern history.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dozens of infants in the rebel-held cities of Jarjanaz and Sinjar in Idlib province fell ill and died after being given the drugs. The causes of death has not yet been established. Officials reportedly suspect the vaccines may have been tampered with while left unguarded in a storage facility in...
  • 'God's Not Dead' Actor Kevin Sorbo Says Hollywood Is 'Waking Up' to Christian Films

    09/20/2014 7:44:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/20/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    One of the lead actors in the hit Christian film "God's Not Dead" recently shared his opinion on why Hollywood tends to make relatively few Christian-themed films. Kevin Sorbo, an actor who played the skeptical professor in the blockbuster film, recently talked with Peter Heck on his radio program about "God's Not Dead" and Hollywood movies. Observing the huge success of "God's Not Dead," Heck noted that there "is a market" for Christian films and asked Sorbo when he thinks Hollywood will "get it." "I don't think it's an 'us vs. them' sort of mentality. But I live in this...