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  • Should Different Religions Be Treated Differently?

    01/17/2017 7:17:31 AM PST · by livius · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 16, 2017 | William Kilpatrick
    When the planning board of Bernards Township, New Jersey, turned down a plan to build a mosque, the local Islamic society turned around and sued the town for discrimination. Now, a federal judge has ruled that a parking requirement imposed by the township on the mosque was discriminatory. Adeel Mangi, the Islamic society’s lawyer, praised the decision, saying “this is a landmark ruling…that will have national impact in reaffirming that townships cannot treat applicants differently based on their religion.” Andrew Bieszad, an Islam scholar, has a different take. In an article titled “landmark federal court ruling opens the way for...
  • In Light of Malta: Further Questions on the Müller Position [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 3:40:32 AM PST · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 16, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Over the weekend – and especially after the troubling new public (and promiscuous) guidelines from the Bishops of Malta concerning Communion for the “remarried” divorcees – more questions have now been raised with regard to Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s own recent and explicit endorsement of the papal document Amoris Laetitia. For, the cardinal called that Apostolic Exhortation both “doctrinally sound” and “not a danger to the Faith.” But at least two demurring voices have thus come to us now, one from Germany, and one from the United States. First, let us consider – and here I translate the entire post –...
  • (NOVEMBER 1, 2016:) BIBLE CODES PREDICT TRUMP WIN [WATCH]

    01/16/2017 10:06:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | DR. RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
    “And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.” Deuteronomy 31:18 (The Israel Bible™) In two separate sets of Bible Codes, published three months apart, international Bible Codes expert Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson found evidence that Donald J. Trump will win the upcoming US presidential election. What’s more, Trump’s predicted win appears to be connected to his support for Israel. The first table was published on July 6, 2016. In this table, which comes from the Book of Deuteronomy, Rabbi Glazerson pointed to...
  • The Paris Flop! Our prayers have been answered!

    01/16/2017 8:05:46 PM PST · by Lera · 24 replies
    Behold Israel ^ | 1/16/17 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's commentary on Sunday's Middle East Peace Conference in Paris "...The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much... (James 5:16) The Paris Middle East Peace Conference ended up as a great disappointment to the Palestinians and a great relief to the Israelis. The closing declaration at the conference in Paris urged both sides to "officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution". It also warned them against taking one-sided actions that could hurt talks, in an apparent reference to Israeli settlement building. But Britain, which attended as an observer, did not back the final communique. A Foreign Office...
  • ‘Exorcist’ Author’s Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Continues

    01/16/2017 3:01:52 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 16, 2017 | Patrick Reilly
    William Peter Blatty, best-selling author and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Exorcist, died Thursday at the age of 89 after battling a form of blood cancer. But his final work is still underway: a petition to the Vatican, seeking the enforcement of canon law to reform Georgetown University’s Catholic identity, is still in front of the Church’s highest court. Although Bill Blatty is appreciated widely for his writing talent, great humor and one of the scariest movies ever made, we should also remember him as a faithful Catholic and a passionate advocate for Catholic education. In many of his works, Blatty...
  • Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Stands in Front of a Cross While Promoting Abortion

    01/16/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile RichardsÂ’ latest photo op had pro-lifers calling out the abortion chain this weekend for using a cross to promote abortion. On Saturday, Latinos for Planned Parenthood account tweeted a photo of Richards speaking in front of a cross in the Metropolitan AME Church sanctuary Saturday in Washington, D.C. The highly paid CEO gave her speech during a Here to Stay rally protesting President-elect Donald TrumpÂ’s position on immigration. Planned Parenthood co-sponsored the immigration rally and used it to promote its abortion agenda. In a column for Medium, Richards claimed her abortion chain is essential to immigrants...
  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 36 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle East and upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response).  They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria.  However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps.  Here is the world's response...
  • I Rather Have Jesus – Till We Meet Again

    01/16/2017 4:30:54 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/16/2017 | Revski
    This than 2 minute video has two songs, I'd Rather Have Jesus, sang A-Capella, Till We Meet Again, with the mandolin plus lyrics. May you get faith in Jesus and call on him daily, He loves us and you will be blessed and have eternal life.
  • New Embassy Signals Pope’s Love for Palestine, says President Abbas

    01/16/2017 3:40:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 16, 2017 | N/A
    The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See was inaugurated on Saturday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country’s new embassy to the Holy See.“This is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace,” Abbas told the Pope on Saturday before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome.The Pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here.”“I am also happy to be here,” Abbas replied.The Vatican said the two leaders spoke privately of the...
  • Pope Has Done Almost Nothing to Halt Sex Abuse, Author Claims [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 3:20:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 16, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The last time Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote an exposé about corruption at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, it landed him in a Vatican court facing a possible jail sentence on charges that he had illegally obtained confidential church papers in the course of his reporting.Now, six months after the 42-year-old reporter was cleared of all charges, Fittipaldi is taking on the church again. This time in a new book that accuses Pope Francis of doing “close to nothing” to stop clerical sexual abuse...around the world, despite the...pope’s frequent assertions that he has zero tolerance for...abuse...or those who...
  • The Real Argument over ‘Amoris’ Is an Old One over Conscience [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 11:22:44 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    The furious reaction from critics of 'Amoris Laetitia' to the Maltese bishops' guidelines implementing it suggests that behind the debates and arguments over Francis's apostolic exhortation 'The Joy of Love' is a very old-fashioned, and still unresolved, dispute within the Church over the role of conscience. The heart of the  Amoris Laetitia disputes, which flared up again at the weekend following the Maltese bishops’ guidelines on the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to the sacraments, is not doctrine or law but the role of conscience.Both critics and partisans of the exhortation have correctly detected a clear shift in magisterial teaching in...
  • Ethicist Says Ghostwriter’s Role in ‘Amoris’ Is Troubling

    01/15/2017 11:15:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakaluk
    It turns out that the most important footnote in 'Amoris Laetitia' may be one that's not there, because a key passage of the document is lifted almost verbatim from a 1995 essay in theology by Archbishop Victor Fernandez -- raising troubling questions about Fernandez's role as ghostwriter, and the magisterial force of his ideas. [EditorÂ’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiffÂ’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear...
  • Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism

    01/15/2017 7:36:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | January 16, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The “lineamenta” (guidelines) of the forthcoming synod on young people, published January13, paved the way to a new path for the synod. Much has changed since the times when it was thought that the Synod of Bishops was going to gain more importance in the Curia – the chair of the first meetings of the heads of Vatican dicasteries under Pope Francis was Cardinal Baldisseri, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. In the meantime, a major role for the Synod of Bishops in papal elections, on the basis of a plan of Pope Paul VI, was rumored. At...
  • ASK FATHER: Can Absolution Be Granted When No Purpose of Amendment Exists? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 7:26:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No.In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, in order to absolve a penitent who is sui compos (conscious, able to make a confession, etc.) the priest must be reasonably certain that the penitent 1) has actually confessed a sin (even a previously confessed and absolved sin is enough), 2) has, in that moment, at least imperfect sorrow for sin (attrition – fear of punishment), and...
  • Archbishop Welby 'to Express Remorse' Over Reformation Rifts

    01/15/2017 5:42:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    It's being reported the Archbishop of Canterbury is to express regret over the Reformation period, where thousands were murdered for their religious beliefs. According to the Mail on Sunday, Most Rev Justin Welby is due to issue a joint statement with the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, expressing remorse over the time when various people challenged and abandoned Catholic Church teachings. Significant moments of the period include German priest Martin Luther's nailing of an academic paper to a a church in Wittenberg, outlining his opposition to certain Catholic theology, and King Henry VIII's formation of the Church of England....
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 15th, 2017(video)

    01/15/2017 5:19:10 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 1/15/17 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. focuses in on the significance of all that's happened in just the first fifteen days of the year, namely, that of the unprecedented UN Resolution and Paris Peace Summit, taking place at the time of today’s prophecy update.
  • Controversial megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies at 63

    01/15/2017 4:18:11 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | January 15, 2017 | John Blake and Chandrika Narayan, CNN
    CNN)Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, has died, according to the suburban Atlanta church he presided over. He was 63. Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Long was a national figure and one of the most innovative and polarizing pastors in the contemporary church. He was also a paradox. He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality, but he also settled a lawsuit by four young men who said he...
  • 2017 01 15 John Haller's Prophecy Update "The Gathering..." (video)

    01/15/2017 3:25:11 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 1/15/17 | John Haller
    January 15, 2017. 70 Nations are gathering in France to discuss a "Final Solution" for the Israel-Palestinian conflict. And we can promise you, it is not favorable to the Israeli people. Remember, Hitler also proposed a "Final Solution." 'Nuff said. John looks at this issue, along with an analysis of an Iranian-Israeli nuclear conflict, plus another tortorous glimpse into the continuing absurdity of our nation's leaders who are dead set on inflicting as much damage as possible on God's chosen nation. January 20th cannot come soon enough for those who love Israel and her people.
  • A Malta Laetitia

    01/15/2017 1:05:54 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 14, 2017 | Carl E. Olson
    Just yesterday I was lamenting to some colleagues about how weary I've become of the ongoing and escalating debate over Amoris Laetitia and its interpretation. "I would be happy," I said, "to not write of it again." Knowing full well the topic was not going away. Quite the contrary. So, I am not happy. But this really isn't about feelings, is it? Or is it? The bishops of Malta, in a pastoral letter signed January 8th by the Archbishop of Malta, Charles J. Scicluna, and the Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, have offered their "Criteria for the Application of Chapter...
  • Canonist Ed Peters on The Maltese Fiasco (Pt. 2)

    01/15/2017 1:05:19 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Distinguished canonist Ed Peters, at his indispensable blog In The Light Of The Law, has posted in the wake of what we must now call…The Maltese FiascoThe Bishops of Malta issued a dreadful set of guidelines for the implementation of the objectively ambiguous bits of Amoris laetitia, Ch. 8. These are the bits that the Four Cardinals (Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra, Meisner) – and the rest of the rational, honest world – want clarified. The Four Cardinals submitted five formal questions or Dubia to the Holy Father and to the CDF. Since its release, Amoris laetitia has caused confusion, anxiety,...
  • François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

    01/15/2017 11:29:39 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 13, 2017 | Gavin Mortimer
    It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in Paris on Christmas Eve, for example, I passed my local church. Inside a midnight Mass was in progress; outside a policeman stood guard.It was the same across France, an army of gun-toting men and women protecting the nation’s cathedrals and churches. They’ll be back at Easter, and on the Ascension and the Assumption. For how long? Who knows how long the country that is known as ‘the eldest daughter of the church’ because of its Christian heritage will need...
  • Bishop Eddie Long Dies of Aggressive Form of Cancer, Church Says

    01/15/2017 10:31:24 AM PST · by Cecily · 8 replies
    The Atlanta Jounral Constitution ^ | January 15, 2017 | Ellen Eldridge, Ty Tagami and Shelia Poole
    New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s senior pastor Eddie L. Long has died, according to the church. He was 63 years old. "Today it is with great sadness I announce that our bishop has transitioned,” Bishop Christopher C. Smith said. The expectant crowd, many already informed by social media and text messages, wailed and shrieked at the official announcement. "He's no longer in pain,” Smith continues. "He's no longer dealing with the complications that he had to deal with."
  • End times harbinger: Nations gang up on Israel

    01/15/2017 10:11:23 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2017
    It’s like an alarm bell in the night for prophecy experts. Seventy nations are meeting in Paris this weekend for a massive summit to coordinate efforts against the Jewish state of Israel. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a statement issued after the conference will demand an end to the “occupation that began in 1967,” a two-state solution and no recognition of Israeli control of Jerusalem. It may even lead to recognition of a Palestinian state. “There’s no telling what this meeting might produce,” said Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com and author of the new prophecy book “The Restitution of...
  • Bishop Schneider Warns Against ‘a Mentality of Radical Relativism Being Created Inside the Church’

    01/15/2017 4:08:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Editor's note: See full translation of Bishop Schneider's interview below. January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider is warning the faithful against a “mentality of radical relativism” that has infiltrated the Catholic Church and is threatening the Christian affirmation of absolute and eternal truths. In a recent interview with the Spanish Catholic blog Adelante la Fe and translated into English by LifeSiteNews, Bishop Schneider remarked on the practice of giving Holy Communion to those who are divorced and “remarried” outside the Church, calling it “truly a very dangerous phenomenon.” Bishop Schneider covered a variety of topics in the interview,...
  • Long Read: What Liberal Intellectuals Get Wrong about Transgenderism

    01/15/2017 3:54:26 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 13, 2017 | John Milbank
    Most people instinctively feel threatened by the postmodern redefinition of gender. Their instincts are correct. The populist voter insurgencies of 2016 are complex, but one important aspect of them is the rejection of a seamless liberal order and worldview. Despite its unbearable claims to be the only possible worldview, liberalism has been rejected because it does not work for the majority of people. And just as liberal economics are now being questioned, so are liberalism’s cultural and ethical assumptions – in a way that the highly intelligent liberal Richard Rorty prophesied 20 years ago.The backlash against liberalismLiberals have too casually spoken...
  • All Questions Have Been Answered Concerning Amoris Laetitia (interview with Baldiserri)

    01/15/2017 3:49:45 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | January 14, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Baldiserri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, gave his thoughts on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in an interview published in L'Osservatore Romano, Thursday 12th January. (Republished in Aleteia). During the interview Cardinal Baldiserri dismissed the need for further clarification of Amoris Laetitia, insisting that all questions have been answered by competent authorities and that Amoris Laetitia is self-explanatory: How can you respond to those who request further clarification on the pastoral guidelines of the apostolic exhortation? They have already been provided several answers.  Also, persons competent for their role and their authority have expressed themselves [on this matter]. It is firstly a matter of going...
  • Cardinal Dolan Contemplates Selling NY Chancery in Biting Letter to Priests

    01/15/2017 2:25:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 17 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | January 11, 2017 | Joshua J. McElwee
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has informed his clergy he is considering moving his archdiocese's headquarters out of the building it now occupies in midtown Manhattan in a bid to save money and to correct what he says is an "unfair and inaccurate perception of the archdiocese as some bloated, money-grabbing corporation." The cardinal revealed the possible move in a highly charged letter to his priests and deacons in late November in which he also takes the clergy to task for complaining about how the archdiocese collects money from its parishes and exhorts them to challenge parishioners to donate more...
  • Amir: A Call For An Urgent Prayer!

    01/15/2017 2:13:14 AM PST · by Lera · 14 replies
    Behold Israel ^ | 1/15/17 | Amir Tsarfati
    We are about to enter into a very crucial week in world’s history! On Sunday leaders from more than 70 countries will meet in Paris to basically declare that Jerusalem’s old city doesn’t belong to Israel. Then on Tuesday that declaration will be pushed as a resolution at the UN Security Council and the way the American ambassador to the UN will vote is still unclear. All of that before the Friday inauguration of a new president in America who publicly opposed all these actions but can’t do a thing to stop them. Zechariah 12 and Psalm 2 are coming...
  • Act of Adoration and Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament [Prayer]

    01/14/2017 6:16:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land ^ | Unknown | Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land
    I know blasphemy and sacrilige are nothing new, but in light of the recent in-your-face heresies of Chicago, San Diego, Germany, Vorarlberg Austria, and now Malta, I think these prayers are even more important.The last one (#V) specifically deals with committing sacrilege while receiving Holy Communion unworthily, and can be used by itself if saying all five is too much. When I can't get to adoration I use an online 24x7 adoration chapel (when they aren't having Mass). I. I adore Thee profoundly, O my Jesus, in Thy sacramental form; I acknowledge Thee to be true God and true Man,...
  • Bishop Schneider Offers Hope Amidst Crisis Permitted by “Divine Providence”

    01/14/2017 1:40:15 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 14, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    As the ecclesiastical crisis continues to deepen in 2017, I have found myself facing a certain exhaustion; a feeling that, while knowing the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, that Christ will have the final victory, there is no respite from the near-constant series of assaults from the enemies of God’s truth. I know that many of you feel the same way. While we here at OnePeterFive believe we have an obligation to continue to cover the news of what is happening within our beloved Church, however unpleasant, there is also need for reassurance, a rediscovery...
  • [2014] Enforcing Sacrilege (What will the Church look like after the Kasper proposal?) (Prophetic)

    01/14/2017 1:28:14 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Remnant ^ | Megaera Erinyes
    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops opened this afternoon with a Mass by Pope Francis and the editorials, articles and interviews are flying so thick in the air it's hard to see the sun. The signs and signals are coming so fast and so clearly now that there can be little doubt that the pope intends to adopt some form of Cardinal Kasper’s proposal. Let’s just pass on from all the debate on what Francis intends and face up to this, and ask some questions about what the concrete effects this change will have on the Church. I am not a...
  • IMPORTANT: Interview with Card. Caffarra about the Dubia and ‘Amoris laetitia’ Confusion

    01/14/2017 12:47:14 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 14, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today in the Italian Il Foglio there is an interview with His Eminence Carlo Card. Caffara, one of the Four Cardinals who submitted the Five Dubia to His Holiness the Pope about Amoris laetitia. Il Foglio seems to have a paywall, but you can find the Italian text at Il Sismografo.Caffarra, who founded the John Paul II Institute for the Family is probably the author of the Five Dubia.This interview is undoubtedly a response to Card. Müller’s statements on Italian television the other day – which on the surface seemed to thrown the Dubia and the Four under the #64 Bus – that provoked...
  • Two Juicy Ironies in the Current Saga Featuring the Knights of Malta

    01/14/2017 12:35:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | January 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    For anyone familiar with the Vatican over a long stretch of time, there are a couple of truly juicy ironies involved in its current probe of the Knights of Malta, and understanding those ironies may help explain both the defiant reaction the Knights have displayed publicly and the vertigo they may be feeling privately. ROME – Just to be clear from the beginning, I have no insider information regarding the news now making the rounds about the Knights of Malta, either in terms of the factors that led to the ouster of Albrecht von Boeselager, the group’s chancellor, or Pope...
  • Religious leaders celebrate abortion clinic's 'sacred work' [Obama Effect]

    01/14/2017 10:54:52 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/13/2017 | Art Moore
    More than 20 religious leaders participated in a ceremony to "bless" a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., calling the abortion facility a "sacred work." "In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work," Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, told DCist.com. "This confirms the sacredness of the work we do." LifeNews.com, commenting that blessing an abortion clinic seems "antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life," noted the new abortion facility is located next to a popular charter elementary school, much to the outrage of pro-lifers...
  • Maltese Bishops Go to The Amoris Laetitia Zoo:Disaster…Inexcusable Nonsense…Green-lighting(CathCauc)

    01/14/2017 1:45:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog / In the Light of the Law Blog ^ | January 13, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Full Title: Maltese Bishops Go To The Amoris Laetitia Zoo:Disaster…Inexcusable Nonsense…Green-lighting Sacrilege (Catholic Caucus) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Earlier today I had a great misfortune to read a statement from the Bishops of Malta which is a complete disaster.  I was going to post about it tomorrow, but canonist Ed Peters beat me to it and… he nails it with his usual amazing skill.He doesn’t have a combox, but I do… and the moderation queue is ON. The Maltese DisasterThe bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia,have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking...
  • Russian Cathedral That Was Turned Into Museum Of Atheism Is To Be A Church Again

    01/13/2017 6:16:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | Mark Woods
    A former Russian Orthodox cathedral that was converted into a museum of atheism during the Soviet period is to be returned to the Church – and local people are protesting the move. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on change.org against the return of St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg. Built between 1818 and 1858 by French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand, it was formerly the flagship church of Orthodoxy in Russia. The building is now used for concerts and is a major tourist attraction though religious services are occasionally held there. According to AFP the petition has been...
  • Pro-abort ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Vatica

    01/13/2017 6:09:10 PM PST · by Robwin · 12 replies
    Life Site ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world.” The Stanford biologist champions sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. In his 1968 book, Ehrlich went so far as to defend forced abortion, writing: “Indeed, it has been concluded that...
  • Abuse After Cathedral's Quran Reading Prompts Police Investigation

    01/13/2017 6:05:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 1/13/17 | Harry Farley
    Offensive comments directed at clergy at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, have prompted a police investigation after the Quran was read at a service last week. Police Scotland confirmed it is investigating remarks after the Epiphany service contained a recitation from the Islamic holy book denying Jesus was the son of God – a key Christian doctrine. "Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate crime and encourages all communities to continue working together to ensure no one feels threatened or marginalised," a spokesman told Christian Today. Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth invited the reading from Madinah Javed, a law student...
  • 'Everyone Will be Muslim Because of Our Stupidity’ Catholic Leader Blasts ‘WEAK’ Church

    01/13/2017 5:35:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 1/13/17 | Belinda Robinson
    A PROMINENT figure in the Catholic church has controversially suggested that everyone will “soon be Muslim” because Italy lives in an increasingly secular society amid rapidly growing migration figures. Monsignor Carlo Liberati, an Italian Archbishop, gave the warning after observing the growing number of detention centres opening up in Europe, suggesting it was a sure fire way to have the Islamic faith become mainstream. He said: “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way, they make laws that go against God and they have traditions that...
  • Palestinian Embassy Opening in Vatican City on Eve of Evil International Decree

    01/13/2017 2:42:47 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 1/13/17 | Adam Berkowitz
    On Friday, just two days before 70 nations gather in Paris to vote on an anti-Israel decree, a new embassy for the Palestinian Authority will be inaugurated in Vatican City. This will be the first Palestinian embassy to be established in a European Union member nation. PA President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Pope Francis on Saturday. This will be the third time the two have met. When they met last year, Pope Francis referred to Abbas as “an angel of peace‘. When confronted, the Holy See explained that this was an error in translation and the Pope had atually...
  • Supremes face bombshell: Law censoring Christian counselors

    01/13/2017 11:20:16 AM PST · by amorphous · 45 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Supreme Court has been handed a bombshell: An appeal of a lower-court ruling that banned Christian counselors from talking with teens about the biblical standard for sexuality. The case challenges laws that force licensed counselors to affirm homosexuality, prohibiting them from helping clients overcome same-sex attractions. Such laws have been adopted in New Jersey, where a biased judge used it to shut down a Christian ministry, and in California and other states. The case already was presented to the Supreme Court several years ago, but it did not get a ruling. Now a new appeal has been submitted...
  • Holidays Caught Pope Francis in a ‘Damn the Torpedoes!’ Mood

    01/13/2017 1:27:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | January 11, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Faced with opposition, leaders can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down. The holidays this year seemed to confirm that Pope Francis has chosen door number two. ------------------------------------------------------ ROME – Faced with opposition, leaders generally have two broad choices. Either they can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down.You can try a little of both, but in general the one tends to undercut the other, so mixing them...
  • Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planed Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It “Sacred Work”

    01/12/2017 7:42:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 12, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Blessing an abortion clinic may seem antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. But various religious leaders came together to do just that on Tuesday at Planned Parenthood’s newest abortion facility in Washington, D.C. DCist reports religious leaders representing more than 20 groups participated in the ceremony inside the new mega-facility, which opened in September. The new abortion facility is located next to the Two Rivers Public Charter School, a sought-after elementary school in D.C, much to the outrage of pro-lifers and parents. “In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” Dr....
  • Vatican Computers Hacked in Major International Scheme

    01/12/2017 7:15:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Italian police have uncovered a major international computer-hacking operation that compromised private communications at the Vatican. Police in Rome announced the arrest of two engineers who are suspected of illicitly obtaining “information relative to state security.” The hackers, who were not identified, were described as London residents in their 40s. They had reportedly gained access to computer servers operated by Italian government leaders and European banking officials. The operation also penetrated the Vatican, police reported. Hackers gained access to computers used by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, at the Pontifical Council for Culture. They also hacked into computers at a Vatican guest...
  • Vatican Invites Pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ Author to Speak at Biological Extinction Conference

    01/12/2017 5:18:37 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 12, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world.” The Stanford biologist has championed in his career sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. Titled Biological Extinction, the conference will address what Vatican organizers call an unsustainable “imbalance” between...
  • Why More and More Priests Can’t Stand Pope Francis

    01/12/2017 2:48:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 50 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 14, 2017 | Damian Thompson
    He has been pigeonholed as fearless reformer, but questions are arising about his judgment On 2 January, the Vatican published a letter from Pope Francis to the world’s bishops in which he reminded them that they must show ‘zero tolerance’ towards child abuse. The next day, the American Week magazine published an article that told the story of ‘Don Mercedes’ — Fr Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest with a passion for expensive cars and underage boys.In 2012, Pope Benedict stripped Inzoli of his priestly faculties, effectively defrocking him. In 2014, however, they were restored to him — by Pope Francis,...
  • The Rise of Reformed Christianity in the World’s Largest Muslim Country

    01/12/2017 1:33:40 PM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | January 13, 2017 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    With more than 16,000 students, Universitas Pelita Harapan is one of the largest Reformed Christian universities in the world. Started just 22 years ago, the university offers a law school, medical school, engineering school, and teachers college—all from a distinctly Reformed worldview. “We don’t even have that in the United States or Europe,” said Ric Cannada, chancellor emeritus for Reformed Theological Seminary. “Here it is in Indonesia. Isn’t it just like the Lord to do something like this in the least likely place—the country with the largest Muslim population in the world?” Though Christians compose only 10 percent of Indonesia’s...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 1/12/17 [prayer]

    01/12/2017 7:33:46 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 41 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | 1/12/17 | APV team
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, 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 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Pope Francis's Authority Challenged by Knights of Malta over Condom Row (major dissing of Burke)

    01/12/2017 2:46:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 11, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Pope Francis is facing an extraordinary challenge to his authority from an ancient Catholic order that is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over the distribution of tens of thousands of condoms. The controversy has been simmering for weeks, but the Knights of Malta’s rejection of the investigation – an unprecedented act in recent times – has now escalated the matter... The fight is increasingly being seen not just as a battle over the investigation, but as a sign of the increasing anger and disobedience by some Catholic traditionalists who are opposed...
  • Cardinal Burke LaVeritŕ Interview (full interview)

    01/12/2017 2:16:36 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    LaVeritŕ ^ | January 11, 2017 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    “There is no ultimatum to the Pope, but we must press forward: the faith is in danger!” "The confusion in the Church over the interpretation of some passages of Amoris laetitia is evident...that is why I do not see how anyone could be able to say that there is no danger to the faith. Moreover, we have communicated in a very respectful way five dubia to the Pope, and when they were not given a response, we decided, for the good of souls, to make public that there are dubia and that all the faithful are called to pay attention....