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  • Day 13 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/27/2016 7:37:34 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 13 – MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE! GOD’S WORD “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) HEROES’ WORDS “We judge all things according to the divine truth.” -St. Augustine “A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities.” -St. Thomas Aquinas “There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others...
  • Mexican Gvmt in Greatest Clash with Church Since Persecution that Ignited Cristero War..

    08/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.” “There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since...
  • Day 12- 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/26/2016 7:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 12 – MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GOD’S WORD “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4) “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we...
  • Nigerian Mob Kills Muslim Who Saved Christian from Lynch Mob

    08/25/2016 6:48:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Eight people died when a group of militant Muslims burned down the home of a man who had intervened to stop the lynching of a Christian convert. The violence began when a young man-- a Muslim student who had converted to Christianity-- was accused of insulting Islam and severely beaten by his classmates. A passerby saved the student, bringing him to a nearby hospital. The militants then attacked that man, burning down his home and killing the eight people inside it. Eight people die during an assault in the home of a man who had saved a student accused of...
  • Syrian Christian Leader Asks Russia to Help with Release of Captured Metropolitans

    08/25/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/24/16
    Damascus, August 24, Interfax - Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a leader of Syrian Christians and patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has asked Russia to assist in the release of the metropolitans captured in Syria three years ago. The issue was addressed in a meeting between the patriarch and Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak, the press service for the Syro-Jacobite Church said. "In light of the recent successes on the battleground near Aleppo, and also the improvement of relations between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness called on the Russian government to resume efforts on that track [the hierarchs' release],"...
  • Single Christians Can Have Sex as Long as It's 'Mutually Pleasurable and Affirming,' Pastor Says

    08/25/2016 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 109 replies
    Christian Post ^ | August 22, 2016 | Leonardo Blair
    Bucking against conservative Christian tradition advising against extra-marital sex, the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, says single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming." Citing 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, many Mainline Protestant and evangelical churches like the Assemblies of God Church, advise against sexual relations among single Christians. "Today within our society singles exist for one of two reasons — by choice, or by circumstance. In either case the Bible's mandate is clear for all unmarried individuals: they are...
  • Two Catholic nuns found murdered in Mississippi home

    08/25/2016 4:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2016
    Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found murdered in their home Thursday, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, according to officials. The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they were shot, according to Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies. The two women, both nurse practitioners, were found Thursday morning...
  • MIDWEEK PROPHECY UPDATE AUG 24, 2016 - GERMANY TELLS PEOPLE TO STOCKPILE FOOD (video)

    08/25/2016 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Lera · 31 replies
    Calvary Melbourne Australia ^ | 8/24/16 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks .... Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shells .... Egyptian president says Russian President Vladimir Putin ready to host direct talks between PM Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas .... Israel shells Syria after stray mortar crosses into its territory .... Turkey wedding suicide bomber 'was child aged 12-14' .... Turkey's Erdogan to visit Tehran Iran .... Iran expanding terror network in Latin America .... Chilling 'satanic human sacrifice' video spooks scientists working at world's biggest particle accelerator CERN .... Visa-powered payment ring...
  • Day 11 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2016 6:34:47 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 11 – MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COUNSEL GOD’S WORD “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” (Romans 8:7) “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the...
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Pope’s US Visit

    08/24/2016 5:36:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/16 | John-Henry Westen
    August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros - one of Hilary Clinton's top donors - paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to "shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign." The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with...
  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent — almost two out of every three American Catholics — was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • Day 10 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 10 – MOTHER MOST AMIABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING! GOD’S WORD “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints …” (Ephesians 1:18) HEROES’ WORDS “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” -St. Augustine “Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some...
  • Officer Cleared in Military Bible Complaint

    08/24/2016 7:11:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    ToddStarnes.com ^ | 23 Aug 16 | Todd Starnes
    An Air Force major, who was accused of civil rights violations for having a Bible on his work desk, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to military officials at the 310th Space Wing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute, agreed to voluntarily remove the Bible pending a military review. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had filed a complaint against Maj. Lewis -- accusing him of "harboring and encouraging a truly abhorrent example of First Amendment civil rights violations." But a public affairs spokesman told me late Tuesday that Maj....
  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • [Ayatoallah] Makarem-Shirazi Thanks Pope for His Stance on Islam

    08/23/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    TEHRAN – A senior Iranian religious scholar on Saturday wrote to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, thanking him for his recent remarks that Islam is free of violence.
  • Day 9 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/23/2016 6:09:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 9 – MOTHER UNDEFILED, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF WISDOM GOD’S WORD “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.” (Psalm 25:8-10). HEROES’ WORDS “Dost thou hold wisdom to be anything other than truth, wherein we behold and embrace the supreme good?” -St. Augustine “Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that...
  • Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis’s Argentina

    08/22/2016 5:58:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/21/16 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process? Before Jorge Bergoglio’s election as the first Latin American pope in 2013, Argentina was famous for many things: tango, its magnificent pampas, the beautiful late-nineteenth century architecture that marks much of Buenos Aires, to name just a few. Unfortunately, other things also come to mind: rampant and persistent corruption, extreme political instability, and, above all, the fact that Argentina is the twentieth century’s textbook-case of largely self-inflicted economic...
  • Day 8 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/22/2016 7:12:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 8 – MOTHER INVIOLATE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF TEMPERANCE GOD’S WORD “Do you not know that, of those who run in a race, all of them, certainly, are runners, but only one achieves the prize? Similarly, you must run, so that you may achieve. And one who competes in a contest abstains from all things. And they do this, of course, so that they may achieve a corruptible crown. But we do this, so that we may achieve what is incorruptible.” (1 Cor 9:24-25) HEROES’ WORDS “Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things...
  • People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

    08/22/2016 2:06:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2016 | Harriet Sherwood
    The number of people who say they have no religion is escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis. The proportion of the population who identify in NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey as having no religion, referred to as “nones”, reached 48.5% in 2014, outnumbering the 43.8% who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations. In 2011 the BSA survey found 46% identified as having no religion. The 2011 census gave a much lower figure of 25%, but phrased the question differently. “The striking thing is the clear sense of...
  • Gay Anglican Clergy to Defy Church's Official Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2016 5:16:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/21/16 | Nicola Slawson
    Several gay ministers will write to church leaders to say they are already in same-sex marriage and want official position reconsideredA group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage. A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages. Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests...
  • PROPHETIC SIGNS AUG 21, 2016 - 'BIG BROTHER' IS WATCHING YOU!!! (video)

    08/21/2016 1:39:27 PM PDT · by Lera · 9 replies
    Calvary Melbourne Australia ^ | AUG 21, 2016 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    6.1 magnitude earthquake off the north coast of Japan .... UN admitted a role in the deadly Haiti cholera outbreak .... it is a scientific fact that there is no gay gene .... Muslim armies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are destroying entire villages and hacking Christians to pieces with machetes .... everything we do on the internet is stored, duplicated and shared and 'Big Brother' is watching you .... surrounding countries of Israel are gearing up for war .... global government is approaching fast and also the one world religion is pushed by Pope Francis.
  • 2016 08 21 John Haller's Prophecy Update "The Canary is on Life Support" (video)

    08/21/2016 11:12:00 AM PDT · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | John Haller
    As a follow up to a previous message entitled "The Canary in the Coal Mine", John ramps up the rhetoric this week with his update entitled "The Canary is on Life Support." As many may know, miners used Canaries to warn them of increased levels of dangerous gas in the mine shafts. Due to the canary's elevated respiration rate and faster metabolism, it would react to fatal levels of dangerous gasses long before human life would be lost. It was an "early warning system" per se. It is clear that our Prophecy Update Canary is in intensive care as the...
  • Day 7 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/21/2016 7:00:35 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 21, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 7, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – COURAGE GOD’S WORD “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14) HEROES’ WORDS “Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.” -St. Augustine “I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.” -St. Faustina “Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: ‘Have confidence;...
  • Catholic Caucus: To Whom Shall we go? A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John J. Myers

    08/20/2016 9:02:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    rcan ^ | 07.07.16 | Archbishop John Joseph Myers
    Today the Archdiocese of Newark released To Whom Shall We Go?, a new pastoral by Archbishop John J. Myers reflecting on the spiritual nature of the human person and the role of God’s grace in guiding us to live in today’s world according to His plan.From the Scriptural accounts of Jesus preaching to the disciples at Capernaum (John 6) and St. Paul preaching to the people of Athens (Acts 17), to reactions of everyday people following the sudden and massive experience of terror in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to the exhortation of St. John...
  • Cardinal Zen’s Fears Come to Pass in China

    08/20/2016 5:31:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/16/16 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vatican’s increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new “formula” allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article “A winter of darkness for religions in China” by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: “From information that has...
  • Lesbian Sues Paramus Catholic School Over Firing After Gay Marriage

    08/20/2016 5:12:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    PARAMUS, New Jersey --A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. Kate Drumgoole and her wife say, they never asked for this, but on Friday, they found themselves in court defending their right to move forward with the case. It is emotional, and one of dozens that has emerged after the legalization of same-sex marriage. "We did nothing but fall in love with each other and exercise our rights," she said. And yet, she lost her job at Paramus...
  • Day 6 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/20/2016 6:52:11 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 6 – MOTHER MOST PURE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF JUSTICE! GOD’S WORD “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came...
  • Gay pastor agrees to leave her post at Johnson County church

    08/20/2016 5:30:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Donald Bradley
    On a cold Sunday in January, Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation. She did so with hope that change regarding the denomination’s stance on homosexuality was coming. But eight months later, that hope, for now at least, is gone. And after the end of August, Meyer will be gone as well. To avoid a church trial, Meyer and Methodist officials agreed that she would give up her duties and go on involuntary leave. Her final sermon in Edgerton in Johnson County will be Aug. 28.
  • Villages ‘Obliterated’ as Christian Persecution Grows in Eastern Congo

    08/19/2016 6:16:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/19/16 | Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis and the UN have called for action after at least 36 Christians are hacked to deathThe persecution of Christians has escalated in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), prompting fears that a jihadist group is gaining strength in the region. At least 36 people were killed in the North Kivu region on Saturday. It is the deadliest attack there since November 2014, with some saying that casualties might be nearer to 50. The victims were reportedly tied up and hacked to death. The Islamist Allied Democratic Forces-National Association for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) have targeted Christians in...
  • L.A. City Attorney Pressures Pregnancy Center to Comply with State Law, Provide Info About Abortion

    08/19/2016 6:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/18/16 | Erica Evans
    A Los Angeles pregnancy center that failed to comply with a state law requiring it to provide clients with information about free or low-cost family planning services, prenatal care, contraception and abortions has agreed to cooperate, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Thursday. After the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills missed an Aug. 14 deadline to correct violations, the city attorney’s office moved to file a lawsuit under a state law that bars unfair business practices and carries a possible $2,500 daily penalty. Feuer also informed the center that his office would seek a temporary restraining order to force it...
  • Reconstruction of the cultural landscape - 2800 churches are disappearing in France (Cath. Caucus)

    08/19/2016 4:36:10 PM PDT · by annalex · 18 replies
    Katholisches Info ^ | September 1st 2013
    Reconstruction of the cultural landscape - 2800 churches are disappearing in France (Paris) France mayor tear down Catholic churches to build parking lots or shopping centers. The renovation costs were too high. 2800 churches will disappear in this way, according to a report by the French Senate. In France, the controversy over the demolition of Catholic churches is not new. They are dilapidated and abandoned. Yet every time rises violent protest from the population if a church to be razed. "People feel that more than a few walls are torn. You feel a fundamental change in their environment, their culture...
  • Human Identity in Crisis

    08/19/2016 9:31:01 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 3 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 08/19/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    A few weeks ago Rush Limbaugh announced that the fastest growing crime in the West is identity theft. It is true that we hear a lot about illegal hacking in the news cycle, as individuals, businesses and even nations have their deepest secrets exposed. But the real crime is the theft of the source of human dignity, namely, the Creator. The removal of God from cultural consciousness, eliminates the true source of human identity. According to a recent study, 91% of adults agree that “the best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself” and 86% say that “to...
  • Vancouver Christians collide over televangelist Franklin Graham

    08/19/2016 9:19:02 AM PDT · by amorphous · 76 replies
    VancouverSun.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Douglas Todd
    Metro Vancouver Christians are colliding over the coming crusade of televangelist Franklin Graham, who is known for criticizing homosexuals, Muslims and U.S. President Barack Obama. Saying that Graham is often “incendiary and intolerant,” some evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are opposing his participation in the three-day Festival of Hope event at Rogers Arena in early March, 2017, that many of the city’s mega-churches are supporting . “Rev. Graham is a polarizing figure … His ungracious and bigoted remarks have the potential to generate serious negative impact on the Christian witness in Vancouver,” says a statement from five prominent evangelical and...
  • No, God Isn’t Transgender

    08/19/2016 8:06:44 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 34 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 8 . 15 . 16 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures, in order to argue that religion should not be put in service of “social prejudices” against...
  • Day 5 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/19/2016 7:22:04 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 19, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    GOD’S WORD “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) HEROES’ WORDS “The prudent man considers things afar off, in so far as they tend to be a help or a hindrance to that which has to be done at the present time.” -St. Thomas Aquinas MEDITATION Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics Setting Records in the Olympics

    08/18/2016 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    Curch Militant ^ | August 17, 2016 | Aaron Maxwell
    RIO DE JANEIRO (ChurchMilitant.com) - The world's fastest man is Catholic. Before he begins a competition, he says a prayer to The Holy Trinity. He is also devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is usually seen wearing the miraculous medal, a Catholic devotional medal to Mary.Usain St. Leo Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica. Born Catholic, he was given the middle name St. Leo in honor of St. Leo the Great, the 45th pope.Bolt, who competed in this year Olympics, makes the Sign of the Cross before he competes in any race, demonstrating his devotion. He...
  • Pittsburgh: Mass Attendance Down 40% Since 2000

    08/18/2016 5:44:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Commenting on sobering demographic and financial trends, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that “the number one priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better.” “Second of all, we need to do the best job that we can to get not only more ordained leaders, but we really have to open up lots of doors for the lay leaders of the Church,” he said. Since 2000, diocesan Mass attendance has declined by 40%, and K-8 Catholic school enrollment has fallen by 50%. The newspaper also reported that nearly half of Pittsburgh parishes are the...
  • Islamic Leader Wants to Legalise Polygamy in Italy

    08/18/2016 5:03:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/18/16 | Staff Reporter
    Leader of Muslim group says there is 'no reason' for polygamy not to be permitted now that same-sex unions have been legalisedThe leader of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy has said there is “no reason” for polygamy not to be legalised after the Italian government passed a law to recognise the union of same-sex civil unions. In a Facebook status, Hamza Piccardo wrote: “There’s no reason for Italy not to accept polygamous marriages of consenting persons. “When it comes to civil rights here, then polygamy is a civil right. Muslims don’t agree with homosexual partnership and still they...
  • Day 4 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/18/2016 7:31:40 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena For Our Nation ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 4 – MOTHER OF CHRIST, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF LOVE! GOD’S WORD “Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.” (John 15:9-10) HEROES’ WORDS “Love to be real, it must cost — it must hurt — it must empty us of self.” -Mother Teresa “To love God is something greater than to know him.” -St. Thomas Aquinas “It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola MEDITATION Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things...
  • Archangel Michael Becomes Patron Saint of Russian Investigative Committee

    08/17/2016 5:58:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 84 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/16/16
    Moscow, August 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has made Saint Michael the Archangel the patron saint of the Russian Investigative Committee at the initiative of the committee's head Alexander Bastrykin, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Tuesday. "His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia blessed and made the Saint Archistratigus Michael the patron saint of the agency at the initiative of Russian Investigative Committee Chairman Bastrykin, as well as in order to strengthen the spiritual and moral foundations of the Russian Investigative Committee's staff," Markin said. St. Michael the Archangel was...
  • Same-Sex, Humanist Weddings Exceed Catholic Weddings in Scotland

    08/17/2016 5:49:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The number of same-sex wedding ceremonies exceeded the number of Catholic weddings in Scotland in 2015, according to an annual demographic report released by Scotland’s government. Over 5% of weddings that took place in Scotland last year were same-sex ceremonies. 1,671 same-sex weddings took place—975 of women, and 696 of men—while 1,438 Catholic weddings were celebrated, down from 2,004 a decade earlier. The year 2015 was the first full year in which homosexual civil marriages were legal. For the sixth consecutive year, weddings conducted by Humanist Society Scotland exceeded the number of Catholic weddings.
  • Gay Activists Launch $104 Million Suit Against Christian for Preaching at Pride Parade [Canada]

    08/17/2016 5:45:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/17/16 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- While ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ are the rallying cry of the homosexual movement, the words appear not to apply to Christians with an unconventional message. Christians led by Canadian activist Bill Whatcott were slapped with a $104-million legal threat last week after infiltrating Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade in July dressed as “gay zombies” in green skintight suits to hand out info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices. Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman, the province’s first openly gay provincial representative as well first openly gay cabinet minister, told Daily Xtra that he...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Latest Book Will be Called “Last Testament”

    08/17/2016 5:39:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/17/16 | John Burger
    Bloomsbury announces November publication of English versionPope Emeritus Benedict XVI has a new book coming out next month, and it’s just been announced that the title of the English version will be Last Testament: In His Own Words. Bloomsbury announced the publication of the 224-page hardcover book on its website: Last Testament is nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained “hidden to the world” in a former convent in the Vatican gardens. He breaks his silence on issues such as: – The “Vatileaks” case in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters...
  • Is the end of white Christian America a good thing?

    08/17/2016 5:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2016 | Michael Barone
    "White Christian America is dying," proclaims the headline on a Monkey Cage blogpost by the perceptive political scientist John Sides. Like many headlines, it's an exaggeration of the thrust of the article that follows, which is an interview with Robert Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute, on his new book The End of White Christian America, based on PRRI and other research on religious beliefs and practices of Americans. Sides's questions and Jones's answers are pretty much neutral in tone, but many readers will detect a tone of triumphalism in the book's title and in the thrust of...
  • Day 3 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/17/2016 7:37:37 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 6 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 17, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 3 – HOLY VIRGIN OF VIRGINS, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF HOPE! GOD’S WORD “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (v 10:23) HEROES’ WORDS “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” -St. Pio of Pietrelcina MEDITATION Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1817). The virtue of hope responds to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Usain Bolt, His Catholic Faith, and His Miraculous Medal

    08/16/2016 7:04:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    epic pew ^ | 08.14.16 | Justin McClain
     On the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016, famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold in a characteristically dynamic and seemingly effortless 100-meter performance at his third consecutive Olympics, this time in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash.Bolt’s rocketry on this celebrated night follows equally impressive performances in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. There is little doubt as to why Bolt is easily regarded as the world’s fastest man.However, perhaps not as readily in the spotlight is notice of Bolt’s deep Catholic faith. In...
  • Pope Denounces Transgender Ideology - Decries "ideological colonization" of children

    08/16/2016 6:22:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | August 5, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    Pope Francis is decrying "ideological colonization" of gender ideology. In an interview conducted in late July, published Thursday by the Vatican, the Pope slammed the indoctrination of children by educational institutions. "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place," the pontiff claimed, responding to a question from Bp. Christopher Zadarko of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg. And one of these — I will call it clearly by its name — is [the ideology of] 'gender.' Today children — children! — are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her...
  • Controversy in Italy over Muslim Participation in Masses Said for Murdered French Priest

    08/16/2016 5:37:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/9/16 | Alberto Carosa
    Noted theologian Monsignor Nicola Bux strongly criticizes decision to allow readings from the Quran and participation by Muslim imams in liturgies held in several Italian cities. Rome, Italy, Aug 9, 2016 | Among the thousands of people in Rouen cathedral on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, for the funeral of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest who was stabbed to death in his church by an Islamist terrorist, were also Muslims and Jews, in a show of solidarity similar to that of interfaith services that took place Sunday, August 31st, in France and Italy. The presence of Muslim delegations at Sunday’s...
  • Christians join peace walk in response to satanic service in Oklahoma

    08/16/2016 12:14:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    catholicherald.co.uk ^ | August 16, 2016 | staff
    Christians united in response to a 'black mass' that included the desecration of a statue of the Virgin Mary Over a thousand Christians from all denominations gathered for a peace walk and prayer rally in response to a ‘black mass’ in Oklahoma City yesterday evening. According the the local news service NewsOK, hundreds of Catholics met together for a mass service on the lawn outside the civic centre before the satanic service took place at the theatre inside the centre. The ‘black mass’ service, in which a statue of the Virgin Mary was desecrated, was lead by satanist Adam Daniels...
  • Day 2 - 54 Day Novena for our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/16/2016 8:50:42 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena For Our Nation ^ | Aug. 16, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 2 – HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF FAITH! GOD’S WORD “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) HEROES’ WORDS “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” -Attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas MEDITATION The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to...