General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • Imagine

    06/30/2015 9:32:09 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 46 replies
    1971 | John Lennon
    Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all...
  • THOUSANDS PROTEST PLAN TO CONVERT CATHOLIC HOSPITAL CHAPEL INTO ISLAMIC PRAYER ROOM

    06/29/2015 11:39:22 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 22 replies
    BREITBART ^ | June 29, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition protesting a proposal to turn a Catholic hospital chapel into a Muslim prayer room.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-30-15, OM, The First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

    06/29/2015 11:13:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 30, 2015 Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 19:15-29 As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, “On your way! Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom.” When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD’s mercy, seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters and led them to safety outside the city. As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told: “Flee for your life! Don’t look back or...
  • What does the term “Ichabod” mean in the Bible?

    06/29/2015 10:36:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    Gotquestions.org ^ | none listed | none credited
    Question: "What does the term 'Ichabod' mean in the Bible?" Answer: The term Ichabod is found in two places in the Bible,1 Samuel 4:21 and 14:3. Ichabod was the son of Phinehas and the grandson of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh. The sad story of Eli and his two wayward sons, Phinehas and Hophni, is found in 1 Samuel, chapters 2 and 4. Hophni and Phinehas died in battle with the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it away from Israel. Upon hearing this terrible news, Eli fell backward off his chair and...
  • Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

    06/29/2015 7:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sam Sanders
    Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C. Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons. Now, in the case of Glover Grove, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released the following statement, saying it still doesn't know how the blaze started. "Based upon the scene examination and the evidence collected, agents were unable to determine an exact origin or fire cause. As a result, agents were unable to...
  • Colorado Supreme Court nixes Douglas county vouchers (vanity)

    06/29/2015 9:15:21 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 8 replies
    Self ^ | 29 June 2015 | Taxcontrol
    I just read from 9News.com that the Colorado Supreme Court has just ruled against the voucher program in Douglas County School district. While I am disapointed in this ruling, it is technically correct. The Colorado Constitution states in Article IX, section 7: Aid to private schools, churches, sectarian purpose, forbidden. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain...
  • The Wisdom of God – Chapter 11

    06/29/2015 7:37:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • On Breeding Spotted Mice - Chapter 23

    06/29/2015 7:25:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LATELY CARRIED an interesting if somewhat depressing story out of London about a certain British peer who had died just a few days short of his eighty-ninth birthday. Having been a man of means and position, it had presumably not been necessary for him to work for a living like the rest of us, so at the time of his death he had had about seventy adult years in which he was free to do whatever he wanted to do, to pursue any calling he wished or to work at anything he felt worthy of his considerable...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-29-15, SOL, Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

    06/28/2015 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 0629-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 29, 2015   Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.– He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover....
  • Pro-choice activist: abortion is about the right to “play God”

    06/28/2015 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice activist Ellen Willis, whom the book Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement describes as a “well-known feminist journalist,” was interviewed in 1996. She said that her early abortion rights work was about: “asserting autonomy and subjecthood; it was about the right to have sex, play God, to bring life into the world.” Jennifer Nelson Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement (New York: New York University Press, 2003) 3
  • THE BODY POLITIC IS QUEER

    06/28/2015 11:58:35 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 3 replies
    Ironically, this claim [“the body of Christ is queer”], by an ordained bi-sexual female, Layton E. Williams, in the PC(USA), appeared the day before the decision of the USSC to legalize same sex marriage in all fifty states. Culturally, this legal decision represents an historic moment for the United States. The Declaration of Independence, declaring that rights and laws are endowed by the Creator, has been rendered meaningless by a fake redefining of marriage, with no reference to the Creator or to any objective standards. The charade is over. This decision indicates that what has been happening for some time...
  • Questioning Same-Sex "Marriage?" - Blame the leaders of the Catholic Church!

    For my non-Catholic readers you may find that title surprising, for some of my Catholic readers you may find it scandalous. However I suspect most of you will know exactly what it means. As you know by now, the Supreme Court of the United States of America in a 5-4 vote decided that two men or two women have the constitutional right to enter into a legal marriage. What a lie. What utter poppycock. As for the comments by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' President, you're a little late. You did this. You and your colleagues and your...
  • Archbishop Vigneron: No Communion For Catholics Who Support Same-Sex Marriage!

    06/27/2015 9:16:42 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 50 replies
    http://www.courageouspriest.com/ ^ | June 27, 2015 | Naraj Warkioo
    By, Naraj Warkioo – Detroit professor and legal adviser to the Vatican says Catholics who promote gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion, a key part of Catholic identity. And the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, told the Free Press Sunday that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating gay marriage would “logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury.” The comments of Vigneron and Edward Peters, who teaches Catholic canon law at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, are part of a polarizing discussion about gay marriage that echoes debate over whether politicians who advocate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-27-15, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/27/2015 8:41:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 28, 2015  Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice is undying. For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his...
  • Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

    06/27/2015 5:18:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher, editor, The American Conservative
    Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives...
  • Gay Marriage - Anti The ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS CREATOR!

    06/27/2015 4:46:01 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/27/15
    Our nation, which was founded on the Laws of Nature and Nature's God has now fully apostatized and our doom is sure with the "Supreme" Court's legalization of sodomy marriage. O godless judges, leaders and nation, will you overthrow the Almighty and His ETERNAL absolutes of RIGHTEOUSNESS and design? O godless dreamers, are not your days but as a smoking flax and at the end of your vanity will you not give an account to the ETERNAL SUPREME JUDGE and CREATOR of the earth and ETERNITY (Acts 17:30-31, Phil 2:9-11, Rev. 20:11-15)! No nation has ever survived the embrace of...
  • Ted Cruz’ Callous Disregard of History

    06/27/2015 12:08:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's The Peace Pastor ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rev. Marty Troyer, Houston Mennonite: The Church of the Sermon on the Mount
    Texas Senator and Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz said 2 Supreme Court rulings were so wrong they constitute one of the “darkest periods” in US history. I can not even begin to understand the blinders you’d need to wear to make such a callous statement as this. Slavery. Lynchings. Trail of Tears. Triangle shirtwaste factory. Hiroshima. Nagasaki. My Lai. Kent State. 9/11. Hurricane Katrina. When we first learned about Abu Ghrab. 115 migrants dead in the Texas borderlands in 2014. Even Charleston just last week. These were dark days folks. People dying is a dark day. People dying because we killed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-27-15. OM, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    06/26/2015 8:36:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 27, 2015  Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:1-15 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth of Mamre, as Abraham sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest...
  • How Christianity invented children

    06/26/2015 8:14:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 44 replies
    The Week ^ | April 23, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    How Christianity invented children Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize children — their beauty, their joy, their...
  • Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

    06/26/2015 11:16:43 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 26JUN15 | Russell Moore
    As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond? First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of...
  • SCOTUS to churches: Hey, no worries, you can still “advocate” for traditional marriage

    06/26/2015 9:16:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    On this slender thread does the promise of religious liberty hang. Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his majority opinion in Obergefell that declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, barely mentions the means by which most Americans conduct their weddings — houses of worship. Only on page 27 does Kennedy get around to addressing the connection between church and state, and the assurances in this paragraph are less than compelling, to say the least: Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-26-15, OM, St. Josemaría Escrivá, Priest

    06/25/2015 9:30:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 06-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 26, 2015   Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said: “I am God the Almighty. Walk in my presence and be blameless.” God also said to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you that you must keep: every male among you shall be circumcised.” God further said to Abraham: “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-25-15

    06/24/2015 9:17:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 25, 2015 Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 Abram’s wife Sarai had borne him no children. She had, however, an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar. Sarai said to Abram: “The LORD has kept me from bearing children. Have intercourse, then, with my maid; perhaps I shall have sons through her.” Abram heeded Sarai’s request. Thus, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, his wife Sarai took her maid, Hagar the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his concubine. He had intercourse with her, and she...
  • Atheism must be about more than just not believing in god

    06/24/2015 5:39:29 PM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    Disinfo ^ | June 23, 2015 | Patrick O’Connor
    Atheism is so often considered in the negative: as a lack of faith, or a disbelief in god; as an essential deprivation. Atheism is seen as being destitute of meaning, value, purpose; unfertile ground for growing the feelings of belonging needed to overcome the alienation that dogs modern life. In more extreme critiques, atheism is considered to be another name for nihilism; a fundamental negation of existence, a noxious blight on creation itself. Yet atheists – rather than flippantly dismissing the insights of theologians – should take them seriously indeed. Humans, by dint of being human, are confronted with baffling...
  • Court Rules Against Texas Diocese [and Baptist, Presbyterian Colleges] in HHS Mandate Case

    06/24/2015 3:22:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that East Texas Baptist University, Westminster Theological Seminary, the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas are not exempt from cooperation with the HHS mandate. “We join our sister circuits in concluding that the plaintiffs have not shown a substantial burden on their religious exercise,” the court ruled.
  • Cruz's Father Ignites Son's 2016 Presidential Campaign

    06/24/2015 9:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Financial Buzz ^ | June 24, 2015 | John Kendrick
    Christian rights activists in the US have now got a new clarion call to flock to: Ted Cruz. Fence sitters among them (almost all of them count themselves as Republicans) are listening to a new political speaker in the block: the father of the presidential candidate himself: Rafael Cruz. The new speaker suits all their sensibilities of an excellent orator and most important of all, quotes the Bible at every possible opportunity. Pastor to politics Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz is a well-known evangelical pastor presently making political speeches at churches around the country. He recites the guidelines for selecting...
  • Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary: the Middle East States Should Pray for Al-Assad

    06/24/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/24/15
    Ulan-Ude, June 24, Interfax - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should understand that, if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime collapses, the terrorist group Islamic State will come after them, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said. "The states of this region, like Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, and perhaps some others, should pray for Bashar al-Assad. This is the last security line for them," Lukyanov told journalists on Wednesday. "If Assad's regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the IS," he said. "There are some 5,000 of the Saudi king's subjects fighting...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, SOL, Nativity of St. John the Baptist - Mass during the Day

    06/23/2015 8:51:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 24, 2015 4  Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Mass during the Day Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly,...
  • VIDÉO. Les dégâts de la basilique Saint-Donatien, à Nantes, vus du ciel (Translation below)

    06/23/2015 7:12:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    aleteia.org ^ | 22.06.2015 | Arthur Herlin
    Le drone s'élève depuis le parvis de la place des Enfants Nantais et parcourt l'étendue de la façade de la basilique Saint-Donatien, jusqu'aux campaniles : se dévoile alors à nos yeux l'immense charpente mise à nue, carbonisée. Ces images, pour le moins spectaculaires, ont été réalisées par la société de production Colibri
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-23-15

    06/22/2015 10:16:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 23, 2015  Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 13:2, 5-18 Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and those of Lot’s. (At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were occupying the land.) So Abram said to Lot: “Let there be no strife between you and me, or...
  • Rabbi and Talmidin

    06/22/2015 7:39:05 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 1 replies
    unknown ^ | That the World May Know | Ray Vander Laan
    The people of Galilee were the most religious Jews in the world in the time of Jesus. This is quite contrary to the common view that the Galileans were simple, uneducated peasants from an isolated area. This perspective is probably due to the comments made in the Bible, which appear to belittle people from this area. At the Shavuoth feast in the book of Acts for example, the people seem amazed that the Galileans were capable of speaking in other languages. But this is certainly a bias against Galileans by the people of Judea and other countries due to the...
  • Pope: Why didn’t Allies bomb railway lines to Auschwitz?

    06/21/2015 9:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 201 replies
    Francis laments that world powers did nothing to save Jewish, Christian, gays from Nazi death camps.ROME — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he called the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when there was intelligence indicating Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during World War II. He also decried the deaths of Christians in concentration camps in Russia under the Stalin dictatorship, which followed the war....
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 06-22-15,OM, St. Paulinus/Nola, Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More

    06/21/2015 8:46:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.orf/RNAB ^ | 06-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 22, 2015 Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 12:1-9 The LORD said to Abram: “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.” Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot...
  • Relatives of SC Shooting Victims Speak in Court (We can make the Grace of God go viral tonight!)

    06/21/2015 6:42:35 PM PDT · by knarf · 16 replies
    Associated Press self/youtube ^ | Published on Junr 19, 2015 | Associated Press knarf
    It's not about guns, or race or flags ...
  • Pope Francis Goes Off the Rails

    06/20/2015 8:29:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 17, 2015 | Rich Lowry, editor, The National Review
    A quasi-religious movement now has a genuinely religious leader. The pope’s encyclical on the environment is being hailed for its embrace of science, although it is about as scientific as the Catholic hymnal. Pope Francis writes that Sister Earth “now cries out because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.” Really? Is that what the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says? I’m not Catholic, but I respect the pope’s humility and am moved by his love for the handicapped and his concern...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-21-15, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/20/2015 7:51:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 235 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 21, 2015 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 8-11 The Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said: Who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands? When I set limits for it and fastened the bar of its door, and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled! Responsorial Psalm Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 R. (1b) Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting. or: R....
  • Miley Cyrus Mocks Christians Who Believe in Old Testament 'Fairy Tales'

    06/20/2015 7:38:06 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 169 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 6/10/2015 | Leah M. Klett
    Pop singer Miley Cyrus recently slammed Christian conservatives for believing in "fairy tales" like the story of Noah's ark and argued that those who hold to a traditional definition of marriage should not be permitted to make laws within the United States. In a recent interview with Paper magazine, Cyrus, who appears nude within the publication, refers to herself as the "least judgemental person ever." However, the magazine notes that while she was raised in a Christian home and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, the "Wrecking Ball" singer "maintains a particular contempt for fundamentalist lawmakers who rally against...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-20-15

    06/19/2015 10:32:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 20, 2015 Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 12:1-10 Brothers and sisters: I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable...
  • A religious minority in Iraq A secret sect (the Kakai - islamo-pagan)

    06/19/2015 3:35:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    The Economist ^ | 17 Feb 2015 | Economist
    IN A village called Shalyar, near the oil city of Kirkuk, an officer tries to explain where his tiny community fits in Iraq’s religious mosaic. Imam Ali, the martyred hero of Shia Islam, adorns his wall. But Major Farhad Nazar is not Shia; nor, unlike most fellow Kurds, is he Sunni. He speaks for the Kakai, a small, secretive group which is monotheistic and reveres Imam Ali but (unlike most Muslims) accepts reincarnation. That mix makes them a big target for Islamic State (IS) which proclaims a violently puritanical Sunni line. Major Nazar, who was jailed in 1993 as a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-19-15, OM, St. Romuald, Abbot

    06/18/2015 6:29:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 19, 2015 Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 Brothers and sisters: Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. To my shame I say that we were too weak! But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they children of Israel? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person). I am still more, with far greater labors, far more...
  • How Ted Cruz Has Already Won the Faith & Freedom Conference

    06/18/2015 6:25:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | June 18, 2015 | David Catanese
    The Texas senator blew away the crowd of conservatives with a finely tuned speech on religious liberty.There are two full days left of the Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual Washington conference. But Ted Cruz already won it on Thursday. The Texas senator measurably outperformed his two Senate GOP colleagues, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, with a tightly woven sermon on religious liberty delivered with vigor and conviction. He was rewarded with the most frequent and loudest applause and the highest praise from the gathering of social conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. It wasn't just the dramatic delivery that separated...
  • Black Christian Pastor: “I Have Never Shed a Tear” Over Unborn Babies Killed in Abortions

    06/18/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 17, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    Nikki Brooks, a Black woman who claims to be a Christian and to have held leadership rolls in several churches, has published an astonishing video stating she has no sympathy for the unborn black baby targeted for abortion. “What I am about to say, I am a Christian, I’ve served in a Pastoral capacity in three churches, I uh, I am an active minister, and um, I don’t make apology for what I am about to say,” Brooks states in her video. She is apparently upset that the Black community, which is being targeted for abortion by racist eugenics groups...
  • A message from the Pope: Hey you, stop ignoring climate change

    06/18/2015 6:22:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN two degrees ^ | June 18, 2015 | John D. Sutter, CNN
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) You could be forgiven for thinking the reason the world isn't doing nearly enough to fight climate change is that the American Ostrich Politicians are holding us back. You know these guys: Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush. These AOPs have their heads stuck so far in the sand that they aren't willing to see that climate change is real, that we're largely causing it -- and that failing to act puts the entire world at serious risk. But when I read Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and climate change, I was struck by his mention of a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-18-15

    06/17/2015 8:25:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-18-15 | Revosed New American Bible
    June 18, 2015 Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 11:1-11 Brothers and sisters: If only you would put up with a little foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and preaches another Jesus than the one...
  • 5 Things We’ll Always Cherish about Elisabeth Elliot (Devotional)

    06/17/2015 7:49:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    CrossWalk ^ | 16 July 15 | Ryan Duncan
    Yesterday, one of the most influential Christians of our time, Elisabeth Elliot, died at 88. Elliot was a pioneer in the world of Christian missions, a renowned author and speaker, and a true disciple of Christ. Today, Crosswalk would honor her life and works by reflecting on the many things we’ll always cherish about Elisabeth Elliot.Her Books A Wheaton graduate, Elliot wrote several influential books that were recently highlighted by Christianity Today,“She wrote two books about her husband’s martyrdom and the years she and her newborn daughter spent living among the Aucas, the tribe that killed him. Her Through Gates...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-17-15

    06/17/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 17, 2015 Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 9:6-11 Brothers and sisters, consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. The one...
  • He may be pope, but that doesn’t mean he can stop climate change

    06/17/2015 1:20:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Grist ^ | June 16, 2015 | Ben Adler
    Liberals love nothing better than a religious figure who takes their side, and the media loves nothing more than the man-bites-dog story of a conservative force or figure staking out a progressive position. Consider all the hype given to pro-social justice evangelical Christians like Jim Wallis, or the statistically nonexistent “Creation Care” movement of green evangelicals. So the Monday leak of Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical on climate change naturally triggered triumphant statements from green groups. In the draft, Francis says that climate change is mostly human-made, and that a failure to mitigate it would be an abrogation of our responsibility...
  • Christian Millennials - Not An Oxymoron

    06/16/2015 6:51:58 PM PDT · by sheworelemon · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/15/2015 | Chris Beach, Allison Howard
    ...churches should not be afraid to tackle controversial issues such as homosexuality, sexual impurity, and divorce. Where else but in church will young Christians hear Biblical truth and be prepared to handle the most pressing social and cultural issues of our age? Public school? Television? College? To paraphrase Flannery O’Connor, the church must push back as hard as the age that pushes against it.
  • This Martyr Refused to Deny Christ When Beheaded and His Widow Has a Startling Reaction [Devotional]

    06/16/2015 8:36:59 AM PDT · by xzins · 37 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 6/15/2015 | GARY LANE/CBN
    Imagine ISIS kidnapped a relative of yours and then you see their brutal beheading on television. Many different emotions can take over, including anger, grief, and depression. CBN News found a group of Egyptian Christians, however, who responded much differently. They are happy their family members stood firm in their faith. Widow Mariam Farhat told us she "was very proud" that her husband "stood firm in his faith and that he didn't deny Jesus." That surprising reaction is happening 150 miles south of Cairo, in the village of Al Aour. Residents there honor the sacrifice of 21 Egyptians brutally murdered...
  • Pope Francis’ Climate-Change Encyclical Leaked Four Days Early by Italian Magazine

    06/16/2015 1:16:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jacob Koffler
    The 192-page document is Pope Francis' first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet's poor.Italian magazine L’Espresso leaked Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated encyclical on climate change on its website on Monday, breaking an embargo on the document set for Thursday. The 192-page document is Pope Francis’ first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet’s poor. Hailed by some as the “Pope of the poor,” Francis’ linkage of environmental and economic issues puts the Vatican out front on a closely watched topic. A Vatican official told Bloomberg News that the leak...