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  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • American Priest Among Saints Causes Advanced by Pope Francis

    01/25/2015 6:33:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/23/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title Venerable with the pontiffs recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In addition to Fr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a...
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 116 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

    01/24/2015 10:14:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | 01/24/2015 | VALERIE TARICO,
    Some of humanitys technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good. Ive previously highlighted some of humanitys best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMMAUS, 01-24-15

    01/24/2015 9:04:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMMAUSA village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that two disciples met the risen Jesus and accompanied him to the village (Luke 24:13-35). Not until he broke bread at supper did they recognize him. then he disappeared and they hastened back to Jerusalem to tell the Apostles of the encounter. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Gospel According to the Church Fathers

    01/24/2015 8:33:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 231 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 22, 2011 | Nathan Busenitz
    After the apostles died, was the gospel hopelessly lost until the Reformation?That certainly seems to bea common assumption in some Protestant circles today.Thankfully, it is a falseassumption.Im not entirely sure where thatmisconception started. But one thing I do know: it did not come from the Protestant Reformers.The Reformers themselves (including Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and others) were convinced that theirposition was not only biblical, but also historical. In other words, they contended that both the apostles and the church fathers would have agreed with them on the heart of the gospel.For example, thesecond-generation Lutheran reformer, Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), wrote a...
  • Rereading Regensburg

    01/23/2015 7:18:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Questions that need to be asked about Islam were asked by Pope Benedict nearly ten years ago.On a plane ride between Sri Lanka and the Philippines this week, Pope Francis made headlines while talking with reporters about the moral limits to free expression. The issue came up, of course, in the wake of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France, which Pope Francis has strongly condemned. The attacks in Paris including one at a kosher deli along with the slaughter that Boko Haram inflicts in Nigeria, the terrorist attack in the Lindt caf in Sydney...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMAThe systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some!

    01/23/2015 7:25:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s a common “moral” standard that many like to employ today, especially regarding sexual matters, that goes something like this: “Two consenting adults can do what they please, as long as no one gets hurt.” But of course the sinners who talk like this seem to think that they get to determine if anyone gets hurt. Generally their notions of “no one” are very egocentric. But even there they are often quite wrong.Today, I marched with many who tried to give a voice to the at...
  • Thousands Sign Petition Calling for Richard III to Have a Catholic Burial

    01/23/2015 6:23:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/23/15 | Mark Greaves
    Petition is organised by historians whose efforts led to the discovery of the king's remainsThree thousand people have signed a petition calling for Richard III to be given a Catholic burial. The petition, addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, is being organised by the historians whose efforts led to the kings remains being found under a car park in Leicester. Under present plans Richard III, who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, before the Reformation, will be buried at the Anglican cathedral in Leicester on March 26. But Philippa Langley, leader of the Looking for...
  • Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome?

    01/23/2015 6:14:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/21/15 | William Kilpatrick
    The current arc of history seems to be drawing us back into a very dark pasta time when Islam ruled half the civilized world and threatened the rest of it.Where will the Pope live when Rome falls to Islam? Its not an idle question. For one thing, there is historical precedent. Popes have been forced from Rome in the past. For another thing, numerous Islamic authorities have explicitly targeted Rome for conquest. Rome may be the Eternal City, but it has seen rough times. In 846, for instance, Pope Leo IV had to briefly flee Rome when it was attacked...
  • The Meal That Divides

    01/22/2015 2:35:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | Keith Mathison
    On the night of the institution of the Lords Supper, Jesus prayed for His disciples and for those who would become His disciples, that they may all be one (John 17:21). This was a profound prayer for unity among Christs disciples. Sadly, the occasion for this prayer, the Passover of the new exodus, the meal commemorating the death of the Lamb of God for His people, has become the focal point for some of the most serious controversies and divisions in the church. It is no longer the meal that unites us but instead has become the meal that divides...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMOPHORION, 01-22-15

    01/22/2015 8:42:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:OMOPHORIONA vestment of the Greek Rite corresponding to the pallium in the Roman Church. It is abroad band often of silk or velvet, ornamented with crosses, worn around the neck and over the shoulders and breast. Its is worn by Byzantine, Armenian, and Coptic bishops and archbishops. Originally made of wool, it symbolizes the duties of bishops as shepherds of their people. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • The Cult of guinefort: An Unusual saint

    01/21/2015 7:42:06 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Ultimate History Project ^ | Michael R. Lynn
    The recent and simultaneous canonization of not one, but two former popes brings to mind the rich and varied traditions surrounding the history of different Christian saints. Today, the process to create a saint is complicated with various stages, each requiring a certain amount of time, along with the need for particular forms of evidence which provide proof of miracles. The Pope can amend the process, if he so chooses, but the general pattern remains the same. In some cases the gap between the life of the individual and his or her canonization could be quite lengthy. Saint Joan of...
  • Pope Francis blesses two lambs on the Feast of St. Agnes

    01/21/2015 3:51:08 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | January 21, 2015
    A lamb is wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the Feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make stoles worn by archbishops and known as palliums. The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday where they received...
  • Prophecy and Prediction: Best Left to the Professionals

    01/21/2015 3:13:38 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Some words spring up as the fashion “du jour” and linger longer than others. There are annoyances like the overwrought “awesome” and now the incessant “iconic” which betray a weak understanding of the meaning of those words and a limited vocabulary. A little more irritating a few years ago was “gravitas” which appeared in an election campaign and still is used by pundits unable to identify its declension.On a somewhat loftier plane is misuse of “prophecy” to mean predicting. Columnists, statesmen, stock analysts are “prophetic.” True, Aquinas includes prediction as an aspect of what prophets do, but not exclusively...
  • 5 Feminist Pioneers Who Were Against Abortion

    01/21/2015 10:26:32 AM PST · by millegan · 10 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    A lot feminists today insist that a person must be pro-choice to be pro-woman. This is highly ironic since many first wave feminists were adamantly against abortion, and in fact many of the anti-abortion laws overturned by Roe v. Wade were put in place by pro-life feminists in the 19th century. Rather than viewing abortion a tool of female empowerment, they viewed abortion as a sign of the oppression of women by men. Here are a few examples. Heard of any of these people?
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, 01-21-15

    01/21/2015 10:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANTERBURY CATHEDRALA historic monument of Catholic England, in County Kent, it is the burial place of some of the Church's greatest leaders. At first it was forbidden to bury within the cathedral precincts. The rule was changed when St. Cuthbert (d. 687), arranging his own burial, ordained that all archbishops could be buried within their own cathedral churches. St. Dunstan, St. Alphege, St. Anselm, St. Odo have their tombs within its walls. But the saint who is most responsible for Canterbury's prestige is St. Thomas Becket, who was murdered by the agents of King...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the Divorce Debate

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • A woman as pope and Jesuit

    01/20/2015 8:27:25 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | January 21, 2015 | Ambeth R. Ocampo
    When, during his encounter with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas, Pope Francis advised the organizers to include more women next time, to offset the program dominated by men, I remembered John Paul II at Mass in Luneta who brought cheer to women when he changed the standard invitation to prayer or exhortation, Brothers and sisters in Christ, to Sisters and brothers While we know that the ordination of women in the Catholic Church are light years away, comment on this issue during the papal coverage should have been made over the cold malunggay soup served the Pope...
  • Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, was a devout Christian, says his close friend

    01/20/2015 2:58:06 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 78 replies
    beliefnet - inspire your everyday ^ | April 2011 | beliefnet.com
    The first man in outer space 50 years ago believed fervently in the Almighty even though the atheistic Soviet government put famous words in his mouth that he had looked around at the cosmos and did not see God. Mankinds first space flight lasted 108 minutes on April 12, 1961. It was the height of the Cold War. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was proclaimed by the Soviet leadership to have announced, I went up to space, but I didnt encounter God. However, he never uttered those often-quoted words, says a close friend. And it seems that the Soviet Union lied...
  • A significant study of the worlds disappearing communities

    01/20/2015 2:03:46 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 20, 2015 | Francis Phillips
    A Yazidi man raises his arms in prayer. Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East? We in the West are largely insulated from the turbulence of the Middle East: the civil war in Syria, the regular violent eruptions in Iraq or sporadic persecutions elsewhere, such as in Egypt. Ancient Christian communities in these regions have suffered hugely, without much Western protest or interest on their behalf. For instance, as Michael Coren points out in his article in last week’s Herald, “The war that no-one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JESUS PRAYER, 01-20-15

    01/20/2015 10:34:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JESUS PRAYERA popular devotion among Eastern Christians. The words of the prayer are "O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." It is said by devout Christians at regular intervals during the day and night, and is used by them as the basis of their meditation. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, I Do Not Know You?

    01/20/2015 8:37:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Do Not Know You”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and then someone will come past my door and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s for money! And then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, well Father, you don’t know me but my grandmother goes here; this is our family Church.” “Oh, I see, but where do you go to Church?” I usually ask.  The response...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EGOISM, 01-19-15

    01/19/2015 9:33:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EGOISMThe morally sinful pursuit of one's own advantage, while ignoring the law and the interests of other people. In this it differs from egocentrism, which may be unconscious. It is, however, worse than selfishness, which need not be indifferent to others' needs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Glimmer of Light in a Bleak Decade A Consideration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    01/19/2015 8:19:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Glimmer of Light in a Very Bleak Decade – A Consideration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is difficult to describe the decade of the 1960s as anything but a near complete disaster for this country, Western culture, and the world. Like a tsunami that sweeps in and out in successive waves destroying and reworking the whole landscape and setting loose subsequent disasters, the 1960s was a disastrous series of revolutions whose destructive aftermath is now breeding disease, broken families, addiction, sexual confusion, and social chaos. The sexual revolution, the revolution...
  • Newsweek Throws the First Stone: Story on the Bible didn't even pretend to mask an agenda.

    01/19/2015 7:47:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/19/2015 | CHRIS QUEEN
    In the Gospel of John, we read a story where a group of Jewish Torah teachers and Pharisees (members of a legalistic sect of Judaism) bring to Jesus a woman whom they caught in adultery, asking Him what punishment He thinks the woman deserves. Masterfully — as He always did — Jesus answers the scholars with a simple, yet profound statement: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NIV).Recently, Newsweek featured a cover article on the Bible in which author Kurt Eichenwald — not a Biblical scholar...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • The Formation Of A Great Prophet - A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

    01/18/2015 7:34:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Formation Of A Great Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe First Reading today speaks to us of the Call of Samuel. In examining we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet. Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the Old Testament and lived at a critical time as Israel  shifted from the time of the Judges to the time of the Monarchy. Ultimately it was he who...
  • ANALYSIS: Does Scripture address abortion?

    01/17/2015 8:30:09 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 1-16-15 | David Roach
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 18) commemorates 42 years of legal abortion in the United States. NASHVILLE (BP) -- The claim of some pro-choice groups that Scripture does not address abortion would have surprised both Jews and Christians living in the first century. That's because they were virtually unanimous that the Bible implicitly -- though clearly -- prohibited the killing of unborn children. Abortion advocates today tend either to deny this fact or remain gladly ignorant of it. For example, Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, issued a "pastoral letter to patients" last spring stating, "Many people...
  • How Southern Baptists became pro-life

    01/17/2015 4:37:51 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 1-16-15 | David Roach
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 18) commemorates 42 years of legal abortion in the United States. NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion. "Right there beside the Unitarians and universalists was the Southern Baptist Convention," Lewis, a St. Louis pastor who went on to become president of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board), told Baptist Press. "... That bothered me a lot." Larry Lewis, former president...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #11

    01/17/2015 1:02:36 PM PST · by NYer · 68 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 11. "Someone can be pro-choice and Catholic at the same time." While this may be one of the most common myths Catholics...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NOTITIAE, 01-17-15

    01/17/2015 11:59:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-17-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NOTITIAEOfficial publication of the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship. Issued monthly, it contains all significant documents of the Holy See dealing with the liturgy, along with appropriate studies and commentaries. Published by the Vatican Polyglot Press. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • American Survival TV Interview "Hitler's Green Killing Machine."

    01/17/2015 10:12:37 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 8 replies
    Veteran journalist Cliff Kincaid interviews Mark Musser on his Americas Survival TV to first talk about his book entitled, "Nazi Oaks" that exposes the green connections to National Socialism, but then how dialectical Marxism has fed into the same beast by adopting environmentalism as one of its tropes, and what is the important difference between conservationism and environmentalism, before ending on why a spiritual renewal is necessary for America to get back on its feet.
  • What Language Did Jesus Speak?

    01/17/2015 9:07:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 200 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 26, 2008 | Mickey Addison
    September 26, 2008 What Language Did Jesus Speak? Mickey AddisonThis week we leave the Culture Wars behind and return to some basic apologetics…well, some interesting information about the Scriptures that informs our apologetics.I once had a discussion with a person who insisted that Our Divine Lord spoke only Hebrew.  The conversation had begun centered around the word “rock” in St Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 16:18), but quickly devolved into a debate about ancient languages.  My friend held that the word “rock” couldn’t possibly refer to St. Peter because the Gospel was written in Greek, and the Greek words used in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THREE WITNESSES, 01-16-15

    01/16/2015 9:14:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-16-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:THREE WITNESSThe text in St. John which in the Vulgate reads: "There are three witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, and these three are one; there are three witnesses on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood" (1 John 5:7-8). These words are not found in the early Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, nor in the best manuscripts of the Vulgate. They are probably a mystical interpretation that found its way as a gloss on the original text. Called the Johannine Comma, the text has more than once been...
  • Faith is not alone, Scripture is not alone, Grace is not alone. We ought not separate what God...

    01/16/2015 8:03:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 162 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Faith is not alone, Scripture is not alone, Grace is not alone. We ought not separate what God has joined. By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: Sola Fide (saved by faith alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone is the rule of faith), and sola gratia (grace alone). (See the Protestant logo to the right.) Generally, one ought to be suspicious and careful of claims that things work “alone.” It is our usual experience that many things work together in harmony, that things are interrelated. Very seldom is anyone or anything “alone.”The problem of...
  • Archaeological Evidence: Exodus and the Trial of Jesus

    01/16/2015 7:29:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/16/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    Every year, usually at Christmas time, a so-called "mainstream" magazine takes up the topic of Christianity or the Bible. Often, Christians who believe the Bible get a fair hearingother times, not so much. This latest time, it was Newsweek and journalist Kurt Eichenwald doing the "honors." Here's the title: "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin." Actually, this piece is so ill-informed that it's a sinnot just against God but against good journalism. Al Mohler had this to say: "[Eichenwald's] article is a hit-piece that lacks any journalistic balance or credibility. His only sources cited within the article are from...
  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:23:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Reuters and KQED-TV ^ | January 15, 2015 | Dan Brekke
    <p>Pope Francis announced Thursday that he will canonize Father Junipero Serra, the founder of Californias missions and a controversial figure for his role in a process that began the decimation of the Native American population here.</p> <p>The pope said the canonization the formal elevation of a person to sainthood will take place in September, when hes scheduled to visit the East Coast.</p>
  • Kansas Episcopal church hosts chili fundraiser for abortion

    01/15/2015 2:53:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    worldmag.com ^ | Jan. 13, 2015, | Courtney Crandell
    St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita, Kan., plans to host a Chili for Choice fundraiser for Planned Parenthood on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, helping to pay for abortion while other churches are encouraging participation in pro-life events, including a march in the Kansas capital. The fundraiser supports Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri with an evening of stimulating conversation, refreshments and CHILI! The ticket costs range from the $20 income-sensitive option to the $1,000 Scorching Serran Patron. Until 1967, the Episcopal church condemned both abortion and infanticide. But in 1967, the church embraced abortion law reform and...
  • TALKING ABOUT KILLING JESUS

    01/15/2015 2:21:25 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 15, 2015 | KATE O'HARE
    On Jan. 7, at the biannual Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California, National Geographic Channel offered a press conference for its upcoming three-hour movie version of the bestselling book “Killing Jesus,” written by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard.Click here for a Hollywood Reporter story featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the production.Previously, the cable network dramatized the writing duo’s “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy,” but considering the precarious condition of Christians in the Middle East, “Killing Jesus” is timely, to say the least. It was shot entirely in Morocco (also where History’s “The Bible” was...
  • John Knox: The Trumpet Blast of Scotland [Part Two: The Emerging Force (15471554)]

    01/15/2015 11:22:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Knox 500 ^ | February 2014 | Dr. Steven J. Lawson
    Like a gathering storm off the shores of Scotland, the spiritual intensity within John Knox was building in strength during the initial years of his ministry. From the moment of his call to preach, the fiery convictions of this bold Scot were surging ahead with great force. In an hour when Rome was breathing out threatenings and slaughter against all who tried to break them, Knox was fearlessly preaching the Word of God with the undaunted boldness of the martyrs who preceded him. Nothing could prevent the inevitable Reformation from crashing upon Scotlands coastline, led by this one who would...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENANCE, 01-15-15

    01/15/2015 9:07:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-15-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:PENANCEThe virtue or disposition of heart by which one repents of one's own sins and is converted to God. Also the punishment by which one atones for sins committed, either by oneself or by others. And finally the sacrament of penance, where confessed sins committed after baptism are absolved by a priest in the name of God. (Etym. Latin paenitentia, repentance, contrition.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why Global Anti Semitism? A Perspective from the Tanakh

    01/14/2015 7:12:14 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 12 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/14/15
    The question by many Jews today is why is anti antisemitism so rampant and where is the G-d of Israel to intercede on the Jews behalf? The Jew today has hardened their hearts against the G-d of Abraham , Isaac, Jacob and Moses and possess a resentment of heart and a bitterness against Almighty G-d for their horrific treatment over the centuries since 586 B.C. Whenever one talks to a son of Jacob today it almost seems that they feel that Almighty God is Himself is an anti - Semite! Oh my dear Jewish friends, nothing could EVER be farther...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BLUE LAWS, 01-14-15

    01/14/2015 10:33:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-14-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BLUE LAWSVery strict legal prohibitions affecting moral conduct that originated with the Puritan adherents in England. The term "blue" was probably associated with constant and faithful persons who were considered "true blue." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • PopeWatch: Deviant Forms of Religion

    01/14/2015 8:22:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 76 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | January 13, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger Allah has cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment. Truly, if the Hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and those who stir up sedition in the City, desist not, We shall certainly stir thee up against them: Then will they not be able to stay in it as thy neighbours for any length of time: They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy). Quran 33:5761 Pope Francis...
  • Mystery Is Deep and Yet Vertical A Brief Meditation on the Christian Meaning of Mystery

    01/14/2015 8:01:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-13-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mystery Is Deep and Yet Vertical – A Brief Meditation on the Christian Meaning of Mystery By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the secular world, a “mystery” is something which baffles or eludes understanding, something which lies undisclosed. And the usual attitude of the world toward mystery is to solve it, to get to the bottom of it, or to uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle or “whodunit” must be solved!In the Christian and especially the Catholic world, “mystery” is something a bit different. Here, mystery refers to the fact that there are hidden dimensions in things, people, and situations that...
  • The Birth of Modern Revival Puritan Preaching in Scotland

    01/13/2015 1:29:47 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Church History Blog ^ | March 4, 2009 | Lex Loizides
    Iain Murray, in his classic, The Puritan Hope, points out that the Puritan era was a period of many local revivals. He writes, Following as it did so closely upon the Reformation it is not surprising that the Puritan movement in England believed so firmly in revivals of religion as the great means by which the Church advances in the world. (The Puritan Hope, Iain Murray, Banner of Truth, p.3) 16th Century Breakthrough In 1559 a general revival broke out in Scotland. The conversions were so rapid that John Knox wrote, God did so multiply our number that it appeared...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIVERSAL DOUBT, 01-13-15

    01/13/2015 10:31:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-13-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:UNIVERSAL DOUBTThe state of suspension of positive judgment on any and every truth. Normally it is only a methodical form of doubt; when real, general doubt is pure skepticism. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.