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  • The Invisible Christians of North Korea: They Exist and there are More of them than Many Think

    09/23/2017 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 09/23/2017 | Eric Metaxas
    If you think North Korea’s dictators are bad for the world, just imagine what it’s like to be a Christian there. Anyone who knows anything about world missions and the global church knows about the Christians of South Korea. According to the Operation World prayer guide, “From the first Protestant church planted in 1884, South Korea now has possibly 50,000 Protestant congregations,” and 15 million Christians of all kinds. It’s also a missionary powerhouse, currently sending more than 21,000 missionaries to about 175 countries. Amazing! But the Christians of North Korea? They’re virtually invisible—though of course not in the eyes...
  • Farewell to the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family

    09/23/2017 6:07:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/23/17 | Dr. Mark Latkovic
    The JPII Institute I knew and have known was already “theological” and already “scientific”. So why the changes?The news from the Vatican this past week that the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family would be no more—or, should I say, would be “rebooted” with a new name: John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences—was like a punch in the stomach. Surprising, but not shocking. Let me explain why. I was a member of the first graduating class of the Washington, D.C. “session”—one of many branches founded after the school was founded...
  • The Next Scandal in the Church?

    09/23/2017 7:22:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 23, 2017 | William Kilpatrick
    In a recent article, Fr. James Schall, S.J. argues that “The only real way to eliminate the historic aggressiveness of Islam is to convert its believers.” Yet if you had to bet, “the conversion of the world to Islam is, in the long run, more likely than its conversion to Christianity.” From a purely human perspective, the conversion of Muslims is a tall order. It’s not just that Islam is a tough nut to crack, it’s also that some today – usually Catholics – have an aversion to conversion. (Even the pope had denounced “proselytism.”) In good multicultural fashion, they...
  • Pope: in Europe "signs of rejection" of migrants also among Catholics

    09/22/2017 11:18:52 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 22, 2017 | unknown
    Even in Europe and among Catholic communities, there is "repression and rejection of migrants", "signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia" in some parts of the continent. The warning comes from Pope Francis as he received the national directors of pastoral care for migrants, attending the meeting promoted by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) being held in Rome. Francis noted that this "unease" should be recognized and understood in the light of a historic moment marked by the economic crisis, which has left deep wounds. This unease has also been exacerbated by the scale and composition of migratory flows,...
  • Pope Francis' "Poor" Get Him Into Troubles

    09/22/2017 9:00:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 22, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Some days ago, Vatican police ejected the homeless, who had established themselves underneath the Colonnades of Saint Peter with the explicit permission of Pope Francis, who provided them with showers, toilettes and even a special barbershop. According to Italian media reports the homeless were surprised when the police woke them up around 6.00 a.m. and moved them out. They had been living there for months. Italian media explain this turnaround of Pope Francis with a video showing a homeless urinating and defecating underneath the Colonnades in broad daylight. The video went viral and caused considerable scandal. However, the media explains,...
  • [Archbishop] Justin Welby: Boy Wearing a Dress to School 'not a Problem'

    09/21/2017 7:06:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/21/17 | Olivia Rudgard
    A boy wearing a dress to school is "not a problem", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking on LBC radio the most senior cleric in the Church of England said he would tell a concerned parishioner that they should help their child "understand". He said: "I would say to them, I don't think that's a problem. "The other family are making up their own minds. The other child is making up their own mind. "Talk to your child. Help them to understand. Help them to see what's going on and to be faithful to their own convictions." The Archbishop...
  • Pope: "Doctrine" Does Not Come Before Mercy

    09/21/2017 7:03:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 9/21/17
    The scandals, "There are so many, many ... And always, even in the Church today. They say, 'No, you can not, it's all clear, it's all, no, no ... Those are sinners, we have to turn them away.' Many saints have also been persecuted or suspected. " "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners ".Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners. And He comes". "I want mercy and not sacrifices" said Pope Francis at Mass this...
  • Müller Criticises Francis Papacy for Lacking Theological Rigour, and Hints at Comeback

    09/21/2017 9:08:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 9/20/17 | Christopher Lamb
    The cardinal criticised the Latin American approach to theology, in a thinly veiled critique of the Argentinian PopeThe Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia. During a book presentation in Germany last Friday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, dismissed from his job by the Pope in July, recalled how the Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) told Pope Clement VIII that he did not understand anything about theology. According to reports of the event in Mannheim the German cardinal then pointed out that...
  • A “Tough Guy” Priest, in the Gulag and Beyond

    09/18/2017 7:40:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/17/17 | Jim Graves
    Father Walter Ciszek is known for his courage while imprisoned in the Soviet Union. But his spiritual writings show him to be “a saint of the ordinary life.”Father Ciszek (center) is met in New York by his sisters Helen and Sr. Evangeline, upon his release from the USSR. (Photo courtesy of the Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League)“For each of us, salvation means no more and no less than taking up daily the same cross of Christ. … What it means, in practice, is spelled out as always by the poor old body. It means getting up each morning and going...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Disagreeing With the Church

    09/18/2017 7:41:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 17, 2017 | Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
    Is it ever acceptable for a Catholic to criticize the Church or disagree with Church teaching? Distinguishing between the Church and the hierarchy helps towards an answer. Mary is the model of the Church. Peter is the model of the hierarchy. .... The hierarchy of the Catholic Church – even at the highest levels, as Saint Peter’s example makes clear – is quite capable of failing in its teaching mission and it is foolish to pretend otherwise. But somehow throughout the bumps of history, the failures will not be allowed to stand because the gates of Hell will never be...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 - (Prayer)

    09/17/2017 11:41:35 PM PDT · by · 22 replies
    Prayer Vigil ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." I John 5:14 ....Religion forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Apologist Nabeel Qureshi, Author of Best Selling Bio 'Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,' Dies at 34

    09/17/2017 7:17:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2017 | Anugrah Kumar
    Apologist and author Nabeel Qureshi, who said last week that doctors believed his body had entered the "final stages of life," died Saturday at the age of 34. He was a Christian convert from Islam and served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries until he was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer last August."Nabeel Qureshi, your eyes will now see and your hands will now touch that which is the only Real estate," Ravi Zacharias tweeted Saturday.Qureshi, a U.S. citizen who was born to Pakistani immigrants in California, is survived by his wife, Michelle, and a daughter, Ayah."Our dear brother in Christ Nabeel...
  • Cardinal Burke: ‘Discernment Does not Decide What is Right or Wrong’

    09/16/2017 6:34:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/12/17 | Lisa Bourne
    September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The only way a Catholic priest can allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion is if they forgo sexual relations, Cardinal Raymond Burke reaffirmed. Practicing sexual continence, as the Church requires in a new relationship when a marriage has not been annulled, properly recognizes that marriage, he said. “The only case in which a priest could admit a person living in an irregular matrimonial union to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist is the case of a couple who agree to live ‘as brother and sister,’" Cardinal Burke said, “that...
  • Fr. James Martin Dumped Again

    09/16/2017 5:58:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/15/17 | Christine Niles
    DC seminary withdraws speaking invitation to controversial pro-gay priest after backlashWASHINGTON ( - Less than a month after Church Militant reported that Fr. James Martin would be addressing Washington, D.C. seminary alumni at Theological College, the seminary has rescinded its speaking invitation. The press release from the school, issued Friday, explained that the invitation had been sent to Martin "over a year ago." It continues: However, since the publication of his book, Building a Bridge, Theological College has experienced increasing negative feedback from various social media sites regarding the seminary's invitation. As a result, after considerable consultation with various constituencies,...
  • Pro-Gay Vatican Adviser Gets Catholic Group Suspended from Twitter

    09/15/2017 8:01:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/12/17 | Lisa Bourne
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A faithful Catholic lay apostolate was suspended by Twitter last week after Vatican adviser Father James Martin complained about a tweet that teasingly stated the pro-gay Jesuit had been bested in a theological debate on the social media platform. Father Martin claims that a Catholic Vote tweet urged violence against him and reported CV to Twitter, resulting in the group’s suspension. "Enough,” the Jesuit tweeted. “When you urge violence against me, even in a supposedly joking way, you cross the line. You’ve been reported to Twitter. Enough.” The now-deleted tweet to which he...
  • Belgian Brothers of Charity Defy Vatican Over Euthanasia

    09/13/2017 4:59:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/12/17 | Staff Reporter
    The group has refused to reverse its decision to allow euthanasia in its hospitalsThe Belgian Brothers of Charity have defied the Pope and announced they will continue offering euthanasia at their hospitals despite being ordered to stop. The group said in a statement that it “continues to stand by its vision statement on euthanasia for mental suffering in a non-terminal situation” and that they “emphatically believe” the practice is compatible with Catholic teaching. The group also claimed the decision had “come about starting from the Christian frame of thought” and that they “always take into account the shifts and evolutions...
  • Theologian: Tampering With Humanae Vitae Could Cause Untold Damage

    09/13/2017 4:56:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/12/17 | Edward Pentin
    Father George Woodall warns against calling into question the Church’s ban on artificial contraception as some senior Church leaders look to soften the teaching of the encyclical which turns 50 next year.Any papal decision that calls into question the Church’s ban on artificial contraception either expressly or implicitly would do “untold damage to the Church’s magisterium,” a moral theologian has warned. Father George Woodall, who teaches moral theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, also said he was concerned that a commission tasked with examining the process of writing Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae would provoke “serious...
  • Humanae Vitae Comes Under Fire

    09/13/2017 4:34:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/11/17 | Edward Pentin
    COMMENTARY: Recent developments in Rome indicate a campaign is underway to challenge the encyclical’s prohibition against artificial contraception.VATICAN CITY — Half way through the first synod on the family, when it was becoming clear that heterodox agendas were being pursued in heavy-handed and deceptive ways, a well-respected Church figure took me aside at a reception with a pained expression on her face. “Of course, you realize this is all about Humanae Vitae,” she said. “That’s what I think they’re after. That is their goal.” What she meant was that the many dissenters of Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical wanted the...
  • Only Six Irish Sign Up for the Priesthood - a 222-Year-Record Low

    09/10/2017 6:34:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 9/7/17 | James Wilson
    A mere six men will be starting the classes required to become a priest at the National Seminary at St. Patrick's College Maynooth in County Kildare this fall – the lowest number in the seminary’s more than two centuries of existence. Fifteen men, the Irish Catholic reports, are currently undergoing preparatory work that will allow them to become seminarians in the fall of 2018. Maynooth, which opened in 1795, was once the largest seminary in the world with space for 500 men to train to become priests. Last year there were only 80 men undergoing the necessary studies at the...
  • AHIARA [Nigeria]: Catholic Laity Council Restates Rejection of Bishop Okpaleke

    09/10/2017 6:29:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vanguard ^ | 9/10/17 | Sam Eyoboka Read more at:
    CATHOLIC Laity Council of Ahiara Mbaise yesterday restated its resolve to reject the appointment of Bishop Peter Okpaleke but commended Pope Francis concern for its members. Trouble started in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI appointed Okpaleke from Amesi in Aguata local government area of Anambra State to succeed pioneer Bishop Anthony Adibe Chikwe who hailed from Ezinitte Mbaise Council, but the indigenes rejected the appointment, insisting on an indigene of the area. The situation lingered till June 9, 2017 when the Catholic Pontiff summoned the parties to the dispute to Rome at the end of which the Pope gave the...