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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Russian State Must Actively Support Multi-Child Families - Head of Russian Church

    03/16/2018 5:30:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/2/18 | RT
    “For some reason, such regulations are being adopted by Western parliaments for groups of people with certain sexual orientation, but we have problems with granting special status to multi-child families,”A law protecting large families would have “a tremendous symbolic significance and show the whole world that… Russia cares about the future,” he addedRussian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill has urged senators to provide special status for multi-child families in Russia, questioning why this can’t be done when preferences are being given to sexual minorities in the West. "The Church has supported and will support any positive changes in legislation aimed...
  • Vatican Congregation Publishing Document on ‘Gender Theory’

    03/16/2018 5:25:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/13/18 | I.Media
    Taking up Francis' criticism of "ideological colonization"The Congregation for Catholic Education is preparing a document on “gender theory,” said Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, secretary of that dicastery, on March 12, at a symposium organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. The document is expected within one to two months, the archbishop said. Education, explained Bishop Zani, is included within “the salvific mission of the Church,” serving the “integral growth of man.” Thus, Catholic education has a role regarding sexual education, to integrate it into the “complete fulfillment of man.” According to the archbishop, this mission gives the Church...
  • Angelo Becciu Comments on Criticism of Pope: He is Calm, but the Words Still Hurt

    03/15/2018 6:16:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 3/14/18
    As time goes by and reforms advance, criticisms of the pope also increase. Pope Francis is still favorably viewed, even though some harshly criticize his measures. MSGR. ANGELO BECCIU Substitute, Vatican Secretariat of State "He is calm. To confront this, he uses the Jesuit spirit and the third degree of asceticism: that of being indifferent to some things. But he is a human being, so he also suffers. Some critics, besides being gratuitous, reach the core of one's being. Like him betraying Church doctrine... this is not true. He does not accept this and it is the most serious accusation...
  • Lutheran seminary president ousted in controversy over past "conversion therapy" work

    03/15/2018 10:06:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 56 replies ^ | 14 March A.D. 2018 | Charles Thompson
    A prominent Lutheran seminary with two campuses in Pennsylvania is having a stormy moment of reckoning over the early-career, "conversion therapy" work by its first-year president. That moment reached a climax at the United Lutheran Seminary Wednesday, with the school's board of trustees voting to end the Rev. Theresa F. Latini's tenure as president. Latini, who answered some questions from PennLive via email Wednesday night, called the board's action unfair. "I have been scapegoated by an historically divided institution resistant to unification," she wrote, "and have been given little chance to respond to the accusations against me." United Lutheran Seminary...
  • Cardinal Cupich: ‘Evangelization’ Doesn’t Mean Converting Jews to Catholicism

    03/14/2018 6:29:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/13/18 | Claire Chretien
    GLENCOE, Illinois, March 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Quoting Pope Francis, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said “proselytism” is a “sin” that the Catholic Church has “not always avoided.” Cupich said this during a speech on Catholic-Jewish relations at the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue on January 29, 2018. The synagogue advertises on its website, “We are interfaith. We are LGBTQ.”Cupich discussed the Jewish and Catholic importance of maintaining “tradition” while simultaneously criticizing the Church’s previous “ridiculous” tradition of limiting mixed-religion marriages, invoked the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s “consistent ethic of life” that equates intrinsic evils with societal ills, and warned against...
  • The Pope, “Fear of the Foreigner Can Infect Christians”

    03/13/2018 5:56:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 3/11/18 | Domenico Agasso
    Francis in Trastevere visiting for the 50 years of the Community of Sant'Egidio. “The future of the world is living together”. We need a “globalization of solidarity”. Never say, “I have nothing to do with this” Humanity needs a "globalization of solidarity and of the spirit". Because the future of the "global" world is living together. Pope Francis affirms this in his visit to Trastevere to the Community of Sant'Egidio, for the fifty years of its foundation. The Pontiff reaffirms how the commitment to build bridges, to keep dialogue open, to continue and meet with one another, is fundamental. And...
  • Ohio Bishop Warns Against Fr. James Martin Talk

    03/13/2018 5:52:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/11/18 | Christine Niles
    Abp Schnurr: 'The event is in no way sponsored by, sanctioned by or associated with the Catholic Church'CINCINNATI, Ohio ( - An Ohio prelate is warning the faithful about a talk offered by pro-gay priest Fr. James Martin, SJ. On Friday, Abp. Dennis Schnurr of Cincinatti published a statement making clear Martin's talk, scheduled for March 24 at the University of Cincinnati, "is in no way sponsored by, sanctioned by, or associated with the Catholic Church." Other speakers include censured religious Sr. Jeannine Gramick and self-professed lesbian Jamie Manson. The archbishop's statement came after a number of Catholics flooded his...
  • Contraception Destroys the Individual, Family and Nation - Popular Russian Priest (Smirnov)

    03/12/2018 6:06:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/9/18 | Staff
    "According to morality, biology, and Christianity, contraception is completely unacceptable"Fr. Dmitry Smirnov is hugely popular Moscow priest, who advocates large families and home-schooling. He is the head of the Russian Church's Committee for Family, Motherhood, and Children. He is known for his outspokenness about issues such LGBT and abortion. And, as it turns out, his hard line extends to contraception. Methodically making his way through an array of arguments, Fr Dmitry states that "any contraception at all is a perversion of human nature" and that contraception is essentially "equivalent to abortion.: You don't have to agree in order to appreciate...
  • Chile Cardinal Blames Bishop Barros for Bad Press During Papal Trip

    03/12/2018 6:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/10/18 | Nicole Winfield
    Cardinal Errazuriz also accused survivors of trying to profit from their allegationsThe retired archbishop of Santiago is trying to deflect criticism for Pope Francis’s troubled trip to Chile in January, blaming everything from the summer weather to an “absentee” spokesman for the lower-than-expected turnout and negative press coverage during the visit. Cardinal Javier Errazuriz, a top papal adviser, wrote an extraordinary letter to the bishops of Latin America that insists the Pope’s trip wasn’t a failure, but was “highly positive.” The National Catholic Reporter first reported the letter and its contents Friday. Errazuriz did not take responsibility for a sex...
  • New Sources Bolster Report that Pope Benedict Played Key Role in Synod Compromise

    03/12/2018 5:53:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 3/12/18 | Maike Hickson
    Preliminary Note: Today, 12 March, Vatican News published a report that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI wrote yet another letter. In this new letter, he praises a set of new books on the theology of Pope Francis which make clear to him “that Pope Francis is a man with profound philosophical and theological formation and [which] are helpful to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament.” [emphasis added] In light of Benedict’s recurrent support of Pope Francis, the following report might shed some more light in understanding our current Church crisis...
  • Amir reports on Putin's speech and the supersonic ICBM and much more

    03/11/2018 10:48:24 PM PDT · by firebrand · 13 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | March 11, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Ezekiel 38 war seems to be getting closer, with American and Israel in joint military exercises and Putin rattling the sword of his supersonic ICBM, which he states no one can destroy (video of Mig-31 taking off and missile being deployed). More on the Iran deal and why Trump's pulling out of the deal would be disastrous for Iran. The amazing accuracy of Biblical predictions! And more. But do not be afraid.
  • Pro-Gay Fr. Martin’s Latest: Officially Promoting Same-Sex Couples at Mass

    03/11/2018 5:21:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/7/18 | Joseph Sciambra
    March 7, 2018 (Joseph Sciambra) – On March 6, 2018, Jesuit James Martin released a new promotional video introducing the Revised and Expanded edition of his controversial book "Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity." He states that the new edition contains "more stories...stories from LGBT Catholics that I've met." He includes six of those "stories;" one in particular concerns his friend Mark; in a recent interview with America Magazine, Martin said: One of my oldest friends is a gay man named Mark, who was once...
  • 'Bible Quotes and Scientific Facts

    03/11/2018 2:06:33 PM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 50 replies
    1988 | Dr. Sam Gipp
    Of all the messages that I have listened to by Sam Gipp, I believe there is one that is downright fun! Without fail, because I use the KJB exclusively, it does not take long before the accusation is made that I am just another one of those KJB-Only cultists - the straw man used to delude the Message and denounce the messenger. This message by Dr. Gipp, 'Bible Quotes and Scientific Facts' is one that I have long wished to use just to show folks how ingrained the King James Bible is within our English culture and how they have...
  • U.S. Bishop: If ‘Conscience’ Alone Determines Access to Communion, Why Not Holy Orders Too?

    03/09/2018 6:14:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/6/18 | Claire Chretien
    March 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Can anyone receive the Catholic Church’s Sacraments, such as Holy Orders, provided he feels it’s the “right” thing to do, something done in "good conscience"? Bishop Thomas Tobin is asking that timely question, which would have seemed ridiculous just a few years ago. (Bishop Tobin, of Rhode Island, is not to be confused with Cardinal Joseph Tobin, of “nighty-night, baby. I love you” fame.) Bishop Tobin’s questions, which point out the flawed reasoning behind lefty prelates’ waxing and waning over basic Catholic teaching, come at the same time as Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich is celebrating...
  • “Underhanded Tactics” [Voris Speaking Engagement Forced to Relocate]

    03/08/2018 6:02:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | 3/4/18 | Eric Francis
    Was Bishop Kevin Vann behind cancellation of Michael Voris speaking engagement that forced last minute change of venue?Despite a last minute change in venue following the cancellation of a planned speaking engagement at a Maronite Catholic Church in the city of Orange, Michael Voris of Church Militant says there was “great turnout” at the re-scheduled event. Voris spoke at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim on Sunday, February 11. It was his second stop in Orange County after speaking at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Alhambra the day before. Voris published an article on February 8 explaining that there...
  • German Bishops’ Website Sexualizes Vatican’s New Easter Stamp of Risen Jesus

    03/06/2018 6:28:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/2/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    GERMANY, March 02, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The German bishops’ website has described in overtly sexual tones the Vatican’s new Easter stamp depicting Christ risen from the dead., the news website for the German Catholic Bishops Conference, posted an article on February 28 titled “Muscled Jesus on New Vatican Stamp.”The anonymous author of the short review said the image of Jesus would make women’s hearts race, adding that the youthful-looking Savior cast in the shade one German prelate known for his handsome looks. “The Easter stamp at least is decorated with a gym-Jesus with muscle-packed arms and toned upper body...
  • Organisers of Pope Francis Event Insist it Will be "Open to All" [Ireland]

    03/06/2018 6:23:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Irish Independent | 3/2/18 | Cormac McQuinn
    The Irish Independent cannot be posted due to copright issues so click HERE for full story.
  • Cardinal Müller Criticises German Bishops’ Plan for Communion for Protestant Spouses

    03/05/2018 5:35:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/1/18 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said the idea of only allowing Communion in specific cases was a 'rhetorical trick'Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticised the German bishops’ document that opens Communion to Protestant spouses in certain situations. In an interview with Die Tagespost, the cardinal said the bishops had interpreted canon law incorrectly, and warned them against making vague statements when the full document is published. Canon 844 §4 allows Protestants to receive Holy Communion under very specific “grave circumstances”. The German bishops said that this can apply to Protestant spouses of Catholics who wish to end “serious spiritual distress” and a “longing to...
  • China, officially atheist, could have more Christians than the U.S. by 2030

    03/05/2018 10:19:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 03/05/2018 | Bill Murphy
    Officially an atheist nation and a place where the government shutters some Christian churches, China is on course to become home to more Christians than any country in the world by 2030. Christianity also is growing rapidly in some other Asian nations and sub-Saharan Africa as people in countries modernizing at a breakneck pace seek solace from the leading religion of western, technologically advanced nations. "As countries get incorporated into the global capitalist world, a lot of uncertainty and stress is introduced into society," said Michael Emerson, an academic who focuses on the sociology of religion. "Christianity is seen as...
  • Vatican Magazine Denounces Nuns’ Servitude

    03/04/2018 5:05:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 3/1/18 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican magazine has denounced how nuns are often treated like indentured servants by cardinals and bishops, for whom they cook and clean for next to no pay. The March edition of “Women Church World,” the monthly women’s magazine of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, hit newsstands Thursday. Its expose on the underpaid labor and unappreciated intellect of religious sisters confirmed that the magazine is increasingly becoming the imprint of the Catholic Church’s #MeToo movement. “Some of them serve in the homes of bishops or cardinals, others work in the kitchens of church institutions or teach....