Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Fr Peter Heers on Secularism, Church, and Family Life (Ecumenical)

    03/04/2015 1:54:28 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04 March 2015 | Fr. Peter Heers
    A lecture on the effects of secularism on the Church and the life of the Christian Family.
  • Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

    03/03/2015 4:35:14 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/2/15 | Justin P. McBrayer
    What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture. What I...
  • The Emperor’s New Gender (Why Pope Francis is speaking out)

    03/03/2015 3:00:35 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 3, 2015 | DALE O’LEARY
    “The Church and the heresies always used to fight about words, because they are the only thing worth fighting about.” G. K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross. When Pope Francis listed Gender Theory among the most destructive threats we face today, many people had no idea what he was talking about. "Gender" used to be a perfectly respectable word – a grammatical term. In English some pronouns have gender: masculine, feminine or neuter. Living things, on the other hand, are categorized by sex: male or female. Recently, however, on forms rather than being asked for our sex, we...
  • First Presbyterian Church of Boulder may realign; same-sex marriage a factor

    03/02/2015 11:28:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | 02/28/2015 | Charlie Brennan
    The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is asking its congregation to vote on whether to end affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), in favor of a California-based evangelical Presbyterian association that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder, 1820 15th St., well known for a large-scale feed of Boulder's homeless population every Thanksgiving, had originally been scheduled to take a vote of its congregation Feb. 22, but that was postponed due to weather. And although absentee voting has been ongoing, the bulk of the balloting is now scheduled for its...
  • Is Confession Dead?

    03/01/2015 12:52:48 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 1, 2015 | Terence K. O'Leary
    The confessionals are empty. The sinners have gone away. Or should I say, “sin has gone away.” Not to be judgmental, but rather to be observant, I sense poignantly a lack of what I would call “sin awareness” among modern Catholics. We seem to have assimilated the secular notion that the concept of sin places outdated, even psychologically damaging restraints on people, or that the feeling of guilt for wrongdoing (or wrong-thinking) is emotionally debilitating. Thus, we see in society the virtual elimination of the word “sin.” We don’t want to hurt anybody’s self esteem. Catholics, perhaps innocently, have...
  • Catholic School Quits Boston St. Patrick's Parade Over Gay Marchers

    03/01/2015 6:27:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/27/15 | Elizabeth Barber
    Feb 27 (Reuters) - A Roman Catholic grammar school located near Boston has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in protest over organizers' decision to allow a gay veterans' group to march in next month's event. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which traditionally sends its marching band to the South Boston route, said on Friday it would withdraw following a decision by the Allied War Veteran's Council, the parade's organizers, to admit a group of gay and lesbian veterans called OutVets to participate. "We can't associate with that," Brother Thomas Dalton, principal of Immaculate Heart of...
  • Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism

    03/01/2015 6:17:28 AM PST · by Popman · 14 replies
    Crisi magazine ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | DUSTY GATES
    Somewhere along the line of modern history, the idea has taken root, spread, and become commonly held among seculars that religious people hold to a Faith that is separate from, and at odds with, natural reason. Modern science, following the lead of modern philosophy and modern secularized religion, has fallen for the heretical notion that there are two separate tracks of history: a material track, which many assume to be the true one and to which many attach all their trust, and the spiritual one, which is reduced by many to mere fantasy; a delusion held by believers to bring...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Money Is the Devil’s Dung!’

    02/28/2015 11:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In his address to the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives Saturday, Pope Francis employed muscular language in speaking about money — while acknowledging its importance to business. “Money,” he said, “is the devil’s dung.” “It is not easy to talk about money,” Francis said. Quoting Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said: “Money is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a person’s choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave.” The Pope called for “creative imagination” to find new methods, attitudes and tools to combat the “culture...
  • Pope Francis offers tips on preparing for Confession

    02/28/2015 10:44:02 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 28, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in LentPope Francis has offered some quick tips to help Catholics prepare for the Sacrament of Penance.After a brief explanation of why people should go to Confession – “because we are all sinners” – the Pope listed 30 questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well”.The guide is part of a 28-page booklet in Italian released by the Vatican publishing house. Pope Francis had 50,000 free copies...
  • Oil Company Hit Man Has Archbishop Cordileone in His Sights

    02/28/2015 8:40:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/27/15 | Kevin Jones
    San Francisco, Calif., Feb 27, 2015 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sam Singer’s public relations firm spun a Chevron oil refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to indigenous people for the company’s alleged pollution damage to the Amazon. Now he’s been hired to attack San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He even wants Pope Francis to do his work. Everyone is praying that the Pope will remove the San Francisco Archbishop and these priests,” Singer said in a Google+ post on Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday. A revolution is...
  • Was the Apostle Paul a Misogynist?

    02/27/2015 7:50:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2015 | Richard D. Land
    In the modern world many people rather casually assume, or assert, that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage in the early church. What such critics fail to realize is that they are reading the Apostle Paul through the lens of a 21st century perspective, rather than the 1st century world to which Paul wrote originally. In the first century A.D., women were considered their husband's property, not their partner, and they had very few rights or protections. In that first century context,...
  • Life After Delivery

    02/26/2015 5:46:35 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 7 replies
    CathNews ^ | February 22 2015 | CathNews
    In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.” The first...
  • David Benkof: The 150-year-old identity

    02/26/2015 11:00:21 AM PST · by Lacey · 7 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 2/21/2015 | Marvin Olasky
    David Benkof, 44, led a gay lifestyle from college through 2001, and in 1995 created Q Syndicate, for a time the largest supplier of content for the gay and lesbian press. He became a celibate Orthodox Jew in 2001. When did you decide you were gay? I had been feeling for a long time attraction to men. I went through a period where it was all I could think about. Stanford had a peer counseling center: I started to talk to gay counselors and realized that was the direction I wanted to take in my life. How did your parents...
  • Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS, or Their Conversion?

    02/26/2015 10:00:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 02/26/2015 | Russell Moore
    A pastor friend told me last week that he had church members enraged with him when he suggested from the pulpit that we ought to pray for the salvation of Islamic State terrorists. The people in his church told him that he ought to be calling for justice against them, given their brutal murder of Christians, not for mercy. I thought about my friend a few days ago when these murderous fiends beheaded 21 of our brothers and sisters in Christ because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus. I was not just angry; I was furious. Can such...
  • Gay Roman Catholic priest admits watching child porn film

    02/25/2015 12:42:12 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 41 replies
    Echo News UK ^ | 2/25/2014
    A GAY Roman Catholic priest on trial for sex abuse has admitted being shown a child porn film by a close friend. Tony McSweeney, 68, was father at St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Eastwood Road North, Eastwood, before being moved from the church in 1998, just months after his cleaner found pornographic video tapes at his home. McSweeney denies molesting three youngsters at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981. He admitted being shown a child sex porn film by close friend and care home manager John Stingemore, 72, and broke down in tears...
  • Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals

    02/25/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 25, 2015 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Disappointing progressives yet again, Pope Francis has now condemned contemporary gender theory as denying “the order of creation.” In an interview published in a new book, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, (portions of which were also published last month in the Italian daily La Stampa), Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional “binary” category of...
  • SF archbishop easing strict morality code

    02/25/2015 6:59:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Fagan
    SAN FRANCISCO — Under pressure from his Catholic schools community, the archbishop of the San Francisco archdiocese is peeling back strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception, and other “evil” behavior. Most significantly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he is dropping an effort to designate high school teachers as “ministers,” which, under a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling, would have eliminated them from government-mandated employee protections by placing them solely under Church control. In an hour-long meeting with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, Cordileone said he is forming a committee of...
  • Cardinal Dolan Must Step Down as Parade Grand Marshal

    02/24/2015 11:52:25 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | MATTHEW HENNESSEY
    Now there can be no doubt—Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been played for a sucker by the organizers of the 2015 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. He must step down as Grand Marshal.According to reports, parade organizers are engaged in last-minute negotiations with city officials to allow additional Irish LGBT advocacy organizations to march in this year’s parade. Such groups had been prohibited from marching by a long-standing ban on explicitly political banners in the parade, a policy that also kept pro-life groups off Fifth Avenue.In September, the parade committee announced that a single group, OUT@NBCUniversal, would be allowed...
  • Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

    02/24/2015 10:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a Syro-Catholic priest in Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. Rome, Italy, Feb 24, 2015 / 06:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. “Let’s pray for those innocent people,” Patriarch Younan told CNA over the phone from Beirut Feb. 24. “It’s a very, let’s say, very ordinary thing to have those people with such hatred toward non-Muslims that they don’t respect any human life,” he...
  • Why Can't Three Men Marry Each Other?

    02/24/2015 8:59:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/24/2015 | Michael Brown
    If "love is love" and "everyone should have the right to marry the one they love," then why can't any number of people come together in "marriage"? On Valentine's Day, three men in Thailand were "married," and immediately, they became an Internet sensation. As reported on GayStarNews.com, when Joke, Bell, and Art posted their "wedding" pictures online, "the internet went crazy," with one Facebook post receiving 50,000 Likes and more than 1,000 comments. Why not? After all, "love is love," right? How can any gay activist object? As Art commented on Facebook, "Love occurs unconditionally and is not limited to...
  • Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

    02/24/2015 4:36:20 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015
    Swearing in of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican on May 6, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 24, 2015 / 02:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes. “We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens,” said Cristoph Graf. At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss...
  • The Number One Reason It’s Incredibly Obvious Barack Obama is Not a Christian

    02/23/2015 9:57:03 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Whether President Barack Obama is truly a Christian has been a hot topic for debate recently, especially after the mainstream media attempted to trip up pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on the question. The question of whether anyone is truly a Christian person has more to do with faith than anything else. Does the person in question truly have an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and acknowledged the fact that he died on the cross to save humanity from our sins and bridge the gap sin caused between ourselves and God. While that question has more to do with worldview...
  • Are Christians responsible for most wars?

    02/23/2015 2:56:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    RZIM ^ | 02/23/2015 | Ravi Zacarias
    I am often asked how I can believe in God when there have been so many wars caused by religion. The implication is that if only people would leave behind their convictions about the existence of a God the world would be a much better, more peaceful place. Of course very few people ever reflect on the fact that the very reverse of this was demonstrated in the 20th century, which saw the atheistic communist and Nazi ideologies rise. In fact, that century saw more killing than the previous 19 put together.None of this is to say that religion...
  • Up Close and Personal with the Families of the 21 Beheaded Copts (Family Faith)

    02/23/2015 1:45:02 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 20, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The 21 Egyptian men who were kidnapped and eventually beheaded on a beach in Libya knew they were living in danger. But they felt they had little choice other than to sojourn in the tumultuous country in order to send money home to their impoverished families. Many went with a sense that God would look over them. Now, their families are in greater poverty, knowing the men will never come home. The World Post’s Middle East correspondent Sophia Jones visited grieving families in the village of Al Aour, about three hours south of Cairo, where 13 of the men...
  • ISIS Will Grow the Church

    02/23/2015 1:25:20 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 23, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    The mass martyrdoms we are seeing in the Middle East will be followed, as they always are, by a remarkable rise of Christianity that will change the course of history. St. John Paul the prophet said so. “The Church has become once again a Church of martyrs,” he said, as he looked ahead at the coming of the Third Millennium of Christianity. Then, as the new millennium dawned, he recalled how the blood of the martyrs had built the early Church despite the “trials of history.” “Will this not also be the case of the century and millennium now...
  • Am I Too Sinful to Be Saved?

    02/23/2015 12:41:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 47 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | June 13, 2013 | Thomas Brooks
    O despairing souls, the arms of mercy are open to receive a Manasseh, a monster, a devil incarnate; he caused that gospel prophet Isaiah to be sawed in the midst with a saw, as some rabbis say; he turned aside from the Lord to commit idolatry, and caused his sons to pass through the fire, and dealt with familiar spirits, and made the streets of Jerusalem to overflow with innocent blood, 2 Chron. 33:1-15.The soul of Mary Magdalene was full of devils ; and yet Christ cast them out, and made her heart his house, his presence chamber, Luke 7:47....
  • If Islamic Terrorists Are Devout Muslims, Why Are They Hooked on Porn?

    02/23/2015 7:24:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/23/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Most radical Islamic jihadis claim to be devout Muslims who promote the spread of strict conservative Islamic societal principles, yet it has been continuously documented through the years that many of those Muslim extremists are chronically addicted to sex and pornography. Jihadis' obsession with porn and sex is not a new phenomenon that is only being seen today through the "brutal" and "instinctive" sex drive of the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Even the late Osama Bin Laden, the world-famous leader of Al Qaeda, had a huge collection of porn that was found by Navy Seals who...
  • Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything

    02/22/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    www.dennyburk.com ^ | 2-20-15 | Denny Burk
    If you haven’t been following Barronelle Stutzman’s case in Washington State, you need to be. She is the florist being sued by the state attorney general for refusing to participate in a gay wedding. The attorney general is trying to compel her to ignore her Christian faith and to participate in gay weddings. If she refuses, he is threatening the full coercive power of the state to force her to do it. She stands to lose everything—her home, her savings, her business, her livelihood—if she does not comply. I have an article today at CNN.com explaining the situation. The conclusion...
  • Tired of Obamacare? Check out this new Catholic health-sharing ministry

    02/22/2015 3:31:09 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 20, 2015 | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law nearly five years ago, Catholic leaders and laypeople have expressed grave concerns over the health care law's abortion funding and forced abortion and contraception coverage, as well as a lack of transparency in the law.Now, Catholics can avoid those concerns about risking their access to health care, thanks to a new Catholic health-sharing ministry launched late last year.According to director Louis Brown, Christ Medicus Foundation's CURO (CMF CURO) ministry "is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church" that "is open to all...
  • Photographs and memories all that remain after kidnap of Iraqi toddler

    02/22/2015 3:20:52 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cns ^ | February 19, 2015 | Dale Gavlak
    AINKAWA, Iraq (CNS) -- A colored photocopy of a smiling, blond toddler is the only thing adorning the bare walls of the tiny room where Ayda Abada, her blind husband, and four children shelter after they were chased out of their Christian village in Iraq by Islamic State extremists. The picture is one of the few items left of 3-year-old Christina. She is the youngest member of the family and was snatched by the militants from a bus last August as Abada pleaded to have her child back. Christina Khider Abada, 3, as seen on a poster last year. The...
  • Getting Dead in Canada

    02/22/2015 9:34:57 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 2/20/15 | David Warren
    In the time since I filed my last column from up here in the Arctic wastes, “physician-assisted dying” has been legalized by a unanimous decision of the Canadian Supreme Court. The decision reversed the Court’s own hard-reasoned position, upholding the law in 1993. It is stayed for one year to allow our Parliament a legislative response. This actually makes things worse. The only remaining live question is whether there will be any restrictions at all on euthanasia, and the likely answer is no. In 1988, our Supreme Court vacated certain restrictions on abortion that had been retained in the extremely...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    02/21/2015 8:25:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 7 replies
    Weekly Column by Fr. Rutler for February 22, 2015 ^ | February 22, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Three times the Evangelists preserved our Lord’s words in the original Aramaic: When He cried out from the Cross, “My God, My God" When He raised from the dead the daughter of Jairus When He healed the man who had been deaf from birth That “Ephphatha”—“Be opened”—in the last instance, was a sign that our Lord opens human consciousness to a full awareness of God. The Latin word for deaf—surdus—gives us “absurd,” and the ultimate absurdity is to deny the existence of God and His appeal to the human soul. I recently had the privilege of preaching at the funeral...
  • Pope's Shocking Hitler Youth Comparison (Pope blasts gender theory. Media blasts Pope)

    02/21/2015 1:22:04 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    DailyBeast ^ | February 20, 2015
    The pontiff has a bad habit of dissing women and marginalizing sexual minorities. Is he as liberal as his image suggests?News emerged last week that Pope Francis has strongly criticized modern theories of gender, comparing them to the educational policies of Hitler and the destructive possibilities of the nuclear arms race.In an interview included in a new book by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, and released in part in the Italian daily La Stampa, Francis compared gender theory to nuclear arms: “Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few...
  • What Is Hell?

    02/20/2015 2:13:26 PM PST · by NYer · 82 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | February 20, 2015 | Tim Staples
    In a previous blog post, I talked about the error of both Fr. Robert Baron and Hans Urs von Balthasar in positing the real possibility that Hell could be empty for all eternity. This post led to people asking more questions about the nature of Hell itself. What is it? Is it really "eternal?" and more.Below find my answers to some of those questions.By definition, according to CCC 1033, hell is “[the] state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed.” Some people cannot fathom how Hell could be a reality if God is truly an “all-loving” and...
  • Lawmakers to San Fran Archbishop: Drop Morality Clauses for Teachers

    02/20/2015 1:34:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/19/15 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    A group of California lawmakers asked Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco to remove "morality clauses" from a proposed contract for teachers in high schools under his jurisdiction, reported the Los Angeles Times. The new language in the contracts direct teachers in four archdiocesan high schools to avoid public statements or actions that oppose Church teaching on contraception, pre-marital sex or homosexual relationships. My story on the proposed change in contract language is here. In their letter to the archbishop, the California lawmakers argued that the morality clauses "conflict with settled areas of law and foment a discriminatory environment in...
  • Baptist college reinstates fired VP [the Ergun Caner saga isn't over yet]

    02/20/2015 8:09:31 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    A Brewton-Parker College vice president fired Feb. 2 after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement about Ergun Caner’s Jan. 20 resignation has been reinstated. Iowa pastor Dave Miller, editor of SBC Voices, a group blog devoted to news and commentary about the Southern Baptist Convention, reported Feb. 18 that he had confirmed rumors circulating the day before that C.B. Scott was reinstated as vice president of alumni, advancement and church relations at the Baptist-affiliated school in Mount Vernon, Ga., by interim president Charlie Bass.Peter Lumpkins, vice president for communications, confirmed the information to Baptist News Global Feb. 19. Scott, a...
  • S.F. Cath. Students, Parents Stage Ash Wednesday Protest Over Morality Clauses In Teacher Contracts

    02/19/2015 4:54:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CBS Channel 5 KPIX ^ | 2/18/15 | Andrea Borba
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Students and parents from schools controlled by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco protested at Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, saying the church should stay out of teachers’ bedrooms and drop proposed morality clauses in teacher contracts. On Ash Wednesday, one of the holiest days on the Catholic calendar, the students and parents are hoping Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will change his mind on the clauses, as the church heads into 40 days of Lenten reflection. "We’re here because if Jesus were alive today, he’d be standing right next to us,” Mairead Ahlbach, a student...
  • What to do if the Supreme Court approves "same-sex marriage"?

    02/19/2015 3:47:49 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    Visitors line up outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 6, 2014, to get a seat inside to watch oral arguments on the first day of the new term. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda. Second, give serious thought...
  • Usual Suspects Protest Archbishop Cordileone’s School Reforms (Catholic Caucus)

    02/19/2015 1:12:20 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 19, 2015 | GERRI DOWNING LAIRD
    After years of decline from media darlings to relative obscurity, why has Call to Action USA (CTA) reemerged in San Francisco? Because Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s recent efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity of his schools tackles the central claim of Call to Action—that the Church discriminates unjustly against Catholics who are unwilling to accept or abide by Catholic moral teaching.If San Francisco follows the lead of several other dioceses and unapologetically requires Catholic schools to employ only those who are faithful to the Church, it may be a harbinger of things to come. And the fringe dissidents don’t like...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...
  • Rob Bell Not Faring Well

    02/19/2015 6:05:46 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 34 replies
    RCSproulJr.com ^ | 2-18-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Rob Bell believes the Bible is irrelevant. The Bible says Rob Bell is irrelevant. Transcript: At some level, I’m happy when this happens, it’s not that unusual. We have someone who makes a splash in our little world, the evangelical world. And he typically makes that splash because he’s quite effective at gathering large numbers. But after a while we begin to doubt his loyalty to the core convictions of evangelicals. Well, it’s not unusual when this happens that about this same time, our hero with the wide reach determines to turn on we evangelicals and embrace the broader world....
  • Embattled Vacaville pastor Mark Lewis sentenced to prison [arson, stalking case]

    02/19/2015 4:29:53 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    InsideBayArea.com (Oakland Tribune) ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Ryan Chalk
    When a Vacaville woman tried to end her relationship with a former Baptist minister in late 2013, he told her that she'd created a monster. On Wednesday, Sarah Nottingham explained to a Solano County Superior Court judge that for a week, then-Pastor Mark Lewis showed her what a monster he could be. Nottingham's words came during the sentencing hearing for Lewis, who in January pleaded no contest to charges of arson and stalking. Judge Dwight C. Ely sentenced Lewis to eight years in prison Wednesday in connection with the case that proceeded to a jury trial earlier this year, only...
  • Letter from Below (C. S. Lewis - Wormwood)

    02/18/2015 8:06:57 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 17, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    My dear Wormwood, These days I scarcely know where to turn next in the public prints, there's such an abundance of cheery news from the upper regions. Clearly you have things well in hand up there. War and the threat of war, aggression everywhere and suffering galore to go with it. Diplomats holding endless meetings that amount to a green light for more invasions and ever more power for those out to squelch freedom in the world. Congratulations and keep up the good work. It may be only a matter of time before our devilish friends in Teheran get their...
  • Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

    02/18/2015 7:40:25 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/18/2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. "This is a sign of movement that's due to the Francis effect," said Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights in the 1.2 billion-member Church. Gramick and executive director Francis DeBernardo led a pilgrimage of 50 homosexual Catholics to the audience in St. Peter's Square. They told Reuters in...
  • Just Look At What We Have Become…

    02/17/2015 7:05:01 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/17/15
    In our Founding Father’s day, the practice of VIRTUE was a crown of honor, not a bigot’s badge of shame. My beloved, just look what we as a nation have become today! We are a nation of godless, narcissistic, self-gratifying, infanticidal murderers - pornographic, sexually deviant, perverse, callous, adulterous, drug addicts and drunks, using the First Amendment as a license to transgress natural laws and moral absolutes in the name of secular human rights. Our American families have been truly decimated and ravished beyond remedy! Our children are godless, desensitized, brain-washed and dumbed-down nimrods corrupted by Hollywood, the godless music...
  • On the "Reform" of Islam

    02/17/2015 3:23:27 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 15, 2015 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or “transformed” in Islam, is it still Islam? The Blue Mosque, left, and the Hagia Sophia Museum, right, are pictured at sunset in Istanbul in this Nov. 24, 2008, file photo. (CNS photo/Tolga Bozoglu, EPA) I. The President of Egypt, at Al Azhar University in Cairo, recently did everyone a favor by putting on the table, from inside of the Islamic world itself, the question of its public conduct and inner soul as they relate to the Muslim religion. Does its conduct, as manifest in...
  • “Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED*

    02/17/2015 2:31:54 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    A screen shot from a video released by Islamic State militants on Feb. 15. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.” Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. “Their blood confesses Christ,” the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” On Sunday, ISIS released a graphic video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on...
  • US Won't Help Fight Boko Haram Until Nigeria Accepts Homosexuality, Birth Control, Bishop Says

    02/17/2015 1:30:31 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | February 17, 2015 | Diane Montagna
    VATICAN CITY — “African values are not on sale,” the new Chairman of Communications for the African bishops has said. But Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo, Nigeria, is convinced they are under threat from what Pope Francis has called an “ideological colonization” that is seeking to destroy the family. It's so bad, he says, that the United States has made clear it will not help Nigeria fight the Boko Haram terror group unless the country modify its laws regarding homosexuality, family planning and birth-control.
  • "Old Fashioned" (Review from Focused on the Family's Plugged In)

    02/17/2015 12:01:59 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 12 replies
    PluggedIn.com ^ | 2/15 | Adam R. Holz
    Amber Hewson has a curious way of deciding where she's going to live next: looking at the gas gauge in her car. Every so often, when she's feeling fidgety, she'll just pack up her stuff, hit the open road and drive until the needle points at empty. That tells her when to coast into whatever anonymous burgh she's near and start the next chapter of her life. It's a pattern that's already propelled her across 14 states. [My note: See also: Another PluggedIn review, of "50 Shades of Grey," as well as a thread here dealing with the controversy over...
  • Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore: Alabama Judges Must Uphold ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling or Resign

    02/17/2015 7:36:19 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 2/15/15 | Heather Clark
    A prominent Southern Baptist leader who raised concerns last year after he advised that Christians should support the rights of other religions and also traveled to the Vatican for an interfaith conference on marriage is now stating that probate judges in Alabama should either follow the recent federal ruling in favor of “gay marriage” or resign. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made the statement recently to the Baptist Press when asked about his prediction on which way the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” He opined that...