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  • MANIFEST LESSONS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/06/2015 4:36:11 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 6, 2015 | RYAN MAYER
    January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has become overshadowed by Christmas, though in many cultures, either the two are celebrated together (usually on Epiphany), or Epiphany is the more celebrated of the two.So which Nativity scene did you set out this year?  The simple classic version with the Holy Family, or was...
  • Vatican frees bare-breasted 'God is woman' protester; forbids her to ever return

    12/29/2014 3:09:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 75 replies
    RT, I think ^ | 27/12/2014 | News service
    VIDEO HERE The Holy See has released a radical feminist activist who bared her breasts in St Peters Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vaticans outdoor Nativity scene. The Holy See prosecutor met Yana Zhdanova and decided to order her release, according to Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi. The Ukrainian protester was also ordered to never enter Vatican City State, including St Peters Basilica, or other Vatican property outside the city-states walls. The Femen protester shouted God is woman when she uncovered her chest in the square, about an hour after...
  • A Lesson From Luke

    12/23/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | December 23, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    This is a column we still get a lot of requests for this time of year - written eleven Christmases ago and riffing off an often overlooked corner of the Gospels. It represents one of my first forays into what would become the demographic thesis of America Alone. I'm happy to report that Israel's fertility looks a little healthier than Mr Netanyahu gave it credit for. Europe, alas, remains largely blind to what lies ahead: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou...
  • The truth of the Nativity

    12/24/2014 7:08:14 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    Gty.org ^ | 11/5/09 | John MacArthur
    The story of the first Christmas is so beloved that singers and storytellers across the centuries have embellished and elaborated and mythologized the story in celebration. However, most people now don't know which details are biblical and which are fabricated. People usually imagine the manger scene with snow, singing angels, many worshipers, and a little drummer boy. None of that is found in the biblical account. Christmas has become the product of an odd mixture of pagan ideas, superstition, fanciful legends, and plain ignorance. Add to that the commercialization of Christmas by marketers and the politicization of Christmas in the...
  • Jesus Wasnt Born Rich. Think About It. (Barf)

    12/25/2014 7:51:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 25, 2014 | Gene Robinson (Gay Heretic Bishop)
    He was born in a barn to penniless parents who were part of a people under occupation. Get it? So why do so many of us not get it? Im against the War on Christmas. No not that one! Wishing someone Happy Holidays doesnt rob Christmas of its meaningafter all, being sensitive to others religious beliefs ought to be the attitude of every Christian. And not the one that says we have over-commercialized Christmasafter all, theres nothing wrong with a time of year when we purchase thoughtful gifts for those we love.
  • Text Of Pope Francis' Homily During Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.
  • "Be Born In Me (MARY)", Francesca Battistelli, - Official Lyric Video

    12/24/2014 8:51:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 24, 2014 | Francesca Battistelli
    A Good And Blessed Merry Christmas To The Free Republic Community. Christ the Lord is Born!
  • Officials order man to take down zombie Nativity scene

    12/24/2014 8:31:03 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 29 replies
    reviewjournal ^ | December 23, 2014 | STEVE BITTENBENDER
    Nativity scene has caused quite a stir in his neighborhood, with some considering it a holiday treat. But others see a nightmare before Christmas. Responding to two anonymous complaints, officials in Ohios Sycamore Township said on Tuesday they have ordered Jasen Dixon to take down his display by Friday because it violates local property maintenance codes. Dixon, who manages a haunted attraction in Indiana, faces a $1,000 fine if he does not remove the 10-foot by 10-foot structure he built three weeks ago. He said he made the models for the zombie Mary and three wise men and borrowed props...
  • Was Jesus born in a different Bethlehem?

    12/23/2014 7:51:22 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 60 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jessica Steinberg
    The New Testament says Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, but one rogue Israeli archaeologist says it is far more likely the Christian savior was born in Bethlehem of the Galilee, more than 60 miles from Jerusalem. Aviram Oshri spent nearly eleven years excavating artifacts in Bethlehem of the Galilee an ancient biblical village near Nazareth that was later settled by German Templers which he believes show that the traditional account of Jesuss birthplace may be wrong. But when he produced his findings for his employer, the Israel Antiquities Authority, he found his proposal dismissed and called...
  • THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROL -- "Lo! I Arrive To Do Thy Will"

    12/24/2014 6:52:09 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 8 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. ^ | December 2012 | Fred Wittman
    THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CAROL"Lo! I Arrive To Do Thy Will!"Introduction: Have you ever considered, What is the first Christmas Carol?A carol is a song of joyful praise involving the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ. The first carol goes all the way back to the night in which The Lord Jesus Christ was born. No, it was not the Shepherds! Neither was it the Heavenly host which the shepherds heard. But even before the angels sang, The Lord Jesus Himself sang. Yes, That Little Baby in the manger sang the first Christmas Carol. It was not heard by His parents,...
  • Church Nativity Scene Depicts Homeless Virgin Mary At Bus Stop

    12/23/2014 8:30:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | December 22, 2014 | CBS
    CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) A local church nativity scene depicts a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. The theme for this years display at Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard is Commercialism and the Oppressed. Church leaders say the eyes of God are always watching and people should reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We want to draw attention to those people who are on the margins who Jesus would be standing with today, said Pamela Bunce of Claremont United Methodist Church. The Southland church is known for its design...
  • s Atheist Group's Complaint Backfires, Lands Nativity In Full Public View

    12/19/2014 1:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | December 15, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war. The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release. In a letter sent to the citys...
  • Straight Answers: Who Were the Magi?

    12/15/2014 1:25:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Fr. William Saunders
    Who were the Magi? The Gospel of Matthew mentions the Magi who came from the East to worship the newborn Christ child (cf. Matthew 2:1-12). Exactly who the magi were though remains somewhat of a mystery. Oftentimes, the English translations of the Bible use the word astrologers for magi. In Greek, the original language of the Gospel' the word magos (magoi, plural) has four meanings: (1) a member of the priestly class of ancient Persia, where astrology and astronomy were prominent in Biblical times; (2) one who had occult knowledge and power, and was adept at dream interpretation' astrology, fortune-telling,...
  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
  • The Humility that Heals A Homily for Christmas

    12/25/2013 4:57:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/24/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I. The Paradox of this Night - In a way, we are too familiar with the Christmas story, and so many of its strange paradoxes and stunning absurdities fail to shock and amaze us. And yet it does not take long to consider that no human being would ever craft this sort of entrance of God into our world. Surely we would envision Gods entrance in Cecil B. DeMille proportions. (DeMille was producer of The Ten Commandments and other classic Hollywood Epics, in case Im showing my age). Yes, there would be grand sets, a cast of thousands, palaces, trumpets,...
  • Atheists' Billboard Calls Nativity a 'Myth'

    11/30/2010 12:44:20 PM PST · by Borges · 130 replies · 4+ views
    Fox ^ | 11/29/10
    <p>A group called the American Atheists has paid for a huge billboard on Route 495 outside the Lincoln Tunnel in North Bergen, N.J., that is raising some eyebrows.</p> <p>The billboard shows a silhouette of the Three Wise Men approaching the Nativity, with the words: "You KNOW it's a Myth / This Season, Celebrate REASON!"</p>
  • THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY

    12/26/2013 6:28:23 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 7 replies
    Funny!
  • Stolen Nativity Statue Discovered with Razor Wire Protest Sign

    12/25/2013 11:25:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart
    SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A King Balthazar statue stolen from a nativity scene in a Spanish city turned up with a note protesting the use of razor wire on the Moroccan border. The life-sized figurine, stolen from Santiago de Compostela's Plaza del Obradoiro Friday morning, was found outside the office of the General Secretariat for Emigration with a sign denouncing the use of razor wire on the border between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, TheLocal.es reported Tuesday. The razor wire has been controversial, with many arguing it inflicts injuries on desperate migrants. The...
  • Christmas

    12/24/2013 5:41:02 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 79 replies
    The Holy Bible(KJV) | G*D
    Matthew 1 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV) 1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3 and Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4 and Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5 and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6 and Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of...
  • Labor of Love

    12/23/2013 5:33:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 23, 2013 | Andrew Peterson
    A good and blessed Merry Christmas to the Free Republic community.
  • Churches using GPS to keep track of Baby Jesus

    12/21/2013 10:14:08 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - It's a problem some churches didn't know how to handle until now. One security company is using its power to partner with a symbol that needs a little help this holiday season. Each year, Baby Jesus figurines are stolen from nativity scenes across the country. Now, church owners are fighting back. A GPS device is put inside the doll to prevent theft.
  • The Non Religious Winter Birth Diorama

    12/19/2013 6:19:01 PM PST · by The_Harlequin
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 12-17-13 | Chris Shugart
    A wild hare takes part in a rally race somewhere in Spain.
  • Satan defeated in Florida Capitol -- at least, on the Nativity scene

    12/19/2013 10:56:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 19, 2013 | Aaron Deslatte
    "...The state Department of Management Services has notified a Tallahassee-based group called The Satanic Temple that it won't be allowed to put up a religious-themed poster alongside other holiday displays, including a Nativity scene, and other secular displays that have been put up since the Christian-themed first display was approved in November.... ...The reaction to the nativity scene -- set up by the Florida Prayer Network on Dec. 3 -- drew national attention and barbs from Steve Colbert and Jon Stewart when South Florida political blogger Chaz Stevens responded by stacking up a 6-foot-tall "Festivus" pole made of Pabst Blue...
  • Nativity Scenes out at Guantanamo Dining Halls

    12/19/2013 4:47:48 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 18, 2013 (AP) | BEN FOX Associated Press
    The commander of the Guantanamo Bay naval base decided Wednesday to move Nativity scenes from two dining halls following complaints that the decorations improperly promoted Christianity. ... Wirfel said base officials had received no complaints about the displays. Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the organization received an email from 18 service members who were afraid that any direct appeal to commanders would be ignored and result in retribution. "They are terrified. Right now, there is a witch hunt going on to find out who did this," said Weinstein, a former Air Force lawyer who said...
  • Baby Jesus Stolen From Two Nativity Scenes

    12/10/2013 3:00:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) Two Mt. Pleasant families are baffled, after someone stole the baby Jesus from their nativity scene. The thefts happened on Connellsville Road. I went to get my mail, and when I came back and looked at the nativity, the baby was gone, Valarie Goodwin said.
  • Nativity Scene Figures Stolen From St. Joseph Church

    12/10/2013 2:58:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (WCCO) In this season of giving, someone has taken part of the nativity scene from a Minnesota church. Mary and Joseph are among the figures stolen from a display outside the Church of St. Joseph, located in the town of St. Joseph. The church is led by Father Jerome Tupa, who says the mangers appearance signals the beginning of the advent season, placed near the intersection of Main and Minnesota Streets.
  • Obama lights candles, prays at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity compound

    03/22/2013 2:17:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    cns ^ | March 22, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, stopped twice to light candles for his family and himself: first at the Church of Nativity grotto, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born, then at the adjacent Catholic Church of St. Catherine. On the last leg of his four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Obama also took time for a few moments of private prayer and contemplation, said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, who was the first to greet the American leader inside the church, welcoming him as "a messenger of peace...
  • 2 Nativity Scenes Vandalized With Swastikas, Male Genitalia In OC

    12/24/2012 6:34:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 23, 2012 5:18 PM
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) Two nativity scenes were vandalized overnight in Huntington Beach, according to officials. Jeff Nguyen, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to a homeowner whose nativity scene was vandalized. Richard Candlish told Nguyen his holiday decorations give him a sense of pride. But this morning he felt a sense of vulnerability after someone degraded his decorations. Someone scrawled HAIL Hitler on his baby Jesus as well as drawing a Hitler-style mustache. They misspelled HEIL. It really goes to the ignorance of the people who did it, says Candlish. The same Hitler comment was spray painted on one...
  • Bethlehem Basilicas wooden ceiling is among Med(iterranean)s oldest

    12/21/2012 7:02:49 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | December 18, 2012 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    An Italian study carried out on the Basilicas wooden beams has revealed that the cedar was carved between the 6th and 7th centuries In the next few days, as is the case every year, all eyes will be on the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. But the deeper the studies on this ancient church go, the more surprises it seems to have in store. This is what transpires from a report published yesterday in the last edition of the Journal of Cultural Heritage and on Terrasanta.net.The report presents the results of a long study carried out on the Basilicas...
  • My considered views on religious displays on public land

    12/13/2012 10:37:05 AM PST · by Tefilo · 20 replies
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you. As you know, every year during the holiday and Christmas seasons, religion-objectors redouble their efforts at proscribing religious displays on government buildings and other common areas in our cities, towns, and villages. The mainstream medias (MSMs) strategy has been to declare that there is no war on Christmas but Bill Donohue from the Catholic League already took the MSM to task. Of course, I often share many of Bill Donohues observations across many other social platforms including Twitter, and it was in Twitter where I got a couple of respondents who are...
  • How The Soviets Eliminated Christmas - And, America Is Right On Track Doing The Same

    12/06/2012 8:58:12 AM PST · by joeclarke · 23 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 12/06/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    The carton below is from Soviet Communist Russian times. You can see how the capitalist system is depicted as slavery - the opposite of how communism works, IE., free money, multiplied and returned to the worker - in the right frame. Tell me Obama does not think differently. And, as many Americans kill off Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Jesus, so the Soviets replaced Saint Nick with "Father Frost" - a man who gives out presents because he is a generous communist. From Wikipedia Ded Moroz "Following theRussian Revolution, Christmas traditions were actively discouraged because they...
  • Churches Thwart Nativity Ban By Putting Up Living Displays In Santa Monica

    12/04/2012 9:05:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 4, 2012 12:58 AM | Serene Branson
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) Churches have found a way to keep the decades-old Christmas nativity display alive in Santa Monica following a controversial ban on having the scenes in a public park. Pastor Keith Magee of Trinity Baptist Church is just one of the organizations Monday night who found a loophole in the ban by putting on a live, temporary nativity scene. Volunteers were on hand to play the roles of Joseph and Mary, among other biblical figures. We want to have a positive effect here in the community, because the nativity scenes have been a positive thing for the...
  • Toronto nativity scene vandalized for fifth time in six years

    11/29/2012 2:29:11 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lsn ^ | 11.29.2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Toronto nativity scene vandalized for fifth time in six years by Thaddeus Baklinski Thu Nov 29, 2012 13:45 EST Comments (1) Tags: anti-christian bias, nativity, toronto TORONTO, November 29, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Vandals in Toronto attacked and damaged the nativity scene placed in front of Torontos Old City Hall courthouse by Gethsemane Ministries, a Catholic lay movement. Suresh Dominic, founder and head of Gethsemane Ministries, told LifeSiteNews.com that the display had been set up on Sunday, but on Wednesday morning it they discovered that someone had smashed the plexiglass window of...
  • Secular speech protected; religious speech squelched

    11/21/2012 8:45:27 AM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-21-12 | Wordsmith
    HuffPo: LOS ANGELES There's no room for the baby Jesus, the manger or the wise men this Christmas in a Santa Monica park following a judge's ruling Monday against churches that tried to keep a 60-year Nativity tradition alive after atheists stole the show with anti-God messages. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins rejected a motion from the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee to allow the religious display this season while their lawsuit plays out against the city. Collins said the city was within its constitutional right to eliminate the exemption that had allowed the Nativity at the...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 7:22:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/21/2012 | William J. Becker Jr.
    As TV networks began to call the race for President Obama in the 2012 general election earlier this month, Karl Rove fumbled with his white board insisting the race wasn't over and that the votes from vital Ohio counties had not yet been fully tallied. A glimmer of hope that Mitt Romney could snatch victory from the jaws of certain defeat remained visible through the squinting lens of Rove's roseate stubbornness. As his recount was underway last weekend in Florida, Congressman Allen West basked in the glow of adulation conservatives attending an event at the Breakers Hotel in West Palm...
  • Nativity story's significance continues to unfold today, pope writes

    11/21/2012 5:04:31 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | November 20, 2012 | Carol Glatz and Francis X. Rocca
    Copies of the Italian version of Pope Benedict XVI's new book, "The Infancy of Jesus," are seen during their release to journalists at the Vatican press office Nov. 20. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Carol Glatz and Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Nativity story, like the whole story of Christ, is not merely an event in the past, but has unfolding significance for people today, with implications for such issues as the limits of political power and the purpose of human freedom, Pope Benedict writes in his third and final volume on the life and teachings...
  • The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost

    11/21/2012 4:16:25 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    AT ^ | 11/21/2012 | By William J. Becker, Jr
    ...Conservatives are shell-shocked. The event in Palm Beach drew no consensus for the future of conservatism. After four years of economic, political and moral depredations, it becomes increasingly difficult to predict when the pendulum will swing back or if it will at all. We wander along a desolate path of stupefaction, adrift in our bumping and stammering hallucinations. Can a moribund culture ever be revived to resemble the best times in America's past? When Tuesday (11/19/2012), US District Court Judge Audrey B Collins delivered a 28-page ruling denying my client the right to continue a 59-year-old tradition of exhibiting Nativity...
  • Judge Rules Nativity Scenes No Longer Allowed in LA Beach City Park

    11/20/2012 9:35:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/20/2012 | Alex Murashko
    The nearly 60-year tradition of a Nativity scene displayed at a park and hosted by a coalition of churches in Santa Monica, Calif., has ended after a federal judge ruled on Monday that the city can ban such displays. A controversy over the display about the birth of Jesus at Palisades Park erupted last Christmas season when an atheist group "manipulated" the city's lottery system for spaces, according to a nonprofit, resulting in only two booths for the Christian group that normally uses 14 booths for the various Nativity-related scenes. "It's a very sad day when a small number of...
  • Atheist Action Halts Calif. Nativity Display; Churches Go to Court

    11/20/2012 1:07:17 AM PST · by islamisasataniclie · 11 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    Churches are going to federal court to reclaim their freedom of speech after the city of Santa Monica, Calif., decided to end a nearly 60-year tradition of having Christian displays of the nativity in a public park due to an uproar caused by atheists' anti-God signs. Behind the trouble in Santa Monica is a member of the American Atheists, Damon Vix, who applied for and was granted a booth in Palisades Park alongside the nativity display three years ago. He erected a sign quoting Thomas Jefferson: "Religions are all alike -- founded on fables and mythologies." Another sign read, "Happy...
  • Gay nativity scene vandalized at Claremont church

    12/30/2011 2:34:17 AM PST · by yank in the UK · 60 replies
    LAtimes ^ | 29th Dec, 2011 | Abby Sewell
    An unusual nativity display at a Claremont church that portrayed gay couples was vandalized over the weekend in an incident authorities are investigating as a hate crime.
  • The Manger and the Inn

    12/25/2011 8:27:50 AM PST · by Altariel · 6 replies
    Biblical Archaeology ^ | November 8, 2008 | kennethbailey
    Why would Joseph, of the lineage of David, in the city of his familys origin have to seek shelter in an inn and be turned out into a stable? Recently this question was put to me here in Beirut. This paper presents an answer. In this brief study I will attempt to demonstrate that Jesus was born in a private home and that the inn of Luke 2:7 is best understood as the guest room of the family in whose house the birth took place. Recent studies have primarily focused on Lukes theological interests.1 The concern here is the Palestinian...
  • Following The Truth: What If Mary Said No? (Catholic or Open)

    12/23/2011 9:48:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 68 replies
    CE.com ^ | October 13th, 2009 | Gary Zimak
    What If Mary Said No? October 13th, 2009 by Gary ZimakMost of us are familiar with the story of the Annunciation as told in Chapter 1 of Lukes gospel. The angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and informed her that she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Savior. Mary agreed, Jesus was born and the entire human race was redeemed. Sounds simple, right? Did you ever consider what would have happened if Mary said, no? Sometimes we forget that Mary had free will and wasnt forced to go along with the plan that would result in...
  • The Tradition of Midnight Mass: History

    12/22/2011 3:51:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    AquinasandMore.com ^ | Not given | Adapted from the article "Three Masses on Christmas" and the Catholic Encyclopedia article on Christ
    The Tradition of Midnight Mass The History of Midnight Mass Throughout the years, Midnight Mass has been a popular Christmas Mass choice for many Catholics. But how did the tradition of this Mass begin?In the early history of the Church, vigils were held before every feast for the purpose of preparing for the feast itself. Mass would be held in the evening, followed by a period of prayer and contemplation. Solemn services were then held the next morning. As more feasts arose, the number of vigils kept was decreased. In the current Roman Calendar, there are six Masses...
  • Nativity Trivia

    Its always interesting to track down the origins of holiday traditions. Now that Christmas is upon us, many are putting out their Nativity scenes with the usual stable, wise men and donkey. Some interesting facts:
  • NATIVITY SCENE ERECTED IN CENTRAL PARK (NY)

    12/17/2011 2:43:39 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic League ^ | December 16, 2011
    Leave a Comment Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Today we erected a life-size nativity scene in Central Park, on the corner of 59th and 5th; it will be up until January 3. Moreover, we did not surround it with secular symbols.Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department to display our nativity scene. We choose Central Park because it is a public forum, a place where concerts, marathons and all sorts of festivities take place. We do not seek to display our crèche on public property adjacent to City Hall, because that is...
  • Travis AFB asked to move menorah, nativity

    12/15/2011 6:45:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 15, 2011 | Ellen Huet
    A holiday display at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield might inspire a seasonal spirit in some viewers, but it's stirring up less-than-jolly resentment in others. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a national group, has written to the base, arguing that the display's inclusion of a large menorah and nativity scene implies an endorsement of some religions. The display also includes other items, including reindeer, Christmas trees and airplanes.
  • Atheists get Santa Monica Nativity's display spaces in park

    12/13/2011 12:05:04 PM PST · by americanophile · 30 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | December 12, 2011 | Rick Rojas
    For nearly 60 years at Christmastime, Christian congregations from Santa Monica have come together to organize a life-sized Nativity scene, using 14 display areas in a city park to illustrate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. This year, however, the story had to be abridged. Because of a city lottery system to dole out available spots in Santa Monica's Palisades Park, along Ocean Avenue, atheists have been able to claim most of the display spaces traditionally used for the Nativity, leaving room for only three of the scenes. Damon Vix, an atheist, had a display last year that...
  • Nativity scene up in Wisconsin Capitol; Atheist group upset

    12/12/2011 5:59:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-12-11 | ap
    A conservative group has set up a nativity scene at the Capitol building in Madison, and an atheists' group is seeking its own permit for an opposing display. A WISC-TV report says Wisconsin Family Action has been granted a permit to display its scene until the end of the month. The six statuettes that sit on a table depict the birth of Jesus Christ. Group spokeswoman Julaine Appling says the display is tasteful. She says there's room for a number of different voices. But the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says a nativity scene isn't appropriate for a state building....
  • Preparing for the Birth of Christ at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Troy NY

    12/08/2011 2:13:17 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    December 8, 2011
    As many of you already know, the parish church burned to the ground back in the 60's. The small parish lacked sufficient funds to rebuild. Instead, they raised enough money to convert an outdoor shrine into a new place of worship, slapping up some walls and raising a roof. That structure has served as their place of worship ever since, requiring renovations over the course of time to install air conditioning and, more recently, renovate the interior, following a freak ice storm that perforated the roof and flooded the church. Despite the small church, the 60 family community approach Christmas...
  • Statue of yellow Lab beloved by Ritchie comes from Italy to be part...

    12/02/2011 4:11:33 PM PST · by algernonpj · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 2, 2011 | Samantha Snowden & Corky Siemaszko
    This is a Christmas story about a priest and his dog and it is the heartwarming tale of this years holiday season. It began shortly before Christmas 15 years ago, when a yellow Lab puppy nuzzled and licked the hand of Msgr. Robert Ritchie in a Manhattan pet shop. And now, Ritchie, rector of famed St. Patricks Cathedral, has given his beloved pup a near sacred honor placing a statue of the dog beside the figures of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the sanctuarys Christmas crche. ...