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  • At Least 20,000 Catholics Pray at Sheshan for the Church in China

    05/25/2016 6:14:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/24/16 | Victoria Ma
    Pilgrims came from other dioceses like Ningbo and Taiyuan. Some groups organised web prayers. Under house arrest since 2012, Mgr Thaddeus Ma Daqin was not present. The Diocese of Shanghai organised a solemn pilgrimage.Shanghai (AsiaNews) – Thousands of Catholics have come on pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, on the feast day of Mary Help of Christians. But according to the Diocese of Shanghai, the lists of pilgrims include at least 20,000 people who made the journey during the month of May. Others are praying throughout China in their own communities. Since Benedict XVI launched the World...
  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/25/2016 3:57:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 113 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | May 10, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words. To read the document with the formatting go to the link of the document.) Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History! Dear friends, As always as I have wrote in the last couple of “Spiritual Food”s, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the...
  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 4:45:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 24, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    Alexander Kissler is a German author and journalist who is responsible for the Culture Section of the German intellectual journal Cicero. He is also one of the few open critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Open Door Politics with regard to the immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. He had, for example, an outcry of indignation after the Cologne incident on New Year’s Eve in 2015, where hundreds of women were aggressively pursued by “North Africans, most of them asylum seekers.” Now he has directed his indignation toward the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The cause of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/23/2016 3:38:38 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    5-23-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • "Why Does Everyone Hate Hillary" - DON'T

    05/23/2016 8:51:04 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 23 replies
    Freep | 05/23/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    It's at the top of Drudge right now, "Why Does Everyone Hate Hillary?", some kind of internal Democrat bickering, of no real interest to people out in flyover country. What if Jesus Christ could have saved...Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Margaret Sanger? He does have the power, he just doesn't bully you, if you really don't want him, he won't force himself on you. Hillary can choose to be Jesus' friend. That's between the two of them. Our imaginary hatred of a spectre we call "Hillary" is something in our own heads. Just make sure we put the same choice first in...
  • To Please Obama, Hanoi Releases Catholic Human Rights Icon Fr. Van Ly

    05/23/2016 4:21:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/21/16
    The communist authorities have released the priest in his 70's, leader of the struggle for rights and religious freedom. The years in jail have taken their toll physically, but not on his spirit. He is "bright and determined." Activists say his release is a gift to Obama on the eve of his trip to Vietnam.Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Hanoi’s Communist authorities have released Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in his 70s one of the top leaders in the struggle for religious freedom and civil rights in the country. According to some sources, the decision is a "good will" gesture ahead...
  • Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland

    05/23/2016 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/21/16 | Ian Johnson
    SHUITOU, China — Along the valleys and mountains hugging the East China Sea, a Chinese government campaign to remove crosses from church spires has left the countryside looking as if a typhoon had raged down the coast, decapitating buildings at random. In the town of Shuitou, workers used blowtorches to cut a 10-foot-high cross off the 120-foot steeple of the Salvation Church. It now lies in the churchyard, wrapped in a red shroud. About 10 miles to the east, in Mabu township, riot police officers blocked parishioners from entering the grounds of the Dachang Church while workers erected scaffolding and...
  • A Journey Using a Medieval “Map of Hell”

    05/22/2016 10:52:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 20, 2016 | Matthew Becklo
    The “religious sense” has hit Nat Geo overnight – and the Catholic Church has found itself on center stage.First came a dramatized documentary about Pope Francis and a new series from Morgan Freeman about the “the story of God” (which affirmed the co-existence of faith and science in Catholicism and displayed a kind of “spiritual bond” with Rome).Now, Catholicism is at the center of a very different sort of travelogue, a two-hour special called “Map of Hell.” Donning a silver cross, action anti-hero Danny Trejo (Machete) kicks this special off with some “bad news”: “Someday, we’re all gonna die.”...
  • Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern" (as it applies to the LGBT community)

    05/21/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 20, 2016 | Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
    As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse. American Bison mother and calf stop traffic in Yellowstone National Park (Photo: Martha Marks | us.fotolia.com) On May 9th at Yellowstone National Park, a bison calf was euthanized. The reason? A tourist, concerned about the welfare of the calf in the cold temperatures, had put it in her SUV. The calf was later rejected by its mother after repeated attempts to return it to the herd. “Rob Heusevelet, another park visitor, said he warned the tourists they didn't need to...
  • Vatican cardinal: U.S. bathroom battle is part of ‘insidious war’ against human nature

    05/21/2016 9:03:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 17, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A top Vatican cardinal blasted the transgender bathroom agenda in the United States on Tuesday as diabolical. Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., that there are clear signs in the United States of religious persecution and a war against human nature. “Do we not see signs of this insidious war in this great nation of the United States?” Sarah asked.  “In the name of ‘tolerance,’ the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human...
  • WHY CATHOLICISM? ALWAYS THE TARGET

    05/21/2016 3:55:30 AM PDT · by crazylibertarian · 34 replies
    May 18, 2016 | Roderick T. Beaman
    The Catholic Church has been on the list for extinction in every totalitarian society in history. In most cases, it has been the number one target but under German National Socialism it was lower, communists & Jews were higher, although there can be no doubt the Church was on the hit list. It’s interesting to speculate why. Here is a version of the famous poem by Gerhard Niemöller. First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I...
  • Diocese of Maryland takes up reparations

    05/20/2016 6:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | May 17, 2016 | M. Dion Thompson
    Young protesters from the Baltimore uprising share their experience and hope to the Diocese of Maryland convention. Delegates began the work of what reparations for the sin of racism and slavery to determine what that might look like. At its recent convention, the Diocese of Maryland took the first of what could be many small steps to engage the issue of reparations and set aside money to help heal the centuries-old wounds of slavery. Though the resolution that anchored the conversation, known as “Reparations Investment,” was referred to Diocesan Council for further review, its appearance marked a beginning for the...
  • United Methodists Quit Abortion Coalition

    05/20/2016 8:08:25 AM PDT · by The Grammarian · 9 replies
    “In contrast to the United Methodist Church, RCRC dismisses the value of unborn human life” -UM Action Director John Lomperis Portland, OR—United Methodists have voted to require church boards and agencies to withdraw immediately from an organization that advocates for abortion on demand. Delegates from across the 12.1 million-member denomination adopted a proposal concluding affiliation with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) on a vote of 425 to 268 (61 percent to 39 percent) during their quadrennial General Conference meeting in Portland, Oregon. Two United Methodist agencies, the General Board on Church and Society (GBCS) and United Methodist Women...
  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • Pope Francis: Muslim Terrorism is the West’s Fault

    05/19/2016 8:15:42 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    http://pamelageller.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    This Pope never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity or proselytize for Islam no matter how many millions of murdered Christians lay before him. The Pope is the gift that keeps on giving -- to Islamic supremacists. Blaming the global jihad war on 'Iraq' negates the half a billion victims of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements over the past 1,400 years. "Pope Francis: Muslim Terrorism is the West's Fault," By Daniel Greenfield, FPM, May 18, 2016: Is anything ever the fault of Muslims? Not to the left. Muslims have no agency. They just respond to what...
  • 'God is Being Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated' in the United States, Cardinal Says

    05/18/2016 6:57:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    US News ^ | May 18, 2016
    In a keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Cardinal Sarah said that in the United States, "God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated," Catholic News Agency reports. Cardinal Sarah pointed out specific events "in the name of 'tolerance'" that have contributed to this erosion, including "the legalization of same sex marriage, the obligation to accept contraception within health care programs, and even 'bathroom bills' that allow men to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms." [MORE:  Jesus' Tomb in Danger of Collapsing] "Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom?" he said in...
  • On the Separation of Church and State: Pope Francis vs. Pope Pius X

    05/18/2016 6:05:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 18, 2016 | Michael Matt
    Pope Francis believes that a healthy secularism paired with a strong law that grants above all a religious freedom is the key to a successful and peaceful state, while states tied to a single religion don’t have a future. “Confessional states end badly…I believe that secularism accompanied by a strong law which guarantees religious freedom provides a framework for moving forward,” the Pontiff said in an interview with Guillaume Goubert, director of French Roman Catholic newspaper La Croix. Thank you, Francis for throwing St. Pope Pius X under the popemobile officially. At least now the world knows where you stand....
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • Bishop Conley, The Obama Administration is “Simply Wrong”

    05/18/2016 3:42:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | May 17, 2016 | Bishop James D. Conley
    Transgenderism: The Tyranny of Tolerance On Friday, May 13, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a joint instruction, which they called “significant guidance,” to public school districts across the country.Bishop James D. Conley, The Obama Administration is Simply Wrong The guidance stated that in order to receive federal funds for education, every public school district must provide services, restrooms, and “equal access” to all students according to their stated gender identity.The federal government has ordered that when any student and his parents tell the school that his “gender identity” has changed—if he was born a...
  • BBC Religious Output is ‘Too Christian’, According to Internal Report

    05/18/2016 6:21:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/16/16 | Staff Reporter
    Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, has written a report on the corporation's religious programming for director general Lord HallAn internal review of the BBC has concluded that the corporation’s religious output is too weighted in favour of Christianity. A report by Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, suggests that more airtime be given to programming focussed on Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths. According to the Sunday Times, Ahmed told a Commons meeting on religious literacy that he had written a report for the BBC’s director-general Lord Hall in response to criticism from non-Christian...
  • United Methodist Church to respond to rumors that it is about to split over gay equality

    05/17/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    The United Methodist Church is considering splitting over the full acceptance of gay members, according to reports by top clergy and advocacy groups. Church officials say the president of the Council of Bishops will address the rumor Tuesday in Portland, Ore., where the denomination is holding a major convention. The rumors about the United States’ third-largest faith group began spreading on social media Monday night, when some prominent pastors reportedly told crowds in Portland that a plan is in the works. Details about what the plan entails and who was on board with it were unconfirmed. United Methodist Church spokeswoman...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/16/2016 8:25:48 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    5-16-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • Breaking: Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

    05/16/2016 3:58:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | May 16, 2016 | Matt Hadro
    Little Sisters of the Poor at the Denver, Colorado house. Credit: El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca. Washington D.C., May 16, 2016 / 08:53 am (CNA).- In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor HHS mandate case back to the lower courts on Monday, in light of new developments in the case.“We are very encouraged by the Court’s decision, which is an important win for the Little Sisters. The Court has recognized that the government changed its position,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little...
  • Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters of the Poor Case Back to Lower Courts

    05/16/2016 3:40:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | John Burger
    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated lower court rulings against religious non-profits objecting to Obamacare’s “contraceptive mandate.”The court did not rule on the merits of Zubik v. Burwell, a closely-watched case that included the Little Sisters of the Poor, several Catholic dioceses and colleges and Priests for Life. But in the unsigned decision, the eight justices said the government may not fine the non-profits involved. The court sent the case back to the lower courts, saying the parties to the case “should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor

    05/16/2016 3:22:44 PM PDT · by johniegrad · 4 replies
    The NCBC Congratulates the Little Sisters of the Poor on HHS Mandate Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recognized, in a unanimous decision, that the HHS can find other means to accomplish its goal of providing universal contraceptive coverage without compromising the deeply held religious beliefs of the numerous petitioners, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.  In its ruling, SCOTUS vacated all lower court decisions against the numerous petitioners, forbidding the implementation of the millions of dollars in penalties against these faith-based organizations. While not indicating that the federal government had violated the free exercise of...
  • 2016 05 15 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Fighting God" (video)

    05/15/2016 9:26:31 PM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | May 15, 2016 | John Haller
    "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!" That line, spoken by Bill Murray in the movie "Ghostbusters" is incredibly not very far from the truth these days. Keep in mind, it has been only 10 1/2 months since the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, and the complete breakdown and degeneration of society here and abroad is now in full force. John has had enough, and he shares his anger and frustration during this week's update entitled "Fighting God". In an unusually harsh rebuke of our elected officials and world leaders, John takes them to task on heir...
  • Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

    05/11/2016 8:35:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God Msgr. Charles Pope • May 10, 2016 • I recently prepared a talk to present to a group of lawyers on the relationship between justice and mercy. The following is a summary of the basic points: I. Distinctions – From our perspective as humans, we tend to distinguish sharply between justice and mercy.For us, justice is the rendering to each person what is due to him or her. There is a kind of “You did it, you get it” mentality (whether praise or rebuke, reward or punishment). For us, justice is about...
  • Kremlin Urges to Immediately React on Growing Religious Intolerance in the West

    05/14/2016 9:18:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Intefax ^ | 5/13/16
    Moscow, May 13, Interfax - Boosting religious intolerance in certain Western countries and crisis of securing religious freedoms in zones of military conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa requires immediate reaction, the Kremlin official believes. The president's website informs that they talked about it at a session of the Council for Interaction with Religious Associations chaired by the head of the Kremlin administration Sergey Ivanov. Ivanov in his speech reminded that "today crisis in providing religious freedoms is seen in zones of military conflicts and on the territories controlled by terrorist groups in the Middle East and North...
  • The Beautiful Reasons Why These Women Love Wearing A Hijab

    05/13/2016 5:46:48 AM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/11/2016 | Yasmin Nouh
    The New York Times recently published a “guide“ to Muslim headscarves. The article intended to illuminate an Islamic concept that promotes modesty, but the associated images showed styles specific to a few countries and all of the silhouettes were faceless. These types of portrayals can contribute to a misperception among some that Muslim women who don the headscarf may lack agency. In today’s political climate, the headscarf has become more than just a spiritual symbol of modesty. At one point, women working in government positions were not allowed to wear it in Turkey. In France, the niqab — a version...
  • Judge Faces Removal, $40K Fine Because of Her Beliefs About Marriage

    05/13/2016 5:37:58 AM PDT · by milton23 · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Ken McIntyre
    state agency wants to remove a small-town judge in Wyoming from two posts because she told a reporter that her religious beliefs would prevent her from solemnizing same-sex marriages. In her full-time responsibilities, Municipal Judge Ruth Neely isn’t authorized to preside over marriages. In part-time duties on the local Circuit Court, though, she could be asked to do so. Now supporters across Wyoming and the nation are siding with Neely as she asks the Wyoming Supreme Court to prevent the state Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics from ending her 21-year career as a municipal judge in Pinedale, a town...
  • Italian Legislators Enact Civil-Union Law

    05/12/2016 5:50:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Italy's lawmakers has approved a bill that gives legal recognition to civil unions. By an overwhelming vote of 372 to 51, with 99 abstentions, the lower house of the Italian parliament approved the government's plan to establish civil unions. News of the result drew applause on the floor of the legislature and from a crowd waiting outside the building. The law-- which gives same-sex couples the same legal standing as married couples, but does not recognize same-sex marriages-- brings Italy into line with every other country in western Europe, in giving legal recognition to same-sex unions. Civil unions become law...
  • ACLU launches campaign to strip Catholic hospitals of federal funds

    05/11/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 10, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic hospitals across the U.S. are “withholding emergency care” and denying “essential health services,” the ACLU is alleging in a new campaign. They also inflict harm on “transgender and gender-non-conforming patients” “when seeking reproductive healthcare.” In a new report, “Health Care Denied,” the ALCU calls for denial of federal dollars from Catholic healthcare institutions, as well as investigations into their practices. With a subtitle of “Patients and Physicians Speak Out About Catholic Hospitals and the Threat to Women's Health and Lives,” the stated goal of the report “is to shine a light...
  • Maronite Patriarch: International Community has to Recognize and Proclaim "Neutrality" of Lebanon

    05/11/2016 5:49:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 5/10/16
    Paris (Agenzia Fides) - The neutrality of Lebanon with regards to the conflicts and contrasts between regional and global forces that disrupt the Middle East region of the opposing sides, must be officially recognized and proclaimed by the international community. Only then the Country, already under pressure due to the institutional paralysis, social strife, and a mass influx of Syrian refugees, can avoid being sucked from the destabilization and wars which for years has been tearing Syria and Iraq apart. This is the proposal made publicly by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai on Monday, May 9 from Paris, during a...
  • Cardinal Claims Pope Can't Understand Refugee Crisis Because He is not from Europe

    05/11/2016 5:43:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/9/16 | Josef Pazderka and Sean Smith
    Czech Republic senior clergy says Francis' understanding of complex social issues on the continent comes from a different placeThe Archbishop of Prague has claimed that Pope Francis has a different understanding of the migrant crisis to the people of Europe because of his upbringing in South America. "The sensitivity of Pope Francis on social issues is different from ours in Europe," Cardinal Dominik Duka said. "Pope Francis is popular and there are different sources of his popularity. He also comes from Latin America where the gap between rich and poor is much bigger." Duka added that the Pope's recent trip...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/09/2016 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    5-9-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • Is Donald Trump Evil? The Religious Left Thinks He Is

    05/09/2016 9:19:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 49 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 9, 2016 | JP
    “Christians are ‘called to resist’ Trump.” So read the headline accompanying a polemic authored by Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. It was published this past week by Religion News Service, which provides left-of-center religious news and commentary to more than 100 media outlets, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. The “call” to which Gushee referred is a statement (which he helped draft) that was released last month by “a multiracial group of Christian ministers and scholars.” The group condemns Donald Trump, they say, because...
  • 6 things to watch at the Methodist General Conference (UMC to debate homosexualism again)

    05/09/2016 6:51:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    RNS ^ | May 7, 2016 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    The United Methodist Church General Conference convenes once every four years to make policy decisions and set the direction for the denomination. Beginning Tuesday (May 10), 864 delegates, half of them clergy, will converge on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for 10 days for the General Conference. More than 40 percent of those delegates will come from outside the U.S. They’ll consider 1,043 proposals listed in the conference’s legislation tracking system. Here are six of the most talked-about issues: 1. LGBT inclusion The United Methodist News Service tallied up more than 100 petitions alone on sexuality. Several plans have...
  • Catholic Bishop of Raleigh Diocese: Replace HB2

    05/09/2016 6:16:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    News Observer ^ | 5/6/16 | Richard Stradling
    The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh said Friday that House Bill 2 should be reconsidered and replaced by either new legislation or some other measure. Bishop Michael Burbidge said he opposed the Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance that HB2 was initially drafted to undo. Among other things, that ordinance would have allowed people in the city to use public restrooms according to their gender identity rather than the gender of their birth. But speaking to reporters Friday, Burbidge says that by going beyond the Charlotte ordinance, HB2 became too complex and too divisive. Among the law’s provisions are ones that...
  • Is My Same-Sex Attraction a Sin?

    05/08/2016 6:09:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2016 | Matt Moore
    Last week, one of my recent articles was published on The Gospel Coalition website. I have realized over the years that any time I write about the ever-controversial topic of homosexuality, I should expect a couple truckloads of criticism to come rolling into the comments section. This TGC article was no exception. I scrolled through "the aftermath" on Facebook and Twitter the day following its publishing, trying my best to humbly process the comments of some disgruntled readers. Quite a few people commended my commitment to celibacy but also shared that they believe my ongoing experience of same-sex attraction is...
  • Man Seeks Restraining Order Against God?

    05/07/2016 5:27:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | May 6, 2016 | SBrinkmann
    After reading this article, you will have officially “heard everything.” Yes, a man really has petitioned a court to issue a restraining order against God because of how unkindly He has been treating him.The Times of Israel is reporting on the story of a man who petitioned the Haifa Magistrate’s Court to issue a restraining order against God because He had been treating in a particularly unkind way.The man argued that “over a three-year period God, had exhibited a seriously negative attitude toward him, although details of just what divine mischief he had borne the brunt of were not mentioned...
  • Russian Patriarch Kirill Proclaims 'Holy War'

    05/07/2016 4:20:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    This is a fight against the fearsome foe that is currently not only spreading evil through the Middle East but also threatening the whole of mankind'The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the fight against terrorism a “holy war” and urged international unity and an abandoning of double standards to defeat this global evil. “Today, when our warriors take part in combat operations in the Middle East, we know that this is not an aggression, occupation or an attempt to impose some ideology on other people, this has nothing to do with supporting certain governments,” Patriarch Kirill said...
  • Living Martyr of Albania Again Honored by Pope Francis

    05/07/2016 1:20:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 6, 2016 | Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz
    Pope Francis has again kissed the hands of Father Ernest Simoni, the Albanian priest who spent 28 years in prison for being faithful to the Church during the Communist regime.The visibly moved Bishop of Rome met the priest some days ago, after the general audience of April 20, in St. Peter’s Square.“This is an Albanian martyr,” the Pope said when he saw him.The Pope has met this priest before. And once again, he pressed his forehead to the forehead of the living martyr. They first met on Nov. 21, 2014, in Tirana; the Holy Father cried when Fr. Simoni...
  • A Pope Who Shuns Awards Set for a Big One on Friday

    05/06/2016 6:32:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/5/16 | Ines San Martin
    ROME — Not that Pope Francis probably needs additional accolades, but on Friday he’s set to receive a big one anyway: The prestigious Charlemagne Prize, awarded each year to individuals or institutions for their service to European unification. Technically, he’ll become the first pontiff to receive the award since it was created in 1950. In 2004 Pope John Paul II received an “extraordinary” edition of the prize, the only one given so far, but the actual award that year went to Irish politician Patrick Cox. St. John Paul, and now Francis, are the only religious leaders to have received the...
  • A Response to Adam Hamilton’s Recent Post on the Bible and Homosexuality

    05/05/2016 7:35:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 28, 2016 | Ben Witherington
    Adam Hamilton has once more entered into the fray of making pronouncements about what the Bible does and does not advocate when it comes to same sex sexual activity and same sex marriage, and you can read his post here, http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/6876/the-bible-homosexuality-and-the-umc-part-one only the first of four such posts leading up to the General Conference in a couple of weeks. My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points and so once you’ve read what Adam says, then consider the following response. In the first place,...
  • AHA on the phone with LifeChurch.TV

    05/04/2016 6:01:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Abolish Human Abortion ^ | Published on Jun 24, 2013 | Abolish Human Abortion
    Director of the Abolitionist Society of Oklahoma talk with LifeChurch.tv staff LifeGroups staff member about their ministry opportunities regarding abortion and crisis pregnancy situations. Abolitionist discusses LifeChurch.tv's position on abortion, whether they preach against it as Sin, whether they bring the Gospel into conflict with it, or practice any kind of local church discipline regarding those who abort their children, or those who believe that people ought to have a right to murder their children, image bearers of God, and the neighbors we have been commanded to love as ourselves. We didn't actually expect the phone call to be anything...
  • Does the Bible Really Predict an Antichrist Who Will Wreak Worldwide Havoc During the End Times?

    05/04/2016 8:15:57 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Billy Hallowell
    I found it curious that THIS is what the Blaze has on its front page the day after Indiana. If anyone was wondering Glenn Beck's next move... Link only.
  • Strong Warnings from the Founders and Early American Leaders for America

    05/03/2016 8:03:03 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    Dear Friends, One of the most remarkable observations in the study of history is the caution and warnings that are always given by Founders of great civilizations. It seems that those who lay foundations for great civilizations are quite aware of the seeds of pride, selfishness, and contention in human nature which over time usually begin to manifest themselves in society--even good societies. These Founders, realizing the tendency of human nature to degenerate, have always closed their public ministries with solemn warnings of the dire consequences of departing from the lofty ideals they established. Moses gave the children of Israel...
  • Catholic College Employee Investigated By Police For Saying There Are Only Two Genders

    05/03/2016 7:14:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | April 28, 2016 | Amanda Prestigiacomo
    Blasphemy was committed on a Catholic university campus: An employee at the "Catholic" school stated her belief, rooted in Catholicism, that there are only two genders. An unnamed employee at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has been suspended and is currently being investigated for a “hate crime” by the university’s Bias Incident Response Team and the LAPD for “denying transgenderism” when she stated that there are only two genders, reports The College Fix. On April 14, the employee engaged in a “dialogue” with three students who were hanging up posters for “Rainbow Week” on campus. Cosette Carleo, who identifies...
  • PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON NAMED COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Catholic Caucus

    05/03/2016 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 40 replies
    President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at Loyola Marymount University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., has announced. President Clinton’s nephew, an undergraduate student, is participating in the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016. “President Clinton is one of the great statesmen of our time, and he will address our students as they embark on the next stage of their lives,” Snyder said. “His commitment to improving the lives of other people, during and beyond his career in U.S. politics, embodies the ethos of becoming women and men with and for others. President Clinton...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/02/2016 7:11:38 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    5-2-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 104:1 My Soul, Praise thou the Lord; O Lord my God, thou art Exceedingly Great; Thou art Clothed with Glory and Honor.