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  • Anti-Catholic bigotry is alive in the U.S. Senate

    01/18/2019 7:26:06 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01-18-2019 | Michael Gerson
    Those who want to understand how Democrats manage to scare the hell out of vast sections of the country need look no further than the story of Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and the Knights of Columbus. In considering the confirmation of Brian Buescher to a federal judgeship last month, Harris and Hirono submitted written questions that raised alarms about his membership in “an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men.” “Were you aware,” Harris asked, “that the Knights of Columbus opposed a woman’s right to choose when you joined the organization?” And: “Have you ever,...
  • America - Are You Ready for ETERNITY?

    01/17/2019 7:08:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 16 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/17/19
    May I ask you (America) this most serious personal question? Do you possess the perfect RIGHTEOUSNESS needed to enter into the holy perfect presence of Almighty God? That is exactly what Almighty God has provided in the Person of Jesus Christ for ALL those of Adam’s fallen race who place their trust in Him (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 10:2-4; 2 Cor. 5:21). These turbulent and troubling days are only going to get worse (2 Tim.3:1-7, 4:1-4). There is nothing we can do to stop what is transpiring and radically taking place in our nation and in this world. We are indeed...
  • Diligently Searching in the Dark for Something That Is Not There!

    01/17/2019 7:03:21 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/17/19
    Mankind is ever searching for a black cat in which the room is dark, with black painted walls, with a broken flashlight, without batteries and the black cat which they seek does not even exist! This delusional expedition is the ultimate tragic quest of vanity and futility (Prov. 14:12, Rom. 1:18-32). Generation upon generation has come up empty - as history can attest - in man's never-ending search for answers and meaning without their RIGHTEOUS Creator (Eccl, Isa 59:8-9). Apart from Almighty God, how will lost mankind ever find meaning and the answers to life's mysteries? My friend, when one...
  • Senate Passes ‘Religious Test’ Resolution on Knights of Columbus

    01/17/2019 5:40:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/17/19 | Ed Condon
    Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2019 / 10:45 am (CNA).- The Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying it would be "unconstitutional" to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus a disqualifying criteria for public office. The resolution passed by unanimous consent, meaning it went unopposed by senators of either party. The Jan. 16 resolution was drafted and introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in response to recent questions put to a judicial nominee, which suggested membership in the Knights could prevent someone serving impartially as a judge. Citing the protection of religious liberty in the Constitution, the resolution noted that past...
  • [Catholic Caucus] And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues

    01/17/2019 9:51:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | January 12, 2019 | Lin Yijiang
    And Persecution of Underground Catholics Continues Never mind a nearly four-month-old provisional agreement with the Vatican – one that was supposed to ease decades-long tensions regarding the appointing of bishops – the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, is upping its suppression and persecution of underground Catholic churches and believers.Under the Vatican-China deal of 2018, Pope Francis recognized the legitimacy of seven Chinese-government-appointed bishops, who, not having been selected by the Vatican, had been excommunicated. In turn, Beijing finally, and formally, recognized the pope’s authority.“China and the Vatican will continue to maintain communications and push forward the process of improving relations...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis: A Real "Schism" Is Under Way - But Only In Politics

    01/17/2019 9:08:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 16, 2019 | Gloria TV
    Francis: A Real "Schism" Is Under Way - But Only In Politics Humanity encounters "serious difficulties", writes Pope Francis in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life (dated January 6). According to Francis, the cleavage between the "obsession for one's own wellbeing" and the "shared happiness of humanity" seems to become deeper to the point that one may think, "that between the individual and the human community a real schism is underway." The term "schism" has primarily a religious connotation, meaning a breakaway from the Church. By using it in a political context, Francis seems to...
  • Analyst: Pope’s Sagging Popularity Signals Fading Trust in Globalism

    01/17/2019 8:59:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16, 2019 | Thomas D. Williams
    Analyst: Pope’s Popularity Slump Marks Fading Trust in Globalism The approval rating of Pope Francis declined all over Europe during the course of 2018, a new analysis observed Wednesday, in large part because of his ever-less popular pro-immigration stance and other globalist positions. Among German Catholics, the pope’s popularity plummeted by a staggering 20 percentage points in one year, notes analyst Francesco Galietti, who runs the political risk consultancy Policy Sonar, and with Francis at its helm, the Catholic Church as a whole also suffered a drop of 9 percent in its approval rating among the same constituency.
  • This country was removed from Christian persecution list; now a 'model' for religious tolerance

    01/17/2019 7:41:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/17/2019 | Samuel Smith
    Open Doors USA released on Wednesday its annual list of top 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. Two countries were taken off the list and two were put on this year. Bahrain, a tiny Muslim-majority nation in the Persian Gulf, earned its way off the 2019 World Watch List after being ranked in previous editions because of religious freedom and human rights concerns. In previous editions, the leading international Christian persecution watchdog called out the “relatively religiously tolerant” kingdom of Bahrain for placing inhibitions on the freedom to assembly, prohibitions against Christians proselytizing and restrictions to religious expression. In...
  • How a Populist Party Has Divided the Spanish Bishops

    01/16/2019 7:01:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/10/19 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    When a party widely seen as far-right entered one of Spain’s regional parliaments last month, it posed a dilemma for the Catholic Church during a time of tension over the Socialist government’s secularisation programme. “This result shows attacks on religious freedom don’t go unpunished – those seeking to divide Spain and create a world without God will have to pay a political price,” said Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of Córdoba. He was reacting to the success of Vox in regional elections in Andalusia in December, following disputes over immig­ration, education, abortion and other issues under premier Pedro Sánchez’s government. He...
  • Did She Lie? Ireland’s Former Female President Claims John Paul II Refused to Shake Her Hand

    01/16/2019 6:57:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/15/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion and pro-homosexual former Irish president Mary McAleese, who claims to be Catholic, may have been caught in a lie when she recently told an audience that Pope John Paul II refused to shake her hand. McAleese, 67, who was president of Ireland, a largely ceremonial position, from November 1997 to November 2011, made headlines last week by claiming that St. John Paul was rude to her because, she insinuated, she was a female leader. According to Irish Central and the Boston Globe, McAleese spoke at an event sponsored by the Irish American...
  • Putin Describes Establishment of New Church in Ukraine as 'Dangerous Politicking'

    01/16/2019 6:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/16/19
    Moscow, January 16, Interfax - The establishment of the "Orthodox Church of Ukraine" is a purely political project aimed at sowing not only ethnic but also religious discord between Russians and Ukrainians, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "The new church entity is an entirely political, secular project. Its main aim is to divide the peoples of Russia and Ukraine, sowing seeds of ethnic as well as religious discord," Putin said in an interview with the Serbian newspapers Politika and Vecernje Novosti ahead of his visit to Serbia. The English-language version of the interview is available on the Kremlin's official website....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

    01/16/2019 2:07:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | January 16, 2019 | Asia News
    Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong A group of Catholics, mostly young people, have addressed a letter to the diocesan Curia. Whilst appreciating the educational and charitable work the Church has offered so far, the petitioners demand the diocese not be China’s "vassal" and end the "colonial" phase of its work as a substitute services provider. It also notes the commitment of Christian in politics, defending the right of the faithful to religious freedom in China as well as Hong Kong’s freedom. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – A group of Hong Kong Catholics, most of...
  • New York Abortion Bill Could One Day Make Being Pro-Life ‘a Crime’

    01/15/2019 5:51:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/14/19 | Emily Benson
    Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act “worse than we thought it would be.” “It foresees a time in New York where it’s a crime to be pro-life,” said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities and the Catholic Action Network for the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops. The measure, introduced in the Legislature the week of January 7, will expand access to abortion in the state, despite being promoted as simply codifying Roe v Wade. It not only increases access to abortion across the board, including...
  • In China, They’re Closing Churches, Jailing Pastors – and Even Rewriting Scripture

    01/15/2019 5:42:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/13/19 | Lily Kuo
    China’s Communist party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows. A new state translation of the Bible will establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the textIn late October, the pastor of one of China’s best-known underground churches asked this of his congregation: had they successfully spread the gospel throughout their city? “If tomorrow morning the Early Rain Covenant Church suddenly disappeared from the city of Chengdu, if each of us vanished into thin air, would this city be any different? Would anyone miss us?” said Wang Yi, leaning over his pulpit and pausing to let the question weigh on his...
  • Authorities Demand “Church-Free Zones” Near Schools [China]

    01/14/2019 6:09:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/10/19 | Feng Gang
    Regulations to “protect” minors from religion reach a new level of absurdity, as churches near schools are forced to close, asked to share lists of youth members.The Chinese government has declared schools to be church-free zones and is taking steps to enforce its will. Bitter Winter obtained a copy of a document entitled Implementation Plan on the Special Governance of Private Christian Gathering Sites, which was issued by the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of a city in the northern Shanxi Province. The document calls for the “centralized remediation” of religious meeting venues near colleges and universities (remediation being...
  • Little Sisters Back in Court to Defend HHS Mandate Exemption

    01/14/2019 6:05:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/10/19 | Christine Rousselle
    Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2019 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court this week, as two states are challenging their religious exemption from the HHS contraception mandate. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have each filed lawsuits saying that the sisters should not receive a religious exemption from the mandate. Other states have joined onto these lawsuits as well. “The Little Sisters are looking forward to a final victory in this case, so they can put this whole lawsuit behind them. It's been a long fight,” Becket...
  • California Pastor Loses Job After Posting Sign Stating 'Homosexuality Is Still a Sin'

    01/14/2019 12:57:30 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 84 replies
    CBN News ^ | 01/14/2019 | Emily Jones
    A California pastor is looking for a job after facing backlash over a church sign that affirms the biblical definition of gender and marriage. Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, California, posted a new church sign in early January. The sign read: "Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not."
  • News from around the Middle East as it relates to Bible prophecy from Amir Tsarfati 1/14/19

    01/14/2019 8:48:47 AM PST · by firebrand · 11 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Jan. 14, 2019 | Amir Tsarfati
    More on the Israeli strikes at Damascus airport. What's going on in Iran, some bad and some good! The discovery of Turkey's part in supplying armaments for the Ezekiel war. The United States and the Kurds. The two main forces in Europe, and the continuing fight against the emerging New World Order. A word of caution about the dangers from within Christianity itself.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1-14-19 (Prayer)

    01/13/2019 10:36:22 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 32 replies
    1-14-19 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Ps.9:2 I will be Filled with Joy because of You. I will Sing Praises...
  • Syria: Assad to Rebuild Memorial Church of Armenian Genocide in Deir ez-Zor

    01/13/2019 6:43:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Devastated by Jihadists of the Islamic State in 2014Syrian President Bashar al Assad has pledged to rebuild with state funding the church-sanctuary of the Armenian martyrs located in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which was devastated by the jihadists of the Islamic State (Daesh ) in September 2014, Fides News Agency reported January 11, 2019. The intention to revive the shrine dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide from its rubble – refer Armenian sources such as Armenpress, and also channel Ishtar TV – was expressed by the Syrian President during a recent meeting with a delegation of...