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  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, September 21, 2017 [prayer]

    09/21/2017 7:08:26 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 16 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 9/21/17 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS DIVIDE OVER LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE

    09/20/2017 5:27:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 20, 2017 | Bradley Eli
    The bishops of Australia are divided over whether their country should legalize so-called same-sex marriage. Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has teamed up with Dan White, executive director of Sydney Catholic Schools, in urging parents of Catholic students to vote "no" on the national postal survey on same-sex marriage that's going on now in Australia. In a two-page letter sent to parents Friday, Abp. Fisher related, "We will be voting 'no' and encourage you to do the same." The archbishop affirmed Catholics weren't bigots for rejecting gay marriage. "Sadly, there has been a campaign to label those who support traditional...
  • 18-year-old Aussie loses her job for saying ‘it’s OK to vote no’ on same-sex ‘marriage’

    09/20/2017 4:37:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    An Australian children’s entertainment company fired a young woman for saying on social media “it’s OK to vote ‘no’” in the country’s current referendum on same-sex “marriage.” Capital Kids Parties owner Madlin Sims may have violated discrimination laws in firing an 18-year-old because Sims said her former employee’s view amounted to hate speech, The Guardian reported. The young woman known thus far as Madeline said in various media interviews that she was let go because her Christian view did not allow her to vote yes in Australia’s voluntary postal survey on gay “marriage.” The plebiscite runs from September 12 through...
  • Trump's U.N. Speech - A Last Call to the World before the Day of the Lord?

    09/20/2017 12:27:59 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 24 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/17
    President Trump's speech to the U.N. yesterday was excellent in every way! Very bold, very to the point and very instructional. When viewed in the light of a secular perspective it was what this evil world needed to hear and needs to apply to seek a "somewhat less" lawless worldly "peace" in such difficult days. However, such secular truths and worldly optimism cannot be sustained by the EXPONENTIAL global weight of lawlessness throughout our world today. Trump's speech to the nations of the world is really - from a secular point of view - a last call for change and...
  • [Hungarian Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán: “Will There be a Christian Europe?”

    09/19/2017 9:12:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 9/18/17 | Baron Bodissey
    Remarks of Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister at a conference of the Christian Intellectuals’ Association. Sept. 2017Respected ladies and gentlemen, Will there be a Christian Hungary? Will there be a Christian Europe? That is the question that concerns all of us. As for Hungary, the task of those looking for the answer is simpler. Because it depends on us, the Hungarians. If the Hungarians want it, then we will have a Christian Hungary. We feel that our means, our persuasive powers, our influence our opportunities, depend only on our performance, our personal commitment, and our talents. But will we have...
  • Amir Tsarfati comments on Trump's UN speech and update

    09/19/2017 10:23:28 AM PDT · by firebrand · 16 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Sept. 19, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    A favorable reaction to Trump's speech today at the UN and an update on recent Russian military activities and other changes in the Middle East, including the Kurdish independence vote on September 25. There will be another, longer video, probably tomorrow, when Amir gets back to Israel for the Feast of Trumpets.
  • A “Tough Guy” Priest, in the Gulag and Beyond

    09/18/2017 7:40:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/17/17 | Jim Graves
    Father Walter Ciszek is known for his courage while imprisoned in the Soviet Union. But his spiritual writings show him to be “a saint of the ordinary life.”Father Ciszek (center) is met in New York by his sisters Helen and Sr. Evangeline, upon his release from the USSR. (Photo courtesy of the Father Walter Ciszek Prayer League)“For each of us, salvation means no more and no less than taking up daily the same cross of Christ. … What it means, in practice, is spelled out as always by the poor old body. It means getting up each morning and going...
  • Dianne Feinstein: ‘I’m a Product of Catholic Education’

    09/18/2017 7:28:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/17/19 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    California Senator Dianne Feinstein raised the issue of the “dogma” of a Catholic judicial nominee, which sparked a backlash, including this direct response from Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins: Considering your questioning of my colleague Amy Coney Barrett during the judicial confirmation hearing of September 6, I write to express my confidence in her competence and character, and deep concern at your line of questioning. Professor Barrett has been a member of our faculty since 2002, and is a graduate of our law school. Her experience as a clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals...
  • Polish bishops criticise government over migrants

    09/18/2017 10:25:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 18, 2017
    There are signs of growing tension between the Polish government and Church hierarchy Standing at an outdoor pulpit at Poland’s holiest Roman Catholic site, the nation’s top church leader delivered a message to the president and prime minister seated before him: Poland must show compassion to refugees and respect its own Constitution. Archbishop Wojciech Polak’s words were understood by many Poles as criticism of the country’s conservative leaders. The archbishop’s admonition, along with disapproving remarks from other religious leaders in the homeland of sainted Pope John Paul II, signal that the influential Catholic Church sees a need to correct the...
  • Is America a Christian Nation?

    09/18/2017 9:52:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2017 | Roger Taylor
    Former President Obama has said that America is not a Christian nation. Was that far left atheism, pro-Islamic proselytizing, or just wishful thinking? A few months ago a young second generation Iranian woman came to my office. I asked if she had Assyrian (a persecuted Christian group) heritage. She said that her parents were secular if not atheistic Muslims and made no effort to enforce any belief system on her. She said that she had decided to become a Christian. She answered my unspoken question by stating that she wanted and needed a personal God. Has she converted because of...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 - (Prayer)

    09/17/2017 11:41:35 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 22 replies
    Prayer Vigil ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." I John 5:14 ....Religion forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • The Vatican’s America problem

    09/17/2017 7:03:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 16, 2017 | Ross Douthat
    So far that new thinking includes revivals of radicalism on the Catholic left, where people pine for a pro-life Bernie Sanders and flirt anew with baptizing Karl Marx. It includes the lively debate over Rod Dreher’s recent book “The Benedict Option,” with its insistence that politics cannot save American Christianity and that some form of cultural separatism is essential for religious renewal. And it includes the various Catholic responses to Mr. Trump and to the revival of European nationalism — some of which imagine that out of the crisis of Western liberalism a new or different integralism, a more fully...
  • The Catholic Church’s Push for a Multicultural Utopia Gets Weird

    09/17/2017 12:14:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 17, 2017 | Susan D. Harris
    Hot off the presses and hitting a church near you comes the pamphlet, “Our Faith Teaches: Welcoming the Refugee and the Migrant.”  The pamphlet begins the church’s two-year mass education effort to condition (especially United States) Catholics to support programs like “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) and apparently accept “global migration” by any immigrant group -- no questions asked. The “Share the Journey” website first introduces us to immigrant “Ruth” -- a name obviously meant to invoke the Biblical Ruth who was widowed and then followed her mother-in-law into a strange land -- and famously gave the world, “Whither...
  • UK Speaker of House of Commons – Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be ‘Proper’ Until Churches Can’t Opt Out

    09/16/2017 6:42:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    In a shocking attack on religious freedom and even property rights, the speaker of Britain’s House of Commons argued that the country won’t have “proper equal marriage” until churches are unable to turn away requests to host a same-sex marriage. “I still feel we’ll only have proper equal marriage when you can bloody well get married in a church if you want to do so, without having to fight the church for the equality that should be your right,” John Bercow, the Commons speaker, declared at a PinkNews reception in July. Britain legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, but Bercow suggested...
  • Pro-Life Groups in Massachusetts Demand Archbishop Stop Publicly Betraying Pro-Life Principles

    09/16/2017 6:10:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Message from Catholics to Archbishop: “Stop the Betrayals.” Obey your own rules! Urging all pro-lifers (including non-Catholics) to sign their online statement.Pro-life leaders in Massachusetts have decided they can’t stay silent any longer. A coalition of outraged Catholic pro-life organizations along with major Catholic and non-Catholic activists has issued a public statement calling upon Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, and the other Catholic bishops of Massachusetts, to stop their blatant public betrayals of the pro-life movement. The statement cites nineteen blatant violations of official Catholic pro-life policy in the last three years, involving Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts. The...
  • Russian Court Orders Handover of Much-Contested Soviet-Seized Buildings to the Catholic Church

    09/15/2017 7:44:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 9/12/17 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    'The Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese'A Russian court has ordered the handover of a much-contested complex of Soviet-seized buildings in Moscow to the Catholic Church, two weeks after a visit by the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. However, a Church representative warned that local officials could still block the restitution, which has been demanded for more than 20 years. “We can confirm with joy that the Appeal Court has upheld earlier rulings, requiring the Moscow government to return this object to our Catholic archdiocese,” said...
  • A Green Black Eye: Pope Refuses to Dialogue

    09/15/2017 5:23:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    “When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. ~Pope Francis, in Brazil The Pope of Dialogue has thus far slammed the bronze doors of St. Peter’s on any dialogue on the issue of global warming. (Many Catholics argue that everything else is up for dialogue with this Pope, though). Despite his incessant rantings about the need to dialogue, climate change is off limits. In the words of his global warming maestro, Bishop Sanchez Sorondo, climate change is elevated to “magisterium,” deserving of an apostolic exhortation and papal endorsement of the...
  • California Senate Passes Bill to Force Churches and Christian Groups to Employ Abortion Activists

    09/15/2017 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | Sept, 14, 2017 | Lauretta Brown
    A “reproductive heath non-discrimination” measure passed the California Senate Tuesday and is headed to the California assembly for a concurrence vote and then to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The legislation would prohibit employers from “taking any adverse action” against an employee for any “reproductive health” decision including “the use of any drug, device, or medical service.” Some religious organizations say the legislation is unnecessary and will threaten their ability to have codes of employee conduct in line with their religious beliefs. The bill would allow for a “ministerial exception for employees of religiously affiliated institutions,” but says that exception, “should...
  • Chinese Gov’t Bans Kids from Attending Church Services

    09/14/2017 8:24:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/11/17 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    ZHEJIANG, China, September 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- China’s communist authorities are cracking down on Christianity, telling more than a hundred Christian churches that children are now forbidden from attending church services and joining Christian groups. In August over a hundred churches in Wenzhou, within the largely Christian Zhejiang province, received official "notices" that children will be banned from entering any church. Church leaders were told that minors would be turned away at the doors, even if accompanied by their parents. The notices threaten Christians caught taking their child to services, stating that they "will be dealt with severely." Chinese authorities...
  • Russian Gov’t Rejects Bill on Lenin’s Burial

    09/14/2017 8:19:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 9/11/17
    The Russian government has not supported the bill on the burial of revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin, as reported in the conclusion of the Cabinet of Ministers, according to RIA-Novosti. A group of deputies from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia—Ivan Sukharev, Vladimir Sysoev, and Alexander Kurdyumov—had earlier introduced a bill on the burial of Lenin’s remains for consideration by the State Duma. Three deputies from the United Russia party, Evgeny Marchenko, Alexander Bryksin, and Vitaly Bakhmetev, also signed the document. In December 2015, Deputy Sukharev stated that the purpose of burying Lenin is “for the creation and promotion of the...