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  • Can We Save America? Do You Want The Truth?

    08/04/2015 7:48:35 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 28 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/4/15
    With the Republican debates about to take place many are seeking to run for office to "save" America. I liken the 2016 election Republican candidates to those running for captain of the Titanic with only eight minutes left before the "unsinkable" ship goes down. Many of these candidates have great ideas and solutions but are absolutely oblivious that there is not have enough time to execute these solutions to save our nationally doomed "Titanic" ship. Can we save America my fellow Americans? That question is asked every day by the conservative media and its followers as we ever spiral unto...
  • MP Calls for Anti-Terror Powers to Prevent Christians From Teaching Gay Marriage is Wrong [UK]

    08/04/2015 6:56:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/4/15 | Kitty Teague
    Mark Spencer MP wants to introduce banning orders which would prevent schools teaching about the Christian definition of marriage A Tory MP has said that the anti-terror laws used to prevent hate speech should be applied to those who teach that gay marriage is wrong. Mark Spencer, the MP for Sherwood in Nottinghamshire, has promoted the use of Extreme Disruption Orders (EDOs) to prevent teachers from disseminating the traditional Christian idea that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. EDOs are new measures introduced by David Cameron and Theresa May, designed to prevent the spreading of radical...
  • One life, one love: The Earth and black lives matter

    08/04/2015 6:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 3, 2015 | Alex Mikulich
    Pope Francis develops the key theme of “integral ecology” in his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Integral ecology links the largest theological themes of the Catholic tradition -- that we are all intimately one in God’s being -- with the nitty-gritty of loving our neighbor and caring for the smallest and most vulnerable creatures. God lures us into a dance with each and every one of us together with the whole of creation. We all share one life, one Earth. One cannot and will not thrive unless all thrive in the interdependent web of life. And...
  • Cardinal Dolan Plays ‘Trump’ Card on Pre-Born Babies

    08/04/2015 4:07:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | 8/4/15 | Michael Hichborn
    Since July 14 of this year, the Center for Medical Progress has released five under-cover videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s potentially illegal trafficking of the body parts of fetal children. Each video illustrated more and more of Planned Parenthood’s moral depravity as executives haggled over the price of tissues and organs harvested from aborted children. But even though Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s office is 2.6 miles from the National Headquarters of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is 1.7 miles away, and despite the fact that Cardinal Dolan is the chairman-elect of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities,...
  • The Difference a Name Makes

    08/04/2015 2:57:46 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 19 replies
    First Things Magazine ^ | 8/3/2015 | Molly Oshatz
    It’s amazing the difference a name makes. On one day this past week, nearly a hundred endangered elephants were killed and around 3,000 abortions were performed in the United States alone, and we were unfazed—but the killing of Cecil the lion broke our hearts. He wasn’t just any random lion. He was Cecil. Mere lions (along with chickens, cows, lambs, and pigs) are killed, but Cecil was murdered. We love the lion that was named Cecil. We feel as though we knew him. The abortion industry knows very well the difference a name can make. In a recent New Republic...
  • IRS Head Weighs In On Same-Sex Marriage, Nonprofit Status of Religious Colleges

    08/04/2015 6:37:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, told a Senate committee that he would not take the initiative to revoke the nonprofit status of religious colleges that oppose same-sex marriage, but left the door open for such revocations in the future. "We see no basis for changing our examination criteria as a result of this Supreme Court case," he said, referring to the June 26 decision that struck down all state laws that recognized marriage as the union of a man and a woman. "If we ever did that, we would issue it for public comment," he added....
  • Pakistan: When converting to Christ means death

    08/04/2015 3:15:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 8/3/15 | Paolo Affatato
    She was an apostate. He was guilty of corrupting and dishonouring the woman. The fate of 28-year-old Aleem Masih and 23-year-old Nadia Din Meo, a married couple from Lahore, was doomed in Pakistan. After the young couple married and the girl converted to Christianity, Nadia’s relatives could not bear the dishonour of having a Christian convert in the family. So after a merciless manhunt, they committed a cold blooded murder. Both young people were shot. Aleem died on the spot. Nadia was supposed to meet the same fate too but miraculously she made it through and is currently in hospital,...
  • Cardinal Blocks LGBT Activism in Prague [blocks Jeannine Gramick from speaking]

    08/03/2015 7:06:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/3/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    PRAGUE, August 3, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Prague's archbishop, Cdl. Dominik Duka, has blocked a local parish from hosting two gay pride events during the city's gay pride parade. The parish, the Academic Parish of Prague, along with a gay advocacy group called Logos, was going to hold a discussion on the alleged bullying of people with same-sex attraction. The discussion would've featured American dissident Sister Jeannine Gramick of the pro-LGBT New Ways Ministry, a group that's already been condemned and restricted by the Church. There was also going to be a screening of a film about a homosexual priest. Both...
  • WITH APOLOGIES TO DONALD TRUMP FOR THE CRAZY ‘NATIVIST’ RANT OF CARDINAL DOLAN

    08/03/2015 6:39:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 30, 2015 | FR. MARCEL GUARNIZO
    As a Catholic priest, I can only say it is embarrassing to have a Cardinal so blatantly and unfairly trying to associate Mr. Trump with the worst kinds of racism imaginable. I offer an apology on behalf of so many Catholics who are outraged by the dirty politics of Cardinal Dolan.
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    08/03/2015 2:00:52 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    8-3-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the Midst of thee is Mighty; He will Save; He will Rejoice over thee with Joy. He will Rest in His Love, He will Joy over thee with Singing.
  • For evangelical voters, Rafael Cruz may be Ted’s best apostle

    08/03/2015 1:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Rafael Cruz, father to Ted, is writing a book. It will be about how America was founded as a Christian nation. About how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the word of God. About how America lost its way a half century ago when the Supreme Court banned prayer in school and tossed the Bible from classrooms, ushering in an era of declining morals and rising crime. About how churches, cowed by a misunderstanding of separation of church and state, and to their enduring moral shame, acquiesced. About how it’s time for pastors — and Christians generally –...
  • Extremists execute the unborn, Christians seek truth and justice

    08/02/2015 6:55:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/31/15 | Carl E. Olsen
    Yesterday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about President Obama's reaction to the series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss selling fetal organs for profit, "said the videos were released in a 'fraudulent way' with 'not a lot of evidence' behind them." (The entire press conference can be viewed on the C-SPAN site.) Earnest stated: There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release this edited version...
  • CARDINAL DOLAN RUNS FOR PRESIDENT

    08/02/2015 6:10:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 8/02/15 | The Stumbling Block
    Timothy Dolan, Cardinal of New York, has taken to the Washington Post to assassinate the character of the leading Republican presidential candidate just because he holds a position with which most of the country agrees.
  • This animated map shows how religion spread across the world

    08/02/2015 12:18:16 PM PDT · by The Cuban · 7 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Alex Kuzoian
    (The link is to a map supposedly showing the spread of world religions through time. Conveniently, It fails to show that Palestine, North Africa or the Middle East was Christianized prior to Mohammed, or, in fact, ever. This is the BS the machine is spreading as fact.) Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. 
  • ‘Married’ lesbian approved as head of Catholic day care in Cardinal Marx’s diocese

    08/02/2015 8:36:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Maike Hickson & John-Henry Westen
    The website of the German Bishops' Conference, katholisch.de, reported yesterday on the first case of a practicing homosexual permitted to remain in a position at a Catholic Church institution despite a flagrant and public violation of the Church's moral law. The woman who heads a Caritas Day Care Center in Bavaria, had been asked in April to leave her position due to her announcement that she was going to “marry” a woman. The decision has now been rescinded, according to Fr. Hans Lindenberger, head of the Caritas in Munich, Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is the Archbishop of the Diocese...
  • Cowardly Americans Tremble In Fear While A Courageous Nun Defends Women

    08/01/2015 7:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    It is getting frustrating to see yet another abominable Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights without any acknowledgment that it is a concerted religious effort to dominate and control American women and nothing else. It is true that it is a uniquely American unwritten cardinal sin to utter one negative word about Christian extremists imposing their “religious liberty” on Americans, but for dog’s sake the time to stand up for women and against theocratic assaults on their rights is long past. There are, allegedly, “good Christians’ in the population and they certainly outnumber the fanatical evangelical control freaks, but except...
  • Next in the Sexual Revolution news: movement to legalize polygamy and 'polyamory'

    07/31/2015 7:43:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 7/31/15 | Richard Ostling
    It didn’t take long. Four days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s epochal 5-4 decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, a Montana threesome applied for a polygamous marriage license. If denied, the trio intends to file suit to topple the law against bigamy. Husband Nathan Collier was featured on “Sister Wives,” so “reality TV” now meets legal and political reality.More significant was a July 21 op-ed piece in The New York Times, that influential arbiter of acceptable discourse and the future agenda for America's cultural left. University of Chicago law professor William Baude, a “contributing opinion writer” for the paper, wrote,...
  • Patriarch, Putin Recall 1000th Anniversary of St. Vladimir's Death

    07/31/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the evangelization of the Slavic peoples. "We do not forget that the light of the Orthodox truth came to us from the shores of Bosporus, from Constantinople," Patriarch Kirill said on July 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "In spite of all difficult historical circumstances, this spiritual bond has never been broken. I believe that the ties existing between us will continue to strengthen the whole...
  • Where does humanistic culture lead?

    07/30/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-28-2015 | St. Justin Popovic
    St. Justin Popovic (April 6, 1894-April 7, 1979) survived two world wars in Serbia, and in this treatise on European culture he discerns the problems with the European worldview that led to such a human disaster, and touches upon the probable future. Theanthropic culture transfigures man from within, and thereby likewise influences his external condition. It transfigures the soul, and by way of the soul, it transfigures the body. According to this culture, the body is the temple of the soul, and it lives, moves and has its being through the soul. Take away the soul from the body and...
  • Ten Signs Something Big Is About to Happen

    07/30/2015 6:14:45 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 170 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 7/30/2015 | Gene Lawley
    The impending crisis that the swirling vortex of signs and events is pressing upon this world brings to mind that song of Johnny Cash titled, “Five Feet and Rising,” where he progresses through the song’s narrative of flood waters overwhelming his family’s farm. [1] Not only does it identify with all the turbulent storms and flooding in recent months, but it resonates with the flooding of crime, murders, rioting, sexual assaults and social immorality. Not a pretty sight, for sure! One of the prophecies proves my point, however, according to 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “But know this, that in the last...
  • China's Christians Protest 'Evil' Communist Campaign to Tear Down Crosses

    07/30/2015 4:53:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Tom Phillips
    More than 1200 crosses have been torn down by authorities in the past two years sparking anger and street protestsChristian leaders – including an 89-year-old bishop – have taken to the streets of eastern China to protest against an “evil” campaign to remove crosses that many see as a coordinated Communist party attack on their faith. Activists say more than 1,200 crosses have been stripped from churches in Zhejiang province since the government initiative began in late 2013. There has been a spike in such actions in recent weeks. On Friday, around 20 Catholic clergy staged a rare public demonstration...
  • LGBT Grant-Maker Wants to Win Religious Liberty Fight Within Three Years

    07/30/2015 4:47:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/29/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA).- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years. And these words are not empty rhetoric. A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious freedom exemptions in the United States. “We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands,” Tim...
  • African Bishop Points Out Hypocrisy of Obama’s Pro-Homosexual Agenda

    07/30/2015 4:42:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    US leader stands accused of the same bullying he himself denounced on eve of African tripPresident Barack Obama’s cajoling of Kenyan leaders to accept “LGBT rights” has met with a notable backlash from African bishops and other state and religious leaders, with one African bishop drawing attention to the hypocrisy of Obama's LGBT agenda. Obama arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit on Friday, his first visit to his father’s homeland as US president, before heading to Ethiopia on Sunday for a one-day visit. At a joint press conference held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama advocated for...
  • Knights of Columbus Unveil New Campaign to Aid Middle-East Christians

    07/29/2015 2:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 29, 2015
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution — especially in the Middle East — the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is responding by asking our own members, and the public at large, to help us save the lives of people who are being persecuted simply because of their Christian faith,”...
  • Encyclical of Greek Archbishop Stylianos of Australia Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

    07/29/2015 9:02:59 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Archbishop Stylianos
    To the Reverend Clergy and the honourable Administrative Committees of the Parish-Communities of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Dearly Beloved, Further to our Encyclical of 28th May 2013, in relation to a law which the State proposes to vote upon with regard to Marriage between persons of the same gender, we write to you once again because the Federal Parliament is expected very soon to deal with the redefinition of the concept of Marriage. You might appreciate, then, should such an Act be legalized, what destructive consequences this will have on the institution of Marriage, but also on the institution of...
  • I Have Fallen And I CAN Get Up (Protestant Caucus .. all welcome)

    07/29/2015 3:09:41 AM PDT · by knarf · 13 replies
    God's Holy Word ^ | Preached March 5, 2014 | Dr Bob Gray Sr.
    I go to church because I love to hear preaching
  • ‘Kandhamal’ tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution

    07/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/15 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Because of the dramatic events that unfolded there, certain places have come to symbolize entire movements or chapters of history. “Gettysburg,” for instance, immediately evokes the American Civil War, just as “Tiananmen Square” is now universal shorthand for non-violent protest. In similar fashion, in terms of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, “Kandhamal” may be the single word that best captures the whole story.Kandhamal is a district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, where an orgy of violence descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in August, 2008. A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100...
  • Dr Law and Dr Grace .... (Protestant Caucus)

    07/28/2015 5:34:50 PM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies
    The Word Of God ^ | July 28, 2015 | Lester Rolloff
    PREACHING is the heart of the Gospel
  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured “gay and transgender Catholics” who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • Satanic Temple Requires Attendees of Event to Sign Over Soul to Devil

    07/28/2015 2:48:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 104 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 28, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The Satanic Temple of Detroit threw off protesters of their unveiling of a demonic statue by leaking word that the event would take place in one place but holding it in another. In addition, in an apparent attempt to weed out Christian moles who might disrupt the presentation of the statue, the Satanic Temple required everyone who had a ticket (for which they paid $25 and up) to sign a quasi-legal document in which they agreed to “transfer” their soul to Satan.​ “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am...
  • Poland then. Britain now. (defending Church teachings poses new risks in Western countries today)

    07/28/2015 2:21:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joanna Bogle
    Thirty years ago, bringing Catholic literature into Communist Poland could get you into trouble. Strangely—scarily—defending Church teachings can pose new risks in Western countries today. People place candles in Pilsudski Square to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II April 2, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. (CNS photo/Peter Andrews, Reuters) “You will be frightened,” Alex warned, “and you will sweat. So wrap the paper in a bit of plastic, cut from a plastic bag, before rolling it up and pinning it inside your clothes.” This was useful advice, because when we stood at Warsaw Airport with...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/27/2015 1:51:39 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    7-27-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 59:16,17 I will Sing of Your Strength, In the Morning I will Sing of Your Love; For You are my Fortress, My Refuge in Times of Trouble. O my Strength, I Sing Praise to You; You, O God, are my Fortress, my God of Mercy.
  • Indiana Deputy Clerk, Fired For Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licences, Sues

    07/26/2015 5:16:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Louisville Courier, Religion Clause.Blogspot.com ^ | Friday, July 24, 2015 | Howard Friedman
    Linda Summers, a former deputy clerk in the Harrison County, Indiana Superior Court Clerk's Office, last week filed a federal court lawsuit alleging violation of her First Amendment free exercise rights. religious discrimination in employment.  The Louisville Courier Journal reports that after the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a case from Indiana upholding marriage equality, County Clerk Sally Whitis sent an e-mail to all employees telling them that even if it conflicted with their religious beliefs, they were required to process licenses for same-sex couples. Summers responded with a hand-delivered letter asking that she not be required to do so...
  • Billionaire Brothers Donate $15 Million to Ted Cruz Super PAC to Further Their Religious Agenda

    07/26/2015 3:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Patheos' The Friendly Atheist Blog ^ | July 26, 2015 | Hemant Mehta, editor
    Make no mistake about it: Religion and politics are closely intertwined. And in the Republican party, they’re practically synonyms. Yesterday, we learned that billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks were donating $15 million to Ted Cruz‘s Presidential campaign (via a super PAC), making it the largest political contribution for any candidate this cycle and among the largest ever. And they’re doing it, in large part, because it’s the best way to further their religious agenda: “Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that,” Farris Wilks, a...
  • Ukraine Church Leaders Reject Constitutional Move on Same-Sex Rights

    07/26/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/26/15 | Jonathon Luxmoroe
    A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional ammendment would 'seriously threaten' family life Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms. The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn. The amendments were drafted as pro-Russia rebels continued to hold the eastern region of the country and also have been criticised by Russia for allegedly failing to include enough autonomy for the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in a February cease-fire agreement. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and...
  • False Doctrine

    07/26/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 5 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 24 Jul 2015
    Sermon Video 21:24KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 6, 7 SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 6:20 | 2 Peter 3:17-18 | 2 John 1 SUMMARY Our children live in a culture filled with spiritual dangers. The philosophies of atheism, agnosticism, and various other false teachings threaten to lead our kids into error and unbelief, while rampant moral corruption pressures them to succumb to sinful practices. With so much stacked against them, there’s a great need for the influence of godly fathers who love the Lord and know His Word. When the Israelites were about to cross into the Promised Land, they were entering an...
  • A Vatican conference with a pronounced leftward political tilt

    07/26/2015 7:27:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    If we had the name of a Republican politician who was invited to attend last week’s Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking—any Republican, just one Republican—we might feel just a bit better about the result. But the strongly partisan cast of the final statement that issued from that conference, together with the strongly partisan cast of characters in attendance, creates the impression that this event was not so much a conference as a political rally. California’s Governor Jerry Brown was there. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was there. Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh was there. But among the...
  • Apocalyptic and Utopian: On Pope Francis' Bolivian Manifesto

    07/25/2015 4:11:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 24, 2015 | James J. Schall
    I have seen firsthand a variety of experiences where workers united in cooperatives and other forms of community organization were able to create work where there were only crumbs of an idolatrous economy. I have seen some of you here, recuperated businesses, local fairs and cooperatives of paper collectors are examples of that popular economy is born of exclusion and which, slowly, patiently and resolutely adopts solidary forms which dignifies it. How different this is than the situation which results when those left behind by the formal market are exploited like slaves.” — Pope Francis, Santa Cruz de la Sierra,...
  • Catholic Family Wins Against HHS Mandate

    07/25/2015 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    A Catholic politician sued the Obama administration, arguing that as a Catholic he has a right to be able to purchase health insurance that doesn't cover contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients. Paul Wieland serves in the Missouri House. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has three daughters, who, because of the actions of the Obama administration, will have access to free contraceptives. “As a parent, it is disturbing,” said Wieland in an older news report. “We value our faith and make a sacrifice to teach our children the faith, to send them to Catholic schools. We...
  • Alinsky Acolytes at the Vatican

    07/25/2015 2:43:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    America's Survival ^ | July 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” ~Saul Alinsky Chicago was home of Saul Alinsky, the infamous founder of community organizing, who penned his infamous manifesto, Rules for Radicals. Borrowing a page from his creed for leftists, Alinsky encourage political operatives to agitate, foster resentments, fan hostilities and create a mass army of malcontents. ACORN, SEIU and other union thug organization serve as the model Alinsky community organizations. Hailing from the rough and tumble political landscape of Al Capone and the Daley machine, where politics is a blood sport, the hard ball politics played by the Vatican...
  • Saint Nero, Patron of Gay Marriage

    07/25/2015 12:43:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/23/15 | R.V. Young
    Regard this essay as a qualified mea culpa. I have long maintained that there is no point in arguing against “gay marriage,” because there are no arguments for it. To argue that a “homosexual” has no right to marry another man is not unlike arguing that a unicorn has no right to be a computer programmer. The proposition is absurd on its face, and so to argue against it is to offer it unwarranted credibility. As evidence, I have remarked that at no time before the late twentieth century—at least within the boundaries of Western civilization—had anyone contemplated marriage between...
  • Pope likely to alter economic message in the U.S., Vatican adviser says

    07/25/2015 9:29:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2015 | Daniel Burke
    Q: In Latin America, the Pope delivered a sharp speech against capitalism, calling the relentless pursuit of prophets the "dung of the devil." A lot of people are wondering, will he bring a similar message to the United States this September? A: I don't know if the Pope wants to repeat that kind of speech.
  • Court: Family-Run Pharmacy Must Carry Plan B Despite Religious Objections

    07/25/2015 5:54:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/24/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so. “Today’s decision is unfortunate,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on Thursday. “The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs.” At issue is a 2005 state law that mandates pharmacies provide the morning-after and week-after contraceptive pills to customers even if they religiously object to doing so. Individual...
  • SF Holds Hearing Over Abp. Cordileone Morality Clauses

    07/25/2015 4:28:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/25/15 | Paul Bois
    The secular war against San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone continued Thursday with the city holding a California State Assembly judiciary hearing that argued over the legality of Cordileone's making teachers working at four diocesan high schools sign "morality clauses" classifying them as ministers who must uphold Catholic teaching regarding same-sex "marriage," homosexuality, contraception and artificial insemination in the classroom as well as in their private lives. Kathleen Purcell, a constitutional lawyer representing sides opposed to the morality clauses, argued that since the San Francisco archdiocese follows a curriculum approved by the state, actively recruits non-Catholic students, has promised not to proselytize...
  • Norman Vincent Peale: Apostle of Self-Esteem

    07/24/2015 12:07:22 PM PDT · by fishtank · 65 replies
    Way of Life Literature ^ | Republished September 16, 2009 | David Cloud
    NORMAN VINCENT PEALE: APOSTLE OF SELF-ESTEEM Republished September 16, 2009 (first published April 26, 1997) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) – Norman Vincent Peale died on Christmas Eve, 1993, at the age of 95. He was one of the most popular preachers of the twentieth century. His famous book The Power of Positive Thinking has sold almost 20 million copies in 41 languages. It was on the United States best-seller list...
  • Pope Francis' Favorable Rating Drops in U.S.

    07/24/2015 11:18:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/23/2015 | Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pope Francis' favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014. The pontiff's rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope.After Pope Francis was elected the leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, he attempted to focus the church on a renewed sense of protecting the poor, on interfaith relations and on respecting gay and lesbian members of the church. He was lauded in...
  • Russian Orthodox Ch Urges Authorities Against Leaving People Without Ideological "Wheel and Sails"

    07/24/2015 6:18:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/24/15
    Moscow, July 23, Interfax - The authorities should not exclude themselves "from the ideological sphere, from the spirit sphere," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday. "If it lacks this, this means that people find themselves without wheel and without sails," the priest said. "Many today would want the authorities not to have faith, an ideological component and were just managers but I want to hope that this is not so in our history, in our future," he said. It is necessary to overcome "the...
  • This is Free Republic. We're on a mission from God.

    07/23/2015 6:10:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 150 replies
    Jim Robinson
    This is Free Republic. Our mission here is to fight against the America-hating, God-hating, capitalism-hating, abortionist/homosexualist leftist revolutionaries and marxist/fascist totalitarians who are hellbent on destroying our constitution, our religious freedom, our economic freedom, our Judeo-Christian way of life and the America we love. Pro-life, pro-family, conservative Catholics, Protestants and Jews are not the enemy. All pro-life, pro-family pro-America believers in our one true Judeo-Christian God are our guests, friends and allies in this effort, so please quit attacking your allies! Your attacks are not going to convert anyone. Please save your ammunition for the enemy. We’re on a mission...
  • Two Christian Colleges Allow Hiring of Gay Married Professors

    07/23/2015 7:38:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/23/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Two universities that belong to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, an organization dedicated to delivering Christ-centered education at all of its schools, will now allow the hiring of professors who are married to a partner of the same sex. Goshen College in Indiana and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia announced on Monday that they will now hire faculty who are in same-sex marriages. "We have spent several years reviewing our hiring practices," said Goshen College's Director of Communications Jodi Beyeler to The Christian Post on Monday. "There's been prayer. We've listened to a variety of voices from our...
  • UK is Denying Refuge to Christians Fleeing ISIL, Say Church Leaders

    07/23/2015 4:51:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Charity launches petition with backing of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, calling on the Government to provide a safe haven for Christians fleeing jihadi tyranny in Syria Church leaders have accused David Cameron of “turning his back” on Christians facing genocide in Syria and Iraq by failing to offer them refuge in the UK. Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, led criticism aimed at the Government for failing to provide a safe haven to Christians trying to flee the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). He will sign a petition that is being launched on...