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Religion & Politics (Religion)

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  • White Horse Prophecy [Mitt's Loss brings obvious conclusion that Mormon leaders falsely prophesied]

    11/10/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by Colofornian · 954 replies
    MessagetoEagle.com ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Dustin Naef
    MessageToEagle.com - Normally, as a matter of personal preference I don’t get into politics, but when we have a presidential campaign that begins to cross over into the strange twilight zone of religious weirdness that centers on the one person who’s going to control the most powerful government and army on the face of the earth, well, it brings up some unusual scenarios to wonder about. It is being reported in the media today that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney only wrote a victory speech for Election Day; presumably a harried, last minute scramble to revise his speech was being...
  • What religious voter demographics re-elected Obama? (& is it relevant if Mitt's Mormonism wasn't?]

    11/09/2012 9:10:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Nov. 9, 2012 | Colofornian
    If the religious makeup of the GoP candidate didn't matter to many FREEPERs, why is the religious make-up of certain voter demographics of sudden interest to many of these same posters? In three post-election days, I've seen five FR threads on what Evangelicals did -- or didn't do -- at the polls...and yet NONE on what Catholics did. Why the lopsided attention? Given that Catholics supported Obama by a 50-48 percent margin, wouldn't that be at least as relevant -- if not more? [Note: Going into the election, Pew Forum found that Latino Catholics were supporting Obama 73-19%, so even...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    11/09/2012 5:05:05 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    11-9-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Genesis 49:24 His Bow Remained Strong and Steady and Rested in the Strength that does not fail him, For the Arms of his Hands were Made Strong and Active by the Hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, By the Name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
  • Pop Culture Presidency (what impact does personality have on the electorate)

    11/09/2012 1:45:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Splendor of Truth ^ | November 9, 2012 | Jeff Miller
    After election analysis can be interesting, but when it comes from the same people who got the pre-election analysis wrong it should be taken with many grains of salt. After election reactions can also be rather elitist. I know it is easy to want to disparage those who voted against a supported candidate in a “How dare you” tone. Political junkies kind of expect everybody else to be political junkies.Still I was trying to understand the dynamics of this election and was not really finding a key to understanding it. I was listening to Al Kresta and he said something...
  • Getting the Marriage Conversation Right (avoiding traps in the marriage debate)

    11/09/2012 1:17:30 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 8, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the most common and quickest traps and which most of us fall in the marriage debate about recognizing same-sex couples is that we allow the conversation to center around the couple themselves, that is, to center on the adults. But intrinsically marriage as an institution is not fundamentally about adults, it is about children.William May recently wrote a short book on this matter: Getting the Marriage Question Right: a guide for effective dialogue. I want to summarize one of the key points he makes.Marriage unites a man and a woman with each other, and any children born from...
  • Churches Not Necessarily For Public Good, Says Charity Watchdog [UK]

    11/09/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/4/12 | Rowena Mason
    The Church of England and other religious groups are not necessarily acting for the good of the public, Britain’s charity watchdog said in a decision letter.Its officials cited a tribunal ruling that religion is not always for “the public benefit” as it denied charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren, an exclusive Christian group, for one of its churches in Devon. In a letter to the Plymouth Brethren, the watchdog set out a recent tribunal decision that “there is no presumption that religion generally, or at any more specific level, is for the public benefit, even in the case of Christianity...
  • Czech Parliament Approves Return Of Church Properties

    11/09/2012 6:31:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 11/9/12
    The Czech Parliament has approved a plan to return billions of dollars in church properties that were confiscated by the previous Communist regime. The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has welcomed the deal, after years of negotiations. Under the legislation, churches will receive lands, properties and compensation worth some $7 billion over a period of 30 years. It includes about six percent of the country's forests and fields that once belonged to mostly Christian churches. That land, which was confiscated by the previous Communist regime after 1948, could in future be developed, rented or sold to help pay for...
  • Green Bay Diocese's Tax Status Challenged After Bishop's Voting Letter

    11/09/2012 6:27:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Green Bay | 11/8/12 | Paul Srubas
    Article cannot be posted due to copyright issues but click HERE for the full story.
  • We aren’t supposed to have wonderful lives (vanity)

    11/09/2012 6:26:38 AM PST · by EverHopeful · 7 replies
    It's fitting that we lament the uncountable violations of fundamental rights that will likely result from the last election, but it's foolish to despair. In fact, we should be glad and rejoice. We, in general, aren't supposed to have a long life, good health, a loving spouse, fantastic sex, nurturing parents, respectful children, wealth, power, fame, honorable leaders, civilized neighbors, wise teachers, an interesting career, empathetic supervisors, obedient subordinates, and so on. Future generations aren't supposed to have them either. We were created to be kind to the unkind, patient with the impatient, generous to the selfish, and even gentile...
  • Washington Bishops Seek Stronger Catechesis After Same-sex Marriage Vote

    11/09/2012 6:24:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    CathNews USA ^ | 11/9/12
    Voter approval of a Washington state referendum legalizing same-sex marriage was greeted by a call for “real and respectful dialogue in our church” by the organization of Catholics supporting Referendum 74 — and by bishops’ statements their sees to stronger catechesis on traditional and sacramental marriage. “We are very proud that Catholics around the country followed their consciences rather than the rigid position of the hierarchy, and their voting reflected the spirit of Catholic social teaching,” said the statement from Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington, alluding to other successful popular votes legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine and Maryland. “Sadly, our...
  • “Hitting Bottom” – Matt Archbold lays it out (Must Read!)

    11/08/2012 2:13:21 PM PST · by NYer · 73 replies
    AlwaysCatholic ^ | November 7, 2012
    I can’t help but think that America is now like your brother who can’t keep a job, drinks too much, is constantly asking for money, and oh, has a crazy bad addiction that’s destroying his life.You tried just lending him money every time he promised to go straight but he just ain’t gonna’ do it. At some point you accept that he’s going to have to hit bottom. You don’t know what bottom looks like but you know that he’s racing towards it. It might be jail, death, brain damage. Nobody knows. But at some point he’ll hear the thud...
  • How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis [Evang. up; other Prot. + white Catholics down]

    11/08/2012 2:10:53 PM PST · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | Nov. 7, 2012
    In his re-election victory, Democrat Barack Obama narrowly defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the national popular vote (50% to 48%)1. Obama’s margin of victory was much smaller than in 2008 when he defeated John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin, and he lost ground among white evangelical Protestants and white Catholics. But the basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections – traditionally Republican groups such as white evangelicals and weekly churchgoers strongly backed Romney, while traditionally Democratic groups such as black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated backed Obama by large margins. Vote Choice...
  • Religiously unaffiliated make up largest segment of Obama supporters

    11/08/2012 1:35:38 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    God Discussion ^ | November 7, 2012 | AL STEFANELLI
    The largest demographic of Obama's religious coalition supporters is made up of those who have stated they are not affiliated with a religion. The Public Religion Research Institute's 'American Values Survey' pegs that number to be approximately 23%. The largest percentage that supported Mitt Romney came from white, evangelical Protestants, at 37%.The survey also revealed that Obama supporters are younger, more diverse and more accepting of growing minority groups. Compared to the older, largely Caucasian and fundamentally religious group that supported the Republican candidate, analysts are predicting the demographic supporting Obama will translate into more wins for the Democrats in...
  • Obama’s collision with the Catholic Church is 'assured,' Fr. Pavone says

    11/08/2012 12:39:43 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    CHICAGO, November 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  President Obama’s re-election sets up a looming clash with people of faith over abortion, marriage, and the implementation of government-controlled health care –a fight the pro-life movement has vowed to carry out by defying the president, reforming an increasingly unfriendly Republican Party, and building a culture of life that transcends the boundaries of politics. A second Obama term means “the collision course of the Obama administration with the Catholic Church…is assured,” said Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life after the election. He was outraged by the fact that a majority of his fellow...
  • How Christians Should Respond to Obama’s Re-Election

    11/08/2012 11:34:48 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 22 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 8, 2012 | JP
    As I join my fellow Christ followers in lamenting the re-election of a president whose policies have been decidedly unGodly, I am reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul. “Let every soul,” he instructed, “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” What that means is that sovereign God, in His divine wisdom, has permitted Barack Obama to rule our troubled land another four years. Just as He allowed Pharoah to rule Egypt during the time of Moses; Ahab to rule Israel during the...
  • Obama's Re-Election Sets up Two-Pronged Crisis for Church

    11/08/2012 7:08:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/7/12 | Russell Shaw
    For the Catholic Church in the United States, the re-election of Barack Obama as president means serious trouble ahead – in fact, nothing less than an accelerating two-pronged crisis. The first prong of the crisis is that Obama is expected to press policies favoring abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage even more aggressively and coercively in his second term than in his first. The second prong is reflected in the fact that, according to CNN exit polls, 50 percent of the Catholics who voted backed Obama despite his well-publicized conflict with their Church, with 48 percent going for Republican challenger Mitt...
  • Romney’s Fans in the Vatican

    11/08/2012 6:53:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/7/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Holy See and leaders of the Catholic Church in the U.S. are concerned about Obama’s positions on ethical issuesThe Vatican joined other States in sending its customary congratulations to the winner of the U.S. presidential elections. But there is no doubt that high profile American figures in the Holy See would have preferred Mitt Romney to win. President Obama has been an ally of the Holy See in areas such as social justice, international solidarity and dialogue with the Muslim world. But differences remain over abortion and bioethics. Benedict XVI had met the new U.S. president in the Vatican...
  • U.S.: Catholics Split Fifty Fifty Between Republicans and Democrats

    11/08/2012 6:48:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/7/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    Early figures show that 50% of Catholics chose Obama and 48% opted for Romney. The Catholic hierarchy’s hopes of a Republican victory were dashedAfter an election which saw Catholic voters take sides like never before, American bishops are finding themselves having to deal with Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House. According to the bishops of Pennsylvania, one of the key U.S. states that had been split between the two parties but then won over by the Democratic candidate, Obama would lead the United States to “los[e] its soul by little steps.” In recent weeks, many representatives of the Catholic...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Seeks Legal Assessment of Lenin's Speeches

    11/08/2012 6:42:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/8/12
    New York, November 8, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, has supported the idea of investigating whether or not the works of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin contain elements of extremism. The Eparchial Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia approved of an appropriate initiative put forth by historian Vladimir Lavrov, the metropolitan said in a letter to Russian Investigative Committee Director Alexander Bastrykin. In August 2012, Lavrov, chief researcher of the Russian History Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, asked Bastrykin to investigate whether or not Lenin's works contain...
  • Election Reflection for Warrior Catholics

    11/08/2012 5:55:04 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 8, 2012 | FR. JOHN HOLLOWELL
    I became a priest because God was calling me to it. I can promise you…it wasn’t my idea. At the time of my calling, and indeed throughout seminary, I imagined being a priest in a medium-sized parish, baptizing babies, marrying couples, growing old, and eventually dying and going to heaven.Perhaps to keep me from running away, I was spared viewing the type of priesthood that God has since let me know that I would ACTUALLY be called to. Practically from my ordination day, I’ve felt (and been shown) that the priesthood God is raising up in me and my...