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  • Do we need greater gun control?: First lady is right person to lead charge on sensible policy

    01/10/2013 7:29:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    J Weekly - Covering the SF Jewish Bay Area ^ | January 10, 2013 | Rabbi Amy Eilberg
    Along with citizens throughout our nation and beyond, I was anguished by the death of the beautiful, innocent children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the wake of the shootings, I was gripped first with deep grief and then with a powerful wave of activist energy. I hoped that this most horrific incident of gun violence would shake the nation from complacency and stir the adoption of sensible gun control legislation. I believed that all over the country, parents of all stripes and persuasions — including gun owners — would recognize that a civilized nation cannot continue to allow policies...
  • Biden Holds Unannounced Meeting With Faith Leaders…on Gun Control

    01/10/2013 12:57:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 10, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Following controversial comments alleging that President Barack Obama will potentially rely upon “executive orders” to tackle gun control, Vice President Joe Biden held an unannounced meeting with faith leaders on Wednesday where he purportedly reiterated the same point. The nation’s second-in-command and his gun violence team discussed the issues surrounding firearms and the country’s most recent crises with 12 national faith leaders in an effort to urge them to “help find common sense solutions.” During the event, Biden reportedly echoed what he told reporters earlier in the day — that the Obama administration will be taking two tracks to curb...
  • Leo XIII Knew Socialism Would Fail Because it was Evil

    01/10/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/10/13 | Anthony Esolen
    It is generally held that Catholic Social Teaching begins with Pope Leo XIII’s masterly encyclical, Rerum Novarum (1891). That, as I’ve tried to show, is a dreadful mistake. Pope Leo considered it his duty to apply to current concerns the constant teaching of the Church and of the word of God. Like Thomas Aquinas, the study of whose works he promoted vigorously, he would have considered “originality” a vice, not a virtue. Perhaps we are misled by the title, Rerum Novarum. In our anti-society of rapacious consumption of the “new” and “improved,” and the unease instilled in us by mass...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/09/2013 5:20:12 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    Hiskid | 1-9-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • [Judeo=Christians] What to Expect in Obama’s Second Term

    01/09/2013 3:42:31 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 9, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    The next four years will not be good ones for practicing Catholics or, for that matter, anyone who subscribes to Judeo-Christian beliefs. I’m certain that in a short time from now, Catholics will look upon the recent “fiscal cliff” scuffle as merely the prelude to the president’s plan to impose his ideological will on the nation.Although Obama won with only 51 percent of the vote – and is the first president re-elected to a second term receiving fewer total votes than in his first election – he actually believes he received a huge mandate last November. He rejects the notion...
  • Cultural Assimilation: A Threat to Catholic Identity

    01/08/2013 8:07:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/8/13 | James Kalb
    For the most part, American Catholics have wanted to be like other people. They arrived in America as immigrants from places where they had a definite (if sometimes lowly) position. They left that for a country where social positions were fluid, they would be held in contempt if they stayed as they were, and they could rise to the heights if they Americanized. So they became dedicated Americans. They were used to being part of the social whole, and that was the way to be part of it here. What they lost in security of position by moving to the...
  • Socialist Politician Says Spanish Bishop Should be 'Muzzled'

    01/07/2013 8:11:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Madrid, Spain, Jan 7, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government. In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez “a true representative of religious fanaticism” and said that the prelate provokes “controversies...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 3 of 14]

    01/07/2013 7:32:32 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    A good illustration is in the public schools. This view is taught in our public schools exclusively -- by law. There is no other view that can be taught. I'll mention it a bit later, but by law there is no other view that can be taught. By law, in the public schools, the United States of America in 1982, legally there is only one view of reality that can be taught. I'll mention it a bit later, but there is only one view of reality that can be taught, and that is that the final reality is only material...
  • Providence and Suffering [Habakkuk Faced what the People of God are facing in the USA]

    01/07/2013 4:14:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Ligonier ^ | R.C. Sproul
    http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/providence_god_in_control/providence The Psalmist asked, “Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous suffer?” The prophet Habakkuk asked virtually the same question in his day as he witnessed his homeland overrun with the invading armies of the Chaldeans. Initially, from Habakkuk’s perspective, he did not see God’s hand in the suffering of his people. Where was the Judge of all the earth during this time of injustice, he wondered. Here Dr. Sproul explains how God’s providence and suffering go hand and hand.
  • Coptic Leaders Say Egypt’s Constitution ‘Prepares The Way for Islamic Caliphate’

    01/07/2013 11:52:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/7/13 | John Pontifex
    Egypt’s new constitution “prepares the way for an Islamic caliphate”, according to the acting leader of Coptic Catholics, who is among three bishops to condemn the document as a fundamental attack on human rights. The bishops expressed their profound disappointment with the constitution signed into law on December 26, saying only extremist Muslims’ rights were guaranteed by the new document and that at particular risk were women, young people and religious minorities. Bishop Kyrillos William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, said: “We were waiting for a constitution that represents the whole of Egypt but instead we have...
  • France's Hollande Escalates Row with Catholics Over Gay Marriage

    01/07/2013 7:21:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France's President Francois Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalization of same-sex marriage. He defended Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Saturday for urging Catholic schools, which teach about one-fifth of all pupils in France, to stay neutral in the debate. Peillon's supporters and critics dominated the headlines and airwaves on Sunday, a week before a Church-backed protest in Paris that organizers say could draw as many as half a million people opposed to any change in traditional marriage. The...
  • Pope Says Church Must Stand Firm Against "Intolerant Agnosticism"

    01/06/2013 7:31:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/6/13 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by "intolerant agnosticism" prevalent in many countries. The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate. The 85-year-old pontiff celebrated Mass on the day Christians in the West mark the Epiphany, and ordained four new archbishops including his personal secretary. In a homily to about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica in...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    01/06/2013 6:04:18 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    1-6-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 7:10 My Defense is in God, Who Preserveth the Upright in Heart.
  • Israeli Priest Hounded for His Support of Israel

    01/06/2013 5:26:55 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 1/4/'13 | Aryeh Savir/Tazpit News Agency
    Last weekend, Father Gabriel Nadaf, 39, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, challenged a boycott against him and attempted to enter the church there to recite a prayer and light a candle. He was accompanied by Israeli Border Police officers and supporters, who came to ensure his safe passage into the church. Nadaf was excommunicated by the Orthodox Church Council after he expressed his belief that Christian youth in Israel should fully integrate into Israeli society, serving in the IDF or in the National Service. Since then, he and others, like Father André Alamiya, have been the target of virulent...
  • D.C. Has a Prayer [Interview with Eric Metaxas]

    01/06/2013 6:47:32 AM PST · by newheart · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Jan. 5, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    When Eric Metaxas spoke last year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., he used the opportunity to challenge his listeners. In his new book No Pressure, Mr. President: Real Faith in a Time of Crisis, he makes his remarks available to a broader audience and recounts the journey of a writer trying to be a Christian witness. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The e-book version of your book is titled “Jesus Hates Dead Religion.” How can you claim to know what Jesus hates? ERIC METAXAS: The Bible says that God hates what is evil. According to my sources, Jesus is...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 2 of 14]

    01/05/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    The world view that the final reality is only material or energy shaped by pure chance, inevitably, (that's the next word I would bring to you ) mathematically -- with mathematical certainty -- brings forth all these other results which are in our country and in our society which have led to the breakdown in the country -- in society -- and which are its present sorrows. So, if you hold this other world view, you must realize that it is inevitable that we will come to the very sorrows of relativity and all these other things that are so...
  • Tragic Letter from The Hobby Lobby CEO

    01/05/2013 3:20:48 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 35 replies
    The Brenner Brief ^ | January 3, 2012 | Posted by The Brenner Brief
    This letter is a very sad example of what happens when our personal freedoms and liberties are taken away. America wasn’t built on this, readers, and we absolutely must share this to show people the impact the Obama administration is having on every-day Americans. When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word....
  • THE PERILS OF CIVIL RELIGION (Awesome read!)

    01/05/2013 1:39:07 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Shirt of Flame ^ | January 5, 2013 | HEATHER KING
     As I contemplated Shin Dong-hyuk and his escape from North Korea last week, I also happened to be reading Ralph C. Woods’ Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South--an unintentionally apropos pairing. One of Wood’s main theses is that O’Connor--the novelist, short story writer, and devout Catholic--preferred the excesses of fundamentalism, which at least takes God seriously enough to take him literally, to the bland “civil religion” practiced by most Americans, including most Catholics. "O’Connor discerned that something deadly had occurred when national identity had been made to trump religious faith”… “[Her] objection to a blithe indifferentism concerning truth and error,...
  • Hobby Lobby CEO Pens Tragic Letter About Loss of Religious Freedom

    01/05/2013 11:17:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/4/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The CEO of Hobby Lobby has penned a tragic letter about the loss of religious freedom and liberty in America. The Christian crafts company has been forced by the Obama administration to pay for drugs for its employees in their health care plan that may cause abortions. Doing so violates the religious freedom of the founders and owners of Hobby Lobby, but the firm has, so far, been unsuccessful in getting courts to give it an exemption while its lawsuit against the HHS mandate continues. Tens of thousands of Americans have committed to support the Christian crafts store Hobby Lobby...
  • Prosecutors portray South Florida Muslim clerics as terrorist supporters in federal trial

    01/04/2013 9:27:18 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes. ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jay Weaver
    The 77-year-old Muslim cleric as an evil man who spewed hateful words about his adopted country and funneled at least $50,000 to support the Pakistani Taliban terrorist organization...His goal, to help arm the Taliban militants ...
  • Catholic Church and Castro in cahoots to ‘eradicate’ homosexuals? MSNBC pundit’s incoherent rant

    01/04/2013 2:43:09 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 3, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    Lawrence O'Donnell ROME, January 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Readers may be surprised to hear that Jesus Christ was the first socialist; every word of every article in the Vatican newspaper is “virtually dictated” personally by Pope Benedict; every country in Europe – indeed in the whole world – is socialist; the Catholic Church “thrives” under socialist regimes; and Fidel Castro’s mass murdering regime is on a moral par with the Catholic Church because they both allegedly want to “eradicate” homosexuals. All of these assertions have come from the mouth of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who recorded a strange and confused 3.5...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 1 of 14]

    01/04/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title. [Part 1 of 14] Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and others, instead of understanding that they are the natural outcome of a change from a Christian World View to a Humanistic one; things such as overpermissiveness, pornography, the problem of the public schools, the breakdown of the family,...
  • 'Oppose Gay Marriage, But Accept All,' Urges Chicago Catholic Cardinal

    01/02/2013 10:55:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2013 | Katherine Weber
    On the first day of 2013, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George issued a letter to priests state-wide, urging Catholics to inform their state legislators of their opposition to same-sex marriage, the legalization of which is to be introduced in the coming days. "Civil laws that establish 'same sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George wrote in a letter sent to priests on Jan. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible," George continued. "Good pastoral practice encourages families to accept all their children and not break relationships with...
  • The State Exists to Serve, Not Usurp, the Family

    01/02/2013 8:34:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/2/13 | Anthony Esolen
    We are approaching, in this series, Pope Leo XIII’s great encyclical Rerum Novarum, on the condition of the working classes. I’ve been maintaining that it is impossible to discuss Catholic Social Teaching without specifying what Catholics understand as a society. I’ve also insisted upon the wise dictum of Saint Thomas, that grace perfects nature, which alone suffices to instruct the attentive Catholic that to sever faith from civic life is artificial and unnatural. Now it’s time to look at two societies which the Pope holds up for our affection and admiration: the Christian family, and the Church. Far from seeing...
  • Cardinal George Issues Letter Urging Catholics to Oppose Gay Marriage Bill

    01/02/2013 8:23:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/1/13 | Manya A. Brachear
    Chicago's Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops officially entered Illinois' gay marriage fray Tuesday, issuing a letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice opposition to a legalization bill that could face a vote this week. "Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George and the bishops wrote in a letter sent to priests Tuesday. "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." State Sen. Heather Steans, a Democrat from Chicago, said she plans to introduce the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to legalize same-sex...
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...
  • Pizza Magnate [Monaghan] Wins Temporary Ruling on Contraception Coverage Dispute

    01/01/2013 9:02:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/31/12 | Bill Mears
    (CNN)– The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services. Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights. Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff issued his order late Sunday, saying Thomas Monaghan had "shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion." "The (federal) government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve...
  • Employer Wins Relief From U.S. Contraceptives Mandate

    12/31/2012 8:35:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/12 | Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court has temporarily barred the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois company to obtain insurance coverage for contraceptives, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul, after the owners objected on religious grounds. More than 40 lawsuits are challenging a requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires most for-profit companies to offer workers insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices and other birth control methods. Friday's 2-1 order by a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in favor of Cyril and Jane Korte was the second...
  • Churches and Health Care Debate: Government Has Unlimited Power but Not Unlimited Authority!

    12/30/2012 4:13:09 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | December 29, 2012 | Dr. Don Boys
    Governments have almost unlimited power but they don’t have unlimited authority. British author, G. K. Chesterton, had lunch with Alexander Woollcott at a London restaurant discussing various issues ending with the difference between authority and power. Chesterton opined, "If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever." I affirm that the U.S. has great power but its authority is limited. Obama needs to be taught that lesson which seems to have escaped him...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/30/2012 3:20:51 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    12-30-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 46:4 I Am He, I Am He Who will Sustain you. I have Made you and I will Carry you; I will Sustain you and I will Rescue you.
  • Atty: Hobby Lobby won't offer morning-after pill

    12/28/2012 11:23:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs...
  • Jerusalem (Latin Rite) patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

    12/28/2012 5:04:55 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | December 27, 2012
    Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 27, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith. “The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20. He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is “full of compassion for the victims.” Conflict between rebel forces and the Syrian government has...
  • NCR teams up with Ford Found backed entity to hide truth about Holy See’s ‘Doc Assesment’ of LCWR

    12/27/2012 4:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Every year around Christmas and Easter, the usual hyenas emerge from the brush to worry at the Church’s heels. This year, as a little gift to the Christ Child, the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) has teamed up with an entity I’ve never heard of, the Global Post, to excrete a series of articles which have no other purpose than to harm the Church through distortion of facts.The Global Post, which is funded by the Ford Foundation, which also funds anti-Catholic groups such as “Catholics For Choice“, and which has board over-lap with Planned Parenthood, and Fishwrap are teamed up...
  • Orphan’s New Year’s Resolution: Build a House for Other Orphans

    12/27/2012 2:39:56 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 27, 2012 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    Calvin (far right) with his brothers, Rogers and Joash Imagine a Kenyan AIDS orphan living in a mud hut with his two brothers and walking several miles to school on an empty stomach. After the devastating loss of both of his parents, facing daily grinding poverty, would he have any energy left to dream of a better future? This boy is not imaginary; his name is Calvin and I know him well because during his adolescence, he read a novel about a Kenyan boy who went to school in the United States. Even though the story was fiction, it planted...
  • ObamaCare Mandate May Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Leave U.S.

    12/27/2012 2:26:41 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 21, 2012 | Kirsten Anderson
    The Obama administration’s HHS mandate may force the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor to cease their U.S. operations, according to Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the religious order’s communications director.The Little Sisters currently provide group homes and daily care for the elderly poor in 30 U.S. cities.Sister Constance told The Daily Caller that the Little Sisters may not qualify for a religious exemption from ObamaCare’s requirement that employers provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-causing drugs free of charge to female workers.“We are not exempt from the [ObamaCare] mandate because we neither serve nor employ a predominantly Catholic population,” Constance...
  • The Armies of allah: From Damascus to Jerusalem

    12/26/2012 11:10:00 PM PST · by Katechon · 16 replies
    December 27 | Katechon
    The armies of allah are CONVERGING RIGHT NOW towards Damascus. The sole obstacle is the Assad régime. Once Assad is down (and he will be, it’s only a matter of time: the Obama régime, al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia are ALL against Assad), the armies of allah will mobilize in order to raid JERUSALEM. Should we not mobilize? Should we not be trying urgently to mobilize the antisemitic "Christians" among us, with the use of Reason, to become friends of the Jewish People -- in order to get their support in the CRUSADE to protect JERUSALEM? Abram...
  • Militant Islam Greatest Threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, Says Think Tank

    12/26/2012 7:29:05 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12-26-12 | Michael Gryboski
    A British think tank has released a lengthy report claiming that militant Islam is the greatest existential threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, bringing Christian communities in the region "close to extinction." The London-based Civitas, also known as the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, published the report in December. "Christianity is in serious danger of being wiped out in its biblical heartlands because of Islamic oppression," reads a statement from the group issued Sunday. "But Western politicians and media largely ignore the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the wider world because they are afraid they...
  • Anglican Head Rowan Williams Backs Gun Control in US

    12/26/2012 4:26:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12-23-12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, talked about the recent Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., discounting the argument put forward, including by many Christians in the United States, that "it's not guns that kill, it's people." "People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action," the leader of the world's 80 million-strong Anglican Communion said, delivering BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" on Saturday.
  • The Church and the Mandate

    12/26/2012 7:59:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 12/19/12 | George Weigel
    The strategic situation after a year, and the terrain aheadAs the Catholic Church and the Obama administration approach the first anniversary of what has become the most serious confrontation between the Church and the federal government in U.S. history — a confrontation caused by a regulatory mandate implementing Obamacare — a review of the strategic situation is in order, with an eye to the terrain ahead. But given the confusions about this struggle that were sown in many minds during the presidential campaign (not least by the vice president of the United States), it is important to begin by remembering...
  • In India, All Religions Join In 'The Big Day' (Christmas)

    12/25/2012 2:53:08 PM PST · by entropy12 · 65 replies
    npr.org ^ | December 25, 2012 4:00 AM | July McCarthy
    India, the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, marks the birth of Jesus with a national holiday. Indians call Christmas bara din, or the Big Day.
  • Roman Catholic Bishop Links Push for Gay Marriage to Nazi Attack on Religion in Christmas Sermon

    12/25/2012 10:00:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Daniel Martin
    Right Reverend Mark Davies will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a woman The Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that both Hitler and Stalin challenged Christianity with the notion that what they were doing was ‘progress’A senior Roman Catholic will today use his Christmas sermon to liken plans for the legalisation of gay marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion. The Bishop of Shrewsbury will launch a vociferous attack on the Coalition’s decision to fast track a vote on same-sex marriage in the New Year. The Right...
  • Christianity 'Close to Extinction' in Middle East

    12/25/2012 9:01:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam face...
  • The Unholy War on Christmas

    12/24/2012 11:33:08 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 17 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 24, 2012 | JP
    My company, a major metropolitan newspaper, used to host an annual Christmas party for employees. But, this year, the paper broke with tradition, hosting instead a “holiday party,” so as not to offend the sensibilities of those that do not believe Christ the Son of the God. Well, I respect the Constitutionally-protected right of every American to practice a religion other than Christianity, the faith of this nation’s founders. Or to practice no religion whatsoever (which I suspect of many, if not most of my journalistic peers). What I find objectionable, though, is the insistence of non-Christians that the holiday...
  • Blaming God for tragedy nothing new

    12/24/2012 8:09:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Associated Baptist Press. ^ | 12/24/2012 | Jeff Brumley
    Why do the innocent suffer? It's a question as old as the Book of Job and as current as today's headlines. Many criticized prominent evangelicals like James Dobson and Mike Huckabee for claiming last week's Connecticut school massacre was God’s punishment of a morally disobedient nation, but don't expect such views to change. Scholars say the belief in divine retribution for personal and national transgressions not only goes back as far as the Bible's Book of Job, it’s also a concept fused into the American worldview. “This is a recurring pattern in American history since the Puritans,” said Barry Hankins,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    12/23/2012 5:27:50 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    12-23-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the LORD, O my Soul: and All that is Within me, Bless His Holy Name. Bless the LORD, O my Soul, and Forget not All His Benefits: Who Forgiveth All thine Iniquities; Who Healeth All thy Diseases; Who Redeemeth thy Life from Destruction; Who Crowneth thee with Lovingkindness and Tender Mercies; Who Satisfieth thy Mouth with Good Things; so that thy Youth is Renewed like the Eagle's.
  • It's Not Just a 'War on Christmas' - It's a War on Christianity

    12/23/2012 4:59:40 PM PST · by InHisService · 21 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 12-23-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    There was a time when 10 Commandment displays sat untouched in government halls and schools, when Nativity scenes were placed in parks and in front of government buildings, and when children sang traditional Christmas songs at holiday concerts. I remember my elementary school calendar, which read, “Christmas Vacation” marking a week or so off for the Christmas season. Slowly and methodically, it’s all disappearing thanks primarily to two organizations that are on a mission to eradicate any vestige of God – particularly Jesus Christ – from the public square. The Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, (FFRF) and American...
  • Newtown, Gun Laws, Peace & the Abortion Connection?

    12/22/2012 12:53:05 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | December 22, 2012 | Sister Mary Rose Reddy, DMML
    Rochester, NH – It is the time of our visitation as a nation. We are grieving the brutal murders of the children in Newtown. Who could refrain from crying—seeing their beautiful pictures? Even the president cried; yet consider this terrible irony: After the Federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act had passed the Senate 98-0 and the House by an overwhelming majority and was signed into law on August 5, 2002, then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama voted against an identically worded Act in the Illinois Senate (SB 1082) in March of 2003. From 2003-2008, Barack Obama dishonestly insisted that he...
  • Benedict XVI on the destructive evil of “gender” confusion (Analysis by Fr. Zuhlsdorf)

    12/22/2012 4:16:52 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Holy Father today provided insight into how evil and destructive the homosexual agenda is.Each year shortly before Christmas the Roman Pontiff exchanges greetings with and addresses the members of Roman Curia. He gives them what some call a “State of the Church” address. He reviews key events and then focuses on a few themes. Pope Benedict XVI’s address to the Roman Curia in 2005 was one of the most important acts of his pontificate so far.This morning, His Holiness received the Curia and gave his address.Among the few themes the Holy Father addressed was that of the crisis of...
  • Jindal teaches the Catholic Church a lesson

    12/21/2012 3:19:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 12/21/2012 | Mark Silk
    Bobby Jindal, the conservative Catholic governor of Louisiana, attracted some attention last week for a Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he advocated making oral contraceptives available over the counter without a prescription. And for his pains, he received a slap on the wrist from his local archdiocese.Jindal made his case on libertarian and partisan grounds: People should have a right to buy products free from government restrictions, and letting them do so in this case (as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends) will take contraception out of the political arena (where the Democrats are using...
  • God's gender divides German government

    12/21/2012 2:56:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/21/2012
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A minister in Angela Merkel's government has sparked a pre-Christmas row among Germany's ruling parties by suggesting God be referred to with the neutral article "das" instead of the masculine "der". Family Minister Kristina Schroeder made the comments when asked in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit how she explained to her young daughter the use of the masculine form for God. "The article is not important," she responded, adding that it was fine to use "das" instead of the traditional "der" when referring to God. The remarks were immediately denounced by members of Schroeder's own...