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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 ...