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  • CENSORED in America: MSNBC INTERVIEW WITH Cardinal Bergolio

    04/23/2013 5:42:19 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 22 replies
    To Me By Email
    The following is a transcript of an interview between CHRIS MATHEWS, MSNBC atheist American journalist and then Cardinal Bergolio. It is clear why the interview was never broadcast. I have no idea of the level of authenticity.
  • Syria: Franciscan Church Utterly Destroyed (US brokered war continues in Syria)

    04/23/2013 4:03:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    eponymous Flower ^ | April 22, 2013
    Edit: an increasingly US brokered war continues in Syria as Catholics and Orthodox Christians are being driven from the land. Damascus, 22/04/13 (Kipa) The Franciscan church and associated monastery in the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor were destroyed in a violent explosion. This was reported by the Vienna-based foundation "Pro Oriente", citing the Vatican's Fides news agency on Sunday. Speaking to the press agency Tony Haddad said, the Franciscan Church was until then the only remaining undamaged Christian house of worship in the city on the Euphrates. It remains unclear how the church was destroyed. Eyewitnesses reported that rebels entrenched...
  • A bishop's questionable expertise on gun-control legislation

    04/22/2013 9:24:06 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | 04/22/13 | Phil Lawler
    A bishop's questionable expertise on gun-control legislation By Phil Lawler04/22/13While Bishop Blaire laments the failure of the US Senate to approve new gun-control regulations, could we inject a dash of political reality into the discussion? The Senate did not vote against gun-control legislation. On the contrary, a majority voted in favor. So why didn’t the measure pass? Because this was a procedural vote. Under Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to close off debate, and only 54 Senators voted for cloture. That vote was a setback for proponents of the gun-control legislation, who wanted to rush the measure through the...
  • US imam calls on Muslims in US to wage jihad

    04/22/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 26, 2013 | Neil Munro, White House correspondent
    The controversial imam of a prominent mosque in Arlington, Va., has urged immigrant Muslims in the United States to wage war for Islam. “The enemies of Allah are lining up. The question for us is, are we lining [up] or are we afraid because they may call us terrorists?” Shaker Elsayed told a crowd of Ethiopian Muslims during a lecture at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. “Let me give you the good news: they are already calling us terrorists anyway. Whether you sitting at home, watching TV, drinking coffee, sleeping or playing with your kids, you are a...
  • Why Do So Many Muslims Embrace Religious and Ideological Warfare?

    04/22/2013 1:06:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2013 | Victor Sharpe
    Mahatma Gandhi is quoted in his book, Gandhi: The Power of Pacifism, by Catherine Clement, as follows: "While Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Jews, along with several million adherents of an animistic religion, all coexisted in relative harmony, one religion that would not accept compromise stood out from the rest: Islam." Gandhi was referring to the experience during his lifetime in the Indian sub-continent, but the growth of Wahhabism and the current resurgence in Islamic triumphalism since Gandhi's death in January 1948 now poses an increasingly existential threat to the West, to Judeo-Christian civilization, as well as to Hindus, Buddhists,...
  • Christians Launch Landmark Human Rights Case [UK]

    04/22/2013 8:50:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/20/13 | John Bingham
    Christians are to launch a landmark legal case arguing their religion is being treated as a “thought crime” by government and courts.Campaigners will submit papers to the European Court of Human Rights in a final attempt to overturn rulings they say have restricted religious freedom for Christians and effectively persecuted those wanting to publicly practise their religion Campaigners will submit papers to the European Court of Human Rights in a final attempt to overturn rulings they say have restricted religious freedom for Christians and effectively persecuted those wanting to publicly practise their religion. The move comes in the case of...
  • The Slide Toward State Control

    04/22/2013 7:05:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/18/13 | Donald DeMarco
    During his Apostolic Visit to the United States, on April 16, 2008, which was also his birthday, Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to the White House by President George W. Bush. The Pope expressed the hope that his visit would be a source of renewal to the Church in the United States. Early in his remarks, he noted the important role that religion has played in shaping American history: “From the dawn of the Republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/21/2013 7:32:10 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    4-21-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • Psychological profiling of terrorists – Obama bans the truth to enable more terror

    04/21/2013 4:48:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | 4/21/2013 | Father George David Byers
    There are plenty of psychiatrists / psychologists hired by the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Energy, and all sorts of competing agencies of other Federal organizations, not to mention all kinds of military and paramilitary and other kinds of actionable groups.One of their jobs is to profile the psychology of a terrorist.But these shrinks are missing the forest for the trees, indeed, for getting caught up in the moss on this or that tree.Proof of this is their pitiable descriptions of depression, or anger, or...
  • China Says Aims to Banish Superstition, Promote Knowledge

    04/21/2013 1:09:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/13 | Ben Blanchard
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country's top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper. Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation's economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world. While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times,...
  • Boston LDS temple tumult called beneficial to church

    04/21/2013 7:20:32 AM PDT · by District13 · 7 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 28, 2005 | Carrie A. Moore
    KILLINGTON, Vt. — An insider who helped broker the challenges that arose over construction of the Boston LDS Temple in the mid-1990s told a group of history buffs Friday that the project's highly educated opponents let ignorance about the LDS Church rule over reason. But Grant Bennett believes that ultimately, the high-profile controversy has served the church well, simply because it forced LDS officials in both Massachusetts and Salt Lake City to explain the specifics of their faith in what ultimately became a widespread public education campaign. He detailed those efforts for a standing-room-only crowd during the opening day of...
  • Catholic Health Association: who are you kidding about WHO?

    04/20/2013 7:36:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Spero News ^ | 4/20/2013 | Stephanie Block
    Who is WHO?   To say that the World Health Organization (WHO), which is “the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system,”[i] doesn’t reflect Catholic moral principles is an understatement.   WHO’s global health agenda includes obtaining for adolescents and young people “the sexuality and reproductive health education they need in their schools and communities, and sexual and reproductive health services they need from health facilities in their communities” as the tool they need to prevent “unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and STIs including HIV infection.”[ii]   As articulated above, this onerous – and presumptuous – global...
  • From Works of Mercy to Voter Fraud

    04/20/2013 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 18, 2012 | George Neumayr
    Burying the dead is a work of mercy. So, too, is voting for them, according to Sister Marguerite Kloos. Or at least that’s what she thought last year until Ohio investigators nabbed her for an act of voter fraud. This week she plead guilty to the charge of voting twice, acknowledging that she forged the signature of a deceased nun, Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, on an absentee ballot.“When the absentee ballot was received at Ms. Hewitt’s address, (Kloos) opened the envelope, forged Ms. Hewitt’s signature, voted Ms. Hewitt’s ballot, and mailed the ballot back to the Board of Elections,” according...
  • Obama’s Bogus Equality

    04/20/2013 3:20:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 19, 2013 | Russel Shaw
    As all the world surely knows by now, “equality” is the ideological key to President Obama’s domestic policies. That all people are created equal, the president says, is the “most evident of truths.” Whether that’s so or not, it is unquestionably the case that you express any reservations whatsoever about equality these days at no little personal risk.Be that as it may, nonetheless, the meaning of equality is hopelessly unclear in the absence of specifics. Clarification requires asking and answering a prior question: equal in regard to what? Weight? Height? Intelligence? Misery? This plainly can’t be what the president has...
  • Polygamy and the Police State

    04/20/2013 4:46:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 4/16/2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Here’s how same sex marriage will lead to a police state: First this article on Slate calls for the legalization of polygamy. The call for polygamy sort of springboards from the argument for same sex marriage. The piece argues from various viewpoints, but the underlying principle is the same: “Let us decide what marriage is.” Here is the defining last paragraph: The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less “correct” than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting...
  • Where's the anger by Christians in America? (vanity)

    04/19/2013 9:12:03 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    I'm just wondering. The left tweets and they get free contraception and an apology from Rush Limbaugh. There's a long trial of a cold-blooded abortionist and which gets no national coverage, and the media gets away with it. "Gay marriage" goes before the Supreme Court, and most of the right is silent about it, if not supportive of homosexual "marriage rights." (And I'll note that it particularly troubles me as I lived for awhile in that lifestyle when a young adult.) Everywhere you turn around those who reject Christianity are making gains in their agendas, and Christians might complain here...
  • Ignatius Press CEO: "I am ashamed when we Catholics are embarrassed by Catholic teaching."

    04/19/2013 2:11:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 19, 2013 | Carl Olson
    Mark Brumley, CEO of Ignatius Press, has written a piece, "Aren't You Ashamed?", for National Catholic Register. From the opening: “Aren’t you ashamed of your Church? How can you be so bigoted to oppose marriage equality? Why do you persecute gay people?”  That’s how one supporter of redefining marriage put it to me.  Another said about the same thing, only she claimed to be a Catholic. My response:  I am not ashamed of the Catholic Church.  If I am ashamed of Catholics, it is for my failure and others’ failure to live the whole gospel, truth and love.  And I...
  • Will Australian Priests be Forced to Violate the Seal of Confession?

    04/18/2013 7:20:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 28 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | April 18, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I know that priests aren’t allowed to reveal what people tell them in confession. But what happens in places where reporting sexual abuse of children is mandated by law? They’re talking about making it a legal requirement now in Australia, just like they did in Ireland. Will priests really have to go to jail, rather than reveal the identity of a penitent to the police? –Lauren A: Readers from “down under” are no doubt keenly aware that last fall, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the formation of a federal Royal Commission to investigate child sexual abuse. One stated...
  • A call for national day of prayer, fasting.

    04/15/2013 6:36:25 AM PDT · by wesagain · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 14, 2013 | Staff writer
    Last Friday, WND founder Joseph Farah floated the idea – not really anticipating significant reaction. “Was I ever shocked,” he said. “By 8 a.m. Friday, by email inbox was running over with enthusiastic support for the idea, with about 1,000 people letting me know they would be participating by enlisting friends, family members, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors. They were marking the date on their calendar. Their only reservation was that the date was nearly five months away. They wanted to do something sooner.” Because of the overall response by email now from thousands of Americans, Farah is asking...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/14/2013 7:33:27 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    4-14-13 | Kitty Mittens
    1 Chronicles 29:10-13 Thine, O LORD is the Greatness, and the Power, And the Glory, and the Victory, and the Majesty: For All that is in the Heaven and in the Earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O LORD, And Thou Art Exalted as Head above All.
  • The Coming Global Nuclear Holocaust

    04/12/2013 8:22:47 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 44 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/12/13
    With North Korea breathing nuclear threats against America and Japan, China ramping up their nuclear arsenal and navy, Russia's deadly but silent presence ever looming and Iran in the process of possessing nuclear weapons the world today more than ever is ready for a massive nuclear global holocaust. A popular prophetic question that is always asked is, “Is nuclear war mentioned in the Bible, and if so, when will it take place?” Nuclear war is not mentioned specifically in the Holy Scriptures, but in looking at the context of events pertaining to the last days, we can see without a...
  • Gun Control Is Dissent From Church Teaching

    04/11/2013 6:40:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    In the March/April 2013 issue of the Defend Life newsletter an article of mine appears on page 17 (note: below the jump break I'll reproduce the unedited article for therein are some links to referential material.)  The main thrust of the article is to outline why I strongly believe that the underlying philosophy behind the current push for "gun control" is actually anti-life.  Despite what the "seamless-garment" groupies incessantly chant, the movement to restrict access to the tools of self defense constitutes significant dissent from Catholic Church teaching. I won't rehash my article; you can read it for yourselves.  I'll...
  • Biden Mourns Babies Killed By Guns, But Not Abortion

    04/11/2013 2:12:50 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 5 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 11, 2013 | JP
    Joe Biden’s heart bleeds for defenseless babies. The Vice President told us so last month, while advocating a ban on assault weapons. “Think about Newtown,” said Biden, and “those 20 beautiful babies” that were shot and killed by Adam Lanza. “Think about how many of these children…may be alive today,” he said, if only the baby-killer hadn’t possessed a Bushmaster. Well, I might think the Veep’s lamentations for Newtown’s tender-aged victims genuine if I heard him express similar grief for other beautiful babies that have been so remorselessly killed. Like those killed at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Biden’s home...
  • Planned Parenthood Pro-Infanticide Lobbyist Lied to Catholic Group

    04/11/2013 12:09:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The controversial Planned Parenthood lobbyist who put the Florida chapter of the nation’s largest abortion business on record supporting infanticide was once a member of the board of directors for a local Catholic Charities branch. Now, representatives of that group say Alisa Lapolt Snow lied to them by saying she was pro-life while she worked for the organization. As LifeNews initially reported, Snow defended the practice of allowing babies not killed in an abortion to be allowed to die afterwards. She said the decision on whether to provide such children with medical care is between the mother having the abortion...
  • Army Labels Catholics and Evangelical Christians as Extremist Groups

    04/11/2013 11:42:33 AM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 6 replies
    Christian Solidarity ^ | 04/11/2013 | Cynthia T.
    In a shocking example of just how high anti-Christian feelings go in the United States, the Defense Department came under fire last Thursday over a U.S. Army presentation on domestic extremism and extremist groups. Among the slides in the presentation is a list of religious extremist groups. In that list, alongside Al Quaeda and the Ku Klux Klan (which is labeled as Christian, by the way) are: Evangelical ChristianCatholicismUltra-Orthodox (e.g. Hasidic) Judaism Yes my friends, our own government now considers Christians and Jews to be examples of religious extremism. More than half of all Americans, and 40 percent of active...
  • What Are Catholics To Do? (Part II)

    04/11/2013 11:20:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/11/13 | James Kalb
    In the absence of agreement with the rest of society on human nature and the good life, Catholics must remain a sign of contradiction.Last month I noted that Catholics need settings in which they can lead a Catholic life among Catholics. For most of us, loving God and living as Christians take schooling and support, which we aren’t going to get from the world at large. That may be one reason the Apostle Paul’s letters focus more on the practical internal life of Christian communities than on evangelism. The ultimate ideal may be the New Jerusalem, in which the distinction...
  • The “Private Idea” of Parental Rights

    04/11/2013 11:14:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/11/13 | George Neumayr
    The Left has always held a dim view of parental rights, seeing them as an obstacle to centralized planning. But usually the Left’s spokesmen are a little more circumspect in their pronouncements than MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who blurted out in a promotional ad for the channel that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents” and see them as “our children.” Harris-Perry’s paean to collectivism makes explicit the principle that is implicit in many of the policies of the Left—from its resistance to home schooling to its propagandistic sex education in public...
  • Detroit Archbishop: Gay Marriage Supporters Shouldn’t Take Communion

    04/10/2013 6:11:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    First Things ^ | April 9, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    The archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, told the Detroit Free Press on Sunday that Catholics should not receive Communion while advocating gay marriage: For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: “I believe the church offers the saving truth of Jesus, and I reject what the church teaches.” In effect, they would contradict themselves.....
  • Egypt's Christian Pope Blasts Islamist President

    04/10/2013 7:11:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/9/13 | Hamza Hendawi
    CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church on Tuesday blasted the country's Islamist president over his handling of recent deadly sectarian violence, including an attack on the main cathedral in Cairo. The remarks by Pope Tawadros II underscore rising Muslim-Christian tensions in Egypt. They were his first direct criticism of President Mohammed Morsi since he was enthroned in November as the spiritual leader of Egypt's Orthodox Christians. They are also likely to fuel political turmoil that has been roiling the country since the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak two years ago. Egypt is already divided between two...
  • Proof that Progressives Hate Catholic Schools and Homeschooling Families

    04/10/2013 3:58:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    All Your Kids Are Belong To Us, Love NBC. The only time anyone at MSNBC interests me is when they actually say things that the left believes wholeheartedly but know that actually verbalizing it would mean a p.r. disaster. This is an MSNBC commercial. And it should scare any parent that watches it. MSNBC personality Melissa Harris-Perry says, according to the transcript from Newsbusters, "We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to their communities." Wait, what!? Sarah Palin tweeted that...
  • Bill That Would Ban Sharia Law in Family Cases Passes Fla. Senate (ADL, FL Bar, ACLU fighting it)

    04/09/2013 6:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 9, 2013 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Florida lawmakers are slated to pass a controversial bill banning courts from taking into account foreign or religious law — including sharia law — when deciding on family cases including divorce and child custody. The House approved similar legislation in 2012, but it never made it past the Senate floor. The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee approved the bill by a 5-4 vote the Palm Beach Post reports, with one Republican voting against the measure and one Democrat voting in favor. Critics including the Florida Bar, the Anti-Defamation League, the ACLU of Florida and the National Council of...
  • A Thought on Sarah Palin's Up Coming Christmas Book - A Biblical Perspective

    04/09/2013 5:00:23 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 1 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/9/13
    Today I saw that Sarah Palin is releasing in November 2013 a new Christmas book called, A Happy Holidays IS a Merry Christmas. When I found out that Sarah was writing this book about Christmas and that it mentioned "Christ"... I had to at once see what the Left had to say about this book release and its beloved conservative author. The first thing I did was to Google Sarah's book title and what I found funny right off the bat was that the Google search results for anything Sarah Palin listed all Left wing news agencies and blog commentaries...
  • Three Characteristics of the Diabolical, And How they Are Manifest in the Modern World

    04/09/2013 2:07:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 8, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video at the bottom of this post is of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It is a fascinating excerpt from a longer video he did, where he analyzes the diabolical (anything of or relating to the Devil), from several different perspectives. In the excerpt I present, he identifies three characteristics of the diabolical by examining the story of the Gerasene demoniac, depicted in the synoptic gospels. Here is the story as Luke presents it:They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from...
  • Margaret Thatcher: ‘No Faith is Only a Faith for Sundays’

    04/09/2013 8:00:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/8/13 | Richard Dowden
    In 1978 Catholic Herald editor Richard Dowden had an in-depth interview with Margaret Thatcher. We reproduce it in full hereI was given directions by the porter in the main lobby of the House of Commons and found my own way to the office of the Leader of the Opposition at the far end of the building. This caused some upset, for security reasons, but the way to Mrs Thatcher’s private room is complex. The maze-like corridors are identical and so are the panelled and green-carpeted rooms which lead off them, though one I accidentally turned into is a rather bleak...
  • Gonzaga and the Knights of Columbus

    04/09/2013 6:27:00 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 8, 2013 | Donald R. McClarey
    Hattip to Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report. After 30 years at the bar and almost a decade blogging, there are few stories that shock me any more. This one did: Spokane’s Gonzaga University has denied a Knights of Columbus group application to be recognized as an official student organization. Those seeking the status were notified of the University’s decision at a meeting on March 7.
  • Obama Admin: Catholics, Evangelicals “Religious Extremists” Like KKK

    04/08/2013 5:46:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration came under fire last week for a presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups in the same vein as al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan. The Washington Free Beacon has more information about the Defense Department presentation: The presentation detailed a number of extremist threats within the U.S. military, including white supremacist groups, street gangs, and religious sects. The presentation identified seventeen religious organizations in a slide titled “religious extremism.” They include al Qaeda, Hamas, the Filipino separatist group Abu Sayyaf, and the Ku Klux Klan, which the slide identifies as a...
  • Francis Remembers Thatcher's Promotion of Freedom

    04/08/2013 4:46:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | 4/8/13
    Pope Francis says he is appreciative of the Christian values that underpinned Margaret Thatcher's commitment to service and promotion of freedom. He affirmed this in a message sent today on his behalf by his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The former British prime minister died today from a stroke. She was 87. "His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher," the papal message stated. "He recalls with appreciation the Christian values which underpinned her commitment to public service and to the promotion of freedom among the family of nations. Entrusting her soul...
  • Thatcher’s role in defeating Communism was her greatest legacy

    04/08/2013 3:04:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 8, 2013 | FRANCIS PHILLIPS
    Reagan and Thatcher in 1984 (AP Photo/Pool/Bill Rountree) My sister phoned me during lunch and I told her (nicely) that I was at that moment listening to the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher on Radio 4. I followed this up by saying I would go to London for her state funeral. “You really think that highly of her, do you?” responded my sister cautiously, and then reeled off a list of Lady Thatcher’s failings when in office: selling off the council houses, the notorious quote (taken out of context, of course) about “society”, not being keen to promote...
  • The Fist Sermon From Our New Minister From Iran:

    04/08/2013 10:37:49 AM PDT · by Vinylly · 2 replies
    A few weeks ago I reported on this website that our church added a new minister. He and his family were muslims from Iran who have converted and now devote Christians. Yesterday, they took over the services. His topic was 'Building Birdges'. An interesting topic because our church is planning on replacing the old church, and this hit us kind of hard. 'We should be spending our money on building bridges to converts rather then grand edifaces and towers'. Also, he was critical of the christian churches that change their beliefs and Bible to satisfy the on-going political correctness of...
  • Persecution of Christians, Then and Now (Comparing today's persecution with ancient times)

    04/07/2013 9:26:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2013 | John O’Sullivan
    Is it possible that more Christians are persecuted (or that Christians are more persecuted) today than in the ancient world or than at any other time in history? This sounds like a trick question or like the introduction to a paradoxical argument. In fact, it is a perfectly straightforward inquiry aroused by the crisscross of two arguments that have just landed on my desk. The first is a new book, The Myth of Persecution, by Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Notre Dame, and — full disclosure — my goddaughter. She argues in her book that...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/07/2013 2:58:34 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    4-7-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 65:17,18 Behold, I am Creating New Heavens and a New Earth, So Wonderful that No One will Even Think about the Old Ones Anymore. Be Glad; Rejoice Forever in what I will Create.
  • Egyptian Riot Police Teargassing Christians Inside Cathedral in Cairo

    04/07/2013 10:33:21 AM PDT · by TSA-Watch · 11 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | Egypt Independent | Heba Afify
    A funeral for four Coptic Christians killed in the town of Khosous quickly turned violent when unknown assailants swarmed in and began attacking attendees.Youth Union spokesperson Nader Shoukry told Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr that tear gas had been fired inside the cathedral there “without clear reason.” DPA news agency has reported that 25 people have been injured in the clashes.
  • White House Fights Catholic Church Subpoena on Birth Control

    04/07/2013 9:21:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/5/13 | David Ingram
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration has gone to court to try to block a subpoena from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York seeking White House documents about the government's requirement of insurance coverage for birth control. The subpoena requesting documents from President Barack Obama and his senior advisers would be burdensome to fulfill, the administration said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the suit also argues that civil subpoenas of the president's executive office are inappropriate except in extraordinary circumstances. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday and...
  • Catholic Gonzaga University Won’t Allow Catholic Students To Form Catholic Group [Diversity Rule!]

    04/06/2013 12:02:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 06, 2013
    Catholic Gonzaga University Won’t Allow Catholic Students To Form Catholic Group The Daily Caller. Roman Catholic, Jesuit-affiliated Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington has refused to recognize the Knights of Columbus as an official student group because — wait for it — the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization. Gonzaga administrators notified the students who had sought the school’s official seal of approval last month, reports The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Daily. “The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” reads a letter written by Sue Weitz,...
  • A Catholic’s Guide to Surviving the End of the World As We Know It

    04/06/2013 10:10:11 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 14 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 04/06/13 | Emily Stimpson
    A Catholic’s Guide to Surviving the End of the World As We Know It By Emily Stimpson Does anyone else feel like one night, not too long ago, they went to bed in a reasonably normal world and woke up to a world scripted by Albert Camus?My hand’s up. Way, way up. I know I’m still supposed to be bubbling over with Easter joy (and believe me, I’m doing my due diligence in the chocolate-eating department), but the culture’s rapid and violent pivot to absurdism has me too disoriented for bubbling. Spinning is more like it.I mean, we’ve got George...
  • DoD Lumps Catholics [and Evangelicals] with Al Qaeda and KKK as Examples of "Religious Extremism."

    04/06/2013 6:34:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4/5/13 | Matthew Archbold
    Wow. This is not good. The Department of Defense in a training brief for military reservists reportedly lists "Catholicism" alongside other examples of "religious extremism" such as Al Qaeda and Hamas. That's right, your taxpayer money is going towards training reservists to view Catholics as dangerous as terror groups intent on America's destruction The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) issued a statement on this scandal which states, in part: The Archdiocese for the Military Services and Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty recently became aware of a U.S. Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief that expressly listed “Catholicism,” “Evangelical Christianity”...
  • Gay students organize campaign to kick out Catholic priest for saying homosexuality, abortion sinful

    04/05/2013 8:47:02 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-5-13 | John Jalsevac
    Catholic students at George Washington University are rallying to the support of their beloved priest after two gay seniors launched a campaign to kick him out of his post at the university’s Newman Center for preaching that homosexuality and abortion are sinful. The GW Hatchet, a campus newspaper, reported this week that seniors Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen are spearheading the campaign. The story has since been picked up by numerous other news outlets. Fr. Greg Shaffer The students say that they will file a formal complaint with the university, release a video featuring ten other students who share their...
  • The Cultural Revolution

    04/05/2013 10:54:52 AM PDT · by Rashputin
    ChurchMilitantTV Youtube upload ^ | April 4. 2013 | Michael Voris
    The Cultural Revolution Vortex 2013-04-04Hello everyone and welcome to The Vortex where lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed. I’m Michael Voris. When the Queen of Heaven told the three children of Fatima in 1917 that Russia would spread her errors all over the world – little did the world realize .. even today .. just how far reaching and widely spread those errors would be. In China .. as we briefly touched on in yesterday’s Vortex .. the Communists established a system by which the Catholic Church would be subordinate to the state. It’s called the Chinese Patriotic Catholic...
  • Russian Church Bells with Military Symbols to be Sanctified

    04/04/2013 7:54:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 4/4/13
    MOSCOW, April 4 (RIA Novosti) - A dozen church bells decorated with symbols of the Airborne Troops will be sanctified on Sunday in an Orthodox Church in Moscow’s northeast, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday. Col. Alexander Kucherenko said it was the first time that bells had been decorated not only with images of saints but also with Airborne Troops emblems and army symbols during the casting. “Work to cast twelve bells was funded by donations from the Airborne Troops, veterans of combat and counterterrorism operations and their family members,” Kucherenko said. “The bells will be consecrated in the...
  • Turkey: Work Commences on 'Erdogan the Magnificent' Mosque

    04/04/2013 12:12:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    ANSA News ^ | 4/3/13
    On hill over the Bosphorus, highest minarets in the world(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 3 - Polemics, accusations, and sarcasm have failed to put a damper on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plans to build an enormous mosque towering over the Bosphorus. The mosque will be gigantic, covering a surface area of some 15,000 square meters on the Camlica hill on Istanbul's Asian side, with another 250,000 square meters housing a park, museum, bar, restaurants, amusement park, and a terrace with a breathtaking view over the Bosphorus and Byzantine and Muslim Istanbul. Erdogan had announced the project a year ago,...