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    07/13/2013 3:06:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 13, 2013 | JOSHUA BOWMAN
    Over the past few years, Catholics have seen a non-stop assault on traditional values. With the reversal of DOMA by the Supreme Court, the aggressively anti-Catholic liberal agenda will only become stronger. As Christians, it is our duty to bear witness and to stand up for our beliefs, but what if things get really bad–like secret catacombs, beheadings, burning at the stake, and thrown to the lions bad? What are the best places to hide away from the increasingly hostile secular culture? As a service to our readers, we present the top five places for faithful Catholics to spend a...
  • Patriarch Kirill Conducts Romanov Dynasty 400th Anniversary Service in St. Petersburg

    07/12/2013 7:28:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/13
    St. Petersburg, July 12, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presided over a religious service marking the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Friday. Hundreds of worshippers gathered at the cathedral and in the square in front of it for the service, an Interfax correspondent reported. The event was also broadcast live on TV screens installed across St. Petersburg. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia arrived from Madrid to attend the religious service. After the service, Patriarch Kirill said that it was dedicated to the 400th...
  • Bishop: Catholic Mom Brutally Murdered by Homosexual ‘Died as a Martyr for Her Faith’

    07/12/2013 4:44:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 11, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Catholic diocese of Springfield, Illinois. ( – A Catholic mother who was brutally murdered by a gay man because she challenged him about his homosexual lifestyle “died as a martyr for her faith,” according to Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Catholic diocese in Springfield, Ill., who also said the woman’s “murder was widely ignored by the media,” apparently for political reasons.The woman, Mary Stachowicz, a 51-year-old mother of four children and devout Catholic, was beaten, stabbed, raped, and strangled to death by then-19-year-old Nicholas Gutierrez on Nov. 13, 2002. He then wrapped her...
  • DOMA and the Rock

    07/11/2013 4:36:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 7-11-13 | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    Here is what I know: God is bigger than my sin. And God is sovereign over Supreme Court decisions and shifting worldviews. He has had the first and he will have the last word on all matters of sin and grace. The Church, Christ’s bride, is a God-made institution and will sustain herself in majesty in times of persecution or revival. Context matters not. Providence will paint the walls of this worldview. Who Owns Your Heart But Jesus, the Word made flesh, will not be drawn and quartered. He came to fulfill the whole law, every jot and tittle. And...
  • POPE CRACKS DOWN ON SEX ABUSE (Issues Motu Proprio)

    07/11/2013 3:34:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic League ^ | July 11, 2013 | Bill Donohue
    As Pope Francis proved today, he has no stomach for child exploitation, or for any type of sexual abuse. His decision to revise the norms affecting these crimes, complete with more stringent penalties, is a welcome tonic. However, he does not need to be congratulated for this initiative—he needs to be supported by those in a position to do so.Child sexual abuse is a serious worldwide problem. It affects every secular and religious organization where there is sustained interaction between adults and children. In the West, it is aided and abetted by a sick culture bent on eroticizing youth. From...
  • Why Pelosi Catholics Love Pope Francis (What is a Pelosi Catholic Anyway?)

    07/11/2013 3:18:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | July 11, 2013
    Fr. Dwight Longenecker created this article about why liberals love Pope Francis (or hope to love him.) He coined a phrase the “Pelosi Catholic” which “Magesterial Catholics” liked so much he decided to fully define it. Here are both of Father Longenecker’s articles. Why are progressive Catholics and the secular press so in love with Pope Francis? Not because they love the Catholic faith, but because they see Francis as a vehicle for their own agenda. The Crescat has a couple of interesting posts about how the press is handling Pope Francis here and here. She says what I...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    07/11/2013 1:37:45 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
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  • Pope Francis issues Motu Proprio on criminal law matters in Vatican

    07/11/2013 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-07-11
    June 11, 2013: Pope Francis on Thursday has issued a Motu Proprio on criminal law matters and administrative sanctions within Vatican City State and the Holy See. In a statement by the Holy See’s Press Office, it was announced that on this same date, the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State has adopted the following laws: Law No. VIII containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters; Law No. IX containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code; Law No. X containing General Provisions on Administrative Sanctions. The note from the Holy See Press Office goes on to...
  • Bishop warns: Egypt’s amended constitution is even more Islamist than the previous one

    07/11/2013 6:42:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    A Coptic Catholic bishop has criticized Egypt’s new amended constitution, which came into force on July 8 by government decree. “We are concerned,” said Bishop Kamal Fahim Awad (Boutros) Hanna of Minya. “We are ridiculed. The provisions that in the old constitution seemed bad in the eyes of Christians are highlighted in the new text. If we do not speak now, we will not be able to say anything.” Coptic Christians criticized Egypt’s constitution, adopted by referendum in 2012, for declaring the principles of Sharia to be the “main source of legislation.” The amended constitution, which Egypt’s new government states...
  • Smearing Evangelical Christians

    07/11/2013 4:33:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Spero News ^ | 7/11/2013 | WILLIAM DONOHUE
    Tony Perkins and a coalition of allies have urged support for Rep. John Fleming’s military religious freedom amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Catholic League joins with them. But we are doing more than that: I am calling attention today to the way Mikey Weinstein, the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has smeared Evangelicals. In a report released yesterday, FRC detailed some of the irresponsible comments made by Weinstein, the man who has been leading the fight to censor religious speech in the military. Last month, we prepared our own report: to read “Mikey Weinstein’s Inflammatory...
  • French bishop decries prison sentence for man protesting gay unions

    07/10/2013 3:52:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 7/10/2013
    Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayona, France, has criticized recent charges against a 23-year-old man detained for protesting the country’s new law allowing homosexual unions. Nicolas Bernard was detained on June 16 when police cracked down on demonstrators protesting the new law at the Champs-Elysees. The law was passed by France’s Socialist government despite overwhelming opposition. Bernard took refuge in a nearby restaurant as police moved through the area, but he was forcibly detained and accused of resisting arrest and producing a false ID. He has been sentenced to two months in jail. “The charges seem surreal and the punishment disproportionate...
  • Abp. Chaput: "The more secular we become, the less we care about the true, right and lasting."

    07/10/2013 1:54:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 10, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is pictured following an interview in Rome in October 2012 (CNS photo). First Things has posted an address, "Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith", given yesterday by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., as part of the National Shrine’s Year of Faith lecture series. It begins with a reflection on the 1800-year-old diary of a Roman emperor: Marcus Aurelius held absolute power in a corrupt age. Yet despite that, he chose to seek what is true and right and lasting; and he disciplined his own life accordingly....
  • Pope accused of encouraging illegal immigration

    07/10/2013 6:46:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7-10-2013
    During his visit on Monday, Francis called for greater compassion for the tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East who each year make the hazardous crossing from Tunisia and Libya to the remote island, Italy's southernmost territory. He said the migrants were "brothers and sisters of ours trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace." He prayed for the thousands of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean during boat sinkings – "they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death," he said. While his...
  • Ky. church wants pastor gone after wife's column

    07/10/2013 3:05:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    AP ^ | 7/10/2013 | DYLAN LOVAN
    A newspaper column lampooning Southern Baptists, calling the group "the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians," is causing quite a stir in a Kentucky city and put a pastor's job in jeopardy. The column was written by Angela Thomas, the wife of Bill Thomas, an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville. Her column was done in response to the Southern Baptist Convention's opposition to a new Boy Scouts of America policy that welcomes gay members. "Sexuality doesn't come up and isn't relative to typical scouting activities but now, thanks to Southern Baptists, the parents of little...
  • Letter from Ukraine

    07/09/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/9/13 | George Weigel
    A Church of martyrs confronts the cultural iron curtain.L’viv, Ukraine — It was almost a decade ago when I last visited Ukraine, and the surface changes over that period are immediately evident. Then, my flight from Poland was met by a Soviet-era school bus, sans engine, towed by a Soviet-era tractor: a bizarre jury-rigged hybrid that carted my companions and me to a one-hour wait in a Soviet-era “VIP lounge” at the Soviet-era L’viv International Airport, while the visas we had spent the better part of a day acquiring in a classic Soviet-era bureaucratic muddle were validated. On July 3,...
  • U.S. Catholic leader invokes pope’s immigration comments [Jose Gomez promoting immigration reform]

    07/09/2013 3:31:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    A chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, citing remarks made by Pope Francis about the treatment of immigrants. “I call upon the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform which is just and humane,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez (of Los Angeles), who chairs the conference’s committee on migration issues. “The current immigration system, which causes so much human suffering, is a stain on the soul of our nation.” The pope over the weekend criticized a “globalization of indifference” when it comes to the status of...
  • Catholic hospitals accept birth control compromise

    07/09/2013 3:02:40 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 7/9/2013 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) -- In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers. "We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage," said the Catholic Health Association. Under President Barack Obama's health care law, most employers are required to cover birth control as a free preventive service for women workers. Churches and other houses of worship are fully exempt from the mandate. But religiously-affiliated hospitals,...
  • The Challenge of Defending the Normal (in contemporary culture)

    07/09/2013 11:47:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 9, 2013 | Dale Ahlquist
    We continue to reel from the blows dealt by the Culture of Death. The attack on life, and particularly on the family, that institution which is the incubator and nourisher of life, continues relentlessly. Our states and our courts have now given the name of “marriage” to a fundamentally unnatural and barren relationship that was once unmentionable in polite company. Being pummeled like this can be disorienting, and even good people are starting to talk like they’ve been hit in the head too many times.We have let ourselves get cornered. But we can change the momentum in this fight....

    07/08/2013 3:36:09 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies ^ | 7/8/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    "...It is curious that as Catholic leaders are campaigning essentially for amnesty, providing a plethora of images of “needy,” “struggling” families being “welcomed” by those who supposedly have “more,” there is scarce mention of another concept that many of these same Catholic leaders have highly prized, particularly in their recent struggles with the U.S. government: the rule of law. The notion that those who have come to the United States illegally should be exempted from the nation’s laws is not only not mentioned by these Catholic leaders, but also seemingly dismissed. The fact that many Americans have been the victims...
  • WaPo on Planned Parenthood and ALCU suing in Wisconsin

    07/08/2013 2:42:49 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Pay attention to the language in “news” reports from the MSM.  There is often a rhetorical battle being waged at the level of word choices.  Background on the Wisconsin story HERE.From WaPo: Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Wisconsin over abortion lawPlanned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Wisconsin to try to block a new law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. [Aside... big business abortion wants to keep their profits high.]The law, set to take effect Monday, was “rushed” through the legislative process last month, [That's not a journalist's...
  • Christian life is not a 'collage' of activities, Pope says

    07/08/2013 5:48:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | July 6, 2013
    Pope Francis begins his popemobile tour of the May 15, 2013 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 6, 2013 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his July 6 homily, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be open to the renewal of the Holy Spirit, both in their own lives and in the “structures” of Church life. “Christian life is not a collage of things” or a “collection” or activities, such as Mass attendance, the Holy Father said. “It is a harmonious whole, harmonious, and the Holy Spirit does it!” he explained. “He renews all...
  • ‘We Need Reinforcements’ (Spiritual Warfare in the Texas abortion battle)

    07/07/2013 8:10:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | July 7, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Robert E. Lee once famously paid tribute to the fighting ability of Texans: “I rely on Texas regiments in all tight places, and fear I have to call upon them too often. They have fought grandly, nobly.” During the Battle of the Wilderness, when it seemed the Confederate line could not hold, Lee rode his horse into the midst of the fighting to rally his troops. His soldiers urged him to go back, but Lee would not leave until reinforcements arrived. Learning that the fresh troops were from Texas, the general declared: “Texans always move them!” And so they did....
  • Mexican land donation to church draws fire

    07/07/2013 9:21:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    SF Gate / AP ^ | July 5, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    ...the Cancun donation especially angered some residents because the government-owned land was designated for public use, and some wanted to turn it into badly-needed park for a low-income neighborhood located several miles from the glitzy coastal hotels. [SNIP] Bertha Grajales, the spokeswoman for the housing authority in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, confirmed Friday that the land had been donated to the church, but she could not say when or why. [SNIP] But religion is an even more sensitive theme: Mexico was dominated economically, spiritually and intellectually for centuries by the Catholic church. After...
  • Pope Francis meets with Scioli, urges him to 'fight against wild capitalism'

    07/06/2013 12:47:03 PM PDT · by Celtic Cross · 36 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Thursday, July 4, 2013 | none given
    The new Pope had a meeting today with Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli, at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican City. “We should fight against wild capitalism and confront social injustice”, expressed the official in a press release.
  • Francis: church shouldn’t fear structural renewal

    07/06/2013 12:03:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2013 1:45 PM EDT | Frances D’Emilio
    Pope Francis called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times, although advising future priests and nuns Saturday to shun costly trappings like the latest smart phones so they can use more resources to help the poor. Francis has been waging a campaign to root out corruption and power plays in the Vatican’s bureaucracy and to keep sight of what is essential in the church he was elected in March to lead. The Argentine-born pontiff offered the encouragement for renewal in a homily during Mass Saturday at the Vatican City hotel where he lives. Francis...
  • After Bashing the Vatican, Will Gays Deny Abuse in Their Community?

    07/06/2013 5:22:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/06/2013
    Once upon a time, stigma kept bad gay men in the closet. When they misbehaved, the gay community could claim that the misbehavior was the result of their closetedness, or else they could say, "See, he says he isn't gay, so he isn't! We don't want him!" This helped gay lobbyists swap stereotypes. The old stereotype was that gays were molesters. The new stereotype was that gays could never be molesters, only victims. In those days, gay activists could pillory the Vatican over child molestation, because the gay community was shielded from scrutiny over its own sex abuse problems.
  • EWTN Holy Hour - 2013-05-03 - For Life, Marriage, & Religious Liberty -

    07/05/2013 1:44:39 PM PDT · by Cunning8 · 1 replies
    EWTN UTUBE ^ | 7/5/2013
    Prayer for Religious Liberty O GOD OUR CREATOR, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for...
  • Abuse Whistleblower Battling Both Haredi Community, DA

    07/05/2013 6:12:41 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 6 replies
    New York News ^ | 01/14/13 | Hella Winston
    Sam Kellner, who says his son was abused, helped the Brooklyn DA in his fight against child sexual abuse. Now, Kellner himself is himself facing accusations of extortion. Is he being set up? For Jews, Chanukah is a season of light and miracles. It wasn’t like that last month for Sam Kellner, a chasidic resident of Brooklyn’s Borough Park. Unemployed and facing mounting debt from his lonely fight against both the powers that be in his community and the Brooklyn district attorney, Kellner, 50, was contemplating a Chanukah in darkness: he had pawned the family silver, and the menorah along...
  • Card. Njue tells Pres. Obama to stow his promotions of homosexuality in Africa

    07/05/2013 4:49:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    A little while ago The First Gay President went to Africa and lectured Senegal, an African nation, about being more “gay” friendly.  Pres. Obama’s advice was not appreciated by the Senegalese President, who curtly invited POTUS to stuff it.Not too worry, Pres. Obama could car less about African nations.  He was talking to his U.S. base when pushing his homosexualist agenda in Africa.Now I see that The Pill has a piece about the reaction of John Card. Njue of Nairobi (that’s in Kenya, for those of you in Columbia Heights) to TFGP’s advice to Senegal. Kenyan cardinal hits out at Obama...
  • Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    San Bernandino Sun ^ | 12/23/2012 | Josh Dulaney
    God created government. So preached Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in the days leading up to the presidential election. Hibbs has joined with nearly 1,600 pastors across the country and about 140 in California in the Pulpit Initiative, a legal effort aimed at protecting the free-speech rights of pastors in the pulpit. Hibbs' sermons in a series called "Politics and Faith" may have been enough to let the church know which candidate he supported. Or at least who he didn't. He preached about politics and Israel. And politics and defending the pre-born. Hibbs was emphatic during an...
  • France's Education Minister: "We Must Replace the Catholic Church with a Republican Religion"

    07/04/2013 1:33:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | July 2, 2013
    (Paris) "You will never be able to build a free nation with the Catholic Church." This wasn't uttered by Voltaire or Georges Danton, but the reigning French Education Minister from a  2008 interview, Vincent Peillon,  at the launch of his book, La Révolution française n'est pas terminée (The French Revolution is Not Yet Over), as Tempos reported. Spiritual Revolution According to Peillon "a revolution can take place not only in material terms. They must also take place in the mind. Now we made the revolution mainly politically, but not the moral and spiritual. We have left the morality and spirituality...
  • Those who seek to eliminate faith for the sake of freedom, get only tyranny

    07/04/2013 12:57:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 3, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Fourth of July, in the United States of America we celebrate freedom. In particular we celebrate freedom from tyranny, and a government that is not representative; freedom from unchecked power and unaccountable sovereigns.Distorted and faithless notions - Yet, as Christians we cannot overlook that there are ways of understanding freedom today that are distorted, exaggerated and detached from a proper context. Many modern concepts of freedom treat freedom as something that faith limits, not enhances.Alexis De Tocqueville said Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. In America today we are seeing the erosion of all...
  • Presbyterianism and the American Revolution in the Middle Colonies [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2013 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    High Beam Research ^ | June 1, 2005 | Joseph S.Tiedemann
    After the Revolution, Thomas Jones, an embittered loyalist exile, identified the culprits he deemed responsible for the rebellion in New York: the Whig "triumvirate" of Presbyterians--William Livingston, William Smith, and John Morin Scott. Jones averred that in the Independent Reflector (1752-53) and Watch Tower (1754-55), which they authored, "the established Church was abused, Monarchy derided, Episcopacy reprobated, and republicanism held up, as the best existing form of government." The three wrote "with a rancor, a malevolence, and an acrimony, not to be equaled but by the descendants of those presbyterian and republican fanatics, whose ancestors had in the preceding century...
  • "A Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Rebellion"

    07/04/2013 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Arctic Pilgrim ^ | April 2, 2013 | Justin
    When the American Revolution broke out, at least in the Scotch-Irish version of the story, the Ulster natives leaped at the opportunity to attack the British crown. "Call this war by whatever name you may. . . ," observed one Hessian officer, "it is nothing more or less than a Scotch Irish Presbyterian rebellion." King George allegedly called the conflict "a Presbyterian war," and another official stated that cousin "America has run off with the Presbyterian parson." The more I read on the history of America and the Scottish/English reformations, the more I am convinced that American liberty has...
  • Dominican Cardinal Greets News of Gay U.S. Ambassador with Anti-Homosexual Slur

    07/04/2013 8:22:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/1/13 | David Martosko
    The Roman Catholic cardinal in the Dominican Republic responded on Thursday to news that President Barack Obama had nominated an openly gay man as ambassador to the island nation by calling him a 'maricón' -- slang for 'faggot' or 'sissy' -- during a press conference. Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez took questions on Thursday in the capital city of Santo Domingo about the appointment of James 'Wally' Brewster, an Obama campaign donation 'bundler,' as his nation's top emissary from Washington, D.C. Asked to shift topics to a question about agriculture, the high-ranking clergyman brought laughs from reporters by saying,...
  • Card. Van Thuân: From Persecution to Beatification, Diocesan Phase of Process Closes

    07/04/2013 8:17:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Asia News ^ | 7/3/13
    Rome (AsiaNews) - He spent 13 years in prison, nine of them in solitary confinement, without ever going to trial, and "while imprisoned in conditions of poverty and hardship of freedom, never lost his nerve, never gave in to hatred towards his captors. As he was being forcibly "re-educated" he used another method to teach his enemies. His guards became his pupils. The sincerity of his relationships changed relations within the prison. " His jailers, secretly, gave him pieces of wood with which he made a cross and a piece of wire, which became a chain. He wore it around...

    07/04/2013 7:43:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Coming predominantly from former homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, the first permanent European settlers began arriving in the area west of the Catawba River during the 1750s. These settlers were overwhelmingly Scots-Irish Presbyterians who traveled here by way of the "Great Wagon Road." Allied by both blood and religious affiliations, the Scots-Irish pioneers moved through the Shenandoah Valley and the present-day towns of Winchester, Lexington, and Roanoke in Virginia, and eventually pushed south to Salisbury, North Carolina. From here they drifted southward along the Catawba into South Carolina. In order to set the stage for the 1780 Presbyterian Rebellion,...
  • (Bologna) Cardinal Caffarra: Push for "gay marriage" "undermines the foundation of a civilization"

    07/03/2013 1:21:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The following statement by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra was released on July 1st (following a "gay pride" parade in Bologna and remarks by the city's mayor) and has been translated for CWR by Alessandra Nucci: ARCHDIOCESE of BOLOGNA - COMUNICATO STAMPACardinal Caffarra issued the following statement in response to the words spoken by the Mayor of Bologna on the inevitability of an eventual recognition of marriage and adoptions for homosexual couples in Italy. The statement by the Mayor of Bologna regarding the right of gay couples to marry and adopt children is so egregious that it warrants reflection. What the mayor has...
  • US supporters of late abortion shout ‘Hail Satan’ as Texas legislators consider a 20 week limit

    07/03/2013 3:00:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 7/2/2013 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Young women and men supporting late-term abortions shouted ‘Hail Satan’ throughout the day as the Texas House and Senate convened a special session to discuss timekeeping measures following Democrat Wendy Davis’ filibuster de-railing the vote to limit abortions to 20 weeks and establishing stricter safety standards for abortion clinics. On one occasion some young women shouted ‘Hail Satan’ as Christians gave personal testimony about  abortion and sang ‘Amazing Grace’.Breibart reports:‘It would be difficult to argue that the pro-abortion crowd wasn’t an “unruly mob” — last week protesters shut down proceedings by screaming from the gallery and used social media to debate...
  • Supreme Court is Wrong: Christian Businesses Should Refuse Service to Homosexuals!

    07/02/2013 9:01:34 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 29 replies
    CST News ^ | June 27, 2013 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The Supreme Court Justices recently made a decision that is squalid, shameful, sorry, shocking, and stupefying that will put perverts on a pedestal and decent Christians in prison! That decision will affect churches, schools, and businesses. Does a Christian business person have the right to choose whom he will serve? Most sane people will agree that no one has absolute rights. In this matter, both the owner and customer have rights, but which right is superior? If we eliminate the possibility of the owner using tax dollars to start the business, it becomes a little less confusing, less contentious as...
  • A Tea Party Thomist: Charles Carroll

    07/02/2013 2:44:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Intercollegiate Review ^ | 7/1/2013 | Samuel Gregg
    On October 15, 1774, the ship Peggy Stewart owned by the Annapolis mercantile company of Dick and Stewart sailed into the harbor of Annapolis in the colony of Maryland, carrying with it a cargo of tea. On arriving, the ship’s owner paid the tax then applied by Britain to importations of tea to its American colonies in accordance with the Tea Act of May 1773.This law was intended to avert bankruptcy of the East India Company which had lobbied the British Parliament to exempt it from the tea import duties which its colonial competitors were required to pay. As if...
  • Syrian Christians: 'Why Is America at War with Us'

    07/01/2013 6:48:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 70 replies
    CBN News ^ | 6/27/13
    Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state. That testimony came during a congressional hearing on Syria's religious minorities Tuesday. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, called on President Barack Obama to defend the rights of Syrian Christians. In an opening statement at Tuesday's hearing, Smith said statistics show "that Christians are even more fearful for their lives and safety than other segments of the Syrian population." Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, testified...
  • The United States of Sodomy

    07/01/2013 12:29:44 PM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 15 replies
    self | 1 July 2013 | Ralph Davis
    Of course the title of this little essay is over the top--you may well not be reading this otherwise. Still, my thesis is that in as much as the U.S. Constitution has become something far from a written document defining and limiting our government, and protecting the peoples rights--rather, through the extreme stretching of judicial review, its become a flexible, general, almost blank...document, where the high courts can write whatever policy they in their "wisdom" want--without any consultation or permission from the people--the supposed sovereign in our system---this means to swear to "protect and defend" the constitution (found in military...
  • Seek The Peace of the City

    07/01/2013 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    Leading The Way ^ | 6-30-13 | Dr.Michael Youssef
    This is a Biblical way for us to take our country back to its' roots.
  • US military chaplains concerned about freedom of religion

    06/30/2013 7:17:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 6/30/2013 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Christian religious leaders balefully greeted the Supreme Court decision on June 26 to strike down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. In an op-ed, Catholic Archbishop P. Timothy Broglio, who serves as chief chaplain to Catholics in US military service, said that Catholic bishops and the Archdiocese of the Military Services remain "resolved in the belief that no Catholic priest will ever be compelled to condone – even silently – same-sex ‘marriages.’” In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA treated same-sex “marriages” as “less respected than others”, thus...
  • VATICAN CONFIRMS Catholic Priest Beheaded in Syria (Brutal Video)

    06/30/2013 6:53:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 30, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, June 23, Syrian Catholic priest François Murad was beheaded in the locality of Ghassanieh, northern Syria. The Custody of the Holy Land and Fides Agency reported on the incident. Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, was accused of collaborating with the Assad regime.The Vatican confirmed that Father Franҫois Mourad was murdered this week in Syria by rebel forces while protecting Christian nuns. Father Mourad and two other men were beheaded in Syria. …Rebels took pictures and cheered. (Warning on Violent Content) (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • God Bless American 24 hr Prayer Chain for July 4th 2013 (sign up)

    06/30/2013 10:22:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 66 replies
    Blueyon | 6/30/20113 | Self
    I am asking you to come join me on July 4th to pray for OUR country. See below for more information!
  • Defiling the Lord’s Day With Gay Pride Parades

    06/30/2013 8:22:38 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 30, 2013 | JP
    From Chelsea in New York City to Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. to Boystown in Chicago to the Castro in San Francisco, homosexuals across the country are celebrating gay pride today. Their orgiastic parades – at which men in various stages of undress often can be seen groping on each other while prancing down the street – will probably be especially uproarious this year in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s twin rulings this past week effectively legalizing same-sex marriage. It’s “a victory for American democracy,” proclaimed President Obama. “This was discrimination enshrined in law,” he said. “It treated...
  • (Obama backed) Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest (Warning Graphic Video)

    06/29/2013 12:52:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | June 29, 2013
    Syrian terrorists have beheaded a Catholic priest who they accused of collaborating with the Assad regime. Those accusations have not yet been verified. Father Francois was summarily executed and the Vatican has confirmed the martyrdom.VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The Vatican is confirming the death by beheading of Franciscan Father, Francois Murad, who was martyred by Syrian jihadists on June 23. Below is the news release from the Vatican, via On Sunday, June 23 the Syrian priest François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria, in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had...
  • LDS Church Responds to Supreme Court Marriage Rulings

    06/29/2013 9:38:31 AM PDT · by Ripliancum · 55 replies ^ | 6/26 | LDS CHurch
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today regarding the decisions announced by the United States Supreme Court on cases involving marriage: "By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens. "In addition, the effect of the ruling is...