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  • Catholics Will Likely Relive Past Persecutions

    11/14/2013 5:26:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies ^ | November 14, 2013 | James Kalb
    Man is a social being and doesn’t invent his own world. To orient himself and understand what his life is about he has to find his proper place, which is an order of things where he can feel at home and to which he can give undivided allegiance. To deserve that allegiance the order of things must include ordinary human connections but also transcend them, so that it supports all things necessary for man’s well-being. Our ideal as Christians is thus a social world that encompasses everyday life but is oriented toward God and the good, beautiful, and true in...
  • ‘Pope Francis’s life is in danger,’ anti-mafia judge warns

    11/14/2013 2:48:30 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 14, 2013
    Pope Francis (CNS) Pope Francis’s life is in danger from ‘ndrangheta, Italy’s most feared crime group, a leading anti-mafia judge has said.Nicola Gratteri, a magistrate in the southern city of Reggio Calabria, near ‘ndrangheta’s heartland, has said that Pope Francis’s crackdown on financial corruption in the Vatican, has angered bosses in the notorious crime squad.Gratteri said: “I don’t know if organised crime is in the position to do something, but it’s certainly thinking about it. It could be dangerous.”He said Francis was “on the right path” in attempting to clean out the stables at the Vatican.But Mr Gratteri, who has...
  • Tammany Hall’s Forgotten Successes

    11/14/2013 2:38:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    First Things ^ | November 6, 2013, | Mark Barrett
    As New York elects its first officially Democratic mayor in twenty years, Susanah Black at Front Porch Republic reexamines the legacy of the much maligned Tammany Hall: When it was functioning correctly, Tammany Hall served as a way to integrate the block-to-block fabric of New York life with the state and national levels of political organization, and the great immigrant influxes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are unthinkable without the diligent work of Tammany men on behalf of these new voters. In contrast to the current practices of electioneering whereby votes are still bought albeit indirectly through...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/14/2013 1:00:24 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    11-14-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 70:4 Let those who Love Your Salvation Exclaim, "What a Wonderful God He is!"
  • Will Gay Marriage Derail Evangelical Support for Israel?

    11/14/2013 9:22:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/13/2013 | RHONDA ROBINSON
    As world leaders gathered to discuss the future of Israel, speculations and suspicions swirled around American Christians’ motives and commitment to Israel’s right to exist.From Tablet’s “Why Gay Marriage–Not AIPAC–May Determine Whether Bibi Bombs Iran“: Bibi’s possible choice of a military option would be premised in part on the assumption that Israel enjoys a strong bedrock of support in the United States—not Jews, but Christian evangelicals. The problem with the assumption that Israel can rely on its Christian supporters—and the majority of Congress that is reliant on their votes—is that some younger evangelicals are now tilting against support for...
  • The Hunter’s Point Bible War

    11/14/2013 6:57:18 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 51 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 13, 2013 | John B. Buescher
    On Friday morning, November 24, 1871, nine-year-old Catherine Ann Dennen entered her public school building and sat down in the school’s main room with her fellow students. The school’s principal entered the room and began leading the children in reciting the Lord’s Prayer. As he did, little Katie jumped up and exclaimed, “Don’t believe in that!” The principal took her by the arm to take her out of the room, but before he could, he was confronted by three older boys—one of whom was Katie’s brother John—who tried to interfere. One of them took the tobacco quid out of his...
  • U.S. Bishops Issue ‘Special Message’ On HHS Mandate At Conclusion Of General Assembly

    11/13/2013 4:06:22 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    USCCB ^ | November 13, 2013
    November 13, 2013 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a “Special Message” at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. USCCB regulations regarding statements and publications define a Special Message as a statement, only issued at general meetings, that the general membership considers appropriate in view of the circumstances at the time. The message was passed unanimously. Full text of the Special Message follows: Special Message from the Bishops of the United States The bishops of this country have just concluded their traditional fall meeting in Baltimore and have spent time on issues important...
  • Can Matteo Ricci’s Beatification Mend China’s Rift With the Catholic Church?

    11/13/2013 9:51:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/1/3/13 | Debra Bruno
    The campaign to turn the 16th century Jesuit into a saint depends on finding a miracle. Restoring Sino/Vatican relations may require one, too. When Matteo Ricci walked the streets of Beijing more than 400 years ago, he was a celebrity. The Jesuit was the first Westerner to enter the gates of the Forbidden City. He impressed the emperor by predicting solar eclipses. He created an enormous map that gave Ming dynasty Chinese a sense of the rest of the world for the first time. He spoke and read Chinese well enough to translate Euclid. And even though, after 13 years...
  • Living Dangerously: Christian Persecution Around the World

    11/13/2013 6:34:21 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 12, 2013 | Christopher White
    The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother outside their residence in Ittanwalai, Pakistan, in November 2010. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters) In his 18th-century classic The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, English historian Edward Gibbon famously attributed the fall of the Roman Empire primarily to the rise of the Christian religion. The Christian belief in eternal life, paired with the gospel teachings on love of neighbor and the demand to turn the other cheek, were responsible, Gibbon believed, for the weakening of the Roman peoples’ concern with this earthly state. In...
  • A Journey to the Dark Heart of Christian Extremism: Review of "Being Christian" (Cue spooky music)

    11/12/2013 9:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 1, 2013 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Conservatives like to extol so-called small-town virtues, of the sort immortalized in song by John Cougar Mellencamp. Small towns are supposedly the home of “real Americans” and bastions of virtue. Small towns, we are told, are the home of God-fearing family values Christians. Mellencamp sang about being “taught to feel Jesus in a small town” but there is feeling and then there is feeling. Televangelists use Jesus like a weapon to not only fire up their congregations but to be armed and fired at their foes. Liberals do not always understand, because they have not seen it for themselves, the...
  • Flurry of Vatican-Russian Orthodox Talks Precede Putin Visit to Pope Francis

    11/12/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/12/13 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has met with the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of a Nov. 25 visit to the Vatican by President Vladimir Putin. The Vatican released no details of Tuesday’s meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome for a Catholic-Orthodox conference on family values. Simultaneously in Moscow, a top Italian cardinal involved in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, Cardinal Angelo Scola, met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
  • Military chaplains harassed, mocked for quoting Scripture during chaplain training

    11/12/2013 6:34:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 11/12/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Citizen Link: Military Chaplains Sue Over Harassment, Attack on Christian Faith by Bethany MonkThose who serve our country often greet reveilles before the sunrise. They don the uniform. They represent our country, and they continue to make sacrifice after sacrifice. With the onslaught of government intrusion on religious freedom, some of them are dealing with egregious attacks on their personal faith.A legal group on Friday filed suit on behalf of two military chaplains. According to the suit, a supervisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mocked their Christian faith, repeatedly, during a chaplain training program.  [?!?]Retired U.S. Army...
  • What drove English and American anti-Catholicism? A fear that it threatened freedom

    11/12/2013 3:47:47 PM PST · by NYer · 218 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 12, 2013 | DANIEL HANNAN
    The US Declaration of Indepdence: Thomas Jefferson saw Catholicism as despotism Foreign visitors are often bewildered, and occasionally disgusted, by the spectacle of Guy Fawkes Night. The English are not a notably religious people, yet here they are wallowing in what looks like a macabre orgy of anti-Catholicism.In fact, of course, the event has transcended its sectarian origins. To the extent that participants are aware of any historical resonance at all, they believe they are celebrating parliamentary democracy – which needs protecting, these days, from the Treaty of Rome, not the Bishop of Rome. Fifth of November bonfires serve as...
  • U.S. Catholic bishops' new leaders concerned with poor

    11/12/2013 12:35:28 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 11/12/13 | Mary Wisniewski
    Their election comes as Catholic bishops worldwide are being given new direction by Pope Francis, who has emphasized greater humility and more concern for poverty. The bishops oversee 69 million U.S. Catholics, or about a quarter of the country's population. "I believe we are very much in solidarity with Pope Francis, and that is, his way of articulating clearly that we need not only to serve the voiceless and the vulnerable, but to be an advocate," Kurtz told reporters after his election. Christopher Hale, senior fellow with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a progressive group that focuses on...
  • USCCB Election Results

    11/12/2013 6:25:53 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    EWTN | November 12, 2013
    PRESIDENT Joseph Edward Kurtz Archbishop of Louisville VICE PRESIDENT Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston-Houston.
  • John Paul II’s 1983 Visit to Poland: Anniversary Reflections

    11/11/2013 6:39:01 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/1/13 | Regis Martin
    It was sixty years ago that the Hungarian émigré historian, John Lukacs, published his first book, The Great Powers and Eastern Europe, a masterful treatment of the subject, whose conclusion, including an elegy on the lost world he left behind, has haunted me for years. Surveying the wreckage of that shattered and divided world, he declared that “only the magnetic force of a rejuvenated, remade, and truly united Western Europe, one that has recovered the erstwhile spiritual greatness of that Christian continent, can eventually develop enough attraction to penetrate the steely barriers separating the West from Eastern Europe’s modern police...
  • The New Gospel According to Oprah - And a Letter I Wrote to Her in 1998

    11/11/2013 3:40:35 PM PST · by InHisService · 21 replies
    Kirchhoff's Law ^ | November 11, 2013 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    Oprah is misleading a lot of people with her wacky views on Christianity. She claims to be a Christian, but her beliefs are indeed, very flawed. Recently I saw a clip of her talking about Jesus and she said Jesus did not come to die on the cross; that his meaning here was for the “Christ Consciousness,” whatever that means. I’m guessing she means he came here to teach us how to act, how to live and how to be Christ like. That’s all very nice and comforting and eliminates the need for a savior. Just act like Jesus would,...
  • The Two Witnesses and Today's World Leaders

    11/11/2013 3:31:57 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 341 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/11/13
    What a horrifically EXPONENTIAL amazing time is just before us in which the world of today is absolutely oblivious to (1 Thess. 5:2-3). The Day of the Lord is at hand in which the godlessness, lawlessness and violence of man will reach its EXPONENTIAL zenith (2 Thess. 2:2:8-12, Rev. 6-19)! What is amazing is that the very world leaders we see today raging and conspiring against Israel and Almighty God's RIGHTEOUSNESS most likely will be the very ones who will give their power and authority to the upcoming beast (aka- Anti Christ - 2 Thess. 2:3-12, Rev. 13, 17:12-17). These...
  • Cardinal Dolan urges bishops to make religious freedom a priority

    11/11/2013 2:37:19 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | November 11, 2013 | Dennis Sadowski
    New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the annual fall meeting of the bishops Nov. 11 in Baltimore. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) By Dennis SadowskiCatholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan called upon his brother bishops to champion the cause of people around the world being persecuted because of their faith even as the bishops continue to prevent what he described as infringements upon religious practice in the United States. In his final address as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the opening of...
  • Israel, Nukes and the Limbaugh Doctrine

    11/10/2013 1:31:04 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/10/13
    When the present world in which we are living in is becoming extremely more hostile and aggressive towards Israel - including America policies under Obama and Iran breathing threats and her border enemies following suit - DO NOT expect to see Israel idly stand by and let the world decide their fate and eradicate them from off of the face of the earth. Israel is a military might in that region with nukes and is armed to the teeth. They have one of the best armies in the world and have been soldiers of war continually since 1948. As the...
  • The Masonic Plan For The Destruction Of The Catholic Church

    11/10/2013 10:01:37 AM PST · by JosephJames · 106 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | November 10, 2013 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The Masonic Plan For The Destruction Of The Catholic Church A French priest who has renounced his membership of Freemasonry, announced this Masonic plan that he followed when he was part of the sect. As we have received this document so we publish it, asking our readers to offer on this point, a contribution of discernment and further documentation. Directives of the Grand Master of the Masons to the Catholic Bishops, effective since 1962. (Updating of Vatican II). All mason brethren will have to report on the progress of these crucial provisions. Revised in October 1993 as a progressive plan...
  • Let’s play Global Thermonuclear War! (Sunday collection for Archdiocese for Military Services)

    11/09/2013 3:57:14 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 9, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) has yet another attack piece against the important collection to be taken up this weekend for the Archdiocese for Military Services.In other words they are attacking Catholic chaplains.In the latest divisive hate piece Fishwrap has this suggestion: Outside the clergy, a small, lay-led online effort seeks to offer Catholics opposed to the collection an alternative when the basket makes its way through the pews.Catholics Against Militarism has made available on its website downloadable cards for Catholics opposed to the collection “to put in the collection basket instead of money, just to make their voices heard,”...
  • Men Not Allowed to Say 'Jesus' in Chaplain Class: Lawsuit

    11/09/2013 6:35:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    NBC Channel 7 San Diego ^ | 11/8/13 | Andie Adams and Steven Luke
    Two men claim the San Diego VA religiously persecuted themTwo men claim they were religiously persecuted by the Department of Veterans Affairs San Diego during a class meant for chaplains, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. In its lawsuit, the Conservative Baptist Association of America alleges that two of its members – a retired Army major and a sailor-- were repeatedly told by an instructor not to use Jesus’ name or quote the Bible as they went through the VA-run class, which applicants must take to become a chaplain inside the hospital. "Anytime you tell somebody you can’t pray in...
  • Billy Graham Celebrates 95th Birthday With Friends, Celebrities, Dignitaries

    11/08/2013 10:45:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WUNC-FM North Carolina Public Radio ^ | November 8, 2013 | Jeff Tiberii and Eric Hodge
    North Carolina icon and evangelist Billy Graham is 95 years old. He gathered with friends, family and celebrities Thursday in Asheville to celebrate. Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii was there and joined Eric Hodge to talk about the celebration. ERIC HODGE: This was a big event at Asheville's Grove Park Inn. How were Graham's guests celebrating his birthday? JEFF TIBERII: It was a large crowd, as you might imagine, a ballroom full of folks at the Grove Park Inn. We estimated about 840 people, and it was a collection of friends, family, dignitaries from across the state, and some...
  • Confirmed: Putin to meet with Pope Francis

    11/08/2013 11:39:03 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 7, 2013 | Diogenes
    The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month. The meeting will take place on November 25, although details are not yet in place and an exact time has not been set. Putin has sought to establish himself as a defender of Christianity, both in Russia and in nations where the faith is under attack, notably in the Middle East. The Russian leader has also played an active role in negotiations to avoid escalation of the war in Syria. Both subjects are likely to figure prominently in Putin’s conversation with the Pontiff....
  • "Serve your country because you love God, not because you love your country." (R. Booye)

    11/08/2013 10:13:57 AM PST · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Trail Christian Fellowship ^ | 1-27-2013 | Rick Booye
    Rick Booye, 1 Peter 2:13-17 Scripture: 1 Peter 2:13-17 Books of the Bible: New Testament, 1 Peter Attachments: Study Notes Rick Booye Senior Pastor
  • Pope Meeting Putin, Could Help Mend Catholic-Orthodox Relations

    11/08/2013 6:01:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/7/13 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian-Vatican relations have been fraught since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, with Moscow accusing the Roman Catholic Church of trying to poach believers from the Russian Orthodox Church, a charge the Vatican denies. But Putin is the first Kremlin leader since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to publicly profess religious faith - to the Orthodox church - and has several times advocated ending the long feud between the...
  • New NYC Mayor pledges to expand abortion, wipe out crisis pregnancy centers

    11/08/2013 3:13:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 11/8/2013 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    From Breitbart: NYC MAYOR-ELECT DE BLASIO PROMISES TO WIPE OUT CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERSThe city in which 41 percent of pregnancies end in abortion has elected a new mayor who is pledging to partner with Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to expand their businesses even further by providing them with “city-sponsored” space to set up shop. Bill de Blasio, who was elected Tuesday with 73 percent of the vote, [!] also pledged to help abortionists wipe out their main competition – pro-life crisis pregnancy centers – which he refers to as “sham” clinics. These centers offer women financial and logistical...
  • Vatican: Pope to Meet With Putin This Month

    11/07/2013 7:43:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/7/13 | AP
    The Vatican says Pope Francis will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vatican City on Nov. 25. Details are still being worked out, but the Vatican press office said Thursday the private audience would likely take place that afternoon.
  • Illinois Catholic lawmakers cite Pope Francis in decision to back gay ‘marriage’ (spinning words)

    11/07/2013 3:52:11 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, November 7, 2013 ( – In its report Wednesday on the Illinois legislature’s passage of same-sex “marriage,” the Chicago Tribune cited two developments since May that helped the bill’s backers get the final votes they needed: the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling and Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality. The paper quotes two Catholic state representatives who cited Pope Francis in explaining their decision to support the measure: Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia and House Speaker Michael Madigan. Madigan reportedly also secured between five and 10 additional votes to redefine marriage. The papal comments at issue came in an interview...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/07/2013 11:55:51 AM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    11-7-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Jeremiah 29:11 I Know the Plans I have for You, Says the Lord. They are Plans for Good and not for Evil, To Give you a Hope and a Future.
  • Supreme Court Case Examines Prayer at Public Meetings

    11/07/2013 5:56:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/7/13 | Adelaide Mena
    Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2013 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A case before the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the ability of a town in New York to open meetings with prayer, and could have broader implications for religious identity in government settings. “Community members should have the freedom to pray without being censored,” said David Cortman, senior counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the town of Greece, N.Y. “Opening meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution practiced,” he explained in a press release. “Americans shouldn’t be forced to forfeit this freedom...
  • DC Circuit Court Strikes Down Obamacare Mandate

    11/06/2013 5:54:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/6/13 | Katherine G. Robertson
    On November 1, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Gilardi v. HHS ruling against the controversial "birth control mandate" instituted under Obamacare. People of faith from around the nation have waited for an answer on this question, with nearly 75 similar cases pending in federal courts. While this decision is a major victory for religious liberty, the issue will likely face another round at the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-paid health insurance plans (for companies with over 50 workers) must offer free "preventive care" which subsequent guidelines define as "all FDA-approved...
  • For Pelosi Late-Term Abortion is "Sacred Ground"

    11/06/2013 1:29:36 PM PST · by redleghunter · 21 replies
    Life ^ | 6/13/13 1:37 PM | Steven Ertelt
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi put her foot in her mouth again today during a press conference, calling the battle to keep late-term abortions legal sacred ground. “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this,” Pelosi said about efforts to stop late-term abortions. “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.” During the press conference, in response to a reporter’s question, Pelosi was upset to be asked about the gruesome abortions and infanticides done by Kermit Gosnell and indicated she opposes a bill a committee approved yesterday to ban abortions after...
  • Catholic church slams Israel razing of its property

    11/05/2013 8:43:29 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 5, 2013
    Jerusalem (AFP) - The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Land protested Tuesday against Israel's demolition of a church-owned property in annexed east Jerusalem, saying it eroded chances for peace."This act is against the law, against justice and against humanity, against any ideology upon which peace can be built and increases segregation and hate," Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Tawwal told journalists at the site of the demolition.Israeli security forces and bulldozers arrived at the house at 5:00 am (0300 GMT) on Monday with a previously unseen demolition order, claiming it had been built without a permit,...
  • Openly transgender Mormon woman attends priesthood (Mormon)

    11/05/2013 2:42:27 PM PST · by reaganaut · 66 replies ^ | 11/4/`3 | Kim Johnson
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has recently undergone a big transition and tonight hopes the church will accept her for who she says she is. Leahnora Isaak was born a man, was ordained in the priesthood, but now wants the church to recognize her as a woman. “I knew at four years old that I was female,” she said. Up until last spring, Leahnora was known as Bob, a husband, father and priesthood holder. “I felt that being Bob I was a cross-dresser I felt that...
  • Groundbreaking ceremony held for new "Citeaux Center" in London

    11/05/2013 2:06:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    anonymous email | anonymous
    Following Pope Benedict XVI's successful visit to the United Kingdom in 2010, the Vatican announced today the groundbreaking of the Citeaux Center, just a few blocks east of Elizabeth Tower in London. The official website for the facility says that it will include a parish "to be run separately from the Archdiocese of Westminster in England but open and accessible to all members, visitors and the Greater London community". The nave is planned to occupy four floors of the 12 story building.Besides the worship space, the plan is to include a museum recreating a thirteenth century oubliette, as well as...
  • Fishwrap attacks Military Chaplains. ACTION ITEM!

    11/05/2013 2:05:47 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 5, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    CLICK TO DONATE! At the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) there is a mean-spirited and wrong-headed opinion piece by someone who is described as “an arborist and a member of the Ithaca, N.Y., Catholic Worker community”. In this piece he says that the collection to be taken up in support of the Archdiocese for Military Services is really a “sign that the spirit of militarism and nationalism has spread apace in our church, at least among our bishops”.?!?Let’s see more of this: The archdiocese, on the other hand, does everything it can to assure young soldiers that carrying out the...
  • Here's A Factory Where Those Iconic Guy Fawkes Masks That So Many Protesters Wear Are Manufactured

    11/05/2013 1:30:15 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 2, 2013 | Michael Kelly
    "The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny — and I'm happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way," British graphic novel artist David Lloyd, the man who created the original image of the mask for a comic strip written by Alan Moore, told BBC. At the top of Reddit today is somewhat ironic image of this icon of rebellion being mass-produced in a factory in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro. Reuters notes that the masks are...
  • Guy Fawkes Night: 7 Things You Never Would Have Guessed About England's Most Famous Traitor

    11/05/2013 12:03:32 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | November 5, 2013 | Jacob Cole
    Anyone who is familiar with British political history, or has simply watched too much V for Vendetta, knows Guy Fawkes. The man apprehended with a massive stockpile of gunpowder beneath the House of Lords in 1605, Fawkes was tortured and killed, leaving behind the macabre refrain to "remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot." However, it is often a misconception that Fawkes was simply an anarchist with a penchant for explosives, and his legacy surprisingly extends beyond an annual burning of his likeness. For example... 1. He wasn't an anarchist. Despite the idealization Fawkes has received...
  • The Guy Fawkes story, the Gunpowder Plot and the history of Bonfire Night linked to Hatfield House

    11/05/2013 9:30:06 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Welwyn Hatfield Times ^ | November 5, 2013 | Paul Christian
    The Guy Fawkes story, the Gunpowder Plot and the history of Bonfire Night linked to Hatfield House. The current Marquess of Salisbury, who lives at Hatfield House, is a direct descendant of the man who uncovered the plot to kill King James I. He is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great (11 times) grandson of the gnarled monarch’s Machiavellian Secretary of State, Robert Cecil. And Lord Salisbury’s ancestral seat at Hatfield House was also swapped for the original Cecil home at Theobalds, in Waltham Cross. Cecil was one of the chief architects of Scottish...
  • On This Day in History: Nov 5, 1605 - King James Learns of the Gunpowder Plot

    11/05/2013 8:45:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies
    Strategy Informer ^ | 11/05/2013 | herodotus
    Early in the morning of November 5, 1605, King James I of England learns that a plot to explode the Parliament building has been foiled, hours before he was scheduled to sit with the rest of the British government in a general parliamentary session. At about midnight on the night of November 4-5, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar under the Parliament building and ordered the premises searched. Some 20 barrels of gunpowder were found, and Fawkes was taken into custody. During a torture session on the rack, Fawkes revealed that...
  • Remember, remember the 5th of November. How could I, a Catholic, forget?

    11/05/2013 6:07:48 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 5, 2013 | Cristina Odone
    Frankly, how could I, or any Catholic, forget. Today is the day when Britons still burn an effigy of the Pope - and do so, joyously, in public. [SNIP] What distinguished me from the great majority of Britons I met was my faith. Being a Catholic marked me out as the "odd one" (my rather obvious nickname at college). I couldn't believe the prejudice I encountered. My first boyfriend's mother warned him that if he married me I would send all his money to Rome, to line the Vatican coffers. The science teacher at school said he knew why I...
  • With Lenin's Changes Removed, Tsarist Obelisk Unveiled Near Kremlin

    11/04/2013 8:03:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/4/13
    MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and senior Russian officials attended the opening of a resurrected Tsarist-era obelisk outside the Kremlin walls Monday. The monument was originally unveiled 99 years ago to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Russia’s Romanov dynasty, but its Tsarist iconography was removed in 1918 on the orders of Vladimir Lenin and the names of Romanov emperors replaced by famous international revolutionaries. In the renovated version unveiled Monday, criticized by some architectural preservation groups for poor quality work, the communist-era changes have been reversed. “Today, an unjust historical action has...
  • In These Trying Days Are You IN Christ?

    11/04/2013 3:55:17 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/4/13
    What will keep ONE out of Almighty God's perfect Heaven will not be one's application and practice of conservative virtuous living or the base indulging of a decadent life style BUT REJECTING Almighty God's saving solution, which is ONLY found in Jesus Christ the Lamb of Almighty God. (John 3:36, Rom. 10:2-4). Almighty God wants to help you and to bring you and your loved ones unto Himself, to LOVE you as only He can (John 3:16-17, Acts 16:28-31). The question we must ask ourselves is, "Will we let Him?" As mankind’s godless rebellion today knows no boundaries and all...
  • How Agenda 21 is Related to Ancient Fertility Cults and Nazism

    11/04/2013 9:54:01 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 26 replies
    Gulagbound ^ | 11/3/2013 | Mark Musser
    Originally entitled, "Relating Environmental Fascism to Baalism and the End Times," the Gulag has posted a very interesting presentation on the connections between ancient fertility cults, modern environmentalism, and the road to the apocalypse. And yes, one way to aptly characterize National Socialism's eugenic policies is to compare it to an ancient nature worship fertility cult like Baalism, all dressed up in modern vernacular, and presented to the German people as the latest 'science,' even though it was nothing but crackpot biology with strong ecological undercurrents …
  • Stanek weekend question: What is your view of abortion supporters?

    11/03/2013 7:53:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    I admit I often demonize abortion supporters in my mind. The ones I usually deal with are the hard core industry or political types, and they can indeed come across beyond cold and calloused. Nevertheless, having been convicted through Scripture, I’ve been trying (although admittedly failing as often as I succeed – but I’m getting better, truly!) to more even-handedly communicate with them. This week I read Romans 15:15-16 and took the passage our direction. The pertinent sentence: I’m doing this because God gave me the gift to be a servant of Christ Jesus to people who are not Jewish....
  • “evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt” [Kirsten Powers]

    11/03/2013 10:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 3, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Kirsten Powers in Christianity Today: Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion — especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt…. I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don’t remember what was said that...
  • Letter #94: “The Russians are Coming”

    11/03/2013 9:23:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | 11/2/13 | Robert Moynihan
    We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.—Russian President Vladimir Putin, open letter to the American people, September 11 In the countries of the former Soviet Union, in particular in Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia and Moldavia, an unprecedented religious revival is underway. In the Russian Orthodox Church over the past 25 years there have been built or restored from ruins more than 25,000 churches. This means that a thousand churches a year have been opened, i.e., three churches a day.—Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, October 30 Pope Francis has said...
  • KENYA: {Evangelical) Pastors want AK-47s to protect their flocks against The Religion of Peace

    11/03/2013 5:05:29 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 3, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer: Kenyan pastors ask for AK-47s to counter Islamic jihad attacks Christianity has never opposed self-defense. “Kenyan Pastors Ask for AK-47s Amid Radical Muslim Persecution,” by Fredrick Nzwili for RNS, November 1 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):As attacks on Christians mount in Kenya’s coastal region, some evangelical pastors in the Mombasa area may no longer be willing to turn the other cheek.Worried about attacks against their churches and congregations, some pastors are asking for rifles to protect themselves from suspected Islamic extremists.The violence intensified on Oct. 20 and 21, when two evangelical church pastors...