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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...