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  • The Tailors of Tooley Street: Reflections on the Ivory Tower and Reality

    01/24/2017 8:04:52 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 23, 2017 | Fr. George Rutler
    We may be learning that those who claim to speak of the people, by the people, and for the people, may not really know the people. “Thy neck is a tower of ivory" (Song of Solomon 4:7). In so saying, the Old Testament reminds one that standards of beauty do change. To call a long white neck swan-like is a commonplace, and the Arabic equivalent is fawn-like. Even Marge in “The Simpsons” cartoons is said to have a neck like a swan. But a neck like a tower of ivory seems unique to Solomon’s song though long before the Litany...
  • Catholic Sisters Join the Womens March on Washington

    01/23/2017 6:35:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    America Magazine ^ | 1/22/17 | Teresa Donnellan
    Early this morning crowds of women donning pink hats and carrying protest signs with slogans like Im with her and Love trumps hate gathered in groups around capitol hill in Washington, D.C., as well as in cities across the country, to prepare for the Womens March on Washington and its sister marches. Over 500,000 men and women filed in to listen to women speak on a host of social justice issues, from immigration reform to environmental responsibility. While the exclusion of pro-life feminist groups from the marchs list of sponsors discouraged some Catholics from attending this event, several groups of...
  • Cardinal Parolin: Diplomat of the New World Order

    01/23/2017 4:04:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 20, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Francis, Parolin continued, has taken a very great role of leadership in the global issues of the present world. And he is recognized as such, as a global leader which was very clear in the process of climate change.
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Trusting God With Your Reputation

    01/23/2017 2:11:44 AM PST · by Resettozero · 2 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 23, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 Funny how you can go from hero to zero in the time it takes a bull moose to charge a noisy hunter coming too close to home. Governor Palin is the most popular governor in the country, Senator John McCain said in 2008. I was humbled to hear campaign staff confirm to reporters I had the highest approval rating of any governor, at 86 to 90 percent. Then I was chosen to run for vice president. Many of you witnessed...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1/23/2017 [Prayer]

    01/23/2017 12:46:37 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 39 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 23, 2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Nancy Pelosi Trashes Pro-Life People: They Pray on Sunday and Prey on People the Rest of the Week

    01/22/2017 11:07:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 55 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 20, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Democratic Party has problems. Ever since Democrats suffered major, unexpected losses in the November election, political commentators have been speculating about why. One of the biggest reasons pointed to is the partys disconnect with rural, religious and pro-life voters. On Friday, MSNBCs Joe Scarborough broached the topic with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. How do they reconnect with a middle America who feels like [Democrats] look down on them? Scarborough asked. Pelosi emphasized that Democrats are people of faith, but she said they may need to work harder to make that clear. Later in the interview, Pelosi accused Republicans,...
  • Snatched Away From Their Lives and Heritage, a Jewish Mother Fights for Her Children

    01/22/2017 10:18:50 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 14 replies
    Chinuch Magazine ^ | 01/22/2017 | Yomin Postelnik
    The saga of Julie Goffstein and her children needs to make all of us demand better. A travesty was done to children who were ripped apart from a loving and by all accounts good mother, from their heritage and from their way of life. Moreover, the tragic injustice done in this case should send shivers down the spines of every homeschooling advocate in the nation. Julie was a loving mother of 6 boys, ages 5-15. She raised them with great care for their physical needs, their spiritual wellbeing and their personal development. Eleven character witnesses testified as to this at...
  • For First Time, A Hindu Priest For Donald Trumps National Prayer Service

    01/22/2017 10:17:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Top Yaps ^ | January 22, 2017 | Aseem Gaurav Sharma
    A Hindu priest was among various religious leaders who offered prayers at the National Prayer Service of US President Donald Trump on January 21. This is probably the first time a Hindu priest has been called for services at the national prayer service of the presidential inauguration. Narayanachar L. Digalakota from the popular Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland offered prayers at the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral. Digalakota was joined by by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Priest Bishop Harry Jackson, and Carlyle Begay to offer prayers for those who govern. The tradition of an inaugural...
  • LDS church provides place for displaced Muslim community to pray

    01/22/2017 5:52:34 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 21, 2017 8:40 p.m. | Ginny Romney
    After arson recently destroyed a Muslim community's mosque in Bellevue, Wash., a neighboring LDS church opened its doors, reports KOMO 4 TV in Seattle. The Bellevue Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered use of a large room that was formerly a classroom so members of the Islamic Center of Eastside could have a place to pray until they find a new space. Its really very simple, Church Director of Public Affairs Gordon Wilson told KOMO 4 TV. Its just neighbors helping neighbors. Jesus said, Love your neighbor. Theyre right next door. How can it be...
  • Why did Thomas Merton (and others!) find Doctor Zhivago so inspiring? -

    01/22/2017 2:59:27 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 22, 2017 | David Ives
    Not many films can claim as their source material a novel published by the CIA and distributed by the Vatican. In fact, as far as I know, there is only one: Doctor Zhivago.Banned from publication in its native Russia for its unglamorous portrayal of the rise of communism, Boris Pasternak’s manuscript was smuggled from the country by British Intelligence and passed on to the CIA. Restrained by politics from publicly distributing the novel themselves, the agency sought help from one of communism’s most fervent foes, the Catholic Church. That’s how it came to pass that Russian citizens were able to...
  • Why Israel is the Middle East's Foremost Problem

    01/22/2017 2:58:05 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 22nd, 2017 | William A. Levinson
    The fact that Israel stands out head and shoulders above its neighbors cannot be attributed to better natural resources, because Israel has few of them. It can be attributed only to the superiority of Judeo-Christian seeds over militant "Islamic" seeds, and this is something the militant "Islamic" leaders can no more tolerate than the D-minus performers can tolerate from their school's honor student.
  • Pope Francis Takes Wait and See Attitude Towards President Trump

    01/22/2017 5:43:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    In a new interview, the Pope warns that populism in a time of crisis is what led to the rise of Hitler and urges dialogue. On the heels of the presidential inauguration, Pope Francis has said he is taking a wait and see attitude about President Donald Trump and wants to deal with specifics before making a judgment on the new leader of the free world. The Holy Father also warned that the political phenomenon taking place in both the U.S. and Europe has led to a form of populism where people look to a charismatic leader to be a...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: He Can Lead A Horse, And Us, To Water

    01/22/2017 1:42:47 AM PST · by Resettozero · 1 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 21, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    He leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:2-3 Sometimes it feels like somethings wrong with you if you arent eternally optimistic. We have so many blessings here that you feel guilty if pessimism overcomes you. But even David, described as a man after [Gods] own heart (1 Sam. 13:14), had a soul that needed Gods attention. Youve probably heard the Twenty-Third Psalm countless times. But really hear for the first time this amazing truth: God led Davids tired, thirsty soul to the water to refresh it! The Bible is full of people who struggle with being...
  • Very Interesting Old Testament Reading from the Daily Office--January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day

    01/20/2017 6:14:19 AM PST · by sonrise57 · 13 replies
    I read the daily office for my morning devotions. Today's Old Testament reading is Isaiah 45:18-45. The reason it struck me is that the whole chapter begins with these words-- "Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to CYRUS, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed" The actual text of the reading, addressed to Cyrus is: 18For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it;...
  • Kim Clement prophesying about Donald Trump 2007

    01/20/2017 3:49:44 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 10 replies
    Kim Clement Center ^ | April 4, 2007 | Kim Clement
    From Redding, CA April 4th, 2007 - Redding, CA April 4, 2007 - Redding, CA The Spirit of God says, I will move in a very unusual manner. For this Nation is being mocked. Third world countries are mocking you. Ungodly nations are mocking you. But God said, not the forces of hell, for they are hearing sounds of fire and resurrection that are emerging from the four corners of this Nation. Some would say, you are forgotten, but I have told you there will be an invasion of the news media. Instruments that once mocked Me will be instruments...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Americas Waiting On You, Church

    01/19/2017 10:39:54 PM PST · by Resettozero
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 19, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:14 Do you know where the phrase separation of church and state comes from? If you guessed the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, youd be wrong. Thomas Jefferson referred to it in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, which had written to him seeking his help. Connecticut had an established state Congregational Church, which meant that the Baptists religious freedom in Connecticut was not an inherent right, but a favor granted by the state. Jefferson...
  • Polish Parliament Recognizes Coronation of Mary as Nation's Queen

    01/19/2017 8:17:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/18/17 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Warsaw, Poland, Jan 18, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland's government has adopted multiple resolutions establishing 2017 as a Jubilee Year for the country, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first canonical coronation of the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Polish Sejm, convinced of the special importance of Marian devotion for our homeland not only in the religious aspect, but also social, cultural and patriotic establishes 2017 the Year of the 300th anniversary of the Coronation of the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the resolution of the lower house of parliament stated. More than 94...
  • Italian Cardinal: Populism Does Not Solve Problems

    01/19/2017 8:09:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    In a recent meeting with journalists, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa said that populism is not the answer to the problems facing Europe. The prelate is president of the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Council of European Bishops Conferences. Populism is not an answer to the problems and challenges of our time, he said. It takes advantage of and feeds on discontent, but cannot control it. Instead, we need a new synthesis, a global vision to look to the future with hope. Cardinal Bagnasco: visit to Brussels. Populism does not solve problems, it feeds on them. A new global vision...
  • A Rare Voice of Episcopal Sanity (Retired, of Course)

    01/19/2017 2:06:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 18, 2017 | Christopehr A. Ferrara
    Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emeritus of Pompeii, has received considerable publicity for his frank remarks on the condition of the Church and its relation to the threat of Islam. In an interview with La Fede Quotidiana (Faith Daily), the Archbishop stated what radical traditionalists and Fatimists have been stating for decades: the obvious. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheistic way, they pass laws that go against God and they have morals that correspond to their paganism. All of this moral and religious decadence, as well as that of the Faith, favors Islam, the Monsignor told the Catholic...
  • Order of Malta, Holy See Remain at Odds Over Inquiry Commission [Catholic Caucus]

    01/19/2017 9:52:40 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 18, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    In the latest developments in the dispute between the Holy See and the Knights of Malta, the head of the 900-year-old order has written to its members emphasizing that his refusal to recognize a Holy See commission of inquiry is because he is trying to protect the orders sovereignty and to safeguard the Church and the Knights from any potential scandal.
  • The Vatican-UN Alliance: Architects of Death and Doom

    01/19/2017 7:42:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 17, 2017 | Elizabeth Yore
    I told you so. The jaw dropping invitation by Pope Francis Pontifical Academy of Social Science and Sciences, to Paul Ehrlich, the author of the bestseller, The Population Bomb should finally wake up Catholics. As shocking as the announcement is, its not surprising to Vatican observers. From the moment Bergoglio stepped out onto the loggia, this B ishop of Rome has opened wide the bronze doors of St. Peters to the globalists and their population control agenda. Not surprisingly, Peter Raven, Ehrlichs collaborator on the Population Bomb, serves as an official member of the Pontifical Academy of Science. Paul Ehrlich...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Politics R Us

    01/19/2017 7:15:16 AM PST · by Resettozero · 1 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 18, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 On Facebook, I saw this great quote: If you are an honest, intelligent, living citizen and think politics have nothing to do with youyou are part of the problem! This seems to be obvious, but I sometimes hear well-meaning Christians say, Oh, I just dont get involved in politics. The only real answer to peoples problems is Jesus. This is, of course, true. But government matters, and as rotten as it is, politics matters, because when the wicked rule, the people groan. Under good...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, January 19, 2017 [prayer]

    01/19/2017 5:56:51 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 34 replies
    FReeRepublic.com ^ | January 19, 2017 | APV prayer team
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • A couple of answers for Betsy DeVoss

    01/18/2017 5:47:04 PM PST · by ganeemead · 21 replies
    Betsy DeVoss will be harassed by two questions involving religion and the supposed conflict between religion and science: Question 1: Are you some sort of a knuckle-dragging, illegal alcohol drinking, hick rube who doesn´t believe in evolution? and Question 2: Are you some sort of a knuckle-dragging, illegal alcohol drinking, hick rube who does not believe that our Earth is four billion years old? The following are the two best answers to all of that which I´ve come across; somebody would be doing Ms. DeVoss a favor if they could get this to her. The answer to question 1:: A...
  • Mike Pence Will Take the Oath With His Hand on 2 Chronicles in Reagan's Bible

    01/18/2017 4:13:23 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 44 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 1/18/2017 | Bob Eschliman
    Vice President-elect Mike Pence intends to send a message when he takes the oath of office on Friday afternoon, there can be no doubt about that. When he is sworn in, his hand will be on a Bible that hasn't been used in 32 yearsthe Reagan family Bible used by President Ronald Reagan for all of his swearing-in ceremonies as president and governor. Not only that, but the Bible will be turned to an important piece of scripture, 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and...
  • Catholic Vote video for Inauguration Day

    01/18/2017 3:45:42 PM PST · by Shark24 · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 18, 2016 | Catholic Vote
    Positive video by Catholic Vote for Inaugural Day
  • The Paris Flop! Our prayers have been answered!

    01/16/2017 8:05:46 PM PST · by Lera · 25 replies
    Behold Israel ^ | 1/16/17 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's commentary on Sunday's Middle East Peace Conference in Paris "...The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much... (James 5:16) The Paris Middle East Peace Conference ended up as a great disappointment to the Palestinians and a great relief to the Israelis. The closing declaration at the conference in Paris urged both sides to "officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution". It also warned them against taking one-sided actions that could hurt talks, in an apparent reference to Israeli settlement building. But Britain, which attended as an observer, did not back the final communique. A Foreign Office...
  • (NOVEMBER 1, 2016:) BIBLE CODES PREDICT TRUMP WIN [WATCH]

    01/16/2017 10:06:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | DR. RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
    And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. Deuteronomy 31:18 (The Israel Bible) In two separate sets of Bible Codes, published three months apart, international Bible Codes expert Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson found evidence that Donald J. Trump will win the upcoming US presidential election. Whats more, Trumps predicted win appears to be connected to his support for Israel. The first table was published on July 6, 2016. In this table, which comes from the Book of Deuteronomy, Rabbi Glazerson pointed to...
  • Prayers Answered: Regime Change Comes to the Nations Capital

    01/16/2017 11:13:40 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 11 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 16, 2017 | JP
    Im awaiting Inauguration Day with expectancy. Not to rejoice that, at long last, we will finally reach the 2,922nd and final day of the Obama presidency. Not to experience the schadenfreude of seeing the pained expressions of Hillary and Bill Clinton as Donald Trump rather than Madam Clinton takes the oath of office as the nations 45th president. No, I look forward to Inauguration Day because the Christian heritage of this nations founders disavowed for the past eight years by a president who declared America no longer a Christian nation will be front and...
  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 36 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle Eastand upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response). They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria. However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps. Here is the world's response...
  • New Embassy Signals Popes Love for Palestine, says President Abbas

    01/16/2017 3:40:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 16, 2017 | N/A
    The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See was inaugurated on Saturday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country’s new embassy to the Holy See.“This is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace,” Abbas told the Pope on Saturday before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome.The Pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here.”“I am also happy to be here,” Abbas replied.The Vatican said the two leaders spoke privately of the...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 1-16-17 {Prayer}

    01/15/2017 10:40:52 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 32 replies
    1-16-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 12:2 Hinei, El is my Yeshuah (Salvation); I will Trust, and not be Afraid; For Hashem G-d is my Strength and my Zemirah; He also has become my Yeshuah (Salvation).
  • Pro-Abortion Advocate Paul Ehrlich to Speak at Vatican Conference

    01/15/2017 3:21:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | January 14, 2017 | David Martin
    The Vatican will once again be used as a forum to advance population control. Pro-abortion advocate Paul Ehrlich, father of the modern population control movement and author of the 1968 best-seller "The Population Bomb," has been invited to speak at the Vatican during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss "how to save the natural world." This is deplorable when we consider the possible millions of deaths globally that he and his ideas may have indirectly been responsible for over the past five decades. Is the Vatican deliberately seeking to put the unborn to death? The Stanford biologist, who...
  • Franois Fillon could become the face of Frances Catholic revival

    01/15/2017 11:29:39 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 13, 2017 | Gavin Mortimer
    Itstrikes me that its not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in Paris on Christmas Eve, for example, I passed my local church. Inside a midnight Mass was in progress; outside a policeman stood guard.It was the same across France, an army of gun-toting men and women protecting the nations cathedrals and churches. Theyll be back at Easter, and on the Ascension and the Assumption. For how long? Who knows how long the country that is known as the eldest daughter of the church because of its Christian heritage will need...
  • End times harbinger: Nations gang up on Israel

    01/15/2017 10:11:23 AM PST · by amorphous · 56 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2017
    Its like an alarm bell in the night for prophecy experts. Seventy nations are meeting in Paris this weekend for a massive summit to coordinate efforts against the Jewish state of Israel. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, a statement issued after the conference will demand an end to the occupation that began in 1967, a two-state solution and no recognition of Israeli control of Jerusalem. It may even lead to recognition of a Palestinian state. Theres no telling what this meeting might produce, said Joseph Farah, founder of WND.com and author of the new prophecy book The Restitution of...
  • Prayer Heading Into Inaugural Week

    01/14/2017 2:57:28 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    January 14, 2016 | GoldenState_Rose
    Heavenly Father, We thank you as we stand on the brink of a New Dawn for this nation. We pray for the outgoing Obama/Biden administration, LORD. We lift up the souls of all former leaders, from the Bushes to the Clintons. YOU are the ultimate judge of their legacies, and You are the ultimate judge of every soul: powerful and civilian alike. We pray for each of them, wherever they are in spiritual journeys, to come to embrace the FULLNESS of Your Truth. We pray that moving forward, they be advocates for what is objectively good, just, and true, and...
  • Two Juicy Ironies in the Current Saga Featuring the Knights of Malta

    01/14/2017 12:35:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | January 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    For anyone familiar with the Vatican over a long stretch of time, there are a couple of truly juicy ironies involved in its current probe of the Knights of Malta, and understanding those ironies may help explain both the defiant reaction the Knights have displayed publicly and the vertigo they may be feeling privately. ROME – Just to be clear from the beginning, I have no insider information regarding the news now making the rounds about the Knights of Malta, either in terms of the factors that led to the ouster of Albrecht von Boeselager, the group’s chancellor, or Pope...
  • Top Bishop: Europe Will Soon Be Muslim Because of Our Stupidity

    01/14/2017 9:20:35 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 14, 2017 | NICK HALLETT
    Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emeritus of Pompeii, said that Islam will soon become Europe’s main religion thanks to the huge number of Muslim migrants alongside the increasing secularism of native Europeans.Speaking to Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, the archbishop said: “In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way, they make laws that go against God and they have traditions that are proper of paganism.“All of this moral and religious decadence favours Islam.” “We have a weak Christian faith,” he added. “The Church nowadays does not...
  • Russian Cathedral That Was Turned Into Museum Of Atheism Is To Be A Church Again

    01/13/2017 6:16:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | Mark Woods
    A former Russian Orthodox cathedral that was converted into a museum of atheism during the Soviet period is to be returned to the Church and local people are protesting the move. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on change.org against the return of St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg. Built between 1818 and 1858 by French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand, it was formerly the flagship church of Orthodoxy in Russia. The building is now used for concerts and is a major tourist attraction though religious services are occasionally held there. According to AFP the petition has been...
  • Palestinian Embassy Opening in Vatican City on Eve of Evil International Decree

    01/13/2017 2:42:47 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 15 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 1/13/17 | Adam Berkowitz
    On Friday, just two days before 70 nations gather in Paris to vote on an anti-Israel decree, a new embassy for the Palestinian Authority will be inaugurated in Vatican City. This will be the first Palestinian embassy to be established in a European Union member nation. PA President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Pope Francis on Saturday. This will be the third time the two have met. When they met last year, Pope Francis referred to Abbas as an angel of peace. When confronted, the Holy See explained that this was an error in translation and the Pope had atually...
  • Atheism Became Way More Popular During The Obama Era

    01/13/2017 1:23:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/13/2017 | Peter Hasson
    The number of Americans who don’t ascribe to any religion grew significantly during Obama’s eight years in office, according to a recent Pew Research report on how the country changed during the Obama era.U.S. President Barack Obama (L) stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst “When it comes to the nation’s religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all. Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion...
  • Supremes face bombshell: Law censoring Christian counselors

    01/13/2017 11:20:16 AM PST · by amorphous · 45 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Supreme Court has been handed a bombshell: An appeal of a lower-court ruling that banned Christian counselors from talking with teens about the biblical standard for sexuality. The case challenges laws that force licensed counselors to affirm homosexuality, prohibiting them from helping clients overcome same-sex attractions. Such laws have been adopted in New Jersey, where a biased judge used it to shut down a Christian ministry, and in California and other states. The case already was presented to the Supreme Court several years ago, but it did not get a ruling. Now a new appeal has been submitted...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma

    01/13/2017 4:31:03 AM PST · by Resettozero · 7 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 12, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma January 12, 2017 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 I sure dont like to fail, but here I am. When John McCain and I lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008, it was one of the most public failures you can imagine. As much as we fought to win that election, it was impossible to know how the nation would change and morph under the leadership of the guy who beat us. Looking back, it sometimes felt...
  • Graduates of Jesuit Colleges in Congress Overwhelmingly Pro-Abortion

    01/12/2017 7:09:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 1/9/17 | Matt Archbold
    The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities recently celebrated the fact that 56 members of the new 115th U.S. Congress (a full 10 percent) attended a Jesuit college or university. AJCU President Father Michael Sheeran, S.J., said, A hallmark of Jesuit education is service to others, and we are proud to see that commitment represented by the alumni of Jesuit institutions who serve in the House and Senate. We appreciate their leadership and look forward to working with them during the 115th Congress. As boastful as the AJCU seems about this (its on the banner of their home page), Im...
  • Priest sues diocese alleging persecution for reporting abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 1:50:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 12, 2017 | Terry Spencer
    A priest from West Palm Beach is suing his former diocese. He claims the bishop set him aside and lied about him because he called law enforcement after another priest showed child pornography to a teenage boy. Father John Gallagher claims he was ostracized by the diocese of West Palm Beach after calling the police to investigate a fellow priest who showed child-porn images to 14-year-old parishioner. Father Joseph Palimattom was convicted, spent six months in jail and was deported home to India. WEST PALM BEACH - A Catholic priest filed suit Wednesday against his former diocese, saying that the...
  • Statement of the Grand Magistry (of the Sovereign Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus

    01/12/2017 8:43:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Order of Malta ^ | January 10, 2017
    The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in response to the activities being carried out by a Group appointed by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, considers it appropriate to reiterate that the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor was an internal act of the government of the Order. Thus, considering the legal irrelevance of this Group and of its findings relating to the legal structure of the Order of Malta, the Order has decided that it should not cooperate with it. This is to protect its sovereignty against initiatives which claim to be directed at objectively...
  • Recognizing the Face of Evil

    01/12/2017 6:43:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 12, 2017 | Rev Jerry J Pokorsy
    Many Catholic churchmen also seem to be incapable of recognizing the evil of the most monstrous of human acts. Internet searches of the comments made by senior clergymen after terrorist events reveal an undeniable pattern. Terrorist acts by extremist Islamists are almost always met with comments disassociating the religion of peace from the act. Frequently despite evidence that many Islamists like Osama bin Laden are well-to-do joblessness and economic deprivation are blamed. The solution usually includes a strong call for more dialog (with whom?). There is never talk of just punishment and just measures to protect individuals and...
  • [Russian] Church Will Release Results of Yekaterinburg Relics Expertise by Second Quarter of 2017

    01/11/2017 5:53:34 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Principally new data obtained in course of investigationMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk tells when results of the church expertise of the criminal case on the murder of Nicholas II family will be released. "We hope that as the work is very extensive and the report will be very voluminous, it will be ready by the second quarter of this year: investigators will report to the Investigative Committee, and we will report to the coming Bishops' Council," the bishop told in his...
  • Statement of the Grand Magistry (Order of Malta)

    01/11/2017 3:49:06 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Sovereign Order of Malta ^ | January 10, 2017 | Sovereign Order of Malta
    The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in response to the activities being carried out by a Group appointed by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, considers it appropriate to reiterate that the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor was an internal act of the government of the Order. Thus, considering the legal irrelevance of this Group and of its findings relating to the legal structure of the Order of Malta, the Order has decided that it should not cooperate with it. This is to protect its sovereignty against initiatives which claim to be directed at objectively...
  • Knights of Malta Refuse to Assist Irrelevant Vatican Investigation

    01/11/2017 3:24:55 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    AP ^ | January 11, 2017 | N/A
    The Knights of Malta, the ancient Catholic lay order, is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over a condom scandal and is warning its members to toe the line if they choose to speak with investigators. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Knights called the investigation legally irrelevant and aimed at limiting its sovereignty. It insisted that the ousting of its grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, was an act of internal governance that in no way involves religious superiors. The order told its members that if they speak with Vatican-appointed...