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  • 100 Christians, Including Children, Arrested During Major House Church Raid in China

    09/23/2014 9:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China's Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country. "We don't know exactly why they raided our church," a local believer told watchdog group International Christian Concern, which has been keeping track of the rising tide of persecution in China. "The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church." Worshipers said that the church was raided without...
  • A delayed desire: Albanian priest waited decades for ordination

    09/22/2014 2:03:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Gjergj Simoni speaks with CNA in Tirana, Albania on Sept, 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled. “When I first said I wanted to be 'like Him,' a priest told me that it was a dark path to take, but I replied: 'I see no darkness,'” Father Gjergj Simoni said. In a Sept. 21 interview with CNA, he recalled...
  • October Surprise - in favor of the Conservatives? [Vanity]

    09/22/2014 7:11:55 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 32 replies
    Christian Today | 06 August 2014 | Brownie Marie
    Is this God's version of an October Surprise?
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/22/2014 12:43:49 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    9-22-14 | Kitty Mittens
  • Liberals Attack Florida Bishop, Appeal to Pope Francis

    09/21/2014 3:50:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A letter and petition accusing Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice, Florida, of authoritarian leadership will soon be on its way to Rome, asking Pope Francis to intervene. The campaign has been orchestrated by two liberal groups agitating for a more lay-directed Church. The Southwest Florida chapter of Call to Action wrote the letter, together with the support of the local chapter of Voice of the Faithful. Call to Action, a group pushing for radical reform such as the ordination of women and a relaxing of sexual ethics, has accused Bishop Dewane of employing scare tactics including bullying...
  • After brutal persecution, Albania 'reopened' to missionary zeal

    09/21/2014 2:11:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2014
    Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass at Mother Teresa square as part of his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis recalled the country's vicious history of anti-religious persecution, saying it is now ready for the Gospel to flourish. “Recalling the decades of atrocious suffering and harsh persecutions against Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims, we can say that Albania was a land of martyrs: many bishops, priests, men and women religious, and laity paid for their fidelity with their lives,”...
  • Peoples Climate Change March Defiles the Lords Day

    09/21/2014 8:18:32 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | JP
    Organizers of the so-called Peoples Climate March expect more than 100,000 people to fill the streets of midtown Manhattan on Sunday, demanding action on global warming. It promises to be one of the largest cult gatherings in U.S. history. And it will take place two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency climate summit at the United Nations. The march is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, a celebrated environmental activist. In May, he issued a call to arms in a jeremiad published in Rolling Stone magazine, which exhorted climate change cultists to descend on New York...
  • In Albania, Pope Francis Will Find a Church That is "Rising"

    09/20/2014 1:19:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 20, 2014
    When Pope Francis lands at Mother Teresa Airport outside Tirana, Albania, Sunday, he will find a country still getting used to the concept of democracyand learning again what it means to believe in God. The Church is "rising," in the words of FatherCarlo Lorenzo Rossetti, who has been based in Albania since 2003. But several generations grew up in a society that had tried to erase God from public and private consciousness. Father Rossetti, a Fidei donum priest from the Diocese of Rome,directs the Redemptoris Mater missionary seminary and teaches theology at the interdiocesan seminary in Shkoder. He spoke...
  • Escaping ISIS, With Help from a Muslim

    09/20/2014 1:04:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 19, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    >Stories are emerging from Christian communities in Iraq that are vaguely reminiscent of the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany. AINA, the Assyrian International News Agency, reported this week on a dozen Christians helped by a Muslim man in the north of Iraq who has helped Christians escape areas controlled by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Those familiar with the history of the Holocaust may be reminded of anti-Nazi Christians who hid Jews and helped them escape persecution. The AINA story details the plight of 12 Assyrian Christians who failed to leave their town of...
  • The Kraken Unleashed: Are We Ready to Fight the Beast?

    09/20/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | September 18, 2014 | FATHER RICHARD HEILMAN
    And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were blasphemous names. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave it his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have received a death-blow, but its mortal wound had been healed. In amazement the whole earth followed the beast. They worshiped the dragon, for he had...
  • Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book [Fessio! Speaks!]

    09/20/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | CNA staff
    Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kaspers position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. The French Catholic newspaper La Croix said Sept. 17 that a senior source close to the Argentine Pope claimed that Pope Francis would be annoyed by the publication of this collective work. However, sources close to the Pope denied this claim, telling CNA that the Pope is not even aware of the book. The book, from Ignatius Press, is titled Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in...
  • Regensburg Vindicated

    09/19/2014 8:01:27 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/17/2014 | George Weigel
    On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims. That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVIs Regensburg Lecture: a gaffe-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedicts pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those...
  • Exorcists Warn of Danger from Oklahoma City Black Mass

    09/19/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    Breitbart Big-Government/ ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    < [It] may be that the Oklahoma City satanists, who call themselves the Dakhma Angra Mainyu, believe that the black mass they're holding on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, is harmless fun, or a deliberate insult to Catholics (since the "black mass" is a perverted parody of the Catholic Mass), or even a serious attempt to call upon dark forces. But according to the beliefs of a priest from the neighboring Diocese of Tulsa, both those putting on the event and those attending--this year's event has sold out all 88 tickets--may be in spiritual peril. Monsignor...
  • Biden, a Catholic School Kid, Praises Nuns Under Fire From the Vatican

    09/19/2014 6:12:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 9/17/14 | Jason Horowitz
    DES MOINES At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns, Mr. Biden offered. Lighten up. Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the sisters who remained the target of a Vatican crackdown for their activism on issues like poverty and health care. And on a visit to Iowa on Wednesday, Mr. Biden literally, as he might put it, got on board with the nuns. Youre looking...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/18/2014 12:25:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 41 replies
    Sandro Magister ^ | 09/18/2014 | Sandro Magister
    VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 The revolution of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most Ratzingerian of the Roman curia. Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop...
  • The Serpents Return to the Irish

    09/18/2014 4:56:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    Jesus reached out to harlots. He did not reach out to their harlotry. Jesus reached out to hypocrites, often with a rhetorical fist to capture their attention. He did not reach out to their hypocrisy. He reached out to tax collectors, those half-traitors to their nation. He did not reach out to their treachery.I am imagining a parade down Main Street of Anyville.It’s the typical American parade. Some people are tootling on flutes, braying out almost-G on the trumpet, or banging the big bass drum. A group of high school girls in short skirts dance and twirl their batons....
  • The Muslim Brotherhoods Inter-Faith Charade

    09/16/2014 5:34:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    Dr. Mark Christian is the President and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute (GFI), a Christian organization based in Omaha, Nebraska dedicated to the proclamation and pursuit of truth as it relates Middle Eastern history and current happenings. Dr. Christian, an Egyptian-born Christian convert from Islam related to high-ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, is now engaged in a battle to root out the Brotherhood influence in what is called the Tri-Faith Initiative, a building project in Omaha.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/15/2014 1:17:59 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    9-15-14 | Kitty Mittens
    2Chronicles 7:14 If My People, which are Called by My Name, shall Humble themselves, and Pray, And Seek My Face, and Turn from their Wicked Ways; Then will I Hear from Heaven, and will Forgive their Sin, and will Heal their Land.
  • Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (Fr. George Rutler)

    09/14/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | September 12, 2014 | Francis Phillips |
    Fr Rutler, a parish priest in Manhattan, New York and a well-known essayist, has taken his title from the famous quotation in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is in part because of he wishes to show the larger forces at work during WWII and also because an old friend and fellow priest had bequeathed to him a pile of newspapers, journals and radio transcripts for this particular year. Growing up after the war, Rutler sees his book as “a feeble act of thanks from my generation” for the previous one that had endured so many sacrifices on behalf...
  • Atheist Bill Maher Defends Christians as Host Charlie Rose Compares Christianity to Islam

    09/13/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Appearing on Charlie Rose's PBS show this week, HBO's "Real Time" host Bull Maher rebuked him for linking Islam to Christianity, defending Christians by saying a vast numbers of them do not believe in violence or treat women as second class citizens. Maher, a self-proclaimed atheist, began by refuting former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's recent statement that vast numbers of Muslims are not like ISIS in Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda offshoot that seeks to form an Islamic emirate in the Levant region through "jihad." Interrupting Maher, Rose asked, "Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical?"...
  • When Will the Catholic Church Come into the 21st Century?

    09/12/2014 2:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014 | STUART SQUIRES
    “When will the Catholic Church come into the twenty-first century?” As a Catholic theologian, I often hear this question posed by non-Catholics and Catholics alike. One of the most important questions facing the Church today, it implies a set of issues that are known to all: same-sex “marriage,” contraception, and divorce (to name only a few), which Pope Benedict XVI has called “the canon of issues.” Because the teachings of the Church on these issues are at odds with our modern secular culture, non-Catholics—and even many Catholics—are left scratching their heads and wonder why the Church doesn’t finally come...
  • 'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Launch Draws Harsh Criticism

    09/12/2014 10:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2014 | Alex Murashko
    Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages. "I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention....
  • Bishop to Travel to White House, Ask for Visas for Persecuted Iraqi Catholics

    09/12/2014 6:22:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, the head of a Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in San Diego, will travel to the White House with a list of 25,000 Iraqi Catholics who seek entry into the United States. Requests have been made to White House for an increase in the number of visas issued, to be granted to those who wish and desire to leave Iraq, reported a California-based Chaldean news site. In response to a request from the White House, St. Peter's Diocese has been compiling a list of names for our brothers and sisters in Iraq that want to escape persecution....
  • The Rev Ian Paisley Dies Aged 88

    09/12/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 91 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/12/14 | Staff Reporter
    The Rev Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has died at the age of 88. The Rev Paisley served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first devolved in 2007. His deputy, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fin, expressed sadness at the news of his death. Over a number of decades we were political opponents and held very different views on many, many issues but the one thing we were absolutely united on was the principle that our people were better able to govern themselves than any British government, he...
  • 'In Defense of Christians' Summit Features Supporters of Hezbollah (Where Cruz was heckled & booed)

    09/11/2014 5:49:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Questions surround a Washington, D.C. conference whose stated purpose was to gather lawmakers, Eastern and Western churches, community leaders and a variety of Christian groups to confront the problem of genocide being perpetrated against Christians by ISIS. According to Alana Goodman, writing at the Washington Free Beacon, In Defense of Christians (IDC) was funded by a controversial Clinton donor that featured pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad speakers. Clinton donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury, who pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009, reportedly provided funding for the IDC summit. Chagoury, says the Free Beacon, also has backed Lebanese politician...
  • Regensburg Redux: Can Benedict say 'I told you so' about Islam?

    09/11/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | September 10, 2014 | David Gibson/RNS
    Pope Benedict XVI lectured on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in Germany in this Sept. 12, 2006, file photo. A quotation from a Byzantine emperor that the pope used in this talk provoked outrage in the Muslim world. Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least especially coming a day after the 9/11 anniversary and it sparked an enormous...
  • Cardinal (Francis George): U.S. Creed on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/11/2014 7:48:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a public creed, a fake church that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law. Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • 9/11 - America's Unheeded Wake Up Call!

    09/11/2014 4:10:33 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies
    IFB ^ | 9-11-14
    Today ( thirteen years after 9/11), as the global events and the godless out workings of base (corrupt) man continue at a breakneck speed, the stage is being set for the horrific events on the horizon called The Tribulation Period, or The Day of the Lord (Matt. 24:21-22). The entire world - including America - will be absolutely oblivious to the realities and dire consequences of events to unfold during that time. Ever since the civilization of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), the world has basically lived in a godless delusion of apathy and subjective narcissism. They have willfully rejected the eternal...
  • Liberation Theology Triumphant as Work of John Paul II & Benedict XVI is Completely Wiped Out."

    09/10/2014 6:08:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 9/07/14 | Antonio Socci
    THE DESCOTO CASE AND THOSE WHO WANT TO WIPE OUT THE WORK DONE BY JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI Antonio Socci Libero September 7, 2014 In the era of Bergoglio, the Vatican has practically rehabilitated Liberation Theology, which came into existence in the 1960s and has caused untold disasters, mainly in Latin America, by fostering the Churchs subordination to Marxist thought. Over the past months there have been startling occurrences, such as the landing of Gustavo Gutierrez (the father of Liberation Theology) in the Vatican itself. A year ago, L'Osservatore Romano published large extracts from one of his books...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/10/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 16 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 09/09/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate
  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/10/2014 4:52:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Catholic Citizens ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mary Anne Hackett
    Editor’s note: In response to the news that the St. Patrick’s Parade in New York would now accept “gay” groups in the parade and that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would serve as Grand Marshall of the parade, Catholic Citizens of Illinois has sent an open letter to Cardinal Dolan, which is published below. Catholic Citizens of Illinois, 106 Calendar Court, PMB #122, La Grange, IL 60525-2325An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy DolanSeptember 5, 2014Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York1011 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022Your Eminence,We were dismayed and discouraged to read that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York...
  • Wicked Bishops

    09/09/2014 7:59:37 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | ChurchMilitantTV
    Resign Cardinal Dolan. Resign now for the sake of your soul.
  • Obama Administration Moves Forward in Challenging Little Sisters

    09/09/2014 7:25:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/9/14 | Adelaide Mena
    The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is still unconscionable. Merely offering the Little Sisters a different way to violate their religion does not ease their conscience, said Adele Keim, counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little Sisters of the Poor in court. Religious ministries in these cases serve tens of thousands of Americans, helping the poor and homeless and healing the sick. The Little Sisters of the Poor alone serve more than...
  • Our anger, fragility and the remedy (Cardinal Dolan and St. Patrick's Day Parade)

    09/09/2014 2:31:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 8, 2014 | Robert Royal
    A highly intelligent woman, who doesn’t particularly follow ecclesial politics, surprised me the other day. Hearing about Cardinal Dolan’s acceptance of gays marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, she said casually, “there’s going to be a schism in the Church.” An overreaction, to be sure, but she’s far from the only one to be shocked.A priest – steady of judgment – writes to me that since the announcement last week, “I’m meeting a lot of angry people.” The constant challenges to the Church’s teaching authority and countercultural truth-telling produces anger. Real anger. And internal Church weakness – especially in...
  • Onward Catholic Soldiers: The Catholic Church during the American Civil War

    09/09/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Pelham · 82 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | Fall 2011 | Mark Summers
    It is a common, even clichd saying that the American Civil War pitted "brother against brother." Certainly, the conflict divided the nation as the seceded Southern states fought for independence, while the Northern and Border states fought to preserve the Union. Even within the sections, there were politicians, civilians, and soldiers who sympathized with the other "side." The issues of Slavery, "States-Rights," and the meaning of the Federal Constitution created passions and hatreds, which leapt from the ballot box to the battlefield. Even churches especially churches were prone to this division. Each section, denomination, and parishioner believed God to be...
  • KJB: The Book That Changed the World

    09/08/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 256 replies
    Hulu.com ^ | April 5, 2011 | Lions Gate
    Movie : KJB: The Book That Changed the World Of all places, Hulu has this well done, interesting and edifying documentary (with ads) with actor John Rhys-Davies. Describes King James 1 upbringing and and political events, including the Gunpowder Plot and shows historical background and aspects which led to this translation. 1:33 long. Worth watching. Has ads (choose priceline ones)
  • War Is Never Inevitable: Pope Francis Rues 'Senseless Slaughter'

    09/08/2014 2:52:46 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 42 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Sep 8, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to inter-religious faith leaders attending a conference on peace, Pope Francis said there are always alternatives to war and urged participants to seek avenues of dialogue. War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for truth, Pope Francis said in his Sept. 7 message to conference attendees. Organized by the Italian Sant'Egidio community, the Sept. 7-9 International Peace Meeting is being held in Antwerp, Belgium in commemoration of the centenary of...
  • Beware the Tactics of the Devil

    09/08/2014 2:20:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | September 8, 2014 | FATHER RICHARD HEILMAN
    Any combat training and tactical planning begins with a process of intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination. Recon (reconnaissance) is a military term used to determine the enemy force’s disposition and intention, gathering information (or intelligence) about an enemy’s composition and capabilities. Dr. Peter Kreeft wrote: “You cannot win a war if you are unwilling to admit we are even at war or you don’t know who your enemy is or you don’t know what strategy your enemy is using.”We have all witnessed how the arid wind of the enemy’s militant secular propaganda campaign has hardened the hearts of so...
  • When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful

    09/08/2014 11:52:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 8, 2014 | MATTHEW HENNESSEY
    Earlier this year I warned that New York Citys centuries-old St. Patricks Day parade up 5th Avenue could soon be shut down for violating the human rights of gay groups. It never occurred to me that the parades organizers would unilaterally surrender the issue.A political and public relations battle has raged for decades between the parades organizerswith historic ties to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organizationand groups which sought to march in the parade under banners proclaiming their sexual preferences. I thought the citys progressive politicians would work to scuttle the parades legal basis by revoking...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/08/2014 10:47:06 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    9-8-14 | Kitty Mittens
  • "Conservative" Catholics "Turning" on Cardinal Dolan? (Catholic Caucus)

    09/07/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    throwthebumsoutin2010 ^ | September 7, 2014
    A fun article in the Washington Post. It always amazes me that there are people 'out there' who want to believe "conservative" is the proper term for loving God so intimately you always strive never be unfaithful to Him. I often wonder if they think cheating on their spouse is just 'liberal'. In any event, it would seem Bill Donohue's credibility has finally imploded. The poor man's ministry has been suffering from the effects of needing the seat at the Bishop's swanky events for quite some time. He had to keep lowering the bar to defend the indefensible. Watching him...
  • Notre Dame Retreats, Will Provide Contraceptive Coverage in Student Health Programs

    09/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other Catholic institutions in filing suit against the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. In that lawsuit, Notre Dame said that the mandate would "require Notre Dame to commit scandal." But after preliminary court rulings against the university-- which Notre Dame is now appealing-- the university administration has chosen to cover contraceptive costs.
  • Who is Abdul Hamid? When Christian Young Men Turn to Islam

    09/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Thoe Catholic Men ^ | September 4, 2014 | Fr. Brian Doerr
    Although Abdul Hamid has largely been forgotten, he is the young man sitting in the pew next to you at Mass. Abdul was the renowned American boy John Walker Lindh who turned Taliban fighter in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001. The argument can be made that he is an icon for many American Catholic youth of our current day. John Walker Lindh was raised Catholic in his suburban California home. By the age of 16, he left his spiritual heritage in search of his own spiritual path. That eventually led him to Islam and to his senseless death...
  • NY archdiocese should sever ties with St. Patrick's Day parade

    09/07/2014 6:23:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org ^ | September 4, 2014 | Phil Lawler
    You dont honor a saint by encouraging a sin. No doubt there have been homosexual persons marching down Fifth Avenue every year in the St. Patricks Day parade. There was never any ban on their participation; there was no test of sexual orientation for marchers. But next year the parade in New York will feature something new: a group of avowed homosexuals carrying a banner, promoting same-sex unions, supporting the gay lifestyle. Next year there will be only one story-line of interest to the reporters who cover the annual parade in the worlds media capital: the triumph of the gay...
  • Judge allows (RC school teacher) (law)suit over in vitro firing

    09/06/2014 2:30:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 5, 2014
    INDIANAPOLIS — A lawsuit by a former Roman Catholic schoolteacher who says she was fired by a northern Indiana diocese for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization can proceed to trial, a federal judge has ruled.In a mixed ruling this week, US District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. in Fort Wayne said Emily Herx deserves a chance to prove her claim that her termination by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend was based on sex discrimination.Herx, of Hoagland, Ind., sued the diocese in April 2012, alleging that her firing violated the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with...
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval.

    09/06/2014 11:35:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 6, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I warmly recommend to the readership a column by Francis Card. George, Archbishop of Chicago. His Eminence knocks this one over the fence.We enter in medias res. You can find the whole thing HERE: [...]In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered sinful. Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the churchs teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even...
  • Are Catholic conservatives turning on Cardinal Timothy Dolan?

    09/05/2014 9:28:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK Cardinal Timothy Dolans positive reaction to this weeks decision by organizers of New Yorks annual St. Patricks Day parade to allow gay groups to march under their own banners initially drew charitable responses in many Catholic Church circles. But it didnt take long for conservative church critics to turn. After initially signaling his grudging acceptance, William Donohue of the Catholic League came back with a revised view when he realized that more than one gay group could be allowed to march in the future.
  • "Convert Them or Kill Them:" is Phil Robertson Like ISIS?

    09/05/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/05/2014 | Michael Brown
    The moment Duck Dynastys Phil Robertson said to Sean Hannity, that, with regard to ISIS, you have to either convert them or kill them, it was obvious that others would pounce on those words and claim that he was no better than ISIS. After all, havent these murderous terrorists done this very thing to the Christians and Yazidis, offering them conversion or death? How is Robertson any better? A headline in the UKs Daily Mail asked, Isnt it ironic, Phil Robertson? Duck Dynasty stars stance on ISIS is convert them or kill them as terror group wages bloody religious war...
  • Joel Osteen Rebukes

    09/05/2014 7:32:39 AM PDT · by GoSpiritGo · 77 replies
    8/28/13 | Sopater
    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked. When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.” We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors...