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  • Why Protestants are more popular than Catholics in China

    05/06/2014 11:00:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    UCA News ^ | 05/06/2014 | Fr Michael Kelly SJ
    Questions abound over the recent vicious actions of the Chinese government towards Christians in the prosperous Zhejiang Province just south of Shanghai. The actions of the government during the fortnight after Easter against both Protestants and Catholics are unprecedented in recent decades and, justifiably, have received world attention. As with all actions in a country as vast as China, whose government could never be accused of transparency, it is difficult to discover who is making the decisions and what they hope to achieve. But one issue that has surprised many people outside China is both the size of its Christian...
  • When Christmas was illegal: the Holy War against Christmas in North America (Calvinism)

    12/22/2010 9:01:56 PM PST · by narses · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 8th, 2010 5:17 pm ET | Charlie Rosenberg
    Few people engaged in the "War on Christmas" are aware that at one time it was a crime in Massachusetts to celebrate Christmas. Oh sure, some will say, count on liberal Massachusetts to pass a law against Christmas. But it was Calvinist Massachusetts, in the days of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, the Pilgrims and Puritans, that established penalties for the observance of Christmas Day "by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way." The noisiest opposition to public celebration of Christmas today comes from professed agnostics and atheists, particularly those seeking "freedom from religion." But there are still...
  • Catholic Sacraments - Explained without Protestant Bias

    12/16/2013 6:05:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 56 replies
    Youtube - posted by Jeremy Hochstein ^ | October 11, 2011 | Karlo Broussard
    Karlo Broussard does a very good job of explaining the sacraments without the distortions or misrepresentations of Protestants who never even walked the earth until more than 14 centuries after Christ established the sacraments.
  • PSNI storm Co Down church after furious protests against minister

    09/03/2013 12:02:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | Claire Graham and Claire Williamson
    Police had to storm into a church to break up an angry protest staged by part of a congregation demonstrating against their minister. At one stage officers had to stop a man trying to pull the power plug to the church organ. Tensions between two groups within the Ballynahinch Congregational Church reached breaking point during angry scenes yesterday. The dramatic climax in the evening service came amid a furious row between some members of a congregation and Rev George Speers. Years of underlying issues came to a head at both the morning and evening service in the rural church in...
  • Reformed Catholics to Enthrone African Pope

    07/15/2013 7:43:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    All Africa ^ | 15 July 2013 | Wambugu Kanyi
    The Reformed Catholic Church which is spearheaded by married priests plans to have an African pope. The church bishops who included Peter Njogu of Mt Kenya region diocese and John Karimi of Kirinyaga said on Saturday they are planning to have one centre of power in Africa where they will install a pope. "We may not necessary call him pope like the Roman Catholic but we may get another name similar to that. Our church is growing very fast and it is the high time we Africans have one centre of power in Africa," said Karimi. The bishops said since...
  • Obama: 'If Catholics Have Their Schools and Buildings and Protestants Have Theirs ..

    06/19/2013 3:20:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/19/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Likening religious schools to segregation--a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South--President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division. "Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity--symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others--these are not tangential to peace; they’re essential to it,"
  • Sandra Fluke, the Priest, and the Protestants

    04/08/2013 7:05:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/08/2013 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Do you hear all the talk about the “inevitability” of same-sex marriage? Are you watching the second round of “war on women” ads aimed at opponents of the HHS mandate? President Obama insists that even employers who are opposed to abortion and contraception must provide insurance offering these options to their workers — and employers of religious organizations (even at family-run, long-established, morally oriented businesses) will receive no relief. We need to take a deep breath and consider how these radical changes might affect our freedom. On a secular campus in a major city — George Washington University in Washington,...
  • Gay militant Jean Wyllys at Brazilian Presbyterian University

    03/05/2013 7:49:10 AM PST · by juliosevero · 2 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Gay militant Jean Wyllys at Brazilian Presbyterian University Has Mackenzie Presbyterian University given in to politically correct trends? By Julio Severo In its debate entitled “Sexual Diversity and Religious Freedom: A Possible Marriage?” on February 28, 2013, Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil, in partnership with its chancellery, invited congressman Jean Wyllys, a gay supremacist, to address sexual diversity. In its presentation featuring Wyllys, the university said of him: “A militant for civil freedoms, he worked in the base ecclesial communities in the Catholic Church. Partner in LGBT, black and women movements. He is involved in activism to fight homophobia,...
  • Why the Pope’s resignation matters to Protestants

    02/13/2013 6:48:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Times-Union ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rev. Alan Rudnick
    Surprise and shock are an understatement when it comes to Pope Benedict XVI‘s resignation. Only a handful of Popes have called it quits. The Pope’s decision continues to spark speculation about who the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be. This decision will have far reaching impact for Catholics around the world… and certainly for Protestants. As most readers know, I’m not Catholic. I’m an American Baptist clergyman. I come from a tradition that fought to continue the reforms of the Church of England. Baptists were one of the many English separatist groups that wanted to go further...
  • Counting Catholics: ‘Church of immigrants’ poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nation’s largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • Anti-Israel Protestants: more Bible study needed

    11/19/2012 11:57:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | November 19, 2012 | Mark Paredes
    “The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal place… to equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with Flavor Flav.” – UCC Pastor Emeritus Jeremiah Wright, in a speech to thousands of people in Baltimore in 2011 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. – Acts 17:11 ----- Much has been made in the Jewish community – too much, in my humble opinion – of the recent letter signed by 15 Protestant church leaders...
  • Protest Songs [review of "Les Huguenots", an opera about the St Bartholomew Massacre]

    07/01/2009 8:16:29 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies · 644+ views
    Chronogram Magazine ^ | July 1, 2009 | Dakota Lane
    If you’ve been getting your kicks in three-minute doses on YouTube, you might want to take one evening this summer to dress up and unplug. “I think opera can be quite therapeutic for the ADD generation,” says American designer-director Thaddeus Strassberger who will be directing Giacomo Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots,” one of the grandest of the grand French operas, for Bard’s SummerScape July 31 through August 7, a show that will give opera diehards as well as novices a chance to steep themselves in a particularly rare treat. Full of big emotions and clear drama, the producer promises it will be...
  • Clergy Offering Prayers For DREAM Act

    10/13/2012 4:54:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WBAL News ^ | October 10, 2012 | Robert Lang
    Catholic and Protestant leaders gathered at Morgan State University Wednesday night for a prayer service calling on voters to approve Maryland's DREAM Act next month. The DREAM Act, which is Question 4 on this year's ballot, would require community colleges charge in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrant students who have graduated from high school in Maryland, and who can prove that they or their parents have paid taxes in Maryland for at least three years. If the student graduates from a community college, they would then be eligible for in-state tuition at a four-year institution. Archbishop William Lori of the...
  • Defenestration - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

    07/25/2012 11:03:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2012 | MerriamWebsterOnline
    The fascinating story behind many people's favorite word.
  • They Preached Liberty

    06/29/2012 6:58:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    The passion of American ministers for political freedom in 1776 reflected their belief in religious toleration.On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, at a church in Woodstock, Va., Rev. Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg brought his sermon to a dramatic and unexpected crescendo. His text was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. "The Bible tells us 'there is a time for all things,' and there is a time to preach and a time to pray," said Muhlenberg. "But the time for me to preach has passed away; and there is a time to fight, and that time has now come." Stepping down from...
  • Election 2012 Preferences: Political Polarization among U.S. Faith Segments

    04/04/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    http://www.barna.org ^ | April 4, 2012 | Barna.org
    As the 2012 election campaign approaches phase two – when the major-party candidates have been selected and begin to square off – there is an unmistakable lack of ideological and political unity within the Christian community. A new national survey by the Barna Group among likely voters indicates that there are substantial differences across a wide spectrum of Christian subgroups, with only a one segment unwavering in its commitment to defeat President Obama in November. In the first of those contests Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were of equal appeal to all voters, with Mr. Obama holding a 52% to...
  • Pope: Other Christian Denominations Not True Churches

    01/02/2012 3:13:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 331 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2007 | associated press
    LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — For the second time in a week, Pope Benedict XVI has corrected what he says are erroneous interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, reasserting the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and saying other Christian communities were either defective or not true churches.
  • Can a Catholic receive communion in a Protestant church?

    10/18/2011 2:09:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 139 replies
    US Catholic ^ | 08/30/2011 | Kevin Considine
    Should you pass on communion at a Lutheran church or participate fully? You are at the wedding of a beloved family member or friend, which is taking place at a Lutheran church. You gladly accepted the invitation to celebrate this happy day with the bride and groom. But then there is a call to come to the table of the Lord’s Supper, to receive communion. This is the awkward moment you knew was coming. Can you, and should you, a practicing Catholic, accept the invitation? According to the Code of Canon Law, receiving communion in a Protestant church is generally...
  • Reuters Analysis: Pope disappoints hopes of Catholics and Protestants in Germany

    09/28/2011 1:42:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/28/2011 | By Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's visit to his German homeland was bound to provoke harsh words from his critics. The surprise of the event was how bluntly he took his own Church to task and disappointed Protestants ready to work with him. Despite his frail physique and soft-spoken style, the 84-year-old pontiff delivered a vigorous defense of his conservative views and brusquely rejected calls for reforms, some of which even had cautious support from some bishops. At the end of his four-day visit on Sunday, Benedict predicted "small communities of believers" would spread Catholicism in future -- and not, he seemed...
  • Protestants Know How To Write And Liberate

    07/23/2011 4:02:28 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 9 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | July 24, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    One militant atheist strategy is to cling to anti-Christian mythology, with a vengeance, “arguing” that Christians (especially Protestants) are intellectual lightweights. The opposite is true. Indeed, Protestants have led fellow Christians and atheists in numerous fields, for centuries. […] When one is able to calmly sift through the records, there’s a very strong case to be made here, and it relates to Protestant-inspired literacy and sustainable liberation. Consider this. From A Short History of the World by the historian Geoffrey Blainey (pp. 352-53): Initially, few women were literate. In the English diocese of Norwich in the 17th century, only about...
  • Ministers to Cardinal: Let Pfleger Stay at St. Sabina

    03/26/2011 7:07:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/25/11 | Dawn Rhodes
    A group of pastors came out today in support of Rev. Michael Pfleger remaining at St. Sabina Catholic Church. About two dozen ministers met at Josephine's Restaurant on the South Side and urged Cardinal Francis George not to end Pfleger's three decade-long ministry at the Auburn Gresham church. "While in the Catholic Church there is a tenure of six or 12 years, there are exceptions to that rule," said Tyrone Crider, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. "We pray that an exception would be made for an exceptional pastor." "Father Michael Pfleger has given his life to the people at...
  • Christians vs. Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality(Book Review)

    04/07/2005 1:51:27 AM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies · 1,053+ views
    First Things ^ | March 2005 | Robert W. Shaffern
    Let My People Go  Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic EqualityBy S. S. HasanOxford University Press. 320 pp. $49.95.Reviewed by Robert W. ShaffernSana Hasan, an Egyptian scholar best known for her Enemy in the Promised Land, has written another important book in Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt—a book in which she honestly confronts the sorry condition of Christians in Egypt, where the “problems faced by the Christian minority are for many . . . a taboo subject.” Hasan courageously describes the discrimination and harm often visited upon one of Christianity’s oldest communions—the Coptic...
  • [Texas:]Pastor, associate charged with selling fake immigration documents

    01/07/2011 12:22:17 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 6, 2011 | Guillermo Contreras
    A San Antonio pastor and an associate have been indicted on charges that they sold numerous fake green cards and Social Security cards to illegal immigrants. Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco, 55, and Luis Angel Tovar Cisneros, 28, have been in custody since they were arrested last month by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Coronel, pastor of Ministerios Epicentro Donde Nace La Bendición in Austin, had moved from Austin to San Antonio in mid-2010, records show. He was to seek bond at a hearing Thursday, but it was canceled after a federal grand jury indicted him and Tovar on...
  • Was The Protestant Reformation Good For Catholics?

    09/21/2010 8:41:25 AM PDT · by pinochet · 62 replies
    Pinochet
    Yesterday, a friend called me from Brussels, and he told me that Belgium is undergoing a huge sexual abuse scandal in their Catholic Church. Here is a news story on the scandal: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/belgium-priest-abuse-linked-to-suicides-20100911-155cp.html I am a Catholic, and I love my Church, and the failings of individual officials of the Church will not undermine the faith that a billion people have in the core message of Christ and his Church. I know that it is common for conservative Catholics to blame the sexual revolution of the 1960s, for the abuses in the Church. Unfortunately, sexual abuse of young boys in...
  • A Curious Saint (St Julian of Norwich) [Meditation/Devotional]

    08/11/2010 1:52:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10 Aug 10 | Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
    ...Consider this statement of her desires in A.D. 1373: "I wanted to have every kind of pain, bodily and spiritual, which I should have if I died, every fear and temptation from devils, and every other kind of pain except the departure of the spirit." Reading a line like this, I can't help think that if Julian were a member of my church, I would encourage her to see a counselor. "For contemporary readers," Frykholm notes, "Julian's declaration that at a young age she 'desired a bodily sickness' coupled with her depictions of Christ bleeding on the cross are off-putting...
  • The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control

    06/09/2010 7:16:01 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies · 31+ views
    Mercy Seat Christian Church ^ | Rev. Matthew Trewhella
    The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control by Rev. Matthew Trewhella Sunlight was just beginning to break over the darkness of the morning as my wife and I headed toward the entrance of the cold brick-faced building. Fear and apprehension gripped me each step of the way. A thousand questions and thoughts raced through my mind. "How much pain will there be? Why the heck did I ever do this in the first place? Maybe I should just leave." As I entered the door, I figured these were my last moments to bolt and run. I thought back...
  • Protestants and Birth Control

    06/09/2010 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 89 replies · 258+ views
    Protestants and Birth Control In "Always a Sin" we saw how Christian teachings (i.e., Catholic) before the Schisms of the Eastern Churches and the Protestant Reformation were opposed to contraception and sterilization and that the Catholic Church maintains this view. In "Where Are We Going and Why Are We In This Hand Basket?" we saw how contraception and sterilization were introduced to the Christian community of the twentieth century by unbelievers desiring to modify social norms. It's time to look at how Protestant's throughout history have viewed sex deliberately made non- procreative. Let's start at the beginning... (Note: I owe...
  • Where did the Protestant justices go?

    05/10/2010 8:47:46 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 354+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | May 10, 2010 | Patrick O'Callahan
    If Elena Kagan – a Jew – replaces Justice John Paul Stevens – a Protestant – on the Supreme Court, the court will consist of six Roman Catholics and three Jews. Protestantism, still the country’s majority religion, will be completely shut out for the first time in American history. An obvious reason is that religious affiliation has become far less important in politics than it once was. As recently as 1960, Protestant clergymen were alarmed that John F. Kennedy would be in cahoots with the Vatican if elected president. (They should have been more worried about him being in cahoots...
  • Should There Be Affirmative Action For Protestants On The Supreme Court?

    05/10/2010 10:39:34 AM PDT · by pinochet · 34 replies · 847+ views
    Pinochet
    If Elena Kagan is confirmed on the Supreme Court, there will be no Protestants on the Supreme Court, for the first time in American history. The majority of white Americans, as well as the majority of blacks, are Protestants. Evangelical Protestantism is the fastest growing religion in America, and is attracting large numbers of formerly Catholic Hispanics. America was founded as a European Protestant Civilization, and about 70 percent of Americans can loosely be defined as Protestants. At the time of the American Revolution, about 95 percent of Whites in America were Protestants. I am a Catholic, but some of...
  • Pedophilia Only a Catholic Sin?

    04/04/2010 6:04:36 AM PDT · by bronxville · 76 replies · 1,137+ views
    nolanchart.com ^ | August 14th, 2009 | Kevin Roeten
    Pedophilia Only a Catholic Sin? It turns out pedophilia is an incorrect term, and Catholics aren't responsible for most of it. Shockingly, AP breaks out of their typical liberal mold and reports Insurance companies shed light on extent of sex abuse in Protestant churches, that sexual abuse of minors has been rampant. But in their statement, they indirectly say members of the Catholic Church are not the majority abusers. AP discusses the raw numbers from three companies that insure the majority of protestant churches in America (Church Mutual, Guide One, and Brotherhood Mutual), and typically receive 260 reports/yr of people...
  • International House of Prayer (IHOP) raided for guns; one arrested

    01/05/2010 10:02:04 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 11 replies · 1,173+ views
    KMBZ 980 AM Kansas City ^ | 1/5/10 | KMBZ 980 AM Kansas City
    An International House of Prayer in Independence was searched overnight...new details are still coming in. We've been told that authorities are still on scene investigating. The raid began about 9:00pm Monday and included the church as well as the pastor's house nearby. A member of the church was reportedly arrested on federal fire arms charges.
  • 2/3’s of Protestant Pastors Consider Islam ‘dangerous’

    12/21/2009 1:40:44 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 12 replies · 533+ views
    Logan's Warning ^ | December 21St, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Those that follow the subject of Islamic expansionism, know that this can get discouraging at times. So sometimes we need some good news, and here is some. For years after 911, from what I read on the Internet was the most of the country was in support of Islam. After years of us countering the “religion of peace” lie, the tide is clearly turning against Islam. So give yourselves a hand and continue the fight!
  • United Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterians OK Abortion Funding

    12/07/2009 4:10:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 1,802+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/7/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A collection of pro-abortion religious groups authored a letter today to members of the Senate that essentially places them on record supporting taxpayer funding of abortions. The letter expresses their opposition to the Nelson amendment, released today, to remove abortion funding from the Senate government-run health care bill. The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church are the four mainline protestant denominations to sign the letter asking lawmakers to oppose the Nelson amendment.They are joined by the Disciples Justice Action Center, NA'AMAT USA, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a...
  • How the ELCA Left the Great Tradition for Liberal Protestantism

    09/04/2009 6:14:42 PM PDT · by rhema · 29 replies · 1,909+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 9/02/2009 | Robert Benne
    There is no authoritative biblical or theological guidance in the church. There are only many voices. During last week's biennial Church Wide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the church affirmed major policy recommendations to allow for the blessing of same-sex unions (which practice will soon inflate to same-sex marriage) and the rostering of gay and lesbian pastors in partnered relationships. Earlier in the week it also passed by one vote—out of over 1,000 total votes cast—a Social Statement on Sexuality that admitted there was no consensus on the moral evaluation of homosexual conduct, and offered no...
  • HISTORY OF THE HUGUENOTS

    06/19/2009 3:54:08 PM PDT · by alpha-8-25-02 · 159 replies · 3,370+ views
    6/19/09 | ALPHA-8-25-02
    Who were the Huguenots? John Calvin (1509 - 1564), religious reformer. The Huguenots were French Protestants who were members of the Reformed Church which was established in 1550 by John Calvin. The origin of the name Huguenot is uncertain, but dates from approximately 1550 when it was used in court cases against "heretics" (dissenters from the Roman Catholic Church). There is a theory that it is derived from the personal name of Besançon Hugues, the leader of the "Confederate Party" in Geneva, in combination with a Frankish corruption of the German word for conspirator or confederate: eidgenosse. Thus, Hugues plus...
  • The Sacraments - Fundamentals of the Faith

    07/23/2009 10:58:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 644+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | July 23, 2009 | Peter Kreeft
    Protestants don't see why Catholics who come to disagree with essential teachings of the Church don't just leave. The answer is symbolized by the sanctuary lamp. They do not leave the Church because they know that the sacramental fire burns there on the ecclesiastical hearth. Even if they do not see by its light, they want to be warmed by its fire. The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a magnet drawing lost sheep home and keeping would-be strays from the deathly snows outside. The Church's biggest drawing card is not what she teaches, crucial as that is,...
  • Proudly gay and proudly Catholic

    04/14/2009 8:51:10 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 75 replies · 1,751+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | Friday 10 April 2009 | Martin Pendergast
    Two days after the 1999 Soho pub bomb, monthly Masses were launched at a Catholic convent in London, welcoming lesbian and gay Catholics, their parents and families. Unable to find a central London Catholic church, after the convent's closure, LGBT Catholics found hospitality at Soho's Anglican parish church. Increasing numbers resulted in the Masses being held twice a month. While the Diocese of Westminster might have believed that the group would fade away, it recognised that real pastoral needs were being met, converts to Catholicism were being made, and a vibrant community could offer something to the local church. In...
  • Poll: Church-Going Among U.S. Catholics Slides to Tie Protestants

    04/09/2009 1:28:06 PM PDT · by JDAM2007 · 7 replies · 422+ views
    PRINCETON, NJ -- According to Gallup Poll trends on church attendance among American Christians, weekly attendance among Protestants has been fairly steady over the past six decades, averaging 42% in 1955 versus 45% in the middle of the current decade. However, attendance among Roman Catholics dropped from 75% to 45% over the same period. Most of the decline in church attendance among American Catholics occurred in the earlier decades, between 1955 and 1975; however, it continued at a rate of four percentage points a decade through the mid-1990s, and church attendance has since leveled off at 45%. The Gallup Poll's...
  • Gallup poll: Catholics more unorthodox than Protestants

    04/04/2009 3:29:51 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 263 replies · 3,454+ views
    BeliefNet ^ | April 3, 2009 | Rod Dreher
    This is a distressing new Gallup poll. It shows that churchgoing Catholics are far more likely to approve of moral behavior (sex between unmarried people, homosexuality, etc.) that their church deems immoral than are churchgoing Protestants. This is a conundrum to me, one I thought about a lot when I was a Catholic, and troubled over. Why is it that Catholics have a Pope and a Magisterium -- a clear teaching authority -- as well as a complex, coherent and profoundly intellectual moral theology ... and yet these things, which ought to give it a tremendous advantage in maintaining the...
  • Dutch Protestants find EU Mary quite contrary

    03/16/2009 5:16:33 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies · 1,484+ views
    Ekklesia ^ | 16 Mar 2009 | Ecumenical News International
    A group of Protestant Christians in the Netherlands is objecting to the emblem of the European Union being placed on car registration plates in their country, saying that the symbol conflicts with their religious convictions - writes Andreas Havinga. The National Foundation for the Preservation of the Political Reformed Principles states that the EU emblem - a circle of 12 golden stars on a blue background - symbolises the veneration of Mary, the mother of Jesus, by the Roman Catholic Church. "Most people don't think about it, but the EU symbol was thought up by a Roman Catholic in honour...
  • Churches Receive Recognition (Viet Nam)

    02/03/2009 11:01:20 PM PST · by ThanhPhero · 6 replies · 459+ views
    Viet Nam News ^ | (22-12-2008)
    HA NOI — The Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Viet Nam and the Presbyterian Church of Viet Nam received formal Government recognition of their churches as religious organisations in a
  • New survey shows Protestants’ loyalty flagging

    01/15/2009 9:50:50 AM PST · by NYer · 269 replies · 2,188+ views
    CNA ^ | January 15, 2009
    Phoenix, Jan 14, 2009 / 11:42 pm (CNA).- A new survey of denominational loyalty reports that churchgoing Catholics are significantly less likely than churchgoing Protestants to change denominations.Six out of ten active Catholics would only consider attending a Catholic church, while about 30 percent would prefer attending a Catholic church but would consider others, the survey says. Eleven percent of churchgoing Catholics reportedly do not show a specific preference for attending a Catholic church.By contrast, only 16 percent of Protestant churchgoers will only consider attending a church of their present denomination. About 51 percent express a preference for one...
  • Catholics, Protestants Practice Faith in Different Ways (Rasmussen surveys Christians in America)

    12/30/2008 4:47:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 270 replies · 2,396+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Dec 29,2008 | Rasmussen Reports
    While Catholics and Protestants both fall under the broad umbrella of Christianity, they practice their faith in different ways. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of regular churchgoers found that 25% of Evangelical Christians read the Bible on a daily basis along with 20% of other Protestants. Just seven percent (7%) of Catholics do the same. At the other extreme, 44% of Catholics rarely or never read the Bible along with only seven percent (7%) of Evangelical Christians and 13% of other Protestants. Consider the divergence among the faiths in other areas, too. (All the figures that follow are based...
  • Bush Becoming a Catholic?

    06/16/2008 6:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 152 replies · 386+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | June 16, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    President Bush may follow in the footsteps of his brother Jeb and convert to Catholicism, several European papers are reporting. In the wake of the president’s visit to see Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Italian newspapers, citing Vatican sources, said Bush was open to the idea of converting to Catholicism. The Italian newspaper Il Foglio referred to such talk about Bush’s possible conversion and stated that “anything is possible, especially for someone reborn like Bush.” Noting that Tony Blair converted to Catholicism after leaving office as Britain’s prime minister last year, the paper also stated that “if anything happens,...
  • Symbols and Systems: Why Catholics and Protestants Don't See Eye to Eye

    03/28/2008 8:25:48 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 143 replies · 1,697+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | 3/27/2008 | Rev. Dwight Longenecker
    My niece's husband is a trainee Baptist pastor. Jimbo's hip, friendly, and fun to be with. He's smart and theologically savvy. I like him. He loves Jesus and believes the Bible, and on most moral and doctrinal issues I can affirm what he affirms. We agree on a lot. But even when we agree, we don't see eye to eye. Somehow we seem to have reached our religious conclusions from different starting points and through different routes. A chapter in Mark Massa's book Anti-Catholicism in America illuminated the problem for me. Massa quotes an important theological work by David Tracy,...
  • That Martin Luther? He Wasn’t So Bad, Says Pope

    03/05/2008 8:13:07 PM PST · by Dajjal · 213 replies · 1,351+ views
    Times Online (London) ^ | March 6, 2008 | Richard Owen
    The Times March 6, 2008 That Martin Luther? He Wasn’t So Bad, Says Pope Richard Owen in Rome Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices. Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic....
  • Evangelicals rediscovering "tradition"?

    02/08/2008 1:32:50 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 69 replies · 877+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/08/2008 10:01AM | Chris Armstrong
    The Future Lies in the Past -- Why evangelicals are connecting with the early church as they move into the 21st century.Many 20- and 30-something evangelicals are uneasy and alienated in mall-like church environments; high-energy, entertainment-oriented worship; and boomer-era ministry strategies and structures modeled on the business world. Increasingly, they are asking just how these culturally camouflaged churches can help them rise above the values of the consumerist world around them. For younger evangelicals, traditional churches are too centered on words and propositions. And pragmatic churches are compromising authentic Christianity by tailoring their ministries to the marketplace and pop culture....
  • Sola Scriptura and the Proliferation of Protestant Denominations

    01/23/2008 12:25:36 PM PST · by Gamecock · 146 replies · 73+ views
    TeamPyro ^ | Phil Johnson
    In a videotape titled "The Pope: The Holy Father," Catholic apologist Scott Hahn claims the proliferation of Protestant denominations proves the Reformers' principle of sola Scriptura is a huge mistake: Do you suppose that Jesus would say, "Well, once I give the Church this infallible scripture, there really is no need anymore for infallible interpretations of scripture. The Church can hold together just with the infallible Bible." Oh, really? In just 500 years, there are literally thousands and thousands of denominations that are becoming ever more numerous continuously because they only go with the Bible. It points to the fact...
  • Nothing left for Protestants

    09/08/2007 10:48:22 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 229+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 06 September 2007 | Tristram Hunt
    Does the seizure of the Labour leadership north and south of the border by Presbyterian progeny signal the revival of religion in British public life? Both Gordon Brown and Wendy Alexander are self-consciously "children of the manse": happy, we are told, to bring their Protestant sensibility to bear upon public policy. Whether it is opposing supercasinos, or rolling back cannabis liberalisation, or calling for a "coalition of conscience" against the atrocities in Darfur, the Presbyterian ethos of "giving witness in life" has returned to the higher echelons of government. But this is eyewash: the Protestant mindset has rarely played less...
  • Pope's Anti-Protestant Diatribe Signed for Pope by Sex Molestation Advocate, Cardinal Levada!

    07/12/2007 6:25:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 874 replies · 6,937+ views
    Bloggers & Personal ^ | 12 Jul 07 | Xzins
    In an act of jaw-dropping hubris, Pope Benedict Joseph Ratzinger recently declared Protestantism's churches "not true churches." In an effort to underscore the wisdom of such a position at this time, he then had his "document" signed by none other than Cardinal William Levada, a pro-gay, pro-pedophile, pro-molestation cleric hailing recently from San Francisco and Portland. Apparently hypocrisy is in abundant supply in the Vatican larder. Levada is one of the papal appointments that causes either great puzzlement about (or gives great insight into) this Pope's orientation. Fresh off of scandals in his previous appointments, Levada received one of the...