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  • Witchcraft Site Praises Amazon Synod Pagan Ritual

    10/17/2019 10:21:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Complicit Clergy ^ | October 17, 2019 | Complicit Clergy
    Witchcraft Site Praises Amazon Synod Pagan Ritual, a site dedicated to promoting witchcraft and superstition, praised the opening ceremony for the Amazon Synod held in the garden of the Vatican on October 4.The site characterized the event as”a beautiful ritual dedicated to Mother Earth,” and “a pagan fertility ritual with indigenous leaders who worshiped two idols of a fertility goddess of the Earth…”The author states, “for our part, we are very happy with this event that will surely open the doors to a more open and rosy future for us pagans.”The site acknowledges that “the ceremony was almost completely...
  • Informal talks reportedly underway between Russian and Greek Churches to resolve crises

    10/17/2019 9:41:58 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 10-17-2019 | Staff
    Moscow, October 17, 2019 Informal talks between the Russian and Greek Churches are underway, looking for a way to resolve the crisis that has arisen in Orthodoxy thanks to Constantinople’s meddling in the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Church and in the relations between the two Churches following Saturday’s meeting of the Greek Bishops’ Council, a source in Greek Church circles told RIA-Novosti. The discussions are also connected with today’s session of the Russian Holy Synod, which is already underway. “It is possible to avoid a deterioration of the situation if the ROC comes out with a proposal to Archbishop...
  • Atheism is declining worldwide, says report; what should Christians do?

    10/17/2019 9:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2019 | Hayden Royster
    A few months ago, the good folks at the ​Center for the Study of Global Christianity released the 2019 ​edition​ of their “Status of Global Christianity” report. There’s a lot of fascinating info in there. Some of the more significant stats are detailed in the LifeWay ​article​, 7 SURPRISING TRENDS IN GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY IN 2019, like the fact that Christianity is growing faster than the population is, or that the percentage of unevangelized individuals in the world has shrunk, from 54.3% in 1900 to 28.4% today.Perhaps most fascinating, though, is the projected decrease in atheism worldwide. According to the report,...
  • Cath Cauc: Former nun participating in Amazon Synod: Female ‘ordination’ ‘simply has to come’

    10/17/2019 8:43:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 16, 2019 | Maike HIckson
    [Catholic Caucus] Former nun participating in Amazon Synod: Female ‘ordination’ ‘simply has to come’ October 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Female “ordination” “simply has to come,” an employee of the German bishops’ relief agency Misereor said in an October 12 interview, adding that “the house of cards has to fall.” Those words came from Regina Reinart, who is participating at the current Pan-Amazon Synod in Rome, in an interview with the website The German bishops' news website subsequently picked it up. Married priests must come too, said Reinart, who in addition to being Misereor’s expert on Brazil is...
  • What Is the Wrath of God?

    10/17/2019 8:24:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-16-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on October 16, 2019October 16, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope What Is the Wrath of God? In TuesdayÂ’s Mass there was a reference to the wrath of God: The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18).What is GodÂ’s wrath? It is spoken of often in Scripture but is a concept with which we must be careful. On the one hand, we cannot simply dismiss it as contrary to the fact that God is love, but on the other, we cannot...
  • Cath Cauc Pope appoints cardinals with ties to UN, gay activists to help draft Amazon Synod doc

    10/17/2019 8:13:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 17, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    [Catholic Caucus] Pope appoints cardinals with ties to UN, gay activists to help draft Amazon Synod doc VATICAN CITY, October 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Pope Francis has added his own nominations to the group who will draft the final report of the Pan-Amazonian Synod.  The four men named as the pontiff’s own choices are Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the aristocratic Archbishop of Vienna, Austria; Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the Argentinian chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Archbishop Edmundo Ponciano Valenzuela Mallid of Paraguay; and the Italian Fr. Rossano Sala. On the first day of the Amazon Synod meetings, participants...

    10/17/2019 7:22:39 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    KING JAMES BIBLE | 10/17/2019 | PilgrimsProgress
    “A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth” (Proverbs 17:8).
  • October 17 - Jesus’ Deity in His Works

    10/17/2019 7:13:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel’” (John 5:19–20). For a mere man to claim to be God was, to the Jews, outrageous blasphemy. Therefore if they had misunderstood Him, Jesus surely would...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 17, 2019 [prayer]

    10/17/2019 5:58:42 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 22 replies
    Free ^ | October 17, 2019 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems 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 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for our nation.
  • Why Luther?

    10/17/2019 5:25:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Tabletalk ^ | 10/7/2019 | Gene Edward Veith
    History is the account of vast social movements and cultural changes. To be sure, individuals play their part. But they are usually understood to be products of their times. The Reformation, though, whose five-hundredth anniversary we observe this year and whose impact on not only the church but the world has been monumental, was largely precipitated by one man: Martin Luther. Yes, vast social movements and cultural changes were at work in sixteenth-century Europe. But Luther caused many of them, such as the educational explosion that would lead to universal literacy, the rise of the middle class, and eventually democratic...
  • Surgeon's Morning and Evening Devotional for 10/17/2019 (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    10/17/2019 5:03:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | 10/17/2019 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning "And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul." 1 Samuel 27:1 The thought of David's heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God's anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted his servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often, but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-19, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2019 10:03:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 10-17-9 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17 2019 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30 Brothers and sisters:Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,though testified to by the law and the prophets,the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christfor all who believe.For there is no distinction;all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.They are justified freely by his gracethrough the redemption in Christ Jesus,whom God set forth as an expiation,through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousnessbecause of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,through the forbearance of God–to...
  • A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

    10/16/2019 9:15:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on October 15, 2019October 15, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times? The first reading from Mass for Tuesday of the 28th week of the year is rich in meaning for us today. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality, showing us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. It describes not only the current of the times but the end to which it is tending. It is important for us to read Scripture carefully with the Church and to submit our understanding to the rule...
  • Prayer for Our President

    10/16/2019 7:13:49 PM PDT · by Bogle · 15 replies
    Prayer for Our President O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, You who made the heaven and earth and have brought us to such a time as this, hear our prayer. We come to seek Your face and ask Your blessing for the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, his house and all those under his authority. Give Your good Spirit to instruct President and First Lady Melania Trump. Give Your manna for their mouths and water for their thirst. May President Trump bless the LORD Who has given him counsel and instructs his heart in...
  • Bannon Fights Eviction From Italian ‘Gladiator School’

    10/16/2019 7:06:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/16/19 | Martina Moyski
    A fundamentally political move against the conservative populistVIA TRISULTI, Italy ( - Italy's ministry for culture is claiming it has evicted Steve Bannon's "Gladiator School" from a 13th-century Italian monastery, 38 miles south of Rome. "As the DHI indicated when the Ministry for Culture first announced this politically motivated manoeuvre back in May, we will fight our case in court with every resource at our disposal," said Benjamin Harnwell, director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, in comments to Church Militant. "We look forward to demonstrating that the objections against the DHI promoted by the Left over the last two years...
  • The Mysterious Resignation of Vatican Police Commander Giani

    10/16/2019 7:02:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/15/19 | Ed Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Ostensibly his resignation was a consequence of the leaking of the names of five suspended Vatican officials, but sources tell the Register it was actually triggered by other issues.VATICAN CITY — The resignation of Vatican police commander Domenico Giani on Monday had been long expected, but the background to his removal remains shrouded in intrigue and mystery. The Vatican announced Giani’s replacement today, Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti, who has served in the Vatican police corps since 1995 and was appointed Giani’s deputy last year. A former officer in both Italy’s finance police, the Guardia di Finanza, and Italy’s Secret...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says ‘Border Wall’ Would be Good for Nigeria

    10/16/2019 6:54:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/16/19 | Staff
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - For decades Nigerian migrants have left their country - both legally and illegally - hoping to escape poverty, conflict, and corruption. Those traveling without proper documents faced several risks, including hunger and thirst, robbery, and the dangers of sea crossings into Europe. If caught, Nigerian migrants can be detained and eventually deported from their destination or transit countries. The Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, told Crux that migration is “the ultimate manifestation of our state of despair.” The bishop said the story of Africa is the story of a very irresponsible elite that has shown no...
  • [Catholic Caucus] From Infanticide To Euthanasia ... in the Amazon

    10/16/2019 6:39:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | October 16, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    [Catholic Caucus] From Infanticide To Euthanasia. The “Buen Vivir” in the Amazon Is Made of This As Well Marcia María de Oliveira, a Brazilian, is among the 25 coworkers of the two special secretaries of the synod for the Amazon: the Jesuit Michael Czerny, made a cardinal by Pope Francis last October 5, and the Dominican David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea, bishop of Puerto Maldonado, in Perù.De Oliveira is a specialist on Amazonian societies and cultures, and was called to collaborate as an “expert” along with, among others, the Argentine Carlos María Galli, a theoretician of “the people’s theology,” and...
  • Christus Vincit: Bishop Schneider’s Powerful and Luminous New Book — And Its Presentation in Rome

    10/16/2019 5:50:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 16, 2019 | Peter Kwasniewski
    Christus Vincit: Bishop Schneider’s Powerful and Luminous New Book — And Its Presentation in Rome Christus Vincit: Bishop Schneider’s Powerful and Luminous New Book — And Its Presentation in Rome Word is spreading quickly about Bishop Schneider’s recently released book-length interview Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age (Angelico Press). Only professional ostriches of olympic head-burying skill can deny that the Roman Catholic Church is suffering her worst crisis since the Protestant Reformation. We can see it in the escalating conflicts between a Vatican in progressive overdrive and Catholic laity and clergy striving to remain faithful to...
  • [Cath Cauc] Amazon prelate floats alternative to married clergy: Send some Roman priests home

    10/16/2019 4:32:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | October 16, 2019 | Inés San Martín
    [Catholic Caucus] Amazon prelate floats alternative to married clergy: Send some Roman priests home ROME - One Venezuelan prelate taking part in the current Synod of Bishops on the Amazon says people back home have a creative alternative for coping with chronic priest shortages, beyond the much-discussed idea of married clergy to serve isolated rural communities.Rather than ordaining married men, he said, their proposal is that he bring some of the surfeit of priests who clog the streets of the Eternal City back with him to the rainforest.“All these priests and religious that we see on TV… It cannot be...