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  • Bishops Seek Pope's Guidance over Sex Abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    02/26/2017 2:27:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2017
    Australia's most senior Catholic leaders will ask the Pope to settle the issue of whether the seal of confession can be broken to protect children from sexual abuse as one likened it to bugging the confessional.Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said for a priest to repeat anything that has occurred during confession would be a very serious breach of trust and the sacrament.Archbishop Fisher said he could not withhold absolution from someone who confessed to abusing a child and if they were genuinely contrite would forgive their sin, as he would a terrorist or a murderer.'What I can't do is effectively...
  • International Answer The Dubia Day!

    02/26/2017 2:10:54 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 25, 2017 | William M. Briggs
    Before we get to the fun and exciting details of the International Answer The Dubia Day!, we need first to understand some background.There was presented to Pope Francis more than five months ago a sort of Theology 101, True-False quiz by some of his more academically minded colleagues from the College of Cardinals.Before we get to the quiz’s questions, the reason for its origin is that the Holy Father published a paper (not peer-reviewed) called Amoris Laetitia which appeared to argue (via a footnote) that marriage was not for life and indissoluble as our Lord Jesus said it was.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-26-17, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/25/2017 8:37:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | 02-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2017 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 49:14-15Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me;my LORD has forgotten me."Can a mother forget her infant,be without tenderness for the child of her womb?Even should she forget,I will never forget you. Responsorial Psalm Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9R. (6a) Rest in God alone, my soul.Only in God is my soul at rest;from him comes my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.R. Rest in God alone, my soul.Only in God be at rest, my soul,for from him comes my hope.He...
  • Living in a Worthy Manner

    02/25/2017 7:46:48 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects" (Col. 1:10). Your manner of life should be consistent with Christ’s. In Colossians 1:9 Paul speaks of being controlled by the knowledge of God's will. In verse 10 he speaks of walking in a manner worthy of the Lord. There is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between those verses. When you are controlled by the knowledge of God's will, you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. The Greek word translated "walk" means "to order one's behavior." It's a common New...
  • God Is Faithful to Care for Us

    02/25/2017 7:46:10 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). God is completely faithful to do what He has promised. We live in a day of unfaithfulness, don’t we? Some husbands and wives are unfaithful to their marriage vows. Children are often unfaithful to the principles taught by their parents. Parents are often unfaithful to meet the needs of their children. And all too frequently we are unfaithful to God. Only God is always faithful, a fact often celebrated in Scripture: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is...
  • Feed The Flock Of Slaughter...Zechariah pt 14

    Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;(Zechariah 11:1-4)We have seen Zechariah’s prophetic preview of the coming centuries, in which Jahweh would fulfill the “good and...
  • A Lone Man In Charge, To the Crowd’s Acclaim [Catholic Caucus]

    02/25/2017 5:53:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Esprsso ^ | February 25, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Popularity and solitude are the two faces of the current pontificate, contradictory only in appearance. An umpteenth proof of the popularity of Pope Francis came on February 17 with his visit to the university of Roma Tre, amid the rejoicing of teachers and students (see photo), a spectacular comeback over the ban that in 2008 prevented Benedict XVI from entering and speaking at the other university of Rome, the more noble and storied, that of La Sapienza, for the crime of having wanted to bring God and faith into the inviolable temple of the goddess reason. At Roma Tre Francis...
  • Leftists and Socialists Dominate LA Religious Ed Congress

    02/25/2017 5:18:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/25/17 | Michael Voris
    Jim Wallis: "White Christianity is an idol"ANAHEIM ( - The aging leftist founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis, took the main stage Saturday morning at the L.A. Religious Education Congress (LA REC) and immediately began pushing a leftwing version of Christianity, saying that "the Church" had to "rediscover Christ" — implying that Christians, for the most part, no longer follow Christ. His is an entire "social gospel" predicated on a liberal interpretation of Scripture, where care of the body is given prominence over care of the soul. In a typical swap of meaning, Wallis quoted — or rather, misquoted — the...
  • Geo W Bush says Christians & Muslims worship the same God (Jesus answers in John 14:6)

    02/25/2017 12:17:32 PM PST · by Sontagged · 84 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 28, 2011 | LoneStar1776
    Uploaded on Feb 28, 2011 George Bush says that Christians and Muslims worship the same God (Read what Jesus says in John 14:6) COMMENTS • Tara Risser 8 months ago and he obviously has no idea that God is not allah. We do not follow the same beliefs at all. desiachar 2 weeks ago Tara Risser you need to go read a book cicada 1 week ago Then I guess you don't worship the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus Polizei1945 9 months ago George W. Bush is an idiot. Christians worshps Yahweh a true God and Islam worships a different...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/25/17)[Prayer]

    02/25/2017 8:06:43 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/25/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 119 Psalm 119[a] ‎ג Gimel 17 Be good to your servant while I live,     that I may obey your word. 18 Open my eyes that I may see     wonderful things in your law. 19 I am a stranger on earth;     do not hide your commands from me. 20 My soul is consumed with longing     for your laws at all times. 21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,     those who stray from your commands. 22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,     for I keep your statutes. 23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,...
  • Atheist cosmologist warns “deeply religious” people not to put their faith in “apparent” fine-tuning

    02/25/2017 6:54:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Uncommon Descent ^ | 02/24/2017
    In “Physics: A cosmos in the lab,” a review of A Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes by Zeeya Merali, cosmologist Andreas Albrecht writes at Nature, The question of cosmic origins, and the possibility that humans might create new universes, can connect with religious concerns. These form a substantial thread through A Big Bang in a Little Room that significantly reduced the book’s appeal to me. I am an atheist. I respect that many people are deeply religious (some are very close to me) and that religion can have a positive, even beautiful,...
  • Familial bonds

    02/25/2017 6:53:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 02-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Familial bonds Question: We are often told that “brother” or “sister” in the New Testament texts can also be understood as cousins. By why then, in Luke 1:36, does the New Jerusalem Bible refer to Elizabeth as Mary’s “cousin?” Why was the word for “sister” not used there as it is elsewhere?— Robert Tisovich, via email Answer: The Greek word used in Luke 1:36 is “suggenes” and means “relative” or “kinsman.” It is from the Greek roots “syn” (with) and “genos” (seed or offspring). So, the word here refers to Elizabeth as being related to Mary in some physical but unspecified...

    02/24/2017 9:59:54 PM PST · by Maudeen · 59 replies
    Prayer Intercessor ^ | 2/25/2017 | Self
    Won’t you please join with fellow FREEPERS around the world as we pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND AMERICA'S: Government, Family, Military, Defenders of Law & National Security, Business & Agri-Business, Education, Medical Profession, Education, Churches, Media and the Entertainment Industry. We pray for our nation’s return to serving the Lord God Almighty and giving Him the Glory. 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.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-17

    02/24/2017 8:33:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 02-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2017 Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 17:1-15God from the earth created man,and in his own image he made him.He makes man return to earth again,and endows him with a strength of his own.Limited days of life he gives him,with power over all things else on earth.He puts the fear of him in all flesh,and gives him rule over beasts and birds.He created for them counsel, and a tongue and eyes and ears, and an inventive heart,and filled them with the discipline of understanding.He created in them knowledge of the spirit;With wisdom...

    02/24/2017 8:32:43 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    FPM ^ | February 24, 2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center Pope Francis continues to argue for two interrelated points that, while seemingly humane, compromise Western nations and expose their citizens to danger. He reiterated his first point earlier this month when he said, “I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges.”  Francis has made this appeal frequently, both figuratively (when imploring Western nations not to close their doors against more incoming Muslim migrants), and literally—including by characterizing Donald Trump’s proposal to build a U.S.-Mexico wall as “not Christian.” Francis reiterated his second point a few...
  • The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

    02/24/2017 7:19:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/23/17
    Why a Christian wants to rescue Islamic artifactsRescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black robes, this 59-year-old American has spent the past 13 years roaming from the Balkans to the Middle East in an effort to save Christian and Islamic manuscripts threatened by wars, theft, weather—and, lately, the Islamic State. “Given what’s happened in the last years since the rise of ISIS, it’s very clear that things are really endangered,” Stewart...
  • Women Deacons a Possibility Says Cardinal

    02/24/2017 7:08:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 2/24/17 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    President of Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, thinks a women's diaconate could happen.According to the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the diaconate for women is a possibility. Asked in a long interview for the German Church’s website on 24 February, what possibilities he saw for women in the Catholic Church, Ravasi replied, “The diaconate for women would, I think, be possible but it must of course, be discussed, as the historic tradition is very complex.” He thought the present fixation on women’s ordination somewhat “clerical”, he said. “Why don’t we start talking...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus Did Not Tell the Pharisees that Divorce is Forbidden

    02/24/2017 7:03:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 2/24/17 | Maike Hickson
    There are coming to us now different reports about Pope Francis’ Santa Marta homily of today which are very troubling. He mentions the Pharisees’ question about divorce and whether it is permitted and then comments on the reaction of Our Lord (Mark 10:1-12), as follows: Jesus does not answer whether it is permitted or not. He does not enter into their [the Pharisees’] classic casuistry. Because they [the Pharisees] thought of faith merely in the framework of “one may not” or “one may” – up to which point one may, up to which point one may not. Thus logic of...
  • Egypt Christians Flee Sinai as Sixth of Their Kin Killed

    02/24/2017 6:45:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/24/17 | AP
    After a spate of killings by suspected militants have spread fears among the Coptic community in Egypt, hundreds of Christians have decided to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. At least six Christians have been brutally murdered in the last month and no group has claimed responsibility.EL-ARISH, Egypt - Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his daughter to death inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region, officials and a Christian priest said Friday, prompting hundreds of Christians to flee from...
  • The Shepherd King of Israel...Zechariah pt 14

    Zechariah 9-11 are of one section, as are Zechariah 12-14, the first speaks of the first coming of the Messiah, the lowly King riding on a foal as a contrast to Pagan conquerors which the God of Israel had used, as his scourge, to chastise the nations which had afflicted Israel in her lowliness, and even to deliver Jerusalem itself, as a token of her final deliverance.The second section takes us to the end of time, long after the coming of Messiah to the nation, as a Shepherd to a poor flock. Ask ye of the Lord rain in the...
  • FR Weekly Torah Discussion: Parashat Mishpatim

    02/24/2017 3:40:20 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | YIBONEH
    Rabbi Aaron Dovid Poston YIBONEH Midrashiah in Baka, Jerusalem (Video Length: 42m) Ex 21:1 "And these are the judgments that you shall place before them." Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים Next read in the Diaspora on 25 February 2017. Parashat Mishpatim is the 18th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 21:1 - 24:18Next week: Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה Next read in the Diaspora on 04 March 2017. Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1 - 27:19

    02/24/2017 2:42:46 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Roman Catholic Man ^ | February 20, 2017 | Fr. Richard Hellman
    Just posted to YouTube yesterday, Father Giacomo Capoverdi shares a fascinating story of his encounter with the Hermit of Loreto (the author of the Pieta Prayer Book), at the site of the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Exterior and interior shown in this article’s photo). In this video, Father Capoverdi shares an amazing premonition this Hermit of Loreto had all the way back in the 1980s about Donald J. Trump. Please watch as Father shares this incredible story. Hermit of Loreto - Video Link Note: Fr. Capoverdi is not one to make You Tube videos, his account...
  • “Do not think of faith only in terms of “can” or “can not” [Catholic Caucus]

    02/24/2017 10:39:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | February 24, 2017 | DOMENICO AGASSO
    In Christian life, truth is not negotiable. There is no doubt. However, we must be fair in mercy and not think of faith only in terms of “you can” or “you cannot.” This is what Jesus teaches us. Pope Francis begins his homely in Casa Santa Marta by warning of a hypocrite and deceitful faith when reduced to the logic of classification. Reports radio Vatican: today’s Gospel, February 24 2017, by St. Mark San Marco reads the question “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”. This question was asked to the son of God by the doctors...
  • Understanding God's Will

    02/24/2017 10:03:28 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9). Godly living results from being controlled by the principles of God’s Word. Paul's prayer for the Philippians (Phil. 1:9-11) is closely paralleled by his prayer for the Colossians (Col. 1:9-12). Both epistles were written from the same Roman prison at about the same time in Paul's life. Both prayers focus on godly living, but each approaches it from a slightly different perspective. The Philippians were gracious people who needed to...
  • God Is Truth

    02/24/2017 10:02:58 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true’” (John 3:33). Since God is true in everything He does, we can trust Him and His Word. God’s truthfulness is taught often in Scripture. Balaam, though no righteous man, got this right: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?” (Num. 23:19). Samuel said to King Saul that God “will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/24/17)[Prayer]

    02/24/2017 8:06:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/24/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 119 Psalm 119[a] ב Beth 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?     By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart;     do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart     that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, Lord;     teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount     all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes     as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate...
  • Sen. Tim Kaine meets Pope Francis in Vatican City

    02/24/2017 7:56:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    WTVR ^ | February 22, 2017 | unknown
    Senator Tim Kaine met with Pope Francis after attending a general audience with him on Wednesday. Kaine and the Pope discussed the Holy See’s work to address the global refugee and migrant crisis, according to the senator’s office. “As the Pope stated so clearly yesterday, it is a ‘moral imperative’ to protect and defend the ‘inalienable rights’ of refugees and respect their dignity, especially by adopting just laws that protect those fleeing dangerous or inhumane situations,” said Kaine in a statement. Kaine also participated in a discussion focused on Latin American issues with Vatican officials and members of other religious...
  • Witches target Trump with mass occult ritual

    02/24/2017 7:43:28 AM PST · by Morgana
    Feb. 23, 2017 | STAFF
    Christian leaders urge prayer to protect president against 'demonic realm' It’s not just a political battle anymore. It’s spiritual warfare now. Exorcists, witches and occultists “in a number of magical groups” are announcing plans for a ritual designed to “bind Donald Trump and all who abet him.” It’s to happen Friday at midnight at a variety of locations across the nation, and again every month until Donald Trump is no longer in office. The rite, requiring a stub of a candle, a pin, salt, matches, a tarot card, a feather and other odds and ends, calls on spirits to ensure...
  • Are You Going To Cast A Spell On Trump?

    02/24/2017 7:36:37 AM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | Jaya Saxena
    Those who don't like Donald Trump and the current Republican administration are mobilizing in all sorts of ways. They're speaking up in town halls and calling their representatives. They're organizing protests and demonstrations. And, for the magically-inclined, they're casting spells. Starting at midnight on Friday, witches around the country are calling for a mass spell to be cast on Donald Trump every night of a waning crescent moon until he's driven from office. The spell was publicized by Michael M. Hughes, who told that it was tweaked from multiple spells he saw going around private witchcraft groups. He published...
  • On the plight of St. Adalbert's Church in Chicago [Catholic Caucus]

    02/24/2017 7:34:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 23, 2017 | Christine Niles
    Why is Chicago's Cdl. Blase Cupich refusing to meet with parishioners on the proposed sale of this Traditional Latin Mass parish? And why is he willing to sell the historic landmark to the Chicago Academy of Music, a secular group with a questionable financial track record, who may put the church to profane use? Saint Adalbert, in Chicago's trendy Pilsen neighborhood, was completed in 1914, built by Polish immigrants and maintained by the largely Hispanic community. It was designed by noted architect Henry J. Schlacks, who designed a number of Chicago's historic churches and went on to found the School...
  • What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire?

    02/24/2017 7:32:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 23, 2017 • Spilled salt with salt shaker on wooden background The Gospel from yesterday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Let’s begin with a few observations about salt in those times. Salt was valuable. Some people were even paid with salt (which is where we get the word...
  • Would Jesus Scold Trump on Refugees? Leftist commentators manipulate scripture

    02/24/2017 7:19:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/24/2017 | Peter Heck
    Who would have thought that just a month into the Trump presidency and the progressive left would be demanding our society ask itself what Jesus would do about foreign refugees? Apparently on some issues, that wall between church and state they’re always harping about is almost as porous as our southern border. But before we get caught up in appropriating Jesus to our side of a political issue, I think it is important to be wary of those who prefer selective application of Biblical principle when it comes to the great moral issues of our day. If God’s word should...
  • DELIVERED: More than 10,000 signatories ask Vatican to disinvite pro-abortion fanatic

    02/24/2017 7:05:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    More than 10,000 names were delivered to the Vatican this week from people across the world opposed to notorious population control zealot Paul Ehrlich speaking at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences conference. LifeSiteNews Rome correspondent Jan Bentz brought a petition with 10,710 names to the Vatican on Monday asking Pope Francis to stop plans for the pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Ehrlich to address a symposium titled “Biological Extinction” set for next week. In addition to asking the Holy Father to stop Ehrlich from speaking at the Vatican conference, the LifeSite petition requests that the pope clarify that the Vatican does not...
  • Bishop Schneider: Priests ‘have to refuse’ order from bishop to give Communion to adulterers

    02/24/2017 6:25:23 AM PST · by Petrosius · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 23, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    [Catholic Caucus] February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider says bishops who order their priests to give Holy Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics are “committing a grave abuse of his power.” “He’s ordering (the priest) to sin and when a bishop even or a Pope commands me to sin I have to refuse,” Bishop Schneider explained in a recent interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe. “I have to obey God and therefore in this case the priest has to say to the bishop, ‘Your Excellency you order me to commit a sin and I cannot...
  • Reading the Bible Holistically (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/24/2017 5:41:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 2/24/2017
    “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (vv.4–6). - Matthew 19:1–9 Having seen that we should be careful to let the explicit teaching or didactic portions of Scripture control how we understand passages in which the teaching is more implicit, we are now ready to apply...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, February 24, 2017 [prayer]

    02/24/2017 4:24:25 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 114 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 02/24/2017 | JustaCowgirl
    Father, we pray for a cloak of protection for our leaders Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Guide them, and help them guide us, through the perilous waters that face our country and the world. We pray that those brave souls who assist them will be protected and kept from harm. May those who seek to harm them be met with a refusal to quit by Your forces. Surround our leaders with Your angels. Help their families, for their courage and dedication is important to them and to us in these perilous times. Amen
  • Are We Evangelizing or Compromising?

    02/24/2017 2:40:55 AM PST · by Old Yeller · 18 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | Feb. 21, 2017 | Howard Green
    It should be clear to any born-again Christian living in this generation that the return of Jesus is near. If we take a panoramic view and look at all of the geopolitical upheaval around the globe, we see that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes. Knowing that the hour is late, isn’t it time to get down to the business of evangelizing and making disciples? Instead of fulfilling the Great Commission, many believers are content with seeking ecumenical harmony and common ground with non-Christians. In our day marked by spiritual blindness, are we evangelizing or compromising? Mark...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-17

    02/23/2017 9:07:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 02-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2017 Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 6:5-17A kind mouth multiplies friends and appeases enemies,and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.Let your acquaintances be many,but one in a thousand your confidant.When you gain a friend, first test him,and be not too ready to trust him.For one sort is a friend when it suits him,but he will not be with you in time of distress.Another is a friend who becomes an enemy,and tells of the quarrel to your shame.Another is a friend, a boon companion,who will not be with you when sorrow comes.When things...
  • NY Bishop: Pro-Abortion 'Catholic' Politicians Imperil Their Souls, Create Scandal

    02/23/2017 8:29:07 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    CNS ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, headof the Catholic diocese of AlbanyN.Y. (Diocese of Albany)  ( -- In response to three New York politicians participating in a pro-Planned Parenthood rally -- the nation's largest abortion provider -- the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Albany, N.Y. said it is a "scientific fact" that abortion kills a human person and it is his responsibility to correct the politicians "for the wellbeing of the individuals' souls and to avoid scandal among the Catholic faithful."The three politicians at the Feb. 11 rally in Albany were U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and N.Y. State Assemblywoman Patricia...
  • Francis: the gift that keeps on giving [Catholic Caucus]

    02/23/2017 7:52:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 23, 2017 | New Catholic
    "There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association'," the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript. He said that some of these people should also say "'my life is not Christian, I don't pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life'." "There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal," he said. "How many times have we all heard people say 'if that person...
  • Iraqi Christians Erect Large Cross in Area Liberated from ISIS

    02/23/2017 6:47:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Mosul, Iraq, Feb 23, 2017 / 04:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located just 17 miles from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after being liberated from ISIS. As a visible sign of the rebuilding, a giant cross was erected on a hill, marking the victory of the Christian faith against the darkness of the jihadists. On Feb. 18, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Sako, visited the village, where he blessed the large cross and participated in the celebration of the first Mass after two and a half years in Saint George...
  • Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words…

    02/23/2017 6:44:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | unknown | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words… • 157 – Is unity and peace possible (without Christ) in a world steeped in sin? • 156 – Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium • 155 – Union among the faithful is brought about by caring for the marginalized?
  • Popular Movements Call for Sanctuary, Disruption; Blast Racism, ‘All Forms of Human Hierarchy’

    02/23/2017 6:39:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Participants in the First US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements issued a “message from Modesto” following a four-day meeting in the California city. Cardinal Peter Turkson and two dozen US bishops attended the meeting, which was cosponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the US bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and PICO National Network. “We believe that every human is sacred with equal claim to safe water, education, health care, housing and family-sustaining jobs,” participants said in their message. “Racism and all forms of human hierarchy, whether based on skin color, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability,...
  • Let's Talk About Maslenitsa (Cheesefare Week- the last week before Lent)

    02/23/2017 6:35:14 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-21-2012 | various
    Boris Kustodiev. Maslenitsa      It is the last week before the beginning of Great Lent—the week the Russians call "maslenitsa." In the West it is called "carnival," which had a similar meaning originally, but is now understood quite differently. On the one hand, spring is in the air—it is a great time to visit friends and family, and have a good time. Of course, this often leads to gastronomical excesses, and perhaps too much to drink. In some places, the festivities can even take on a pagan aspect. But on the other hand, this is the week in which...
  • Prominent Jesuit Priest Tweets Support for Transgender Bathrooms to 100k Followers

    02/23/2017 6:30:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/23/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the most well-known Jesuit priests in the United States tweeted his support of boys using the girls' bathroom and vice versa. Father James Martin is the editor-at-large of America magazine and has a large social media presence. In November, he accepted an award from New Ways Ministry, a dissident group that has been condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the U.S. Catholic bishops. During his lengthy acceptance speech, he said the Church should embrace homosexuality's "special gifts." Yesterday, President Trump reversed former President Obama's transgender bathroom order, which...
  • Witches to Cast Spell to Curse President Trump

    02/23/2017 5:55:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    church millitant ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | Max Douglas
    WASHINGTON ( - According to reports circulating on social media, a group of witches are planning a mass witchcraft spell to curse President Trump and get him "removed from office." The curse will also extend "to all those who abet him." The spell is set to take place February 24 at midnight, and is supposed to continue at "midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office." A Facebook page has been created for participants to offer input — although Christians are also leaving comments promoting "the power of Jesus" to counteract their efforts. The proclaimed binding...
  • The Lowly King of Israel...Zechariah pt 13

    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I...
  • Witches pledge to cast 'binding spell' on Trump. Pledge to pray for him instead.

    02/23/2017 3:15:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies ^ | Feb. 23, 2017 | staff
    With President Donald Trump and the first Lady bringing God and the Lord’s Prayer back into the mainstream, Satanists and self-proclaimed witches are up in arms. Witches around the globe are launching a campaign to cast a ‘binding spell’ on President Trump beginning February 24. The spell is to begin February 24th (Midnight, Friday evening) and to be repeated on every “waning crescent moon,” so roughly once a month. Beyond February 24th, the following dates are given: “March 26th; April 24th; May 23rd; June 21st (especially important as it is the summer solstice); July 21st; August 19th; etc.” Let us...
  • Coptic & Cristero: To Die For Love [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/23/2017 1:22:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael Matt
    This month marks the second anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Their crime? Loving Christ enough to die for Him. Would Roman Catholics do the same? What motivates martyrs, if not love? Michael Matt asks the question: Is it because the New Order no longer speaks of Holy MOTHER Church that so few of her sons seem willing to die for her anymore? What have we lost? What was life in the Church like just 40 years ago? Growing up Catholic...and remembering what we lost. Scapulars. Meat-less Friday. Ember Days. Midnight Masses....
  • Abortionist Willie Parker Aborts Up to 45 Babies a Day and Claims to be a Christian

    02/23/2017 1:09:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 22, 2017 | Dave Andrusko
    We’re nearing the end of the day, and as promised earlier, I did want to talk about the interview the New York Times Magazine conducted with itinerant abortionist, Willie Parker. As you need to know about the magazine’s motivation is in the headline: “Willie J. Parker Changed His Mind About Abortion.” Of course, it goes without saying (since Ana Marie Cox is writing for the New York Times Magazine), Parker’s “conversion” is from “someone who, for religious reasons, didn’t want to provide abortion” to becoming a practicing abortionist who flies into a location and takes the lives of up to...