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Forum: Religion

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  • Atheist Writer: Most 2016 Candidates Are ‘God-Fearing Clowns and Faith-Mongering Nitwits’

    04/20/2015 9:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Imagine a president of the United States proclaiming in his or her inaugural address, “I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a hereafter…There is no hope, save in ourselves.” If something like that ever happens, writer Jeffrey Tayler’s dream will have come true. Tayler, who routinely trashes religion for the liberal online magazine Salon, complained in a Sunday article that several recent announcements of presidential candidacies have brought about “a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the...
  • The De-Christianization and Gradual Islamization of France

    04/20/2015 7:44:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/19/15 | Charles Adhémar
    Islamist networks in France and across Europe are increasingly organized and well-armed, but it is France that is sitting on a powder keg Just before Christmas, as I was walking along the streets of Paris, I happened to see the disgraceful cover of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, a failing satirical magazine well known for its insults against religion and general vulgarity. It showed the Blessed Virgin Mary in an outrageous, almost pornographic position. Such crudeness was not a first for Charlie Hebdo. Although the cover angered me, the spirit of Christmas overrode any hateful thoughts. Two weeks later,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-15, OM, St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    04/20/2015 7:17:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2015Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 7:51—8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it.” When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • Ann Arbor Catholic priest tells parishioners to pack heat

    04/20/2015 4:03:10 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    Detroit Free Press | 04-20-2015 | Patricia Montemurri
    No excerpt due to copyright concerns. See the story here. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2015/04/20/ed-fride-mayberry-guns-ann-arbor-catholic-priest/26086691/
  • Why We Pilgrimage to Turin: Jesus is a Lamb to Us and a Lion to His Foes

    04/20/2015 2:54:48 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 4/20/15 | Roberto de Mattei
    (Turin) coming from 19 April to 24 June 2015, the grave cloth of Christ, which is the Holy Shroud of Turin, will be on public display. Only five years after the most recent exhibition, pilgrims will be able to venerate the holy linen cloth in the cathedral of Turin again. The occasion is the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco. The next opportunity to see the grave cloth is not likely to arise again until 2025. The Holy Shroud is the cloth in which the body of Our Lord Jesus Christ was wrapped in the grave. The...
  • What is the law of Christ?

    04/20/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 15 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | October 4, 2011 | unknown
    “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) The law of Christ misunderstood Some people read this verse out of its context, as if it suddenly fell from the sky, and they conclude that there is a new law given by God under the New Covenant, called the law of Christ, in contrast with the Law which they call “the Law of the Old Testament”. They say the Christian does not have to keep the Law of God (which they call the Law of the Old Testament), because the Christian is not under...
  • Three Things You're Probably Getting Wrong about Praying to the Saints

    04/20/2015 1:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 211 replies
    Shameless popery ^ | April 20, 2015
    As Christianity Today acknowledges, prayers for and to the Saints date back to the early Church (in fact, these practices date back far earlier, even to Old Testament Judaism, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow). Nevertheless, these practices are controversial within Protestantism. Today, I want to look at just one of them -- prayer to the Saints -- and show why the opposition to it is grounded in a faulty view of life after death. Tomorrow, I'll look at the Biblical support for both prayer to the Saints and prayer for the Saints. First, a word on why...
  • Pope appeals to international community as African immigrants flood Italy, perish at sea

    04/20/2015 1:36:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 20, 2015 | Diogenes
    Following his April 19 Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis lamented the deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea and appealed to the international community to offer assistance. The Pope spoke out after a new disaster in which as many as 700 people may have perished in a ship bringing refugees from Libya toward Europe. “I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated,” he said as he requested prayers. He added, “They are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving,...
  • Nigerian Bishop: Boko Haram Is A "Demonic Cult"

    04/20/2015 12:43:44 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Oliver Dashe Doeme, Bishop of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, minced no words this weekend in speaking of the atrocities of the jihadist group Boko Haram, which he called a “demonic cult.”
  • Dallas paper: Ted Cruz broadening appeal beyond those evangelical fringe groups

    04/20/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Get Religion ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jim Davis
    Well, at least the Dallas Morning News was kinda nice to Liberty University. In the lede to its story on Ted Cruz in New Hampshire, the newspaper called it a "huge evangelical Christian college." Once upon a time, many mainstream media routinely slapped Liberty with the "F" word: "Fundamentalist." But the paper doesn't prove its claim that Cruz sounded less evangelical, more secular in his New Hampshire visit to sound more presidential. It therefore pushes a related stereotype: that Americans don’t particularly like evangelicals. DMN paints Cruz as a conservative's conservative as well as an evangelical's evangelical. It says the...
  • Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Just Faint on the Cross

    04/20/2015 11:51:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    strange Notions ^ | April 20, 2015 | Peter Kreeft
    NOTE: Christians around the world celebrated Good Friday and Easter last week, which commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus we began a six-part series on these events by Dr. Peter Kreeft in which he examines each of the plausible theories attempting to explain what happened to Jesus at the end of his life, particularly whether he rose from the dead.Part 1 - 5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection of JesusPart 2 - Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Faint on the Cross Part 3 - Debunking the Conspiracy Theory: 7 Arguments Why Jesus’ Disciples Did Not...
  • The Church Is Visible and One: A Critique of Protestant Ecclesiology

    04/20/2015 11:50:07 AM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    Introduction There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:6 And I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church ... The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed And if ever you are sojourning in cities, inquire not simply where the Lord’s House is (for the other sects of the profane also attempt to call their own dens houses of the Lord), nor merely where the church is, but where...
  • BREAKING: Catholic Relief Services vice-president is in a gay ‘marriage’, promotes gay agenda

    04/20/2015 10:38:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | April 20, 2015
    Update April 20: In keeping with our regular practice, we contacted Catholic Relief Services on Friday morning for a response prior to publication, and gave them a deadline of 4pm. In this case they did not respond. However, by Monday morning, Estridge's LinkedIn and Facebook profiles were taken down.BALTIMORE, MD, April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- As Catholic bishops throughout the U.S. face attacks for requiring Catholic teachers not to support same-sex “marriage,” new evidence shows that a vice-president at the bishops’ own foreign relief agency is himself “married” to another man.Critics say the news confirms Catholic Relief Services’ history of...
  • Reports from Israel reveal startling rerun of history ('Kaduri revival is exploding...)

    04/20/2015 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | April 18, 2015 | Unattributed
    They call it the “Kaduri Revival,” and reports over recent months have confirmed the teachings of one of Israel’s most venerated rabbi are leading Jews time and again to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. And face persecution. Baptist preacher and radio host Carl Gallups says the threats facing Messianic Jews now in Israel is “reminiscent of what we read about in the New Testament – in the early days of the church.” There, he said, Jews who followed Jesus Christ were persecuted. And today, they “are facing the same hardships and persecution the early church faced,” he said. “Gallups...
  • The Gospel of Resurrection

    04/20/2015 10:14:01 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 1951 | Fr. Georges Florovsky
    Death is a catastrophe for man; this is the basic principle of the whole of Christian anthropology. Man is an amphibious being, both spiritual and corporeal, and so he was created by God. Body belongs organically to the unity of human existence. And this was perhaps the most striking novelty in the original Christian message. The preaching of the Resurrection as well as the preaching of the Cross was foolishness and a stumbling–block to Gentiles. St. Paul had already been called a "babbler" by the Athenian philosophers just "because he proclaimed to them Jesus and the resurrection" (Acts XVII:18, cf....
  • "Little Boy:" A Movie You Must See!

    04/20/2015 10:05:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tim Staples
    And I say this not just because I am in the movie. But yes, I am in the movie. Don't blink, though, or you might miss me. I have two speaking lines (I play a soldier in a hospital to visit wounded comrades). I say this because it is a magnificent movie. It opens April 24th in theatres across the country.“Little Boy” comes to us from Metanoia Films, the same people who gave us "Bella" back in 2006. Their very first film project, it, and they, took Hollywood by surprise by winning the Toronto Film Festival. There could have been no better title for what...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/20/2015 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    4-20-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 112:1-4 Blessed is the Man that Feareth the Lord, and Delighteth Greatly in His Commandments. His Seed shall be Mighty upon Earth: the Generation of the Upright shall be Blessed. Riches and Treasures shall be in his House, and his Righteousness Endureth Forever. Unto the Upright Ariseth Light in Darkness: he is Merciful and Full of Compassion, and Righteous.
  • ISIS slaughters 30 Christians on beach in Libya

    04/20/2015 9:19:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 20, 2015
    Terrorists release propaganda video showing two massacres of Christians from Ethiopia ISIS has released another video depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed.Before the executions a masked militant said: “To the nation of the cross, we’re back again… Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.”“We swear to Allah … you will not have safety even in your dreams until you embrace Islam,” he added.Later a militant with a Yemeni accent said: “Those who convert to Islam are safe. Those who...
  • Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity: Why He Switches From One Denomination to Another

    04/20/2015 9:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    The Florida senator’s dabbling in multiple denominations shows a country more and more inclined toward a consumerist approach toward religion. American presidential candidates are often a good lens for looking at the state of American religion. For instance, the fact that 2012 was the first election in American history where no candidate was a mainline Protestant, after that branch’s virtual monopoly on the White House, reflected the mainline’s precipitous decline in numbers and influence over the 20th century. While the two vice-presidential candidates were boringly Catholic, Barack Obama ran as a nondenominational, basically unchurched Christian, and Mitt Romney as a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUASI-DOMICILE, 04-20-15

    04/20/2015 8:31:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:QUASI-DOMICILE Variously interpreted in ecclesiastical law, it is a less permanent and settled place of residence than a domicile. Thus the Code of Canon Law stated that a quasi-domicile was acquired by staying in a place with the intention of remaining beyond six months, and by a stay that is actually prolonged beyond six months. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Morning & Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    04/20/2015 7:33:43 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 1 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | April 20, 2015 | Charles H. Spurgeon
    Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon April 20, 2015 Morning Reading That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death. —Hebrews 2:14 O child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil's power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer's death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is...
  • R.C. Sproul Hospitalized

    04/20/2015 7:10:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    4/20/2015
    From the Ligonier Ministries Facebook Page: Last Saturday, Dr. Sproul checked himself into the hospital. The doctors suspect he had a mild stroke. He remains in the hospital for further testing and observation. The Sproul family requests your prayers.
  • On the Mysticism of the Simple Word “Consider”

    04/20/2015 7:03:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Mysticism of the Simple Word “Consider” By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and then a word just catches your ear. Several times in a day it jumps out at you and you’re tempted to say, “There it is again!”A few days ago it was the word “consider,” a very ordinary word. Or is it? Why did it suddenly strike me so? With my knowledge of Latin,  it occurred to me that “consider” has something to do with the stars, for the Latin word sidera means “stars” or “heavenly bodies.” How interesting! I have used the word for about fifty years...
  • The U.S. Catholic College Revolution

    04/20/2015 6:47:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/20/14 | Tom Hoopes
    8 new “Catholic identity schools” since 2000 as dozens more renew themselvesA Spanish Marxist once famously said, “Give me 10 universities, and I'll change the face of Europe.” It happened exactly as he said. So it is significant to note that there is a major Catholic higher education revolution underway in the United States and Canada. Eight new Catholic identity colleges have been founded since 2000 and more than 20 American colleges are promoting their Catholic identity — and that number could as much as double in the next 10 years. I work at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where...
  • Tom Brady’s Father Among Group Seeking Archbishop’s Removal

    04/20/2015 6:43:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 4/16/15 | Michael O’Loughlin
    A group of San Francisco Catholics threw a Hail Mary Thursday, asking Pope Francis to fire their archbishop. Among those calling for a replacement of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is the father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady Sr. joined about 100 other Bay Area Catholics in signing a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, in which they ask Pope Francis to remove Cordileone as archbishop because of what they say is “an atmosphere of division and intolerance” in the archdiocese. “Holy Father,” the ad reads, “please provide us with a leader true to our values...
  • Christian teaching is not ‘hateful’: the stakes are too high to be silenced by that label

    04/20/2015 6:22:06 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews/Family Research Council ^ | 4/17/15 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    April 17, 2015 (FRCBlog.com) -- Hate is sin.Hate is disobedience to God. "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him" (I John 3:15).To rage against, physically or verbally abuse, belittle, or diminish the humanity of homosexuals is hateful.To disagree is not hateful.To stand for truth is not hateful.To make arguments about human sexuality and marriage from sociological and demographic data is not hateful.To object to the legal redefinition of marriage is not hateful.To oppose efforts to redefine marriage in law is not hateful.To believe in the uniqueness of male-female complementarity is not hateful.To herald the Bible's teaching...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/20/15)[Prayer]

    04/20/2015 6:10:16 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/20/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Samuel New International Version (NIV) 15 Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy[a] all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle...
  • Christians Accept Execution Rather Than Renounce Christ for Islam

    04/20/2015 3:33:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The Islamic State (IS) has just released another video where it executes more Christians, this time for not paying jizya—extortion money demanded of the “People of the Book” according to Koran 9:29.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-20-15

    04/19/2015 7:47:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 20, 2015Monday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-15 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyreneans, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.Then they instigated some men to say,“We have heard him speaking blasphemous wordsagainst Moses and God.”They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes,accosted him, seized him,and brought him before the Sanhedrin.They presented false witnesses who testified,“This man never...
  • Jesuit Theologian Banned From Teaching Catholic Theology (Pro-Gay Agenda, Liberation Theology)

    04/19/2015 7:44:31 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    Catholic Education Daily ^ | April 15, 2015 | Justin Petrisek
    Amid misleading reports and accusations of academic freedom violations, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, sent a strong message last month in support of Catholic teaching and identity by effectively banning the dissident theologian Father Jorge Costadoat, S.J., from teaching theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PCUC). The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with Ryan Thomas, director of operations for Catholic News Agency and former South American bureau chief for its sister agency, ACI Prensa, to clear up conflicting reports and better understand the situation. In a letter dated March 24, Cardinal Ezzati Andrello withdrew his stamp of...
  • On Trial for Being Catholic

    http://www.aleteia.org/en/video/on-trial-for-being-catholic-5836428944605184 Watch the video. It says it all.
  • The Biblical Teaching of Justification

    04/19/2015 5:16:01 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 5 replies
    Christian Truth ^ | William Webster
    One of the great truths of salvation is that of justification. But what is justification? The heart of the Reformation controversy was over the meaning of this word and despite the impression given by ECT, the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches are still very much at odds with one another on this issue. The Reformers claimed that the Roman Catholic Church had perverted the true biblical meaning of the term by insisting on the necessity of works and sacraments as the basis for justification. And the Roman Church charged that the Reformer’s teaching of faith alone (sola fide) and imputed...
  • Do You Really Believe in Jesus?

    04/19/2015 4:50:36 PM PDT · by wmfights · 48 replies
    Walvoord.com ^ | John F. Walvoord
    Have you ever really believed in Jesus Christ? I was talking to my five-year old son. He replied quickly, "Of course, dad." "But have you ever really been saved? How do you really know you are saved?" He replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,." He ripped off the words as fast as his little mouth could phrase them. It was a verse he had memorized, and he had heard it explained so many times. Perhaps you would have answered just as he did. "Of course I am saved. Of course I believe in Jesus...
  • Must Christianity Change Its Sexual Ethics? History May Hold The Key

    04/19/2015 1:56:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-19-15 | Trevin Wax
    Churches that accept society’s dogma on marriage and sexuality may think of themselves as “affirming,” but the global church sees them as “apostate.” Meanwhile, it is the height of imperialistic narrowness for a rapidly shrinking subset of white churches in the West to lecture the rest of the world — including those places where Christianity is exploding in growth or where Christians are being martyred — on why they are wrong and how everyone else in Christian history has misread Scripture regarding the meaning of marriage. (RNS) Whenever people today say that Christianity needs to update and adapt its moral...
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Stream Joseph: King of Dreams On Netflix Today

    04/19/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    After having written about Prince of Egypt several readers told me I should also watch Joseph: King of Dreams. I did and, I have to say, you all were right. Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] 2. God guides us, but it’s up to us to act. Joseph used every opportunity he got to improve his...
  • Shroud of Turin goes on public display

    04/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cns ^ | April 19, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    The Shroud of Turin unveiled yesterday for the media. Now on public display, (CNS/Paul Haring) TURIN, Italy — A thin white cloth draped over the glass–covered Shroud of Turin was pulled down and billowed to the floor, marking the official opening of the venerated icon’s exposition to the public.​The unveiling came during a Mass held in the city’s cathedral of St. John the Baptist today in the presence of a small group of dignitaries, religious and lay faithful. ​“We have put ourselves in the wake of generations of pilgrims” who come to contemplate the shroud and “it will do us good to feel like we are drops in the river that has run through the centuries of a humanity...
  • Slaughter on the beach: ISIS behead and shoot Ethiopian Christians

    04/19/2015 12:58:15 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04-19-2015 | Lydia Willgress
    The 29-minute video, titled 'Until It Came To Them - Clear Evidence', shows dozens of militants holding two separate groups captive, thought to be in the south and the west of the country. At least 16 men, described by Islamic State as the 'followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church', are lined up and shot in a desert area while 12 others are filmed being forced to walk down a beach before being beheaded.
  • Pastoral Practice Committee Pursues Ambitious Agenda (Orthodox)

    04/19/2015 12:51:02 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Can Orthodox weddings be celebrated on Saturdays? Are group confessions permissible? How are catechumens prepared for reception into the Church? The answers to these questions and others depend on which Orthodox jurisdiction you call home. While there are vast areas of agreement in the Orthodox Church, there are variations in practice across jurisdictions in the United States as pertain to baptism, marriage, confession, and other sacraments of the Church. As the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strives to manifest the unity of Orthodoxy, it is necessary to develop a common understanding among its member...
  • Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ [Christian Genocide!]

    04/19/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lela Gilbert
    Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ by Lela Gilbert 16 Apr 2015 'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost' A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten In March last year reports emerged of a nightmare unfolding in the Armenian town of Kassab in northern Syria. A horde of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists descended on the city, forcing the Christian residents out of their ancestral homes. It was widely reported...
  • Pope Benedict, Divorced Catholics, and the Eucharist

    04/19/2015 12:30:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 19, 2015 | George Sim Johnston
    In the course of the Christological meditations collected in Behold the Pierced One (1984), Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) made what might be called a “modest proposal” with regard to twice-married Catholics and the Eucharist.His suggestion has rarely been mentioned during the heated debate over divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. But it may offer a bridge of sorts those Catholics who can’t receive; it might also deepen Eucharistic devotion among all Catholics, which is not exactly robust these days.In his inimitable and scholarly way, Benedict discusses the fathomless gift that is the Eucharist, and then asks: “If...
  • How Benedict XVI vanquished the New Atheists

    04/19/2015 12:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mary O'Regan
    Ten years ago today Benedict began his transformative papacy Ten years ago today Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, taking the name Benedict XVI. One surprise of the papacy that followed was that his visit to Britain was a such resounding success – so successful, in fact, that the benefits are still felt to this day. In the months leading up to the papal visit in September 2010, we had militant atheists, campaigning secularists and many sections of the anti-Catholic lobby doing their worst to cast a shadow over the visit. The National Secular Society launched its (grammatically suspect)...
  • Union of Bulgarian Alternative Synod with the Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarchate (Orthodox Caucus)

    04/19/2015 8:58:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church News ^ | 04-18-2015 | Angela Petrova
    OCP News Service Special Courtesy: Angela Petrova 18/4/15 Sofia: Reports from Sofia indicate that the breakaway Alternative Synod of the Bulgarian Church have achieved complete union with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. It has been a long trial and error process of unity. RINSU (Religious News Service of Ukraine) in April 2015 reported made the following comments in their report on the UOC-KP and UAOC dialogue for unity. “Recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been an agent of reunification of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Although there were also two branches and very aggressive against each other,” religionist Oleksandr Sagan was reported as...
  • You Should Care

    04/19/2015 7:19:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Monergism.Com ^ | 04/08/2015 | John Hendryx
    Do any of you remember the 90s show Seinfeld? Well there was one episode where Elaine has a "Christian" boyfriend Puddy. Elaine is deeply troubled because he does not seem bothered by the idea that she is going to hell. He says "You are the one going there, not me." She says "David, I am going to hell, the worst place in the world with devils and those caves and the ragged clothing" Puddy says "Pretty rough" and so she begins hitting him and says "you SHOULD BE trying to save me." Puddy says, Don't boss me, this is why...
  • Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection & the Truth of the Gospel - Homily, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/19/2015 7:01:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection and the Truth of the Gospel. A homily for the third Sunday of Easter. By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel for this Sunday speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the proclamation of the Church: “The Lord is risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” This solemn declaration of the Church forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. But on this foundation of the truth the personal witness of every Catholic must be built. In this gospel we see how the...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    04/19/2015 6:26:38 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 67 replies
    Church of St. Michael, NYC ^ | April 19, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Even in this Easter season, there are those who would nervously employ the secular convention of saying that they want Christ but not his Church, and that they can confess their sins to God without confessing to a priest. This ignores what Jesus did when he rose from the dead: he constructed the Church through his teaching during the forty days before the Ascension, and the first thing he did when he appeared to the apostles was to give them authority to forgive sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Saint John wrote that not all the books in the world...
  • Shroud of Turin Returns for Public Viewing

    04/19/2015 5:52:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 4/19/15 | AFP
    The Shroud of Turin will be displayed for the first time in five years on Sunday. More than a million people have signed up to view one of Christianity's most celebrated relics. Pilgrims believe the Shroud of Turin, measuring 4.3 meters (14 feet) in length, was the cloth used to bury Jesus Christ. The most-talked about piece of linen in history, the shroud imprinted with an image of a man who appears to have been crucified, will go on display from April 19 until June 24 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the north of Italy. Public...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/19/15)[Prayer]

    04/19/2015 5:40:04 AM PDT · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/19/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Samuel New International Version (NIV) 16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeahin Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash. 17 Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual, 18 another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness. 19 Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or...
  • TIME TO GET READY FOR CHURCH

    04/19/2015 4:00:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | April 19, 2015 | knarf
    It's that time againWinter's done, the garden's been started, the week is over ...Let's go listen to a love letter read from Dad Time For Church
  • TEN EVIDENCES OF SALVATION (vanity)

    04/19/2015 1:43:46 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. Articles ^ | undated | Fred Wittman
    TEN EVIDENCES (PROOFS) OF SALVATION Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman 1. The Witness of the Holy Spirit . . A. Within the child of God (Romans 8:9-16; 1 John 3:24); . . B. With another child of God (Romans 8:16); . . C. By fellowship with God (Romans 8: 14; 1 John 1 :7) 2. The Witness of God (Chastening) (Heb. 12:5-11) 3. The Witness of Love (John 13:34,35; 1 John 3:14-19; 5:1-3; 4:7,8,11) 4. The Witness of Your Life (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:7-10). 5. The Witness of God's Word . . A. Your reaction to it...
  • LAODICEAN APOSTATE TONY CAMPOLO SAYS HE’S STARTING ‘EVANGELICALS FOR HILLARY’

    04/18/2015 8:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    This is what he (Tony Campolo) has to say about Hillary Clinton and why Christians should vote for her: “Some of my Evangelical friends raise questions about her views on abortion. But Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent. I know Hillary Clinton to be a committed Christian. As a teenager, Hillary’s religious beliefs were heavily impacted by hearing a sermon by Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth pastor of her Methodist church mentored her through her teenage years...