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  • Dear Rachel Held Evans, (Wolf in Sheep's Clothing)

    04/23/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    A Pinch's in the South ^ | 21 April 2014 | Summer Pinch
    A couple months ago, I wrote a blog in response to the whirlwind of media attention Miley Cyrus had been receiving. At the time, all kinds of groups were coming out to condemn or condone her sexually explicit behavior both on and off the stage. For me, it was simple: Miley Cyrus, like much of our Western culture, has bought in to a secular humanistic worldview that reduces her worth to that of an animal and so it should not be surprising that she often acts as such.      You see, Cyrus “suppresses the truth” (Rom 1:18) that she...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting.Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, “The priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Church’s teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Joint Anglican-Catholic Statement on Moral Teaching Highlights Differences

    04/23/2014 5:58:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States has released a document, Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness, that acknowledges how differently our two communions structure and exercise authority, not only with respect to moral teaching but all forms of teaching. Our teachings do differ in content, specificity, and detail. The absence of an authoritative universal magisterium among the churches of the Anglican Communion marks a signal difference in the structure of teaching authority, the statement added. Without such a universal teaching authority it is difficult to state definitively the teaching Anglicans hold on many specific matters,...
  • Why Divine Mercy Sunday is the most fitting day for John Paul IIs canonization

    04/23/2014 5:47:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    The Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2014 | Carrie Gress
    John Paul II will be canonized Sunday on the Feast of Divine Mercy. While the date chosen is of little surprise, the fullness of how fitting it really is can be easily overlooked. A survey of his biography reveals that Divine Mercy was something of a spiritual touchstone to which he returned again and again throughout his life.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/23/14)[Prayer]

    04/23/2014 4:45:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 1 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/23/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Trees of The Bible Matthew 21 The Fig Tree New International Version (NIV) 18Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, May you never bear fruit again! Immediately the tree withered. 20When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. How did the fig tree wither so quickly? they asked. 21Jesus replied, Truly I tell you, if you have faith...
  • Mary Magdalenes Journey out of Fear to Easter Faith

    04/23/2014 2:58:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/22/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As I have commented before, all the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a journey or sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts describe them as shocked, troubled, and even quite dubious. These were not men and women prone to naivete and concocting stories to assuage their grief. These are stories of men and women who are quite stunned by a new reality and struggling to get their minds around something they do not fully understand.A beautiful...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-14, SOL. Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/22/2014 8:49:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2014Wednesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o’clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, “Look at us.”He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, “I have...
  • Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

    04/22/2014 5:07:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | March 24, 2014 | Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. Pope Francis, who will canonize "the Good Pope," recalled his predecessor as being holy, patient and a man of courage, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council. "He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord," Pope Francis has said. But the Italian Pope John was also guided by his cheerful disposition, his simple, peasant background and tongue-in-cheek, wisecracking Italian culture. Blessed John XXIII pictured in the Vatican...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/22/2014 4:59:13 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    What is God Telling You to Do? Today's Scripture ...And as they went, they were cured and made clean. (Luke 17:14, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria One time in the Scripture, there were ten lepers who saw Jesus. They hollered out, Jesus! Have mercy on us and make us whole! Jesus could have healed them right then, but instead, He asked them to do something to express their faith. He said, Go show yourself to the Priest, and you will be made whole. Its interesting that those lepers were not supposed to be around other people. They...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 22, 2014]

    04/22/2014 4:57:00 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Light That Never Fails " We all, with unveiled face, beholding . . . the glory of the Lord . . . —2 Corinthians 3:18 " A servant of God must stand so very much alone that he never realizes he is alone. In the early stages of the Christian life, disappointments will come— people who used to be lights will flicker out, and those who used to stand with us will turn away. We have to get so used to it that we will not even realize we are standing alone. Paul said, “. . . no...
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Enemy of the State, Executed for Treason

    04/22/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jerry Bowyer
    An Official Declaration Concerning the Criminal Jesus of NazarethJesus of Nazareth was executed on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple.The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and Jesus was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed...
  • The Green Pope and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • Hundreds of pro-life Catholics give public witness in San Diego on Good Friday

    04/22/2014 1:26:26 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:07 EST | by Thomas J. McKenna
    SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For the ninth year in a row faithful from San Diego marched through the streets of downtown on Good Friday and prayed the pro-life Stations of the Cross in front of the Federal Building to protest the killing of innocent children by abortion and offer reparation. More than four hundred Catholics carried signs, sang songs, and prayed as police stopped traffic for the procession, which stretched over several city blocks. Led by a local priest, Fr. Anthony Saroki, and a team of acolytes, the manifestation began at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the...
  • Judge says use of Caner video fair

    04/22/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bob Allen
    A federal judge has dismissed a Georgia Baptist college presidents lawsuit against a blogger who posted video to support allegations that a famous Jihad to Jesus testimony is bogus. A U.S. district judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled April 17 that Jason Smathers, a Southern Baptist pastor in Arizona who blogs at Witnesses Unto Me, was entitled to post government videos he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act under the fair use doctrine of copyright law. Ergun Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., filed a lawsuit last summer claiming ownership of two videos that Smathers posted...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: URIM AND THUMMIM, 04-22-14

    04/22/2014 8:44:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:URIM AND THUMMIMSmall objects, possibly stones, mentioned several times in the Old Testament but never described or explained. They were worn on the breast of a religious official, possibly designating his status, as he sought divine help (Exodus 28:30). Some believe that they were sacred lots that would evoke advice or instructions from Yahweh (Leviticus 8:9). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/22/2014 7:40:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO WOMEN

    LETTER OF POPE JOHN PAUL II TO WOMEN I greet you all most cordially, women throughout the world! I am writing this letter to each one of you as a sign of solidarity and gratitude on the eve of the Fourth World Conference on Women, to be held in Beijing this coming September. Before all else, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the United Nations Organization for having sponsored this very significant event. The Church desires for her part to contribute to upholding the dignity, role and rights of women, not only by the specific work of the...
  • Chiara Corbella: A Witness to Joy

    04/22/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/14 | Marie Meaney
    In worldly terms, Chiara Corbellas life was not a success story: two children dying shortly after birth, herself ravaged by an aggressive cancer, which killed her at the young age of 28, leaving a beloved husband and a small son behind. This is not the kind of material dreams are made of. Yet when one listens to the testimonies of her friends, husband, and spiritual director, and hears more about her story and looks at her radiating, beautiful face on photographs and in video clips, one cant help but feel that hers was an extraordinary life. Each saint has a...
  • Francis Encountering Curial Opposition, Cardinal Says ("We Made a Mistake")

    04/22/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/21/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis is seeking to build a "new way of being church" for Roman Catholics in a similar way to how St. Francis of Assisi reported being told by God to repair the church during the 13th century, a cardinal who is one of the pontiff's closest advisers said. "There is a new concept of church here" in how the pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodrguez Maradiaga, speaking April 8 in St. Petersburg, Fla. "There is a new way of thinking, including the way of governing in the church, here." However, Rodrguez said, while Francis is...
  • Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith Withdraws Negative Evaluation of 1958 Book

    04/22/2014 6:02:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Cardinal Giuseppe Betori of Florence said in an interview that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has withdrawn its negative evaluation of the late Father Lorenzo Milanis Pastoral Experiences. In 1958, the Holy Office, without condemning the author or the work, asked that it be withdrawn from circulation, Cardinal Betori told Toscana Oggi. The intervention had a clearly prudential character and was motivated by contingent situations, said Cardinal Bertori, who added he had sent a dossier to Pope Francis in November about the book and that the Pope had referred the matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine...
  • Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

    04/22/2014 4:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 22, 2013
    Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from his position as Pope Francis’ personal secretary to being prelate secretary general of the Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/22/14)[Prayer]

    04/22/2014 4:45:06 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/22/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Trees of The Bible Matthew 21:8-11 Palm Tree New International Version (NIV) 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, Hosanna[a] to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord![b] Hosanna[c] in the highest heaven! 10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, Who is this? 11The crowds answered, This is Jesus, the prophet from...
  • Ads bring Church's message to mainstream NY radio

    04/22/2014 4:44:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA. New York City, N.Y., Apr 21, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio media hear a message that gives very tangible examples of the good in the Catholic Church – what it has been doing, what it is doing, and what it will continue to do,”...
  • In Holy Land, it's 'I am Christian'; denominations aren't so important

    04/22/2014 4:18:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | April 21, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JIFNA, West Bank (CNS) -- Suheir Saliba was running late as she prepared to go to the Easter Divine Liturgy with her husband, Aimad Kamal, and his family. Saliba, a Catholic, had a late night. She, along with other Catholic and Greek Orthodox residents of the village, had attended the ceremony welcoming the holy fire at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Father Firas Aridah of St. Joseph Catholic Church was also at St. George, where Greek Orthodox Father George Awad lit his candle with the holy fire. Later, after the Greek Orthodox reception, Father Aridah celebrated Mass at St. Joseph....
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Nation

    04/22/2014 2:04:04 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 12 replies
    April 22, 2014 | Jeanbl
    Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1-2
  • [Ecumenical] Some Keys to Evangelization as Seen in a Record Number of Converts this Year in The...

    04/22/2014 1:37:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There was an informative and helpful article in the Washington Post this Easter Sunday that demonstrates certain keys to success in evangelization. The focus of the article is the happy fact that the Archdiocese of Washington welcomed a record number of converts this year at the Easter Vigil. But the article also documents important factors that helped that number. Lets review excerpts of the article and consider some important keys for evangelization. My remarks are in red text. (The Full Article is here: Record Number of Catholic Converts for DC)Austin Russell [a] University of Maryland sophomorestarted dating a Catholic woman...
  • How to Become a Catholic (Explanation of the Inquiry and RCIA process)

    04/21/2014 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 167 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    How to Become a Catholic Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic. A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic...
  • Lutheran nuns end Jerusalem mission to Shoah survivors

    04/21/2014 8:14:51 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/17/2014 | RENEE GHERT-ZAND
    For half a century, theyve run a gratis guesthouse for Holocaust victims. Now an era is ending, and the nuns themselves are at something of a loss ...The Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary is a Lutheran-based order, but operates independently. It began as a Christian organization founded in 1947 by German theologian and intellectual Dr. Klara Schlink, along with Erika Madauss. As president of the Womens Division of the German Student Christian Movement from 1933 to 1935, Schlink refused to comply with Nazi policy barring Jewish-born students from meetings. During WWII, Schlink was summoned twice by the Gestapo because of her...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-14, SOL, Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/21/2014 8:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org.RNAB ^ | 04-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2014Tuesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,“Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,“What are we to do, my brothers?”Peter said to them,“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the...
  • Justin Welby: The Anguish I Face Over Gay Marriage

    04/21/2014 7:45:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/18/14 | Cole Moreton, and John Bingham
    Archbishop of Canterbury suggests blessing gay marriages would divide Anglican Church because some worshippers in Africa would never support homosexuality The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested he is powerless to provide blessings for gay marriages because to do so would split the global Anglican Church. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Most Rev Justin Welby says that the Church had probably caused “great harm” to homosexuals in the past — but there was not always a “huge amount” that could be done now to rectify the situation. Although indicating that he was sympathetic to calls for the Church to...
  • TEN COMMANDMENTS SCORES (Old Charlton Heston Movie top rated show on Sunday Night)

    04/21/2014 7:00:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    On Easter Sunday night, more Americans watched The Ten Commandments on ABC than any other show, even allowing for the fact that the audience was not as big as last years. What was most telling was how it creamed the religious fare shown on the Travel Channel and the Science Channel. The Travel Channel gave us Greatest Mysteries: Holy Land, a one-hour presentation that took the viewer on a rambling ride through hidden rooms and caves looking for the Holy Grail; a guest appearance by Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS, rounded out the first segment. The Shroud of...
  • Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Mocks Catholic Church With Queer Nuns

    04/21/2014 6:39:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Seattle, Washington is taking a page out o the religious bigotry book in order to raise funds for itself. Tomorrow night, the abortion corporation will stage Bar Nun Bingo at and, two days later, with hold another Bar Nun Bingo fundraising events that, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League tells LifeNews in an email, are aimed squarely at Catholics: barnunbingoBoth fund-raising events will bash nuns, and will be led by the demonstrably anti-Catholic gay group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Pictures of previous Bar Nun Bingo affairs show how sick it is. Planned...
  • Ukraine President Preaches the Gospel at Easter!

    04/21/2014 5:49:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Slavic Gospel Association ^ | 4-21-14 | Dr. Bob Provost SGA President
    This Easter Sunday in Ukraine was unlike any other in the history of this nation in crisis. As Ukrainian Christians gathered together at Kievs Central Baptist Church to worship and celebrate the resurrection, they heard a special message delivered in person by Alexander Turchynov, the countrys acting president. SGAs Sergei Omelchenko wrote to tell us about the extraordinary day . . . Turchinov 4-21-14 Acting Ukrainian president Alexander Turchynov proclaims the Gospel at the pulpit of Central Baptist Church in Kieva truly historic moment! Pastor Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), preached the main message...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    04/21/2014 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 4/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    You are Closer than You Think Today's Scripture ...He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw anything like this! (Mark 2:1012, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In Mark chapter two, the Bible talks about a man who was paralyzed. He heard that Jesus was in town teaching at another house, and the man knew that Jesus could...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [April 21, 2014]

    04/21/2014 5:42:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Don’t Hurt the Lord " Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? —John 14:9 " Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us-astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. Philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the Person he thought he already knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be-it is now, though...
  • Cardinal Dolan Defends Hobby Lobby: You Can Buy Contraceptives At 7-11

    04/21/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | April 21, 2013 | IGOR BOBIC
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Sunday unsurprisingly defended Hobby Lobby, the company challenging the rule under Obamacare that for-profit employers' health plans must cover contraceptives for female employees at no extra cost. But in his defense of religious liberty, Dolan incorrectly claimed that women already have access to widely available contraceptives at "any shop on any street in America," namely 7-Eleven. I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby, Dolan said on Sunday's "Face The Nation." I think theyre just true Americans. Theyre saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way...
  • My review of Heaven is for Real My (Deacon Greg Kandra) review of Heaven is for Real

    04/21/2014 4:12:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 21, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Enjoying a rare day off following the Triduum marathon, I took my wife to see “Heaven is for Real” at a Monday matinee.I’ll be honest with you: I wasn’t expecting much. The result could have been awful, a preachy mess. The fact that it isn’t—in fact, a lot of it is awfully satisfying—is a testament to the good taste and storytelling skills of Randall Wallace, the director who shepherded this best-selling book from the page to the screen. Wallace knows his way around big stories with inspirational themes; he wrote “Braveheart” and directed “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He has...
  • ASK FATHER: Godparents must be confirmed, married properly

    04/21/2014 3:56:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: I have been asked to be my nieces godmother but I have to make my confirmation. The lady at the church [?] told me I can not do so until I have my marriage convalidated by the church. I have talked to several people and they find that odd. My husband (who is Methodist) is going to be the godfather is weary about it finds it extremely odd as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. I’m not sure who the “lady at the church” is – and sometimes these nameless and titleless people can...
  • What are the seven dispensations? (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/21/2014 2:32:58 PM PDT · by wmfights · 27 replies
    Question: "What are the seven dispensations?" Answer: Dispensationalism is a method of interpreting history that divides Gods work and purposes toward mankind into different periods of time. Usually, there are seven dispensations identified, although some theologians believe there are nine. Others count as few as three or as many as thirty-seven dispensations. In this article, we will limit ourselves to the seven basic dispensations found in Scripture. The first dispensation is called the Dispensation of Innocence (Genesis 1:28-30 and 2:15-17). This dispensation covered the period of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In this dispensation God's commands were...
  • Are There Souls in Hell Right Now?

    04/21/2014 11:30:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 42 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Tim Staples
    It has become fashionable in some Catholic quarters these days to question where there are now or will ever be any souls populating hell. Hell, it is taught, is a "real possibility," but whether there are any souls actually there, or whether there will ever be any souls there, is unknown to us.It is, of course, true that hell is a "real possibility" for each of us. And that is a sobering thought. But it is also true that souls are actually in hell now, and will be for all eternity. This is a teaching of our Catholic Faith.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA, 04-21-14

    04/21/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-21-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIAThe churches in Asia Minor mentioned by St. John in the Book of Revelation. They are Ephesus, Smyrnna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (Revelation 1:11). While on the island of Patmos, St. John was ordered by the Lord to instruct and admonish their bishops, either praising or blaming them for the way they were administering their dioceses. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/21/2014 8:26:14 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Honoring Two Beloved Popes (Sainthood of John XXIII and John Paul II)

    04/21/2014 7:48:08 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jonathan Liedl
    Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to flock to Rome on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. But for those Americans who cant make the trans-Atlantic trip, there will be plenty of fanfare and celebration stateside, as two of the 20th centurys most beloved popes become saints. The jubilation will be particularly pronounced in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Home to more people of Polish descent than any other city except for Warsaw, Polands capital, Chicagos Polish community will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the canonization of fellow...
  • Syria's Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village

    04/21/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/20/14 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches. Rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December. Government troops swept through the village on Monday,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/21/14)[Prayer]

    04/21/2014 4:53:00 AM PDT · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/21/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Trees of The Bible Matthew 13:31-32 From Small Beginnings (ERV) Then Jesus told the people another story: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. A person plants that seed in his field. That seed is one of the smallest of all seeds. But when the seed grows, it is one of the largest garden plants. It becomes a tree, big enough for the birds to come and make nests in its branches." (ERV)
  • The Normal Christian Life A Meditation on what the Resurrection does to change our lives.

    04/21/2014 2:01:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the Great Easter Vigil, after a lengthy series of Old Testament readings, The lights come on full, the Gloria is intoned and the opening prayer is sung. Then all are seated for the first reading from the New Testament proclaimed in the new light of Easter glory. It is Romans 6, the opening text from the New Testament proclaimed by the Church as Christ steps forth from the tomb! It would seem the Church considers this an important reading for our consideration, given its placement.Romans 6 is a kind of mini-Gospel where in the fact of our new status...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-14, SOL, Monday in the Octave of Easter

    04/20/2014 8:46:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2014Monday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. “You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless men...
  • Don Francisco - "He's Alive"

    04/20/2014 5:32:50 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 20, 2014 | Don Francisco
    A Good And Blessed Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed!
  • Bible Critic Says Jesus Isn't God, Stephen Colbert Leaves Him Speechless (Video)

    04/20/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | BY JARED FREEMAN
    (Screenshot: Comedy Central)As we mentioned, Stephen Colbert, heir to David Letterman's chair on "The Late Show," openly talks about his Catholic faith. It's a surprise to those who know the comedian only as the satirical conservative host of "The Colbert Report."In this April 2009 episode on Maundy Thursday, Colbert hosted Bart Ehrman, a prominent New Testament scholar and biblical critic.As Ehrman points out contradictions he's found in the Bible, notably in the crucifixion of Jesus, Colbert takes him to task in his usual acerbic tone. But under the caricature, Colbert presents the divinity of Christ in ways that leave...