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  • WHO THE BEAST OF REVELATION REALLY IS

    01/24/2017 6:29:36 PM PST · by grumpa · 5 replies
    World Revival Network Blog ^ | April 2016 | J. D. King
    As far back as I can remember people have been speculating about the identity of the "Antichrist," an evil figure referenced in portions of the New Testament. After President Ronald Wilson Reagan was shot and miraculously recovered in 1981, people made the ridiculous assertion that he was the prophesied evil figure of “end-times.” It didn't help that his first, middle, and last name all had six letters (666). At that same time, others argued that the Antichrist was Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev or Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. Less than a decade later Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians were insisting that the...
  • America and Israel - A One State Solution

    01/24/2017 6:00:17 PM PST · by bogusname · 10 replies
    AtheistSpanker YouTube ^ | 1/24/2017 | AtheistSpanker
    Should we divide Jerusalem to make peace between good and evil?
  • Canonist Ed Peters: Different Ways People Deal with Canon 915 (denial of Communion)

    01/24/2017 3:20:51 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 12 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 24, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    The distinguished, commonsensical canonist Ed Peters has a blistering bit today at his blog In the Light of the Law. Let’s see what he has to say, with my usual emphases and comments. I’ll cut in to the meat. You should also read his intro over there: Three ways to not deal with Canon 915[…]Canon 915, however, as has been explained many times, forbids the distribution of holy Communion to those who “obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin” and, because ecclesiastical tradition is unanimous that divorced-and-remarried Catholics figure among those who “obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin” (CCC 2384), this...
  • Master of the Order of Malta Resigns at Pope's Request

    01/24/2017 2:57:24 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 12 replies
    InfoVaticana ^ | January 24, 2017 | Gabriel Ariza
    As informed by InfoVacticana, Pope Francis would have asked him to submit the resignation. Matthew Festing was elected Prince and Grand Master of the Order in 2008. The soap opera in the Order of Malta is solved with the cessation of his Grand Master, Matthew Festing, who has resigned from a post for life after 9 years in office. Festing, 68, leaves the Order after a conflict following the dismissal of the great chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, accused of lukewarmness.According to the website of the Order, the Grand Master is elected for life among the Knights Professed by the State...
  • Pope Maker: The Soros Syndicate

    01/24/2017 2:26:26 PM PST · by nanetteclaret · 20 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | August 23, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    ... Within a few short months of Argentine Bergoglio’s papal election, the Soros inner circle was firmly entrenched at the Vatican, calling the shots, drafting documents, setting the Soros political agenda with the power and moral persuasion of the Vatican. The global eco movement finally found their critical missing component, the voice of moral authority. ... As the recent WIKILEAKS Soros data dump demonstrates, the billionaire Soros’ tentacles entangle policies and create chaos in countries around the globe through his legions of operatives at his Open Society philanthropies. ... Although Open Society funds radical Catholic groups, Soros was unable to...
  • Philippine President Dares Entire Bishop's Conference to Resign, as Spat with Church Escal(CathCauc)

    01/24/2017 2:18:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    The Tablet (aka, The Pill) ^ | January 24, 2017 | Rose Gamble
    Full Title:  Philippine President Dares Entire Bishop's Conference to Resign, as Spat with Church Escalates Church has no right to criticise violent anti-narcotics campaign because of their own sin, says Duterte. The President of the Philippines has challenged the country’s entire Catholic Bishop’s Conference to resign over the issue of corruption, saying he will resign if they do, as his spat with the Catholic Church escalates.“I challenge all the bishops conference. Let’s resign tomorrow, all together, okay? Resign. I will do it first. I will deliver my letter of resignation, you wait,” President Rodrigo Duterte said this morning (24 January) during...
  • Street preacher attacked by members of Women's March in Kansas City

    01/24/2017 2:15:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Kevan Myers facebook ^ | January 21, 2017 | Kevan Myers
    Freepers found this on Facebook, sorry it's only link could find. Street Preacher Kevan Myers was attacked by women at the Women's March in Kansas City. They shouted "our body our choice" and "you preach hate" as he tried to get his message of how evil abortion is. Sorry I could not post a youtube link, but for those who can view it shows how nasty and how much the other side does not want your voice heard.
  • Catholic Chapel in Italy Opened for Muslim Prayer

    01/24/2017 2:03:47 PM PST · by kalee · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 18, 2017 | Juliana Freitag
    The Western submission to Islam, usually ideologically concealed as "tolerance" and "integration," has infiltrated the Church, also hiding behind theologically distorted euphemisms like "ecumenism." While the unwavering masses of asylum seekers are coming in unprecedented numbers and pose a serious reason for alarm, the slow and anonymous occupation of quarters in small communities and the barely perceptible changes in everyday life are indicators of a profound and irreversible transformation in Europe. Last week vaticanista Marco Tosatti commented on his blog on the initiative promoted by the chaplain in charge of the chapel inside Malpensa Airport, in Milan. Monsignor Ruggero Camagni,...
  • Prayer Request

    01/24/2017 1:00:03 PM PST · by PJBankard · 35 replies
    Self | 01/24/2017 | PJBankard
    Hello Fellow Freepers, I am asking for prayers for my Father-in-Law, Robert L. Ford. He has been in Hospice Care at home for the last couple of months for heart failure. He has been doing well until a few days ago when his condition suddenly worsened. Please keep him, his wife Trina, and his children in your prayers through this difficult time. Thank You For Your Prayers, PJBankard
  • Discerning Between Joy and Happiness (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/24/2017 11:15:17 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 1/23/2017
    Psalm 30:5 “Don’t worry—be happy!” From popular music to a cultural slogan, this adage is stated in the form of an imperative. It reflects the idea that happiness can be evoked by an act of the will. Yet the prevailing assumption among us is that happiness is something that happens to us or in us. It is a passive experience. We may be active in seeking it, as its pursuit is considered to be an inalienable right of Americans. But the thing itself, as elusive as it may be, is often regarded as something involuntary. There is a difference between...
  • A Compass in the Chaos of "Amoris Laetitia"

    01/24/2017 11:03:52 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 24, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    A “Handbook” like this is just what was needed, to show the way in the chaos of conflicting interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia” and above all of its controversial eighth chapter, that on communion for the divorced and remarried:> J. Granados, St. Kampowski, J.J. Pérez-Soba, "Amoris laetitia. Accompagnare, discernere, integrare. Vademecum per una nuova pastorale familiare", Cantagalli, Siena, 2016, 176 pp., 13 euro.Clear, cogent, authoritative, this “Handbook” was conceived and written at none other than the pontifical institute that John Paul II wanted to create in support of the pastoral care of the family, with its headquarters in Rome at...
  • Satanic Statue May Be Erected at Arkansas Capitol

    01/24/2017 10:36:08 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 23, 2017 | Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.
    Last-ditch petition circulates prior to Wednesday's final meeting. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Arkansas state commission will hold a final meeting this week to determine if the Satanic Temple (ST) can erect its satanic image on the capitol grounds. A subcommittee of the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet Wednesday, January 25, to finalize its decision on the matter. John Horvat, vice president of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), is circulating a petition with which to inform the subcommittee of the "growing opposition to this Satan statue by God-fearing Americans." "The Arkansas state capitol allowed the...
  • Famed German Author Insists Catholics Have ‘Moral Right’ to Dubia Answers from Pope

    01/24/2017 10:17:44 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    January 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The dubia are a “fearless” action of the four Cardinals and the faithful have a “moral right” to an answer, an acclaimed German Catholic writer said in an interview with LifeSiteNews. Martin Mosebach’s book, Heresy of Formlessness, The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy, deals with the liturgical reforms in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council and their devastating effects. Mosebach has written novels, stories, poems, and theater and radio plays. The German Academy for Language and Literature praised him for “combining stylistic splendor with original storytelling that demonstrates a humorous awareness of...
  • Majority of Recent Sainthood Causes Come from Italy, Says Cardinal [Catholic Caucus]

    01/24/2017 9:44:53 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    The Catholic Register (CA) ^ | January 11, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY – The overwhelming majority of sainthood causes the past decade have originated in Italy, said the head of the Vatican office responsible for investigating the causes. Of the 351 dossiers documenting the holiness of candidates for sainthood received by the Congregation for Saints' Causes between 2006-2016, nearly 40 percent of them – 139 causes – were from Italy, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, the congregation's prefect. The cardinal spoke Jan. 9 at the start of a two-month course offered each year by the congregation to teach future postulators to navigate the "laborious church process" of promoting a sainthood...
  • A Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance? (Catholics Ask Trump Administration to Investigate)

    01/24/2017 9:24:50 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    The Remnant ^ | January 22, 2017 | The Remnant Newspaper
    Dear President Trump: The campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” resonated with millions of common Americans and your tenacity in pushing back against many of the most harmful recent trends has been most inspiring. We all look forward to seeing a continued reversal of the collectivist trends of recent decades.  Reversing recent collectivist trends will, by necessity, require a reversal of many of the actions taken by the previous administration.  Among those actions we believe that there is one that remains cloaked in secrecy.  Specifically, we have reason to believe that a Vatican “regime change” was engineered by the Obama...
  • Vatican Museums Open Doors Wider with Revamped Website

    01/24/2017 8:25:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 24, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    A YouTube channel featuring 'virtual tours' has also been launched In an effort to share its masterpieces with even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information.The Musei Vaticani YouTube channel lists short visual tours of some of its collections along with a handful of promotional videos highlighting specially tailored tours and services offered on-site, including signing guides for the deaf or hard-of-hearing.Its website, museivaticani.va, has been completely revamped to be compatible with all platforms and devices in order to extend its reach...
  • Dictionary of Contemporary Theology: "Bergoglianism"

    01/24/2017 8:10:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 24, 2017 | Father XY
    Dictionary of Contemporary Theology: "Bergoglianism" Berg·o·glian·ism noun A spiritual disease of Argentinian origin first found in the early twenty-first century and thought to be the result of a localization and intensification of various strains of mid-late twenty-century modernism. Initial symptoms include institutional and ritual iconoclasm, incomprehension of the nature, duties and limits of one’s office, irresponsible utterances in public, incessant nepotism and a propensity gratuitously to insult one’s collaborators, officials and clergy. If not treated immediately the pathology advances rapidly towards heresy. Secondary symptoms include a pastoralism that promotes sacramental heteropraxy, megalomanial pretensions, a refusal to engage in substantial,...
  • The Tailors of Tooley Street: Reflections on the Ivory Tower and Reality

    01/24/2017 8:04:52 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 23, 2017 | Fr. George Rutler
    We may be learning that those who claim to speak of the people, by the people, and for the people, may not really know the people. “Thy neck is a tower of ivory" (Song of Solomon 4:7). In so saying, the Old Testament reminds one that standards of beauty do change. To call a long white neck swan-like is a commonplace, and the Arabic equivalent is fawn-like. Even Marge in “The Simpsons” cartoons is said to have a neck like a swan. But a neck like a tower of ivory seems unique to Solomon’s song though long before the Litany...
  • Forbearing Love

    01/24/2017 7:30:00 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . Showing forbearance to one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). In order to walk worthy, we must forgive our enemies and love them. The term forbearance is not often used today and is therefore unfamiliar to many of us. The Greek word translated “showing forbearance” means “suppressing with silence.” It carries the idea of throwing a blanket over sin. First Peter 4:8 says, “Love covers a multitude of sins,” and Proverbs 10:12 declares, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.” A forbearing person doesn’t trumpet other people’s sins but rather forgives them. Forbearance has room for...
  • Receiving Spiritual Enlightenment

    01/24/2017 7:29:31 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (Eph. 1:18). Spiritual enlightenment doesn’t come through self-effort or introspective meditation but through God’s Holy Spirit. Our society has been enamored with the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, especially since the influx of Eastern thought into the West during the 1960s. Now we are drowning in a sea of false religions and New Age philosophies. True enlightenment continues to elude many because they have denied its source and have turned to gurus and teachers who have no light to give. They propagate self-effort and introspective meditation, but spiritual enlightenment doesn’t...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/24/17)[Prayer]

    01/24/2017 7:04:26 AM PST · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/24/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 89) Psalm 89[a] A maskil[b] of Ethan the Ezrahite. 1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;     with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known     through all generations. 2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,     that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,     I have sworn to David my servant, 4 ‘I will establish your line forever     and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c] 5 The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,     your faithfulness...
  • The roots of the Bergoglian persecution

    01/24/2017 6:31:01 AM PST · by piusv · 1 replies
    As reported on January 20th by Rorate Caeli, The Bergoglian Persecution Begins. Surely, the persecution began quite some time ago (just ask Cardinal Raymond Burke whose marginalization began shortly after making disparaging comments about Evangelii Gaudium in late 2013), but what the Rorate report does suggest is that the persecution has perhaps entered a new phase. At issue is the case of Fr. Luis Carlos Uribe Medina of the Diocese of Pereira, Columbia, who has been officially “suspended from the exercise of the priestly ministry” for the high crime of expressing “publicly and privately his rejection of the doctrinal and...
  • Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and Amoris Latetitia

    01/24/2017 4:42:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Dominus mihi adjutor ^ | January 23, 2017 | Fr. Hugh, OSB
    As you know, in a monastery the monk–priests take turns as principal celebrants of the conventual Mass. At Douai most of us usually offer a few words of reflection, a homilette, of a greater or lesser degree of depth according to the monk involved. (nb depth is not always a virtue!) So this morning I was slated for the Mass, and I was struck by the gospel Mark 3:22–30: The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to...
  • Moral Rigorism and the Jansenist Monster under the Bed

    01/24/2017 4:30:19 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 23, 2017 | Zane Williamson
    Many are familiar with Aristotle’s view of virtue. Simply put, Aristotle proposed virtue as the mean between two vices – but the virtue, he continued, does not fall directly between the two. Instead, it falls closer to one than the other. Thus, for example, he proposed bravery to fall between cowardice (the defect of the virtue) and foolhardiness (the excess of the virtue).This view on human virtues is a good way to understand them. However, one must always remember that theological virtues – faith, hope, and charity – can have no excess; one cannot have too much faith in Jesus...
  • New Opus Dei leader Is Veteran Vatican Insider

    01/24/2017 4:25:51 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | January 23, 2017 | Crux Staff
    Spanish Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz has been confirmed by Pope Francis as the new leader of Opus Dei, following his election by an Opus Dei congress to the role. Ocáriz, 71, is a long time consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and performed key tasks under Pope Benedict XVI. Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, a Spanish priest and consultant to the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as well as other Vatican departments, has been confirmed by Pope Francis as the new leader of Opus Dei after being elected to the post by the group’s congress.Ocáriz becomes...
  • Tangible Faith? Undeniable Proof!

    01/24/2017 4:05:02 AM PST · by Resettozero · 6 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 24, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes...
  • Pope Francis Names Mgr Fernando Ocáriz Prelate of Opus Dei

    01/24/2017 12:32:52 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Opus Dei ^ | January 23, 2017 | Press Release
    This evening, Pope Francis has named Mgr Fernando Ocáriz Brańa prelate of Opus Dei. The Holy Father confirmed the election of the third elective congress of the prelature in the same day. With this appointment, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, who until now has been Auxiliary Vicar of Opus Dei, becomes the third successor of Saint Josemaria at the head of the prelature, following the death of Mgr Javier Echevarría, this past December 12th. Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz was born in Paris on October 27, 1944, to a Spanish family exiled in France due to the Civil War (1936-1939). He is the youngest...
  • Franciscans Join Profane Women’s March in Chicago

    01/23/2017 10:51:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    church millitant ^ | January 24, 2017 | Max Douglas
    A Michigan priest gives a homily wearing a p***yhat CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Multiple Catholic groups, including Franciscan priests, joined in solidarity with the Women's March on January 21, despite the fact that most marchers were advocating for pro-abortion and pro-LGBT social issues while carrying explicit signs and wearing non-family-friendly apparel. And in Lansing, Michigan, Fr. William R. Lugger gave a homily wearing a pink p***yhat, symbolizing the feminist, anti-Trump protests. Father Daniel Horan of the Franciscan Friars went on Twitter to call the Chicago solidarity March "wonderful," and added, "If you think the #catholic clergy have no business supporting #WomensMarch,...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1/24/2017 [Prayer]

    01/23/2017 9:59:43 PM PST · by 4Godsoloved..Hegave · 47 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 24, 2017 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Outrage as Anglican Catholic Priest Removed by Texas Bishop

    01/23/2017 7:11:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/23/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    The orthodox priest's removal is being called "illegal and abusive"SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic priest in charge of one of the most important Anglican Catholic parishes in the United States is being removed by the archbishop of San Antonio. Parishioners of Our Lady of the Atonement (OLA) Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas are claiming Abp. Gustavo García-Siller is removing Fr. Christopher Phillips in order to repurpose the parish, which has a solid reputation for orthodoxy and reverent liturgy. Siller distributed a letter to parishioners on January 19 stating, "I have asked your pastor ... to dedicate some...
  • Orthodox Icons Hidden from Muslims in Mosque Built Within Ancient Church

    01/23/2017 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/23/17
    An ancient Trebizond church of Agia Sophia, built between 1238 and 1263 and defiled by being converted into a mosque in 1461, is now set to undergo a restoration project worth about 2 million Turkish liras (about $530,000). The building, regarded as an exemplary piece of Byzantine architecture, located in northeastern Turkey, served as a museum for fifty-two years before being opened to worship again in 2013. The new project plans to continue prior measures taken to conceal the church’s Orthodox Christian frescos from the eyes of Muslims, who, despite their dogmatic opposition to it, have chosen to worship in...
  • Catholic Sisters Join the Women’s March on Washington

    01/23/2017 6:35:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    America Magazine ^ | 1/22/17 | Teresa Donnellan
    Early this morning crowds of women donning pink hats and carrying protest signs with slogans like “I’m with her” and “Love trumps hate” gathered in groups around capitol hill in Washington, D.C., as well as in cities across the country, to prepare for the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches. Over 500,000 men and women filed in to listen to women speak on a host of social justice issues, from immigration reform to environmental responsibility. While the exclusion of pro-life feminist groups from the march’s list of sponsors discouraged some Catholics from attending this event, several groups of...
  • EWTN 'The Journey Home' 1-23-17 - Former Evangelical Don Johnson about his conversion experience

    01/23/2017 5:37:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Mon. Jan. 23 at 8:00 PM Tue. Jan. 24 at 1:00 AMMarcus Grodi interviews Former Evangelical Don Johnson about his conversion experience.  
  • Bergoglian Persecution Begins: Priest is Suspended a divinis in Colombia for Criticizing the New Pap

    01/23/2017 5:04:17 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 20, 2017 | New Catholic
    The document is provided by Rorate's Spanish-language partners "Adelante la Fe" -- and the news is explosive. A priest in the Diocese of Pereira, Colombia, was admonished and suspended by his Bishop because he criticized in public the new doctrine invented by Pope Francis on Marriage and the reception of the Blessed Sacrament.* Father Luis Alberto Uribe Medina is the victim of this startling act by his bishop, Rigoberto Corredor. Full document in our own translation below: DECREE no.1977 Of January 16, 2017 By which a priest is suspended THE BISHOP OF PEREIRA Considering 1st. That Father Luis Carlos...
  • Cardinal Parolin: Diplomat of the New World Order

    01/23/2017 4:04:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 20, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Francis, Parolin continued, has “taken a very great role of leadership in the global issues of the present world. And he is recognized as such, as a global leader… which was very clear in the process of climate change….”
  • The Maltese Bishops Cannot Alter St John Paul II’s Taching–but They Can Damage Church Unity(CathCau)

    01/23/2017 1:33:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 23, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    John Paul II's Familiaris Consortio was clear on the matter - and in line with Church teachingThe Maltese bishops’ conference has published a set of “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia”. The Criteria have not met with a positive reception in many quarters, as Edward Pentin observes in the National Catholic Register.The Criteria are problematic, to say the least. Firstly, they say – claiming to follow Amoris Laetitia – that if “a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with...
  • Bishop Grech Defends ‘Maltese Guidelines’ in Radio Interview

    01/23/2017 1:24:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 23, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Bishop Mario Grech, one of the co-signatories of the controversial “Maltese Guidelines” on Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, has defended the document in a radio interview. He told listeners Jan. 21 on RTK, a Church radio satation, that the guidelines are not opposed to the Magisterium, and urged reading them “as they are” rather than what is written about them in the media. Critics have argued that the document contradicts Church teaching; the Maltese Bishop of Gozo insisted that the guidelines need “further reflection, study and prayer” in order to “assimilate them properly.” Bishop Grech said both he and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta had only one desire: to help others “encounter Christ the...
  • Instructions on “Amoris Laetitia” from Malta’s Bishops Can Inform LGBT Issues, Too

    01/23/2017 9:45:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | January 22, 2017 | Robert Shine
    Bishops in Malta have published a document on applying Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on family released by Pope Francis last year. The bishops’ document reflects the pope’s call for more mercy and inclusion in the church, all of which is applicable to LGBT issues. In the document, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia,” Maltese Bishops Charles Scicluna and Mario Grech primarily addressed the situation of Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried. Yet the principles they laid out are transferable to LGBT Catholics and their loved ones, too. Released on the Feast of the Epiphany,...
  • Michael Heiser - The Divine Council

    01/23/2017 8:38:58 AM PST · by fishtank · 13 replies
    Michael Heiser ^ | Apr 20, 2016 | Michael Heiser
    Michael Heiser - The Divine Council
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/23/17)[Prayer]

    01/23/2017 7:43:07 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/23/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 88) Psalm 88[a] A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.[b] A maskil[c] of Heman the Ezrahite. 1 Lord, you are the God who saves me;     day and night I cry out to you. 2 May my prayer come before you;     turn your ear to my cry. 3 I am overwhelmed with troubles     and my life draws near to death. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;     I am like one without strength. 5 I am set apart...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Trusting God With Your Reputation

    01/23/2017 2:11:44 AM PST · by Resettozero · 2 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 23, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 Funny how you can go from hero to zero in the time it takes a bull moose to charge a noisy hunter coming too close to home. “Governor Palin is the most popular governor in the country,” Senator John McCain said in 2008. I was humbled to hear campaign staff confirm to reporters I had the highest approval rating of any governor, at 86 to 90 percent. Then I was chosen to run for vice president. Many of you witnessed...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 1/23/2017 [Prayer]

    01/23/2017 12:46:37 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 40 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 23, 2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Nancy Pelosi Trashes Pro-Life People: “They Pray on Sunday and Prey on People the Rest of the Week”

    01/22/2017 11:07:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 55 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 20, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Democratic Party has problems. Ever since Democrats suffered major, unexpected losses in the November election, political commentators have been speculating about why. One of the biggest reasons pointed to is the party’s disconnect with rural, religious and pro-life voters. On Friday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough broached the topic with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “How do they reconnect with a middle America who feels like [Democrats] look down on them?” Scarborough asked. Pelosi emphasized that Democrats are people of faith, but she said they may need to work harder to make that clear. Later in the interview, Pelosi accused Republicans,...
  • Snatched Away From Their Lives and Heritage, a Jewish Mother Fights for Her Children

    01/22/2017 10:18:50 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 14 replies
    Chinuch Magazine ^ | 01/22/2017 | Yomin Postelnik
    The saga of Julie Goffstein and her children needs to make all of us demand better. A travesty was done to children who were ripped apart from a loving and by all accounts good mother, from their heritage and from their way of life. Moreover, the tragic injustice done in this case should send shivers down the spines of every homeschooling advocate in the nation. Julie was a loving mother of 6 boys, ages 5-15. She raised them with great care for their physical needs, their spiritual wellbeing and their personal development. Eleven character witnesses testified as to this at...
  • For First Time, A Hindu Priest For Donald Trump’s National Prayer Service

    01/22/2017 10:17:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Top Yaps ^ | January 22, 2017 | Aseem Gaurav Sharma
    A Hindu priest was among various religious leaders who offered prayers at the National Prayer Service of US President Donald Trump on January 21. This is probably the first time a Hindu priest has been called for services at the national prayer service of the presidential inauguration. Narayanachar L. Digalakota from the popular Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland offered prayers at the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral. Digalakota was joined by by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Priest Bishop Harry Jackson, and Carlyle Begay to offer prayers for those who govern. The tradition of an inaugural...
  • 2017.01.22 John Haller Prophecy Update: "The Eraser"(video)

    01/22/2017 9:39:27 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 1/22/17 | John Haller
    A look at the inauguration, protests, the change in govt, the ecumenical prayer service at the National Cathedral, the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and, because it is pro-life Sunday, a look at Roe v. Wade and what it means.
  • Surprised By Three Miracles

    01/22/2017 7:52:39 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | January 19, 2017 | Melanie Jean Juneau
    Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for somber Calvinists, supernatural deeds are not performed today. However, there are countless, hidden souls who have experienced authentic miracles but they have been bullied into silence.The Roman Catholic Church Believes in Miracles At least Catholics believe theoretically in miracles. The word “miracle” comes from the...
  • Brazil, Africa, Germany... Geography of a [Catholic] Church in Pieces

    01/22/2017 7:22:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 21, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    For Pope Francis 2017 got off to a bitter start. His popularity remains high, but without a corresponding rise in religious practice. Latin America is even witnessing declines. The glaring case is Brazil, where those who say they belong to the Catholic Church have plunged over the last two years from 60 to 50 percent of the population, according to a brand-new grassroots survey by Datafolha. Just half a century ago in Brazil, almost the whole population identified as Catholic. By 2000 the share had gone down to 62 percent and had stabilized there. But now it is again taking...
  • LDS church provides place for displaced Muslim community to pray

    01/22/2017 5:52:34 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 21, 2017 8:40 p.m. | Ginny Romney
    After arson recently destroyed a Muslim community's mosque in Bellevue, Wash., a neighboring LDS church opened its doors, reports KOMO 4 TV in Seattle. The Bellevue Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered use of a large room that was formerly a classroom so members of the Islamic Center of Eastside could have a place to pray until they find a new space. “It’s really very simple,” Church Director of Public Affairs Gordon Wilson told KOMO 4 TV. “It’s just neighbors helping neighbors. Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbor.’ They’re right next door. How can it be...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 22nd, 2017(video)

    01/22/2017 3:03:33 PM PST · by Lera · 10 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 1/22/17 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. provides the reasons as to why a Trump presidency may in fact speed up the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.