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  • The Coming Prince...Daniel 8 pt 7

    And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall...
  • Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Alaska Juvenal and Peter the Aleut

    09/24/2016 2:59:02 PM PDT · by NRx
    Saint Juvenal, the Protomartyr of America, was born in 1761 in Nerchinsk, Siberia. His secular name was John Feodorovich Hovorukhin, and he was trained as a mining engineer. In a letter to Abbot Nazarius of Valaam (December 13, 1819), St Herman says that St Juvenal “had been an assistant at our monastery and was a former officer.” After his wife died in 1791, John entered a monastery at St Petersburg (St Herman’s Letter of December 13, 1819) and was tonsured with the name Juvenal. Three years later, he went to Alaska as a missionary. During 1794, the hieromonks Juvenal and...
  • Trump names 33 conservative Catholics as new advisers

    09/24/2016 2:00:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2016
    Washington D.C., Sep 22, 2016 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 33 prominent conservative Catholic advisers for his campaign, according to reports from Philly.com, a website of The Inquirer and Daily News.The announcement comes in the midst of a highly contentious election season and at a time when Trump is struggling in the polls among Catholic voters, according to some reports.Among the released names of advisers are former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012 and 2016. When he left the race in February, Santorum originally endorsed...
  • “He sought the most important thing—prayerful union with God” [Devotional]

    09/24/2016 9:11:32 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-24-2016 | Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin),
    Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin), spiritual father of His Holiness, ascetically struggled on Mt. Athos for more than ten years in one of the sketes of St. Panteleimon Monastery—the Old Russikon. Namely there, at the mill just a few decades earlier Venerable Silouan the Athonite carried out his obedience. In 1967 the book of his life and teachings became a spiritual guide for the now-revered elder, then novice Alexei of the Pskov Caves Monastery.[1]      —Batiushka Iliy, it’s known that when it came out, the book Elder Silouan the Athonite, written by Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov), had a great influence on you. What...
  • Transgender Bathrooms?

    Transgender Bathrooms? Q. What is the Church’s official teaching about transgender bathrooms? There does not seem to be a clear answer about all of this. Robert, via e-mail A. There is no such thing as being “transgendered” from any biblical or Catholic perspective. Thus there is no official teaching about something that doesn’t even exist, let alone about bathrooms. What we can do is apply Catholic principles to address the deep confusion that has arisen about something so clear and basic as one’s sex. The human person has a sex (not a gender), and God assigns that sex. Scripture says,...
  • How Methodists Invented Your Kid's Grape Juice Sugar High

    09/24/2016 9:04:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 09-23-2016 | Luke T. Harrington
    It’s weird to think about, but a lot of the things we take for granted are almost shockingly recent inventions. The can opener didn’t exist until 1870—nearly a full century after canned food was first produced (people ate so much canned food that year, you guys). Doors have been around forever, but doorknobs weren’t invented until 1878 (and people were finally able to leave their houses). And grape juice?
  • Day 41 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/24/2016 8:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 41 – MARY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS, PRAY FOR US GOD STRONG The U.S. Army ran a very effective “Army Strong” advertising campaign to recruit soldiers. The key message was: “There is strong, and then there is Army Strong.” The commercial goes on to say, “It is a strength like none other. It is a physical strength. It is an emotional strength. It is strength of character. It is strength of purpose. The strength to do good today, and the strength to do well tomorrow. The strength to obey, and the strength to command. The strength to build, and the...
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/24/16 [Prayer]

    09/24/2016 8:16:16 AM PDT · by SisterK · 26 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 24 September 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/24/2016 7:07:32 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    September 24, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea. The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. (Exodus 14:2-5)
  • Priest: ‘You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November’

    09/24/2016 6:54:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 21 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | September 23, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    NAPLES, Florida, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)--We are at a "precarious moment in our history" when churches must speak truth to power or risk the loss of a lot more than their tax statuses, Ave Maria Law School chaplain Father Michael Orsi said in a blistering speech at a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children event on September 10. "For too long, pastors and churches have been bullied into believing that they can say nothing political from the pulpit," said Orsi. The regulation that is used to silence them "was a piece of spite work" against non-profits that had opposed...
  • Do “Good” People Go To Hell?

    09/24/2016 6:51:14 AM PDT · by kindred · 39 replies
    My dear friends, one of Satan’s biggest lies and deceptions that the children of Adam have eagerly received and have been deceived by since the fall in Eden is that “good” people go to Heaven (Isa. 1:18, Rom. 1:18-32,3, 10:2-4, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 2:1-2, James 2:10). Heaven itself is all vanity and desolation if Almighty God and His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Person are absent from it (Rev. 21, 22:1-5). How the millions and may I say billions of this world’s inhabitants have sought to remake or redefine Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUS Person and His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Heaven with a corrupt fallen...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/24/16)[Prayer]

    09/24/2016 5:20:33 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/24/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 18) 18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends     and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. 2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding     but delight in airing their own opinions. 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,     and with shame comes reproach. 4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,     but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked     and so deprive the innocent of justice. 6 The lips of fools bring them strife,     and their mouths invite a beating. 7 The mouths of...
  • Thank you so very much......

    09/23/2016 8:38:40 PM PDT · by caww · 49 replies
    Self ^ | sept. 23,2016 | caww
    I have never posted a thread so this may not work....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-16

    09/23/2016 8:14:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 11:9—12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure in them;Before the...
  • Iraqi Catholic Church in U.S. Torn by Immigration Efforts

    09/23/2016 6:45:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/22/16 | Ian Lovett
    In opposition to church officials, some Iraqis in the U.S. have been helping Christians escape Iraq EL CAJON, Calif.—The backyard gathering was part Catholic Mass, part rebellion. The priest, an Iraqi immigrant, had been kicked out of the local church. Parishioners had been warned by local church leaders not to worship with him. Yet 50 people sat in makeshift pews behind a home east of San Diego in a show of opposition to church officials urging Christians to stay in Iraq, where their numbers are dwindling. “There is no future for Christians in Iraq,” said Bahaa Gandor, a 31-year-old who...
  • Cardinal Turkson: 'We Do Not Stop War by Starting Another War'

    09/23/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/20/16 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference held at the Vatican last spring that called on the global Catholic church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, Cardinal Peter Turkson has said. Turkson, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the pontiff's decision to focus his message for World Peace Day in 2017 on nonviolent strategies to prevent and stop global violence was partly caused by the discussions at the conference. "He's adopted this topic … as the message of peace for next year," said Turkson, referring to Francis....
  • Feast of the Conception of the Honorable Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

    09/23/2016 6:12:52 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    September 23 (NC) The Conception of the Venerable Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, John: The holy Prophet Malachi prophesied that before the Messiah’s birth His Forerunner would appear, and would indicate His coming. The Jews therefore in awaiting the Messiah also awaited the appearance of His Forerunner. In a city of the hills of Judea in the land of Palestine lived the righteous priest St Zachariah and his wife St Elizabeth, zealously observing the commandments of the Lord. The couple, however, had a misfortune: they remained childless in their old age, and they prayed unceasingly to God to...
  • Gloria.TV News on the 23rd of September

    09/23/2016 6:08:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 23, 2016
    Silent Support: Albert Roggenbuck, a so-called drag queen – a man who dresses up as a woman – gave the homily, functioned as a deacon and distributed Holy Communion during a Mass during the novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Itaquera in the diocese of Sao Miguel Paulista, Sao Paolo. The local bishop Dom Manuel Parrado Carral has shown silent support of this scandal. Bishop Against Nature: The first two homosexuals – both over 40 years of age - have contracted a civil homosex pseudo-marriage in Rome after the Italian parliament voted for it and...
  • Poland Initially Approves New Law Banning All Abortions and Protecting Unborn Children

    09/23/2016 6:06:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/23/16 | Micaiah Bilger
    Polish legislators debated a citizen-led bill this week that would ban almost all abortions and protect unborn babies’ right to life. And in an initial vote on the measure has been approved. The strong Catholic country already prohibits most abortions. Unlike most of Europe, abortions are legal in Poland in only cases of rape and incest, the life or health of the mother or severe fetal deformities – though “severe” is widely defined and unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities have been legally aborted. The new citizen-led bill, which has wide support from the public, top government officials...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: Part III of III

    09/23/2016 3:25:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Catholic Family News & The Remnant Newpaper | September 23, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part III of III "Have you no sense of alarm about the divisions you have provoked within the Church, with some bishops departing from the teaching of your predecessors on the divorced and 'remarried,' solely on your purported authority, while others attempt to maintain the bimillenial doctrine and practice you have labored without ceasing to overthrow?" A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family News PART III A “Pastoral Practice” at War with Doctrine You have approved as the only correct interpretation of Amoris a moral calculus that would in practice undermine...
  • Exit United States

    09/23/2016 2:25:32 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 9/23/2016 | Matt Ward
    The United States of America, under the leadership of President Barack Hussein Obama, has effectively abdicated all real current and future leadership within the Middle East arena. Worse still, this abdication of power and influence will knowingly benefit a growing key strategic enemy of America, Vladimir Putin’s Russia. This almost complete U.S. capitulation has been solidified by the recent signing of the tenuous Syrian ceasefire agreement, on September 9, 2016. This deal is an affront to U.S. regional power and a betrayal of key US allies within Syria. Under the terms of the now signed agreement the rebels in Syria,...
  • Preconditions for Orthodox Participation in the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments)

    09/23/2016 12:54:25 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-23-2016 | Elder Joseph of Xeropotamou
         The Mysteries or Sacraments of the Church are the very center of the Orthodox life, beginning with Holy Baptism and Chrismation and culminating in Holy Communion. In the Mysteries we meet God Himself and thus we are called to believe and prepare for participation in them, to the salvation of our souls.In the summer of 2013, Elder Joseph, abbot of Xeropotamou Monastery on Mt. Athos, offered a lecture to a group of American seminarians gathered in the Greek village of Petrokerasa, outside Thessaloniki concerning the "presuppositions" that ought to met in order to participate in the Sacraments of...
  • The God of the Living (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    09/23/2016 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 9/23/2016
    “As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong” (vv. 26–27). - Mark 12:25–27 Scripture affirms the afterlife and the resurrection of the dead (Dan. 12:2; Luke 16:19–31), but it does not give us many details about what resurrected life will be like. John says we will be like Christ, but...
  • At UN, Cardinal Parolin outlines Vatican 'foreign policy'

    09/23/2016 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    In a September 22 address to the UN General Assembly, the Vatican's Secretary of State offered an overview of the Holy See's concerns about world affairs. Cardinal Pietro Parolin opened his remarks by welcoming the approval by international leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris accord on climate change. He went on to say, however, that these goals cannot realistically be reached without significant changes in the world's economic systems. Specifically, he spoke of the "ecological debt" that wealthy nations should pay to the needy, and the need for "alternative financial systems capable of ensuring that financial resources...
  • The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

    09/23/2016 8:19:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2016 • One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or if we lived in a better neighborhood, then we would be satisfied and content at last. But “at last” never seems to come even...
  • Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    09/23/2016 8:11:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | September 23, 2016 | Bernardo Cervellera
    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community. A new set of draft regulations on religious activity has been issued in China. These would replace the 2004 regulations. Compared to these, the draft is longer: there are 74...
  • Day 40 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/23/2016 7:44:48 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 40 – MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES, PRAY FOR US DIVINE CONNECTION The Gospel story Pope John Paul II sets as the foundation for his new millennium appeal is the “Call of the First Disciples” (Lk 5:1-11). This is the classic scene in which Jesus tells Peter to “Put out into deep water (duc in altum), and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter’s response is: “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” They proceed to catch the maximum amount of fish their nets can...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/23/16)[Prayer]

    09/23/2016 6:54:23 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/23/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 17) 17 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet     than a house full of feasting, with strife. 2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son     and will share the inheritance as one of the family. 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,     but the Lord tests the heart. 4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;     a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. 5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;     whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. 6 Children’s children are a crown...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(9/23/16)[Prayer]

    09/23/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/23/16 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.  Mark 10:6-9 

  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/23/16 [Prayer]

    09/23/2016 6:28:23 AM PDT · by SisterK · 25 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 23 September 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Taking the Offensive

    09/23/2016 3:43:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). God’s Word is your primary offensive spiritual weapon. All the armor Paul lists in Ephesians 6 is defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That's your offensive weapon for defeating Satan. We've seen that Roman soldiers carried two swords: the large broadsword and the small dagger. The Greek word translated "sword" in verse 17 refers to the dagger, which was anywhere from six to eighteen inches in length and was carried in a sheath or scabbard at the soldier's side. The...
  • Guaranteed Heavenly Glory

    09/23/2016 3:43:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:17). The Holy Spirit confirms within our hearts the hope of eternal glory. I believe people today instinctively know they are devoid of glory (see Rom. 1:18-21), but they explore all the wrong avenues in seeking to regain it. They look for personal glory by building successful careers, spending many hours in community service, being generous to charities, and so forth. But such efforts only lead to jealousy and pride. Unregenerate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-16, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

    09/22/2016 7:59:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2016 Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time to be...
  • Is Mary not a Virgin? The German Bishops’ New Bible Translation Leaves it... Unclear

    09/22/2016 7:57:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 225 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/21/16 | Jan Bentz
    GERMANY, September 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The German Bishops have presented a new “Unified Translation” of the Bible that follows a significant modernization of the language and will be binding for all German-speaking areas starting in 2017. On Tuesday, the German Bishops Conference (DBK) presented in Fulda the fruit of many years of scientific work: a new edition of the so-called “Unified Translation" (Einheitsübersetzung) of the Bible into German. It’s called “unified” because, from the original published from 1962 onward, these editions are supposed to be used ecumenically, unifying Catholics and Protestants in Germany. The original aim, however, was thwarted...
  • Roman Rumor: New Drive to Allow Married Priests?

    09/22/2016 7:34:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    A meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Claudio Hummes has touched off speculation that the Pope might support a move to allow the ordination of married men as priests. Cardinal Hummes, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has indicated his support for a discussion of allowing married priests in areas where the shortage of clergy is particularly acute, such as in the Amazon region of his native Brazil. Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican-watcher for L'Espresso, reports rumors in Rome that Pope Francis intends to devote the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops to discussion of the...
  • Catholic and Orthodox Theologians ‘Reach Landmark Agreement’

    09/22/2016 7:31:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/22/16 | Staff Reporter
    Scholars reportedly achieve breakthrough on synodality and primacyCatholic and Orthodox scholars have reached a landmark agreement on synodality and primacy in the early Church, it has been reported. According to a Russian Orthodox Church website, the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church has approved a joint document called “Synodality and Primacy during the First Millennium: Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church”.Differing views on the synodal structure of the Church and the primacy of the Pope are regarded as two of the greatest obstacles to unity between...
  • Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’

    09/22/2016 7:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/19/16 | Victor Gaetan
    In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle EastWASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9. Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis. “We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in...
  • The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2016 4:49:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/22/2016 | Adfero
    The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation. Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program. In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their...
  • When The Transgressors are come to the full...Daniel 8 pt 6

    And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: - II of III

    09/22/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper & Catholic Family News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part II of III "As you revealed in your manifesto (Evangelii gaudium, 94), you are filled with contempt for tradition-minded Catholics, whom you rashly accuse of “self-absorbed Promethean neopelagianism” and of “feel[ing] superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past.” You even ridicule a “supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” because, according to you, it “leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others…” A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family...
  • Pope Francis: Vanity is osteoporosis of the soul

    09/22/2016 1:26:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 22, 2016 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis contrasted the anxiety that comes from the Holy Spirit and the anxiety that comes from a dirty conscience. During his homily during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, he also spoke about vanity, which “masks” life, making it look like something it is not. Listen to Christopher Wells' report: Two forms of anxiety The Gospel of the day describes King Herod (Antipas) as being perplexed or anxious because, having had John the Baptist killed, he now felt threatened by Jesus. He was worried just as his father, Herod the Great, was troubled after the visit of...
  • On Marriage and Gender, Where’s the FCA?

    09/22/2016 1:07:23 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 10 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 9/21/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A wise pastor, whose name I’ve forgotten, once said, “If you want to know what to preach about, find out what sin with which your congregation is struggling.” Or, as I noted after the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, pastors, as they prepare their sermons, should always be asking, “Where is the enemy at work in attempting to deceive my congregation?” Likewise, any organization devoted to the works of Jesus Christ—or seeking to “impact the world for Jesus Christ”—should be well prepared to confront the popular...
  • C-3PO Crashes a Pentecostal Revival

    09/22/2016 11:16:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LutheranSatire youtube ^ | Published on Sep 22, 2016 | LutheranSatire
    It's great that C-3PO knows over six million languages. It's less great when he buzzkills your Pentecostal revival by saying all the languages you're speaking are fake. And yes, sorry, 1 Corinthians 13, not 14. My apologies. Or, as they say in Pentecostalism, twa bravintisha.
  • Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend

    09/22/2016 10:45:55 AM PDT · by fishtank · 205 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 9-22-16 | Lita Cosner and Scott Gillis
    Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend Evangelical pastor preaches that the Bible isn’t the foundation for the Christian faith by Lita Cosner and Scott Gillis Published: 22 September 2016 (GMT+10) Andy Stanley has a church network of over 30,000 people in the Atlanta area, and his church was rated the fastest-growing in America in 2014 and 2015.1 Recently, he has been criticized by many evangelicals for saying that we need to take the focus off the Bible and put it on the Resurrection, because he claims that gives us a firmer foundation for our faith....
  • Archbishop Cupich: dialogue with Muslims more important than ever

    09/22/2016 10:29:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    There is an “urgent need to cultivate positive dialogue” with Muslims, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago said in a statement. The prelate, who serves as co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, stated: The report "Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," recently published by the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia based in Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim - Christian Understanding, raises serious questions about how Catholics view their Muslim brothers and sisters. “When there is no attempt to learn more about one another, we see an increase in the tendency...
  • C-3PO Crashes a Pentecostal Revival

    09/22/2016 8:11:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-22-2016 | Lutheran Satire
    The latest from the Lutheran Satire guy.
  • On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

    09/22/2016 7:26:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2016 • On the Feast Day of St. Matthew (celebrated Wednesday of this week), we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle.In our times many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in in opposition to each other. But the Lord Jesus unites these realities together. For...
  • Day 39 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/22/2016 7:23:44 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 39 – MARY, QUEEN OF PROPHETS, PRAY FOR US ONE THING NECESSARY Pope Benedict XVI said, “The heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind … the Evil One has power in this world, as we experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God.” This brings us to the key to Pope John Paul II’s master plan for the new millennium, as he asks us to set aside our disconnected busy-ness, and to start fresh by contemplating the face of Christ....
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/22/2016 6:42:40 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 11 replies
    9/22/16 | Hiskid
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/22/16)[Prayer]

    09/22/2016 6:32:46 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/22/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 16) 16 To humans belong the plans of the heart,     but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue. 2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,     but motives are weighed by the Lord. 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,     and he will establish your plans. 4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—     even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.     Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. 6 Through love and faithfulness sin is...