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  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation 7/5/2015) [Prayer]

    07/04/2015 9:00:14 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 2 replies
    5 July 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV) ----
  • Who Needs Men in Church? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/04/2015 8:19:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    reginamag.com ^ | June 4, 2015 | By Joseph Shaw
    Cardinal Burke recently gave a rather controversial interview on the crisis of men in the Church. The lack of men in most Catholic churches in the West is there for all to see; looking at those most involved in parish life—readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar servers—the lack of menfolk is even more striking. The general problem of lapsation and apathy has clearly hit men hard—or, even harder—than it has hit women. This phenomenon, though undeniable, has attracted very little official attention from Church authorities. Part of the preparation for the 2015 Synod was an embarrassingly amateurish video put...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-05-15, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/04/2015 7:23:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 5, 2015   Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ez 2:2-5 As the LORD spoke to me, the spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard the one who was speaking say to me: Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day. Hard of face and obstinate of heart are they to whom I am sending you. But you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD! And whether they heed or...
  • Wife of Pastor Who Worked for Billy Graham Resigns County Clerk Position Over Gay Marriage

    07/04/2015 5:26:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Following the Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least two county court clerks in Mississippi and Arkansas have already resigned because they will not comply with the court's ruling, while other clerks across the nation have had differing responses to the ruling. On Tuesday, Linda Barnette, a circuit court clerk in Grenada County, Mississippi, announced her resignation and explained that it was due to the fact that the Supreme Court's ruling conflicted with her Christian belief that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. Barnette, who held her...
  • Fordham University Theology Department Chairman Marries Another Man

    07/04/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The chairman of the theology department at Fordham University has gotten married—to another man. The New York Times, which up until a few years ago, declined running wedding announcements involving same-sex couples, reported that J. Patrick Hornbeck II “married” Patrick Anthony Bergquist Saturday at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The ceremony took place June 27, just a day after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” nationwide. That would not have been necessary legally, since New York State has allowed gay "marriage" since 2011. But the ceremony was conducted before the Episcopal Church in America voted this week...
  • Pope's Visit to Delay Banishment of Junipero Serra Statue from US Capitol

    07/04/2015 3:55:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Pope Francis not only will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra when he visits Washington, DC, in September. He is also preventing Serra’s statue from being removed from the US Capitol. At least for a while. Because of the Pope’s impending visit to the US, the California lawmaker who wants Serra’s likeness to be replaced in the National Statuary Hall with that of a lesbian space pioneer is delaying the vote in the Golden State’s legislature. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said he would wait until after Francis’ visit before pushing to have California represented in the historic gallery by astronaut...
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a 'sin free' version of Facebook

    07/04/2015 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/4/15 | AFP
    [Snip] The new website's home page bears a passing resemblance to the global phenomenon Facebook. But Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 users in its first month, was set up to serve those who find billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg's version sinful. [snip] "On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word," one of the founders, web designer Atilla Barros, told AFP.
  • Church ‘obsessions’ As culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church...with truth

    07/04/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church ‘obsessions’ As the culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church is called to respond with truth Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 7/1/2015 Question: My sister-law is hostile to the Church and says that we are obsessed by sex and abortion and don’t care about the same things Jesus did, like the poor. Is there an effective answer to this charge? Name withheld, Newark, New Jersey Answer: The charge that the Church is “obsessed” with sex and abortion — and many today add homosexuality — is not sustainable. Any look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church...
  • The Vortex—Star-Spangled Heresy

    07/04/2015 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | by Michael Voris
    This is a tough Vortex to speak. I’m as patriotic as the next guy. I remember being a young lad of 15 as my country celebrated its bicentennial back in 1976. I watched TV that day from six in the morning until well past midnight as the non-stop, commercial-free, wall-to-wall coverage on the giant national birthday party was broadcast from sea to shining sea. I watched the tall ships sail into New York harbor, saw the explosive fireworks show over D.C. I listened and sang my lungs out with a lump in my throat as Arthur Fielder conducted the Boston...
  • Los Angeles Seminar

    07/04/2015 11:31:38 AM PDT · by tedw · 5 replies
    Foundation of Human Understanding ^ | 07/04/2015 | Roy Masters
    The Foundation of Human Understanding presents Stress Expert, Roy Masters, for an interactive 1-day seminar. Past seminars have been personal, spontaneous, enlightening, humorous, and always uplifting. Learn what's at the root of marriage problems, family conflicts, success and failure, and perceive stress in a new light.
  • Karl Marx and the Revolutionary Roots of Redefining Marriage

    07/04/2015 10:36:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 3, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Monument to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (Photo: us.fotolia.com | stavrida); right: "Takedown" (2015) by Dr. Paul Kengor While most commentators credit the sexual revolution and the Stonewall uprising of 1969 as the “beginning” of the gay rights movement that led to last week’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision, the reality is that the roots of the movement to drastically change the definition of marriage can be traced back to 1848 and the publication of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto. Proclaiming that the “abolition” of marriage and the family was central to the fundamental transformation necessary to implement a...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/04/2015 10:07:20 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 7 replies
    July 4, 2015 | Irish Rose
    Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will...
  • God's "Invisible Hand" at The Battle of Long Island (an excerpt from my upcoming book)

    07/04/2015 9:36:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 19 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/3/15 | Trevor Thomas
    In his inaugural address to Congress President Washington said, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the...
  • John Witherspoon’s Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/3//2014 | Joanne Butler
    Ben Franklin is the prototype for the celebrity-as-politician. His autobiography is still in print; if he were alive, he’d be on Drudge’s columnists’ list, and command speaking fees that would turn Hillary Clinton green with envy. A popular T-shirt has a quote erroneously attributed to Franklin: ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.’ But John Witherspoon? He wasn’t a fan of self-promotion, which was no less prevalent then. Today, in D.C., his statue stands at a tiny triangle where Connecticut Avenue intersects with N Street and 18th Street N.W. It is routinely ignored. At...
  • The Believer’s DECLARATION of DEPENDENCE

    07/04/2015 7:50:13 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/4/15 | GWZ I.F.
    As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and based on the facts of God’s Word, I DECLARE myself to be FREE INDEED (John 8:36). My liberty is seen in three realms: First, concerning the god of this age, to whom I once belonged, I have been DELIVERED from the power of darkness and have been translated into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Col. 1:13), turned from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18). Secondly, concerning my relationship to this world system, my Saviour gave Himself for me that He might deliver and rescue me from this present...
  • The 4th of July, It's MY Day!

    07/04/2015 7:38:37 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/4/15
    This 4th of July (which may be our nation's last 4th of July in peace), the majority of Americans throughout this land will be enjoying a day off with family and friends, eating, drinking (getting drunk), and making merry totally excluding the REALITY of our nation's founding and totally oblivious to where our godless nation is rapidly heading at present (Rev. 6-19). As long as we have our cell phones (which is our life), ignorance, pleasure, food in our stomachs and some partial remaining freedoms... all is good and tolerable in the "land of the free". Throughout the years I...
  • Fortnight For Freedom: Catholics in the American Revolution

    07/04/2015 7:17:16 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    American Catholics, a very small percentage of the population of the 13 colonies, 1.6 percent, were overwhelmingly patriots and played a role in the American Revolution out of all proportion to the small fragment of the American people they represented. Among the Catholics who assumed leadership roles in the fight for our liberty were: General Stephen Moylan a noted cavalry commander and the first Muster Master-General of the Continental Army. Captains Joshua Barney and John Barry, two of the most successful naval commanders in the American Revolution. Colonel John Fitzgerald was a trusted aide and private secretary to General George...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/4/15)[Prayer]

    07/04/2015 6:05:52 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/4/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Solomon Psalm 72 Of Solomon. 1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,     the royal son with your righteousness. 2 May he judge your people in righteousness,     your afflicted ones with justice. 3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,     the hills the fruit of righteousness. 4 May he defend the afflicted among the people     and save the children of the needy;     may he crush the oppressor. 5 May he endure[a] as long as the sun,     as long as the moon, through all generations. 6 May he be like rain falling on...
  • The Day the Late Sir Nicholas Winton Met Children He Saved from Nazi Death Camps

    07/04/2015 5:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 3, 2015 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Sir Nicholas Winton - BBC Programme "That's Life" aired in 1988 (1:29 min) Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE, who just died last week at the age of 106, was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the "Czech Kindertransport."  An article in Time paying tribute to Winton, a Jew by descent who had been raised as a Christian, was traveling in German-occupied Czechoslovakia and recognize that many children would die. He found homes for the children and arranged for trains to carry them from Nazi-occupied Prague to...
  • Evangelizing Evangelicals – Why Pope Francis Loves to Meet with Charismatic Movements

    07/04/2015 5:44:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/3/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path. Not by chance, Renewal with the Spirit styled the convocation to be heavily ecumenical. During the meeting with Pope Francis’ in St. Peter’s Square, prayers were raised by Cardinals Kurt Koch and Leonardo Sandri, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches; the Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, who represents the Archbishop of Canterbury toward the Holy...
  • More Gay Groups Headed to St. Patrick's Day Parade

    07/04/2015 5:34:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/2/15 | John Burger
    New chairman given okay to allow other LGBT marchers under their own bannerFor years, the organizers of New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade, as well as various archbishops, have defended against calls to allow homosexuals to march in the parade under any banner identifying them as a gay group. Last year, bowing to boycott pressure from several sponsors, including Guiness Stout, the parade allowed a group called "Out@NBC Universal" to march. Cardinal Timothy Dolan refused calls to step down as grand marshal in spite of the group's presence. “I have no trouble with the decision at all,” Cardinal Dolan said...
  • This 95-year-old Catholic couple died in each other's arms

    07/04/2015 5:14:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 3, 2015
    Credit: Michael Brant via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). San Diego, Calif., Jul 3, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn't have imagined life any other way. What began as a childhood crush later bloomed into a deep, committed love – a love that would last throughout a war, five children, and seventy-five years of marriage. “Their hearts beat as one from as long as I can remember,” said Aimee Toczko-Cushman, one of the couple's five children, according to the Daily...
  • Why Does Torah Law Allow Polygamy?

    07/04/2015 2:11:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Chabad ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, senior editor
    Just to magnify your question somewhat, you’ll note that Torah presents the original paradigm of marriage—that of Adam and Eve—as monogamous. Furthermore, virtually every instance of polygamy recounted in the Torah is related directly by the narrative to some sort of calamity—whether strife between competing wives, as was the case with Hannah and Peninah,1 or between rivaling half-siblings, e.g. Jacob’s2 and King David’s sons.3 Even the very verse4 in which the Torah provides a green light for polygamy frames it within an undesirable circumstance: “If a man will have two wives, one beloved and the other hated . . .”...
  • Pope Francis Comment on Gays

    If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society. Pope Francis Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/slideshow/authors/top_10_pope_francis_quotes.html#QDU6y5fekEMZIW9l.99
  • USCCB Statement on Marriage Ruling

    07/03/2015 8:28:43 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | 3 July 2015 | AncientAirs
    Today Archbishop Kurtz issued a statement about the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, calling it a “tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us.” Read the full statement here. Archbishop Kurtz compared the decision to Roe v. Wade and how it doesn’t change the truth- which is “unchanged and unchangeable.” He continues on to say that, “Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-04-15

    07/03/2015 8:20:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 4, 2015   Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 27:1-5, 15-29 When Isaac was so old that his eyesight had failed him, he called his older son Esau and said to him, “Son!” “Yes father!” he replied. Isaac then said, “As you can see, I am so old that I may now die at any time. Take your gear, therefore–your quiver and bow– and go out into the country to hunt some game for me. With your catch prepare an appetizing dish for me, such as I like, and bring it to me to...
  • “It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope

    07/03/2015 8:04:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Asia News ^ | 7/03/15
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Today Pope Francis spoke in St Peter’s Square before some 30,000 members of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit Movement. Those present included Card Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Church; Card Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Card Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference; several Eastern Orthodox patriarchs, as well as Anglican and Lutheran bishops and Pentecostal pastors. In his address, the pontiff said, “It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end. There should be no lifelong leader. This...
  • Kennedy Replaces the “Laws of Nature” with His Own

    07/03/2015 3:29:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 3, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    Same-sex “marriage” advocates will heartily celebrate July 4 this year, thrilled with the possibilities in the New America they’re creating in their own image. They will be especially grateful to Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices who gave them gay “marriage” by assuming unto themselves what Thomas Jefferson two-and-a-half centuries ago called “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” That sublime understanding in that Declaration has been superseded by a subversive understanding declared by the likes of Justice Kennedy.Kennedy’s swing vote making gay “marriage” a constitutional right recognized in all 50 states is one of the most...
  • Parents outraged after sex education program warns girls as young as 12 not to hug boys (Australia)

    07/03/2015 3:19:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7/2/15 | Sarah Carty
    Full title: 'Having multiple sex partners is almost like tape that loses its stickiness': Parents outraged after sex education program warns girls as young as 12 not to hug boys Parents have been left outraged after students as young as 12 have been exposed to material which claims women 'lose their stickiness' like tape after becoming involved with multiple sexual partners. Female schoolchildren attending Fairhills High School in Knoxfield, east of Melbourne came home with pamphlets distributed at the school by a youth group called Epic Youth, a branch of the Pentecostal CityLife megachurch. The sex education information also states...
  • The Men of Nineveh Will Rise Up

    07/03/2015 12:39:07 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Vanity | 7/3/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    We are the modern-day Nineveh which was the most corrupt and immoral city of its day. The prophet Jonah, against his will, went to Nineveh under orders from God and warned the citizens that they had forty days until their utter destruction at the hands of God. To their credit, they repented and wearing sackcloth and ashes, cried out to God begging His forgiveness. In His mercy, He spared them.
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07-02-2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • Antioch breaks communion with Jerusalem over Qatar (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    07/03/2015 9:23:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 07-02-2015 | Holy Synod of Antioch
    This has building for a while. See the full text from the Holy Synod at the sourced link.
  • After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists

    07/03/2015 8:14:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BRNow.org - The Official Website of The Biblical Recorder ^ | July 2, 2015 | David Roach, National Correspondent, Baptist Press
    With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states, pro-gay activists are shifting their focus to issues like alleged workplace, housing and public accommodations discrimination. Some have even proposed stripping churches of their tax-exempt status and legalizing polygamous marriage. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists view the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage “as a means to a greater end,” said Jon Akin, pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tenn. – “a huge means, but I certainly don’t think it’s the end. I think many will not be happy” if the advance of gay rights “doesn’t go further.” Akin,...
  • Fortnight For Freedom: The Catholic Roots of the Declaration of Independence

    My bride and I each year travel to Indianapolis for the Gen Con gaming convention which this year will be held on the last week in July. Indianapolis is a lovely city and we have enjoyed our visits there. Back in 1926 an Indianapolis parish priest, John C. Rager, demonstrated that the core of the Declaration of Independence has its roots in Catholic thought. It will suffice for our purpose to consult, in detail, but two Catholic churchmen who stand out as leading lights for all time. The one is representative of medieval learning and thought, the other stood on...
  • Jerusalem as A Heavy Stone In The Road...pt 2

    In a previous article , “A Cup of Trembling” , I pointed out the amazing prediction of Zechariah 12:1-2 . In the last days, Jerusalem would become a point of international contention, ultimately drawing the whole world into the strife. In continuance of this theme, I would like to give a brief exposition of the rest of this chapter of scripture. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;all who would heave it away will surely be cut to pieces, though all nations of the earth be gathered against...
  • Pakistani Police Save Christian Couple from 'Blasphemy' Mob

    07/03/2015 6:50:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Police in Pakistan saved a Christian couple from a Muslim mob who were attempting to lynch them for allegedly committing blasphemy, and later arrested a cleric for inciting the violence, a senior officer said Thursday. The incident, which took place in the village of Makki in Punjab province on Tuesday, represents a rare successful intervention by authorities in a country where even unproven allegations of blasphemy can result in a bloody death at the hands of vigilantes. Sohail Zafar Chattha, the district police chief, told AFP the illiterate Christian couple had obtained an old panaflex advertisement awning which contained the...
  • Vietnam, Vatican Agree to Maintain Regular Meetings

    07/03/2015 6:47:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vietnam and the Vatican need to continue holding regular meetings between their leaders and actively prepare necessary conditions towards establishing diplomatic relations, concurred Politburo member and Vietnam Fatherland Front President (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. At a meeting in the Italian city of Rome on July 1, the two sides hailed the progress in bilateral relations as illustrated by visits by Vietnamese Party and State senior officials to the Vatican and meetings with the Pope. They quoted Pope Francis’s remarks that a Vietnamese Catholic must be a good citizen and patriot who...
  • Calling for Day of Prayer and Penance on July 4th

    07/03/2015 6:38:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Etheldredasplace ^ | 7/2/15 | Supertradmum
    Will you readers join me, please? Nothing to celebrate but many things for which to pray and mourn.
  • Walking as an Image of Faith

    07/03/2015 6:30:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Walking as an Image of Faith Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2015 • Most people, if asked, would say that they like everything in their life to be in perfect equilibrium, perfect balance. Losing balance physically is the prelude to a fall. Balance tends to be valued, not only in the physical sense, but also in the emotional, spiritual, and mental sense. To become mentally or emotionally “unbalanced” is a euphemism for mental illness or distress. Believing is leaning – Perfect equilibrium or balance is seldom to be found in the human person, but perhaps that is good, especially in the spiritual life. The...
  • Pope Smacks Down Girl Scout Leaders Over Gender Issues

    07/03/2015 6:21:41 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | july 2, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    As the Girl Scouts USA continues to hemorrhage members and money because of its continued support of what many see as extreme ideological ideas, Girl Scout leaders from around the world converged on the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, only to receive a gentle but firm scolding on gender ideology. The optics were clear. The group, which has staked out positions in opposition to Christian teaching on abortion and human sexuality, met with Francis hoping the thousands of daughters and moms exiting Scouting would have a second thought. Pictures of Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Marie Chavez shaking hands...
  • Chairman of Fordham’s theology department marries another man

    07/03/2015 6:19:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 7/3/15 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Somehow, I missed this little item in last Sunday’s New York Times. A reader sent it my way: Patrick Anthony Bergquist and J. Patrick Hornbeck II were married Saturday in Manhattan. The Rev. Matthew J. Moretz performed the ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, where he is an associate rector.Mr. Bergquist, 35, is the director of children, youth and family ministries at St. Bartholomew’s. He graduated from Anderson University in Indiana and received a master’s degree in theology from Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill……Dr. Hornbeck, 33, is the chairman of the theology department and an associate professor of medieval and...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Ex-Gay Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Under Fire After Speaking Out Against Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    07/03/2015 5:47:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | BY CHRISTINE THOMASOS
    Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. McClurkin, 55, received some harsh criticism after he shared his interpretation of the Bible's position on homosexuality on Facebook last Friday. We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court ... we already received the answer from GOD," the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees ......
  • The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back (Liberals)

    07/03/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 2, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Julius CaesarAfter my most recent visit to Rome I’ve been reading more about the history of Rome, and the parallels with twenty first America are fascinating.Many people know about the fall of the Roman Empire and follow the usual narrative that Rome collapsed from within because of moral decadence.Of course, the story is more complicated than that, and it begins not with the fall of the empire, but with the beginning of the Empire.The Roman Republic stood for about 500 years. The Senate was made up of patricians and plebeians. The patricians were the historic, aristocratic landed families. The plebeians...
  • [Ed Peters:] Excommunication of same-sex ‘marriage’ Catholic SCOTUS Justices for Heresy

    07/03/2015 4:54:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/2/15 | Fr John Zuhsdorf
    From Ed Peters, distinguished canonist, on Catholic SCOTUS Justices (Kennedy, Sotomayor) who ruled for Obergefell v. Hodges: Obergefell and canonical criminal lawDcn Greg Kandra calls attention to a question floating around out there, namely, [QUAERITUR…]should Catholic justices who voted to impose “same-sex marriage” on America be excommunicated? We can deal with most of that question pretty quickly.Excommunication can impact any Catholic (there are no exemptions for those in high civil office), but it can be incurred only for twelve specifically delineated crimes (CLSA Comm. 932, not counting a couple of excommunicable crimes listed outside the Code). Now, voting to impose...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/3/15)[Prayer]

    07/03/2015 4:52:52 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/3/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Solomon 1 Solomon’s Song of Songs. She[a] 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—     for your love is more delightful than wine. 3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;     your name is like perfume poured out.     No wonder the young women love you! 4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!     Let the king bring me into his chambers. Friends We rejoice and delight in you[b];     we will praise your love more than wine. She How right they are to adore you! 5 Dark am I, yet lovely,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-03-15, FEAST, St. Thomas, Apostle

    07/02/2015 9:21:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.orgRNB ^ | 07-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 3, 2015   Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22 Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Responsorial Psalm PS 117:1bc, 2 R. (Mark 16:15) Go out to...
  • Polygamous Montana Trio Applies for Wedding License

    07/02/2015 6:13:07 PM PDT · by StormPrepper · 39 replies
    Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Pontifical Family Council President: "World Family Meeting in Philly open to homosexual couples."

    07/02/2015 3:54:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 07-02-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    “Everyone is welcome, nobody is excluded”. With these words Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, replied to the questions from journalists at a press conference for the presentation of the eighth World Meeting of Families, planned for the 22nd to the 27th of September in Philadelphia. Asked about the presence or non-presence of homosexual couples in Philadelphia, Monsignor responded: “We are following Instrumentum Laboris on the Synod to the letter. Everyone can come, nobody is excluded. And if anyone feels excluded, I’ll leave the 99 little sheep and go and get him”, he added with...