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  • (Catholic) Filipino school students press for gay rights bill

    03/17/2018 1:17:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 16, 2018 | Joe Torres
    Students from Catholic schools in the Philippines will march with LGBT groups this week to press for the passage of a bill designed to end discrimination on the basis of gender and sexuality.They will attend nationwide rallies with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in major cities across the country on March 17 to show support for the proposed law in the Senate."We can no longer stay silent on the issue of discrimination," said Mikee De Vega, president of the student council at Manila's De La Salle University."As student leaders from Catholic schools, love and acceptance is at the core of...
  • All Politics is Religion

    03/17/2018 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 9 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 15, 2018 | Michael Warren Davis
    “All true philosophy must opt between these two hypotheses: either a new religion is going to come into existence or Christianity will be rejuvenated in some extraordinary way,” wrote Joseph de Maistre. But this speaks less to individuals (who may be theists or atheists) than it does to society, which is theistic by nature. “If the religious spirit is not reinforced in this part of the world, the social bond will dissolve,” Maistre warned. Maybe that’s why both North Korea and the Soviet Union became more cultish as their regimes wore on. Maybe at the start they earnestly thought they...
  • Cath Cauc: More on the Letter of Benedict XVI. There's Another Paragraph, in Which He Writes…

    03/17/2018 10:13:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 17, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The end has not quite been written on the story of the “personal” and “confidential” letter written February 7 by Benedict XVI to the prefect of the secretariat for communications, Dario Edoardo Viganň, and partially made public by him on March 12.Not only was there a key passage in it that was purposefully omitted in the press release sent out by Viganň himself:> The Double "Foolish Prejudice." The Complete Text of the Letter by Benedict XVINot only had the beginning of this paragraph been manipulated to make it illegible in the photo of the letter released by Viganň’s secretariat:> Vatican...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is It Coming: The Hybrid Missal?

    03/17/2018 9:44:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | March 15, 2018 | Louis Tofari
    Continuing from my previous article, “Addressing Mass Rumors”, let us examine the practical aspects of the speculated Hybrid Missal.To re-summarize, Pope Francis is supposedly cooking up a new “traditional” version of the Roman Missal that will incorporate elements from the Novus Ordo Missae, including its three-cycle Lectionary and some saints from its calendar. Furthermore, it has been reported that this Hybrid Missal is coming soon and will be imposed on those who offer the traditional Mass (with an initial exception for the Society of St. Pius X).For starters, let us recall that this gossip of an impending Hybrid Missal began...
  • D.C. archbishop has a pioneering plan to implement Amoris Laetitia

    03/17/2018 9:23:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein
    Pope Francis made global news in 2016 with a high-level document on family life meant to bring the church into modern times. It emphasized the need for priests to welcome divorced Catholics who remarry outside the church and many others in what the church calls “irregular situations.”Francis fans cheered his emphasis on inclusion. Critics rued his lack of clarity.Two years later, Washington’s archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has released one of the most comprehensive responses from a Catholic leader on how to implement the pope’s more lofty and theoretical document.Like the pope’s, Wuerl’s document sidesteps giving a specific answer to the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] An Update on the Chilean Barros Scandal and its Ties to Pope Francis

    03/17/2018 9:15:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | March 16, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    In recent weeks, more information about the Barros case has come to us which is worth reporting. The Chilean Cardinal Javier Errázuriz Ossa – one of the members of the pope’s Council of Nine Cardinals – recently wrote a letter to various Latin American bishops’ conferences complaining about the fact that Bishop Juan Barros’ presence during the pope’s visit to Chile in January of 2018 drew too much attention to his case. Cardinal Errázuriz himself did not seem to be concerned about the whole Karadima sex abuse scandal itself, or that Bishop Barros might be culpably complicit in it. We...
  • The Prayer of Saint Patrick

    03/17/2018 8:54:32 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    BeliefNet ^ | St. Patrick
    I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock. I arise today Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude. Christ...
  • On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

    03/17/2018 8:19:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • March 16, 2018 • One of the most commonly committed—yet least often confessed—sins, is that of rash judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be.In reality, the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. On account of rash judgments, we may harbor grudges, resentments, fears, and unjust anger. We may allow it to foster pride, feeling ourselves superior to others. We may even seek revenge based on misinformation or as...
  • Evangelical Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples Handed Down Longest Suspension in History

    03/17/2018 7:44:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    (Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)A wedding cake is seen at a reception for same-sex couples at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California, July 1, 2013.An evangelical judge who has refused to marry same-sex couples was handed down a three-year suspension without pay Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court, the longest suspension in the court's history.Judge Vance Day, who was found to have broken several gun laws, and in 2014 refused to marry same-sex couples, will have 14 days to file a petition for the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision.One of the main charges that Day was found guilty of concerned...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/17/2018 7:40:44 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • Feast of St. Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

    03/17/2018 7:35:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | March 17, 2018 | OCA
    Troparion & KontakionSaint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, the son of Calpurnius, a Roman decurion (an official responsible for collecting taxes). He lived in the village of Bannavem Taberniae, which may have been located at the mouth of the Severn River in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain identified with Slemish in Co. Antrim. During his period of slavery,...
  • Michael Gerson Is Mostly Right about Evangelicals and Trump; But what he's wrong about is important

    03/17/2018 7:20:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/17/2018 | John Ellis
    Michael Gerson's much-ballyhooed articles in The Atlantic and The Washington Post have made quite a splash, at least among evangelicals. Much of the response has been of the hand-wringing kind. As in, what right does Gerson have to throw evangelicals under the bus because of their support for Donald Trump? Well, count me as an evangelical who mostly agrees with Michael Gerson. I believe that the overall support for Donald Trump is a self-imposed obstacle to evangelicals' ability to be a faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.When Gerson, after listing just some of Trump's sizeable moral failings,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(3/17/18)[Prayer]

    03/17/2018 7:02:03 AM PDT · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/17/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Star Design by ML/LTOS The Story of Joseph 
 (Old Testament) Genesis 48 Manasseh and Ephraim 48 Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 2 When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed. 3 Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty[a] appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me 4 and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - March 17, 2018 [PRAYER]

    03/16/2018 10:50:42 PM PDT · by Maudeen · 37 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/17/2018
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems, the News, Media and Social Media. 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) Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. LORD, PLEASE SEND A REVIVAL FOR AMERICA’S SURVIVAL, WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AMEN.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-18, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2018 10:32:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 03-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2018 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:"Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more." But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/16/2018 9:03:51 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 5 replies
    White Double THE SAINT WE HAVE TO HONOR TODAY is the Apostle of that faithful people whose martyrdom has lasted three hundred years—it is the great St. Patrick, he that gave Erin the Faith. There shone most brightly in this Saint that gift of the Apostolate, which Christ has left to his Church, and which is to remain with her to the end of time. The Ambassadors of Missioners, sent by our Lord to preach his Gospel, are of two classes. There are some who have been entrusted with a small tract of the Gentile world; they had to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent (Gueranger)

    03/16/2018 9:02:45 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple THIS SATURDAY, in the early ages of Christianity, was called Sitientes, from the first word of the Introit of the Mass, in which the Church addresses her Catechumens in the words of Isaias, and invites them that thirst after grace, to come and receive it in the holy Sacrament of Baptism. At Rome, the Station was originally in the Basilica of Saint Laurence outside the walls; but it was found inconvenient, on account of its great distance from the City; and the Church of Saint Nicholas in carcere, which is within the walls, was selected for today’s...
  • Hallowing God's Name

    03/16/2018 7:53:03 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Hallowed be Thy name" (Matt. 6:9). God is holy and deserves your highest respect and your humble obedience. To most people the word hallowed elicits thoughts of Halloween, ivy-covered walls, or starchy religious traditions. But those are all far from its biblical meaning. "Hallowed" in Matthew 6:9 translates a Greek word that means "holy." When Christ said, "Hallowed be Thy name," He was saying in effect, "May Your name be regarded as holy." When you hallow God's name, you set it apart from everything common and give Him the place He deserves in your life. Throughout Scripture, holiness is attributed...
  • Threats to Humility: Doctrine and Hypocrisy

    03/16/2018 7:52:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Walk . . . with all humility” (Ephesians 4:1-2). Avoid pride in your position, intelligence, or spirituality. Years ago, when my children were young, my son Mark told my youngest child, Melinda, to take something out of the room. She said, “You’re not my boss.” Mark replied, “Dad is the boss of Mom, Mom is the boss of Matt, Matt is the boss of Marcy, Marcy is the boss of me, and I am the boss of you.” So Melinda obeyed. After that, Melinda decided she was the boss of the dog, and the dog was boss of nobody. No...
  • Oregon High Court Suspends Judge Who Refused to Marry Gays

    03/16/2018 5:34:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 3/15/18 | Tom James
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday handed down the longest suspension in its history to a judge who refused to marry gay couples in the state, but stopped short of removing him from office. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day had come to the attention of authorities after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws. In 2016, an ethics commission recommended that Day be removed from office. Instead, the court ordered Day suspended for three years. Despite public attention garnered by Day's actions toward gay people following same-sex marriage...