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  • I wrote about Max and Beth to defend Christian Trump supportrs

    10/24/2016 5:27:43 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 1 replies
    Mario Murillo Ministries ^ | 10/20/16 | Mario Murillo
    As I write you, 50,000 people have read the blog that mentioned Max Lucado and Beth Moore. Today I want to clear the air about why that happened. For me to mention the name of a fellow minister is like getting a root canal.  I only do it when all other remedies have been exhausted.  We are family.  We are all on the same team.  Christian unity is a witness to a dying world. So then why did I put out the blog?  I did it to defend Christians who are going to vote for Trump. Whether Max and Beth...
  • Saved by God From God (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    10/24/2016 5:21:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/24/2016
    “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt” (v. 13). - Exodus 12 The Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—each record the institution of the Lord’s Supper, the sacrament Christ ordained to remember His death on behalf of His people (Matt. 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–20). Since that event two thousand years ago, Christians have regularly celebrated the Lord’s Supper, which is known in some traditions as the...
  • Desiring God's Word

    10/24/2016 4:13:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb" (Ps. 19:10). You should value Scripture more than all earthly treasures. I have a friend who has a beautiful collection of rare Bibles. My favorite is one of the earliest printed copies, dating back to sixteenth-century England. The first time I held it in my hands I noticed that the top third of every page was covered with a dark stain. Tears filled my eyes when I realized it was from the blood of its...
  • The Fearsome Foursome

    10/24/2016 4:13:20 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death” (Romans 7:5). Four key terms characterize those who are not in Christ. In our fallen, cursed world, disasters are commonplace. Fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters happen somewhere every day. Added to those natural disasters are the man-made ones, such as war, acts of terrorism, plane crashes, train wrecks, etc. But far greater than any of those disasters, and the one from which they all...

    10/23/2016 10:05:49 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 20 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 10/24/2016 | 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.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-16, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2016 8:49:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 10-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2016 Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:32–5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure...
  • Italy's (Catholic) Bishops Give Full Support to Radical Party March for Prisoners

    10/23/2016 7:34:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10-22-16 | Edward Pentin
    After choosing not to back two recent pro-life demonstrations, the Italian bishops' conference has now agreed to participate in an upcoming "March for Amnesty, Justice, Freedom" organized by the anti-clerical Radical Party. The Nov. 6 Rome march, dedicated to Pope Francis and Marco Pannella, the party’s long-serving and recently deceased leader, will end in a call for a prisoner amnesty and coincide with the Pope’s Jubilee of mercy for prisoners that day, according to Italian media reports. A spokesman for the Italian bishops' conference, Father Ivan Maffeis, said its general secretary, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, gives his "steadfast commitment" to the...
  • Launch of World Meeting of Families Process

    10/23/2016 5:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Archdiocese of Dublin ^ | October 22, 2016 | Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
    Firstly he said that he was disappointed that so much media focus on the Amoris Laetitia was only about questions of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried and homosexuality. “I am sad”, he said, “because we are missing the most beautiful aspects of this exhortation if we just focus on that.” I would add – and this is a point that we could easily miss – focussing on those issues (communion for divorced and remarried in an isolated way, much comment – not just by the media but also by many bishops – has ended up in people not...
  • Bringing back the dead… Catholic style

    10/23/2016 3:54:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 23, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Forget about ghosts and goblins on Halloween; how about a walk through a dark cemetery where dead people who once walked the earth appear out of nowhere and talk to you about life and death, heaven and hell?The “Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk” in Emmitsburg, Maryland has provided such an experience every October for the past 12 years. Held in the historic cemetery on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, it’s the brainchild of Fr. Brian Nolan, chaplain for Mount Saint Mary’s University.The idea for the walk was inspired by a haunted house at Mount Saint...
  • The Source of Righteousness

    10/23/2016 2:12:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether" (Ps. 19:9). God’s Word is true and produces righteousness in the believer’s life. The inability of human wisdom to produce right living was reaffirmed in my thinking as I read a contemporary psychiatrist's book on how to overcome depression. The doctor's first suggestion was to shout "Cancel!" every time you have a negative thought. She also recommended playing a tape recording of positive messages while you sleep at night, and listening to positive music during the day. Cultivating a meaningful spiritual philosophy was another of her suggestions. She said...
  • Joined to Christ

    10/23/2016 2:11:55 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “. . . That you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). No longer married to the law, the believer is now married to Jesus Christ. Of the many New Testament metaphors used to describe the church, the most intimate is that of the bride of Christ. Paul describes that relationship in Ephesians 5:24-27: “But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church...
  • The 38 Albanian Martyrs That Died Crying “Long Live Christ the King!”

    10/23/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 10/23/16
    When Pope Francis traveled to Albania two years ago, the testimony of priests and religious leaders who lived under the oppression of the communist regime left him speechless. Now, the 38 people who did not survive torture and died as victims of hatred for the faith have been declared martyrs and will soon be beatified. MSGR. ANGELO MASSAFRA Archbishop of Shkodra (Albania)"In the group of 38 martyrs, the last person was killed in '74 because he secretly baptised someone. The priest was also betrayed and was shot. Before being killed, they used to shout "Long live Christ the King!" like...
  • Priest tells Fox news he was “upset” Clinton cited Pope Francis to justify some of her positions

    10/23/2016 1:35:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 22, 2016
    October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Once again a leading opponent of Catholic moral teachings, this time Hillary Clinton, has cited Pope Francis to give credibility to her actions. In a Fox news interview, Fr. Gerald Murray gives clear reasons why some of Clinton's remarks at the Al Smith dinner were highly inappropriate and that she should have used the event to publicly disown the anti-Catholic bigotry in her staff emails revealed by Wikileaks. Fr. Murray said, "there should have been a statement" by Mrs. Clinton "right at the start" of her remarks at the Al Smith dinner, "saying, 'I disown everything that was read in...
  • Catholic Cardinal: No Obligation to Follow a Pope Who Betrays the Church [China]

    10/23/2016 1:31:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    What Is Up With The Synod ^ | 10/22/16 | Hilary White
    I know we were all expecting the crack to come from a completely different corner of the Church, and that hardly anyone has been paying attention to the eagerness of the Francis Vatican to throw the Catholic Church in China to the communist wolves. As with every jurisdictional Vatican compromise with Communist governments the one in the offing smells of betrayal. There have been four secret meetings between Vatican representatives and Chinese government officials in the past two years, the most recent being at the end of April. Cardinal Zen, retired Bishop of Hong Kong, is not at all optimistic....
  • Standing in Need of Prayer – Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year

    10/23/2016 6:51:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Standing in Need of Prayer – Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 22, 2016 • There’s an old saying that goes, “Faults in others I can see, but praise the Lord, there’s none in me.” But one is snared in sin by the very act of claiming to have no sin! In fact, it’s the biggest sin of all: pride.In today’s Gospel, the Lord illustrates this very point in speaking to us of two men who go to the temple to pray. One man commits the greatest sin of all, pride, and...

    10/22/2016 10:08:42 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 40 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 10/23/2016 | Self
    oin 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.
  • Pastor at NY church pleads guilty in 14-hour beating

    10/22/2016 9:24:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Boroff
    The pastor of a central New York church where two brothers were beaten during a 14-hour "counseling session" pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and assault. Three other members of the Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford agreed to less serious charges for their roles in the beatings that killed Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured his 17-year-old brother Christopher. Pastor Tiffanie Irwin, her brother Joseph Irwin and mother-and-son church members Linda and David Morey are the last of nine people to be convicted in the brutal attack that investigators say took place after the victims discussed leaving the congregation.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-23-16, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/22/2016 8:51:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 10-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2016 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 The LORD is a God of justice,who knows no favorites.Though not unduly partial toward the weak,yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.The one who serves God willingly is heard;his petition reaches the heavens.The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;it does not rest till it reaches its goal,nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,judges justly and affirms the right,and the Lord will not delay....
  • Pope in Sweden Could Break Ground on Inter-Communion, Bishop Says

    10/22/2016 5:15:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/16 | Austin Ivereigh
    The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it's possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.To describe English bishop William Kenney as an “auxiliary of Birmingham” doesn’t capture the depth and range of his longstanding roles in pan-European church bodies - for two terms, for example, he was president of Caritas Europe, and he played a key role in organizing relief efforts for former...
  • Muslim Children As Young As Five In Pakistan Are Being Taught To Hate Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/22/2016 5:08:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10/21/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Muslim children throughout Pakistan are being indoctrinated with hatred for Christians, a senior Church leader has warned. A rare insight into how the anti-Christian persecutors of tomorrow are being created in Pakistan was provided this week by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lahore, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw. "A huge problem we face in Pakistan – one that is deeply divisive across many sections of society – is hate material in school text books," he said. "For example, in class one, five-year-olds are given a lesson in which they are told: 'Who am I? I am a Muslim and the other people...
  • Pope Francis and the Conclave: Cardinals, Continuity and Innovation

    10/22/2016 10:22:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 21, 2016 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Even after Cardinal Danneels turned 80, Pope Francis declined to make Archbishop Léonard a cardinal. Instead, in 2015, Francis elevated Archbishop Rauber to the College of Cardinals as one of the distinguished prelates over the age of 80. In ecclesiastical Rome, the public humiliation of Archbishop Léonard, the vindication of Cardinal Danneels and the approbation for Archbishop Rauber’s attack on Pope Benedict was widely noted.
  • Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God.

    10/22/2016 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09/29/2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God. by Msgr. Charles Pope -snip- To again be clear, abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage” are moral issues, and the Church must teach against them no matter where the political lines fall. The Catholic position on these matters currently coincides with one political party’s platform over another. But this not the intention or fault of the Catholic Church. -snip-
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    10/22/2016 8:32:19 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 5 replies
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  • By God's Grace, Believers Needs to Expand Their Influence in American Society and Around the World

    10/22/2016 8:25:15 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    A pastor commented on the moral and spiritual decline in our country inferring a need to focus on our spiritual issues, not just our political political issues. I agree that the underlying cause of our political and social malaise is a deep spiritual need to come back to a trust and reliance on God, not a reliance on man and his government. "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall...
  • Pope Francis Names Archbishop Cupich As His Successor [Humor/Sarcasm]

    10/22/2016 7:52:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | October 11, 2016 | Admin
    The Vatican announced this week that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been selected to be Pope Francis’ successor after the 79-year-old pontiff hits the age of retirement next year. Cupich told worshipers yesterday that he was “so very grateful and humbled by the news that he would be given the opportunity to wreak havoc upon the Church while wearing white.” Cupich, 67, will receive his “white hat” in Rome on December 18, 2017, the day after Pope Francis turns 80. Cupich’s succession to the papacy also means he will have his choice of who will succeed him in the future....
  • Sending forth wolves among the lambs

    10/22/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 21, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    According to Vatican News Service, a common declaration has been issued bearing the signatures of both “HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY” and “HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS” proposing to send “out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.” The document is precisely what one might expect in this post-conciliar age of radical ecumenism; namely, a grave offense against Christ and an embarrassment to the faithful. It’s more than that, though; it’s yet another indication of the faith, or lack thereof, of its signatories. Welby blesses francisThe text refers, not only to the heretic layman Justin...

    10/22/2016 4:49:15 AM PDT · by SisterK · 54 replies
    Free Republic ^ | October 22, 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.
  • Fearing God

    10/22/2016 12:22:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever" (Ps. 19:9). Fearing God leads to reverential attitudes and actions. In the Old Testament, to fear God was to view Him with reverential awe and bow to His sovereign authority. In Psalm 34 David wrote, "Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it" (vv. 11-...
  • Dead to the Law

    10/22/2016 12:22:02 AM PDT · by metmom · 15 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4). The law can no longer punish those who have died with Christ. It’s an axiomatic truth that laws don’t apply to dead people. No policeman would issue a ticket to a drunk driver who was killed in an accident. Nor was Lee Harvey Oswald tried for killing President Kennedy, since he himself was killed by Jack Ruby. In Romans 7:2-3 Paul uses marriage to illustrate that truth: “For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-16, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2016 8:50:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Vatican, Al-Azhar to Officially Resume Dialogue

    10/21/2016 5:30:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/21/16 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar. He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s...
  • Russia’s Patriarch Kirill Meets Queen Elizabeth II, Discusses Christians in Europe

    10/21/2016 5:00:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 10/19/16
    The meeting is the first between Patriarch Kirill and Britain's head-of-stateQueen Elizabeth II has held a historic meeting with Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who is on an official visit to the UK to mark the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church’s presence there. The meeting was held Tuesday behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London, and lasted for about a half-hour, the Patriarch's secretary, Alexander Volkov, said. “Patriarch Kirill told the Queen about the revival of the Church in Russia in the past 20 years, the construction of churches, the...
  • Priests Must Leave Their “Fortresses”, Says Francis

    10/21/2016 4:45:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/18 | Christopher Lamb
    Pope Francis has said vocations are best generated by pastorally minded priests living in the real world while begging bishops to carefully vet who they ordain. Speaking at a Vatican conference today, Francis told an audience of cardinals, bishops and vocation experts to re-think their vocations ministry so it did not simply become a bureaucratic pastoral programme. The Pope told the gathering that their work involves “going out” and listening to people: he pointed out that his own vocation was not the result of a “nice theory” but having experienced the “merciful gaze of Jesus over me.” In order for...
  • Church's Fear of 'Civil Rights' Prosecution Justified, Iowa Court Says

    10/21/2016 4:37:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 17, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A church’s lawsuit may go forward because it reasonably feared that Iowa’s strict anti-discrimination law would create legal penalties for its preaching and for having single-sex bathrooms and showers, an Iowa court has ruled. “The government acts outside of its authority when it attempts to control churches,” said Steve O’Ban, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom. “Neither the commission nor any state law has the constitutional authority to dictate how any church uses its facility or what public statements a church can make concerning sexuality.” O’Ban represented Fort Des...
  • De Mattei: To which Church does Pope Bergoglio belong to?

    10/21/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Two anniversaries overlap each other in 2017: the 100 years of the Fatima apparitions, occurring between May 13th and October 13th 1917, and the 500 years of Luther’s revolt, beginning in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31st 1517. However, there are two other much less discussed anniversaries which also fall next year: the 300 years of the official foundation of Freemasonry (London, June 24th 1717) and the 100 years of the Russian Revolution of October 26th 1917 (the Julian calendar in use in the Russian Empire: November 8th according to the Gregorian calendar). Yet, between the Protestant Revolution and the Communist Revolution...
  • Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians

    10/21/2016 1:15:08 PM PDT · by tekrat · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/21/2016 | FAY ABUELGASIM
    Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule. "This is our church, this is where we used to pray!" she exclaimed as she watched the images at a camp for displaced Iraqis in Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital. It was also where her husband, Adil Mateh, hid when the extremists swept into Bartella, a historically Christian town east of Mosul, in the summer of 2014. He had stayed to volunteer at...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

    10/21/2016 10:02:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2016 | Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim
    In yet a further sign of progress, the Vatican has reached a decision to recognize at least four Chinese bishops who were appointed by Beijing without the consent of the pope and so are considered illegitimate by the Holy See, according to Catholic Church sources and others briefed on the talks. The decision follows a breakthrough meeting in mid-August in Beijing between the Vatican representatives to talks with China and several of these bishops.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican website erases John Paul II exhortations on marriage

    10/21/2016 9:16:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10-20-16 | BAI MACFARLANE
    Five translations of Saint Pope John Paul II’s often-quoted instruction to tribunal judges was removed from the Vatican’s website some time last year. It is now only available in Italian. Each year, the Pope gives an address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and these are instructions to the world’s canon lawyers from THE legislator, the Pope. In 1987, Saint Pope John Paul II gave an address that cautioned against misusing the grounds for nullity of marriage - particularly “on the pretext of some immaturity or psychic weakness” (Canon 1095). I posted a YouTube video on the Mary’s Advocates...
  • 2016 10 16 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Yea, It's Converging" (video)

    10/21/2016 8:56:05 AM PDT · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Oct 16, 2016 | John Haller
    John Kerry, via the Kyoto Treaty, is coming for your air conditioners. Hillary is coming for your religious liberties, and your guns.
  • For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church

    10/21/2016 8:49:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • October 20, 2016 • This week I have been writing about the problems of our culture. Today I continue in that vein with a short reflection on the Church’s role, based on the animated short below. For indeed, the darkness and dysfunction of our times cannot be simply blamed on the world, the Church, too, bears a large share of the responsibility.The video features a woman in a clock tower; it is she who keeps the clock running. As the video progresses, we...
  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    10/21/2016 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 21, 2016
    It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Kolkata in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of...
  • Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture

    10/21/2016 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 43 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 20, 2016 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Editor’s note: The following talk, originally titled “Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To,” was delivered October 19, 2016 at the 2016 Bishops’ Symposium co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is published here with permission of the author.Much of what I say today you probably already know. But that doesn’t prevent a good discussion, so I hope you’ll bear with me. As I sat down to write my talk last week, a friend emailed me a copy of a manuscript illustration from...
  • The Father's Plumb Line "Jesus Christ in us"[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/21/2016 7:06:32 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    My Plumb Line is a constant in your life it will never leave you or forsake you but can you even see it or is it masked by Your own desires or distorted by those around you that are blind to my True Will for My Word is Eternal and so it is with The Plumb Line of My Heart for it is when you align your life with My Heart by becoming servant of The Living God that your Heart on earth Becomes aligned with My Heart Your Heavenly Father so as you surrender all to Me My Son...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/21/16)[Prayer]

    10/21/2016 6:47:16 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/21/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Proverbs (Ecclesiastes 12) 12 Remember your Creator     in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come     and the years approach when you will say,     “I find no pleasure in them”— 2 before the sun and the light     and the moon and the stars grow dark,     and the clouds return after the rain; 3 when the keepers of the house tremble,     and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few,     and those looking through the windows grow dim; 4 when the doors to the street are closed     and...
  • Obeying God's Commands

    10/21/2016 6:44:21 AM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes" (Ps. 19:8). Obedience to the Word is the hallmark of a true believer. It isn't popular these days to speak of God's Word as a book of commandments. Commands imply law and we're accustomed to grace. But the fact is, both the Old and New Testaments contain many commandments that all God's people are to obey. The apostle John said, "By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, 'I have come to know Him,' and does not keep...
  • Paying Sin's Price

    10/21/2016 6:43:34 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Christ paid a debt He did not owe to free us from a debt we could not pay. In the scientific realm there are universal laws, such as the law of gravity. These laws are built into the creation by its all-wise Creator and keep it functioning normally. Just as God has made inexorable laws to govern the physical dimension, so also has He decreed universal spiritual principles. The most significant of those spiritual laws is that...
  • Trump booed at Catholic fundraising dinner

    10/21/2016 6:20:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 21, 2016
    Donald Trump was booed by diners during a Catholic fundraising event last night.The Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual white-tie gala in New York, is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day and is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. The event raises money for impoverished children throughout New YorkThe speakers usually poke fun at themselves and each other. But the audience seemed to think Trump had crossed a line with his caustic language about Clinton.Trump referred to his opponent as “corrupt” during a lengthy riff on the FBI’s investigation into her use of...
  • Fostering Fear of God (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    10/21/2016 5:11:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 10/21/2016
    I recently heard a young Christian remark, “I have no fear of dying.” When I heard this comment I thought to myself, “I wish I could say that.” I am not afraid of death. I believe that death for the Christian is a glorious transition to heaven. I am not afraid of going to heaven. It’s the process that frightens me. I don’t know by what means I will die. It may be via a process of suffering, and that frightens me. I know that even this shouldn’t frighten me. There are lots of things that frighten me that I...
  • Al Smith Dinner: Cardinal Dolan fails to speak against abortion

    10/21/2016 4:52:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | J. Marsolo
    While the tradition of the Alfred E. Smith dinner to invite the Republican and Democrat nominee to raise money for charity is admirable, it was disturbing to see Timothy Cardinal Dolan laughing and joking with Hillary Clinton less than twenty-four hours after Hillary announced she supports abortion up to the moment of birth.  Worse, when he spoke at the end, he made a vague oblique reference to the life of the unborn when he said some of the money raised would help poor women give birth. I understand that the dinner is to raise money and everyone tries to...