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  • The God of Sundays

    01/29/2015 2:26:47 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | DUSTY GATES
    In the year 1617, King James issued his famous Declaration of Sports, a document which would be controversial due to its encouragement of the English to participate in certain sports on Sundays and Holy Days. This document, also known as simply the Book of Sports, enumerated a number of licit sports, which were fair game, as it were, for Sundays, and also listed several illicit sports in which subjects to the crown were forbidden to participate. Prior to this legislation, participating in sports on Sunday was not only discouraged, but in fact illegal. King James’s decree permitted recreation through approved...
  • Pretend Pro-Life Congressman Stops Pretending

    01/29/2015 1:49:40 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | January 29, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has pretended to be a pro-life Catholic for years but now he says that talking to women helped change his mind into becoming pro-choice. This, of course, is malarkey. I don't understand how talking to anyone could convince anyone that a baby is not a human being. I'm thinking he wanted to cash those fat checks from EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood. Hey, baby killers' checks don't bounce. He wrote in an op-ed, "These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good...
  • Call No Man Your "Father," Especially on Facebook

    01/29/2015 1:14:31 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Father Peter West has been a priest for almost 25 years, but this week he became simply “Peter West” again. At least on Facebook. Father West, if we may call him that, said he went to log on to the social media site Tuesday and was blocked because his user name included the title “Father.” In truth, Facebook has long had a policy restricting members from using professional titles. “Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities,” its policy explains. “We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know...
  • The numbers behind our life expectancy and awareness of the present moment

    01/29/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by Tefilo · 3 replies
    Vivificat: From Contemplation to Action ^ | 29 January 2015 | TDJ (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you! As I approach my half century of life I began thinking about the lifespan for an American male like me. I've begun to reflect in all seriousness about my mortality. The Bible tells us that the typical lifespan for a man is 70 years, or 80 for "those who are strong" (Psalm 90:10). Contemporary scientific estimates fall within this ballpark for those of us who live in developed societies: between 75 and 80 years old. What does that mean? 75 years are almost 27,394 days; 657,450 hours; 39,447,000 minutes; or 2,366,820,000 seconds.80 years...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUESNELLIANISM, 01-29-15

    01/29/2015 9:02:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:QUESNELLIANISMA theory of grace taught by Pasquier Quesnel z91634-1719) which popularized the views of Michael Baius (1513-1638). Among his doctrines condemned by Pope Clement XI in 1713 were the claims that no grace is given outside the Church, that grace is irresistible, that without grace human beings are incapable of any good, and that all acts of a sinner, even prayer and attendance at Mass, are sinful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Look at the Actual Mass of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

    01/29/2015 7:46:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican...
  • Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

    01/29/2015 7:26:35 AM PST · by avenir · 14 replies
    The Pangea Blog (via Patheos) ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kurt Willems
    Hell is real, in some form or another.Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earththis is real.Hell as a literal place of eternal conscious torment for those who never make a mental assent to the Four Spiritual Laws (1. God loves humans, 2. Humans are sinners, 3. Only Jesus saves sinners, 4. Accept Jesus to live eternally) is another perspective. People with this view, which...
  • If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand?

    01/29/2015 7:13:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | January 28, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    The Psalmist asked the question: If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand? This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one. The question is stated in a conditional form. It merely considers the dire consequences that follow if the Lord marks iniquity. We breathe a sigh of relief saying, Thank heavens the Lord does not mark iniquity! Such is a false hope. We have been led to believe by an endless series of lies that we have nothing to fear from Gods scorecard. We can be confident that if He is capable of...
  • US to Enlist Pope Francis' Help on Climate Change

    01/29/2015 5:30:23 AM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    VOA ^ | January 28, 2015
    WASHINGTON In a bid to bolster the Obama administration's "moral" case for combating climate change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency will meet senior Vatican officials Friday to enlist papal support for its policies. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Pope Francis, who has become a vocal climate advocate since his 2013 election, can be an ally for President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan. "As one of the world's most respected and influential leaders, Pope Francis, and those who advise him, will play a crucial part in advancing climate change [action] domestically and overseas,'' McCarthy, a Roman Catholic, said in...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/29/15)[Prayer]

    01/29/2015 5:25:48 AM PST · by left that other site · 6 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/29/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Moses New International Version (NIV) 4Moses answered, What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, The Lord did not appear to you? 2Then the Lord said to him, What is that in your hand? A staff, he replied. 3The Lord said, Throw it on the ground. Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4Then the Lord said to him, Reach out your hand and take it by the tail. So Moses reached out and...
  • Archbishops Will No Longer Receive The Pallium in Rome

    01/29/2015 5:16:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Metropolitan archbishops will no longer receive the pallium at a formal ceremony in Rome following a decision by Pope Francis. The Pope has decided that each newly-appointed metropolitan archbishops should be formally vested at a cermony held in their own archdiocese, by the Apostolic Nuncio, replacing the tradition of the pontiff presenting the pallium on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul in Rome. Mgr Guido Marini, the master of liturgical cermonies, wrote in a letter to new archbishops that Pope Francis thought this new initiative would greatly favour the participation of the local Church.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(1/29/15)[Prayer]

    01/29/2015 5:12:04 AM PST · by left that other site · 10 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/29/15 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm New International Version (NIV) Psalms 18:31-36 For who is God, but the LORD?And who is a rock, except our God?the God who equipped me with strengthand made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deerand set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war,so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation,and your right hand supported me,and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under...
  • CITY OF GOD BY VENERABLE MARY AGREDA - POPULAR ABRIDGEMENT A REVIEW

    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, This is an excellent Catholic Classic in more ways than one. This is a Popular Abridgement of 4 Volumes which exists. There are several books written on "Our Blessed Mother" - based on Scripture, Her Apparitions, Private Revelations by the Fathers of the Church, the Saints etc but none has been beautifully revealed as that by the Venerable Mary of Agreda titled : "CITY OF GOD". Few have heard about her and still fewer know about this book :"CITY OF GOD". The Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother of God. It is...
  • Amazon Books: Classic Catholic Converts Paperback February 28, 2001

    01/28/2015 9:15:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Amazon ^ | February 28, 2001 | Charles Connor
    Classic Catholic Converts Paperback by Charles Connor Classic Catholic Converts presents the compelling stories of over 25 well-known converts to Catholicism from the 19th and 20th centuries. It tells of powerful testimonials to God's grace, men and women from all walks of life in Europe and America whose search for the fullness of truth led them to the Catholic Church. It is the witness of brilliant intellectuals, social workers, scientists, authors, film producers, clergy, businessmen, artists and others who, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, studied and prayed their way into the Church. Fr. Charles Connor writes insightful and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-29-15

    01/28/2015 8:36:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 29, 2015Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 10:19-25 Brothers and sisters: Since through the Blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he...
  • No grand bargain with the sexual revolutionaries [Biblical Studies Prof: LDS culturally naive]

    01/28/2015 8:34:23 PM PST · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    DennyBurk.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Denny Burk
    Yesterday, Mormon leaders announced a kind of via media on gay rights. In a public statement, leaders agreed to support legislation where it is being sought to provide protections in housing, employment and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections, while ensuring that religious freedom is not compromised.In other words, the church proposes to give a little in order to get a little. If I understand their statement of principles correctly, they are now willing to acknowledge sexual orientation as a protected class along with religion, race, and sex. They are willing to do this in certain...
  • What's behind "The Foundation for a Better Life"?

    01/28/2015 7:08:41 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 44 replies
    1/28/15 | Self
    Just lately I've noticed a lot of commercials promoting virtues like kindness, patience, generosity, etc. They are produced by something called "The Foundation for a Better Life," web site "values.com." Their message seems so secular humanist, since there's no mention of Jesus (and that's further confirmed in that their site even says that they believe people to be "basically good,") that I thought to look them up, and finally remembered to today. I discovered that Philip Anschutz, the founder, is actually said to be a very wealthy, "conservative Presbyterian," and liberal Media Matters says he has supported groups who have...
  • Cause of St Thrse of Lisieuxs Sister is Opened

    01/28/2015 6:54:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Lonie Martin had a troubled childhood and was almost forgotten after her deathA French bishop has officially opened the beatification Cause of Lonie Martin, the sister of St Thrse of Lisieux. Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux opened the diocesan stage of the Cause on Saturday at a Mass at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, north-west France, where Lonie lived from 1899 until her death in 1941, aged 78. Lonie, who took the name Sister Franoise-Thrse when she entered religious life, now has the title Servant of God. Lonie, the third of the five surviving children of the Martin...
  • A Tale of Two Cakes: Colorado's Far-Reaching Religious Freedom Fight

    01/28/2015 6:37:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/28/15 | Mary Rezac
    Denver, Colo., Jan 28, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado. Jack Phillips, owner of the Lakewood, Colo., Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued in July 2012 for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake on the grounds that it violated his Christian beliefs. He and his staff were ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to undergo anti-discrimination training and to submit quarterly reports on changing company policies. In July 2014, the commission rejected Phillips request to temporarily suspend the orders against him while his case proceeds...
  • Top Official of Synod on the Family Counters Conservatives' Arguments

    01/28/2015 6:32:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 1/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    Cardinal Baldisseri joins the debateROME: Last week, the debate about next Octobers Synod on the Family came into view once again as the Secretary General of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, opened a three-day (January 22 -25) international conference of lay and family movements in Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri called the 300 conference participants, representing 80 different organizations, to enter into the synod process by reflecting on the preparatory document, called the Lineamenta. The document contains the final report from last Octobers preparatory assembly (the Extraordinary Synod of 2014), together with 46 questions intended to facilitate its reception and examine the...
  • The sex cult inside a convent: Book review

    01/28/2015 6:18:28 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Macleans.ca ^ | 1/12/15 | Brian Bethune
    Perhaps because the author is a sober-minded professor of ecclesiastical history at Germany’s University of Münster, his subtitle is considerably less lurid than it could have been. The scandals at a convent scarcely a kilometre from Pope Pius IX’s palace in Rome included heresy, lashings of sex (gay, straight and all-around religio-erotic kinky), and attempted murder... ...The book turns on the blue-blooded connections of its whistleblower, the 41-year-old wealthy, devout, twice-widowed, passionately romantic (with a capital “R”) Princess Katharina von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. She was first cousin both to the Protestant king of Prussia and to Catholic archbishop Gustav Adolf zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst,...
  • Blase Cupich Poster Priest of Newchurch

    01/28/2015 5:24:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | January 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    In his recent interview Commonweal Magazine, Archbishop Blase Cupich provides an interesting glimpse into the activities of the Extraordinary Synod. When confronted with the idea that the medias coverage of the event may have contributed to a certain confusion among some of the bishops, Cupich answered rather candidly: >>The media is not to blame at all. I think the media reported what actually took place. What really took place at the synod was that a majority of the bishops voted for all the proposals that were there in the final summary document ...<< >>Its true that three of the paragraphs...
  • Mormons on LGBT rights called naive, unhelpful

    01/28/2015 2:48:24 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 57 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Tuesday (Jan. 27). Southern Baptist leaders, however, said the Mormons' approach to the conflict between sexual rights and religious liberty is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights. In a Salt Lake City news conference, Mormon leaders described their stance as "fairness for all" -- or a "balanced approach between religious and gay rights" that endorses protections in housing, employment and public transportation...
  • Voices, Lightnngs, Thunderings,and an Earthquake...Revelation 8 pt 2

    And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angels hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. (Revelation 8:4-7)The cumulative prayers of all of the Saints for all time, have been gathered into a censor, by the Angelic ministers at the heavenly Altar of Incense. Every heartfelt cry for deliverance,...
  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 1:23:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 204 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Masters Seminary
    Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchs celebration of the Lords Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of these inquiries have come from Roman Catholics, each of whom has suggested that the Roman Catholic practice of transubstantiation best represents the way the Lords Table was observed in the first few centuries of church history. Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchs celebration of the Lords Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of...
  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel

    01/28/2015 1:13:20 PM PST · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    desiringGod ^ | June 14, 1998 | John Piper
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Today we will take the "gospel of God" and our praises of God and go to the streets. We will walk and sing and pray and shout our faith and our love to all who will listen. Which will raise for many the question: Am I ashamed to do this? So the Lord seems to have ordered the timing of our series of messages in Romans so that today's text...
  • QUIZ: Contemporary Worship Song or Love Song?

    01/28/2015 12:05:06 PM PST · by millegan · 65 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | January 27, 2015 | ChurchPOP Editor
    Yes, yes, the Bible describes the relationship between Christ and the Church as a bridegroom and bride, and the Song of Songs is pretty explicit (and is traditionally interpreted as being about the relationship between Christ and the Church), but still anyone else feel a bit awkward by this phenomenon?
  • Pope Francis News 2015: Vatican Makes Balloons New Symbol of Peace After Last Year's Dove Attack

    01/28/2015 11:21:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 25/01/2015 | Roberto Ontiveros
    On Sunday in St. Peter's Square, balloons were released as a gesture of peace instead of the traditional symbol of flying doves. This comes one year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds ignited protests by animal protection groups. Ever since Pope John Paul II started the tradition of releasing doves on the last Sunday of January every year, children have been at a window of the papal studio overlooking the square with the pope, setting free a pair of doves for world peace, according to the Associated Press. In 2014, the act of...
  • How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists [Calvinist Caucus]

    01/28/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 109 replies
    Challies.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Do you want to know how to make a Calvinist angry? Do you want to know how to offend a whole room full of them? Just bring up the old line about Reformed theology being incompatible with evangelism. We have all heard it, we have all read it, we have all rejected it. Its the word on the street, though, that Calvinists make poor evangelists. Many people are firmly convinced that there is a deep-rooted flaw embedded within Reformed theology that undermines evangelistic fervor. Most blame it on predestination. After all, if God has already chosen who will be saved,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/28/2015 8:21:55 AM PST · by Hiskid · 10 replies
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  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When Im 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • Yearning for God

    01/28/2015 7:18:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    In a sense we are fortunate that we cannot see God. If for one second the veil were removed and we caught a brief glimpse of the face of God, we would perish instantly. His effulgence is so brilliant, His glory so dazzling, that in our present corrupted state we could not bear the sight of Him. He remains invisible both as a curse and as an act of protecting grace. As long as we remain infected by sin we are doomed to wander in His world sightless with respect to Him. We may be comforted by His Word and...
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    01/28/2015 7:00:21 AM PST · by Stingray · 78 replies
    Self ^ | 1-28-15 | Stingray
    The identity of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse has mystified and intrigued people for centuries. Each symbolizes something, but what do they symbolize? When you see the connection between Revelation, the gospels, and historical facts, then you, too, will begin to understand John's incredibly powerful letter. Let's begin. I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, Come! I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/28/15)[Prayer]

    01/28/2015 4:55:08 AM PST · by left that other site · 104 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/28/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Moses New International Version (NIV) 3Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sightwhy the bush does not burn up....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-15, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2015 9:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
     January 28, 2015Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the...
  • Silence In Heaven...Revelation 8 pt 1

    And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.(Revelation 8 :1-3)The flow of the Revelation given to John goes as follows; Chap 1 Write the things you have seen- This...
  • No Compromise' Catholics, Evangelicals Unite on Marriage

    01/27/2015 7:43:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith. (W)e affirm strongly and without qualification, following the clear testimony of Holy Scripture, that marriage is a unique and privileged sign of the union of Christ with his people and of God with his Creation and it can only serve as that sign when a man and a woman are solemnly joined together in a permanent union, reads a joint...
  • Barna Group Surveys and Statistics Challenged

    01/27/2015 7:37:19 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | January 11, 2015 | Jim C. Pakala
    Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocritesand Other Lies Youve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media, by Bradley R.E. Wright (Bethany House, 2010). In 2002, the Barna Group conducted a survey of 270 non-Christians. They asked these non-Christians their impressions of actors, lawyers, and nine other different groups in society, including ministers, Evangelicals, and born-again Christians as three of the eleven groups. The Barna Group found that born-again Christians and ministers scored high in respect, but Evangelicals scored rather low. Based on these data, the Barna Group concluded that non-Christians are dismissive of Evangelicals. According to the...
  • Marquette and Laffaire McAdams

    01/27/2015 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/27/15 | Howard Kainz
    With the ongoing advocacy of gay marriage and mandatory attendance at sensitivity classes, pressures on faculty at universities to avoid doing or saying anything politically incorrect have significantly increased. A recent example, which has entered into national headlines, arose when a graduate student in philosophy, Cheryl Abbate, teaching a course on ethics at Marquette University, was discussing John Rawls Equal Liberty principle, which affirms individual freedom unless the rights of others are impugned. When Abbate asked in class for examples where this principle might be employed, one student offered the example of bans on same-sex marriage as flouting the principle....
  • 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers

    01/27/2015 7:20:38 PM PST · by millegan · 110 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | January 27, 2015
    God acts in mysterious ways. That truth is made particularly evident in the types of things he does with those who are especially close to him. Here are a few saints who totally had superpowers:
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe | Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Court Unanimously Bans Judges from Working with Boy Scouts Over Stance on Homosexuality

    01/27/2015 5:58:06 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 47 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 1/25/15 | Heather Clark
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. The Supreme Court of California has unanimously voted to ban judges in the state from working with groups such as the Boy Scouts of America due to their stance on homosexual behavior. The court voted on the matter on Friday, taking up a recommendation from the courts Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.
  • (Liberal) scholar Marcus Borg dies at 72

    01/27/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 19 replies
    Full title: Scholar Marcus Borg Who Claimed Jesus Never Said Many of the Things Found in the Bible Dies at 72 Marcus Borg, a scholar popular for participating in the Jesus Seminar, died at the age of 72 last Wednesday. His publisher HarperOne said the cause of death was related to his long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon. Borg was known for being a pioneer in what is labeled by some as progressive Christianity, and he participated in the Jesus Seminar around 30 years ago where a group of scholars gathered...
  • Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties

    01/27/2015 4:50:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 27 January 2015 | Associated Press
    Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a 'balanced approach' in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. It's not clear how much common ground the Mormons will find with this new campaign. The church insists it is making no changes in doctrine, and still believes it's against the law of God to have sex outside marriage between a man and a woman. Scroll down for video
  • Is evangelism going out of style?

    Gospel tracts, sidewalk evangelism, street preachers with bullhornsall of these things seem like evangelistic efforts of yesteryear. But if this seems true, where does that leave the state of evangelism today? Is faith-sharing a fading practice, or does it simply look different today? In all their innovative efforts to engage culture, have Christians left this ancient practice so integral to their faith behind? Barna Group has charted evangelistic practices and attitudes for more than two decades, and the latest study sheds light on the gaps between evangelism in theory and practice, the social groups who are sharing their faith the...
  • Traditionalist Anglican Priest Interrupts Ordination of First Woman Bishop

    01/27/2015 4:08:23 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Rev. Libby Lane In a way, it was sort of like when the cleric officiating at a wedding asks, If any of you has reasons why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace. Usually, no one objects, except in movies. The ceremony that took place in Englands Yorkminster Monday will be memorable for the historic nature of it, to be sure, but also because one man did not hold his peace. The Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, gave the congregation one last chance to sign off on the consecration ofRev. Libby...
  • Christian Nurse Suspended for Praying for Sick Muslim Co-worker in UK

    01/27/2015 4:05:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/19/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    A Christian nurse says the U.K.'s National Health Service suspended her for "harassment and bullying" because she prayed a short prayer for her Muslim colleague who was going through heath and personal problems. The nurse is filing a legal challenge against the NHS. "God, I trust You will bring peace and You will bring healing," Victoria Wasteney, a 37-year-old senior occupational health therapist at the John Howard Centre, a secure mental hospital in east London, prayed for her Muslim colleague, Enya Nawaz, 25, according to The Telegraph. East London NHS Foundation Trust suspended her for nine months, but on full...
  • Jury Awards $150K to Evangelical Christian Fired for Refusing 'Mark of the Beast'

    01/27/2015 3:58:58 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 73 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/23/15 | Leonardo Blair
    An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury. Senior Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. is also expected to determine other compensation owed to the ex-employee, Beverly R. Butcher, at a later hearing, according to a report in The Exponent Telegram. The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of Butcher against Consol Energy in September 2013 after the company refused...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Franciss 2015 Lenten message. Entitled Make Your Hearts Firm-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront the globalization of indifference. Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians, the Pope wrote. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • Whats Going on at the USCCB? More trouble at CCHD and CRS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2015 2:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | January 27, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    As a publisher of a Catholic website, I receive lots of information that may be of interest to readers. Lately, that has included press releases about the activities of USCCB-related organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The CCHD has been under scrutiny by pro-life Catholics for about as long as I can remember. The reason? For appropriating funds to groups with records incompatible with the Church’s pro-life teachings. In 2011, 1P5 contributor Pat Archbold revealed that CCHD head Ralph McCloud had, during his first year working for the US bishops, simultaneously served as Treasurer for the campaign of Wendy Davis...