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  • Czech, Slovak Prelates Cite Dangers of Immigration Surge

    02/22/2017 6:24:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A flood of immigrants can pose dangers to society, and a surge in Islamic immigration raises special concerns, two prelates from Slovakia and the Czech Republic said at a conference on religion and migration. “If there is migration that is unprepared and without any prospects, the whole society may disintegrate,” said Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague. He said that immigration must be subject to reasonable controls, which would “take into account not only the well-being of the afflicted, but we also necessarily protect the population of the host countries.” Archbishop Stanislaw Zvolensky of Bratislava added a special concern about the...
  • ‘Demonic activity was palpable’ at Trump’s rally, pastor says [Barf Alert]

    02/22/2017 6:11:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 2/22/17 | Lindsey Bever
    A Florida pastor who took his 11-year-old daughter to a campaign-style rally for President Trump said he hoped the event would serve as a civics lesson — but that it turned instead into a spectacle where “demonic activity was palpable.” Joel Tooley, lead pastor at Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene in eastern Florida, said that when he heard that the president and first lady would be passing through town, he decided to go see them in person. “I am enough of a sentimentalist that when I found out THEEEE President was coming to town, I got online quickly and...
  • A Pastor’s Encounter with the ‘Demonic’ at Trump’s Florida Rally

    02/22/2017 6:05:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 2/22/17 | Lauren Markoe
    RNS) The vitriol of the president’s supporters at a Trump rally has moved a Florida pastor to write a much-shared Facebook post about the mockery of religion he believed he witnessed. “I have been in places and experiences before where demonic activity was palpable,” wrote the Rev. Joel Tooley, lead pastor of Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene. The pastor said he felt the “power of the Holy Spirit of God” protecting him and his daughter as he sought to shield protesters from angry Trump fans. Tooley had brought his 11-year-old to the rally Saturday (Feb. 18) in Melbourne, he...
  • The Difference between True Revival and False Fire

    02/22/2017 5:55:09 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Shane Idleman
    As believers, we are to discern truth from err, light from darkness, and right from wrong…but how? Jeremiah 23:17 offers one answer, “They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, You shall have peace;’ And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” False teachers often don’t warn, confront, or convict. They offer comfortable messages and a false sense of peace, or they encourage very odd behavior. Many mislead with rules and regulations as found in 1 Timothy 4:2-3—“speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their...
  • Another Spanish Bishop Accused of Hate Speech Over Gender Ideology

    02/22/2017 5:54:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    GRANADA, Spain ( - LGBT activists are filing a complaint against the bishop of Granada, accusing him of delivering a "homily of hate." The Spanish Observatory Against LGBTfobia (the Observatory) is accusing Abp. Francisco Javier Martínez of hate speech according to the 2014 Cifuentes Act, also called the "Law to Eradicate Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia." In a homily delivered at Mass on February 14, the archbishop noted, "I think right now about all the implications of gender ideology, which moreover tries to impose itself as a law in the education of children." He asserted, "There is a pathology behind it....
  • The Prince of Persia

    02/22/2017 4:50:42 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr · 1 replies
    02/22/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    The Prince of Persia apocalyptic Syllabification: a·poc·a·lyp·tic Pronunciation: əˌpäkəˈliptik Definition of apocalyptic in English: ADJECTIVE 1 Describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world: the apocalyptic visions of ecologists 1.1 Resembling the end of the world; momentous or catastrophic: the struggle between the two countries is assuming apocalyptic proportions 1.2 Of or resembling the biblical Apocalypse: apocalyptic imagery The books of Daniel and Yohannan's Revelation are called 'Apocalyptic' books for good reason. Together they total 34 chapters so get busy, read them through three or four (40-50) times and you'll notice the patterns. For example, the beast that rises...
  • Let’s Start Calling Progressive Catholics What They Really are: ‘Mainline’

    02/22/2017 4:31:01 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 19 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 22, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Last week I noted how many prominent Catholic institutions and leaders are starting to morph into liberal “Mainline” Protestantism. Look at the moral message and public witness broadcast by fashionable Jesuits, secularized Catholic universities, and bishops obsessed with “social justice” issues — like San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, who is joining the anti-Trump “disruption” campaign.Can you really tell these Catholic groups and people apart from their functional equivalents at the Episcopal Church or Presbyterian Church, USA? Would a child growing up in the parish which Tim Kaine attends get a much different understanding of Jesus than if he grew...
  • De Mattei: When Public Correction of a Pope Is Urgent and Necessary

    02/22/2017 4:27:05 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 22, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    May a Pope be publicly corrected for his reprehensible behaviour? Or should the attitude of the faithful be that of unconditional obedience, until the point of justifying anything the Pope’s says and does, even if  openly scandalous? According to some, like the Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli, it is possible to express “tète a tète” one’s dissent to the Pope, without, however, manifesting it publicly. This thesis nonetheless, contains an important admission. The Pope is not infallible, unless he speaks ex cathedra. Otherwise it would not be licit to dissent even privately and the path to follow would only be that...
  • Vatican to Use ‘Systematic Surveillance’ to Protect Papal Images from Illegal Use [NOT Satire!]

    02/22/2017 4:22:06 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 22, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican announced today it would be using “systematic surveillance activities” to protect images of Pope Francis and the Holy See in order to prevent them being illegally used. In a statement issued Feb. 22, the Vatican said in order to make “its protective action more effective”, the Secretariat of State “will effect systematic surveillance activities apt to monitor the ways in which the image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See are used, [and] if necessary intervene with appropriate action...”The move follows hundreds of fly posters put up across Rome earlier this month...
  • Gentile Powers Will Be Overthrown...Zechariah pt 12

    02/22/2017 4:12:56 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    02-18-17 | Bill Randles
    The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord. And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise. And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire. Ashkelon shall...

    02/22/2017 3:37:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    The Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) has long been suspected of being involved in the distribution and promotion of condoms. In this comprehensive report, the Lepanto Institute confirms these suspicions by reviewing the philosophy of its leadership, its own documents, and government reports. What is clear is that CMMB is not only philosophically in favor of the promotion of condoms, but is actively involved in the distribution of them as well. The Leadership The former president of the Catholic Medical Mission Board is John Galbraith. Galbraith became the president and CEO of CMMB in the year 2000, and served in...
  • URGENT: John Vennari Needs Prayers

    02/22/2017 2:49:35 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 2/22/17 | Michael Matt
    A few moments ago I spoke via telephone with a Catholic gentleman, a beloved husband, a father and dear friend. His name is John Vennari, and he was told earlier today by his doctors that he is now in the “active stages of dying.” John asked me to do him a favor and help him notify his many, many friends all around the world that he may not live to see his birthday on Friday. He wishes everyone to know that he’s not in pain. He wishes us all to know that, as he put it, “either we believe in...
  • A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience

    02/22/2017 2:48:13 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    In 1930, the Anglican Communion abandoned the universal Christian moral teaching of two millennia, which condemned artificial birth control as a grave moral evil, contra naturam, and destructive of marriage. It did so by allowing the individual subjective conscience to overrule the absolute moral norm that such actions are intrinsically evil and thus allow no exceptions.This was a death knell for Anglicanism as a moral authority. The result has been not only the total independence of Anglicans from their traditional moral teaching but the collapse of religious practice among the laity (except for the African branches of this once vibrant...
  • Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”—neither should you

    02/22/2017 2:16:40 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
    What’s the second most misunderstood passage of Scripture? (The first: “Judge not, lest ye be judged” in Matthew 7:1, quoted by the otherwise biblically illiterate or indifferent, as a kind of pseudo-benediction on moral relativism.) I’d say second place goes to Matthew 5:39, “…if a man strike you on the right cheek, turn to him the other as well.”Misunderstanding this passage has led to public prayers for “our so-called ‘enemies’”—as if Christ and his Church don’t have enemies both human and spiritual. Misunderstanding this passage has led to exhortations to a literally helpless pacifism—which would have puzzled Pope Pius...
  • Pope’s support of UN’s 2030 Agenda a major threat to children’s lives: new analysis

    02/22/2017 10:27:47 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Voice of the Family via LifeSite News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Voice of the Family
    Voice of the Family is today publishing an in-depth analysis of the United Nations’ Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) and their potential impact on the lives and well-being of children and the wider family. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that nations states have committed themselves to achieve by 2030. The analysis also examines the support offered to the UN agenda by Pope Francis and other representatives of the Holy See. The briefing explores: *The goals and targets of the UN SDGs that pose a threat to lives and wellbeing of children, born and unborn; *The real meaning...
  • Proverbs to Ponder

    02/22/2017 9:57:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-17 | Thomas Moses
    Proverbs to Ponder Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2017 • In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition.Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the word fool (as contrasted with wise one) in the Wisdom Tradition. Without a richer understanding of the term fool, it is possible to interpret its use as a mere ad hominem attack.To the modern...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/22/17)[Prayer]

    02/22/2017 7:39:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 22 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/22/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 118 1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” 5When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. 6The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on...
  • Cultivating the Fruit of Righteousness

    02/22/2017 7:16:53 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:11). Bearing spiritual fruit is the acid test of a true believer. After facing life-threatening situations, people often say, "I saw my entire life flash before my eyes." That's the picture we get in Philippians 1:11. "The fruit of righteousness" refers to what is produced in you as you operate in love, pursue excellence, and maintain your integrity. It includes every attitude and action consistent with God's standard of what is right. "Having been filled" speaks of something that happened in the past with continuing results....
  • Being Merciful

    02/22/2017 7:16:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36). Since we have received mercy from God, we are obligated to show mercy to those with physical or spiritual needs. Jesus demonstrated His mercy many times as He went about healing people and casting out demons. Two blind men cried out, “‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ . . . And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight, and followed Him” (Matt. 20:30, 34). He was also deeply moved in spirit and wept when He saw the sorrow that Lazarus’s death caused...
  • Why Papa of The Shack Is not Aslan of Narnia

    02/22/2017 7:00:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies ^ | February 22, 2017 | Tim Challis
    It’s hardly theological novelty or historical oddity to suggest we should be wary of presenting the immaterial God in physical form. This was the point of my recent article on The Shack movie in which I expressed my concern that its portrayal of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is a violation of the second commandment. I was surprised by the scope and tone of the response. Yet amid many retorts and accusations, I received one thoughtful question from at least a hundred people: What about Narnia? If it is wrong to portray God the Father as the...
  • Personification, Hyperbole, and Metaphor (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/22/2017 5:14:44 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The State ^ | 2/22/2017
    “You shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” - Isaiah 55:12 Second Timothy 2:15 exhorts us to make sure that we are “rightly handling the word of truth,” so it is vital that we understand the sound principles of biblical interpretation. The most basic of these is that we read the Bible literally, paying attention to its basic literary forms and genres so that we will not miss what the text conveys. Three...
  • Knights of Malta Coup Turns Sights on Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 4:00:55 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 21, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    Last month, we recounted the long and sordid story of the toppling of the Knights of Malta. Three particularly troubling events stood out at the conclusion of that story:First, the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Order, forced by Pope Francis with an alleged demand that he state for the record that Cardinal Raymond Burke was responsible for what had transpired. Also, the subsequent nullification of his previous acts and decrees to such an extent that a number of important pieces of historical information on the Order’s website were erased.Second, the Vatican-ordered reinstatement of Abrecht von Boeselager as Grand Chancellor,...
  • Coccopalmerio Says There’s No Doctrinal Confusion Over ‘Amoris’[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 3:43:03 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 21, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he's concerned, there's no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis's document 'Amoris Laetitia' and its implications for access to Communion. ROME— Since the release of Amoris Laetitia, bishops and cardinals around the world have offered their own guidelines and interpretations of Chapter Eight, which deals with what the Catholic Church calls “irregular” situations, particularly divorced and civilly remarried believers who want to access the sacraments of Confession and Communion.One of the latest voices to join the ongoing debate is Italian...
  • How Christian Are the Trumps?

    02/22/2017 2:10:13 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 82 replies
    Cathoic Herald ^ | January 21, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Donald and Melania Trump are Christians who seem to occupy a grey area between churches. At Donald Trump’s recent rally in Florida, Mrs Trump was at his side and at one point led the audience in the recitation of the Our Father. This strikes me as unusual, given the American obsession with the so called separation between Church and State. I am guessing that most people at the rally, including the Donald, were delighted, and most of anti-Trump America would have had their prejudices confirmed. Prayer has long been a bone of contention in America. Prayers are banned in American...
  • Be Ashamed When Tempted to Use Church for Power Struggles, Says Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 2:05:14 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 22, 2017 | Carol Glatz
    Francis made the comments in a morning homily at his Vatican residence Whenever one is tempted to use the Church for pursuing personal ambitions or to be arrogant, pray to feel ashamed, Pope Francis said. When the competitive bug strikes, reflect whether one can “see my Lord on the cross” and still be capable of wanting “to use the Lord for moving up” the ladder of success, he said on February 21 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “May the Lord give us the grace of shame, that holy embarrassment — when we...
  • Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: "Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted"[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 1:56:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Incredible but true. In the eighth chapter of "Amoris Laetitia,” the most heated and controversial, the one in which Pope Francis seems to “open up” to remarriage while the previous spouse is still alive, there is no citation at all of the words of Jesus on marriage and divorce, presented primarily in chapter 19 of the Gospel according to Matthew: «Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 02/22/2017 [Prayer]

    02/22/2017 1:18:51 AM PST · by weston · 48 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 02/22/2017 | Weston
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the 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 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-17, FEAST, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

    02/21/2017 9:47:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies ^ | 02-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • US Bishop [McElroy] Abandons Party Political Neutrality to Urge Opposition Against President Trump

    02/21/2017 7:00:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | 1/21/17 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Rt Rev Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, appears to have abandoned party political neutrality to urge a general attitude of opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump at a conference of political activists. In his address to the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements Bishop Robert McElroy said: “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter. Well, now we must all become disrupters. We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those...
  • Cardinal Zen Says ‘Naďve’ Pope and Bad Advisors are Betraying Underground Church in China

    02/21/2017 6:50:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/21/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican is betraying Catholics living their faith out clandestinely in China. In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, he says he has been urged to speak out by Catholics who lack the freedom to speak for themselves. Priests and bishops in the underground church have faced imprisonment for adhering to the Holy See, rather than submitting to the patriotic church approved by the Communist government. Cardinal Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong and China's highest-ranking prelate, is pleading with the Vatican not to "sell out" China's Catholics by striking a...
  • Populism is Fuelling Rejection of Migrants, Says Pope

    02/21/2017 6:44:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/21/17 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    The Pope has criticised 'populist demagoguery' and urged people to 'welcome those who knock at our doors'Indifference, fuelled by populist rhetoric in today’s world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said. Refugees escaping persecution, violence and poverty are often shunned and deemed as “unworthy of our attention, a rival or someone to be bent to our will,” the Pope told participants of the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace. “Faced with this kind of rejection, rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist demagoguery, what is needed is a change...
  • House Hearing on Religious Liberty in US

    02/21/2017 6:39:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on the state of religious liberty in America. Four people offered testimony at the February 16 hearing: * Kimberlee Colby, director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom * Hannah Smith, senior counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty * Rabbi David Saperstein, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom * Casey Mattox, senior counsel, Alliance Defending FreedomColby, Smith, and Mattox expressed concern at developments that have taken place in recent years, while Saperstein (an Obama administration appointee) worried that religious liberty may be used to excuse...
  • California Bishop Praises President Trump’s Travel Ban

    02/21/2017 6:34:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Stating that “I am not against refugees, since I was one myself,” a Chaldean Catholic bishop who ministers in California defended President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Bishop Bawai Soro, who came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq in 1973, wrote in a San Diego newspaper column that “the events of Sept. 11, 2001, illustrated how radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America.” “Mr. Trump has no one to apologize to for his immigration doctrine for the simple reason that coming to America is not a right...

    02/21/2017 2:06:18 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Spiritual Direction ^ | February 21, 2017 | VICKI BURBACH
    Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is look at the totalitarianisms of the last century, governments that were grounded in the explicit denial of God. The negation of equality and the suppression of fundamental human rights in Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and Castro’s Cuba followed directly from the systematic denial of...
  • Burke Suspended 'de facto' as Knights Patron, Grand Chancellor Says [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:37:17 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 21, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Accusations of pope violating Order's sovereignty unfounded, says von Beoselager Cardinal Raymond Burke has now “de facto” been suspended as Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta, according to Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager.In a long interview for the Cologne archdiocese’s website on 19 February, von Boeselager explained that Archbishop Angelo Becciu, “who has the full confidence of the Pope and is his spokesman”, was now responsible. “That means that Cardinal Burke as Cardinal Patron of the Order is now de facto suspended.” The chief thing now was to restore peace in the Order so that it could concentrate on its real task, namely to...
  • Vandals target Charlotte church that welcomes LGBTQ community

    02/21/2017 10:58:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    wsoctv ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | DaShawn Brown
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thieves broke into Caldwell Presbyterian Church on East Fifth Street in Charlotte late Wednesday and vandalized a painting with Scripture that targets homosexuality. Church members called it a personal attack on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The church embraces its call to be a diverse, progressive and mission-oriented congregation centered on justice and advocacy, according to its website.
  • Local Jesus statue decapitated twice in two weeks

    02/21/2017 10:44:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    fox59 ^ | Feb. 21, 2017 | Zach Myers
    NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- For the second time in two weeks, members of a church on the south side of Indianapolis have found their Jesus statue vandalized, giving it the appearance of being beheaded. “It makes me sad that somebody would do something like that,” said Pastor Brad Flaskamp. “I was hoping it was just a random act to destroy it in the first place.”
  • Trump to issue Magna Carta of religious liberty

    02/21/2017 9:56:07 AM PST · by V K Lee · 31 replies ^ | 2/3/17 | Bryan Fischer
    According to a left-wing website, The Nation, the president is circulating a draft of an executive order on religious liberty that will bring civil rights protections for Christians into the 21st century. Its stated purpose is "to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious freedom of persons and organizations in America." Christian organizations include even "closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious." It is a perfectly appropriate executive order because it is a directive from the head of the executive branch, the president,...
  • Gloria.TV News for the 21st of February

    02/21/2017 8:53:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria.TV ^ | February 21, | Gloria TV
    Secrecy: Referring to its source in Santa Marta, the blog Anonimi della Croce reports of secret meetings of Pope Francis with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and other Anglican and Lutheran dignitaries. Protestant representatives participate also in the secret group that works on changing the New Rite into a new ritual that can be used by Catholics and Protestants alike.
  • Conference on the Canonical Problem of the Deposition of Popes to be Held [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2017 | Sacredos Romanus
    For some reason, a certain provision of Gratian’s Decretals, an early collection of canon law, has been the subject of renewed interest in recent times. The relevant text runs: “No mortal shall presume to rebuke [the pope’s] faults, for he who is to judge all is to be judged by no one, unless he is found straying from the faith” (Dist. 40 c.6). The last condition “unless he is found straying from the faith” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that a pope who strayed into heresy could be deposed. At the end of March a scholarly conference on the...
  • Two Presidents at Prayer

    02/21/2017 7:05:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Presidents at Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2017 • We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even appear in the Constitution.Free Exercise clause – It is true that the First Amendment decrees that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, but it also specifies that it...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/21/17)[Prayer]

    02/21/2017 7:04:56 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/21/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms Psalm 117 Psalm 117 1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;     extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us,     and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.[a] Footnotes: 1. Psalm 117:2 Hebrew Hallelu Yah New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International VersionŽ, NIVŽ Copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.Ž Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
  • I Will Purpose To Do Good Unto Jerusalem...Zechariah pt 12

    But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/21/17 [Prayer]

    02/21/2017 6:18:50 AM PST · by 4Godsoloved..Hegave · 38 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 2/21/17 | self
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and our nation to return to serve the Lord: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the 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 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • The Language of Scripture (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    02/21/2017 5:02:41 AM PST · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 2/21/2017
    “The sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies” (v. 13a). - Joshua 10:1–15 Literal interpretation of the Bible doesn’t mean that we read the Scriptures in a wooden way. For example, we should read poetry as non-literal symbolic language. Instead, the purpose of literal interpretation is simply to read Scripture with an eye for understanding it according to its various literary forms and genres. As in other works of literature, a noun in the Bible is a noun, an adjective is an adjective, and so forth. God has revealed His Word in...
  • Maintaining Spiritual Integrity

    02/21/2017 4:53:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10). Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and...
  • God's Great Mercy

    02/21/2017 4:53:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • The Arab ("Palestinian") Israeli conflict is ALL about Arab Islamic racism, bigotry

    02/21/2017 4:16:29 AM PST · by FreedomUS · 4 replies
    Here is an example. El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over-100-kg judo contest in Rio. Mark Schreiber, AP What the Olympics Say About Arab Racism Refusing to shake Or Sasson's hand was a manifestation of anti-Israel racism in the Arab world, with big implications for our place in the Middle East. David Rosenberg 16.08.2016 | 21:14  Israel can take some consolation from the official tut-tuts that followedEgyptian judoka Islam el-Shehaby It's not about "settlements" Mr Obama!
  • Cardinal Müller: Remaining Loyal to Christ – Lest We Become Culpable in the Loss of Souls

    02/21/2017 2:22:43 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Der Papst – Sendung und Auftrag (The Pope – Mission and Mandate) Cardinal Gerhard Müller Publisher Herder 608 pages € 29.99Today, 20 February, the German publishing house, Herder Verlag (Freiburg), has released a new book written by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (Ignatius Press is already preparing an English translation of the book, as I was told.) The book is entitled The Pope – Mission and Mandate, and it proposes to be a thorough academic description of the papacy from its inception. Over more than 600 pages, Cardinal Müller presents a detailed discussion of the...
  • Archbishop of Malta Claims Fidelity to Pope on Exhortation Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 2:15:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    The focus is back on the Maltese bishops this week after it was revealed that in a meeting with the priests of his archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had said that he had no choice in issuing the deeply controversial Maltese bishops guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, because in his conscience he could not oppose the wishes of Pope Francis.The National Catholic Register‘s Rome Correspondent, Edward Pentin, reports: At a meeting with Malta’s priests on Feb. 14, Archbishop Scicluna appealed for understanding, saying he had no choice in co-signing the guidelines. According to sources present, he said in conscience he could not...