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  • Richard Dawkins: "Theistic evolutionists are deluded"

    09/30/2014 8:37:44 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Posted 9-30-14, excerpted earlier. | CMI staff running Dawkins video clip
    "Many people think that theistic evolution blends faith with scientific credibility, but these comments from Dawkins show that this compromise is even more ridiculed than biblical creationism, which is at least consistent. A powerful argument from a hostile witness."
  • Referees flag Chiefs safety Abdullah for celebration penalty after slide and prayer in endzone

    09/30/2014 5:33:48 AM PDT · by chajin · 32 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tod Palmer
    Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and he made a promise to himself if he ever did find himself in the end zone. “If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone,” Abdullah said. Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah dropped deep in a zone coverage, read Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s eyes and broke hard, intercepting his pass...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/30/14)[Prayer]

    09/30/2014 5:00:39 AM PDT · by left that other site · 8 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/30/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Embroiderer (New International Version (NIV) 30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son...
  • [Catholic and Protestant] Conservatives to Synod: Don’t Go Soft on Marriage

    09/30/2014 4:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/29/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    One sign that a summit is viewed as crucial is when a tug-of-war breaks out to shape its agenda and outcome. By that standard, the looming Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family appears a very big deal indeed. In the run-up to the synod, we’ve already seen cardinals publicly jousting over the contentious issue of whether the Church ought to relax its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Activists and rank-and-file believers alike have entered the fray on all manner of issues related to the family, with the latest to-do involving a cross-section of 48 mostly...
  • Vatican Diary / Behind the scenes of the Chicago appointment

    09/30/2014 3:17:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 9/30/2014 | Sandro Magister
    While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States - and historically the more “papist” - has been dealt another blow with the appointment of the new archbishop of Chicago. Francis’ selection of Blase J. Cupich ( in the photo) as the new pastor of the third-ranking diocese in the U.S. has plunged this particularly dynamic component of American Catholicism into a profound depression, almost to the edge of a nervous breakdown. It is enough to scan the reactions of the websites and bloggers...
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/30/2014 2:17:49 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 8 replies
    September 30, 2014 | Jeanbl
    For we know the one who said, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay.’ -- It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30-31
  • The Magnificent Mystery of Art and the Glory of the Human Soul

    09/30/2014 1:31:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more common modern themes is that the human person is really nothing more than a smart ape or an above-average animal. To this I must reply, “Nonsense!”It is true that we have many similarities to primates and, really, to all mammals. But the similarities stop there.At the level of the soul the differences could not be greater! Animals do not compose symphonies; they do not write great works of literature or create magnificent art. They do not build cities or form bicameral legislatures. They do not pass laws or even ponder right and wrong. They do not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-14, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2014 9:08:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2014Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church  Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had...
  • The Mighty Archangels

    09/29/2014 8:55:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 09914 | Kathleen Beckman
    The Mighty Archangels Kathleen Beckman The Office of Readings for the feast of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, offers a reflection by Saint Gregory, pope, “
Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. Personal names are assigned to some to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means, “Who is like God?”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”We are beloved of God, and He provides us with angelic companions and protectors as the Catechism states, “The...
  • The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN

    09/29/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    http://christendomblog.blogspot.co.uk ^ | September 25, 2014 | EWTN
    Let the truth be victorious The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN Episode one of the new EWTN mini-series, The Crusades will be broadcast on 8th October in the USA at 10pm and 9th October at 9.30pm in the UK, the following 3 episodes will be shown on consecutive days at the same time slot. There will also be a continuous showing of all 4 episodes on Saturday 11th starting at 7pm in the Britain and Ireland. The series is a co-production between EWTN, St Clare Media Foundation of the UK, Buckfast Abbey Devon and Lux communication of Slovakia. The...
  • NO COMMUNION for first time in 2,000 years...

    09/29/2014 5:23:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/29/2014
    The ancient city of Nineveh in Iraq, one of the world's first Christian enclaves, has been emptied of its Christians. Islamic State terrorists have driven off or murdered the entire city's population of Christians. Across Iraq other Christians have fled en masse. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq told the Telegraph "Last week there was no communion in Nineveh for the first time in 2,000 years. All are closed, all their people have run away." Despite the extreme dangers, Christians are permitted to live in the Islamic State, but only if they pay a punishing tax. All...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 29, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/29/2014 5:01:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 9/29/14 | Joel Osteen
    Faith of a Child Today's Scripture “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Think about the faith of a child. They believe whatever they are told. They have a constant expectancy in their hearts. They keep on asking for what they desire and believe they will receive it! Scripture says that we must become like little children in our faith. What does that mean? That means we need to have complete reliance on God. We need to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 29, 2014]

    09/29/2014 4:59:44 PM PDT · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Awareness of the Call " . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16 " We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you received the call of God and can explain all about it, I question whether you have truly been called. The call of God does not come like that; it is much more supernatural. The realization of the call in a person’s life may come...
  • Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn Under Vatican Investigation

    09/29/2014 4:39:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/29/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern diocese for several days last week, interviewing more than a dozen people about Finn's leadership, several of those interviewed told NCR. According to those who spoke with Prendergast, the main question he asked was: "Do you think [Finn] is fit to be a leader?" The communications officer...
  • Family Feud Arises Over Late Chuck Smith’s Megachurch

    09/29/2014 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/29/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    When Pastor Chuck Smith passed away last year, few expected a family feud. But that appears to be what's going down in Orange County, California. ABC7.com is reporting a family fight over control of the megachurch that has morphed into an all-out legal battle. Smith's daughter has filed suit alleging elder abuse and neglect in connection with the pioneering pastor's last days. Smith went on to glory after a hard-fought cancer battle in October 2013. "It's still a shock. It's almost a year later and still I can't really process it. Why didn't they help my dad?" Janette Manderson, Smith's...
  • Catholic Music Director Will Not Sue Nienstedt

    09/29/2014 3:22:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | 9/29/14 | Karen Zamora
    The forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court. Jamie Moore, who was music director at St. Victoria Parish Catholic Church for more than 17 years before he quit at the request of church leaders, decided Friday not to pursue legal action against Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to his former lawyer. “I think he was in a very good position to challenge the termination because of the reason that was given, and that was marital status,” Clayton Halunen said Sunday, explaining that Minnesota churches are allowed to discriminate...
  • Bishop Conry Absolves Himself

    09/29/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | September 29,2014 | Mundabor
    Bishop Conry Absolves Himself Bishop Conry has given an interview to a semi-porn rag for gossiping housewives called “Daily Mail”. Visit the site at your peril. The interview allows us to give a long, hard look at your typical “spirit of V II” priest. Caution: strong smell of brimstone. First, the photo; reproduced above, and obviously published with his and his mistress consent, or acceptance: a priest and his mistress walk about. He is in plain clothes, though he is obviously still a priest; she wears a cross and what the wife of an Anglican bishop would consider a not...
  • SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN

    09/29/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 29, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/29/2014 11:19:34 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    9-29-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 30:18 The Lord is Faithful to His Promises. Blessed are All those who Wait for Him to Help them.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY, 09-29-14

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY  The freedom from suffering experienced by Adam and Eve before the Fall. This gift may be defined as the possibility of remaining free from suffering. It was associated with bodily immortality. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Prayers by Jean Chauvin

    09/29/2014 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Monergism ^ | Jean Chauvin
    Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast once adopted us, and continues to confirm this thy favour by calling us unceasingly to thyself, and dost not only severely chastise us, but also gently and paternally invite us to thyself, and exhort us at the same time to repentance, - 0 grant that we may not be so hardened as to resist thy goodness, nor abuse this thine incredible forbearance, but submit ourselves in obedience to thee; that whenever thou mayest severely chastise us, we may bear thy corrections with genuine submission of faith, and not continue untameable and obstinate to...
  • Refreshing: Consider Reviving the Traditional Use of the Word "Shame"

    09/29/2014 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 2 replies
    Ann Barnhardt's Blog ^ | 9/27/2014 anno Domini | Ann Barnhardt
    More Notes on Shame: John the Baptist, Salome and Mrs. Beryl Muspratt - snip - 2. There are a few more points on the subject of shame that I would like to expand upon. The first comes from the novel “Brideshead Revisited”, which demonstrates, completely contrary to the Modernist, post-Christian, “church of Nice” heresy, how shame is a medicinal mercy. If we can self-generate shame without having to have it applied from the exterior, then so much the better. But for many people, the shaming must be generated, at least initially, externally. This is a function of charity – true...
  • A Different Kind of 'Coming Out'

    09/29/2014 9:00:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/28/2014 | Matt Moore
    I came busting out of the closet in 2009 in a desperate attempt to finally find some peace in my life. Some happiness. Some joy. Some freedom. But as most of you already know, the "freedom" that my coming out and adopting a gay identity bought me was a freedom that only brought me into more bondage. But, even so, I would do it all over again. Coming out, that is. I really do believe that finally letting the people around me glimpse into the secret parts of my life was a necessary step in my God-led journey toward the...
  • Meriam Ibrahim Encourages Naghmeh Abedini to Stay Strong for Her Children

    09/29/2014 8:57:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Christian Post ^ | 09/29/2014 | BY STEPHANIE SAMUEL
    Taking the stage at the Values Voter Summit Gala with her husband, Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim encouraged Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini, with stories about caring for her children Martin and Maya. With the help of an interpreter, Ibrahim called Naghmeh Abdini "her sister" and told her "Do not fear; be strong. Take care of your kids and the Lord will be with you." Naghmeh Abedini shared a video during the gala from her children. In the video, 6-year-old Jacob said his heart is "crying" because he "misses Daddy a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, lot,...
  • U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution

    09/29/2014 8:31:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution By Julio Severo The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday adopted a resolution, by a 25-14, against anti-LGBT “violence” and “discrimination” that was pushed forward by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia — nations mostly Catholic, but relentlessly affected by Liberation Theology and other forms of socialism. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world. “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human...
  • Autism and the Church

    09/29/2014 6:55:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Inclusive Church ^ | April 2, 2014 | Amy Fenton Lee
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/29/14)[Prayer]

    09/29/2014 5:40:36 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/29/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Doorkeeper (New International Version (NIV) 3 In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord. He said: 4 “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him get ready the money that has been brought into the temple of the Lord, which the doorkeepers have collected from the people. 5 Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair...
  • Do Not be Deceived! A Meditation on a Constant Theme of Scripture

    09/29/2014 1:24:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/28/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A very common word in the New Testament is “deceived.” In English we tend to think of this word as referring to someone who has been tricked or fooled. And thus the emphasis is on intellectual terms. The Greek and Latin roots, however, have an almost physical dimension to them.The Latin roots for “deceived” or “deception” are de- (from) + capere (to take or carry away). The Greek word in the New Testament that is translated as “deceived” is Ï€Î»Î±ÎœÎŹÎżÎŒÎ±Îč (planaomai) and means more literally “to be carried off” or “to be led astray.”Thus, those who are deceived are those...
  • Jihad, Heresy, and Authority in Islam

    09/28/2014 11:15:03 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 47 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 29 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have established that Islam has never been peaceful. But, when confronted by Muslim heretics, Protestants, especially, have an innate tendency to cower over this. Just like Protestants, these Muslims protest against their tradition, with heresies of Qur'an-alone, "tolerance", and so on. Just as Protestants attempt to discard the tradition of the Church, "the pillar and support of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), so some Muslims attempt to discard their tradition. These Muslims rely on faulty translations and interpretations of Qur'an 17:46 and others, taken out of context. As in Christianity, their central text does not exist in a vacuum...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-14, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2014Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels    Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • First Genetically Modified Children Graduate from High School

    09/28/2014 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 38 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 9/28/2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic material for this purpose was published in a U.S. medical journal in 1997 and then later cited in a Human Reproduction publication in 2001. Scientists injected 30 embryos in all with a third person’s genetic material....
  • Defending the Faith: Thinking clearly about archaeology and the Book of Mormon

    09/28/2014 3:51:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 09/28/2014 | By Daniel Peterson
    In student papers, year after year, I’ve seen the same mechanical errors repeated and, year after year, I’ve felt compelled to correct them and to explain why they’re wrong. I’ve devoted entire class periods to subject-verb agreement, the use of apostrophes, consistency in verb tenses and lists, and fundamental logical fallacies. Unfortunately, having to address such simple but important mistakes steals valuable time from the actual topics of my classes on Islam and the Middle East. So I was delighted, several years ago, to reread William Strunk and E.B. White’s little classic, “The Elements of Style,” and to realize that...
  • The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

    09/28/2014 2:49:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    SpiritualDirection ^ | September 22, 2014 | FR. BARTUNEK
    THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists. Jesus talked about him a lot. The Catechism emphasizes the reality of this fallen angel, who is interested in interfering with the adventure of love we are called to live: Evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil is the one who ‘throws himself across’ God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ. (CCC, 2851) And the devil knows the truth
that God is faithful, that divine grace will never fail us. The devil knows that he cannot obstruct...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 28, 2014]

    09/28/2014 1:55:06 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The “Go” of Unconditional Identification " Jesus . . . said to him, ’One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor . . . and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’ —Mark 10:21 " The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which...
  • Millennial Series: Part 15: The Abrahamic Covenant and Premillennialism

    09/28/2014 1:02:43 PM PDT · by wmfights · 10 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1952 | John F. Walvoord
    Will Israel Possess the Promised Land?One of the important provisions of the Abrahamic Covenant is the promise of possession of the land. From Abraham’s point of view, this was undoubtedly one of its main features. In the original promise, he was told, “Get thee out…unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen 12:1). This anticipation of possessing the land is given more content in Genesis 13:15, where Abraham is promised, “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” This promise of the land is subsequently enlarged and given...
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    09/28/2014 12:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 27, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.
  • Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores

    09/28/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    rorate Caeli ^ | 9/27/2014 | New Catholic
    Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores Good for the bishop and for the Church: In the same week of the arrest of former Archbishop Wesolowski for his abusive acts as nuncio in the Dominican Republic, as the Pope's own living quarters and bank are still under the control of a monsignor formerly in the service of Vatican diplomacy whose most famous event during his entire life was being caught stuck in an elevator with his male paramour when in Uruguay a few years ago, another bishop resigns for moral reasons -...
  • Religious conservatives opposed to Hillary Clinton

    09/28/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that's divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues. The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit this weekend where hundreds of conservative activists debated the GOP's future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom....
  • Immodest Dressing Could Lead to Killing (Unborn Babies)

    09/28/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 49 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 9-28-14 | Fr. Carota
    In this blog I want to show that sexually provocative clothing can lead to sexual activity. The lust that provocative clothing causes, is for sex, for pleasure outside of marriage, and not to bring a child into the world. The type of sex that this could provoke, based on lust, could lead to an un-wanted pregnancy. And this pregnancy could end with the unborn baby being murdered at an abortion mill.As many of you know, the 40 Days For Life has begun again. I went to pray the Holy Rosary where they kill unborn babies this morning after Latin Mass....
  • Got a Screaming Kid at Church? 6 Encouraging Things to Remember

    09/28/2014 9:57:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Pop ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Bowsk, Flickr / Ben Francis, Flickr / ChurchPOP With three young boys, Mass can be the scariest part of my whole week. I wonder: will the baby scream right in the middle of the Consecration? Will I end up chasing the toddler down the center aisle? Grim possibilities flit through my mind as I dress the boys for church.But God loves children, and even harrowing churchgoing memories will probably seem precious a decade or two hence.Here then are some thoughts to help you keep perspective if you have this problem as well.1) God notices your kids’ efforts… and yours. This...
  • Spiritual Triage: Help Wounded, Drop Theoretical Baggage, Pope Says

    09/28/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/26/14 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. "We have to go out! So that -- I've said this before -- the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause. The pope met at the Vatican with 500 people from 136 countries; they were attending...
  • One in 10 Church of England Bishops 'Could be Secretly Gay' – Says Bishop

    09/28/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/28/14 | John Bingham
    Bishop of Buckingham claims as many as a dozen of his colleagues could be trapped in the “episcopal closet” because of power wielded by tiny “reactionary clique” in Church of England A serving bishop has issued a stinging public denunciation of “duplicity and hypocrisy” in the Church of England over homosexuality – claiming that around as many as one in 10 of his fellow bishops could be secretly gay but unwilling to speak publicly. The Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, accused the current episcopate of preaching a 1950s “Janet and John” image of human relationships while...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/28/14)[Prayer]

    09/28/2014 5:39:07 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/28/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Diviner (New International Version (NIV) 3When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, 2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.” 3 They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will...
  • Pitfalls of the Pious – A Sermon for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/28/2014 2:30:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/27/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In understanding this Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people. In effect, Jesus was addressing the religious leaders and the religiously observant of His day. He calls to their attention at least three things, three common sins or pitfalls of the pious, if you will: lost connections, leaping to conclusions, and lip service.Let’s look at each of these in turn, remembering that though they are not exclusive to the religiously observant, they are considered in that context. Let’s also learn how they are particularly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-28-14, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/27/2014 9:11:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2014Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 Ez 18:25-28 Thus says the LORD:You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"Hear now, house of Israel:Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,he does what is right and just,he shall preserve his life;since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,he shall surely live, he shall not die....
  • Real Men Love Their Wives as Christ Loves His Church

    09/27/2014 6:12:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    CHASTITY.COM ^ | Leon J. Suprenant
    "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church" (Eph. 5:25). The problem is most of us can’t just flip a switch and love our wives "as Christ loved the Church," even if—especially if—we understand the true meaning and depth of Paul’s words. Nonetheless, we realize that the apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give us a blueprint for success as husbands and fathers. The key for us as Christian men is to realize that implementing Paul’s instruction requires training and hard work. We need to build virtues, which not only are godly habits, but spiritual muscles that...
  • Washington Post: Introspection time for evangelicals

    09/27/2014 4:33:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/27/2014 | Michael Gerson
    Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress. It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise. This is perhaps the natural...
  • Bishop Livieres: "Pope Francis Will Have to Answer Before God For The Dismissal"

    09/27/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Asuncion / Rome) Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, dismissed yesterday from his office by Pope Francis, sees himself as a victim of an intrigue, which he describes as "ideological persecution." In an open letter to the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the bishop wrote that Pope Francis will have to answer for his decision before God. At the same time Bishop Livieres announced that he has as yet no knowledge of the contents of the investigation report of the Papal Visitor, Cardinal Santos Abril. As a "son of the Church,"...
  • Paraguayan Bishop Obedient, but Has Grievance Over Removal

    09/27/2014 3:08:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop Livieres said in a Sept. 25 letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “Despite so much discourse about dialogue, mercy, openness, decentralization, and respect for local Churches, I haven’t...
  • Elderly husband and wife plan first “couple” euthanasia, despite not being terminally ill

    09/27/2014 1:46:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 96 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | September 27, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >Details: An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first ‘couple’ euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill.Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed.The children have even gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted...