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  • The Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day is up for Sainthood? Excuse me?

    10/22/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 6 replies
    The Catholic American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2011 | Vic Biorseth
    The mental image of a thoroughly Communist Dorothy Day, who remained committed to Marxist notions of the overthrow of government, might be shocking.... [Yet] she maintained her Communist and anarchist views, promoted them, and brought them into the Church Christ founded.... Her goal... was to contribute to the eventual overthrow of the American government, and ... of the Catholic Church hierarchy..... I still remember trying to understand how [Day’s periodical, "The Catholic Worker"] could be both Communist and Catholic.... by the 1970s the FBI dossier on the Catholic Worker Movement was some 581 pages long. The list of Communist revolutionaries,...
  • Swiss Guard’s Vatican cookbook promises feast fit for a pope

    10/22/2014 2:35:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 October 2014 | Lizzy Davies
    Pope Francis is known to enjoy a spot of cooking and used to make a mean paella when archbishop of Buenos Aires. Now some culinary inspiration has come from within the Vatican and, should the pontiff ever find himself yearning for a new dish, he could do worse than have a word with one of his Swiss Guards. “It is known that Cardinal Bergoglio liked cooking himself. Hopefully he would like our suggestions,” writes Geisser in Buon Appetito, which is currently only available in German. “A soldier can only fight and wage war when he has eaten well, and enough,”...
  • Cardinal Dolan Says Pope Francis 'Reminds Me of Jesus' in Synod Speech on Homosexuality

    10/22/2014 2:30:04 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | October 22, 2014 | Vincent Funaro
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently addressed the new document approved by the Vatican regarding the church's relation to Catholic divorcees, gays and married gays, and expressed his admiration for Pope Francis during the segment. In an interview with ABC News George Stephanopoulos Dolan concurred that the Pope's recent statements on homosexuality at this month's Synod represent an 'evolution,' not a 'revolution' within the Catholic Church. "Pope Francis never ceases to surprise us," said Dolan to ABC News. "Just when you think you might have him figured out, he offers another fresh innovative way of looking, that talk to which you just...
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate On Family, Says ‘Confusion Is Of The Devil’

    10/22/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 21, 2014
    Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate On Family, Says ‘Confusion Is Of The Devil’ David Gibson | October 21, 2014 NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic...
  • RI Bishop: Synod Process is 'Rather Protestant'

    10/22/2014 9:35:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island has called on Catholics to “relax” following the tumultuous synod on the family, but nonetheless expressed concern over how bishops, cardinals, and even the pope conducted themselves earlier this month. “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas?” Tobin wrote on the Diocese of Providence website. In a piece entitled “Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family,” Tobin said that “it’s an enormous...
  • When Catholics Are Less Catholic Than Non-Catholics

    10/22/2014 9:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/22/14 | Phil Lawler
    A new poll shows the Catholic "faithful" are far from itThe Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we don’t have many reliable indications of what faithful, practicing Catholics think, anyway. Nevertheless, sometimes a poll provides results that are interesting in themselves, even if they don’t offer an accurate measure of authentic Catholic opinion. This survey from the Saint Leo College Polling Institute is one example. According to the Saint Leo poll, Catholic Americans believe, by a whopping 68-18%...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORTIFICATION, 10-22-14

    10/22/2014 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MORTIFICATION The practice of Christian asceticism in order to overcome sin and master one's sinful tendencies, and through penance and austerity to strengthen the will in the practice of virtue and grow in the likeness of Christ. Natural mortification is a normal part of self-discipline; supernatural mortification, based on faith, seeks to grow in holiness through merit gained by cooperating with the grace of God. (Etym. Latin mortificatio, a killing, a putting to death.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • More Revelations asbout the Germans and Kasper's elevation

    10/22/2014 9:12:31 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/22/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    Apparently Cdl Bertone the former Secretary of State is feeling a little hurt, his predecessor Cdl Sodano was invited to the Synod but he wasn't. Anyhow his auto-biography is soon to hit the bookshops, and for those of you shocked by the horse trading and manipulation that was brought to the fore at the Synod be prepared for more! And just in case you don't read comments on this blog have a look at this exchange from the post about Cardinal Kasper Deacon Augustine said... "Kasper makes more threats." True to form then because that is how he was appointed...
  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/22/2014 9:11:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 30 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Marko sends in this FiveThirtyEight analysis showing that on social issues, especially homosexuality, Catholics are far more likely to be liberal than other Christians, and even Americans in general Excerpts: In the U.S, the General Social Survey, which is conducted by the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been asking about divorce and gay rights since the early 1970s, and about cohabitation since 1994 (typically at least every two years). At my request, GSS director Tom W. Smith sent data, broken down by religion, for half a dozen questions. In their answers, American Catholics consistently have shown themselves...
  • There's a Real Sword in the Stone, & It Belonged to the RCC’s First Official Saint

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by millegan · 17 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate on Family, Says ‘Confusion is of the Devil’

    10/22/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10.21.14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as a sign of “principled resistance.” Chaput is expected to...
  • From Shinto to Christian Pastor

    10/22/2014 8:13:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 2014 | John D. Morris
    From Shinto to Christian Pastor by John D. Morris, Ph.D. * The Institute for Creation Research recently hosted a delightful guest: Pastor Nobuji Horikoshi. (He tells people to remember his last name by noting it sounds somewhat like “Holy Ghost”.) He pastors one of the largest churches in Japan, the growing Souai Church in Mie Prefecture in south-central Japan and heads up an effective “creation voice” in Japan. He even installed an extensive creation museum on the church grounds. Recently, he visited ICR with his lovely wife of many years and his youth pastor, Satoshi Miyazaki.
  • Justin Bieber Posts Bathtub Selfie, Reportedly Gets in Trouble at Vatican

    10/22/2014 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    PopCrush ^ | October 22, 2014 | Michelle McGahan
    [SNIP] ...he reportedly got in trouble while visiting the Vatican earlier this month, CTV reports. While on a private after-hours tour, the Biebs allegedly kicked a soccer ball around the halls and was promptly yelled at by the staff. While the Vatican reportedly will not comment on the incident — and Bieber hasn’t mentioned it either — he did Instagram a picture of himself holding a soccer ball outside of the historic site. Yikes. Beliebers, what do you think of Justin Bieber’s ... reported Vatican mishap?
  • Muslim Columnist Warns Dog Petting Provokes Muslims

    10/22/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Really? Is there anything that doesn’t provoke Muslims?Dogophobia hits moderate Muslim Malaysia as a dog petting event stirs up controversy. Why? Because Mohammed hated dogs and ordered them to be killed.Also Muslims consider dogs and women to be unclean. And it’s hard to get a dog to wear a Burqa. It’s another episode in the long-running Islam Show where everyone is crazy. (The Religion of Peace) The “I Want To Touch A Dog” event should not have been held in Muslim-majority Malaysia as viral images of Muslims petting dogs have caused great uneasiness and public discomfort, an Utusan columnist claimed...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    10/22/2014 7:07:09 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 5 replies
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  • Catholics, Protestants Honor Paisley in Belfast

    10/22/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Ian Paisley often divided Northern Ireland in life. But a memorial to the Protestant evangelist who struck a twilight peace with Catholics united the British territory's fractious leaders in hymns and prayers Sunday. More than 800 dignitaries from across Britain and Ireland, among them former prime ministers and paramilitary enemies, packed the Ulster Hall in Belfast to eulogize Paisley, who died last month at age 88. Paisley's widow and two sons led the service. [SNIP] The service featured a massive oil portrait of Paisley on stage and, at the end, a recording of him reading a passage from "Amazing Grace."...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/22/14)[Prayer]

    10/22/2014 5:34:53 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/22/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible King (New International Version (NIV) 14 At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar,[a] Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goyim, 2 these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Dead Sea Valley). 4 For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-14, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2014 9:57:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-22-14 | Revised New American Bibl
    October 22, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God’s gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus...
  • Kasper Makes More Threats

    10/21/2014 7:48:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/21/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    There are wicked journalists who for a few pence will lie their heads off and distort the truth, who like the unscrupulous Bill Gardner, who after his time in Brighton got a job working for the Daily Telegraph - though I did hear he might be sacked. Fortunately there are also brave courageous journalists like Edward Pentin who hearing a Cardinal make statements which are horrendous publishes them. If journalism is not to be left to the plain wicked, journalists, like theologians and bishops and priests, have to be on the side of truth. Sometimes reporting the truth they have...
  • The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naďveté or Shrewd Calculation?

    10/21/2014 7:31:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/20/14 | Russell Shaw
    The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naďve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate the process to get the story told as they wished. They were wrong of course, and eventually they learned that. But in the interim their attempts at manipulation were a continuing source of...
  • Pope Francis, Barack Obama & The Rise of the Beta Male

    10/21/2014 6:55:08 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 9 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 10/21/2014 | David L. Gray
    After Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which, in part, attempted to highlight the concern that the rich should have for the poor and the marginalized, he became known in conservative circles as the Pope of the Redistribution of Wealth; to which, liberals would have preferred a more fun title – Pope of Economic Justice. Nevertheless, due to the Pope’s interest in governments and corporations sharing their booty he was compared to President Barack Obama. Perhaps, to a very limited degree, Pope Francis and Barack Obama do have a common interest in economic justice, but what everyone has...
  • A rabbi, an imam and pastor will conduct Sunday service at Coral Gables church

    10/21/2014 5:04:37 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/21/2014 | PARADISE AFSHAR
    Rabbi Mark Kula and Imam Khalid Salahuddin are looking forward to attending church Sunday. Yes, church. The pair are two of several religious leaders who will take part in an interfaith service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, across from the Biltmore Hotel, at 3010 De Soto Blvd. The fourth annual service, organized by MCCJ, formerly known as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, is themed, “Pursuing Peace: A Common Path.” “What we see, what we believe, affects the way we interact with people,” said Kula, of Bet Shira Congregation, a Conservative congregation in Pinecrest....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/21/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 10/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sharpen Your Skills Today's Scripture "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…" (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when we stop learning, we stop growing. When we stop growing, we stop living. What are you doing to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2014]

    10/21/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? " But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . . —Jude 20 " There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a...
  • Summary of how conservative Catholics made sure the leftists were stopped

    10/21/2014 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    This is a nice summary of how conservative Catholics made sure that the leftists were stopped dead in their tracks in the past synod. http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/index.php?ssnID=305&vidID=vort-2014-10-21
  • What Jesus Really Thinks About Dying With Dignity (Huffington Post)

    10/21/2014 3:53:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10/17/14 | Cindy Brandt
    Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old newlywed with a diagnosed terminal illness is choosing to end her life in a dignified manner. Since then, there have been an overwhelming response from my fellow Christians decrying this decision, an Open Letter from Kara Tippetts hosted by wildly popular author Ann Voskamp, as well a letter from renowned evangelical influencer, Joni Eareckson Tada. I don't face a terminal illness diagnosis, but I am drawn to this conversation because I believe the brutality of such an impossible decision owns potential for profound beauty. To consider how to die is a tandem reflection on...
  • Pat Buchanan: The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/21/2014 3:03:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley's boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park. But, on Oct. 13, there emanated from the Synod on the Family in Rome a 12-page report from a committee picked by Pope Francis himself -- and the secondary explosions have not ceased. The report recognized the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation" and said "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community." As for Catholics who divorce and remarry without...
  • Abortion Is Great (Slate)

    10/21/2014 2:22:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | 10-13-14 | Hanna Rosin
    - "Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter. I had an abortion. I was not in a libertine college-girl phase, although frankly it’s none of your business. I was already a mother of two, which puts me in the majority of American women who have abortions. Six out of 10 are mothers, which makes sense, because a mother could not fool herself into believing that having another baby was no big deal. I start the story this way because Katha...
  • GOD TV founder left wife 'for Austrian woman'

    10/21/2014 10:25:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Oct 2014 | 10 Oct 2014
    Wendy Alec, the co-founder of the international television network GOD TV, has revealed that her husband and ministry partner of over 20 years has left her for a divorced singer in Austria. Her comments came after the TV channel confirmed last week that Rory Alec would be stepping aside as chairman and chief executive with immediate effect following an undisclosed "moral failure". In a lengthy statement broadcast live on GOD TV, Wendy said Rory had been having an affair and that he is currently staying on the farm belonging to the woman's father in South Africa. She also stated that...
  • The Liberal Environmentalist Nobody Knew Was Catholic

    10/21/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Joseph Pearce
    Few realized when Small is Beautiful was published that E.F. Schumacher’s economic theories were underpinned by solid religious and philosophical foundations, the fruits of a lifetime of searching. In 1971, two years before the book’s publication, Schumacher had become a Roman Catholic, the final destination of his philosophical journey.
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (All Saints Day Caucus)

    10/21/2014 9:21:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Hymnsite ^ | 1873 | William Irons
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory Lyrics: William Irons Music: Ludwig von Beethoven; arr. by Edward Hodges Tune: HYMN TO JOY, Meter: 87.87 D 1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God's likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace. 2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on...
  • For I am the Blessed Karl & the End of Christendom (Ecumenical)

    10/21/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 10/21/2014 | Stephen Masty
    Today, 21st October, is the Feast Day of the Blessed Charles (or Karl) of Austria, beatified in 2004 by the pope Saint John Paul the Great....While devout to be sure, the young Archduke Karl von Habsburg (1887-1922) was also endearingly earnest as he studied his every sequentially-bestowed dynastic honour as though he was a medieval knight-errant preparing to seek the Sacred Grail....Over fewer than two years in power, he outlawed brutal army punishments and stopped submarines from attacking civilian shipping. Inspired by Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, he established sweeping domestic reforms including the world’s first governmental department of...
  • Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs...declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage

    10/21/2014 8:59:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Full Title: Hillsong Church, Relevance & Pariahs. Hillsong's pastor, stressing the church's need to stay relevant, declined to give the church's position on same-sex marriage There’s a good piece by Andrew Walker in First Things on a popular international church network called Hillsong’s apparent equivocation on marriage. At a recent New York press conference, the ministry’s leader, Brian Houston, declined to answer whether the ministry affirms the biblical position. Instead, he stresses the church’s need to stay “relevant.” Earlier this year the pastor of Hillsong’s New York’s congregation, the ultra hip Carl Lentz, shared similar views with CNN. His wifeadded:...
  • What makes Ratzinger uneasy about going to church

    10/21/2014 8:29:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.thesacredpage.com ^ | 1987 | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    "Today, many Christians, myself included, experience a quiet uneasiness about attending divine services in a strange church; they are appalled at the thought of the half-understood theories, the amazing and tasteless personal opinions of this or that priest that they will have to endure during the homily--to say nothing of the personal liturgical inventions to which they will be subjected. No one goes to church to hear someone else's personal opinions. I am simply not interested in what fantasies this or that individual priest may have spun for himself regarding questions of Christian faith. They may be appropriate for an...
  • Catholic Word of the Day:HERODIANS, 10-21-14

    10/21/2014 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HERODIANS A group of Jews who supported the dynasty of Herod and shared its loyalty to Rome. They took part in the attempt to trap Jesus over possible disloyalty to Caesar (Matthew 22:16-22). Mark accuses them of even plotting with the Pharisees to destroy him (Mark 3:6). They were a political rather than a religious group. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Religious Liberty Threats: 2 Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern/Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

    10/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky By: Msgr. Charles PopeTwo stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous.The...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/21/14)[Prayer]

    10/21/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/21/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Judge (New International Version (NIV) 13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is...
  • SATIRE: Bouncers Hardest Hit

    10/21/2014 5:46:55 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Language from the Relatio rejected by the Synod. Over at the blog That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, that is a mouthful, brings news of this latest development: London’s Catholic Churches are already undergoing a...
  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon” Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign

    10/21/2014 4:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Roger Landry
    COMMENTARY: Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ Own Evangelical PrinciplesOn the middle Sunday of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, every Catholic parish in the world providentially focused on Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus compared his kingdom to a banquet, for which he sent his servants to invite everyone, the good and the bad. But then the king entered the banquet hall, found someone not dressed in a wedding garment and had him bound and cast into the darkness outside (Matthew 22:1-14). The parable summarizes the...
  • You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

    10/21/2014 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming.
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Nation

    10/21/2014 1:35:48 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 10 replies
    October 21, 2014 | Jeanbl
    Psalm 27:14 Hope on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: trust in the Lord. . . know that I am the LORD; and those who wait for me shall not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Church’s new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synod’s preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes “recognizing positive elements” in “imperfect”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-14

    10/20/2014 9:11:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 2:12-22 Brothers and sisters:You were at that time without Christ,alienated from the community of Israeland strangers to the covenants of promise,without hope and without God in the world.But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far offhave become near by the Blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he made both oneand broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his Flesh,abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,thus...
  • Hell's Best Kept Secret

    10/20/2014 8:40:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Living Waters ^ | 1982 | Ray Comfort
    "No zeal for the lost, no hunger for the Word, no burden to pray...strangers to holiness." This describes a large number of the people who sit in our church pews today. This is the result of our man-centered gospel which is being served up in our pulpits. We have multitudes of lukewarm Christians with a false sense of security regarding their salvation. This man-centered gospel also has a massive casualty rate. It's producing 90 backsliders per 100 decisions. These people are not really backsliders. I would like to suggest they have never slidden forward. These people have not been warned...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/20/2014 8:07:48 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-20-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord (Ps.33:12)
  • Gog's Destruction at The Hands of Almighty God's Two Witnesses!

    10/20/2014 7:37:34 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 72 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/20/2014
    Is it not sobering and very curious that Israel, even when they are totally out of the will of Almighty God are still the scourge of the nations (Deut. 28-32, Lev. 26)? This in its self is a testament to the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord and Bible prophecy and a sign to all nations and to the Jews that Israel is Almighty God's people. It will be after the destruction of Gog's confederacy that Almighty God will reveal this very point (Ezek.39, 7, 21-26). The nation of Israel at present - though back in the land -...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • Pres of Polish Episc. Conf: Let's End This Delusion That 'Mercy' Began Only Now, After 2,000 Years!

    10/20/2014 6:39:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/20/14 | Marek Lehnert
    Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, archbishop of Poznan, Poland, and president of his nation's episcopate, is glad with himself and with the others who thought as he did for the determined criticism of the relatio post disceptationem of the Synod on the Family. The Polish prelate denounced a clear separation with the teaching of John Paul II on the issue, as well as the unclear vision about the purpose of the Synod itself. Speaking yesterday to Polish radio, Gądecki reiterated that many of the Synod Fathers shared his feelings, considering that text "strongly ideologized, because it considered more the sociological than the...
  • Was That Why He Was Elected?

    10/20/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I must admit I still don't understand Francis. Is he the greatest thing since unsliced bread, a cunning old Jesuit, a conservative, a trad, a prophet, a fool or even the anti-Christ; a breath of fresh-air or the stench from the tomb of those rather detestable men who surrounded the Blessed Paul VI and added to his suffering? I have never done the Benedict through Francis thing at least, but neither am I convinced of the Francis against Benedict thing entirely. I am still perplexed and confused by him. Perhaps it is in Francis who rather than being an Emperor...