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  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church – Here’s Why

    09/17/2014 1:38:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/16/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian and Catholic. Hence, it is necessary once again to instruct on this matter and to reassert what Scripture plainly teaches and why the Church cannot affirm what the world demands we affirm.An essential fact is that the Scriptures are very clear in unambiguously, uncompromisingly declaring homosexual acts as a serious sin and as disordered. “Disordered” here means that they are acts that are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-14, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/16/2014 9:03:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 17, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if I have all faith so as to move mountains,but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own,and if I hand my body over so that I may...
  • The possible demotion of Card. Burke. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

    09/16/2014 7:24:30 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 15 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 09/16/14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The possible demotion of Card. Burke. Wherein Fr. Z rants. Posted on 16 September 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Now that the cat is out of the bag, I’ll post this. I do not like the fact that Sandro Magister posted in this way, however.  I’ve been biting the inside of my mouth for a while now.  The optimist in me was saying that the official announcement would not be made until after the Synod of Bishops, or at least the beginning of the Synod.  Or at all.It’s not good news.  At the time of this writing, it is still...
  • Sarah Palin Chats with Jewish Travelers: ‘USA and Israel, Together’

    09/16/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    JSpace News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Staff
    A pair of Jewish travelers stopped by Sarah Palin’s house recently, and the GOP pundit welcomed the men in for a chat. Palin was prepping for a film segment when two strangers, donning kipopt, knocked on her door and asked to come in to kibbitz. The on-hand camera people were able to video the exchange as the past Alaska governor spoke with the pair about Judaism and Israel. Palin remarked on the events in Israel over the summer, saying “it’s not right” and adding “USA and Israel, together. ” The video was uploaded to YouTube this week via the SarahPalinChannel.com...
  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/16/2014 6:34:00 PM PDT · by infool7 · 57 replies
    self | 09/16/14 | self
    Please pray for a successful outcome, My wife is having a surgery to remove two mass' that they have found on each ovary they tell us that this is quite routine and it's very likely they are not cancerous but there is a family history and we will know more after they do the biopsy.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/16/2014 6:25:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    When the Intensity Gets Turned Up Today's Scripture “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.” (1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2014]

    09/16/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Praying to God in Secret " hen you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . . —Matthew 6:6 " The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know...
  • Fishwrap: Approve of “gay” sex or risk a shrinking, irrelevant Church.

    09/16/2014 6:10:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/16/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I think we are going to see the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) lurch even farther to the left, even deeper into angry dissent now that they have to cope with and distinguish themselves with Crux.I suspect Crux will wind up doing a better job of what Fishwrap has been doing.Here is an example of angry edginess from Fishwrap. This ought bring in those readers!Brian Cahill has a peevish piece in which he makes the claim that … The Catholic church is on track to become a shrinking cult Oh no! What will save us from this dire fate? Fishwap...
  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/16/2014 5:21:54 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 77 replies
    1. Fast before Mass. It is Church law that one fasts for at least 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine can be consumed, of course. The purpose is to help us prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. 2. No Food and Drink in Church. The exceptions would be a drink for small children, water for the priest or choir (if discreet) and water for those who are ill. Bringing a snack into church is not appropriate, because we want to set the church apart as a place of prayer and reflection. 3. Men take your hats...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/16/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 23 replies
    Chiesa news ^ | 9/17/14 | Sandro Magister
    Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of “patron” of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 – The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope...
  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait… these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, there’s more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples “who are already cohabitating; who already have children…” (NOTE: These people didn’t just happen to fall into a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOGOMILES, 09-16-14

    09/16/2014 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BOGOMILES A dualist, heretical sect and branch of the Catharists. Originally they taught in Bulgaria, in the first half of the tenth century, but in time their influence spread through Asia Minor and the Balkans. Eventually they merged with Islam. They believed in a superior God, the Father, whose son Satanaël revolted and was driven from heaven. Satanaël created the world and Adam, but since the Father gave Adam his soul, man belongs to God as well as Satan. The latter seduced Eve and was punished by being deprived of creative power, yet entrusted with the...
  • Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq's ambassador to Vatican

    09/16/2014 3:12:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2014 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend. As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff's life. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the ambassador said. Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart...
  • Does Anyone From Seattle Know Anything About Mars Hill?

    Mars Hill is a mega church in Seattle that has made front page news in the Seattle Times. Seems the media wants to demonize Christian churches that have internal problems. I was wondering if anybody here has the inside scoop. Seems our church invited a new church, 'The Seattle Church' over to share our space and sermon for one Sunday. I'm wondering if this is a spin off of Mars Hill. When I do a Google Search to get information on 'The Seattle Church', it always comes up with Mars Hill. Seem the pastor of The Seattle Church was a...
  • The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern “oikonomia”

    09/16/2014 2:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER I have been posting about the soon-to-be-released book by five cardinala and four scholars called Remaining In The Truth Of Christ. This book is a defense of the Catholic doctrine marriage. It is an important book, some of it may be hard for all readers to read, but it is worth the effort.It is still available for 25% off as a pre-order. HEREThus, I was please to find an EXCELLENT comment in the other entry, so good that I reproduce it here as a separate post.I want to thank PaterAugustinus for his honest evaluation of Orthodox oikonomia....
  • Surprise! One of the (Catholic) Church's family issues is polygamy (Synod on the Family)

    09/16/2014 2:12:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Crux Now ^ | September 11, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    The Tswana people of South Africa practice polygamy. (Photo/Wikipedia) Say “family issues” to most Americans or Europeans, and they’re likely to flash on divorce, or the challenges of single-parent households, or perhaps same-sex relationships and the push for gay marriage.What probably wouldn’t come naturally to mind is polygamy. Yet in many parts of the non-Western world, polygamy is a major feature of family life, and thus a major pastoral challenge for the Catholic Church.Discussion of polygamy is likely to surface at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in the Vatican, and could be a factor in the...
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • Billy Graham's Daughter Delivers Timely Message On Site in Jerusalem

    09/16/2014 8:36:36 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 12 replies
    Anne Graham Lotz ^ | 9/15/2014 | Anne Graham Lotz
    "To know how to pray effectively, I've turned to Daniel Chapter 9. It's a prayer that the prophet Daniel prayed for this very same city [Jerusalem] and a prayer that was so effective that the answer was dramatic and actually changed history."
  • Reigning and “Emeritus.” The Enigma of the Two Popes

    09/16/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 9/15/14 | Sandro Magister
    It is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church. With many unknowns still unresolved, and with serious risks already in play. An analysis by Roberto de MatteiROME, September 15, 2014 – That the figure of “pope emeritus” is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church, “instituted” by Benedict XVI himself in his act of resignation, has been recognized by Pope Francis himself, during the press conference on the airplane that brought him back from Korea to Rome last August I8. This does not change the fact that from both the juridical and the doctrinal point of...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood’s Inter-Faith Charade

    09/16/2014 5:34:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    Dr. Mark Christian is the President and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute (GFI), a Christian organization based in Omaha, Nebraska dedicated to “the proclamation and pursuit of truth as it relates Middle Eastern history and current happenings.” Dr. Christian, an Egyptian-born Christian convert from Islam related to high-ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, is now engaged in a battle to root out the Brotherhood influence in what is called the Tri-Faith Initiative, a building project in Omaha.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/16/14)[Prayer]

    09/16/2014 5:01:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/16/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Brickmaker King James Version(KJV) 1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let...
  • Marian Ibraheen: Embassy Wouldn't Listen To Me, Thanks Lanier

    09/16/2014 5:00:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Mariam Ibraheem, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity reported that officials at the US Embassy in Sudan initially “refused to deal with” her, while thanking the current US Charge D’Affairs to Sudan, Ambassador Jerry Lanier for his work on her behalf, through a translator on Monday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Premarital Sex is a Mortal Sin – Of this we must be clear and insist on repentance as the...

    09/16/2014 2:24:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/15/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in times when many call good or “no big deal” what God calls sin. This is especially true in the area of sexuality where whole sectors of our society not only tolerate, but even celebrate sexual practices that the Scriptures call gravely sinful, and which will lead to hell if not repented of. Acts of fornication (pre-marital sex) and homosexual acts cannot be considered acceptable by any Catholic, or any person who sincerely accepts the Scripture as the Word of God. And even for those who do not share our faith, acts of fornication, and homosexual acts can...
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/16/2014 2:08:23 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 10 replies
    September 16, 2014 | Jeanbl
    . . . for I know the one in whom I believe, and I am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:12
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-14, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    09/15/2014 7:12:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2014Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Does God Exist to Make Man Happy? [Victoria Osteen Seems to Think So]

    09/15/2014 2:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dan Delzell
    God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. He always was, is and will always be. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy. Man tends to think in wrong ways about this entire arrangement. Man is prone to assume that it's all about him. How foolish of man. It's always been about God, and...
  • Vatican weddings a signal of “progressivism” at upcoming synod?

    09/15/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With the Vatican’s Synod on the Family fast approaching and Pope Francis’ call to the Catholic Church to be a “field hospital for sinners” more focused on mercy than rules, lots of people are looking for hints at what the gathering of bishops will urge at the extraordinary synod next month. A wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Square, some of whom cohabited prior to marriage, has CBS News hailing the “progressive Pope,” who’s progressively progressive. Or something: Many had been living together prior to getting married, which is forbidden in Catholicism. Some even have children.But none of...
  • What To Expect When You Are Expecting (Synodal Disaster)

    09/15/2014 2:00:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | September 15, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    We are now just weeks aways from the commencement of the Synod on the Family. Due to the words of a Cardinal Kasper earlier this year during a speech in preparation for the synod, and the praise it received from the Pope, many have begun to suspect that the Synod on the Family will introduce novelties that will contradict the Church's (and Jesus') clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Some even think that such an event could provoke a schism. I want to go on record that I do not expect that. Actually, what I expect is that the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/15/2014 1:17:59 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    9-15-14 | Kitty Mittens
    2Chronicles 7:14 If My People, which are Called by My Name, shall Humble themselves, and Pray, And Seek My Face, and Turn from their Wicked Ways; Then will I Hear from Heaven, and will Forgive their Sin, and will Heal their Land.
  • Those zany Satanists!

    09/15/2014 12:19:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/15/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In case you were wondering, the satanic event scheduled to be held in an Oklahoma City civic center (thus, state operated), is still on and has sold out. HEREBut, hey! Don’t worry. These are just benign people doing their thing. Right? No consecrated Host, no harm, no foul, right?In other news, we read at The Mail: Terrified five-year-old boy has his eyes gouged out with spoon by his mother and five relatives in satanic ritualA Mexican family has been jailed for gouging out the eyes of their five-year-old relative with a spoon during a satanic ritual to bring about the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIAT CHURCHES, 09-15-14

    09/15/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNIAT CHURCHES Eastern Christians who profess the same doctrines as the rest of the Roman Catholic Church. Their rites and discipline, however, vary greatly from those of the Latin Rite. Their liturgies originated in Antioch, Alexandria, and Byzantium, and they usually have a married clergy. Nearly all Non-Uniat churches possess corresponding Uniat groups who have reacknowledged their allegiance to the Pope. the expression "Uniat," though found in theological literature, is seldom used by Eastern Catholics. They feel that it implies something less than complete allegiance to the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from...
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrine—said to come from God, but itself man-made—that becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is. No, if “true” means anything, it must mean “true to some principles.” As far as I...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • If You Struggle Over an Issue… You Must Be Right!

    09/15/2014 6:32:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | 15 September 2014 | Timothy Hammons
    I’m doing some research around the web and came across Rachel Held’s Evans post on God and the Gay Christian. In there she tells us that she has another post that is in the works about why she changed her mind on God and the gay Christian. Gee, can’t wait. Her testimony and preface for this upcoming post is simply that she has struggled over the issue, she has had many sleepless nights. She has really wrestles with it… therefore, her conclusions must be sound. Here are her words: "Certainly there are many other Christians struggling to make sense of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/15/14)[Prayer]

    09/15/2014 5:30:43 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/15/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Bodyguard New International Version (NIV) In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army.” 2 David said, “Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do.” Achish replied, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.” (1 Samuel 28)
  • Can Atheists be Moral? How can we (or they) know?

    09/15/2014 1:18:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/14/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more misunderstood the debates between believers an atheists is the question of whether an atheist you can have morality. Some among atheists, and others as well, incorrectly understand believers to mean that atheist are immoral, or live lives that are not sinful by our account. But this is not what is meant by wondering whether an atheist can have a morality.It will be stipulated that many atheists and agnostics can and do live morally upright lives. For example many among them get married, stay married, do not beat their wife, they pay taxes, and may volunteer and...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-14, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2014Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows    Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that also those who are approved among youmay become known.When you meet in one place, then,it is not to eat the Lord’s supper,for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper,and one goes hungry...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 14, 2014]

    09/14/2014 1:27:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Arguments or Obedience " . . . the simplicity that is in Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3 " Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You cannot think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey. In intellectual matters you can think things out, but in spiritual matters you will only think yourself into further wandering thoughts and more confusion. If there is something in your life upon which God has put...
  • Pope Breaks Taboo By Marrying Couples Who Lived 'In Sin'

    09/14/2014 12:07:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 14, 2014 | Ljubomir Milasin, AFP
    A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together "in sin" were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday. In another signal of the openness of his papacy, Francis asked to marry 40 people from different social backgrounds who would be a realistic sample of modern couples. It comes three weeks before a major synod of the Catholic Church will discuss the divisive issues of marriage, divorce and conception.
  • Millennial Series: Part 13: The Abrahamic Covenant and Premillennialism

    09/14/2014 10:38:25 AM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1951 | John F. Walvoord
    Is the Abrahamic Covenant Unconditional? Amillenarians believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is based on certain conditions, and its fulfillment hinges on these conditions being met. Premillenarians hold that the Abrahamic Covenant is a declaration of God’s intention which is not conditional upon the obedience of individuals or nations for its fulfillment—an unconditional plan of God. As given in the Scriptures, the Abrahamic Covenant is hinged upon only one condition. This is given in Genesis 12:1, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land...
  • What Does Opposition to the Traditional Mass Really Signify?

    09/14/2014 9:31:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 9/24/14 | Peter Kwasniewski
    In the post-Summorum world, the ancient Roman Rite can no longer be considered forbidden, dubious, marginal, or obsolete. It enjoys equal rights of citizenship with the Novus Ordo: two forms of the Roman Rite—one called Ordinary because most recently promulgated and more widely used, the other called Extraordinary, the usus antiquior, deserving respect for its venerable use—with each able to be freely celebrated by any priest of the Roman Rite, no special permission needed. One would think that, as a gesture of reconciliation at the heart of the Church, the two forms would be flourishing side by side, with Catholics...
  • A Cross in One Hand, a Gun in the Other

    09/14/2014 7:44:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. Like many Christian villagers, he spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.
  • Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

    09/14/2014 5:44:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | September 12, 2014 | Marta Jiménez
    Marco Purcaro and Laura Capurso speak to CNA in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2014. The couple will be married by Pope Francis. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman...
  • Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (Fr. George Rutler)

    09/14/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | September 12, 2014 | Francis Phillips |
    Fr Rutler, a parish priest in Manhattan, New York and a well-known essayist, has taken his title from the famous quotation in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is in part because of he wishes to show the larger forces at work during WWII and also because an old friend and fellow priest had bequeathed to him a pile of newspapers, journals and radio transcripts for this particular year. Growing up after the war, Rutler sees his book as “a feeble act of thanks from my generation” for the previous one that had endured so many sacrifices on behalf...
  • Are You Beautiful?

    09/14/2014 5:18:47 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/14/14
    What exactly is this True Beauty, one might ask? Quite simply, "true beauty" is a FREE gift from Almighty God (Rom. 5:16-17; 6:23). The FREE GIFT of TRUE beauty is provided to all by Almighty God (1 Cor. 1:30). TRUE beauty is our greatest need in the light of ETERNITY'S FOREVER. This pinnacle of wondrous beauty is nothing less than the glorious RIGHTEOUSNESS that Almighty God has provided for His fallen creation in Jesus Christ. This TRUE beauty is found nowhere else but in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the whole world (Rom. 10:4; 2 Cor. 5:21). "Let us be...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/14/14)[Prayer]

    09/14/2014 4:30:09 AM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/14/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Blacksmith New International Version (NIV) 16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash. 17 Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual, 18 another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness. 19 Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or...