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  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAX CONSCIENCE, 05-29-15

    05/29/2015 8:57:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAX CONSCIENCE An erroneous conscience when the mind decides on insufficient grounds that a sinful act is permissible or that something gravely wrong is not serious. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Open Heavens lead to Heavenly Armies [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/29/2015 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-29-15 | holy Spirit
    Supernatural Beings( Angels)are about to arrive on the scene assisting My children according to My Kingdom and now more than ever before they shall begin to naturalize before you as they truly are " Heaven on Earth " . Honor them as they honor you as My Creation and realize they ARE part of My Kingdom, My Power, and My Glory on Earth as it is in Heaven for now they shall be assisting you in this battle as never before. I have opened the Heavens now for you as I did for Jacob, as I did at My Resurrection...
  • Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul

    05/29/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul By: Msgr. Charles PopeI suppose it goes without saying that we live in a very fast-paced, hectic, and noisy world.  We’re often in a big hurry to get somewhere. Stress is the norm and noise is all around us in the form of radios, televisions, iPods, etc. We’re plugged in but often tuned out. Very few of us live at the pace or volume of normal life.So overstimulated are we that many literally cannot relax when it is quiet; silence unnerves them. I recently took an informal poll in a...
  • Is It Time for the Benedict Option? (moral and social disintegration)

    05/29/2015 6:49:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The poet T.S. Eliot predicted that, after the disintegration of Western society, civilization would be conserved and restored by a new monastic movement. He was referring to the events at the end of the fifth century, when Benedict of Nursia abandoned the decaying Roman Empire and established small communities of men and women dedicated to prayer, work and study. In Benedict’s day, the once-great Roman Empire had collapsed into chaos. Through economic disaster, famine, plague, moral decadence and political corruption, the society was enervated and vulnerable. Barbarians invaded from the north and east, sensing lucrative spoils to be had. In...
  • The Word That Wasn’t There

    05/29/2015 6:45:57 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | May 28, 2015 | Baron Bodissey
    Yesterday, upon the air, I heard a word that wasn’t there. It wasn’t there again today, I wish that it would go away… (With apologies to Hughes Mearns) In his report yesterday on the latest OSCE conference, Henrik Rćder Clausen included this summary of a dominant meme among ideological leaders in the West: Panel members stressed the importance of not calling the Islamic State the “Islamic State”, for doing so could give the impression that Islam motivates people to war, terrorism and other crimes. The avoidance of the I-word seems to have become a fixation in the revolving-door world...
  • Synod. The Battle of Germany

    05/29/2015 6:29:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/29/15 | Sandro Magister
    The German bishops are fighting to open the way for divorce and homosexuality. But six of them have broken ranks. And in a book one jurist thoroughly criticizes Cardinal Kasper’s ideas. "It is a crisis of faith," comments African cardinal Sarah ROME, May 29, 2015 - In perfect temporal conjunction four days ago, right when the council and general secretariat of the synod of bishops were at the Vatican with Pope Francis preparing the next session of the assembly, on the same day and not far away, at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the presidents of the episcopal conferences of Germany,...
  • The New Persecution

    05/29/2015 6:25:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 5/29/15 | Russell Shaw
    The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn't -- thank God -- bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it's real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors' moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court announces...
  • Spokesman Says Bishops’ Gathering Was Not About Changing Doctrine

    05/29/2015 6:18:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/28/15 | Cindy Wooden
    German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to 'enrich thinking' about the foundations of the synodGermany’s bishops have denied that their talks with other bishops’ conferences ahead of the October family synod were about changing Church teaching. “It was a real fruitful discussion and very broad and that was important; it was not just about the hot topics” of divorce and homosexuality, Matthias Kopp, the German bishops’ spokesman, told Catholic News Service yesterday. The three bishops organised a study day in Rome on Monday, bringing together bishops and scholars, a couple of Vatican officials and a few journalists to discuss issues...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/29/15)[Prayer]

    05/29/2015 4:53:41 AM PDT · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/29/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Solomon New International Version (NIV) 2 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go 4 and...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (5/29/2015) [Prayer]

    05/28/2015 9:29:32 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 11 replies
    29 May 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22 (NIV) ----
  • Pope Joan: The Female Pope whose Real Gender was Revealed after she Gave Birth in a Procession

    05/28/2015 7:47:55 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Ḏḥwty
    The origins of the Papacy can be traced to St. Peter, one of the original disciples of Jesus. The current pope, Francis I, is the 265th successor of St. Peter. Needless to say, all 266 popes are male. Yet, during the middle ages, there existed a story about a pope who was actually a female in disguise. The name of this supposed female pope was Joan. Who was this mysterious Pope Joan, and did she really exist? The statue that still stands in Rome is Joanna with a papal crown.(ericcostanzo.com)The first written account of Pope Joan can be traced to...
  • Criticisms of Pope Francis from within the Vatican Curia made public

    05/28/2015 7:40:25 PM PDT · by annalex · 38 replies
    Life Site ^ | Wed May 27, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Criticisms of Pope Francis from within the Vatican Curia made publicMaike HicksonWed May 27, 2015 - 2:25 pm EST May 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The prominent German monthly journal, Cicero, a secular-intellectual publication, has entitled its May issue “The Struggle for Rome” (“Der Kampf um Rom”) and has dedicated it to the papacy of Pope Francis. In it, Guiseppe Rusconi, the well-respected Swiss Rome-Correspondent and journalist for Inside the Vatican, reports on the internal criticisms of Pope Francis as they were privately and candidly disclosed to him from within the Roman Curia itself. Rusconi's revelations caused an immediate stir in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-29-15

    05/28/2015 7:37:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 29, 2015Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Sir 44:1, 9-13 Now will I praise those godly men,our ancestors, each in his own time.But of others there is no memory,for when they ceased, they ceased.And they are as though they had not lived,they and their children after them.Yet these also were godly menwhose virtues have not been forgotten;Their wealth remains in their families,their heritage with their descendants;Through God’s covenant with them their family endures,their posterity, for their sake. And for all time their progeny will endure,their glory will never be blotted out. Responsorial Psalm...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei'

    05/28/2015 6:28:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis wants to retool the Catholic hierarchy so that it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said. Kasper, a noted theologian whose writings are known to have influenced Francis, said the pope wants to create a "listening magisterium." Kasper said one concept important to the pope is that of the sensus fidei, or the capacity of individual believers and the church as a whole to discern the truths of faith. That concept, Kasper said, "was emphasized by the council ... [but] Francis now...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(5/28/15)[Prayer]

    05/28/2015 6:21:59 PM PDT · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/28/15 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
  • Fox News Contributor Goes Off on Christians: So Bible verses are "vile" now?

    05/28/2015 6:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    PJ Media's PJ Lifestyle ^ | May 28, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg told Bill O’Reilly last week that Republicans live in fear of “the organized Christian right.” Goldberg and O’Reilly were discussing presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who recently asked a local reporter in Texas if the left — including the media — is obsessed with sex, after reporters repeatedly badgered him with questions about gay marriage and homosexuality. Both said that Cruz handled the question well, even though Goldberg admitted, “I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz.” But Goldberg had more to say. “Ted Cruz could have said, of course, I have no animosity against gay Americans....
  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? [Catholics too!] Here's the troubling truth. For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition. At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.” Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.” But...
  • Helder Câmara, "Servant of God"? - Have They Gone Mad?

    05/28/2015 5:07:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/23/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One has the impression that under Francis the Church is becoming, in her human element, the equivalent of a banana republic, replete with Latin American-style demagoguery, exalting the poor and depicting them as always the innocent victims of the greedy rich. Our Lord said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:3)." Francis' version of this beatitude is: "blessed are the poor" — apparently just because they are poor. He has even gone so far as to suggest that the poor be treated as objects of veneration before whom we should literally kneel...
  • Another bishop thinks Catholic teachers should be role models

    05/28/2015 4:17:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Another bishop supports the idea that teachers in Catholic schools must serve also as role models. The Cardinal New Society, which watches the status quaestionis of Catholic education in these USA, has a letter that His Excellency Most Rev. Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland, sent to teachers in the diocese entrusted to his care.Find the great news feed of the Cardinal Newman Society on the sidebar of this blog! Teachers ‘Instrumental’ in Developing Students’ Catholic Faith, Says Cleveland’s Bishop LennonCatholic school teachers must be role models of faith and morality for their students to emulate, Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland,...
  • Catholic Cardinal: Ireland's Vote for Gay Marriage 'In Defiance of God,' Worse Than 'Pagans'

    05/28/2015 4:15:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 85 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/28/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, former head of the highest court at the Vatican, said that the Irish people's vote to legalize homosexual marriage was in "defiance of God" and an action more depraved than that practiced by "pagans.""I mean, this is a defiance of God, it's just incredible," said Cardinal Burke, speaking at the Newman Society at Oxford University's Catholic Society on May 27."Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors, [but] they never dared to say this was marriage," said the cardinal, as reported in The Tablet. Cardinal Burke, who is now patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made...
  • Death of the Irish Church?

    05/28/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 5/27/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    The vote in Ireland has been to legalise ‘same-sex marriage’, an outcome which suggests a loss of moral clarity among the majority of Catholics in the Irish Church. I am left asking the question - is the Irish Church dead? I know this may sound shocking and some may accuse me of alarmism and defeatism. However, Sacred Scripture is clear that though Our Lord has promised to be with the Universal Church until the end of time (Mt 28:20), it is possible for a local church to die. The Book of Revelation contains the locutions and visions Our Lord granted...
  • The rise of militant American Catholic men (arming themselves for battle)

    05/28/2015 3:59:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Crux Now ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rev. DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Catholic men are arming themselves for battle.Spiritual battle.Behind the headlines and beneath the radar, a grassroots movement is growing among Catholic men in the United States. Spurred on by the culture wars, they are rallying to conferences, retreats, seminars, and parish study groups that aim to support them in their faith, encourage fellowship, and motivate Christian action in support of charity, social justice, pro-life causes, and the traditional family. Catholic men’s events have become phenomenally successful, gathering Catholic men from a wide spectrum of age ranges to hear motivational speakers, inspiring converts, and spiritual leaders.In an interview with Tim Drake...
  • The Two Prongs of the Burgeoning Persecution (radical collapse of moral consensus)

    05/28/2015 3:51:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 28, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    (Photo: us.fotolia.com | matf16) The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t—thank God—bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it’s real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors’ moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court...
  • Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

    05/28/2015 3:25:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Penny Starr
    The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen onthe Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing...
  • A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends

    05/28/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 7 replies
    Mosaic ^ | May 28 2015 12:01AM | Michael Doran
    The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed. Dear Congregants of Adas Israel: On Friday, May 22, President Obama, calling himself “an honorary member of the tribe,” addressed you not just as the president of the United States but also as an explicit adherent of the “tikkun olam” tradition: a Jewish viewpoint for “repairing the world” that, in his reading, promotes universal progressive ideals like fighting bigotry and working for social justice everywhere. Thus, for him, the same “shared values” that underlay the civil-rights movement in...
  • Arminian vs Reformed on Justification

    05/28/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Jones
    Introduction Recent scholarship on Arminius has pointed out that he was a theologian of grace. Of course, I am yet to read of a Christian theologian who would not wish to be described that way. Some scholars have also tried to narrow the gap between Arminius and the Reformed tradition, with some suggesting that Arminius was correct to view himself as Reformed.  Historically speaking, according to the judgment of many Reformed divines, Arminius, and his Remonstrant successors, deviated from the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in a significant way. Arminius thought his difference was only minor. In fact,...
  • Gallup Finds American Opinion Moving Strongly Toward Acceptance of Extra-Marital Sex

    05/28/2015 11:44:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    A new Gallup poll finds that since 2001, American opinion has shifted markedly toward acceptance of extra-marital sexual behavior. The poll found that between 2001 and 2015 there have been sharp increases in the number of Americans who say that it is “acceptable” to engage in homosexual relations or to give birth to a child outside wedlock, or obtain a divorce. The poll also found substantially more support for assisted suicide, the cloning of human beings, and polygamy. Remarkably, the survey showed only a slight increase in acceptance of abortion. According to the Gallup findings, the overwhelming majority of Americans...
  • WAYPOINTS ~ Inquire ~ Listen ~ OBEY [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/28/2015 10:42:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Situational requirements are changing daily now and even minute by minute . You see your Waypoints belong to Me and I AM your rest along the way of Holiness so that you remain steadfast, strong and nurtured as Daniel in My Ways and not the ways of man! See that you inquire of Me as David and listen as Samuel, remain steadfast as Daniel and fearless as Caleb for I AM your Meat and Spring of Life as long as you eat from My Tree alone and no other ! So Fortress your self in Me for I AM your...
  • Despite ISIS Threat,Christian Monks Refuse To Abandon St. Matthew's Monastery In Iraq

    05/28/2015 8:55:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Assyrian monks at Saint Matthew’s Monastery in the Nineveh Plains told the world they will not leave, even though the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) creeps closer to their home. The monks regularly hear battles down the mountain.
  • Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians After Marine Court-Martialed

    05/28/2015 8:54:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/28/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians. Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed earlier this week after she was convicted Feb. 1, 2014, for refusing to remove the verse "No weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17) from her computer. "Unbelievably, she was criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for displaying this encouraging scripture on her computer in her workspace. Give me a...
  • Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel

    05/28/2015 8:12:00 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 122 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Davis
    This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as “Mary Jesus Crucified.” She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.Despite the interesting politics of the situation, we...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NET WITH FISH, 05-28-15

    05/28/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NET WITH FISH Symbol of the Church based on the text "the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast unto the sea. When it is full the fishermen haul it ashore" (Matthew 13:47). Saints and sinners will fill the net to be sorted out later. Reminiscent of Christ's meeting with Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea as Christ bade them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mark 1-17). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis Tells Couples To Wait Until Marriage To Have Sex

    05/28/2015 7:33:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his weekly audience Wednesday, Pope Francis gave dating couples some radically countercultural advice, encouraging them to hold off on sex until they are properly married. While the Pope’s words merely reiterated traditional Christian teaching on sex, they clash with a reigning mentality that advocates any and all sexual activity, provided it is consensual.
  • A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me?

    05/28/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? Wrestling With the Subtleties of John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me? By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week, as we wrapped up the Easter season, we read the beautiful dialogue between Jesus and Peter: “Peter, do you love me?” Analyzing this beautiful text is one of the great indoor sports of New Testament Biblical Scholarship: how to interpret the subtleties in that dialogue between Jesus and Peter.And thus Jesus asks, “Peter do you love me?” And Peter responds, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” This exchange occurs three times. But...
  • Decline and Schism in Religion

    05/28/2015 6:32:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/27/15 | Ross Douthat
    I don’t think I’ve linked to it in this space yet, but regular readers have probably already seen my long piece in the May issue of the Atlantic on Pope Francis’s biography and agenda and what his pontificate might mean for the future of Catholicism. The essay was written a little while before its actual appearance, as long-form magazine pieces tend to be, and there have been all sorts of recent developments around the church and the pontiff that deserve to be discussed afresh. I’m hoping to wade more fully into those issues next month, but first, before it slips...
  • Islamic State Militants Burn [80yr old] Christian Woman in Nineveh Village

    05/28/2015 6:24:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bas News ^ | 5/26/15 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    In a village 20 km south east of Mosul in northern Iraq, Islamic State (IS) militants have burned an Iraqi Christian woman to death. Sa’ed Mamuzini, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office in Mosul, told BasNews on Tuesday that the militants burned the 80-year-old Iraqi Christian woman, who was from Kremlis in the Nimrud area of the Hamdaneya sub district, east of Mosul. Mamuzini said that villagers told him that the woman was killed for failing to comply with the strict laws of the Islamic State.
  • Burke Warns Oxford Audience of Dictatorship of Relativism

    05/28/2015 6:18:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/27/15 | Katherine Backler
    Cardinal Raymond Burke preached yesterday against a “dictatorship of relativism” which brands Christians“fundamentalists and extremists”. At a Mass in Oxford to celebrate the quincentenary of the birth of St. Philip Neri, founder and patron of the Oratorians, the cardinal who has just left the Vatican to become patron of the Knights of Malta, compared today's world to the Renaissance world of “corruption” which St. Philip chose to stand apart from, despite his youth and the expectations of his culture. The cardinal encouraged the assembled faithful to take inspiration from the saint in encounters with our own culture, which Burke described...
  • Fascism: Yours, Mine, and Ours

    05/28/2015 6:07:25 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 15 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | Friday, May 22, 2015 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    [Embedded Audio (7:39)] Fascism is an economic system that marries the state to business, where business holds the title but state holds control. Transcript: Some of you, though I trust not all of you, are familiar with what we call “Godwin’s law.” This is a particular law which is born out of empirical study of the Internet and it holds that, given enough time, any and all internet arguments will eventually involve some side of the argument accusing the other side of the argument of either being like Hitler or of being a Nazi. The corollary to that is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/28/15)[Prayer]

    05/28/2015 5:21:19 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/28/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Solomon New International Version (NIV) 28 Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before him. 29 The king then took an oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 30 I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.” 31 Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face...
  • Unspoken Prayer Request

    05/27/2015 8:56:25 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 35 replies
    vanity | O5/27/15 | ealgeone
    Asking all Christians to be in prayer for a friend who is going through a difficult illness. This will be a internet laying on of hands for this believer. Your prayers are appreciated. We serve the Great Physician!
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-28-15

    05/27/2015 8:41:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 28, 2015Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Sir 42:15-25 Now will I recall God’s works;what I have seen, I will describe.At God’s word were his works brought into being;they do his will as he has ordained for them.As the rising sun is clear to all,so the glory of the LORD fills all his works;Yet even God’s holy ones must failin recounting the wonders of the LORD,Though God has given these, his hosts, the strengthto stand firm before his glory.He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart;their innermost being he understands.The Most High possesses...
  • Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions

    05/27/2015 7:57:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    National Catholic Register | 5/26/2015 | Edward Pentin
    A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October. Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, at the invitation of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier. One of the key topics discussed at the closed-door meeting was how the Church could better welcome those in...
  • When Hell Has a Hashtag

    05/27/2015 6:36:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies
    ncr ^ | 5.26.15 | Simcha Fisher
    #CharlieCharlieChallenge is a popular hashtag on Twitter today. According to the BBC Trending blog, it refers to a game which involves balancing pencils over the words "yes" and "no" on a piece of paper. Players ask questions which are supposedly answered by Charlie - a mysterious demon who spookily moves the pencils, if you believe in that sort of thing. The BBC says, "if you believe in that sort of thing" because it does sound pretty goofy: A mysterious Mexican demon moving pencils around at the behest of eleven-year-old Mackynzie, who wants to know if Conor likes her or not. Who...
  • Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

    05/27/2015 5:59:56 PM PDT · by Coleus · 39 replies
    cna ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives. The annual course, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” is designed for priests and lay persons interested in learning how to recognize a case of demonic possession when they see one – and what to do about it. This year's session will run from April 13-18 at Rome's Regina Apostolorum University, and will feature interventions by a wide range of experts in the field of exorcism from priests – including practicing...
  • Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles

    05/27/2015 3:27:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 27, 2015 | JASON MORGAN
    The Boy Scouts of America is a venerable institution. I can well remember when, as a Cub Scout in southern Louisiana, I learned the mysteries of initiation into the Scouts. It was exciting to become part of such a universally respected group. There were badges denoting achievement, uniforms indicating rank, handshakes conveying to other boys the hidden riches of membership, and, perhaps best of all, there was an oath.It was a galvanizing promise. One recited the oath while aiming for the heights, straining beyond one’s boyhood to glimpse the upright man that, with God’s help, one hoped to become....
  • Southern Baptist volunteers on hold to help flooded Houston

    05/27/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 27, 2015 | Joni B. Hannigan
    With flash flood warnings waking residents of America's fourth largest city today, yesterday's hope of receding waters have hampered volunteers who are waiting to descend on the city to help. "The water has to go down before we can do anything, but when it does we will be quick to mobilize our recovery and feeding units," Scottie Stice, director of Disaster Relief Ministries for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention told Christian Examiner early this morning. Floodwaters had begun to recede in Houston, according to reports by the city's Mayor Annise Parker. But the rivers and Bayous needed at least...
  • On Same-Sex Marriage, Catholics Are Leading the Way in Legalization

    05/27/2015 12:26:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/27/2015 | Frank Bruni
    Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common. They don’t share a continent, obviously. Or a language. But in all of them, the Roman Catholic Church has more adherents, at least nominally, than any other religious denomination does. And all of them belong to the vanguard of 20 nations that have decided to make same-sex marriage legal. In fact, countries with a Catholic majority or plurality make up half of those where two men or two women can now wed or...
  • Wisdom Cries Out...What the Irish Tragedy Teaches US

    When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.(Luke 11:24-26)Ireland has long been considered a throw back example of an earlier morality, being one of the last of the western nations to liberalize divorce...
  • Duggar Girls Victimized … And It Wasn’t Over 10 Years Ago Like You’ve Heard!

    05/27/2015 9:41:01 AM PDT · by Theo · 82 replies
    Mad World News ^ | May 23, 2015 | Christy Lee Parker
    As we’ve all heard by now, the Duggars have some skeletons in their family closet. While the news is buzzing with the very bad things Josh Duggar did to some of his sisters over a decade ago, what people aren’t talking about is the fact that the girls have recently been victimized … as recent as today. You’ve seen it in your own social media news feed — and you may even have participated. Before I go on, let me explain that this isn’t about Josh. This isn’t defending Josh. I don’t even want to talk about what Josh did...
  • Ireland Approves Reentry Of Snakes Into Country By Popular Vote (satire?)

    05/27/2015 9:07:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to allow “snakes” back in the country on Saturday, becoming the first country in the world to allow such a move by popular vote. Though the final tally is yet unknown, the referendum achieved the support of an estimated 65 percent of the population. Michael Fitzpatrick, prominent supporter of the “H##l No” campaign, conceded the referendum’s defeat Saturday morning. “It is a said day now that Ireland has approved reentry of paganism,” Fitzpatrick said, explaining how, although snakes have never actually existed in Ireland, that the referendum would now allow the “pagans,” which he believed...