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  • E. O. Wilson: I'm not an atheist but religion should be eliminated

    02/01/2015 12:32:39 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    IBTimes.co.uk ^ | 1/27/15 | Hannah Osborne
    Renowned biologist E. O. Wilson has said we should eliminate religions for the sake of human progress, as they are "dragging us down". In an interview with New Scientist, Wilson was speaking about his latest book The Meaning of Human Existence, in which he questions religion, how humanity looks for common cause, our behaviour and our impact on the environment. (snip) He said that he is not an atheist or agnostic, instead explains "I'm a scientist". "Humans everywhere have a strong tendency to wonder about whether they're being looked over by a god or not. Practically every person ponders whether...
  • Megachurch Leader Claims ‘Divine Wind’ Moved Him to Fully Accept Members Practicing

    02/01/2015 12:09:57 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 1/30/15 | Heather Clark
    NASHVILLE – An apostate pastor in the Bible Belt who leads the congregation that country star Carrie Underwood attends recently announced from the pulpit that not only can practicing homosexuals be members, but those in sexual sin can now fully serve in his church and will be allowed to “marry” at the facility. “Our position that these siblings of ours, other than heterosexual, … cannot have the full privileges of membership, but only partial membership, has changed,” Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church in Franklin, Tennessee announced earlier this month as some clapped and others sat silently in disapproval. “Full privileges...
  • Justification: Process or One-Time Deal?

    01/31/2015 11:27:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    catholic.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Romans 5:1 is a favorite verse for Calvinists and those who hold to the doctrine commonly known as “once saved, always saved:” Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This text is believed to indicate that the justification of the believer in Christ at the point of faith is a one-time completed action. All sins are forgiven immediately—past, present and future. The believer then has, or at least, can have, absolute assurance of his justification regardless of what may happen in the future. There is nothing that can separate the...
  • The Trumpets;A Reversal Of Creation...Revelation 8 pt 3

    And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the...
  • Why Catholicism Is Preferable to Protestantism

    01/31/2015 8:43:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 62 replies
    catholic.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | | Devin Rose
    My new book, The Protestant's Dilemma, shows in a myriad of ways why Protestantism is implausible. We sifted through many arguments to boil the book down to the most essential. A few chapters didn't make the cut but are still good enough to share. Here's one of them. If Protestantism is true, There's no way to know whether you're assenting to divine revelation or to mere human opinion about divine revelation. Protestants and Catholics both believe that God has revealed himself to man over the course of human history, culminating in his ultimate self-revelation in Jesus Christ. But whereas Catholics...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-01-15, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/31/2015 8:30:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2015Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Dt 18:15-20 Moses spoke to all the people, saying:“A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for youfrom among your own kin;to him you shall listen.This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horebon the day of the assembly, when you said,‘Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God,nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’And the LORD said to me, ‘This was well said.I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among...
  • Rabbitgate: Could This Be a Good Thing?

    01/31/2015 7:47:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Remnat Newspaper ^ | January 28, 2015 | Christopher A Ferrara
    This article is my take on the impact of the latest scandal caused by the latest papal press conference at the back of an airplane: the one during the flight from Manila to Rome, reported around the world under the eminently predictable headline: “Pope Francis: Catholics Don’t Have to Breed Like Rabbits.” Objectors need not pester me or this newspaper with complaints about “bad translation” or the “whole context” of the Pope’s remarks, nor with such quibbles as “the Pope said be like rabbits, not breed like rabbits.” I have watched the entire interview in Italian and compared it with...
  • Controversial Koch Brothers Give Big (Again) to Catholic University

    01/31/2015 5:56:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/30/15 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch recently made headlines by pledging nearly $900 million to help elect candidates who support their libertarian strain of economic conservatism, but the industrialists are also nearly doubling their investment in the business school of Catholic University of America, which is overseen by the U.S. bishops. That’s despite the fact that many Catholics—including Pope Francis—say the kind of unregulated capitalism that the Kochs promote runs counter to church teaching. The $1.75 million dollar grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, one of several nonprofits with ties to the industrialist brothers, is part of a $3...
  • Authority over Demons

    01/31/2015 3:50:39 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 31, 2015 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    I’ve read many term papers in my day.  Most of them are no more than a patchwork of quotes.  That’s because college students are smart enough to know that they really can’t say much on their own authority–to make their case, they have to lean on the authority of others more learned than themselves.That’s exactly how the scribes and Pharisee’s taught in Jesus’ day. “Rabbi Abraham says this. . . Rabbi Gamaliel says that . . .So when a new young rabbi appears in Capernaum, this is what people expect.  They are in for a surprise: he quotes no one...
  • Needed: A New (Catholic) Church Policy toward Islam [Pt. 1]

    01/31/2015 3:42:00 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 30, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    In a speech to Egypt’s top Islamic authorities, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a “religious revolution.” Why? Because he believes that Islam has problems: “That corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries … is antagonizing the entire world.” He continued: “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants…?” He then warned the assembled imams not to “remain trapped within this mindset” but to “reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.”However you interpret el-Sisi’s remarks, it’s clear that he believes the problems of Islam...
  • Wrecking (Catholic) Churches: Iconoclasm or Continuity?

    01/31/2015 2:22:51 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 30, 2015 | REV. DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    There are few better illustrations of the clash between conservative values and progressive ideologies than the church architecture wars of the last fifty years. Although traditional architecture was dismissed by most Christian denominations, the conflict comes into focus most clearly within the Catholic Church.The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s ushered in the most iconoclastic ideology since the Protestant revolution. Across the Western world, in a spirit of enthusiastic reform, Catholic churches were erected with no reference to the past. A new wave of ideologically driven priests teamed up with modernist architects to create round churches, fan-shaped mass centers,...
  • Is the Pope Going to Dismiss the Swiss Guard?

    01/31/2015 2:17:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 83 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | January 30, 2015
    For months, there have been rumors that the Argentine Pope could abolish the Pontifical Swiss Guard. In recent days, the speculation has intensified. This is due to the dismissal of Colonel Daniel Rudolf Anrig, commander of the Swiss Guard.
  • Photos from the 2015 March for Life

    01/31/2015 1:57:15 PM PST · by nd76 · 5 replies
    My Canon Rebel T3i Camera ^ | 01/22/2015 | ND76
    Here is my photo gallery from the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2015. I hope you enjoy the photos!!!
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ILLUMINATIVE WAY, 01-31-15

    01/31/2015 10:11:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-31-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ILLUMINATIVE WAY The intermediary stage between purification and union of the path to Christian perfection. Also called the "Way of the Proficients," the main feature of the Illuminative Way is an enlightenment of the mind in the ways of God and a clear understanding of his will in one's state of life. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Gospel in Church History (Part 1)

    01/31/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 79 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 12, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.He had become a monk five years earlier—much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In fact, it was on his way home from law school, that this young man—then 21 years old—found himself in the midst of a severe thunderstorm. The lightning was so intense he thought for sure he was going to die. Fearing for his life, and relying on...
  • St. John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2015 9:43:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-30-15 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    St. John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ Sean FitzpatrickThe boy entered the strange courtyard. He saw a knot of boys gathered by the far corner. As he approached, wondering where he was, he overheard them talking, laughing, and cursing. The boy became enraged at the foul language and rushed into their midst, striking them to silence their blasphemies. He froze suddenly under the gaze of a man with a face like the sun.“John,” the man said, “come here.”The boy lowered his fists, standing before the group he had been belaboring.“Conquer the hearts of these, your friends, not with violence...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/31/2015 6:50:49 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    January 31, 2015 | Irish Rose
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:5-6)
  • Documentary At Sundance Looks At Warren Jeffs, FLDS Church

    01/31/2015 6:47:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Doug Staples
    A new documentary screening this month at Sundance sheds some light on Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints community. The film “Prophet’s Prey” from Academy Award nominated director Amy Berg delves into the influence that Jeffs had and has over the FLDS faithful. The film includes audio recordings of Jeff’s instructions to his followers along with footage filmed at Alta Academy in Salt Lake City. The film has five more showings this month at Sundance.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/31/15)[Prayer]

    01/31/2015 5:47:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/31/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Moses New International Version (NIV) 5 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” 2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” 3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into...
  • Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish {Catholic Caucus}

    01/31/2015 1:57:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    catholicworldreport.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Current Issue: Interview Interview 8 Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish January 29, 2015 The pastor of Star of the Sea Church notes that “altar service is intrinsically tied to the priesthood"; says media furor over decision is "biased" Jim Graves Fr. Joseph Illo, pictured celebrating Mass in an undated photo, has been pastor of Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco since last year. (Photo courtesy of Fr. Illo) Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco made national news recently when its priests announced that female altar servers were being phased out...
  • Christian and Countercultural

    01/30/2015 11:37:36 PM PST · by RBStealth · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | February 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Over the past decade, especially in the struggle over same-sex marriage, some of my friends and allies among social and religious conservatives have called me a defeatist for my culture-war pessimism. I believe that pessimism today is simply realism, and that it is better for us to retreat strategically to a position that we are capable of defending. The cultural battlefield has changed far more than many of us realize.
  • Are You Criticizing God?

    01/30/2015 10:27:10 PM PST · by redleghunter · 22 replies
    Sermon Index ^ | Early 20th century | R.A. Torrey
    THESE WORDS ought to awaken anyone who is not utterly beyond hope. Notice the first two words and the last word. "0 man" and "God." "0 man, who art thou that repliest against God?" Here God and man are put in sharpest contrast, God in His infinite greatness and wisdom and man in his infinitesimal smallness and ignorance. And in the Greek there is also a strong emphasis on the "thou." "0 MAN, who art thou that repliest against GOD?" It will be a happy day for some of us if God will brand that text upon our memories so...
  • That's my King! Do you know Him?

    01/30/2015 8:30:58 PM PST · by javie · 5 replies
    The Bible says He’s the King of the Jews He’s the King of Israel He’s the King of Righteousness He’s the King of the Ages He’s the King of Heaven He’s the King of Glory He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords Now that’s my King! David says The Heavens declare the glory of God And the firmament showeth His handiwork No means of measure can define His limitless love No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing He’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-15, M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2015 8:21:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2015Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest    Reading 1 Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a placethat he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the...
  • The Accounting of Simon Peter's Six Denials of Christ

    01/30/2015 5:46:04 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 19 replies
    Vanity | January 30, 2015 | self
    ============================================= . The Accounting of Simon Peter's Six Denials of Christ ============================================= Abstract: Harmonizing the Scripture passages concerning Peter's denial of Jesus at the time of His pre-crucifixion trial shows that Peter denied Christ six times, not three as some insist. These were predicted by Jesus to His disciples the night before He was executed. The denials occurred in groups of three, each group marked by a cockcrow. The denials were Peter's responses, twice to a doorkeeper maidservant, and once each to another maidservant, to a subordinate of the high priest conducting the trial, to a group of other menservants,...
  • Bergoglio’s List: An Unexpected Discovery

    01/30/2015 4:05:21 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 30, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    The story of the Pope’s actions during Argentina’s Dirty War is as riveting as it is inspiring. Pope Francis is pictured in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a undated file photo. (CNS photo/courtesy of Maria Elena Bergoglio via Reuters) There is so much being written and said about Pope Francis that one is left trying to separate what is real from the hyperbole, the accurate from what is manipulated. It appears the more that is published, the more the man himself becomes an enigma. Nevertheless, a new book from St. Benedict Press, titled Bergoglio’s List: How a Young Francis Defied a...
  • Making Islam “As Banal as Catholicism”

    01/30/2015 3:52:43 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 30, 2015 | Robert Royal
    I was once in Istanbul speaking at a conference on “The Coming Dialogue of Civilizations.” The Turks know (or knew before recent re-Islamization) that if Samuel Huntington’s “clash” of civilizations arrives, they’ll be caught in the middle.Because I had to visit other Turkish cities, I missed participating in a call-in (actually FAX-in) show arranged for the non-Turkish speakers. The FAX machine spat out the first viewer comment: “You are all infidels and shall die tonight.”A conference colleague, a Brit with much experience in the Middle East, related this to me later. None of the panelists were surprised. They knew it...
  • Holocaust Survivor Can't Talk in Schools Because of the "C" Word

    01/30/2015 3:13:15 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    CREAtive Minority Report ^ | January 30, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    The "C-word" is, of course, Christ. Anita Dittman survived Hitler and the Nazis. Born Jewish, she became a Christian during the Holocaust. And it's that part of her story which is verboten in public schools today. WND: Jews met their death, gave her cause to reflect once again on life under the Nazis. Her message is different now, she says, much different than when she first went public in 1978 with her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Could it happen here? “When I started speaking in 1978-79, people would ask me, ‘Do you think it could happen here in this...
  • EPA to Pope Francis: Deliver the Credibility. We Know You Can!

    01/30/2015 2:54:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    PewSitter.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Frank Walker
    Why is it that both the Vatican and the Obama White House feel they can be so open and candid about their close collaboration? Is the Administration part of the Catholic Church or is the Church a mouthpiece for the Administration... or is Communism just a modern word for the Gospel, like Pope Francis says? Why do we keep hearing the same ugly messages wherever we look? In a bid to bolster the Obama administration's "moral" case for combating climate change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency will meet senior Vatican officials Friday to enlist papal support for its...
  • 3 Companies in Colorado Exempted from Contraception Rule Due to Religious Objections

    01/30/2015 2:52:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ABC Channel 7 ^ | 1/27/15 | AP
    DENVER - A federal judge has barred the government from requiring three companies in Colorado to provide certain kinds of contraception under the federal health care law. The order Tuesday cites last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement. Tuesday's order says Continuum Health Partnerships, Continuum Health Management and Mountain States Health Properties can't be required to include contraception or sterilization in their health insurance because of their religious objections.
  • Priests Hold Inaugural Ceremony for ‘Ice Church’ in Mountains of Romania

    01/30/2015 2:42:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The ceremony was attended by Catholic and Orthodox priestsA group of priests celebrated the inauguration of a church made entirely from ice at the Balea Lac resort in the Fagaras mountains of Romania this week. Romanian Orthodox and Catholic priests as well as Protestant ministers took part in the ceremony.
  • THE MAN BORN BLIND AND JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

    01/30/2015 1:30:44 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    There were two extraordinary men living in the city of Jerusalem when Christ was on earth. One of them has come down through history nameless--we do not know who he was; the name of the other is given. One was not only a beggar, but blind from his birth; the other was one of the rich men of Jerusalem. Yet in the Gospel of John, there is more space given to this blind beggar than to any other character. The reason why so much has been recorded of this man is because he took his stand for Jesus Christ. Look...
  • Head Of EPA Advises Pope On Climate Letter

    01/30/2015 1:03:31 PM PST · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/30/2015
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy met with Vatican officials that helped draft Pope Francis’ climate-related encyclical on Friday, The Associated Press reports.An encyclical, a letter from the pope addressed to faithfuls worldwide when he feels he needs to reach them, is set to be published in June and might make environmentalism a Catholic doctrine like Pope Pius IX’s encyclical about infallibility. It might also be a simple condemnation of human destruction of the environment like Pope Pius XI’s encyclical against Italian Fascists. The visit was aimed at showing the Holy See that the Obama administration share similar thoughts on...
  • By Grace, We Are Free in Christ

    01/30/2015 10:14:02 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Sinclair Ferguson
    In John 8:34 Jesus underlined the bondage in which we are held by nature. On the other hand, He spoke about the freedom into which He brings sinners by grace: “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).How could the Son set them free? Because of who He was. He was the Son who has been sent into the world by the Father. He knew the Father’s plan. He had the most intimate relationship with the Father. He had heard everything the Father had said, and He came with this message of good news: “The...
  • Fearing Apocalypse, Parents Kill Children and Commit Suicide

    01/30/2015 8:31:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    charismanews ^ | 1/28/2015 | Eric M. Johnson
    The parents of a Utah family found dead in a locked bedroom at their home last year often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse and orchestrated a multi-drug familicide using methadone and over-the-counter cold medication, police said on Tuesday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered by the Stracks' lone surviving child and his grandmother on Sept. 27 in Springville, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. "It was a fairly common theme for the parents to talk about, the apocalypse, the end of days, final judgment," said...
  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History...

    01/30/2015 7:04:38 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 46 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/30/15 | New Catholic
    "For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History of the Church of Rome" It was what Italians call a "segreto di Pulcinella", that is, not a secret at all: the Pope was personally aware and personally approved the relatio post disceptationem, the "midterm" report released on Monday following the first week of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "on the Family". What has been called by many prelates a "disaster" or "unacceptable", the first official document of the Church of Rome ever accepting of very curious notions (including the "positive" aspects...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/30/15)[Prayer]

    01/30/2015 5:59:47 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/30/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible Moses New International Version (NIV) 18 Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.” 19 Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff...
  • Finding God

    01/30/2015 5:17:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 1/30/2015
    We have all heard evangelists quote from Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20). Usually the evangelist applies this text as an appeal to the unconverted, saying: “Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. If you open the door, then He will come in.” In the original saying, however, Jesus directed His remarks to the church. It was not an evangelistic appeal. So what? The point is that seeking is something...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-15

    01/30/2015 4:53:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2015Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 10:32-39 Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what...
  • Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Statement: "No...one can change Catholic teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 11:45:32 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 19 Jan 2015 | Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
    Marriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death can end a marriage); and openness to procreation...
  • Anti-Muslim Protesters Shout Islamophobic Insults At Muslims In Texas Capitol

    01/29/2015 10:41:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 29, 2015 | John Amato
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Texas Muslim Capitol Day is a good thing and has been going on since 2003. Its function is to have Muslims in the community meet lawmakers and learn about the political process. That's a surprisingly progressive thing to do in Texas, but as usual it turned ugly when conservative Christian protesters showed up and yelled Islamophobic rants at those participating in the event. Texas Muslim Capitol Day, which began in 2003, is organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and brings members of Muslim communities in Houston, Dallas and other areas of the state to...
  • 7 History-Making Breakthroughs of Pope Francis that Weren’t

    01/29/2015 9:18:44 PM PST · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    Pope Francis has not been re-inventing the Church as much as the media would like people to believe. To say this isn’t to detract from Francis’ pontificate. He has certainly been a unique pope in many respects. As the first bishop of Rome to hail from South America, he has his own personality, style, and priorities – as does every pope. And it’s not his job to re-invent the faith anyway. As the bishop of Rome, it’s his job to simply defend and preach the faith that was passed on to him. Yet time and time again, we’ve seen headlines...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/30/2015) [Prayer]

    01/29/2015 9:13:45 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 16 replies
    30 January 2015 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2 (NIV) ----
  • How can Planned Parenthood stand in the midst of mega churches?

    01/29/2015 8:39:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | January 30, 2015 | saynsumthn
    How can Planned Parenthood stand in the midst of mega churches? VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • Confraternity of Cath. Clergy: "No Religious Leader, No Synod Can Change Teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 8:08:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/19/15
    Statement on Marriage by the Confraternity of Catholic ClergyMarriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death...
  • Woman Who Was Confidante to Popes Now a Sainthood Candidate

    01/29/2015 7:59:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/28/15 | Inés San Martín
    ROME — Arguably the most powerful laywoman in the Catholic Church in the late 20th century is now a candidate for sainthood, after the launch of a beatification process on Tuesday in Italy followed by 18,000 people around the world via live streaming. Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, died in 2008 at the age of 88. The bid to declare her a saint comes shortly after a mandatory five-year waiting period in Church law to open a beatification process expired. Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, officiated at Tuesday’s launch of the process. Frascati is the diocese where...
  • Iraqi Priests Work to Save Historic Christian Writings from Islamic State

    01/29/2015 7:44:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/29/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Effectively exiled from his friary in Mosul by the Islamic State last year, Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, O.P. is working to preserve Christian manuscripts through digitization, recording a memory of Iraq's Christian past. Najeeb Michaeel is an Iraqi native who studied in the U.S., and founded in 1990 the Center for the Digitization of Oriental Manuscripts to foster the collection and recording of ancient manuscripts which he had started in the 1980s. Over the years, Fr. Michaeel has collected some 750 Christian manuscripts in order to preserve them and to make them available for study by making digital copies. The archives...
  • Should Girls Serve at the Altar? A Former Altar Girl Weighs In {Catholic Caucus}

    01/29/2015 7:31:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    onepeterfive.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Rebecca DeVendra
    While working a summer job in high school, one of my Catholic, male co-workers and I were leaving a building. I was ahead of him, so opened the door and stepped aside so he could pass. “Oh no!” He cried sarcastically, “You just emasculated me!” We then joked that a woman’s real role was obviously to be in the kitchen, and after a good laugh we went our separate ways. Our changing attitudes towards gender roles don’t stop at held doors and pulled out chairs. Obviously, if feminism is to have any value at all, and if Catholicism has any...
  • Pope Francis approved family synod’s controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

    01/29/2015 6:06:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Hillary White and Patric B Craine
    The lead organizer of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis’ role in the document’s publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synod’s first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it...