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  • Counting Catholics: ‘Church of immigrants’ poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nation’s largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • Did Obama skip church on Christmas?

    12/26/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    Beltway Confidential -- Washington Examiner ^ | 12-26-12 | Charlie Spiering
    Did the Obama family skip church services this Christmas? The White House readout of the President’s activities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day makes no mention of church services – although the President and the First Lady made time to visit service members of the United States Military at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Below is the text of the White House release to the press: Last night, the President made holiday telephone calls to US service members, then sat down with his family for Christmas Eve dinner. This morning, the family gathered around 8AM to open their Christmas...
  • Christmas in an Anti-Christian Age

    12/25/2012 4:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God became man, and eternal salvation became possible. This date has been the separation point of mankind's time on earth, with B.C. designating the era before Christ, and A.D., anno domino, in the Year of the Lord, the years after. And how stands Christianity today? "Christianity is in danger off being wiped out in its biblical heartlands," says the British think tank Civitas. In Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, Christians face persecution...
  • Goodwill to all...and Prosper...It's always been yours~!

    12/25/2012 12:57:15 AM PST · by Navy_Air · 5 replies
    Chuck Nemec
    No matter who you are, what you believe, who you believe in, I love you all!. Thank you from the bottom of...well, the top of my heart. You folks are the most enlightening folks I've ever had a chance to read. 1998 and I've lurked just about all that time, funniest, craziness and off the cliff stuff I've ever read. My hope is you've passed to generations to come all your wisdom, satire and knowledge you can impart. I know that all things will be good... I know things never end. They can't because of folks like you. Your the...
  • Vatican Newspaper Compares Gay-Marriage Equality to Communism

    12/24/2012 1:39:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 20 2012 | ALESSANDRO SPECIALE - Religion News Service
    Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism Vatican City • Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and Europe, the Roman Catholic Church has intensified its increasingly uphill battle against gay marriage. The latest salvo came this week, with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality. Scaraffia, a 64-year-old former feminist activist who later became a fervent Catholic, has often written in the Vatican newspaper on the...
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • $2 Billion to Detain Immigrants? Not a Good Move — Rev. Lauma Zusevics Writes at The Capital Times

    12/24/2012 12:16:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Capital Times ^ | December 24, 2012 | LAUMA ZUSEVICS
    In the wake of Election Day, “immigration reform” has been on the lips of our political leaders, Republicans and Democrats alike. Hearing such talk makes me wish those officials could share the experiences I’ve had, so that those reforms are based on reality rather than wishful thinking. Whether your family arrived in America by disembarking before there was a country, or by dutifully waiting in line to immigrate, we can all agree that as Americans we have certain responsibilities. We have a moral obligation to refrain from treating illegal immigrants with undue harshness, and as a nation respected for its...
  • Does anyone remember the way America was?

    12/23/2012 8:21:19 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 118 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/23/12 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    What has happened to my country? I am old. I am 77. I pay to live in a gated community because I am scared. “Bravo Roberto” near my home serves from a cooked-from-scratch, delicious menu, items not bought from a food service truck, not served up by a chain restaurant that loads Americans up on heavy doses of salt to achieve its number one rating. In these tragic times, food, friends, family, God, prayer and Christmas are about all we have left. And “Bravo Roberto” serves up every day in Florida’s St. Lucie West a product we have allowed ourselves...
  • Illumination From Medieval Manuscripts

    12/21/2012 5:58:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    NEW YORK CITY -- It hasn't been an easy time -- year, decade, early century -- for organized religion. Books by atheists proliferate, some meaner than others. Fewer men and women attend church or synagogue services. The season highlights Christmas and in recent years Hanukkah, but the cultural emphasis is more materialistic than meditative. Confidence in organized religion has declined to 44 percent, as measured by Gallup. When tragedy strikes, as in Newtown, Conn., prayer resides mostly in the shadows of those personally affected. The public ritual requires politicians to assure survivors of their thoughts and prayers -- what one...
  • The Resurrection

    12/21/2012 4:55:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    At the very core of Christianity is the historical authenticity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for His resurrection, we would not be celebrating His birth. The Apostle Paul said, "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain." Christian apologist Josh McDowell spent more than 700 hours studying the subject of the resurrection and concluded that it "is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most amazing fact of history." When a university student asked...
  • Bishops remain focused on 'responsible restrictions' on gun ownership

    12/20/2012 9:19:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    catholicnews.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As momentum builds to implement new limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, the Catholic bishops of the United States remain focused on seeking "reasonable restrictions" on gun ownership without infringing upon Second Amendment rights. "The bishops continue to support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and continue to call for sensible regulations on handguns," Kathy Saile, the bishops' director of domestic social development, told Catholic News Service. "In addition to that, we need to make a serious commitment to address the pervasive role that addiction and mental illness have in crime," she...
  • The World's Fastest Growing Religion (Either Christianity or Islam, Depending on Location)

    12/20/2012 12:41:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 11/13/2012 | Philip Jenkins
    I'm often asked, "What is the world's fastest growing religion?"Questioners are stirred both by hope -- that "our" religion is so evidently the best that it is sweeping the world -- but also by the fear that "they" (usually Muslims) are going to overwhelm us. Actually, that growth question crosses faith boundaries. Wikipedia's entry on "Claims to be the Fastest-Growing Religion" collects many such boasts, which variously claim the prize for Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Wicca, Deism, the Falun Gong, Scientology, and other competitors. Obviously, even compiling such a list has the tongue-in-cheek implication that most such claims are bogus or...
  • One Night in Bangkok

    12/20/2012 4:00:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    BANGKOK -- Most of us can read about sex trafficking with a sense of detachment. It is only when we see its results up close that we are forced to confront the full extent of its horror. Nana Plaza is one of several "red light" districts in Bangkok. It is less than two blocks from my upscale hotel, but worlds away from it, a distance, you could say, separating Heaven from Hell. Girls -- and that's what many of them are -- wear almost nothing. They are there to please. My guide points out a three-story structure. "The higher you...
  • My Take: Obama's Newtown remarks show presidents as pastors in chief

    12/19/2012 7:54:58 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | December 17, 2012 | Stephen Prothero
    Presidents wear a lot of hats. They serve as commanders in chief. They nominate Supreme Court justices. They veto congressional legislation. Increasingly, they are also coming to serve as our pastors in chief. In his remarks Sunday night at an interfaith service at in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama vowed to use “whatever power” he has to prevent more mass shootings, and he all but promised to push for stricter gun control laws in the next U.S. Congress. But policy was not top of mind yesterday for either the president or a grieving nation. --snip-- It wasn't a speech. It...
  • The God Complex

    12/17/2012 10:06:40 AM PST · by Perseverando · 86 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 17, 2012 | Mike Jensen
    I think I have the Progressive/Socialist/Communist movement figured out, and the answer is God. Surprised? Read on. Humans have an instinctive desire to believe in something bigger than themselves—something all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, that can make everything right when nothing seems to go right. Ask any anthropologist or archaeologist, and he or she will tell you that pretty much every culture in the history or humankind has had a set of beliefs regarding a god or gods. We westerners are most familiar, of course, with the ancient Greek and Roman gods, but every civilization from the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians to...
  • Should Church Boards Be Able To Decide Which Pastor A Particular Church Gets To Vote On

    12/17/2012 7:10:15 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 43 replies
    12/17/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A vacancy occurs within a church (as in the pastoral position), and let's say an interim pastor steps in for a certain amount of time until a replacement pastor is voted in. Let's say 4-5/6 licensed/ordained ministers within that denomination apply for the open position and thus for a chance to preach before the church - and the church members who will later hear those ministers will pray about which one they desire to be their pastor and eventually vote one in. Should the board get to toss any of those names from consideration, if those licensed/ordained ministers are in...
  • Pope Warns 'Gay Marriage Is A Threat to Humanity'

    12/16/2012 3:40:10 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | January 10, 2012 | Benge Nsenduluka , Christian Post Contributor
    The Pope has again condemned same-sex marriage and on Monday warned that it is a threat to humanity. Speaking directly to international diplomats at a New Year’s address, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged various economic and social factors that he says affect the world today. "Policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," The Pontiff said, according to Reuters. "The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states," he said. "Pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a...
  • Our God-Forsaken Schools

    12/16/2012 8:43:47 AM PST · by Guido2012 · 26 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 12/16/12 | Tony Caruso
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…. Proverbs 1:7 What is truly detestable about the state of public schools in this country is how far they have strayed from their historical roots. Most of the schools in this country, as well as many of the prestigious Ivy League universities were founded for the sole purpose of educating the populace in the Scriptures. Noah Webster, one of our nation’s leading educators, said, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to...
  • Separate that family but not this one

    12/15/2012 12:09:38 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    www.caps-blog.org ^ | December 15, 2012 | Inger Eberhart
    On Monday, the Archdiocese of Atlanta called on the Obama administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Speaking on behalf of one million Georgia Catholics, Archbishop Wilton Gregory lauded the administration for issuing work permits and deportation reprieves to illegal immigrants. However, the Archbishop wants more. He used familiar arguments about keeping families together as his main reason to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Archbishop Gregory’s website page states, “we find it unacceptable that children are separated from their parents and families or begin each morning wondering if this is the last day they will see their mother or father or siblings.”...
  • My Jihad, a new add campaign with hash tag goodness!

    12/13/2012 7:58:36 PM PST · by Cyclops08
    website ^ | vanity | vanity
    This is an ad campaign that is going to go coast to coast. I first noticed it whilst I lurked at DU... http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021974599 The post has a great photo of the feelgood but empty-headed nature of this campaign. the website was in the photo, and its equally hollow and meaningless...pure propaganda: http://myjihad.org/ But what's really fun is a twitter feed hash tag, #MyJihad. anyone can leave a comment here. Heh. Hows about it? Care to shed some truth and light?