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  • African Methodist Episcopal Church: Global Warming Hurts Black People

    07/27/2016 8:06:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 25, 2016 | 12:32 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter (w/Guardian link)
    One of the nation’s largest and oldest black churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is warning black people about the dangers of climate change. The Guardian reported Sunday that the AME church “passed its first resolution in its 200-year history devoted to climate change, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy” at the church’s general conference in Philadelphia. “We can move away from the dirty fuels that make us sick and shift toward safe, clean energy like wind and solar that help make every breath our neighbors and families take a healthy one,” the resolution stated according to the...
  • At WYD, Vatican releases teen sex-ed program that leaves out parents and mortal sin [Cath Caucus]

    07/27/2016 7:21:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 27, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    "More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason," Our Lady of Fatima warned the three young seers in 1917. But this message, unfortunately, is entirely absent from the Vatican’s newly released sex-ed program for teens. Instead, sexual sins are not mentioned at all. The 6th and 9th commandments are ignored while sexually explicit images and immoral videos are used as springboards for discussion.
  • Catholic Priest to Tim Kaine: ‘Don’t Show Up in My Communion Line’

    07/26/2016 8:54:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest asked that pro-abortion Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine “do us both a favor” and not show up in his Communion line. “I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me,” tweeted Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law instructs that those “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches,...
  • Pro-abort VP candidate Tim Kaine Gets Standing O at Mass, Bishop Mum on Denying Communion

    07/26/2016 8:58:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/26/16 | Claire Chretien
    RICHMOND, Virginia, July 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine received a standing ovation at his parish on Sunday and several Catholic priests praised his nomination. Meanwhile, as Catholics call for Kaine to be denied Communion in accord with the Church’s laws, his bishop in the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement saying that Catholics have a duty to determine their own worthiness “through an upright and informed conscience.” Kaine and his wife were “like every other married couple going to church on a Sunday morning — if every other couple were met by...
  • Pastor: Xenophobia a ‘Demonic Matter’ (James A. Forbes)

    07/25/2016 4:10:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 25, 2016 | 12:58 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    At an interfaith gathering hosted by the Democratic National Convention Committee in Philadelphia, Rev. James A. Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, said Sunday that the nation faces problems of bigotry, climate change, greed and the “demonic matter” of xenophobia. During the gathering titled, “Stronger Together: In Pursuit of Love and Kindness,” Forbes referenced the lyrics of the 1960s musical, The Music Man, “Ya got trouble, folks, right here in River City. Trouble with a capital ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘P’ and that stands...
  • Bishop Tobin: Tim Kaine’s Abortion, Gay Views ‘Clearly Contrary’ to Catholic Teaching

    07/25/2016 2:26:57 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 25, 2016 | Michael W. Chapman
    Truncated title. Full title: Bishop Tobin: Tim Kaine’s Abortion, Gay Views ‘Clearly Contrary’ to Catholic Teaching and Pope Francis Although some analysts describe Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as a devout, “Pope Francis Catholic,” whose faith is “central” to his work, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said Kaine’s pro-choice position on abortion and support for gay marriage and women priests are views “clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings.” Bishop Tobin, head of the diocese of Providence, R.I., added that Kaine’s positions on those issues are also “opposed by Pope Francis.”
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 100 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • Don't Buy the Media Labels on Tim Kaine: 'Centrist' or 'Devout Catholic'

    07/23/2016 12:47:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 23, 2016 | Tim Graham
    Hillary Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) as her running mate is already creating one distortion of reality: that Kaine is somehow a "centrist." His American Conservative Union rating score in his first three years in the Senate is 0.00. But here was The Wall Street Journal opening up its coverage tonight: The other distortion is any journalist touting Kaine as a "devout Catholic" or "traditional Catholic" without noting it would be more accurate to call him a devout and traditional Democrat. A "devout" believer in the church would champion in public its pro-life stance and its opposition to...
  • WaPo: A "Pope Francis Catholic" can have a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, NARAL

    07/23/2016 4:33:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2016 | Carl E. Olson
    Just one example of how the secular media is going to spin, spin, and spin some more in the quest to provide cover for pro-abort, pro-homosexual politicians. (us.fotolia.com/JJAVA) UPDATED (9:15pm, Pacific; July 22): Sen. Kaine has been chosen to be Hillary Clinton's running mate. In the meantime, CWR's managing editor, Catherine Harmon, reminded me of this interesting story from last year:  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic and former missionary, had a clear message Wednesday for Pope Francis: Allow women to become priests. Kaine said ending the church's centuries-old rule that only men can be ordained would be the most significant...
  • Soros-Funded Catholic Left Is Dishonest

    07/19/2016 12:39:58 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    CNSnews ^ | July 19, 2016 | Bill Donohue
    Catholics are as divided as the rest of the nation when it comes to voting, and many look to activist Catholic groups for guidance. While there are good people on both sides, not every organization that adopts the Catholic label is to be trusted. For the record, I am not talking about entities that lean left or lean right—the Church itself is not one-dimensional. I am speaking about activist groups that claim to be Catholic yet receive a large share of their funding from forces that are manifestly hostile to Catholicism. This is certainly the case with Catholics in Alliance...
  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/16/2016 12:29:36 PM PDT · by StormPrepper · 87 replies
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination's ban on same-sex relationships.
  • Wuerl Says Only 'Very Few' Are Unhappy With Pope Francis

    07/11/2016 9:04:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/10/16 | Mark Zimmermann
    In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his appointment as the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl says most people seem enthused by Pope Francis, warns against "secular hegemony" and "silence" on anti-Christian persecution, and says priests are grateful for the pope's approach on the family.Despite an undercurrent of criticism of Pope Francis in some sectors of social media, the blogosphere, cable TV talk shows, and so on, Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he’s experienced tremendous enthusiasm for the pontiff, and that those “threatened” and “unhappy” are “very few.” Marking his tenth anniversary as the Archbishop of Washington, Wuerl...
  • Pope vows he won’t be slowed down by ‘ultra-conservatives’ [Catholic Caucus]

    07/03/2016 12:26:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Crux News ^ | July 3, 2016 | Inés San Martín, VATICAN CORRESPONDENT
    Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) In a new interview with an Argentine journalist, Pope Francis says there's a wing of the Catholic Church that "says no to everything," and while he's going ahead, he has no intention of launching a crackdown: “I don’t cut off heads. That was never my style. I’ve never liked doing that," he said. ROME-Pope Francis has vowed in a new interview that he won’t be slowed down by...
  • Presbyterian Church USA offers prayers to Allah, acknowledges Muhammad as prophet

    07/02/2016 10:51:13 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 73 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 07/02/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The assembled Presbyterians no doubt thought they were being wonderfully open-minded and ecumenical; they did not realize that Wajidi Said was openly proselytizing for Islam. “Lead us on the straight path” is straight from the Fatihah, the Opening, the Qur’an’s first chapter and the most common and oft-repeated prayer in Islam. Islamic scholars identify the straight path with Islam itself. And in invoking “Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad,” Said sounded beautifully ecumenical himself to the ranked Presbyterians, aglow in their bloomin’ primness, but in reality he was reflecting the Islamic belief that those figures and the other Biblical...
  • Mainline Christian Denomination Praying to Allah?

    06/29/2016 6:04:50 AM PDT · by Lera · 127 replies
    CBN ^ | 6/28/16
    The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week. "Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path - the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad." These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity - a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith...
  • For evangelicals, the question has become: Which is a worse sin, abortion or racism?

    06/28/2016 11:59:42 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 27, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    Monday’s Supreme Court ruling tossing Texas abortion restrictions puts a massive spotlight on the new debate pressing evangelicals: Which is a worse sin, racism or abortion? For decades, abortion has been the mother of all deciding issues for evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population and are strongly opposed. But in the 2016 race, with Donald Trump’s unusually incendiary comments about race, culture and religion, this second issue is becoming increasingly sacred. This question of how to deal with Hillary Clinton’s robust support for abortion rights along with Trump’s challenging of the place of minorities is...
  • Pope Francis Says You’re NOT Christian if You Support Gun Manufactures

    06/27/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 188 replies
    Ammoland Shooting Sports News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Ammoland
    Italy (Ammoland.com) Pope Francis spoke with a group of young people at a rally of thousands at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. Francis started by attacking the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as accusing the allies during World War Two of being complicit in the killing of Jews, Christians and homosexuals. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, saying. “If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after...
  • SCOTUS Immigration Ruling a ‘Huge Disappointment’ Say U.S. Catholic Bishops

    06/24/2016 10:28:28 AM PDT · by detective · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a strongly worded statement, the chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has denounced Thursday’s Supreme Court decision that blocked the Obama administration’s executive action to shield more than 4 million illegal immigrants from deportation, calling it a “huge disappointment.”
  • CATHOLICS FEEL HELPLESS WHILE ‘GUTLESS’ BISHOP EMBRACES LGBT AGENDA

    06/23/2016 3:19:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 22, 2016 | Rodney Pelletier
    Faithful Catholics in the Australian diocese of Wollongong are expressing frustration after the bishop canceled a presentation defending marriage, instead joining LGBT activists in their pro-homosexual propaganda on church property. On June 14 the Australian Family Association (AFA) was scheduled to deliver a presentation at the hall of St. Therese Catholic School in Wollongong, about 50 miles south of Sydney. The AFA describes as its mission "to cultivate within society an appreciation that the integrity and well-being of the family is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the Australian nation." A flyer for the event was emailed...
  • Evangelical Leader Endorses Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton: “We’re Praying for Sister Hillary”

    06/23/2016 4:26:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    An Evangelical Christian leader went against the grain of her religious subset’s strong pro-life stance this week and endorsed pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton for president. Deborah Fikes is the executive advisor to the World Evangelical Alliance, which works with churches in 129 countries to spread the Christian message. The Hill reports Fikes voiced her personal support for Clinton on Tuesday after a meeting between Christian leaders and likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She called Clinton “trustworthy” and Trump “un-Christian” as she gave her personal endorsement to the pro-abortion candidate. “Hillary Clinton is the leader who people of faith are...
  • Presbyterian USA General Assembly Prays To Allah.

    06/22/2016 6:29:09 PM PDT · by Vinylly · 58 replies
    I thought Christians were supposed to pray to God. When did they become Islamic? I'm quitting my local Presbyterian church for sure. This was announced in the latest Presbyterian Church USA, 'The Layman', their internet news letter.
  • Enough is enough, Pope Francis should resign

    06/17/2016 7:59:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2016 | Adam Shaw
    Pope Francis should resign, and Catholics should demand it, so the Church can begin recovering from the havoc his ill-advised and arrogant papacy has wrought.
  • Wedged: The LGBTQ Issue Is Dividing The Church

    06/12/2016 8:37:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | 6/12/2016 | Aaron Vriesman
    You probably have already made up your mind about same-sex marriage. You’ve probably had people try to change your mind about it and had to stand up for your position. Whatever your thoughts on same-sex marriage are, this topic is extremely volatile. In this article, I will not be attempting to argue for LGBTQ rights (the “inclusive” position) or biblical marriage (the “traditional” position). I simply want to suggest that this is a true wedge issue that will indeed divide us. The conversation needs to shift from trying to convince each other to a pragmatic discussion of where we go...
  • Broadcaster for Italian Bishops Conference Advertise for Aberrosexuality-Orgies in Rome's Seminaries

    06/10/2016 8:15:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | June 9, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    A scandal beyond compare took place on June 6 at TV2000, the television station of the Italian Bishops' Conference CEI. During the broadcast "Il diario di Papa Francesco" (The Diary of Pope Francis) a "Christian LGBT" appeared as a guest. The inappropriate label, which wants to suggest a reconciliation of Christianity and homosexuality, was used for the first time in early May in Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference. "The concept of choice is as incorrect as if the newspaper of the bishops were written by Christian abortionists'" said Nuova Bussola Quotidiana (NBQ). "The concept of choice...
  • Washington National Cathedral to Remove Confederate Flags From Stained Glass Windows

    06/09/2016 2:58:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    News Max ^ | 6/9/16 | Clyde Hughes
    he Washington National Cathedral will remove Confederate flag images from its stained glass windows that honored Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, it announced in a statement Wednesday. The cathedral ordered a five-member task force to examine the windows in order to determine their future, the cathedral said in its news release. Though it voted unanimously to remove the Confederate flag images, the task force also decided to host a public discussion on the future of the windows to start July 17. "The Lee-Jackson windows call the question of race and the legacy of slavery and instead...
  • Major Christian Church Calls All Whites Racist, ‘No Matter What’

    06/07/2016 11:09:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Blake Neff
    The United Church of Christ (UCC), a major mainline Protestant denomination, published a Facebook post telling all whites that they are racist against non-whites, no matter what they do. An infographic posted to the church’s Facebook page over the weekend gives white people a series of 10 tips on how to cope with their white privilege. Suggestions include “Listen when people call you on your microaggressions” and “Stop contributing to gentrification.” But the tenth suggestion is the most notable one, telling white readers to “Recognize that you’re still racist. No matter what.”
  • Damian Thompson asks: “Is the Pope Catholic?”

    06/06/2016 11:22:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Fr. Z' Blog | June 6, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdor
    At Heat Street, Damian Thompson asks: “Is the Pope Catholic?” That site is a mess to read, so let’s see some of it here. My emphases and comments: Is the Pope Catholic? Here’s Why Many of Pope Francis Flock Aren’t Sure Pope Francis, we learned this week, will take part in a service next year to celebrate a great moment in Christian history. The Reformation. Yes, you read that right. ‘Pope celebrates Reformation’ sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s actually going to happen – when Francis travels to Sweden next year to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s...
  • President Obama: Bible Supports Transgender Directive

    06/03/2016 1:52:29 PM PDT · by russbart · 51 replies
    CBN ^ | June 3, 2016
    President Barack Obama says the Bible supports his sweeping directive to allow transgender public school students to use the bathroom of their choice. The president made that remark at a townhall meeting hosted by "PBS NewsHour" in Elkhart, Indiana, Wednesday night.
  • More Gay ‘Christians’ (barf alert)

    06/02/2016 10:39:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 55 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Michael Voris, S.T.B.
    DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - There is a growing movement with Christianity calling for greater acceptance of homosexuality. It is voicing itself differently depending on whether its of a Protestant or Catholic stripe, but it is increasing. Although diverging, for the time being, over the question of any sexual activity being immoral, both Protestant and Catholics who identify as gay are doing what they can to move the needle to a greater acceptance of homosexuality in general among followers and adherents. Within the Protestant world, a number of big name musicians continue a parade of announcing they are gay. The most recent...
  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Pope Awards Medals to Celebrities George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek

    05/30/2016 8:02:39 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 109 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    ope Francis honored American actors George Clooney and Richard Gere and actress Salma Hayek on Sunday, awarding them the “Olive Medal” for peace at a Vatican event. The Vatican event was organized to promote the work of a foundation called Scholas Occurrentes (schools of encounter), which Clooney praised as “a wonderful program” that enables “many different religions to speak of inclusion, because we know that hatred and fundamentalist attitudes are learned and inculcated.” It wasn’t clear from reports what the celebrities had actually done to merit the medals, although George Clooney is well known as a liberal activist and successful...
  • The Mad Virtues of Pope Francis, and the Desperate Resistance

    05/25/2016 3:19:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    St Corbian's Bear ^ | May 24, 2016 | St Corbian's Bear
    Typically, for the Bear, this is not short. You may find it entertaining, however. It wraps up several issues that have been occupying the Bear's mind lately as he grapples with the why and the how of what he is doing. Pope Francis: Finally, a Smiling Face to the Horror For decades we have had to sit and watch helplessly as the Church was consumed by preventable scandal and ceaseless innovation. The enemy was hard to get a fix on. He seemed to be everywhere and nowhere, and his name was Legion. But it was clear that somehow the schwerpunkt...
  • Christianity Must Exorcise Itself of Homophobia

    05/25/2016 12:11:55 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 105 replies
    ABC.net ^ | 5/23/2016 | Benjamin Jones
    When Australia's most successful Olympian, Ian Thorpe, came out as gay in an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson in July 2014, he was inundated with messages of support. At the time, some posed the question: does this even count as news? Is homosexuality today not a simple biographical detail rather than a sensational scandal? And yet, it is significant that on the same night that Thorpe came out, Australian Rules Football commentator Brian Taylor used a homophobic slur on air, referring to Geelong player Harry Taylor as a "big poofter." The two events accentuated perfectly why it remains the case,...
  • Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History!

    05/25/2016 3:57:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 680 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | May 10, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words. To read the document with the formatting go to the link of the document.) Is the Pope Catholic? - The Greatest Schism in Catholic Church History! Dear friends, As always as I have wrote in the last couple of “Spiritual Food”s, it is very important in these times of great confusion, when even Catholic bishops are no longer in agreement about the fundamentals of our faith and morals, to not only pray much and to study the...
  • Methodists Vote to Divest From Hate and Invest in Peace

    05/24/2016 6:27:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 5-23-16 | Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein
    n 2016, the frontline of the war against the legitimacy of the Jewish state isn’t Gaza or Israel’s northern border — or even the Golan Heights. It is the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to terminate the Jewish state by delegitimizing it in the world community. This ugly campaign plays out on our nation’s college campuses, including most recently at the University of California-Irvine, where campus police had to intervene to save (mostly) Jewish women from “activists” protesting a film about Israeli soldiers. BDS-ers, crafting their efforts as “pro-peace,” have had considerable success with mainline Protestant...
  • The One World Religion Cometh: Pope Francis Warmly Welcomes Top Islamic Cleric To The Vatican

    05/23/2016 8:35:29 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 56 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 5/23/2016 | Michael Snyder
    When Pope Francis met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on Monday, he told him that “our meeting is the message“. So precisely what kind of “message” was Pope Francis attempting to convey? Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is the Grand Imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, and some have described him as “the highest figure in Sunni Islam“. The Daily Mail said that the meeting between these two men was a “historic bid to reopen dialogue between the two churches”, and as you will see below this is yet another in a long series of attempts by Pope Francis to build bridges between Catholicism...
  • Obama Names Transgender to Faith Post (Presidential Council of Faith Partnerships)

    05/20/2016 7:03:13 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 89 replies
    World net Daily ^ | 5-20-2016 | Bob Unruh
    Obama’s statement said Satin was the assistant faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force. “She is an active member of the United Church of Christ and served on the denomination’s executive council as its first openly transgender member. Ms. Satin recently worked on the development of Spirit on Lake, a LGBTQ senior housing project in Minneapolis. She served on the board of directors for OutFront Minnesota from 2001 to 2008 and has served as chair of GLBT Generations since 1999. She has also served on the board of directors of PFund Foundation, a regional LGBTQ community foundation advancing...
  • Pope shocker: Promotes socialism, likens Jesus to ISIS

    05/20/2016 10:46:18 AM PDT · by detective · 151 replies
    WND ^ | 05/20/2016 | Cheryl Chumley
    Pope Francis, in an interview with the French newspaper La Croix, suggested a likeness between ISIS and Jesus by explaining that while “the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam,” it was quite possible to interpret certain passages of the Gospels, particularly in Matthews, as a call for Christians to go forth with this “same idea of conquest” in their discipleship. He also faulted the free market for driving poverty, saying economies need “a state to monitor and balance them;” gun manufacturers for fueling wars; and the failures of Christians in Europe to properly assimilate with Muslims...
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • He Got It From His Mama? The Christian Case for Transgender Equity [Jesus is Trans]

    05/18/2016 6:15:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Women in Theology ^ | May 13, 2016 | Katie Grimes
    Here is what I want to say to Christians for whom the fact that “transgender people are clearly happier and healthier and more fully alive when they are allowed to be transgender” is not a good enough reason to accept transgender people into their homes, workplaces, schools, and bathrooms: Since Jesus had no human biological father, and since God, his heavenly Father, lacks a body, then Jesus was a man who likely had no Y chromosome. Would this not make Jesus more like a transgender person than a cis-gender one? We could grant Jesus a Y chromosome, but then we...
  • Gay pastor admits he faked homophobic slur on Whole Foods cake [GAY HOAX]

    05/16/2016 8:05:28 PM PDT · by Enchante · 98 replies
    WaPo ^ | May 16, 2016 | Julie Zauzmer
    An openly gay pastor who claimed that a grocery store bakery wrote a homophobic message on his cake has dropped his lawsuit against Whole Foods, claiming he made up the story, according to news reports.
  • United Methodist Church to respond to rumors that it is about to split over gay equality

    05/17/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    The United Methodist Church is considering splitting over the full acceptance of gay members, according to reports by top clergy and advocacy groups. Church officials say the president of the Council of Bishops will address the rumor Tuesday in Portland, Ore., where the denomination is holding a major convention. The rumors about the United States’ third-largest faith group began spreading on social media Monday night, when some prominent pastors reportedly told crowds in Portland that a plan is in the works. Details about what the plan entails and who was on board with it were unconfirmed. United Methodist Church spokeswoman...
  • Pope Francis Betrays Christianity By Romanticizing Poverty

    05/16/2016 7:25:41 AM PDT · by detective · 141 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 16, 2016 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Writing in Forbes last year, Steve Moore, a Catholic, asked: “What is the theological case for telling those in the poorest villages of the planet where people still live at subsistence levels, that they have a moral obligation to save the planet by staying poor and using less fossil fuels, less energy and electricity?” Three months later, Vatican Radio ran the telltale headline: “Pope: Christians Should Kneel Before the Poor.” The article cited Pope Francis’ assertion that “poverty is the great teaching” Jesus gave us, and that “the poor are not a burden but a resource.” He capped his homily...
  • Texas pastor who accused Whole Foods of gay slur on cake drops suit, apologizes (homo hoax alert)

    05/16/2016 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/16
    The Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods in April for allegedly writing a gay slur on a cake he bought withdrew his lawsuit on Monday and apologized to the supermarket chain for perpetrating a hoax, KVUE reported. "The company did nothing wrong," openly gay pastor Jordan Brown wrote in a Monday statement. "I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story." Brown said in April that he requested a cake from Whole Foods with the phrase “Love Wins” written on it, but when he received his cake there was a homophobic remark added. Brown...
  • Pastor who claimed Whole Foods cake had homophobic slur drops lawsuit

    05/16/2016 7:52:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Fox 7 Austin ^ | May 16, 2016 | Staff
    The pastor who claimed he bought a Whole Foods cake that had a homophobic slur written on it has decided to drop his lawsuit against the company. Pastor Jordan Brown, who is gay, is a pastor of The Church of Open Doors, an LGBT welcoming congregation in Austin.
  • Defying church ban, dozens of Methodist clergy come out as gay and lesbian

    05/09/2016 3:59:08 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/9/2016 | Daniel Burke
    Dozens of United Methodist clergy members came out as lesbian, gay or bisexual on Monday, defying their church's ban on "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" serving in ministry and essentially daring their supervisors to discipline them. In a public letter posted online, 111 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry said church rules require "that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities." "While some of us have been lucky to serve in places where we could serve honestly and openly, there are others in places far more hostile, who continue...
  • Is Donald Trump Evil? The Religious Left Thinks He Is

    05/09/2016 9:19:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 49 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 9, 2016 | JP
    “Christians are ‘called to resist’ Trump.” So read the headline accompanying a polemic authored by Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. It was published this past week by Religion News Service, which provides left-of-center religious news and commentary to more than 100 media outlets, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. The “call” to which Gushee referred is a statement (which he helped draft) that was released last month by “a multiracial group of Christian ministers and scholars.” The group condemns Donald Trump, they say, because...
  • 6 things to watch at the Methodist General Conference (UMC to debate homosexualism again)

    05/09/2016 6:51:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 32 replies
    RNS ^ | May 7, 2016 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    The United Methodist Church General Conference convenes once every four years to make policy decisions and set the direction for the denomination. Beginning Tuesday (May 10), 864 delegates, half of them clergy, will converge on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for 10 days for the General Conference. More than 40 percent of those delegates will come from outside the U.S. They’ll consider 1,043 proposals listed in the conference’s legislation tracking system. Here are six of the most talked-about issues: 1. LGBT inclusion The United Methodist News Service tallied up more than 100 petitions alone on sexuality. Several plans have...
  • Lavender Graduations Harmful to Students at Catholic Colleges

    05/09/2016 6:12:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 4/28/16 | Adam Cassandra
    At least eight Catholic colleges across the country are hosting “lavender graduations” this spring — many of them as part of an annual campus tradition — to celebrate and honor students with same-sex attraction (SSA) or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). Lavender graduations and similar ceremonies for seniors have been announced at the College of St. Rose, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, Seattle University and the University of San Francisco. Although intended as a compassionate gesture to students, the ceremonies reinforce harmful ideologies about sexuality...
  • FIRST OPENLY-GAY CHAPLAIN OF NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD SWORN IN

    05/06/2016 7:26:31 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies
    http://abc11.com/ ^ | 05/06/2016 | Gloria Rodriguez
    First Lt. Megan Joyner's recent swearing-in ceremony makes her the first openly-gay chaplain of the North Carolina Army National Guard. She'll be able to perform ceremonies such as weddings and military funerals while also doing her most important job: counseling soldiers. But gay advocates say her home state of North Carolina is taking away protections for the LGBT community with House Bill 2. She says it is likely she may be performing same-sex marriage ceremonies for soldiers in the future.