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  • ‘I am a gay priest who is happy': Vatican official fired after coming out on eve of Church conf.

    10/05/2015 9:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Sarah Kaplan
    On Saturday evening, as hundreds of bishops convened in Rome for a major church assembly on family issues, former Vatican priest Krzysztof Charamsa headed a mile across town to a different gathering: the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a group of 13 organizations advocating for inclusion of gays in the church. Charamsa had lost his job just before, when he was fired from his position in the Vatican’s doctrine office after announcing that he was gay and introducing reporters to his boyfriend. “I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay...
  • The un-Christian immorality of socialist Pope Francis

    10/03/2015 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct. 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    There was a time when even if you were not Catholic, and even if you strenuously disagreed with Roman Catholic doctrine and practice, you could still expect the pontiffs to be on the right side of world events. Yet, we've come a long way from John Paul II joining with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to oppose the Soviet Union and worldwide Communism. Those who believed that Communism "fell" with the Berlin Wall were premature, and didn't realize that it was merely going underground, taking on new forms and putting forward new faces to the public at large. One of...
  • Vatican sacks priest after he comes out as gay

    10/03/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality. Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa was removed from his position at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm where he had worked since 2003, a statement said. Charamsa, 43, and a Polish theologian, announced he was gay and had a partner in a long interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday. He later held a news conference...
  • The Christian Temptation Towards Socialism

    10/02/2015 9:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/01/2015 | Marc Fitch
    The last temptation of Christ may not have occurred in the desert when Satan confronted Jesus. In the biblical book of Matthew, Christ goes alone into the desert and fasts for 40 days. While he is starving, the Devil confronts and tempts him: “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Christ answers, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant, has faced a similar temptation to turn stone into bread in the form of socialism....
  • How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward

    09/30/2015 12:45:01 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | Michaelangelo Signorile
    After first refusing to confirm nor deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis' attorney -- who made the news public after the pope's trip ended -- said Francis told her to "stay strong." And that simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying "the gay issue" on his U.S. trip. The pope played us for fools, trying to have it both ways. As I noted last week, he's an artful politician, telling different audiences what they want to hear...
  • Gay Catholics Urge Synod Fathers to Reject ‘Harsh Language’

    09/30/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Appeal comes in briefing paper sent to English bishops attending family synodGay Catholics have sent a briefing paper to the two English bishops attending the family synod next week, urging them to reject “harsh” language about homosexuality. The LGBT Catholics Briefing Paper resulted from a reflection day, sponsored by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, held in June 2013. The briefing paper is addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and chairman of the bishops’ conference Committee for Marriage and Family Life, who will be at the synod which opens on Sunday....

    09/27/2015 6:17:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 134 replies
    Powerline ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would have thought had stacked the ranks of the Cardinals with clergy that would perpetuate their theological and philosophical outlook. Was Benedict hounded out of office by some kind of internal Vatican scandal perhaps? Was there some ecclesiastical version of a coup?There’s no evidence that I’m aware of—until now. Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a very curious article about...
  • More on the Pope's Speech to Congress: What He Said -- and What He Meant

    09/24/2015 2:08:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush ^ | September 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, we're gonna go back to the audio sound bites. Pope Francis and his speech before the joint session of Congress. Let me just ask a question. This is rooted, ladies and gentlemen, in our first caller. I've noticed that there is a process by which people go through when they support somebody, but they're not sure what the person they support is saying all the time or maybe a person they support never has addressed certain things. The people that support them will always interpret what the person they support says as being what they like. I first...
  • Pope Francis Just Echoed Obama's 'Offensive' Prayer Breakfast Remarks

    While delivering the first address from a pontiff to a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis touched on topics ranging from the plight of immigrants to climate change and the death penalty. Many of his comments were lightly delivered and unlikely to elicit much controversy, though the reaction might be different if they were given by another world leader. Case in point: Toward the beginning of his address, Francis alluded to religious extremism, noting that "no religion is immune" from it. His full quote as prepared for delivery: "Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred...
  • Pope Francis' Speech To Congress Didn't Mention Abortion, Gay Marriage By Name

    09/24/2015 8:35:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 151 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09/24/2015 | Jaweed Kaleem
    In a 3,404-word address, he used only 75 words on the two topics. Pope Francis touched on many topics in his speech to Congress, but conservatives may have expected him to say more about abortion and same-sex marriage. During his historic speech at a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis hit upon a variety of issues that have defined the Catholic church: protecting the environment, helping the poor, addressing the plight of immigrants, abolishing the death penalty and taking a stand against the proliferation of the weapons trade, to name a few. Yet, while the pope had strong...
  • Pope Francis delivers big for Dems on war, climate, immigration

    09/24/2015 9:15:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/24/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Pope Francis on Thursday gave an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress that delivered big applause lines for Democrats on issues like the need to end armed conflict, welcoming immigrants, and taking steps to stop climate change. And while Republicans have spent the week reminding people that the pope agrees with the GOP on issues like family and abortion, the pontiff only gave a few brief nods to those issues, and in far less specific terms. For example, he stressed that the "Golden Rule" reminds people of their "responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage...
  • Francis takes Congress to task on immigration, abortion, gay marriage and (Shortened)

    09/24/2015 9:11:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 117 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | David Martosko,J.Taylor Rushing
    Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.
  • Pope Francis’ Address to the US Congress [Full text]

    09/24/2015 9:09:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/24/15
    Here is the text of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of the United States Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. * * * Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility. Each...
  • Rev. Wright: Obama Was 'Steeped In Islam'

    09/21/2015 7:18:26 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    May 18, 2012
    Hysteria regarding Obama being Moslem is nothing new. Let's look at these two videos. Video #1: Around 2:15 mark: KLEIN: When I asked the Reverend Wright about this whole question of Islam and Christianity. He said, well, you know, Barack Obama was steeped in Islam. He knew a lot about Islam from his childhood. But he knew very little about Christianity. And I made it easy for him to feel not guilty about learning about Christianity without turning his back on his Islamic friends.” HANNITY: What does that mean? KLEIN: So then I said to him, well, did you...
  • Wright: I “Made It Comfortable” For Obama to Accept Christianity Without Having to Renounce Islam

    09/20/2015 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 157 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 15, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In a shocking interview yesterday on the Sean Hannity Radio Show, author Ed Klein said Barack Obama’s former pastor helped Obama accept Christianity without having to renounce Islam.
  • Gay Michigan Pastor Forced to Resign Shares Story in Bay Area

    09/19/2015 1:15:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/18 | Pete Suratos
    A Methodist pastor who was told to resign from his Michigan church because of his sexuality visited the Bay Area to share his story. Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson spoke to the Twin Towers Methodist Church in Alameda on Friday and discussed the life-changing moment when he was told to resign because he is gay. He said he has decided to take his story on the road and change minds along the way. Hutchinson said he was forced to resign from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after he told the bishop about his gay partner. According to the United Methodist Church's guidelines, that...
  • German Bishop Sees Good in Adultery, Sodomy

    09/15/2015 4:57:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/15/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A German bishop is advocating Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholic spouses and urging a special blessing for same-sex couples. In a recent interview with German newspaper Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, Bp. Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück, Germany, admits marital indissolubility yet questions whether adulterous second civil marriages "might actually correspond better to God's covenant with human beings." Here's his full response: KNA: A major issue will be divorced and remarried individuals. You have advocated allowing such persons to receive Holy Communion under certain conditions. What are those conditions? Bode: Marriage is indissoluble according to the will of Jesus. With a...
  • Vatican ‘Welcomes’ And Supports Obama’s Nuclear Arms Deal With Iran

    09/15/2015 6:10:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/15/15 | Emma Colton
    Just days before Pope Francis lands in America for a three-city tour, a Vatican official stressed the Holy See approves of Obama’s highly controversial Iran nuclear deal, believing it will bring peace to the world.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who serves as the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, addressed the 59th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Monday, and explained that the Vatican wholeheartedly supports America’s nuclear deal with Iran.“We hope that the full implementation of [the nuclear deal] will ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program under the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and will...
  • New Leftwing group: ‘We Welcome Refugees’ will be bringing politics to your pulpits

    09/13/2015 6:18:59 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | September 12, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    New Leftwing group: ‘We Welcome Refugees’ will be bringing politics to your pulpits starting tomorrow! Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 12, 2015 Ask Ann Voskamp one of the leaders of this new lobbying initiative how she is proposing to save the persecuted Christians first! No surprise, but you need to be ready to speak up! If this new group, with its lobbying campaign, shows up in your church, ask them how many CHRISTIANS and other religious minorities they are proposing to save! I can’t emphasize enough that the present invasion of Europe is being led by mostly Muslim migrants...
  • World Meeting of Families president supported pro-abortion, gay ‘marriage’ candidates: report

    08/26/2015 4:08:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews | 8/25/15 | Lisa Bourne
    The president of the upcoming papal event in Philadelphia backed political candidates who support homosexual “marriage” and abortion, including a former Planned Parenthood director, a new report says. World Meeting of Families President Robert Ciaruffoli gave thousands of dollars to several pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidates over the last 16 years, according to the Lepanto Institute, one that founded a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood facility and opposed restriction of interstate transportation of minors for abortion. While Ciaruffoli did contribute to a number of candidates who uphold life and marriage, the report says, his record of support for those promoting abortion and homosexuality...
  • Baptist Church Founded by First SBC President Allows Ordination of Gay and Transgender Ministers

    08/20/2015 8:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers. Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • The Barbaric Planned Parenthood and Its “Catholic” Democrat Supporters

    08/09/2015 8:41:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/9/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Florida’s US Senatorial Candidate Patrick Murphy, at present a US Representative (D-Jupiter) says, on page 6 of that he OPPOSES “Human Needs Over Animal Rights!” Murphy also states on the same graph that he “Strongly Favors” ABORTION; the issue in the candidates’ quiz is stated as “Abortion is a woman’s unrestricted right.” Murphy also “Strongly Favors Same-Sex Marriage.” Now Floridians have a clear choice in the question that asks why the Obama administration and his mainstream media hacks–the propaganda wing of the Democrat party–are having such a hissy fit over the MN dentist who shot the beautiful lion Cecil,...
  • T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Marriage’ [Matthew 13 - Great Last Days Bundling]

    08/09/2015 9:28:17 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 48 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 8/7/2015 | Heather Clark
    Megachurch leader and author T.D. Jakes says that homosexuals should attend congregations that affirm their lifestyle and that politics do not need to reflect biblical ethics, adding that his position on homosexuality is both “evolved and evolving.” During an interview with the Huffington Post on Monday, Jakes was asked by a viewer if he believes that homosexuals and the black church can co-exist. “Absolutely… I think it is going to be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different,” he replied. “And I think that to speak that...
  • Planned Parenthood’s “Clergy” Advisory Board: Killing Babies is “God’s Work”

    08/09/2015 11:30:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | August 9, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood has a Clergy Advocacy Board. And these clergy, in name only, claim Planned Parenthood employees are “doing God’s work.” The Board released a statement (which has since been taken off of Planned Parenthood’s website) in response to what they describe is a Center for Medical Progress (CMP) “smear campaign” (planned-parenthood-clergy-advocacy-board-releases-response-to-smear-campaign”). The video recordings expose Planned Parenthood employees discussing their enthusiastic efforts to illegally sell aborted baby parts. Some include whole baby bodies from partial birth abortions. One purchaser is Stem Express, “a multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and...
  • ‘Married’ lesbian approved as head of Catholic day care in Cardinal Marx’s diocese

    08/02/2015 8:36:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Maike Hickson & John-Henry Westen
    The website of the German Bishops' Conference,, reported yesterday on the first case of a practicing homosexual permitted to remain in a position at a Catholic Church institution despite a flagrant and public violation of the Church's moral law. The woman who heads a Caritas Day Care Center in Bavaria, had been asked in April to leave her position due to her announcement that she was going to “marry” a woman. The decision has now been rescinded, according to Fr. Hans Lindenberger, head of the Caritas in Munich, Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is the Archbishop of the Diocese...
  • Obama Stopped Being a Christian American Upon Election to POTUS

    08/02/2015 2:59:41 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/02/15 | Jerry McConnell
    The shadowy shyster Obama January 20, 2009, was the date; the infamous date when the destroyer of the country called the United States of America began his crusade to kill off as many citizens as possible, and as many symbols and patriotic sayings as he possibly could annihilate. If some took actual lives with his deadly thrusts, the happier he was and the more he enjoyed being the “Messiah” of doom. O1/20/09 was also the date when nearly half of the country abandoned their citizenship and bowed down to this fakir who could not even produce a legitimate birth certificate....
  • All dogs, and cats, and pigs, and goats, and cockroaches go to heaven: So says Pope Francis

    07/24/2015 11:09:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 218 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/24/2015 | BY BRUCE FRIEDRICH
    The question of whether animals will join us in the afterlife finally has a definitive response from Rome. It’s a topic that’s been long debated, with Popes weighing in unofficially on both sides. Last December, a story broke nationwide claiming that Pope Francis had declared that animals are going to heaven, but it turns out that the media had conflated two stories, and that it was actually Pope Paul VI who had, many years earlier, told a young boy that “one day we will see our animals in the eternity of Christ.” Paul was later contradicted by Pope Benedict XVI,...
  • “Christian” Writer Still Supports Planned Parenthood Despite Selling Aborted Baby Parts

    07/22/2015 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies ^ | Jul 22, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    It is really upsetting that top Democrats across the country are refusing to denounce Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, especially after the recent video showing their top doctor, Deborah Nutatola, discussing their negotiations with a business called Stem Express that purchases aborted babies’ body parts for experimentation. However, what’s even more upsetting and quite frankly unimaginable is Christians standing with Planned Parenthood. In an article posted on July 20th, writer Dan Wilkinson says he still supports the abortion giant even though he is a Christian . In summary, his reasoning is that there is nothing wrong with “donating” fetal “tissue” for...
  • "Fact:" Jesus is a liberal socialist...

    07/19/2015 3:53:51 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 40 replies
    American Irony ^ | 7-19-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Were Christians Who Campaigned for Same-Sex Marriage Duped?

    07/14/2015 7:41:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | July 06, 2015 | Eric Metaxas
    Both before and after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, some Christians argued that allowing same-sex couples to marry is not inconsistent with traditional Christian teaching on marriage. At the heart of these arguments is the assertion that same-sex relationships are, to borrow a phrase from gay writer Andrew Sullivan, “virtually normal.” That is, same-sex relationships are, with one very obvious exception, not all that different from traditional marriages. Thus, just as the Supreme Court held that similarly-situated couples should be treated equally under law, similarly-situated couples should be treated equally in our churches. The problem is that...
  • Jimmy Carter: ‘I Believe Jesus Would Approve Gay Marriage’

    07/07/2015 1:39:49 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 129 replies ^ | July 7, 2015 | 4:04 PM EDT | By Melanie Hunter
    snip “I believe Jesus would,” Carter said when asked whether Jesus would approve of gay marriage. “I don’t have any verse in scripture ... I believe that Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else." Carter, a born-again Christian and Baptist, said he still teaches Sunday school whenever he attends his home church. He. said he has never ran across “any really serious conflicts” between...
  • Marching boldly into the New Post-homophobic Christianity

    07/05/2015 6:44:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Hot ^ | July 5, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t like we didn’t see this coming but it’s certainly arriving faster and harder than even some of the more conservative estimates would have predicted. Now that gay marriage (or just any old marriage if you prefer) is a “constitutionally assured right” in the United States, Left side proponents are taking their victory laps. But at the same time they’re going to stick to the established talking points of telling everyone not to worry… nothing bad is going to happen to anyone else. You’re just not adjusted to the New and Improved Post-Homophobic Christianity. (From the Daily Beast) The...

    07/05/2015 3:42:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    First Things ^ | July 4, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    One measure of the decline of mainline social justice activism can be found in a recent Facebook exchange between the Methodist civil rights leader Maxie Dunnam and the Methodist civil rights official Bill Mefford. Dunnam was a heroic opponent of Jim Crow as a young pastor in Mississippi and went on to become the president of Asbury Theological Seminary. He also happens to believe in the historic Christian understanding of marriage, so in response to Obergefell v. Hodges, he made the following post on his Facebook wall:To which Mefford, the “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United...
  • Fordham University Theology Department Chairman Marries Another Man

    07/04/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 114 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The chairman of the theology department at Fordham University has gotten married—to another man. The New York Times, which up until a few years ago, declined running wedding announcements involving same-sex couples, reported that J. Patrick Hornbeck II “married” Patrick Anthony Bergquist Saturday at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The ceremony took place June 27, just a day after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” nationwide. That would not have been necessary legally, since New York State has allowed gay "marriage" since 2011. But the ceremony was conducted before the Episcopal Church in America voted this week...
  • Episcopalians Vote to Allow Same-Sex Weddings in Churches

    07/01/2015 9:15:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies ^ | 7-1-2015 | Breitbart News
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.</p>
  • Episcopalians to Vote on Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/01/2015 6:03:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 7/1/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings. Still, the church hadn't changed its own laws on marriage. The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly. The proposal would eliminate gender-specific language from church laws on marriage so religious weddings...
  • Obama: Ditch Religious Convictions About Same-Sex Marriage Already

    06/26/2015 7:33:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 101 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/26/15 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    p>President Barack Obama urged supporters of same-sex marriage Friday to “help” people to overcome their religious convictions, so they are no longer held back from a progressive American view of equality. “I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue,” he said in a speech following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to Constitutionally recognize same-sex marriage. He initially espoused respect for those who disagree with the ruling.“Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs,” he said. “All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of...
  • The Supreme Court Goes Gay, Episcopalians Rejoice

    06/26/2015 6:38:58 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 17 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | June 26, 2015 | Michael Heidt
    "This is just the beginning. This is a declaration of war by five judges who have spat in the face of their Creator, of marriage, of biology, and freedom. Now a major proper response for Christians and others is massive civil disobedience and defiance of this homo-fascist decision."
  • White House lights up rainbow colors to celebrate SCOTUS ruling

    06/26/2015 5:47:38 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 144 replies
    The White House on Friday night is splashed with rainbow-colored lights to celebrate a Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage around the country. The light display capped a day of jubilation over the decision at the executive mansion.
  • Washington Post Sees "Sign From The Heavens" In Double Rainbow Above White House (Shorten)

    06/26/2015 3:19:47 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies ^ | June 26, 2015 | Breitbart News
    As the mainstream media takes a boisterous victory lap over the Supreme Court’s declaration of nationwide same-sex marriage, the Washington Post took the extra step of invoking the divine. Wonkblog’s Ana Swanson wrote: Senior White House official Betsey Stevenson, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, captured what looked like a sign from the heavens on Friday at 11 a.m. Stevenson snapped a photo of a rainbow that had appeared over the White House.
  • National Cathedral to remove Confederate stained glass

    06/26/2015 9:12:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    USATODAY | June 25, 2015 | Adelle M. Banks
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  • Black Christian Pastor: “I Have Never Shed a Tear” Over Unborn Babies Killed in Abortions

    06/18/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies ^ | Jun 17, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    Nikki Brooks, a Black woman who claims to be a Christian and to have held leadership rolls in several churches, has published an astonishing video stating she has no sympathy for the unborn black baby targeted for abortion. “What I am about to say, I am a Christian, I’ve served in a Pastoral capacity in three churches, I uh, I am an active minister, and um, I don’t make apology for what I am about to say,” Brooks states in her video. She is apparently upset that the Black community, which is being targeted for abortion by racist eugenics groups...
  • For Leftists, It's Open Season on Christians

    06/16/2015 5:13:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If you doubt that Christians are fair game for ridicule by the cultural left, take a look at the hit piece on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Jeffrey Tayler for Salon. I can't decide which is worse, the title or the subtitle. The title: "Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve: A justice who rejects science and the law for religion is of unsound mind." The subtitle: "The justice claims to be an originalist, but his real loyalty is to religion and a phony man in the sky." The writer is trying to be cute, but don't conclude that any...
  • Clinton suggests rivals lack Christian compassion

    06/15/2015 2:42:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies Ohio ^ | June 14, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says much of the nation's political debate lacks the compassion for the poor she learned in Sunday school. At a rally in Iowa, the Democratic presidential hopeful portrayed herself as a champion for struggling Americans, in contrast to the alleged "mean spiritedness" of others. Without naming names, Clinton asked, "Did they not go and hear the same lessons I did in Sunday school? Did they not sing the same hymns?" She said those who lack compassion make her wonder, "Did they never hear, 'there but for the grace of God go I?'"
  • Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us

    06/13/2015 12:12:25 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 12, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation. The political left is hoping for a document that ties belief in global warming to a religious obligation. Climate skeptics have already started criticizing the document.
  • Some Evangelicals Take New Look at Bible’s Stance on Gays

    06/08/2015 11:48:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 119 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | Laurie Goodstein
    As a young, openly gay Christian activist, Matthew Vines considered it a victory just to get into a room at a conservative Christian university here with four influential evangelicals who disagreed with him over what the Bible says about homosexuality. He ended up in a polite, heartfelt three-hour debate last month over Scripture passages about topics like celibacy, eunuchs, slavery — and the connections between sex and marriage. “Every single system you have within your body — whether it’s your respiratory system, your excretory system, your muscular system — can be completed as an individual,” said Sean McDowell, a professor...
  • Calls to Refer to God as a Woman as Female Bishops Take Up Posts

    06/02/2015 7:41:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/31/15 | John Bingham
    Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops. Growing numbers of priests already insert words such as “she” and “mother” informally into traditional service texts as part of a move to make the language of worship more inclusive, it has been claimed. But calls for a full overhaul of liturgy to recognise the equal...
  • Church youth minister, pastor’s wife works at abortion clinic

    05/30/2015 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | March 2, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Callie Chatman’s linkedin page says that she is a License, Ordained Minister New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Callie’s bio also states that she worked as a Youth Minister and Adult Sunday School Teacher and she assists the pastor in any means necessary. Oddly, it also says she works at Reproducted Health, an abortion clinic in Alabama. According to a pro-life activist who side walk counsels outside an abortion clinic in Montgomery, Callie Chatman works for Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Montgomery. A video uploaded by pro-life activist David Day, allegedly shows that Callie’s husband, Pastor Louis Chatman...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 70 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...