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  • Christian Conservative speaks out against Ted Cruz

    04/24/2016 7:04:13 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 103 replies
    Melanie M wrote: I am a Christian Conservative and have very strong opinions of political stances. The republican party is not an entity it is people, no people no party so they better get their crap together. Christian is not what you do it is who you are and though we may disagree on scripture, doctrine or interpretation no one has the right to question another persons salvation experience or their Christianity. I find Ted Cruz dishonest and manipulative in this race. His Christian roots untraceable and his rhetoric unstable. Donald Trump may not always meet the mark as politically...
  • Almost without meaning to, Francis has shot ‘Humanae Vitae’ dead

    04/22/2016 12:35:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    The Church of the Holy Name ^ | April 16, 2016 | Clifford Longley
    In 2009 the Catholic Church’s International Theological Commission proposed a fundamental change to the way the Church regarded natural law. It could not be presented “as an already established set of rules that impose themselves a priori on the moral subject”, it said. Instead, “it is a source of objective inspiration for the deeply personal process of making decisions”. This raised some eyebrows, not least because of the way natural law had consistently been imposed a priori by moral theologians to explain and justify Catholic teaching regarding sex. The most obvious example was the way natural law was invoked as...
  • Homosexual-Activist Pastor Fakes Cake with Anti-Gay Frosting; Whole Foods Counter-Sues ...

    04/20/2016 10:47:39 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Did this gay pastor fake a cake with an anti-gay decoration? Whole Foods thinks so. Anyone who has paid a visit to the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, knows the location is the gem in the pricey grocery chain’s organic crown. As one reviewer once put it: “The 80,000-square-foot market, bar, eatery, makeup counter and pick-up joint (we suspect) makes our local branches look like the neighborhood 7-11.” But one visitor to the Austin location says he was not so enthusiastic about a recent trip. An openly gay pastor in the city where Whole Foods was founded has...
  • Whole Foods to take legal action against pastor [tr]

    04/19/2016 1:53:40 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 19, 2016
    Whole Foods to take legal action against pastor who claimed cake had homophobic slur AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas pastor who claimed a cake he bought from Whole Foods in Austin had a homophobic slur written on it is now facing legal action of his own from the supermarket giant. The attorneys for Pastor Jordan Brown said he ordered a cake from a Whole Foods store with the personalized message "Love Wins," but when he received it, the cake said "Love Wins F**." But Whole Foods is disputing his claim. They say his accusations are fraudulent, and they intend to...
  • Presbyterian Church Minister Backs Abortion: Says Abortions Are a “Matter of Compassion”

    04/18/2016 7:12:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Northern Ireland Presbyterian minister is creating waves after she began advocating for abortion against the church’s teachings. The Rev. Lesley Carroll, who is running for election in the Irish Assembly, recently waded into the abortion debate when she gave a public statement to the pro-abortion Belfast Feminist Network, according to the News Letter. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, but abortion activists are pushing to change that. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has vocally opposed changes to the law, saying it “protect[s] both the life of the mother and the unborn child,” according to the news outlet. However, Carroll...
  • United Methodist Church Among First to Join LGBT Reconciling Ministries Network Is Closing Its Doors

    04/15/2016 6:39:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    One of the first United Methodist Church congregations to join the LGBT lobbying group, Reconciling Ministries Network, will close next month. St. Paul United Methodist Church of Denver, Colorado, a theologically liberal congregation that became the third church to become a Reconciling congregation, will soon close its doors. The Rev. Jessica Rooks, head of St. Paul UMC, told The Christian Post the final worship service will be held on Sunday, May 22. "St. Paul has opened its doors and built relationships with the LGBTQ community, the homeless and hungry in Denver, those struggling with addition, and individuals who struggle to...
  • Is the Catholic News Service Director Promoting Gay “Rights”?

    04/11/2016 6:15:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 4/11/16 | Steve Skojec
    I’ve often found myself wondering about the bias I see at the Catholic News Service(CNS), which seems to gloss over many of the serious problems in the Church. Today, my friend Michael Hichborn at the Lepanto Institute has a story on CNS Director and Editor in Chief Tony Spence that may help shed some light on the bias of the USCCB’s official news and information service: Tony Spence has been the head of the Catholic News Service since 2004.  Over the last few weeks, Spence has been publishing statements on his own twitter feed, identifying him as the head of CNS, speaking...
  • New Anti-Gay Law Proves Mississippi Don’t Know How to Read (the Bible) [BARF ALERT]

    04/11/2016 4:08:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/11/16 | Kurt Eichenwald
    From wailing that forbidding discrimination impedes their religious freedom to declaring the Bible their official state book, Christian politicians and their supporters—many of whom seem to know more about the Kardashians than their faith—have recently been engaged in some of the most embarrassing and anti-Christian behavior in years.The latest politicians to join the rogues’ parade of Bible-thumpers who know nothing about what the Bible actually says are from Mississippi. The hypocrites of the Hospitality State—joining their like-minded brethren from North Carolina—just passed a law allowing businesses and even some health care providers to refuse services to gay couples on the...
  • Bernie Sanders invited to Vatican by Pope

    04/08/2016 8:21:02 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | April 8, 2016 | staff
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation from the Pope to the Vatican. Mr Sanders, who is Jewish, accepted an invitation to Rome for a conference at the end of next week. The Vatican visit is four days before the primary contest in New York, a competitive battle between him and front-runner Hillary Clinton.
  • Pope Francis Shatters Reformers' Dreams With "Modern Family" Document

    04/08/2016 11:25:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Pope Francis released his long-awaited letter on marriage and families Friday, and despite predictions of radical changes in Church teaching, Francis hewed to the line of his predecessors regarding traditional Catholic doctrine on marriage and family life.
  • Pope Francis calls to accept gays

    04/08/2016 6:53:23 AM PDT · by Lera · 267 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/8/2016
    In a major shift of Catholic tenets of faith, pope releases paper instructing Catholics on how to live, tells them to accept homosexuals Pope Francis, who has long revealed his liberal positions through interviews, came out on Friday in an official statement calling on Catholics to be more accepting of homosexuals as well as divorced Catholics. While he didn't change official church doctrines in his paper, which is an "apostolic exhortation" instructing Catholics on how to live, the pope paved the way for a serious shift in the Catholic church away from central tenets of the faith. "A pastor cannot...
  • Pope Francis calls to accept gays [Revelation 13]

    04/08/2016 11:02:15 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 61 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4/8/2016 | Ari Yashar
    Pope Francis, who has long revealed his liberal positions through interviews, came out on Friday in an official statement calling on Catholics to be more accepting of homosexuals as well as divorced Catholics. While he didn't change official church doctrines in his paper, which is an "apostolic exhortation" instructing Catholics on how to live, the pope paved the way for a serious shift in the Catholic church away from central tenets of the faith. "A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws...as if they were stones to throw at people's lives," he wrote in the...
  • Soros Co-opting Churches to Push New World Order

    04/06/2016 12:27:11 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 April 2016 | Alex Newman
    After bankrolling everything from the Obama campaign and Occupy Wall Street to open-borders activists and revolutionary movements around the world, billionaire globalist George Soros has a new target: churches and pastors in the nation of Georgia that are worried about surrendering their future to the European Union. Yes, the same EU that Soros, a self-described atheist, recently said was on the “verge of collapse.”
  • Soros Co-opting Churches to Push New World Order

    04/05/2016 5:27:32 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    New American ^ | 04 April 2016 | Alex Newman
    After bankrolling everything from the Obama campaign and Occupy Wall Street to open-borders activists and revolutionary movements around the world, billionaire globalist George Soros has a new target: churches and pastors in the nation of Georgia that are worried about surrendering their future to the European Union. Yes, the same EU that Soros, a self-described atheist, recently said was on the “verge of collapse.” The Soros-globalist agenda here is simple and fairly transparent. In essence, Soros and various European governments are tired of pastors from the Georgian Orthodox Church warning their flocks about the dangers of surrendering their sovereignty and...
  • China's Catholics: 'Rome may betray us, but I won’t join a Church which is ... Communist"

    04/04/2016 8:55:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    telegraph.co.uk/news ^ | April 4, 2016 | Neil Conner
    “It’s possible that Rome may betray us,” said Fr Dong, before he said Mass in the city of Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. “If this happens, I will resign. I won’t join a Church which is controlled by the Communist Party. “We are suffering like Jesus on the cross. We fight for religious freedom and follow the Gospel – but we are not supported by either Rome or China.”
  • Christians urged to embrace 'powerful' Black Lives Matter movement [The New Christianity]

    04/02/2016 7:04:39 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    A speaker at an evangelical Christian college urged students to accept the views of Black Lives Matter and consider themselves as having benefited from white privilege while looking to the Palestinians for inspiration in how to get along with one’s adversaries. The Rev. Christena Cleveland, a social psychologist who teaches at Duke University School of Divinity and authored the book "Disunity in Christ," brought a message of reconciliation and "love without exception" to Biola University in Los Angeles last week. At a conference titled "Love No Matter What: Politics, Sex, Race and the Way of the Cross," Cleveland touted the...
  • PC(USA) OKs Additional Sins

    03/30/2016 4:16:03 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 3/22/2016
    LOUISVILLE, KY—By a nearly unanimous vote, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to overlook or explicitly endorse a number of additional sins in what is being perceived as an attempt to slow its rapid pace of membership decline. As balloons came down, the PC(USA) commissioners danced in the aisles to the Kool & The Gang 1980 party standard Celebrate and some attendees openly wept for joy as the denomination announced their official endorsement of pride, gossip, sorcery, covetousness, theft, and sexual immorality as a general category. “Finally,” sobbed self-described “open gossiper” attendee Rebecca Arnett. “I no longer...
  • Mother Angelica’s Legendary Rant Against the Liberal Church (Catholic Caucus)

    03/28/2016 6:19:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | March 28, 2016 | Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.
    The video earned her a rebuke from the bishops — but Mother never apologized for it The 1993 World Youth Day was a turning point for Mother Angelica. It had been 12 years since the launch of her Eternal Word Television Network — a venture dogged by opposition from the U.S. bishops from the start — but that year she had had enough. After a female mime played Our Lord in the living Stations of the Cross in front of an audience of thousands — including Pope John Paul II himself — Mother Angelica appeared on her daily show excoriating...
  • Pope Francis Blames Weapons Manufacturers for Brussels Attack

    03/25/2016 8:26:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 95 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from telesurtv.netPope Francis has been a grave disappointment to many Christians, not just Catholics. He appears to be as steeped in “Merchant of Death” conspiracy theory as he is in Christian theology. At a traditional pre-Easter ritual, the Pope washed the feet of refuges, including a Catholic woman, Muslims, and a Hindu man. The ritual had long been limited to practising Catholic men, almost exclusively, priests. Many Catholics are unhappy with this severe break in tradition.Of greater interest is that the Pope blames the terrorist attack in Brussels on arms manufacturers and arms traffickers.  From telesurtv.net: “Three days ago,...
  • What Prayerfully Pro-Choice Looks Like

    03/05/2016 2:06:13 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    huffingtonpost. ^ | 03/03/2016 Rev. Susan Russell | 03/03/2016 Rev. Susan Russell
    I am a busy parish priest half-way through Lent with Holy Week and Easter in sight in my rear view mirror -- so I quite frankly did not have time this week to write about what it means to be prayerfully pro-choice... again. But the orchestrated efforts to turn back the clock on women's reproductive freedom left me no other principled choice. It boggles my mind that in the year 2016 we are still battling Congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, are subject to smear campaigns using doctored videos to villainize health care providers and need to show up at...
  • Pope doesn't get involved in Italian politics-except to praise former abortionist&foreign minister

    02/28/2016 3:24:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/27/16 | Adfero
    As we reported a couple of days ago, Pope Francis doesn't get involved in Italian politics. So, as the pope hid inside the Vatican, the Italian Senate passed a homosexual "civil union" bill, all but ensuring it becomes law. However, it's now been reported that Francis has called former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino one of the "forgotten greats," much to the horror of true Italian Catholics and pro-life leaders everywhere. It's horrifying because Bonino has been on the front lines of pushing abortion for decades -- and personally performed illegal abortions herself (Rorate reported extensively on this in this...
  • What Kind of Evangelicals Are Backing Donald Trump?

    02/25/2016 8:51:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 142 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 24, 2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    Tuesday night's Nevada Republican caucuses had some very bad news for Ted Cruz. Cruz, who rode a wave of white evangelical support to victory in Iowa, lost badly to real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump, even among evangelicals, and by larger margins than he lost by in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Pundits struggle to explain why self-described evangelicals support a man who cannot recall ever asking God for forgiveness, has had three wives, has boasted about sleeping around, and can't tell a communion plate from an offering basket. National Review's J.D. Vance has perhaps the best explanation for this...
  • Bernie Sanders Calls Pope Francis a ‘Socialist’ Like Himself

    02/24/2016 10:44:31 AM PST · by detective · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 24, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In an interview that aired Tuesday on Canadian Catholic television, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tried to steal a little luster from Pope Francis, saying he thinks the Pope is a socialist who believes, like him, that wealth is not "an end in itself." During the interview, Father Thomas Rosica, the Canadian priest from the Salt and Light Catholic television network who hosted the interview, asked Sanders whether he thought Francis is a socialist, to which Sanders said "yes."
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is responsible for the Somali chaos in St. Cloud

    02/21/2016 10:09:12 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 77 replies
    refugee resettlement watch. ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    If you are angry (about the tension in St. Cloud) and want one entity to blame, it is Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, the primary federal refugee resettlement agency working in St. Cloud! That supposedly 'Christian' charitable organization is directly responsible for the high Somali numbers in St. Cloud, and they are jointly responsible for bringing over ten thousand Somalis from around the world to colonize Minnesota towns in the last ten years alone--Catholic Charities and World Relief MN (now Arrive Ministries)*** helped also. Of course they have brought many more than 10,000 in over two decades and not just...
  • Pope Francis adviser calls on Florida pols to address climate change

    02/20/2016 5:54:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Brandenton Herald ^ | February 20, 2016 | Jenny Staletovich
    MIAMI -- Florida politicians have a duty to address the perils of climate change even if they don't believe humans are hastening its grave consequences, Pope Francis' chief adviser on climate change said in an interview with the Miami Herald before addressing a weekend conference on climate, nature and society at St. Thomas University law school. Cardinal Peter Turkson said: "Anybody running for public office who sees the life of the people affected by climate-related disasters" needs to act. That, he said, includes the state's two Republican presidential contenders -- former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio -- who...
  • Catholic Law School Professors: Abortion Needed for ‘Personal or Professional Success’

    02/20/2016 3:09:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 2/19/2016 | Adam Cassandra
    Two professors representing the law schools of Marquette University and Georgetown University, along with a Georgetown Law student, joined 110 female attorneys in signing an amicus curiae brief to the U.S.Supreme Court in which the women argued that they would not have been able to achieve "personal or professional successes" in life "were it not for their ability to obtain safe and legal abortions." Lisa A. Mazzie, professor of legal writing at Marquette University Law School, and Jill Morrison, executive director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center,...
  • The Perils Of Papal Politics

    02/20/2016 1:10:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2016 | Jeff Crouere
    Pope Francis is a man of great compassion and humility. He shows tremendous concern for the young, the elderly and the sick. He advocates for those who have been forgotten, such as the homeless. He has shunned the luxuries and trappings of his position and performs his duties in a significantly more modest style than his predecessors. These are admirable qualities and set a good example for all Catholics. While there is much to like about Pope Francis, there is also much to be concerned about. When he starts discussing climate change, immigration or economics, his comments seem based more...
  • NY Bishops Won't Oppose Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

    02/17/2016 5:25:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/12/16 | Christine Niles
    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - The bishops of New York have no plans to oppose state measures against gay conversion therapy. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a February 6 press release he would ban counseling for minors to help get rid of unwanted same-sex desires, which he called "a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice." "New York has been at the forefront of acceptance and equality for the LGBT community for decades," Cuomo said, "and today we are continuing that legacy and leading by example." "We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being...
  • Abortion Organization, Say “Pro-Lifers Not in Line With the Bible”

    02/15/2016 12:59:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Angered by the 40 Days for Life pro-life campaigns in England, a group of abortion activists who call themselves Christians recently formed a counter-campaign. The UK blog Abortion Rights reports the new group Christians for Choice formed in direct response to the pro-life 40 Days for Life campaigns. The pro-abortion group said it is made up of abortion supporters from various Christian denominations. Edem Barbara Ntumy, one of the group founders, said she doesn’t think her faith and support of abortion are “diametrically opposed.” “The rhetoric of Christian anti-choice groups has drowned out the voices of pro-choice Christians,” Ntumy said....
  • Pope Francis to stand with migrants at U.S. border

    02/10/2016 5:33:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 107 replies
    WND ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Cheryl Chumley
    Pontiff's show of solidarity during visit to Mexico Pope Francis, who has spent the past several months pressing nations, including America, to embrace those fleeing the unrest in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with open arms - and open borders - is now taking that stance to a new political level and planning a solidarity stand with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Market Watch reported Francis is due to arrive in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit. And as part of that visit, he is planning to stand on the U.S. border, in Ciudad Juarez, and deliver a...
  • Chelsea Clinton Left the Pro-Life Baptist Church at Age Six Because They Talked About Abortion...

    02/10/2016 12:12:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 February 2016 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER
    Chelsea Clinton says she left the pro-life Baptist church at age six because they talked about abortion in Sunday Chelsea Clinton claims she left a Baptist church as a child because they started talking about abortion in Sunday when she was just six years old. Chelsea made the comment at a recent fundraiser for her mother Hillary Clinton in an attempt to address evangelicals who question her mother's faith in God and secular voters who say she's too religious, according to The New York Post. A Democrat shared Chelsea's speech with a Post reporter who did not specify where the...
  • Pope Francis Will Stand With Migrants at U.S. Border

    02/09/2016 6:26:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 85 replies
    Pope Francis Will Stand With Migrants at U.S. Border Dudley Althaus And JosĂ© de CĂłrdoba Feb. 9, 2016 8:53 p.m. ET MEXICO CITY—Pope Francis arrives in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit that will end with a highly symbolic and potentially controversial act: the pontiff taking a stand on the fortified U.S. border to show solidarity with the migrants trying to cross it. The pope’s gesture comes at the height of a rancorous U.S. political season in which immigration has become a hot-button issue. Two leading candidates for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, have vowed to...
  • Church Offers First Ever Transgender Baptisms [1 John 2 - Antichrist cont.]

    02/06/2016 10:31:05 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 18 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 2/5/2016 | Liam Deacon
    A Christian pastor has started offering the UK's first ever baptism service for the transgendered, allowing the afflicted to be welcomed into God's family according to their new, chosen gender identity. The New Chapel (Unitarian and Free Christian) in Greater Manchester unanimously passed the new proposal at its general meeting last week, paving the way for the ceremonies to go ahead in the near future. 'Worship leader' Jean Clements said she came up with the idea after meeting and marrying a gay couple with a small child – a biological boy which they had branded as transgendered and decided was...
  • Hillary Clinton: My Beliefs are aligned with the Ten Commandments

    02/02/2016 5:05:27 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 1/30/2016 | Tim Brown
    I kid you not, Hillary "Jezebel" Clinton claims that her beliefs are aligned with the Ten Commandments and that she is a Christian. I guess I'm not surprised, given that another Saul Alinsky disciple by the name of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah also claimed to be a Christian. During a town hall meeting in Knoxville, Iowa, a young woman asked Clinton, "I'm just curious how you would say that your beliefs align with the Ten Commandments, and if that's something that's important to you." (Watch ridiculous video at link) "I am a person of faith," declared Clinton. "I am...
  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • Pastor Drops Gay Bombshell in Middle of Sunday Sermon

    01/15/2016 12:03:31 PM PST · by robowombat · 59 replies
    Charisma ^ | 6:00AM EST 1/15/2016 | JENNIFER LECLAIRE
    Pastor Drops Gay Bombshell in Middle of Sunday Sermon 6:00AM EST 1/15/2016 JENNIFER LECLAIRE We're seeing 1 Timothy 4:1 playing out right before our very eyes. It's called the Great Apostasy and it's well underway. "At last I am choosing to serve in that role with full authenticity and as my genuine self—as a woman who loves and shares my life with another woman." Those were the words of Cynthia Meyer, a pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, who decided to make her first sermon of 2016 a coming out party. Meyer, 53, has been an ordained UM pastor for...
  • Anglicans Sanction US Episcopal Church Over Gay Marriage

    01/14/2016 7:44:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/16 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) - Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Episcopalians have been barred for three years from any policy-setting positions in the Anglican Communion while a task force is formed that will try to reconcile conflicting views over sexuality in the 85-million-member family of churches. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the United States. The announcement came near the end of a weeklong meeting in Canterbury, England, called by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, to...
  • BREAKING: Episcopal Church suspended from Anglican Communion

    01/14/2016 12:50:28 PM PST · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | January 14, 2016 | Kimberly Winston
    The Anglican Communion voted to censure its American branch, the Episcopal Church, during a meeting in Canterbury, England, called to reflect on the future of the communion. The vote Thursday (Jan. 14) to suspend the Episcopal Church from voting and decision-making for a period of three years was leaked a day ahead of a press conference that had been scheduled for Friday.
  • A 'Gay Lobby' at the Vatican? One Cardinal Says It's Real, and Pope Francis is Responding

    01/13/2016 6:15:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The influential Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga has acknowledged the presence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican. In a new interview, he says that Pope Francis has adopted a gradual approach to address it - and that Catholic teaching won't change. The Honduran newspaper El Heraldo asked the cardinal whether there actually was an attempted or successful "infiltration of the gay community in the Vatican." Cardinal Maradiaga responded: "Not only that, also the Pope said: there was even a 'lobby' in this sense." "Little by little the Pope is trying to...
  • Liberal Christianity – the bastard daughter of the Enlightenment

    01/05/2016 9:51:34 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pastoral Meanderings ^ | 01-05-2016 | Pastor Peters
    Liberal Christianity - the bastard daughter of the Enlightenment... now there is a line you are not soon to forget. I wish I could say I had written it but I did not. And another one, well, several lines: Unlike either the Renaissance or the Reformation, the Enlightenment had begun not as an attempt to rescue some hallowed past, but as an assault on the past in the name of the future...It was a period which sought to overturn every intellectual assumption, every dogma, every 'prejudice' (a favourite term) that had previously exercised any hold over the minds of...
  • Religious leader thanks God for abortionists, calls them heroes

    12/27/2015 6:14:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | December 26, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Tell us again how you love Jesus and support abortion. That’s what Reverend Harry Knox, leader of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) does on a regular basis. The head of the religious group that supports and promotes Planned Parenthood, and does so in the name of God, wants to be sure that in the season that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, his group of religious leaders would have supported the right to abort the Christ-child. In a letter to the RCRC’s email list this month, Knox wrote: Thank God for abortion providers. Thank God for all the...
  • Graham leaving GOP puts key evangelical vote at risk...

    12/27/2015 7:31:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-27-15 | Joseph Weber
    The Rev. Franklin Graham quitting the Republican Party poses a significant blow to the GOP's 2016 White House aspirations, especially if other evangelical pastors follow suit and their millions-plus congregations stay away from the polls. Graham suggested earlier this week that the last straw was congressional Republicans funding Planned Parenthood in the recently passed, $1.8 trillion tax-and-spending package, despite revelations about the group harvesting fetal tissue. However, he made clear Wednesday night that the funding was only part of the reason he left the GOP to become an independent. "It's not just that," Graham said on Fox News' "On the...
  • King: Jesus depictions today further promote a white supremacist agenda

    To be clear, Christmas in the United States, despite the name, has very little to do with Jesus Christ and everything to do with consumerism and gift giving. However, side by side with Easter, it’s also the time when we are most likely to see depictions of Jesus used as tools of white supremacy. In Atlanta, I see them everywhere I go. Jesus as a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby and his blue-eyed supermodel mother are ubiquitous and done without even a slight hint of humor. It's preposterous. It would truly be no different from depicting Christopher Columbus as a dark-skinned African...
  • Obama: ‘Our Family Celebrates the Birth of Jesus and the Values He lived In His Own Life’

    12/26/2015 6:54:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2015 | 9:30 AM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a videotaped Christmas message to the nation yesterday. In this message, the president said: "Today, like millions of Americans and Christians around the world, our family celebrates the birth of Jesus and the values He lived in his own life." The president and his family are on vacation in Hawaii. The last piece of legislation he signed was on Dec. 18. It was the omnibus spending bill, which permits funding of Planned Parenthood. ...
  • Can the Religious Right Give Ted Cruz the Win?

    12/22/2015 5:24:57 PM PST · by presidio9 · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Merritt
    In August 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan stood before a crowd of 15,000 evangelicals in Dallas, Texas, and declared: “I know you can’t endorse me. But...I want you to know that I endorse you.” Shortly thereafter, various leaders of what would become known as the religious right would endorse Reagan, and their support would help make him the 40th president of the United States. In December 2015, several dozen religious right leaders gathered yet again—this time in secret, at a Sheraton hotel outside Washington, D.C.—to determine which candidate would earn their endorsement. After four rounds of balloting, one candidate...
  • Why Evangelicals Should Vote For Trump If He Gets The GOP Nod

    12/20/2015 5:02:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2015 | Doug Giles
    A couple of weeks ago, before a "moderate Muslim" couple lit up San Bernardino, a duo, by the way, that BHO's boys "vetted" to immigrate into the US, I read a column telling Christians not to vote for Trump should he win the GOP ticket because he didn't pass the "Word of God" litmus test. The Christian writer said evangelicals shouldn't support The Donald primarily because Trump mocked the disabled NYT reporter Serge Kovaleski. That, for said writer, was a holy deal breaker. He also pointed out that Trump was cocky, cheeky and braggadocious and that, my dear brethren, was...
  • Most U.S. Christian groups grow more accepting of homosexuality

    12/18/2015 9:05:33 AM PST · by aimhigh · 66 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 12/18/2015 | Carlyle Murphy
    Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful, according to an extensive Pew Research Center survey of U.S. religious beliefs and practices.
  • US evangelical leaders urge Christian acceptance of refugees

    12/17/2015 5:54:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 7:40 PM EST
    Evangelical leaders are urging fellow Christians to welcome refugees from Syria and Iraq despite opposition by many governors and presidential candidates. Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, World Relief and other Christian groups said they would not surrender to fears surrounding the issue. ...
  • Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist Clergy Back Funding for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    12/15/2015 7:04:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    A group of liberal clergy and religious leaders are calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbot to reverse his decision to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Abbott’s administration cut taxpayer funding for the abortion company after it was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies, though Planned Parenthood is fighting in court to keep taxpayers on the dole. “The gruesome harvesting of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood will not be allowed in Texas, and the barbaric practice must be brought to an end,” Abbott said at the time. The signers (some listed below) of the...
  • Episcopal Abuses Turn Inward [Apostate church & spiritual train-wreck]

    12/13/2015 4:29:01 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Anglican Curmudgeon ^ | 12-13-2015 | A.S. Haley
    In a development that few Episcopalians of four or five years ago could have imagined, the Episcopal bishops of the most powerful and financially secure dioceses have begun to turn on their own once-strong, but now severely weakened, parishes. Having driven out all the dissenters at enormous expense to their coffers, these dioceses are increasingly trying to make up their losses by sacrificing valuable real estate -- even if it means turning out previously loyal congregations from their hard-won property. And -- who could have foreseen it? -- the parishes most harmed by the continuous litigation were precisely those with...