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  • Video shows priest telling Catholics who vote Democrat commit a sin

    10/24/2016 2:08:50 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 54 replies
    vanity | October 24, 2016 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This video shows a Catholic priest clearly saying that Catholics who vote for an abortion supporting Democrat are committing a sin and should not present themselves to receive Holy Communion.
  • The Hedge Is Down: Could This Be the End of America?

    10/19/2016 12:20:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 10/19/2016 | Geri Ungurean
    Adrian Rogers speaks of four things in Psalm 80 which are applicable today in America: 1. Great national despair (Psalm 80:4-6) Spiritual sterility – prayers were given up to God out of unrepentant hearts. These prayers actually made God angry. The prayer of an unrepentant people is an insult to Almighty God. Religion without Righteousness is repugnant to God. America is praying but the sin of America is running over. 2. Personal Sorrow Sorrow follows sin as night follows the day. 3. National Shame Our enemies laugh at us. No longer is America respectfed for her ideals. 4. Glorious National...
  • Man says Dallas megachurch removed him as a member

    10/17/2016 7:16:46 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 70 replies ^ | 10/16/2016 | staff
    A north Dallas church is sticking to its convictions after it revoked a gay man's membership, saying he no longer desired to resist sin. In a candid facebook post last Sunday, Jason Thomas wrote about a painful anniversary one year ago about the day Watermark Community Church sent him a letter revoking his membership. Thomas said he spent years of his life in church programs that promised to help him over come his attraction to men. Many of those years was at Watermark Community Church. One program he participated in is described as a "12 step discipleship through recovery", also...
  • Buenos Aires and Rome. For Francis, These Are the Model Dioceses

    10/04/2016 8:18:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Chiesa ^ | October 4, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In the one and the other the pope has made it known what kind of implementation he wants for the eighth chapter of “Amoris Laetitia,” the one about communion for the divorced and remarried. His approved spokesmen: the Argentine bishops and his cardinal vicar by Sandro Magister ROME, October 4, 2016 – There was a big stir all around the world over the letter of commendation written by Pope Francis to the Argentine bishops of the region of Buenos Aires, praised for how they have been able to give the right interpretation of “Amoris Laetitia” - meaning that of Francis...
  • This is how, I, as Pope, welcome homosexual people and transsexuals

    10/03/2016 6:12:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 10/03/2016 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    “Throughout my life as a priest, bishop and even as Pope, I have accompanied people with a homosexual inclination and who practice homosexuality.
  • Renowned Philosopher and Friend of John Paul II: "Pope Must Act To Avoid Schism and Heresy"

    09/27/2016 11:24:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | September 26, 2016 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Catholic Church is being rocked to its foundations in the aftermath of the publication of Amoris laetitia and Pope Francis’ “confidential” (and promptly leaked) letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires affirming that the admission of public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion is the only correct interpretation of Amoris. Now we read that a friend of the late Pope John Paul II, the renowned Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert, has declared in a video interview that certain statements in Amoris are “objectively heretical” and that the Pope must act to correct them “to avoid schism and to avoid...
  • The ‘law of gradualness’ according to Francis: a path toward full union with God or...?

    09/27/2016 8:39:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | September 27,2016 | Dendinger-Bergoglio
    From Rome, for the Denzinger-Bergoglio One of the more important aspects of Francis’ Amoris laetitiae that has not attracted much attention yet in the ‘catholic’ media is his reference to the so-called ‘law of gradualness’, which he attributes to Pope John Paul II. But anyone who takes the trouble to analyze what Francis states comes up with a poorly veiled attempt to abolish the Law of God in relation the sixth and ninth Commandments of the Decalogue, as well as the teachings of Jesus regarding the sacraments of the Eucharist and of Matrimony. Let us have a better look at...
  • Declaration of Fidelity to the Church's Unchangeable Doctrine ... and Discipline on Marriage

    09/26/2016 6:54:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 29, 2016 | multiple authors
    80 Catholic personalities reaffirm their loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church on the family and Catholic morals A Declaration of Fidelity to the ChurchÂ’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline was disclosed today by a group of 78 Catholic personalities, including cardinals, bishops, priests, eminent scholars, leaders of pro-family and pro-life organizations and influential figures of civil society. The statement was disclosed by the association Supplica Filiale [Filial Appeal], the same organization that collected, between the two Synods on the family, nearly 900,000 signatures of Catholic faithful (including 211 prelates) in support of a petition asking...
  • Catholics Face a Choice

    09/21/2016 10:28:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    First Things ^ | September 19, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Catholics face a choice. Will they uphold the Church's teaching that the divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to communion, or will they reject it? Pope Francis has brought this question before the Church, though he refuses to formulate it so starkly. He believes that an exception can be made in every case, so that the principle will be preserved even as it loses all force—as if faith need not shape practice, and practice would not remake faith. In the face of his campaign, many who value Catholic truth have fallen silent. It seems that only an outright denial of...
  • Forbidden To Speak About Sin

    09/20/2016 6:11:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 2 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | September 18, 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 and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document.) Forbidden To Speak About Sin On September 14, 2016, at the monthly formation of the clergy of the diocese of Perugia, my cardinal said: “I would like to say something that I forgot to tell you, but I feel it is important. Because I myself had to reflect a lot on this to convince myself. When you...
  • Archbishop of Wales: Gay Relationships Are Also Biblical

    09/15/2016 9:24:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 15, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Sex within a committed homosexual relationship is perfectly “proper”, the Archbishop of Wales has said, arguing that Christians who support same-sex marriage are not “abandoning the Bible”. Dr. Barry Morgan used his final address to the governing body of The Church in Wales to suggest that biblical stories should be re-examined and re-interpreted in a way that fully accepts homosexual lifestyles.
  • The Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux - Fasten Your Seatbelts!

    09/13/2016 7:31:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux - Fasten Your Seatbelts! Msgr. Charles Pope • September 12, 2016 • Saint Bernard of ClairvauxThere are times when one reads something from one of the saints and is stunned by the tremendous insight, the piercing analysis, like a surgeon’s scalpel dividing diseased from healthy tissue. Such was my experience recently when reading a passage from St. Bernard of Clairvaux.In this passage, Bernard analyzes the descent into the increasing darkness of sin experienced by those who refuse to hear the call to repent. I would argue that it applies not...
  • Gay Anglican Clergy to Defy Church's Official Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2016 5:16:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/21/16 | Nicola Slawson
    Several gay ministers will write to church leaders to say they are already in same-sex marriage and want official position reconsideredA group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage. A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages. Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests...
  • Beware the Deception of False Prophets

    08/01/2016 8:24:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Deception of False Prophets Msgr. Charles Pope • July 31, 2016 • In today’s first reading (Monday of the 18th Week) the Prophet Jeremiah denounces the false prophets of his day, who promise all sorts grand visions for Israel despite its sin. Jeremiah says to the people, By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke! (Jer 28:13) In other words, by failing to repent (breaking the wooden yoke) you shall know an iron yoke. (Think about the addiction to sin of many who do not show restraint earlier in life.) To the false prophets of...
  • Pope Francis to Youth: God Prefers Us to be Sinful and Weak

    07/30/2016 2:33:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | July 30, 2016 | Manhound
    Yes, Bergoglio said this to young people, many of whom are wrestling with all sorts of temptations right now. For the record, saying God wants us to be morally weak is a vicious and damnable lie. From Catholic News Agency: God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth Krakow, Poland, Jul 30, 2016 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday to crowds of young people gathered outside of Krakow’s St. John Paul II shrine. “Today, the Lord wants us to...
  • 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.
  • Since God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood, Can a Christian Vote for Hillary?

    07/27/2016 6:59:38 AM PDT · by Lera · 31 replies
    Stream ^ | July 26, 2016 | Michael Brown
    There are few sins God hates as much as shedding innocent blood, especially the blood of children. Seeing that Hillary Clinton is a radically pro-abortion candidate and seeing that the Democratic platform reinforces those radical views, can a Christian vote for Hillary in good conscience? In Jeremiah 19, God explained why the people of Judah were about to go into exile: It was because they worshiped idols and because they "filled this place [speaking of Jerusalem] with the blood of the innocent. They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to...
  • Pro-LGBT push underscores GOP convention (Barf Alert)

    07/23/2016 1:24:44 PM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/23/2016 | Megan R. Wilson
    Pro-LGBT Republicans, both gay and straight, say the party is going through a fundamental change. Equality issues are not controversial among younger Republicans, majorities of whom support gay marriage and other measures. Richard Grenell, an openly gay former diplomat, told The Hill he is encouraged by how much progress the party has made, even over the last four years. During the 2012 campaign, Grenell stepped down as Mitt Romney’s national security and foreign policy spokesman after to a conservative backlash over his sexuality. “When I walk through the convention, I see politicians, activists and staffers who swarm me to tell...
  • Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”?"

    07/22/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2016 • Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man,” not “through a man and a woman.”...
  • A Different Kind of Papal Press Conference [Catholic Caucus]

    07/17/2016 5:11:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 11, 2016 | Nick Bottom
    Pope Francis: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for coming. I have invited you today because I have had a change of heart that I must make public. In a homily recently, I spoke rather forcefully about employers who refuse to pay their workers a just wage. I have had a chance to reflect on that homily in the light of the principles I set forth in my Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. I brought a copy so I can refer to it as I take your questions. Please be patient with me as I find the appropriate passages, eh? I believe...
  • Francis' incredulous remark that some priests are 'animals'.

    06/25/2016 7:31:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | June 25, 2016 | Msgr. Pope /TTC
    From Monsignor Pope: I would like to make, as a parish priest in trenches, a few remarks concerning the Pope’s recent statements in Rome at a gathering of priests and seminarians. Others have admirably remarked on his troubling remarks on marriage and cohabitation. I will not add to those. But I would like to focus on two other reported remarks the Pope made about priests to the effect that some of us are cruel, are putting our noses into people’s moral life and possibly that he even called some of us animals.

    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...
  • Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

    06/23/2016 8:04:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2016 • How does it happen that so many people insist on living obstinately in sin until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive diseases, sin is a sickness that moves through stages, further debilitating and hardening the sinner in his ways.St. Alphonsus Liguori laid out five stages through which sin (if not resisted and repented of in its initial attacks) takes an increasing toll on the human person, making repentance less likely and more difficult.While the names of the stages are mine, I am...
  • More Gay ‘Christians’ (barf alert)

    06/02/2016 10:39:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 55 replies ^ | June 2, 2016 | Michael Voris, S.T.B.
    DETROIT ( - 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...
  • 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...
  • Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but There’s Always a Hook

    05/10/2016 7:38:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but There’s Always a Hook Msgr. Charles Pope • May 9, 2016 • Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner when trying to tempt us. Rather, he is more a master hunter carefully setting traps, or a skilled fisherman studying behavior in order to choose the most effective bait. Satan is calculating and clever.Sadly, most of us are far less calculating and clever in seeking to avoid temptation and sin. We often engage in the wishful thinking that no trouble will befall us. Our strategy seems to depend more on...
  • Is My Same-Sex Attraction a Sin?

    05/08/2016 6:09:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2016 | Matt Moore
    Last week, one of my recent articles was published on The Gospel Coalition website. I have realized over the years that any time I write about the ever-controversial topic of homosexuality, I should expect a couple truckloads of criticism to come rolling into the comments section. This TGC article was no exception. I scrolled through "the aftermath" on Facebook and Twitter the day following its publishing, trying my best to humbly process the comments of some disgruntled readers. Quite a few people commended my commitment to celibacy but also shared that they believe my ongoing experience of same-sex attraction is...
  • A Response to Adam Hamilton’s Recent Post on the Bible and Homosexuality

    05/05/2016 7:35:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 28, 2016 | Ben Witherington
    Adam Hamilton has once more entered into the fray of making pronouncements about what the Bible does and does not advocate when it comes to same sex sexual activity and same sex marriage, and you can read his post here, only the first of four such posts leading up to the General Conference in a couple of weeks. My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points and so once you’ve read what Adam says, then consider the following response. In the first place,...
  • Trans Sexuality is Gnostic to the core...Gender 4

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;(Romans 1:25-27)We live in baffling times. The very...
  • Despite short shrift in ‘Amoris’, Francis sees mercy for gays too

    04/22/2016 10:07:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crux News ^ | Apri 21, 2016 | Father Edward Beck
    The pope’s pastoral outreach to the divorced and civilly remarried in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has been widely praised, but some feel that gays got short shrift. Pope Francis explores the possibility of those in “irregular” marriages receiving Communion after having entered a process of conscience formation and discernment with their pastor (“the internal forum”) and other committed Christians. He also calls for compassion and flexibility when ministering to engaged couples cohabitating without the benefit of marriage. “Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any ‘irregular’ situation are living in...
  • Gay waitress: Instead of a tip, women left a Bible verse (NC)

    04/20/2016 10:09:28 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 99 replies
    The State ^ | 4/20/2016
    A Charlotte waitress says she was infuriated and hurt when a group of ladies left a message for her on their bill – taking aim at her sexual orientation. Alexandra Judd works at Zada Janes in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood. She says a group of patrons she served for lunch Tuesday morning left her a “hateful message” in lieu of a tip. A Bible verse was left on the tip pointing Judd to Leviticus 20:13. “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination,” the King James version of the...
  • Did Jesus Never Address Homosexuality?

    04/18/2016 8:54:18 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 68 replies
    The Masters Seminary ^ | april 18, 2016 | michael riccardi
    Today I want to address a popular argument made by those who try to reconcile homosexuality with Christianity. The argument is that Jesus Himself never said a word about homosexuality. Those who make this argument grant that Paul condemned it as sinful (Rom 1:26–27; 1 Cor 6:9–10; 1 Tim 1:9–10). But the sentiment behind this objection is that Paul had corrupted the way of life and the ideology that Jesus came to propagate, and that Jesus would have been “loving” and “accepting” of homosexuals, just as they are. But is it true that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality? Actually,...
  • Who knows our sin?

    04/09/2016 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 03-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who knows our sin? While Scripture could be taken to mean saints in heaven are aware of details of our sin, it is unlikely Msgr. Charles PopeMarch 27, 2016 Question: Do the souls in heaven know our sins, or is that knowledge reserved to God alone?— Peter Tate, Long Beach, California Answer: We are in the realm of speculative theology when it comes to answering questions like this. However, it does not seem to pertain to God’s justice that he would reveal our sins to others (even the saints in heaven), especially our more hidden sins. We are not...
  • 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 if they were stones to throw at people's lives," he wrote in the...
  • Modeled and Muddled: Recognizing Foolishness, Containing Sin

    03/30/2016 1:26:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | March 30, 2016 | Marvin Olasky
    Utopia has arrived. We’ll all be sinless from now on. April Fools’! The older I get the more I see we cannot eliminate sin, but we must try to contain it. Containment means allowing some divorce but ending no-fault ease. It means allowing some welfare but ending easy pickings. It means allowing small federal and state budget deficits but not the large ones we now have. Wise store managers work to minimize shoplifting, but they know a few thieves will get away. Wise officials have the same sense regarding graft and corruption. Otherwise, they and we are April fools. Thirteen...
  • A Priest (Msgr. Pope) Confesses What It’s Like to Hear People’s Sins

    03/12/2016 4:24:04 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 11, 2016 | Zoe Romanowsky
    Much has been written about the sacrament of reconciliation — the theology behind it, the scriptural evidence for it, the power and benefits of it for penitents. But what’s it like, experientially, for a priest to hear the sins of others week after week and month after month? Can it be a burden? Does it affect a priest’s spiritual life? Aleteia’s lifestyle editor, Zoe Romanowsky, asked Msgr. Charles Pope about what it’s been like to hear confessions over his 24 years as a priest. Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Washington DC. He is a...
  • Nail-Scarred Hands

    03/12/2016 6:27:08 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/12/16 | Jimmy Reed
    God loves His world — loves it so much that He set in motion a perfect plan to erase evil by offering sin’s ultimate redemption on a cross at Calvary In his superbly crafted poem entitled “The Creation,” famed African-American poet and educator, James Weldon Johnson, uses majestic imagery to explain how God built the cosmos. The Creator’s hands are key to this imagery, as illustrated in the following lines: Then God reached out and took the light in His hands, And God rolled the light in His hands Until He made the sun; And He set that sun a-blazing...
  • Fatal Detraction: The Sin No One Talks About

    03/10/2016 2:38:30 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 9, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    Every now and then I’m reminded of just how clever Satan can be, especially during Lent.Consider, for example, a pernicious little sin that seems to have taken root and grown in the age of social media: detraction. I’ve been seeing it more and more. Nobody really talks about it or the harm it inflicts — though the pope has stressed, often, the inherent evil of its close cousin,  gossip. (The pontiff has even compared gossip to terrorism.)So what’s the big deal? Let me count the ways.First, the catechism teaches that detraction is a sin against the eighth commandment: 2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and...
  • Contra Francis - The Law of God is Perfect (Psalm 19:7)

    02/20/2016 2:36:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Torch of the Faith ^ | 2/20/16 | admin
    We've been thinking over the confusion coming out of Pope Francis' latest in-flight interview and the danger that this poses to souls throughout the world; exacerbated as this all is by the many sensationalist headlines breaking everywhere, by Fr. Lombardi's deepening of the problem and by the silence of the world's bishops and priests. We want to offer a few pointers to help anyone who may be feeling confused, let-down or even shaken in their faith. 1. Know that the Magisterium of the Church has consistently affirmed the truth relating to the use of contraceptives according to natural and divine...
  • What Really Happened in The Garden of Eden, Why Did Adam and Eve Do

    02/15/2016 6:38:45 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 29 replies ^ | Feb. 15, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Genesis 3 is so revealing on how the devil tempts us to make wrong decisions. As a result we disobey God and thus, harm our our selves. He Strikes Up a Conversation"Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?," said the serpent to the woman? You see, how craft and deceiving he is? He didn't approach her with a scary look you see in movies, telling her about his evil intentions. Instead, he struck up a very casual conversation with Eve, where nothing seemed apparently wrong. Be careful of this. The devil is very...
  • A Dirge (For a friend that fell)

    Oh Troubler, why do you trouble us? We had just talked to you, we thought you were doing better… Why did you take your eyes off of Him who comes to us in the midst of every storm? What did you see, when you gazed at the Babylonian garment? What misery was so great that you were willing to sell out, just to relieve it? Did it work? Are you better now? Now, we who love you are miserable? Wouldn’t it be better to suffer than to sin? Which is worse, suffering or sin? Which is the cause and which...
  • Chicago Priest Comes Out As Gay

    02/02/2016 6:32:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    cbs chicago ^ | 2-1-2016
    The Chicago Archdiocese is responding to a published report in which a local priest comes out as gay, but it wasn't clear whether there would be ramifications for the clergy member. In a column by Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein, Rev. Michael Shanahan is interviewed at length about his decision to disclose that he is gay. "I'd like to be one of those priests, who, with great respect for the church's teaching, can say: I'm a human being. I'm a son -- one of six -- I'm gay and I'm a priest, period," Shanahan, a more than 20-year veteran...
  • Supremes set date to decide 'what is sin'

    02/01/2016 9:46:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | BOB UNRUH
    'If this appeal is lost, government becomes head of every religious denomination'It's a case in which the U.S. government has been accused of claiming the authority to "determine what is in fact a sin." The critics, meanwhile, have accused the U.S. Supreme Court of tilting the playing field in advance. But the Little Sisters of the Poor case against the Obamacare law is moving toward a resolution with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing arguments have been scheduled for March 23. The nuns who run elder care centers worldwide are contesting the Obamacare requirement that their employee insurance plans cover abortion...
  • Get Ready for Tough Love

    01/29/2016 4:50:22 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 5 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 28 Jan 16 | Donna Wasson
    The one term that's used overwhelmingly in scripture to describe Almighty God's relationship with us is "Father." He most certainly IS our Father in heaven. He created us and knit every human being together in their mother's womb. He loves us with the fierce protectiveness of a father and the tender compassion of a mother. He delights in our company, trust and obedience. So, what do good parents do when their beloved child rebels against the rules of the home designed to keep them safe, meant to train them to mature into caring, productive citizens? What do you do when...
  • US Jewish philanthropist bought winning Powerball ticket for employee

    01/14/2016 3:56:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies ^ | 1/14/16 | staff
    One of the three winners of the record-breaking Powerball lottery jackpot in the United States became wealthy overnight thanks to the generosity of her boss, one of the American Jewish community’s leading philanthropists. Shlomo Rechnitz, a health care magnate who owns 80 assisted living facilities throughout California, purchased nearly 18,000 lottery tickets for all of his employees, one of which happened to contain the winning numbers. The unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will be divided among three winning tickets purchased in Tennessee, California and Florida. Each ticket is worth $528.8 million, lottery officials said in California, one of 44 states...
  • Antidote for sloth? (One of the deadly sins)

    12/05/2015 9:55:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | 4/8/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Antidote for sloth? 4/8/2015 Q. Do you have any suggestions for a person who is guilty of sloth and laziness? On account of it, I am often sluggish and this keeps me from many of my responsibilities and duties to be a good and prayerful Catholic.— N.W., Baltimore, Md. A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: Sloth, which is one of the seven capital sins, is sorrow or aversion to the good things that God is offering us. And thus one who has sloth — and hears that God can save them from sins and enable them to do many...
  • “Dangerous” Post on the Recent Terrorist Attacks

    12/07/2015 6:52:17 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 12/06/2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    Consider this a dangerous post, and a post that will be easily misunderstood. For here I am about to make a point that explores a biblical theme and apply it to today. But in so doing, I am “holding other things equal”—a technique which examines a certain aspect of a problem and focuses on that one thing, while not denying that other factors and issues are also at work. Simply put, part of the explanation is that God is permitting increased violence, and not restraining it, as a kind of chastisement on the increasingly secular West for our unbelief. This...
  • 40 Sins that WILL send you to Hell... UNLESS...

    12/06/2015 11:04:51 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 80 replies ^ | dec. 5, 2015 | daniel1212
    40 Sins that WILL send you to Hell... UNLESS you repent and are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and which is a faith that follows Him. (Jn. 10:27,28) Short summation: Sin is defined in the Bible as the breaking of God's Law. (1Jn. 3:4) God has given us both good things and good laws, which are to our benefit when obeyed. But we have broken God's good laws and misused His good things, to our own hurt and that of others. It is sin which separates man from God (Is. 59:2), who will not dwell with...
  • Norway: Christian Family Gets 5 Children Taken Away by Gov't for Teaching God Punishes Sin

    12/06/2015 7:20:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/04/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Child welfare services in Norway have reportedly removed five Christian children from their parents' home and placed them into foster care after the parents were accused of radicalizing and indoctrinating their children with Christianity. According to the British-based Christian Institute, Norway's child protection services, known as the Barnevernet, seized the three sons and two daughters of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu in mid-November. Although the family wasn't quite sure at the time why their children were being taken away from them, their lawyer discovered that the parents were being charged with Christian indoctrination. The family's ordeal began on Nov. 16 when...
  • Where Is God at Times Like These? A Meditation in the Wake of Recent Violent Atrocities

    12/04/2015 7:38:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where Is God at Times Like These? A Meditation in the Wake of Recent Violent Atrocities Msgr. Charles Pope • December 3, 2015 • One of the great mysteries to believer and non-believer alike is that of evil and suffering. If there is a God who is omnipotent and omniscient, how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when things like shootings (e.g., in the U.S., Paris, and Kenya), church bombings (e.g., in Nigeria), and beheadings (e.g., in Egypt and Iraq) occur? Where is God when a woman or young girl is raped, or...