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  • Sexual Atheism is Merely False Conversion

    I was exposed to an expression I had never heard before,in a troubling article in the Christian Post.The expression is “Sexual Atheism” and it refers to the cavalier attitude toward sexual activity among professing Christian youth. In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated yes. In my 30 years of youth and adult ministry experience, this is as unfiltered, direct and honest as a question and answer can be.It is equally honest to say...
  • Pastor of Florida megachurch resigns over ‘moral failure’

    04/07/2014 3:47:13 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 53 replies
    religion news ^ | 4/6/14 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Florida megachurch pastor Bob Coy has resigned from his 20,000-member Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale congregation over a “moral failing.” A statement on the church’s website reported the news: ”On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church he has led since its founding in 1985,”...
  • I’ll Take Back what the Devil Stole from Me. Msgr. Pope Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    04/05/2014 2:38:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 5, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In today’s Gospel We hear the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The story is a significant turning point in the ministry of Jesus for, as we shall see, it because of this incident that the Temple Leadership in Jerusalem resolves to have Jesus killed.As is proper with all the gospel accounts we must not see this as merely an historical happening to people 2000 years ago. Rather we must recall that I am Lazarus, I am Martha and Mary. This is also the story of how Jesus is acting in my life.Let’s look at this Gospel...
  • Court rules lesbian chef is owed $1.6M after boss prayed to 'cure her of her sexuality'

    04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 69 replies
    upi ^ | March 31, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A New York appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that a lesbian chef is owed $1.6 million for being forced to attend weekly prayer meetings where her boss would regularly warn that "gay people" were "going to go to hell." Mirella Salemi sued Gloria's Tribeca Inc., Gloria's Tribecamex and principal owner Edward Globokar for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law after a string of incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2007. Gloria's Tribeca is a Mexican restaurant. Salemi was awarded $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages in what her lawyer,...
  • Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confession (with video)

    03/28/2014 6:23:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    cns ^ | March 28, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service. After an examination of conscience March 28, the pope and 61 priests moved into confessionals or to chairs set up against the walls to offer the sacrament to individual penitents. However, as Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, was showing which confessional the pope would be using to hear confessions, the pope pointed to another confessional nearby, indicating that he himself was going to first confess. A priest steps out of his confessional...
  • Christian Leaders Grieved by World Vision's Decision to Hire Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

    03/25/2014 7:10:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | BY ALEX MURASHKO
    Christian leaders such as evangelist Franklin Graham and Russell D. Moore, who is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed outrage that Christian relief organization World Vision announced it would hire employees in same-sex marriages on Monday. "I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages," Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in his statement. "The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. "My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be...
  • The Apostasy of World Vision Embracing Gay Marriage

    03/25/2014 1:24:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | Michael Brown
    Shortly after I broke the news on my radio broadcast and on social media, Christianity Today confirmed the report: World Vision has decided to embrace homosexual "marriage" among its employees and to recognize practicing homosexual employees who profess faith in Jesus as true Christians. This is a betrayal of the gospel, a betrayal of the Lord, a betrayal of the family, and a betrayal of the countless thousands of Christians who have put their trust in World Vision as a legitimate Christian organization. In no way does it contribute to "building a better world for children" – one of the...
  • World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

    03/24/2014 8:14:00 PM PDT · by Coronal · 137 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Celeste Gracey and Jeremy Weber
    World Vision's American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman. Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America's largest Christian charities.
  • Why churches should brace for a mass exodus of the faithful: The more conservative churches, anyway

    03/24/2014 7:38:15 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/24/14 | Damon Linker
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,...
  • Killing Christianity with Sex

    03/15/2014 12:00:00 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 March 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    In recent times, there has been a development quite odd and unprecedented in the annals of the sexual “revolution.” When America’s traditional sexual mores started to break down, it always took the form of slouching toward “tolerance.” For example, consider fornication. Two unmarried opposite-sex individuals cohabitating was once known as “living in sin” and was not something any couple could do in their community. But as pedophile Alfred Kinsey’s fraudulent science and the phenomenon whereby, as Confucius said, no one likes “virtue as much as sex” eroded moral barriers, this started to change. And then one thing led to another,...
  • Five stabbed to death in latest Chinese knife attack [Common Sense Knife Control Laws Needed]

    03/14/2014 5:19:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/14/14 | Terrence McCoy
    Five people were stabbed to death Friday morning at a market in the capital of Hunan Province in central China. Local media report that several Uighur “naan peddlers” suddenly went on a knifing rampage after a disagreement among food stall owners escalated into violence.
  • How a Megachurch Worked Through the Situation When a Church Leader Came Out as Gay

    03/11/2014 2:17:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/11/2014 | Morgan Lee
    In the past decade, many Evangelical churches across the country have increasingly had to wrestle with how to engage members of their congregation who identify as LGBT. But this dilemma has not remained only at the lay level. In 2012, the leadership staff at the southern California megachurch, Calvary Community Church (CCC), had to grapple with their church's convictions on homosexuality, when Kevin McCloskey, one of the members of the executive team revealed that he was gay and that he would be also be divorcing his wife of 17 years. Executive Pastor Curtis Johnson declined to speak specifically with The...
  • How a Megachurch Worked Through the Situation When a Church Leader Came Out as Gay

    03/11/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 9, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    In the past decade, many Evangelical churches across the country have increasingly had to wrestle with how to engage members of their congregation who identify as LGBT. But this dilemma has not remained only at the lay level. In 2012, the leadership staff at the southern California megachurch, Calvary Community Church (CCC), had to grapple with their church's convictions on homosexuality, when Kevin McCloskey, one of the members of the executive team revealed that he was gay and that he would be also be divorcing his wife of 17 years. Executive Pastor Curtis Johnson declined to speak specifically with The...
  • Church teaching must change on sexual morality, says German bishop

    03/04/2014 5:05:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Nation Catholic Reporter via the Tablet ^ | March 4, 2014 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The responses to the Vatican questionnaire on the family are a clear signal that certain changes concerning the church’s teaching on sexual morality are imperative, according to Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, Germany. Interviewed by the Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz, Ackermann, 50, said the responses showed “quite clearly” that for the majority of the faithful the church’s teaching on moral sexuality was “repressive” and “remote from life.” Declaring a second marriage after a divorce a perpetual mortal sin, and under no circumstances allowing remarried divorced people ever to receive the Sacraments, was not helpful, he said and added, “We bishops will...
  • Why did so many seek to revolutionize the Church in the 60s and 70s?

    02/24/2014 2:34:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In my college years I worked with a company that built and serviced pipe organs around the Washington DC area. During those years I probably entered some 300 different churches both Catholic and Protestant.Of course, as a Catholic, I particularly loved going to the Catholic churches. I especially loved visiting the older city parishes that were built back before the revolution. I had grown up in the suburbs where almost every church was built after 1955, when church building took a decided turn for the worse: Ugly bland, beige buildings with carpeted floors and potted plants. A plain wooden table...
  • Yes, Jesus Would Bake A Cake for a Gay Person

    02/24/2014 5:51:18 AM PST · by xzins · 210 replies
    Red State ^ | February 21st, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Jesus Christ would absolutely bake a cake for a gay person. He’d bake a cake for a straight person. He’d bake a cake for a girl, a boy, a person who isn’t sure what they are, a black person, a white person — Jesus would bake that cake if it, in some way large or small, drew that person closer to Him. And Christians should too. Christians should show love and compassion to gays, straights, and everyone else. Christians should show God’s love in hopes of drawing people to a relationship with Christ. 95% of that may just be relationship...
  • Cardinal Kasper says Pope Francis will soon instruct souls to disobey Church

    02/23/2014 3:29:36 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 53 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 2/23/14 | The Tenth Crusade
    A few new developments on the Catholic divorce front. First, we learn that Pope Francis hand-picked Kasper to persuade his see on substance. But "it’s a question of how to apply [church teaching to] the concrete, difficult, complex situation."Francis tapped Kasper to open the meetings with an address that would set the stage for the talks. Kasper — a onetime sparring partner of another German cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Benedict XVI — delivered a two-hour talk that centered on marriage and took up most of the morning’s session. Since the Church instructs us to be obedient or lose...
  • Patriarch Kirill: Violation of God's Laws is Destroying Human Civilization (Re: Same-Sex Marriage)

    02/10/2014 1:17:47 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 10, 2014 | Xenit
    Violating God's laws by legislating in favor of same-sex ‘marriage’ is a threat to human civilization, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said. Speaking after a liturgy on Sunday at the Kremlin's Cathedral of the Assumption in commemoration of the Russian Orthodox Church's New Martyrs and confessors, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said it’s possible to argue that such laws are needed “to avoid discrimination against anyone in anything.” “But the next moment one realizes that it is not civil, political, economic, or cultural discrimination that is meant here, but something that has never been...
  • Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

    02/09/2014 8:54:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    WRAL-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2014 | Rachel Zoll
    The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. In response, theological conservatives have sought formal complaints against the defiant clergy, which could lead to church trials. One scholar has warned that Methodists are "retreating into our various camps" instead of seeking a resolution over an issue...
  • ‘Some in church may be homophobic’ (Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland)

    02/09/2014 6:36:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 09 February 2014
    The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, has said that some people in the Catholic Church may be homophobic. The teaching of the church could be used “in a homophobic way”, he told RTE. He said that the Church had to be very careful that this was not done in the forthcoming debate on the same-sex referendum. […] “Anyone who grew up in Ireland would have told jokes that were pointed at the gay community; at Travelers; it is part of the culture we grew up in, but we have to grow out of it,” he said. He said church...
  • How Is Adam’s sin Described Differently than Eve’s?

    02/07/2014 3:12:01 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/6/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In yesterday’s blog post, I sought to explore the details Original Sin and to convey that there are subtleties and stages to the sin that have something to teach us. The sin was more than eating a piece of fruit, there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally, which the text reveals.In yesterday’s post I also mentioned that it was worth exploring how the sacred text speaks of the Sin of Adam, and differentiates it to some extent from the sin that Eve commits. In fact, Original Sin, biblically, is properly denoted as the sin of...
  • The Anatomy of Original Sin: The Sin of Adam was Far More than Eating a Piece of Fruit.

    02/06/2014 2:39:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/5/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many understandings of Original Sin, the sin committed by Adam and Eve tend to describe the sin as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this description is not inaccurate, it is incomplete and many rightly wonder as to how and why all this trouble came from the mere eating of a piece of fruit.It may be helpful therefore to consider the Sin of Adam more richly. While the eating of the fruit is the external act, like any human act, it proceeds from the heart and admits of some complexity or stages.Perhaps a quote from the Book of James...
  • Satan, Sin, and Sociology

    01/27/2014 7:32:48 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 26, 2014 | Anne Hendershott
    Satan falling from heaven, as depicted by Gustave Dore in an illustration for John MIlton's "Paradise Lost". In his first homily, given on March 14th, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful that “he who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil.” “When we do not profess Jesus Christ,” he further insisted, “we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” Since that day, he has spoken often of the one he has called the “prince of this world,” and the “father of lies.” And, in the book, On Heaven and Earth, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio devoted...
  • Obama's high school pot dealer ... beaten to death with a hammer by his gay lover ...

    01/29/2014 8:16:19 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    President Obama’s high school pot dealer who he thanked in his yearbook for the 'good times' was beaten to death by his lover after a series of fights over flatulence and drugs, MailOnline can reveal today. Raymond Boyer, known as 'Gay Ray' to Obama and his marijuana smoking 'Choom Gang', was bludgeoned to death with a hammer seven years after he sold the future president and his friends drugs. His lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a laundry list of reasons for the killing, including that Boyer, a surfer and unemployed chef, constantly put him down, made him...
  • The Divine Office: Where sin abounded grace has overflowed

    01/29/2014 8:45:07 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner
    The Examiner ^ | 1/29/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    From a sermon on the Song of Songs by Saint Bernard, abbot Where can the weak find a place of firm security and peace, except in the wounds of the Saviour? Indeed, the more secure is my place there, the more he can do to help me. The world rages, the flesh is heavy, and the devil lays his snares, but I do not fall, for my feet are planted on firm rock. I may have sinned gravely. My conscience would be distressed, but it would not be in turmoil, for I would recall the wounds of the Lord: he...
  • Sexual revolution leaving American women plagued by anxiety disorders

    01/25/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by usalady · 101 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan, 24, 2013 | Martha
    In spite of their advances in education and the workforce anxiety disorders are replacing happiness for American women. Sexual liberation was supposed to bring equality for females that expected fulfillment with the freedom to pursue lust without expecting committed relationships.
  • The Gospel for a Gay Friend

    01/25/2014 7:23:17 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | November-December 2013 | Garrett Kell
    Josh had always known he was different. From his earliest memories, he looked at some boys as more than just peers. His parents knew he was "special," but they loved him for it. He learned to wear a mask and play the part of a "normal" kid until he graduated high school. In college, Josh decided it was time to be who he really was. He made friends with other gay people and embarked on sexual explorations. Josh found a refuge in his gay community and developed bonds that ran far deeper than sexual flings. Though his parents distanced themselves...
  • UPDATE: Florida Teen Expelled For Performing In Porn Allowed Back To School

    01/22/2014 11:59:59 AM PST · by celmak · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | 01/21/2014 | CBS
    COCOA, Fla. – A student who turned to porn to help pay the bills had been kicked out of school. Robert Marucci told WKMDG Local 6 that made the decision to because he considered the job just that – work that would help with his family’s financial issues. For his effort, Marucci says he’s been bullied by students and now, he says the school is bullying him. Local 6 says Marucci’s mother was aware of what her son was doing and that he did so to support her financially. “I think he’s the most awesome person in the world,” she...
  • On Evangelical “Unease” Over Contraception

    01/16/2014 2:11:33 PM PST · by NYer · 159 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 16, 2014 | Chelsen Vicari
    Birth control is a touchy subject that Evangelicals find extremely difficult to discuss. But as the President’s health care mandate officially launches and its oppressive contraception enforcements are questioned, some Evangelicals are reconsidering their embrace of oral contraception, or what is commonly referred to as the Pill.Evangelical leaders like Dr. Albert Mohler who question the morality of contraception are garnering criticism from the Religious Left. Hurling accusations of sexism and selfishness, Georgetown student and Jim Wallis’ teacher’s assistant, Jacob Lupfer, penned The Washington Post op-ed “The Evangelical Unease Over Contraception.” His article claims that Evangelical leaders are denouncing contraception...
  • Disgraced Ex-Preacher Says There’s a Major Culture Problem in Evangelical Christianity

    01/15/2014 5:30:34 PM PST · by Gamecock · 120 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Ted Haggard, a preacher who stepped down in 2006 from his position as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., following a sex and drug scandal, recently spoke out about Isaac Hunter’s suicide, an event that took the evangelical world by storm last week. Focusing specifically on the scandals and charges of wrongdoing that have surrounded many famed preachers — himself included — Haggard said that evangelical Christians sometimes fail to properly apply the gospel when dealing with faith leaders who fall from grace. Hunter, the former pastor of Summit...
  • Christian counsellors ban therapy aimed at 'converting' gay patients

    01/14/2014 12:46:37 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 22 replies
    Guardian ^ | 01/10/2013 | Patrick Strudwick
    Britain's leading body for Christian therapists has instructed its members to stop trying to turn gay patients straight using so-called "conversion therapy". The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) said the practice should be stopped "in the interests of public safety", but the move has prompted a furious response from proponents of talking "cures" for homosexuality who have promised to fight for what they see as the right to therapy of anyone distressed by "unwanted same sex attraction". The controversial practice seeks to unearth childhood traumas, which are considered by conversion therapists to have caused homosexuality. Sexual abuse, bullying and having...
  • Joel Osteen Says Homosexuality is 'a Sin' but Won't 'Preach' on It

    01/14/2014 9:38:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 80 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | Courtney Coren
    Televangelist Joel Osteen says homosexuality is a sin but he doesn't "preach" about it and isn't against "anybody" who is gay. "I believe that scripture says that it's a sin but I always follow up by saying you know what, we're not against anybody," he added. "There's a lot of things, Larry, and I don't understand — so I just don't want to preach on it, preach about it," Osteen replied.
  • What are you really afraid of? An answer from the Bible

    07/25/2012 3:12:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 24, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is it that really holds us in bondage? What is it that is truly the source of our problem, our sins, our selfishness, our anger, our lust and pride? Original Sin? Yes but where does the wound of sin really set up shop in us and stay open for business? What does it tap into for its strength? Scripture has an interesting answer to this question: Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free...
  • Idea to Return Criminal Liability for Homosexuality is Logical - Orthodox Human Rights Activist

    01/10/2014 6:36:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/10/14
    Moscow, January 10, Interfax - The human rights center of the World Russian People's Council supports the proposal of actor and priest Ivan Okhlobystin to return criminal liability for homosexuality. "The idea to return the criminal article for sodomy seems quite logical to me. The non-acceptance of homosexuality is a sign of healthy moral atmosphere in the society along with the rejection of racism and chauvinism," human rights center director, expert of Islam, Roman Silantyev, told Interfax-Religion on Friday. Homosexuals stopped being satisfied with the cancellation of the relevant article in the Soviet Criminal Code long ago and "are demanding...
  • It's Not Homosexuality or Having an Abortion: CNN Poll Reveals America's Most Agreed Upon Sin

    01/08/2014 10:23:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/08/2014 | Morgan Lee
    Ninety-four percent of Americans believe that "being married and having sex with someone else" is morally wrong, the highest figure on a list of eight actions that CNN asked 1,010 adults to ethically classify earlier this month. "Cheating on your taxes" followed adultery with 90 percent of Americans classifying it as morally wrong. "Having an abortion," "engaging in homosexual behavior" and "looking at a pornographic magazine" came in at 57, 50, and 46 percent, respectively. Glenn Stanton, the director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, explained Americans' lack of consensus on what made an action morally wrong...
  • CofE removes sin and the devil from new christening rite: Rewrite of centuries-old passage…

    01/05/2014 7:08:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:40 EST, 5 January 2014 | Steve Doughty
    The Church of England is trying out a new baptism service which drops all mention of the devil and sin. Instead of asking parents and godparents to ‘reject the devil and all rebellion against God’, it asks them to make a single broad pledge to ‘reject evil’. Among other phrases abandoned in the experimental new christening rite are those referring to ‘the deceit and corruption of evil’, ‘the sins that separate us from God and neighbor’, and a promise to ‘fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil.’ …
  • The escorts who want to rebrand male prostitution as a business

    01/05/2014 2:22:45 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | January 4, 2014 | Mobeen Azhar
    "The aim is to be the best escort in the world." Josh Brandon's conviction is punctuated by a strong Welsh valleys accent. The twentysomething moved to London four years ago with dreams of modelling and celebrity. But soon after his arrival he began working as an escort. Now he has a price list which includes hourly rates and a discount for block booking. He issues loyalty cards so customers who pay for nine "appointments" get their tenth free. .... "When I won Male Sex Worker of the Year, I texted my dad," says Brandon. "He said: 'I'm proud of you...
  • A Ruling for Polygamy -- and Freedom

    01/05/2014 1:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 5, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In modern America, sex is increasingly where it should be: outside the reach of government. Anti-sodomy statutes have been tossed by the Supreme Court. Contraception is widely accessible. Anyone with a computer can gorge on pornography without fear of prosecution. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Now another step has been taken to expel police and legislators from the bedrooms of consenting adults: a federal court decision striking down a key element of Utah's ban on polygamy. Last month, District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that the law infringes not only on constitutionally protected...
  • It's official: Episcopal Church's COO says Katharine Jefferts Schori has Abolished Sin

    01/04/2014 9:36:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 1-4-14 | David W. Virtue
    NEW YORK CITY, NY --- The Episcopal Church's COO, Bishop Stacy Sauls announced this week that Katharine Jefferts Schori, the church's Presiding Bishop, had "abolished sin" after well-known intellectual and gay theological heavy-weight Bishop Gene Robinson wrote that she had effectively done so through her words and beliefs. The exchange took place following a meeting of Integrity, the rambunctious, noisy Episcopal Gay organization, following a night on the town (NYC) that was described by one participant as "a night of unbridled debauchery and lechery" in memory of the now deceased Bishop Otis Charles, the first outed gay TEC bishop. The...
  • It’s Official: Vatican Says Pope Francis Has not Abolished Sin

    01/01/2014 10:03:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/1/14 | Philip Pullella
    The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had “abolished sin”, after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures. The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled “Francis’ Revolution: He has abolished sin”.Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God’s mercy and forgiveness were...
  • Pope shocked by same-sex adoptions legislation

    12/30/2013 2:44:42 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | December 29, 2013
    File photo of another meeting between Pope Francis and Bishop Scicluna. The Pope is “shocked” by Malta’s Civil Unions Bill, which will allow gay couples to adopt children, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna has told The Sunday Times of Malta.Defending his decision to use his Christmas homily to reiterate that a family had to be built around a man and a woman, Mgr Scicluna said he had aired these concerns with Pope Francis when he met him on December 12.“We discussed many aspects...and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the right for gay couples to...
  • Some Sober Reflection on Matrimony, Sexuality and the Family. A Call to Prayer for...

    12/16/2013 4:03:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/15/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome.In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about thirty weddings a year; now, about five or six. In this urban parish in which I have ministered for the larger part of 20 years, a beautiful and picturesque setting for a matrimonial sacrament, we used to have to turn couples away who were not members....
  • The Disease And Cure Of The Soul...Mark 8 pt 3

    And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them,Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words...
  • Traditional Catholics care that sexual sins offend God and hurt us

    12/26/2013 4:58:00 PM PST · by mlizzy · 55 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 12-26-13 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Jesus never said; “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” but; “For I have not come to call the just, but sinners.” Jesus came to call us sinners to repent. He does not accept sinners so that they can continue to sin. Sin is a terrible offense against God and offends Him greatly.It was St. Augustine who said; “For this reason, the man who lives by God’s standards and not by man’s, must need be a lover of good, and it follows that he must hate what is evil. Further, since no one is evil by nature, but anyone who is...
  • Maps of Seven Deadly Sins in America

    12/24/2013 12:28:24 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 17 replies
    Memolition ^ | ca. 12/10/13
    Geographers from Kansas State University have created a map of the spatial distribution of the Seven Deadly Sins across the United States. How? By mapping demographic data related to each of the Sins. Below are screenshots of the maps in standard deviation units; red naturally is more sinful, blue less sinful.
  • There is No Synthesis For Christians With The Torquemadas of Tolerance

    12/24/2013 5:00:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    RedState | December 23, 2013 | Repair_Man_Jack
    ..... The law was fulfilled by Christ. It can’t be changed for the better by merging with its antithesis...... I’ll fess up to being a few hundred volumes behind on my Approved Smart Guy™ reading list. If it gets any worse, I won’t be one of The Quiz Kids anymore. One that I can say proudly I’ve caught up on is Bobo’s In Paradise by David Brooks. This book, more than anything I’ve read, makes intelligent use of the intellectual compost referred to euphemistically as Marxian Analysis. Unfortunately, like all other Marxian Analysis, it has its limits as far as...
  • Is Social Liberalism Compatible With Christianity?

    12/22/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 27 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 22, 2013 | JP
    Karen Owen, a writer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, authored a recent column in which she sneered that “the term Christian conservative” is “an oxymoron.” How, she asked, “can we call ourselves – and practically insist that we are – a Christian nation when we seemingly ignore so many teachings of Christ?” So what examples does she cite to make her dubious case? Well, there’s the decision by greeting card giant Hallmark to alter the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” on a Christmas ornament from “don we now our gay apparel” to “don we now our fun apparel.”...
  • God Responds to Lawsuit Against the Word "Sin"

    12/21/2013 11:40:55 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 12-21-13 | Olga Photoshopova
    "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other." - Intolerant, bigoted hick, Phil Robertson With the fires barely extinguished on their Barilla pasta boxes, GLAAD has found a new victim to harass: Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. Phil does not use the New Progressive Bible co-authored by GLAAD and other liberals, but instead chooses to study the outdated traditional Bible. This is a big deal,...
  • Wash. students protest gay vice principal's exit

    12/20/2013 10:12:52 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 92 replies
    SFGATE ^ | Updated 9:20 pm, Friday, December 20, 2013 | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press
    SEATTLE (AP) — Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal. An online petition started by the senior class president of Eastside Catholic was the third fastest growing U.S. petition on change.org Friday, attracting around 15,000 signatures in one day. The petition was launched after Vice Principal Mark Zmuda resigned under pressure from school administrators after they learned he had married his same-sex partner. Bradley Strode said the students want to effect change within the wider Catholic Church, with an ultimate goal of altering the Catholic...
  • Just Christians - On Homosexuality & Christian Identity

    12/20/2013 8:13:44 AM PST · by don-o · 13 replies
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | July / August 2013 | S M Hutchens
    In homosexuality's assault on the beliefs of churches that once unanimously identified it as sexual perversion—sodomy being "the abominable and detestable crime against nature"—its most potent weapon has been the counter-accusation that identification of homosexuality as sinful is a detestable offense against charity. By these presents, all who hold to the ancient interdict as God's word may be numbered among the crowing yahoos of Westboro Baptist Church with its "God Hates Fags" placards. The churches, thus accused, have divided into those that hold to the Judeo-Christian teaching and those converted to regarding homosexuality as no sin at all, for where...