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  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘An Antichristic Church’

    10/19/2019 7:34:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 19, 2019 | Rod Dreher
    [Catholic Caucus] ‘An Antichristic Church’ A representative of one of the Amazon Rainforest’s ethnic groups (R) walks past Pope Francis as he takes part in a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images) I met Canadian Catholic theologian Douglas Farrow at last week’s Touchstone conference. He is a gentle, thoughtful man. Which makes the powerful rebuke he delivers to the Vatican in this First Things column about the Amazon Synod even more...
  • God Loves his Own Righteousness...a meditation on Psalm 11

    10/19/2019 7:02:30 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    10-17-19 | Bill Randles
    In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain...
  • Cdl. Brandmüller: Amazon Synod Portends Pantheistic ‘Religion of Man’

    10/19/2019 10:24:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 18, 2019 | Stephen Wynne
    Cdl. Brandmüller: Amazon Synod Portends Pantheistic ‘Religion of Man’ Dubia author warns of 'spectacular break' with Catholic faith VATICAN CITY ( - Cardinal Walter Brandmüller is warning that the Amazon Synod represents an attempt to replace Catholicism with "a pantheistic natural religion of man." In a statement to LifeSiteNews and German-language site this week, the dubia author characterized synod architects as an agenda-driven Modernist cabal. "It would be a fatal error to think that the promoters of the current Synod of Bishops were truly concerned only about the well-being of the indigenous tribes of the Amazon forests," he cautioned. "They are, rather, obviously being instrumentalized in order to push an agenda...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Amazon Synod’s Stations of the Cross Fuse Politics and Paganism With Piety

    10/19/2019 9:57:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 19, 2019 | Jules Gomes
    [Catholic Caucus] Amazon Synod’s Stations of the Cross Fuse Politics and Paganism With Piety 'Pachamama' takes center stage, where procession opens with burning sage ritual VATICAN ( - Indigenous rituals and political protest merged with the popular devotion of the Stations of the Cross Saturday morning in Rome.Lakota natives smoke a peace pipe near Castel Sant'Angelo at the start of the procession Over 250 delegates at the Amazon Synod took part in the procession, with banners and signs marking what they deem the pain and injustice felt by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Bishops, priests, indigenous leaders and Catholic laity began...
  • October 19 - Jesus’ Deity in His Judgment

    10/19/2019 4:50:49 AM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son’” (John 5:22). Jesus’ authority to grant spiritual life to whomever He chooses is consistent with His authority to judge all men on the last day (cf. 3:18–19; 12:48). Since God is the “Judge of all the earth” (Gen. 18:25), the fact that the Father judges no one, but “has given all judgment to the Son,” further attests to Christ’s deity. Because their wills are in perfect harmony, all judgment can be given to Christ in the assurance that His judgment will be, in fact,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-19, M, Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, and Comps.

    10/18/2019 11:17:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies ^ | 10-19-19 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19 2019 Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Rom 4:13, 16-18 Brothers and sisters:It was not through the lawthat the promise was made to Abraham and his descendantsthat he would inherit the world,but through the righteousness that comes from faith.For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift,and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,not to those who only adhere to the lawbut to those who follow the faith of Abraham,who is the father of all of us, as it is written,I...
  • Pope could learn from 3 ancient Israelites who stood up to idolatry

    10/18/2019 4:20:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 18, 2019 | John-Henry Westen
    Pope could learn from 3 ancient Israelites who stood up to idolatry October 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The pagan ceremony that occurred in the Vatican Gardens on Friday, October 4 was more than just distressing. In a ceremony observed by the pope, a “priestess” shaking maracas led the apparent worship of two statutes of naked women. Numerous people, including a Franciscan priest, prostrated themselves in front of these statues.  The Vatican has just recently released a statement clarifying that the statue was not the Virgin Mary, one possible interpretation offered by Bishop David Martínez. Even if it had been...
  • Op-ed: "Was a demon enthroned at the Amazon Synod?"

    10/18/2019 3:57:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 62 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 18, 2019 | Rev. Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Op-ed: "Was a demon enthroned at the Amazon Synod?" During the first press conference of the Amazonian synod Bishop David Martínez De Aguirre Guinea, O.P., one of the special secretaries appointed by Francis, gave a response that lends weight to reports that the shamanistic ritual conducted in the Vatican Gardens was, indeed, the worship of the pagan idol, Pachamama. Bishop Martínez said: "Those who used this symbol wished it to reflect fertility, to women, to life, the life present among the Amazonian people and Amazonia as an entity full of life. I don’t think we need to make connections...
  • China bans African foreign students from worshiping in churches to prevent 'foreign infiltration'

    10/18/2019 8:12:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/18/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    The Chinese government has banned African international students from worshiping in Christian churches under the pretext of “preventing foreign infiltration through religion,” a persecution watchdog group has revealed. A group of over 80 African students who are residing in a city in the northeastern province of Liaoning told Chinese persecution watchdog Bitter Winter that in September, the person in charge of the Three-Self church that they attended received a government order prohibiting foreigners from participating in gatherings at the church. “We just want to have a place to congregate,” one student told the outlet. A Chinese believer at the church...
  • Video of Succot Hallet Serviceat Great Synagogue in Jerusalem

    10/18/2019 7:07:27 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 2 replies
    Video at the link. I've been there a couple of times. Women are not permitted on the main floor. They sit in a gallery mostly not show in this video. Little girls, however, can be on the main floor presumably with a male guardian. There is one particularly cute girl who shows up several times. (Look for her starting at 7:50.) It looks like she's videoing with her cell phone. ML/NJ
  • October 18 - Jesus’ Deity in His Power and Sovereignty

    10/18/2019 5:18:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes’” (John 5:21). By asserting His equality with God, Jesus claimed that He had the parallel power with God to raise the dead—“just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life.” The Bible teaches that only God has the power to raise the dead (Deut. 32:39; Acts 26:8; Heb. 11:19), and the Old Testament records several instances in which He did so (1 Kings 17:17–24; 2 Kings 4:32–37; 13:20–21). Because His power is the same as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-19, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2019 9:58:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies ^ | 10-18-19 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18 2019 Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • Witchcraft Site Praises Amazon Synod Pagan Ritual

    10/17/2019 10:21:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Complicit Clergy ^ | October 17, 2019 | Complicit Clergy
    Witchcraft Site Praises Amazon Synod Pagan Ritual, a site dedicated to promoting witchcraft and superstition, praised the opening ceremony for the Amazon Synod held in the garden of the Vatican on October 4.The site characterized the event as”a beautiful ritual dedicated to Mother Earth,” and “a pagan fertility ritual with indigenous leaders who worshiped two idols of a fertility goddess of the Earth…”The author states, “for our part, we are very happy with this event that will surely open the doors to a more open and rosy future for us pagans.”The site acknowledges that “the ceremony was almost completely...
  • October 17 - Jesus’ Deity in His Works

    10/17/2019 7:13:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel’” (John 5:19–20). For a mere man to claim to be God was, to the Jews, outrageous blasphemy. Therefore if they had misunderstood Him, Jesus surely would...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 17, 2019 [prayer]

    10/17/2019 5:58:42 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 29 replies
    Free ^ | October 17, 2019 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for our nation.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-19, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2019 10:03:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-17-9 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17 2019 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Rom 3:21-30 Brothers and sisters:Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law,though testified to by the law and the prophets,the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christfor all who believe.For there is no distinction;all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God.They are justified freely by his gracethrough the redemption in Christ Jesus,whom God set forth as an expiation,through faith, by his Blood, to prove his righteousnessbecause of the forgiveness of sins previously committed,through the forbearance of God–to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The worst kept secret is finally out!

    10/16/2019 4:05:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | October 15, 2019 | Mark Docherty
    [Catholic Caucus] The worst kept secret is finally out! “Whoever has had, as I have happened several times, the luck of meeting him and speaking to him with the utmost cultural confidence, knows that Pope Francis (sic) conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnated, Jesus ceases to be a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross. The proof that confirms this reality and creates a Church that is completely different from the others is proved by some episodes which deserve to be remembered. The first is what happens in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus goes after...
  • October 16 - Jesus and the Sabbath

    10/16/2019 5:43:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “He answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.’ For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:17–18). The Sabbath observance was at the heart of Jewish worship in Jesus’ day. The Lord’s reply to those who persecuted Him for violating it (5:16), “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working,” implies that the Sabbath was not instituted for God’s benefit but for man’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-16-19, OM, St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

    10/15/2019 10:06:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 10-16-19 | Revised New American Bible
    October 16 2019 Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 2:1-11 You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself,since you, the judge, do the very same things.We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such thingsand yet do them yourself,that you will escape the judgment of God?Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patiencein low esteem, unaware that the kindness...
  • [Barf Alert] Amazon Synod Proposes New Episcopal Body to Implement Pope’s Decrees

    10/15/2019 5:30:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    [Barf Alert] Amazon Synod Proposes New Episcopal Body to Implement Pope’s Decrees Synod fathers reject 'intra-Christian colonialism,' calling for 'deep ecological conversion' VATICAN ( - Amazon Synod delegates are calling for the urgent creation of a permanent and representative episcopal organization to promote synodality in the Amazon. The group is meant to concretize and implement the directives issued by Pope Francis after the synod. The new body will work for the defense of the rights of indigenous peoples, the integral formation of pastoral agents and the creation of Amazonian seminaries — a plan proposed by 180 synod fathers Tuesday morning at the 11th general...