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  • Column: A Catholic Pastor Speaks Out About Trump. Some Parishioners Walk Out.

    01/18/2021 5:42:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/16/21 | Mary Schmich
    On the Sunday morning after the deadly riot at the United States Capitol, Father William Corcoran put on his black suit and clerical collar and stepped into St. Elizabeth Seton church in the Chicago suburb of Orland Hills to celebrate the 7:30 a.m. Mass. When it was time for the homily, he stood in front of the “celebrant’s chair” near the altar and removed his mask so that he could be clearly heard. He looked out at the 140 or so masked parishioners who sat in the sanctuary, which was still ornamented for Christmas. He had a feeling this might...
  • ELCA presiding bishop joins NCC leaders in letter to vice president, Cabinet and Congress

    01/10/2021 10:23:59 PM PST · by lightman · 38 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 8 Januray A.D. 2021 | Candice Hill Buchbinder
    CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), joined leaders from the National Council of Churches (NCC) in an open letter to Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress and the Cabinet, calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office. The letter states: "Our faith instructs us to take seriously positions of leadership, not to lead others astray and to be careful about what we say and do. "For the good of the nation, so that we might end the current horror and prepare the way for binding up...
  • Suspect in custody after shooting at Starrville Methodist church leaves pastor dead

    01/03/2021 11:57:45 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 21 replies
    KVUE News - Austin, TX ^ | 3 January 2020 | Reagan Roy, Claire Wallace
    WINONA, Texas — One person is dead and three more, including the suspect, were injured following a shooting at an East Texas church Sunday morning. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the shooting took place at Starrville Methodist Church, located on Farm-to-Market Road 16 in Winona. The SCSO says the suspect had been hiding in the church's bathroom following a car chase with authorities Saturday night. The SCSO says the suspect was in a dark Volkswagen Beetle and had a shotgun pointed out the window, but later left the car due to a tire blowout and ran away. Sheriff...
  • Holiday in Handcuffs?

    12/30/2020 2:25:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | December 30, 2020 | Laura Walsh
    Christmas Eve was supposed to be nice. I made every effort — procuring the traditional Costco spiral ham and cheerfully doing all of the other Christmasy things Mrs. Claus pulls off each year. What I failed to factor in was the threat of arrest and an epic violation of my right to free exercise of religion. Rookie mistake. Our state is governed by a petty tyrant. We’ve had a mask mandate since June and because he has unchecked power and was just reelected, he extends mandates in perpetuity. He has done his best to suck joy out of everything. Unlike...
  • With skyrocketing mental health crisis, church proves the healthiest place to be

    12/28/2020 6:32:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/28/2020 | David Jeremiah
    Through all the divisive issues of 2020, Americans have shared at least one common trait: skyrocketing stress. The American Psychological Association calls it a “national mental health crisis” with potentially “serious health and social consequences for years to come.” Columbia University professor of clinical psychiatry Michael Liebowitz said the pandemic is "a huge added stress factor." This makes the spike in anti-anxiety medications understandable. Prescriptions rose by 34 percent in a matter of months when the pandemic broke out. People have attempted to decrease their stress through entertainment, alcohol, and prescription or recreational drugs. In Oregon, its citizens just voted...
  • A plea to members of Placer County churches during COVID surge: Stay home for Christmas

    12/25/2020 9:09:46 PM PST · by rintintin · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec 25 2020 | HANNAH HOLZER, Sacramento Bee
    It would be easy to shame Destiny Christian Church, its members and its pastor, Greg Fairrington, for selfishly ignoring multiple state-imposed orders to cease indoor gatherings — an especially reckless act given Placer County’s restricted intensive care unit capacity which recently dipped to zero. But in a spirit of compassion that seems more apt this holiday season, here’s my message to Destiny: I am appealing to your Christian values of moral responsibility and love for your neighbors and urging you to remain in the safety of your homes this Christmas. Because this is the only way to mitigate the spread...
  • Dem Rep. Doggett: Crowded Church Services ‘Leading to’ Deaths

    12/25/2020 11:21:49 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Dec 2020 | Ian Hanchett
    On Thursday’s “MSNBC Live,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) commented on a video of a large church service tweeted by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by saying that he applauds “those who want to share, as I do, their faith here at the Christmas time, but they are leading to the death of other people, both inside and outside their congregations.” Doggett said, “I live on a street that has two churches, two or three more are within shouting distance of my house here in east Austin. They are all closed. I thought last night — or tonight, as they have...
  • Minnesota: Small town approves Whites only church which envisions "blond hair and blue eyes"

    12/23/2020 6:05:05 PM PST · by White Lives Matter · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 23, 2020 | Snejana Farberov
    Murdock, Minnesota's City Council voted 3-1 to grant permit allowing Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA) to gather at former Lutheran church AFA practices a pre-Christian, European spirituality that revolves around Norse gods; it only admits white people with northern European descent Southern Poverty Law Center has added AFA to its list of hate groups Critics of AFA have launched an online petition seeking to stop it, which so far has drawn more than 123,000 signatures Murdock officials said rejecting AFA's permit request could have violated its religious rights and led to an expensive legal battle
  • Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church received $4.4M COVID-19 PPP loan

    12/15/2020 9:50:44 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    nypost ^ | 12/15/2020 | Lia Eustachewich
    Multimillionaire televangelist Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Texas netted $4.4 million in bailouts through the federal COVID-19 relief program, records show. The Houston megachurch, the largest in the nation with 52,000 weekly congregants, received the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan in late July, the Houston Business Journal reported Sunday.
  • Supreme Court sides with Colorado church over COVID attendance caps

    12/15/2020 9:12:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 15, 2020 | BY MELISSA QUINN
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a Colorado church challenging the state's capacity restrictions on houses of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, the latest order from the high court, now with a 6-3 conservative majority, in favor of churches and synagogues seeking to hold worship services during the ongoing crisis. In an order with three dissents, the high court tossed out an August decision from the federal district court in Colorado that kept the attendance limits in place and sent the dispute back to the lower courts for further consideration in light of its November order barring...
  • Gallup Poll Shows Why Church Is Essential During a Pandemic

    12/15/2020 6:00:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/15/2020 | Matt Margolis
    During the pandemic, arbitrary regulations and lockdowns that have forced small businesses to close and kids to remain out of school have had serious consequences. Pandemic-induced depression and suicide is a serious problem that seems to have been overlooked by many of the leaders imposing lockdowns.Meanwhile, religious worship was deemed nonessential by some Democrat leaders during the pandemic. And houses of worship were forced to remain closed, allegedly out of health concerns. According to some Democrats, you could social distance in a Walmart, restaurant, or even an airplane, but not a church or a synagogue—so they ordered them closed.But a...
  • Bible-toting gunman killed after shooting at Christmas carol event outside NYC's St. John The Divine church

    12/14/2020 10:06:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2020 | Leonardo Blair
    NEW YORK — A Bible-toting gunman who opened fire at an open air a cappella Christmas choral event, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, was shot dead by police on Sunday after shouting “Kill me!” according to eyewitnesses. Images captured by Reuters show moments from the deadly standoff, including pictures of the gunman, New York Police Department Officers, and frightened onlookers running away and huddling at the scene. “Our Carols for the Community event this afternoon was interrupted by an armed individual, who set off a round of gunfire into the air from our front...
  • Man shot by police after shooting at Manhattan cathedral

    12/13/2020 2:11:22 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | December 13, 2020 | TED SHAFFREY
    NEW YORK -- A man was shot by police after shots rang out at the end of a Christmas choral concert on the steps of a Manhattan cathedral Sunday afternoon. It’s unclear if the gunman was killed and police said there's no indication anyone but the gunman was shot. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and seat of its bishop. The 45-minute concert had just concluded and people were starting to walk away when a series of shots was heard, sending...
  • CA Superior Court Smacks Down Newsom’s COVID-19 Restrictions On Catholic Church

    12/12/2020 6:07:14 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Wire. ^ | Dec 12, 2020 | Jon Brown
    A California Superior Court judge issued an injunction against Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s planned COVID-19 restrictions on a Catholic priest and his parishes earlier this week, citing the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. Judge Gregory Pulskamp slapped down Newsom’s mandates on Thursday in a case brought against state, local, and municipal officials by the Thomas More Society on behalf of Father Trevor Burfitt and his several churches. The complaint, which can be read here, argued that Newsom and those under his authority were discriminating against religious institutions in the name of...
  • Gov. Ralph Northam Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions: You Don’t Have to Sit In Church for God to Hear Your Prayers

    12/10/2020 11:47:54 PM PST · by knighthawk · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 11 2020 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced new coronavirus restrictions Thursday and urged people of faith to stay out of their churches during the Christmas season. “This year, we need to think about what is truly the most important thing. Is it the worship or the building?” Northam said at a press conference. “For me, God is wherever you are. You don’t have to sit in the church pew for God to hear your prayers.” He urged faith leaders to “lead the way” and “set an example” for their communities.
  • Colorado redefines places of worship and worship events as 'essential'

    12/10/2020 5:08:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    KOAA ^ | Dec 08, 2020 | Spencer Humphrey
    This means they can exceed capacity restrictions.. COLORADO SPRINGS — Worship leaders across the state are preparing to be able to do things a bit differently after a new public health order from the governor will allow places of worship to exceed mandated capacity limits. The order redefines worship services as essential, meaning they’re allowed to go over mandated capacity limits if they can’t perform their essential service without doing so. “I grew up in church and sensed that this is what I wanted to do,” said Vista Grande Baptist Church Pastor Chris Moore. “After college I felt that seminary...
  • Hanukkah Then and Now: A Fight for Religious Liberty

    12/10/2020 5:39:34 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | DEC 10, 2020 | Rabbi Michael Barclay
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, and it seems, as we approach the holiday of Hanukkah (beginning tonight) that these words are exceptionally true…especially in California, New York, and other states flexing their authoritarian muscles. ... Under the guise of “protecting against Covid-19,” multiple state governors have put citizens in lockdown. These governors have arbitrarily decided which businesses are essential and which are not, with total disregard for the holistic well-being of the people ... It is sickly ironic that Gov. Newsome here in California considers the production of television and films essential, but church...
  • Biden HHS pick says religious liberty doesn't include churches

    12/08/2020 10:19:06 AM PST · by TedMartin · 28 replies
    Press California ^ | 12/8/20 | Greg Burt/CFC
    President-Elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, concerns religious conservatives fighting to protect their First Amendment free speech and religious liberty rights. They are wary of Becerra because he defended the anti-free speech California law (AB 775), struck down by the Supreme Court, that forced pro-life care centers to promote state-sponsored abortions. They are also alarmed over comments he made before the state Assembly three years ago when he said religious liberty is only for “individuals” not “institutions.” California Family Council President Jonathan Keller had this to say about the...
  • Govt leaders can no longer justify coronavirus hysteria. Why is it still going on?

    12/06/2020 12:40:31 PM PST · by xomething · 31 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | 12/05/2020 | Trevor Thomas
    The ignorance and the lies concerning the Wuhan virus can't continue much longer, because time is simply revealing the truth about it. December 5, 2020 (American Thinker) — The ignorance and the lies concerning the Wuhan virus can't continue much longer, because time is simply revealing the truth about it. As we continue to suffer under foolish Wuhan virus restrictions, and as many parts of the U.S. — especially those under the rule of Democrats — are again ramping up the shutdowns and the lockdowns, more and more Americans are beginning to see what many of us have long known:...
  • Italy Bans Midnight Mass at Christmas, Bishops Support Stricter Measures

    12/05/2020 5:50:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/4/20 | Peter Aiken
    The Mass will be restricted by a mandatory 10 pm curfew in place over the holiday seasonItalians will not be able to attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, with top health officials cracking down on any conditions that could lead to a potential resurgence in coronavirus cases -- a step that Catholic clergy has supported. Italy managed to reduce a fall resurgence of cases but is currently suffering record fatalities from COVID-19, reporting 993 deaths on Thursday alone. Premier Giuseppe Conte announced, then, that the country will enforce strong restrictions over the holiday season, which normally sees extended families gathering...