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  • UK Court: Sharia Marriages Not Valid Under English Law

    02/19/2020 6:48:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/19/20 | Soeren Kern
    * "We sought to inform the Court of Appeal that many minority women, especially Muslim women, are deceived or coerced by abusive husbands into only having a religious marriage, which deprives them of their financial rights when the marriage breaks down...." — Southall Black Sisters, an advocacy group for South Asian women, February 14, 2020. * In February 2018, an independent review of the application of Sharia law in England and Wales...recommended changes to the Marriage Act 1949 and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 that would require Muslims to conduct civil marriages before or at the same time as the...
  • Vatican Cleric Claims Catholics Can Be Freemasons

    02/19/2020 6:39:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/19/20 | Jules Gomes
    Masonic Grand Master hails pronouncement as breakthrough in reconciliationVIENNA ( - Eight popes over 200 years in a barrage of 20 legal interdicts have condemned Freemasonry, pronouncing automatic excommunication against any Catholic who becomes a member of a masonic lodge. Now, a new book by an official of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is claiming that a practicing Catholic can simultaneously be a Freemason and that the penalty of excommunication may "certainly not" be applied to "Catholic Freemasons." Father Michael Heinrich Weninger launched his 500-page study Loge und Altar: Über die Aussöhnung von Katholischer Kirche und regulärer Freimaurerei (Lodge...
  • St Hilda’s [College, Oxford] Abolishes Chapel in Favour of Multi-Faith Space

    02/19/2020 6:33:49 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Cherwell ^ | 1/31/20 | Felix O'Mahony
    St Hilda’s College will abolish its chapel from next year, replacing the space with a multi-faith room. The announcement makes St Hilda’s the third undergraduate college in Oxford not to have a dedicated Anglican chapel. The announcement follows months of debate around the presence and need for a chapel at the college. According to a JCR motion debated in Michaelmas, a number of fellows at St Hilda’s moved to reallocate any religious spaces within the college.The issue has been raised as part of extensive development plans due to be completed in 2020. As part of preparations for St Hilda’s 125th...
  • Zen Speaks

    02/19/2020 4:17:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 19, 2020 | Rodney Pelletier
    Zen Speaks China's Catholics suffer A prominent Chinese cardinal is speaking out against the Vatican's betrayal of Chinese Catholics. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired archbishop of Hong Kong, spoke to Church Militant in New York last weekend. Among other things, Zen explained that the Vatican-China agreement, enacted in 2018, has not been read by any Chinese prelate, including Zen. He also noted that the unsigned Vatican document ratifying the agreement encourages Catholics to join the schismatic Chinese Patriotic Church.  Zen told Church Militant: So the first step was that secret agreement for the selection of bishops and then the legitimization of...
  • Episcopal Church will cease to have Sunday worship attendance in 30 years, seminary pres. warns

    02/19/2020 9:42:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/19/2020 | Michael Gryboski
    A seminary president has warned The Episcopal Church's leadership that with the current rate of decline, they will cease to have any Sunday worship attendance in 30 years.Kristine Stache, interim president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America-affiliated Wartburg Theological Seminary, gave a presentation Friday before the denomination's Executive Council.Stache drew from the most recent parochial report data which found that, from 2008 to 2018, the denomination experienced a 24.9 percent decline in average Sunday attendance and a 17.5 percent decline in baptized members.“It depicts a church that appears to be dying,” said Stache, as reported by Egan Millard...
  • They Lied To Us Outright’: Parishioners Battle With Officials As Historic Church In Sea Isle City Faces Wrecking Ball

    02/18/2020 5:28:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    CBS News Philly ^ | 2/14/20 | Cleve Bryan
    SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (CBS) — A historic church at the Jersey Shore is facing the wrecking ball despite efforts by thousands of parishioners who want it saved. Churchgoers at a Sea Isle City parish are doing battle with church officials in an effort to keep their century-old church building open. “We were married here. Our children were baptized here,” Tom Henry said. For more than 75 years, Henry has attended and served St. Joseph’s Catholic Church parish in Sea Isle. Next to the current sanctuary that was built in 2011 is the original 135-year-old church building, which is now...
  • An open letter to United Methodists

    02/18/2020 8:20:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/18/2020 | By Christian McShaffrey
    While I am very sorry to hear of the painful divisions your denomination has been experiencing since the General Conference in 2019, I am writing to assure you that there is hope for the future through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Delegates and bishops pray before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. | Photo: UMNS/Mike DuBoseAh, but what is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Does it, perhaps, change with time or is it — like Jesus himself — the same; yesterday, today, and forever?The Anglican ministers who founded your...
  • Chinese Officials Hunt for ‘Pirated’ Bibles

    02/17/2020 8:12:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 2/12/20 | Tang Zhe
    As the campaign “to eradicate pornography and illegal publications” sweeps across the country, religious materials not approved by the Communist Party are seized.On December 7 last year, the police raided a house church meeting venue in Lichuan county, administered by Jiangxi Province’s prefecture-level city of Fuzhou, searching for unlicensed religious materials. Claiming that anything that is not approved by the state is “pirated,” officers confiscated several boxes of Bibles, hymn books, and other religious literature found in the church. They also noted down the ID information of all congregation members who were present and threatened to arrest them if they...
  • Catholic MP Backs Free Speech as Anglican Bishops Gag Franklin Graham

    02/17/2020 8:08:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/16/20 | Jules Gomes
    Pro-Trump preacher accused of homophobia and IslamophobiaLONDON ( - A leading traditionalist Catholic politician has robustly defended Franklin Graham's right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion after all seven venues booked by the preacher banned the evangelist from speaking during his forthcoming tour of the United Kingdom. Liberal Anglican bishops had joined hands with anti-Christian secularists and gay activists in attempting to silence Graham by accusing him of peddling hate speech. The Leader of Britain's House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, condemned Graham's "no-platforming" as a "particularly disagreeable modern trend" and stressed that freedom of speech was of "fundamental...
  • Protestants to take Catholic communion at John Calvin's Cathedral in Geneva on leap year day

    02/17/2020 7:30:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/17/2020 | Brandon Showalter
    In a first since the Reformation era, Protestants are set to receive communion during a Catholic mass at a historic Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland, John Calvin's adopted home. The historic Swiss church, Saint-Pierre Reformed Protestant church, will hold a Catholic mass on Feb. 29, leap day, and Protestants have been invited to attend and take part, including in receiving communion. Although open communion is forbidden by Catholic doctrine, the practice is reportedly common in Geneva, according to Protest Info, a Swiss Protestant news outlet. The church became the home of French Protestant Reformer John Calvin, whose famous triangular chair continues...
  • Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Draws 200,000 Who Pray for Coronavirus Victims [India]

    02/16/2020 5:49:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/13/20 | Purushottam Nayak
    Participants observed a minute's silence. The Marian shrine, which is located in the Diocese of Berhampur (Odisha), draws the faithful of all religions. “The only source of true happiness is the Lord,” says the local bishop.Berhampur (AsiaNews) – More than 200,000 pilgrims, both Christian and Hindu, came from across Odisha (Orissa) to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at the shrine dedicated to her in Dantoling, Diocese of Berhampur. At the opening of the ceremony, on Tuesday, participants observed a minute of silence for the victims of the coronavirus outbreak. Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak of Berhampur led a...
  • Conservatives Drop Nationalism Bombshell in Pope’s Globalist Backyard

    02/16/2020 5:43:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/13/20 | Jules Gomes
    Vatican Secretary of State blasts Rome conference on St. John Paul IIROME ( - A conference of eminent academics, politicians and writers celebrating the nationalist legacy of Pope St. John Paul II and targeting Pope Francis's globalist agenda has triggered a counterblast from the Holy See's head of state and Catholic and secular establishment media. Cardinal Pietro Parolin blasted the Rome conference on "God, Honor, Country: President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations" as "fundamentally infantile" — even though speakers like Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasized the values of "Christian liberty" and Europe's Christian...
  • [Barf Alert] Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments

    02/16/2020 11:53:10 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    [Barf Alert] Vatican, Chinese diplomats discuss deal on bishop appointments Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, meets with Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, in Munich, Feb. 14, 2020. Credit:Vatican Media. The Feb. 14 meeting took place in Munich on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.“In the course of the colloquy, which took place in a cordial atmosphere, the contacts between the two parties were evoked, which have developed positively over time,” according to a Holy See press office communique.“In particular, there was highlighted the importance of the Provisional Accord on the nomination of...
  • 'The Chosen' series about Jesus defies Hollywood norms

    02/16/2020 8:03:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/15/2020 | Monica Showalter
    Hollywood has always had a problem with America's Judaeo-Christian culture, particularly now, putting itself at odds with a large part of its audience. That's left a gate open for new ideas, and entrepreneurs, using new technologies and approaches to fill the gap. So, a very successful series about the life of Jesus, called "The Chosen," creatively attempting to tell the story of Jesus from the point of view of the people around him, has taken off from under the radar. The streamed series, which can be viewed on as a multi-season television program, pretty much the first of its kind,...
  • Hong Kong Cancels Church Gatherings, Ash Wednesday Liturgy

    02/15/2020 6:06:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    UCA News ^ | 2/13/20 | Bo Fan
    The next two weeks are crucial to suppress the epidemic, says Cardinal John TongThe threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs for the next two weeks and cancel the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of the Lent season. Cardinal John Tong, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, said the “disappointing” decision had been taken “because the next two weeks will be a crucial time to suppress the epidemic.” The diocese has decided to suspend all public Masses on Sundays and weekdays from Feb. 15-28 and to cancel the...
  • Arsonist Pleads Guilty to Torching Three Black Churches to ‘Raise His Profile as a Black Metal Musician,’ Feds Say

    02/15/2020 6:03:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/11/20 | Meagan Flynn
    The three Louisiana churches went up in flames in a span of 10 days, each doused in gasoline and torched with oily shop rags in the middle of the night. Each Baptist congregation was predominantly black, causing church leaders to fear that white supremacists may target their parish next. But as the fears swirled, the arsonist, 22-year-old Holden Matthews, was busy planning his next album cover, according to text messages obtained by prosecutors He burned down the three churches in St. Landry Parish, federal prosecutors said Monday, because he wanted “to raise his profile as a ‘Black Metal’ musician.” Matthews,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen criticizes Vatican for ‘despis[ing] the heroes of faith’ in China

    02/15/2020 8:18:41 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite New ^ | February 14, 2020 | Claire Chretien
    EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen criticizes Vatican for ‘despis[ing] the heroes of faith’ in China In a 20-minute discussion, the cardinal lamented the Pope’s silence on China’s abuses of power in Hong Kong and described a dire situation for faithful Chinese Catholics. NEW YORK, February 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The communist-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association “has always been objectively schismatic” and remains that way “but with the blessing from the Holy See,” Cardinal Joseph Zen said today. Cardinal Zen sat down with LifeSite for a one-on-one interview in New York today. In the 20-minute discussion, the cardinal lamented the Pope’s silence on China’s...
  • Vatican urged to partner with top population controllers on pope’s Global Education Pact

    02/14/2020 8:56:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 14, 2020 | Diane Montagna
    Vatican urged to partner with top population controllers on pope’s Global Education Pact Will Pope Francis’s Global Education Pact for a ‘new humanism’ mobilize funding for population control? Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (left) with Jeffrey Sachs. \ ROME, February 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — American economist and population control proponent Jeffrey Sachs has announced that potential funding partners for Pope Francis’s May 2020 Global Education Pact to create a “new humanism” include U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, China’s wealthiest business magnate, UNESCO and other United Nations agencies, and the Islamic Development Bank. A key means of population control for Sachs...
  • Amazon priest: Synod fathers used indigenous people to ‘attack Catholic faith’

    02/14/2020 3:57:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 13, 2020 | Jeanne Smits
    Father Ignacio Maria Doñoro said Amazonians hunger for God and want good, holy, celibate priests. Father Ignacio Maria Donoro People in the Amazon region had no interest at all for the Amazon synod and said, on the contrary, they were used by it “to attack the Catholic faith.” Father Ignacio Maria Doñoro should know. He founded a home for youngsters – boys and adolescents – from the margins of society. In the Peruvian Amazon, he said in a recent interview with Infovaticana, a major Spanish-speaking Catholic website, what the poor people are thirsting for is God. Ignacio Maria Doñoro is...
  • The Day Nothing Happened [the Querida Amazonia Notingurger]

    02/14/2020 2:19:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies ^ | February 14, 2020 | David Warren
    I filed my column just after it came out; I cannot claim to have deeply studied the papal document, Querida Amazonia. Given more time, I’d hesitate to study it any deeper. Like many Catholics, who at least aspire to be “faithful” and “traditional,” I simply rejoice in what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t, in itself, advance such campaigns as those for the marriage of priests, or the ordination of women. It does recommend the appalling Amazon Synod Final Report, rather than ignore it, or better, refute it. This is the “footnote” tactic, tried by Bergoglio before. But now it can...