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  • Mindong: Msgr. Guo Xijin, Underground Bishop, Gives Way to Formerly Excommunicated Msgr. Zhan Silu

    12/14/2018 7:34:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 12/13/18
    The handover in the state hotel in Beijing, in the presence of Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli. Pope Francis reportedly asked for this "sacrifice" from Msgr. Guo to save the unity of the Church and to guarantee the signing of the agreement between China and the Holy See. Msgr. Celli also requested the withdrawal of the elderly Bishop of Shantou, Msgr. Zhuang Jianjian.Mindong (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, an underground bishop of Mindong, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government and to date ordinary bishop of the diocese, will leave his ordinary post and give it to Msgr....
  • Russian Orthodox Church Calls on Pope Francis, UN for Help in Ukraine

    12/14/2018 7:28:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/14/18 | Nataliya Vasilyeva
    MOSCOW, Russia - The Russian Orthodox church on Friday called on Pope Francis, the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics. Ukraine’s Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, and Ukrainian authorities have ramped up pressure on priests to support the move. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian church for centuries, while enjoying broad autonomy, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pushed for the creation of an independent...
  • LGBT Activists Want to Force Catholic Schools in Canada to Hire Teachers in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    12/14/2018 7:25:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/13/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    CALGARY, Alberta, December 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Expecting Catholic school employees to abide by long-standing Catholic morals will be added to the legal understanding of “discrimination,” if a case currently before the Alberta Human Rights Commission succeeds against Calgary Catholic School District. At issue is the district’s language in teacher contracts that holds them to “Catholic values,” particularly a “lifestyle and deportment in harmony with Catholic teaching and principles.” The Calgary Herald reports that Barb Hamilton, a former principal in the district, is one of two people suing over the requirement; another teacher has chosen to remain anonymous. Hamilton has...
  • Texas GOP Dispute Pits Religious Freedom Against Claims of ‘Stealth Jihad’

    12/13/2018 6:27:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/11/18 | Bobby Ross Jr
    FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) — Lisa Grimaldi Abdulkareem describes herself as a conservative Republican who believes in freedom and prosperity. “Less bureaucracy, lower taxes and stronger national security — it is simple for me,” said Abdulkareem, the Tarrant County GOP’s vice chair for precinct recruitment and volunteers. However, some Republican activists in the Lone Star State’s most conservative urban county want Abdulkareem removed from the party’s leadership. The reason: She’s married to a Muslim. Abdulkareem, a nondenominational Christian, has been caught up in a political civil war that has raged in the Tarrant County GOP for months, pitting Republicans who...
  • Russian State to Award Those Who Fight Against Abortion

    12/13/2018 6:16:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/12/18
    At the Congress of Commissioners for Children’s Rights yesterday, December 11, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation presented a new project in defense of the unborn that will award those who lead the fight against abortion in a wide range of fields, reports award is designed to motivate people to speak out about how they stand in defense of life and against abortion. “This prize will be awarded to those activists, each in his own sphere, be it politics, social activities, medicine, business-society, journalism, or art, who are not ashamed to say that they speak out in defense...
  • An Amazing New Translation of Isaiah

    12/13/2018 12:22:17 PM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/13/18 | Dr. Brown
    Dr. Brown interviews Oxford professor Spencer Klavan about his new translation of Isaiah. Dr. Brown and his guest will also take your calls about Bible translations in general.
  • 5 Christian-Owned Companies With Godly Values

    12/13/2018 9:15:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 12/13/2018 | Azalea Pena
    Christian-owned companies are diamonds in the ruff. It can be quite difficult to find a company or a store whose owner(s) shares the same ideals as you.As you may know, companies are made with different purposes. Some business owners simply want to make money, but for others, there's a deeper purpose for it.So if you're in the United States you probably know about In N' Out Burger and Chick-Fil-A, but there are still other Christian companies out there to support. Take a look at these 5 Christian companies with Godly values that you should know about:1. Forever 21Forever 21 is a...
  • Did John Allen Chau, the Missionary, Die from Arrogance or from Altruism?

    12/13/2018 8:19:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/12/2018 | Jerry Newcombe
    Since last month’s killing of 26-year-old missionary, John Allen Chau, a lot of ink has been spilled.On November 17, 2018, Chau of Washington state died at the hands of an isolated tribe in an island that is under India’s jurisdiction, although it is about 1000 miles southeast of India.North Sentinel Island is closed to any outside influence. Chau wanted them to learn about Jesus, the only hope for salvation, who died in the place of sinners---receiving in His own body the due penalty of our sins.The Boston Globe’s Renee Graham wrote that what killed him was hubris. She opined, “Chau...
  • 'Liturgical Dance' Is Not 'Liturgical'

    12/13/2018 8:15:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    Why does doctrine matter? Because doctrine informs practice. From a distinctly Lutheran perspective, it was doctrine that caused the Reformers like Martin Luther to courageously call the Catholic Church to repent and return to "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3), not attempt to start a new church. It was doctrine that caused the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to split from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). It was and is doctrine that sadly causes divisions and keeps us apart. Still, we're told that it must be this way, that this is the...
  • Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations in Fundamental Baptist churches, investigation finds

    12/13/2018 8:07:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/13/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations have been found in Independent Fundamental Baptist churches spanning 40 states and Canada, according to a new report. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram released an extensive, eight-month investigative report Sunday recounting the stories of women who were victims of sexual misconduct, including molestation and rape when they were minors, in IFB churches. Yet their perpetrators, who were in positions of church leadership, were able to weave away from accountability, and never faced criminal charges. As has been similarly uncovered in the Roman Catholic church in recent years, the network of these churches often covered up their...
  • Preferred Gender Pronouns Required in Virginia's Public Schools. The Bible? Not Allowed.

    12/13/2018 7:53:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/13/2018 | John Ellis
    Last Tuesday, unbeknownst to me, my son stuffed his beloved Bible into his bookbag. He was planning on using his class's show-and-tell time to share with his classmates what he was reading in God's Word. Keep in mind, my son is a second-grader in the Arlington County, Va., public school system. One of the most progressively leftist communities in the country, Arlington County has little room for conservative Christianity. Our neighborhood is filled with multi-colored yard signs proclaiming, "Love trumps hate!" or "All Are Welcome Here!" followed by a scolding for those who don't accept that boys can be girls...
  • Cardinal Pell Found Guilty on All Counts of Sex Abuse

    12/12/2018 6:45:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/11/18 | Christine Niles
    SYDNEY, Australia ( - A jury has found Cdl. George Pell guilty on all counts related to sexually abusing two altar boys. According to sources who spoke to The Daily Beast, a jury returned a unanimous verdict Tuesday against the Australian cardinal after three days of deliberation. Church Militant confirmed the news with its own inside sources in Australia. Further details are unavailable, as the court has issued a suppression order to Australian media to "prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice." A previous trial resulted in a hung jury. Pell had been...
  • Church of England Introduces Baptism-Style Ceremony for Gender ‘Transitions’

    12/12/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/11/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    UNITED KINGDOM, December 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for “transgenders” a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity. In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be...
  • 100 Christians Snatched in Overnight Raids on Underground Chinese Church

    12/12/2018 6:34:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/10/18 | Mimi Lau
    * Worshippers were taken from their homes and off the streets in coordinated crackdown across Chengdu in Sichuan province* A pastor was among those arrestedAbout 100 worshippers at an unofficial church in southwestern China were snatched from their homes or from the streets in coordinated raids which began on Sunday evening. Chinese authorities targeted members of the Early Rain Covenant Church across various districts of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, in what appeared to be an effort to close down one of the country’s most prominent Protestant house churches. Members’ personal accounts and cell group discussions on social media...
  • Holy See Pushes Urgent Action on Climate Change

    12/12/2018 3:42:27 PM PST · by detective · 41 replies
    Zenit ^ | December 12, 2018
    Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé – secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and coordinator of the Holy See delegation led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State – at a press conference on Wednesday, December 12, stated strongly the Holy See urgent call for ambition, action, and true solidarity. The event was held in connection with the COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland. Msgr. Duffé reiterated the messages from Laudato Si’ that this is one crisis, with economic, social and financial aspects. The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ encourages nations to listen attentively to the cry of the earth,...
  • Bishop Caggiano Appoints Leftist Feminist Woman to Lead Priestless Parish

    12/12/2018 3:08:41 PM PST · by detective · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | December 11, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Bridgeport, Connecticut diocese is appointing a self-described "modernist" "feminist" laywoman to head a parish. Nine months after the death of Fr. John Baran, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Fairfield, the bishop announced that, in lieu of appointing a new pastor, he is assigning the leadership role of the parish to Dr. Eleanor W. Sauers. In his letter to the parish announcing a "new leadership model," Caggiano wrote that he spent a "great deal of time in prayer and discernment … to discern who should follow Fr. Baran as your pastoral leader." This...
  • FBI Engaged in Wide-Ranging Probe of Clergy Sex Abuse in Buffalo Diocese

    12/11/2018 4:26:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | 12/7/18 | Jay Tokasz and Dan Herbeck
    Mark Lynch says he was molested by a priest when he was 13. The abuse happened 50 years ago, well beyond when a sex crime could be prosecuted. But the FBI wanted to know more, anyway. Lynch said two federal agents visited him at his Youngstown home about a month ago, armed with questions about the abuse and the Buffalo Diocese's response to his allegations against the Rev. Joseph Schuster. “We sat at my kitchen table for about an hour, and I told them what happened. They were very thorough and already had a file on me. They had done...
  • Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital to Get Name Change as ..'Lourdes’ May Offend Non Catholics [Ireland]

    12/11/2018 4:16:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The Liberal (Ireland) ^ | 12/7/18 | James Brennan
    The political correct police really would sicken you these days. One of the country’s best known hospitals, Our Lady of LOURDES hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth is reportedly getting a new name after it emerged that the name ‘Lourdes’ may be offensive to non-Catholics. According to an article in Drogheda Life, the General Manager of the hospital, wrote to all staff members this week with their intention, “as part of the Senior Management Strategic Plan for Quarter 1, 2019”, to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to one of the following: 1. University Hospital Drogheda 2....
  • [British] Government Refuses to Say that Evangelism Isn't Hate Speech

    12/11/2018 4:07:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Lord Pearson initiated a discussion in the House of Lords this week with an oral question about religious hate speech. In the course of the debate, the government minister was questioned about whether someone proclaiming the uniqueness of Jesus or the divinity of Allah could be arrested for hate speech. The minister refused to deny that someone could be arrested for such proclamations. Tim Dieppe discusses the debate and the unwillingness of the government to state that no one should be arrested for preaching the gospel.The basis for hate speechLord Pearson asked an oral question in the House of Lords...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Conservative order of nuns on verge of destruction following Vatican interventions

    12/11/2018 10:07:29 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 4 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | November 27, AD 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Snippets at article's end: ...Institute of Franciscan friars destroyed in a similar way The destruction of the Little Sisters...follows a pattern similar to the Vatican-induced collapse of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), an order of Franciscans that followed a more traditional pattern of community life and that made free use of the traditional Latin Mass in accordance with the rites prevailing in 1962... Just as in the case of the Little Sisters, Braz de Aviz brought about the removal of the superiors of the FFI from their positions, and even the founder, Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, was sent...