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  • KGB ‘Christians’: Putin, Stalin, and the KGB’s History of Manipulating the Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 3:23:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 2016 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Anyone who grew up with the Eastern Orthodox Church (in my case, the Greek Orthodox Church) will get a good laugh at Vladimir Putin pretending to be a Christian during his first Easter as Russian ruler. As recounted by the great journalist Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006), the bravest of all the many Putin-critics to be systematically assassinated, in her book Putin’s Russia: The three men clumsily and clownishly crossed themselves, Medvedev making his crosses by touching his hands to his forehead and then to his genitals. It was risible. Medvedev followed Putin in shaking the patriarch’s hand as if he were...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL – October 15, 2018 (Prayer)

    10/14/2018 9:06:23 PM PDT · by · 25 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | October 15, 2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with in meditation and prayer. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. I John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind.
  • The ‘Religious Left’ Espouses Fake Doctrine That Deceives the Many

    10/14/2018 3:08:08 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 14, 2018 | JP
    “The National Council of Churches makes a rare statement to Oppose Kavanaugh.” So read the headline accompanying the lead story a fortnight ago in the The Washington Post’s “Acts of Faith” section. The WaPo hailed the NCC – the (fake) religious arm of the Democrat Party – for its denunciation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (and, by extension, President Trump himself). And the paper misleadingly suggested that the NCC’s statement represented the prevailing sentiment of the “more than 30 million U.S. parishioners” the Protestant organization purportedly represents. But the NCC hardly speaks for the more than 30 million parishioners....
  • Abortion Activists Slam Pope Francis For Calling Abortion Like “Hiring a Hitman”

    10/14/2018 2:15:48 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pope Francis is facing criticism from abortion activists across Europe this week after he likened abortion to “hiring a hitman” to kill unborn babies. The pope made the impromptu remark Wednesday at the Vatican. ADF reports the pope’s abortion comments were not in the text of his prepared weekly homily. Instead, he appears to have spoken from the heart about the pervasive violence against unborn babies. “Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? You cannot, it is not right to kill a human being, regardless of how small it is, to solve a problem. It is...
  • Polish Activist Refuses to Apologise for Remarks on [Irish PM] Varadkar’s ‘Perversion’

    10/14/2018 7:07:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 10/13/18 | Derek Scally
    Kaja Godek is being sued by 16 LGBTI+ people over comments on the Taoiseach A leading anti-abortion campaigner in Poland says she will not apologise for referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s homosexuality as perversion, even if ordered to do so by a Warsaw court. On Thursday Kaja Godek was sued by 16 members of Poland’s lesbian and gay community for television remarks last May, repeated in recent days, that she viewed Mr Varadkar’s homosexuality as a “perversion”. Ms Godek has hit back at the civil suit against her, calling it “vengeance for my pro-life and pro-family stance”. “I don’t know...
  • Quebec’s Premier-Elect Wants to Ban Religious Symbols for Teachers, Police, Judges

    10/14/2018 7:02:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/11/18 | James Risdon
    QUEBEC CITY, October 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Wearing religious symbols in the Canadian province of Quebec will become illegal for teachers, judges, police officers and those who work in prisons under a campaign promise made by the newly-elected Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). Premier-elect François Legault's party isn't set to officially take over in the predominantly French-Canadian province until October 18. But the party's official line while it waits in the wings is that its campaign promise to bring in a secular charter will go ahead. Aspects of that secular charter, widely considered to be open to a constitutional challenge, would...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why We Need Not (and Should Not) Call Paul VI ‘Saint’

    10/13/2018 3:42:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 12, 2018 | Peter Kwasniewski
    Why We Need Not (and Should Not) Call Paul VI ‘Saint’ Many who have studied the life and pontificate of Pope Paul VI are convinced that he was far from exemplary in his conduct as pastor; that he not only did not possess heroic virtue, but lacked certain key virtues; that his promulgation of a titanic liturgical reform was incompatible with his papal office of handing on that which he had received; that he offers us a portrait of failed governance and tradition betrayed. In short, for us, it is impossible to accept that a pope such as this could ever be...
  • Abortion Activist Trying Again to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions

    10/12/2018 4:43:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 11, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    The Little Sisters of the Poor took their fight to not have to pay for abortions in their health care plan all the way to the Supreme Court and won. So that should be the end of the battle right? Not so much. Last year, pro-abortion attorneys general in Pennsylvania and several other states filed lawsuits to overturn new religious protections issued by the Trump administration. The new rules protect the nuns and other religious employers from having to pay for drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans. A federal judge blocked the rule in response...
  • Why Men Wage War and the EXPONENTIAL Day of the Lord!

    10/11/2018 6:18:57 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/11/18
    War, what is it good for? Well, that is a good question but do men really want to know where wars come from? No, NOT really... Men seek to end wars but they cannot stop the war from within their own fallen hearts against their ETERNAL Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Gen. 6, Psalm 14:1-4, Matt. 15:17-21, Rom. 3:11-20; 7:10-25, Gal. 5:19-21, James 4:1-10). Until one has received Almighty God's Savior and Propitiation there can NEVER be TRUE peace in one's heart and the conflict and wars (internally and externally) will go on and on. Here on planet earth; strife, discord,...
  • Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC

    10/11/2018 5:49:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 92 replies ^ | 10/11/18 | Michael W. Chapman
    Witches plan to place a public hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through an occult ritual on Oct. 20 in New York City, an event sponsored by Catland Books, which describes itself as "Brooklyn's premiere occult bookshop & spiritual community space." The planned ritual has been advertised on Facebook. "Please join us for a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them," reads the description for the event, "Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh.""We are embracing witchcraft's true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised...
  • Can a Democrat Be a Christian?

    10/11/2018 4:42:50 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 57 replies
    RR ^ | 10/11/18 | Jim Towers
    The way I see it, the Democrat political party is made up of Socialists, sexual perverts, druggies, criminals, Muslims and clueless people who would circumvent our laws and try to destroy our Christian nation – some just to have their fifteen minutes of supposed fame by burning and defecating on the American flag – in public. Democrats are so determined to destroy the current administration that they will say or do anything to do so. Things have gotten so out of hand that Democrats will even disrupt Senator Cruz’s meal at a restaurant or issue death threats against political opponents...
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Recognition to Schismatics- Asserts Jurisdiction over Ukraine

    10/11/2018 2:11:39 PM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    The Ecumecial Patriarchate ^ | 10-11-2018 | Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Announcement (11/10/2018). Presided by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session from October 9 to 11, 2018, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda. The Holy Synod discussed in particular and at length the ecclesiastical matter of Ukraine, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton, Patriarchal Exarchs to Ukraine, and following extensive deliberations decreed: 1) To renew the decision already made that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. 2) To reestablish,...
  • Baltimore police to recognize Catholic Church-issued ID cards for immigrants

    10/11/2018 12:33:46 PM PDT · by NRx · 35 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 10-10-2018 | Ian Duncan
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore will issue identity cards to undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable people that the Baltimore Police Department has agreed to recognize — a program activists hope will make people more willing to cooperate with law enforcement. Mayor Catherine Pugh and Archbishop William E. Lori joined church and community leaders Wednesday at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Canton, which is home to a large immigrant congregation and will run a pilot of the card system. Pugh said that if the card gives even one person the confidence to report a crime, it will be a...
  • Kavanaugh Promises to 'Heed Message of Matthew 25' at White House Ceremony

    10/11/2018 8:03:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    WASHINGTON — After a brutal political fight that roiled the nation, Justice Brett Kavanaugh took the judicial oath in the White House Monday promising to "heed the message of Matthew 25." Assembled before hundreds of friends, family, senators, and administration officials, in a standing-room only ceremony in the East Room Monday, outgoing Justice Kennedy administered the judicial oath to Kavanaugh to become the 114th Supreme Court justice of the United States. Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy in 1993. His ceremonial swearing-in marked the first time in U.S. history that a retiring Supreme Court justice administered the oath to someone who once...
  • Christian Bakers Win ‘Gay Cake’ Case at UK Supreme Court

    10/10/2018 5:58:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/10/18 | Staff Reporter
    The court ruled there was no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or political opinionA Christian bakery has won its appeal against a ruling that it unfairly discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan. In a unanimous decision, the UK Supreme Court ruled in favour of the bakery in a landmark ruling on Wednesday. Belfast High Court ruled in 2015 that husband and wife Daniel and Amy McArthur, who run the bakery, had discriminated against a customer when they refused to bake him a cake with the slogan “Support Gay...
  • Nuns on the Bus’ Launch New Nationwide Tour Ahead of Midterms

    10/10/2018 5:55:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10/8/18 | Jack Jenkins
    Sister Simone Campbell, left, and Sister Diane Donoghue, right, lead the way as the "Nuns on the Bus" arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 2, 2012. Campbell is executive director of Network, a progressive Catholic social justice lobby in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(RNS) — A progressive Catholic group is kicking off a new nun-led bus tour ahead of the midterm elections that organizers say is designed to “hold congressional Republicans accountable for their votes” on taxes and health care. Sister Simone Campbell, a nun and lawyer who heads the Catholic social justice lobbying group Network, launched...
  • Why We Should Not Go "Surety" For A Stranger Or Politicians We Can't Properly Vet (Proverbs 11:5)

    10/10/2018 12:48:25 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 10 replies
    BibleHub ^ | circa 1600- 2018 | BibleHub Various Commentators
    â—„ Proverbs 11:15 â–º New International Version Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe. New Living Translation There's danger in putting up security for a stranger's debt; it's safer not to guarantee another person's debt. English Standard Version Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer harm, but he who hates striking hands in pledge is secure. Berean Study Bible He who puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but the one who hates indebtedness is secure. New American Standard Bible He who...
  • Beto O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women

    10/10/2018 11:47:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 10, 2018 | Elizabeth Dias
    DALLAS — After church on a recent Sunday, Emily Mooney smiled as she told her girlfriends about her public act of rebellion. She had slapped a “Beto for Senate’’ sticker on her S.U.V. and driven it to her family’s evangelical church. But then, across the parking lot, deep in conservative, Bible-belt Texas, she spotted a sign of support: the same exact sticker endorsing Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat who is challenging Senator Ted Cruz. “I was like, who is it?” she exclaimed. “Who in this church is doing this?” Listening to Ms. Mooney’s story, the four other evangelical moms standing around...
  • Jesuit Fordham University Student Op-Ed: In Support of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

    10/10/2018 7:26:30 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies ^ | October 10, 2018 | Olivia Ingrassia
    This past August, former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò released a revelatory letter that detailed how Pope Francis was well aware of ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s heinous clerical abuse. This scathing letter divulged that Pope Francis not only lifted sanctions placed on the sexual predator by Pope Benedict XVI, but also covered for him, even making McCarrick his “trusted counsellor.” While many have discredited the 11-page epistle merely as a far-right tactic to oppose the Jesuit Pope, this report is undoubtedly concerning, especially since the Vatican has remained silent and neither denied nor addressed these claims. This has left many demanding...
  • Who Appointed the Youth Synod’s Chinese Bishops?

    10/09/2018 7:30:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/6/18 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    The clear impression is that they were chosen by the government in BeijingParticipants in the synod of bishops which started this week in Rome were appointed by various means. National bishops’ conferences elected their bishop delegates, certain curial officials are participating ex officio, the eastern Churches had their designated representatives, and the Holy Father has appointed additional participants. Finally, the Chinese Communist Party made its appointments. Let me explain. The revised apostolic constitution governing the synod, published just weeks ago by Pope Francis, did not include any provision for the Chinese communists to have their appointments, but things are moving...