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  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL – August 20, 2018

    08/19/2018 9:00:39 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | August 20, 2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with others to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Family, Government, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 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. Please join us in prayer.
  • Is It Fitting for Calvinists to Adopt the Theology of a Man, and One Who Murdered Servetus?

    08/19/2018 12:48:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 60 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | May 2009 | R.C. Sproul
    As my friend Doug Phillips has pointed out, this year has brought, in the providence of God, a strange confluence of anniversaries. The two men who have had the greatest impact on these United States may well be, on the one hand, Charles Darwin, and on the other John Calvin. Darwin was born two hundred years ago this year, Calvin five hundred years ago. Our perspective on each of these men will serve as a potent bell-weather for our perspectives on a whole host of issues. In the culture wars most of our enemies will celebrate the birth of Darwin...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich [tr]

    08/19/2018 6:53:17 AM PDT · by sitetest · 32 replies
    Archiocese of Chicago ^ | August 17, 2018 | Blase Cupich, anti-Christ
    Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to the People of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report August 17, 2018 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Anger, shock, grief, shame. What other words can we summon to describe the experience of learning about the devastating revelations of sexual abuse — and the failures of bishops to safeguard the children entrusted to their care — published in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, released Tuesday? This catalogue of horrors comes on the heels of news accounts of deeply disturbing sexual-abuse and harassment allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who recently...
  • Active Homosexuality in the Priesthood Helped Cause This Crisis

    08/18/2018 2:34:47 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 59 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Aug. 18, 2018 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sixth Commandment is clear — there is a universal call to chastity, and no one is exempt. There is a line in the Acts of the Apostles that I once found humorous: So the word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem continued to grow rapidly. Even a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7) Of course the priests referred to here are the priests of the ancient Temple, the Levitical priests. In the past, such a line seemed ironically funny to the average Catholic who heard it. But that...
  • NY Attorney General May Launch Grand Jury Investigation

    08/17/2018 7:51:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/16/18 | Stephen Wynne
    AG Barbara Underwood orders Criminal Division into actionALBANY, N.Y. (ChurchMilitant.com) - New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood appears to be laying the groundwork for a grand jury investigation into clerical sex abuse and cover-up in the Empire State. Sources are telling Church Militant that, based on the findings of the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation, various state attorneys general — with Underwood in the lead — are considering launching investigations into clerical sex abuse and cover-up in their own states. On Thursday, Church Militant contacted the New York attorney general's office to inquire about efforts to expose sexual assault and cover-up...
  • Colorado Baker Back in Court for Declining Gender Transition Cake

    08/16/2018 5:15:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Denver, Colo., Aug 15, 2018 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Less than three months after winning a Supreme Court case backing his religious freedom of expression, Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is finding himself at the center of yet another cake and faith-based battle. A new complaint was recently filed against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Division after an attorney approached him and asked him to make a cake celebrating the anniversary of a gender transition. The attorney requested that the cake be pink on the inside and blue on the outside, representing a transition from male to...
  • Philippines President Threatens to ‘Kick A**’ of Any Catholic Bishop

    08/16/2018 5:11:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/15/18 | Staff
    Calling the Catholic Church a “hypocritical institution,” President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Tuesday once again broke a pledge to stop criticizing the country’s dominant religion. “Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your a**,” Duterte said at a meeting of business leaders in Manila. Duterte said he was a victim of the deceased Jesuit priest Father Mark Falvey, who had been convicted for sexual offenses. “We were molested, all of us,” he said about his experience in Catholic school. The president also declared he was no longer Catholic, but a member of his own church, the...
  • [Russian Orthodox] Church Wants to Create Memorial Where “Ekaterinburg Remains” Were Found

    08/15/2018 3:18:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/14/18
    The Ekaterinburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church is planning to preserve the territory of Porosenkov Log where the alleged remains of the Royal Martyrs, the “Ekaterinburg remains,” were discovered, regardless of the results of the scientific examinations on the remains, reports Interfax-Religion. The complex of scientific examinations on the remains discovered near Ekaterinburg is drawing to an end. Based on their conclusions thus far, the Russian Investigative Committee has stated that it believes the remains undoubtedly belong to Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The Russian Church has not yet formulated a view on the question of their authenticity....
  • Satanic Temple to Protest Ten Commandments at Arkansas Capitol

    08/15/2018 3:04:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 8/14/18 | Natalia Mittelstadt
    The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple is bringing its Baphomet statue to the Arkansas Capitol on Thursday for a “Rally for the First Amendment.”The purpose of the rally is to protest the state favoring Christianity over other religions by displaying the Ten Commandments monument but rejecting the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue. The Ten Commandments monument was approved in a 2015 act sponsored by state Sen. Jason Rapert, who privately raised funds to pay for it. The Satanic Temple’s spokesman, Lucien Greaves, said in a press release, saying, “Freedom of Religion means that the government must not be allowed to endorse one religion...
  • Video: Putin Publicly Reaffirms Russia’s Commitment To Defend Christianity

    08/14/2018 4:11:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    “The Christianization was the initial stage of the development of Russia's statehood, of the true spiritual birth of our ancestors, of the definition of their identity and self-awareness, of the explosion of the national culture and education, of the development of multi-faceted connections with other countries"Putin's hard-hitting speech at the commemoration of the 1030 year anniversary of the baptism of ancient Rus reaffirms the country's commitment to Christian values:Vladimir Putin: “The Christianization was the initial stage of the development of Russia's statehood, of the true spiritual birth of our ancestors, of the definition of their identity and self-awareness, of the...
  • Cath. Priests to be Forced to Report Abuse Revealed in Confession Under Victorian Opposition Plan

    08/14/2018 4:06:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 251 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/14/18 | Richard Willingham
    Child sexual abuse revealed in confession would have to be reported to police and could be used as evidence if the Coalition wins Victoria's state election, the Opposition's most senior Catholic MP has announced. The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse last year recommended that states introduce laws to make it a criminal offence to fail to disclose abuse revealed in the confessional. The Andrews Government has not ruled it out, but said it wanted to first examine a uniform national approach. Nationals Leader Peter Walsh told the ABC a Coalition Victorian government would change the law...
  • Trump Admin. Directive Protects Faith-Based Contractors From LGBT Discrimination Policy

    08/14/2018 9:01:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | Samuel Smith
    The Trump administration has issued a directive to protect the rights of faith-based federal contractors who have religious objections to same-sex marriage and homosexuality. On Friday, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs issued the directive to "incorporate recent developments in the law regarding religion-exercising organizations and individuals." Specifically, the directive cites three recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and executive orders on religious freedom issued by President Donald Trump. The agency suggests that while discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are still not permitted under Executive Order 11246 (as amended by former President Barack Obama...
  • Teleios Research Estimates Government Aid to Persecuted Countries

    08/14/2018 6:18:26 AM PDT · by Teleios Research
    PRLOG ^ | August 14, 2018 | William C. Stewart
    We evaluated the amount of United States government aid (total and military) as well as trade policy with the top 50 countries on the Open Doors persecution of Christians list website (https://www.opendoorsusa.org/2018-world-watch-list-report/). The primary source noted of persecution in each country in the Open Doors list was: Islamic oppression (n=33), dictatorial paranoia (n=6), religious nationalism* (n=5), communist and post-communist oppression (n=4), or organized crime and corruption (n=2). We used the Office of the United States Trade Representative website (https://ustr.gov/) and the US Agency of International Development website (https://www.usaid.gov/) as the primary sources of information supplemented by Google searches. We collected:...
  • Christians in Turkey Forced to Sign Paper Saying They Aren’t Persecuted

    08/14/2018 5:58:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/10/18
    Christians in Turkey were recently pressured by Erdogan’s government to sign a declaration that they face no religious persecution in the nation, according to a representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared last Wednesday that Turkey has no problems with religious minorities. “Turkey has no problems related to [religious] minorities. Threatening language of the U.S. evangelist, Zionist mentality is unacceptable,” he said, according to the Andalou Agency. His statement comes on the heels of the signing the day before of a joint declaration by every non-Muslim community, including Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Jewish leaders, denying allegations of...
  • [UK] Conservatives Launch Investigation into Boris Johnson's Comments on Burkas

    08/14/2018 5:47:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | 8/9/18 | Aubrey Allegretti
    The former foreign secretary faces a probe that could see him expelled, as a source close to him says "the world had gone mad".Boris Johnson is facing investigation by an independent panel after comparing women in burkas to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers". The former foreign secretary, who resigned last month, faces claims he breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct in an article for the Sunday Telegraph. In it, Mr Johnson questioned why Muslim women who wear the full-face veil would "go around looking like letter boxes". He added he would "feel fully entitled" to ask a woman "looking...
  • The Black Man's ONLY TRUE Friend in America - The Lord Jesus Christ!

    08/13/2018 10:13:53 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/13/18
    The white and black oppressors of the lawless Left Democratic Party, who abhor Almighty God the Creator and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom. 1:18-32) only seek to agitate, control, use, enrage and scare their black Democratic voters and to keep them on their state plantation. The very ones who are their lawless oppressors are usually put back in power each time by Black America; making heavier their chains of social ills. The Left is horrified of losing their political strangle hold and power and truly care nothing about black America. The black population are only a vessel to be used and oppressed...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 8-13-18 {Prayer}

    08/13/2018 12:41:48 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 24 replies
    8-13-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Isaiah 56:1 Be Just and Fair to All, the Lord God Says. Do what's...
  • [Cath Cauc] A NACIÓN Editorial: Pope Promotes a Political-Ideological Beatification

    08/12/2018 8:38:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 13, 2018 | New Catholic
    Satanelli Beatification - LA NACIÓN Editorial: Pope Promotes a Political-Ideological Beatification There were many radical bishops in the wild years following the Second Vatican Council. But Enrique Angelelli, bishop of La Rioja, Argentina, was probably the most radical. He was a Communist in all but name and stridently supported the terrorist organization "Montoneros", the leftist terrorist branch of the Peronist movement. It can be undoubtedly said that the horrid military dictatorship that governed Argentina from 1976 until the Falklands War was brought about as a brutal overreaction to the terrorist attacks coordinated by Montoneros in favor of a Socialist-Peronist revolution....
  • Vanity, What FRper Catholics Think About Hanging #NotMyPope?, Catholic Caucus

    08/12/2018 9:39:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Freerepublic.com ^ | August 12, 2018 | Biggirl
    The last couple of I have seen this hashish, #NotMyPope. Even I have used it often in just anger when Pope Francis comes out with a new position teaching for the Church. Most recent is death penalty issue. Is that hashtag a good way to protest or not as a Catholic? Thank you and God Bless.
  • Turkey Planning Islamic Studies Center on Island where Orthodox Seminary Remains Closed for 45 Years

    08/12/2018 7:23:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/9/18
    The Turkish government made an announcement on August 2 that is likely to increase tensions between the state and its Orthodox Christians. While the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s seminary on the island of Halki has remained closed since 1971, Turkey has announced that it intends to open an Islamic studies center on the same island. Moreover, building plans have the Global Center for Islamic Studies situated right in front of the Orthodox seminary building, reports Sedmitza. According to experts, the opening of the Islamic studies center would completely rule out the possibility of reopening the seminary, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been...