Ok so October 31st is a day of evil (as some claim). It's also the day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses that began the split of the Christian church. Hmmmmm.....
I know may of you will take exception to this, but hear me out. The Reformation that officially started on Oct 31st was not an attempt to reformulate the Christian faith, it was rather a battle over issues of Church order. It was an attack on the only Christian church that existed at the time. That revolution produced an angle of vision radically different from the one in which the Bible was written and through which the primary theological tenets of the Christian faith were formed. So I'll ask, was it evil? Was Martin Luther doing the work of the devil when he sought to radically change the Church? (Take a moment to calm down and read on)
You shall know them by their fruits. So let's look at the fruit of the reformation. Luther initially saw himself as a great reformer of the Catholic church, a simple monk who thought the force of his ideas would single-handedly redirect the church; in the end, however, he divided Christianity into two separate churches and that second division, Protestantism, continued to divide into separate churches.
Luther (and all the other reformers) saw themselves as returning Christianity to its roots, in reality, their ideas irreparably changed the world and pushed the church into the modern era in which we customize our beliefs to fit the moment.
Luther opened the door to challenging the authority of the church. Many people cheered Luther, yet they pounded their fist when people like Charles Darwin challenged traditional Christian world views and church beliefs.
The gates had been opened. Darwin was followed by Sigmund Freud who analyzed the symbols of Christianity and found in them manifestations of a deep-seated infantile neurosis.
The list goes on and on of people who have challenged the beliefs and teachings held for thousands of years by the Church. The results or "fruit" is Christianity has degenerated into fundamentalism based not on historical and traditional Christian beliefs, rather it's based on a narrow personal interpretation of ones choosing.
As Christianity has moved more and more in this direction people had divided themselves into sects of Christendom all claiming various beliefs. If you believe that the only Christian Church that exsisted was so deserted by Christ that it taught the wrong way to salvation for nearly 1500 years then one might reconsider Christ himself.
My goal in writing this is not to upset anyone. I don't want to start another tired old mudslinging debate. I do hope to challenge all of us to think. Not just about what "team" we are on, but to consider all that has happened over the course of history and the impact it has had on the once unified church.
This Halloween, Chicago's Salem Baptist Church wants teenagers to go straight to "hell." Admission is $7 and passengers arrive at its gates on a yellow school bus.
Salem's "Nights of Terror" promises to "scare the hell out of teens" by guiding them on a half-hour tour through Hades -- or at least what passed for it in the don't-call-it-a-haunted-house set up in the church's administrative offices at 109th and Cottage Grove.
So-called hell houses have become popular over the last decade among some evangelical Christian churches that want to provide an alternative to traditional Halloween celebrations.
Do they work? Ask Sydney Foulks, 11, she had a vice grip on her father's hand. "I thought it was very scary and I know I'm never sleeping with nobody until I get married," said the girl after exiting the place.
The chemical implant acts as a contraceptive but does not change the balance of a man's sex hormones.
Scientists have discovered a substance that can temporarily block the development of sperm without altering testosterone levels and without causing unwanted side effects.
Ahhh but wait, you mess with God's plan and there are ALWAYS side effects.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:
“Every politician whose voting record supports abortion-on-demand says that he is opposed to abortion. For example, President Bill Clinton said that his approach to reducing abortions was to make them safe, legal and rare, yet he vetoed every bill that would have barred partial-birth abortions. This made him dramatically different from the governor of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey, Sr., whose opposition to abortion included legal restrictions. Now we have learned that Bob Casey, Jr. has far more in common with Bill Clinton than he does with his father on this issue.
“If someone said he was opposed to racial discrimination, but would not commit to using the law as a means to affecting its reduction, we’d call him a fraud. It would not matter, for instance, if he said that he wants ‘to see more of an emphasis on what brings people together rather than what tears people apart.’ We’d want to know why he prefers to dialogue about racism while doing nothing substantively about it. Similarly, if someone said that his opposition to racism would lead him to support ‘initiatives’ to reduce it, but said nothing about support for legislation to that end, we’d call him a fraud. That’s why Casey is a fraud: his reluctance to use the law as a means to reduce abortions speaks volumes.
“Dealing with the root causes of social problems is important, but it can never be a rational excuse for doing nothing else. We have to stop the bleeding first, and this is especially true when it comes to something as bloody as abortion.”
Here is just a sample:
"I was a New Ager in my youth, now I know that some faith are not evil per say, not all faith are to be trusted. I would not call Catholics, Muslims, or even Budhists evil but they are definitely errant."
Many of us have forgotten about the role Saints play in our spirtual lives. That can lead us to be errant. Take away the saints and our beliefs about the dignity and destiny of human beings, and the only thing left is pre-Christian superstition regarding the dead. In other words Halloween is evil if we want it to be.
But doesn’t Halloween glorify evil? NO, not unless you let it. Hallow is the same word for "holy" that we find in the Lord’s Prayer, and e’en is a contraction of "evening." As such, Halloween can be considered a Christian holiday. Like many Christian holidays, the secular world has attached its own traditions to the day (e.g., costumes, trick-or-treating, parties) that are not inherently bad in and of themselves but can be problematic when the religious meaning of the holiday is set aside, forgotten, or ignored. Many Christians a guilty of doing just that. They can't accpet the truth because they bought a lie and too many false preachers continue to tell them that same lie.
Well if you want the truth here it is: Halloween is a shortened form of "All Hallows Eve," the night before All Saints Day.
Trick or treat? You choose.
Real Clear Politics
My gosh people, Christians do more damage to Christianity than anyone else. I'm so tired of the annual Harry Potter/Halloween debate. There is a huge difference between watching or reading Harry Potter and practicing witchcraft.
Same with Halloween. I doubt if little Jimmy dresses up like Superman and collects a stash of candy he will be thrown into the fires of hell. "Oh we don't DOOOO HALLOWEEEEEEN. I'll be at the HARVEST FESTIVAL".
You know what, that harvest festival is Halloween with another label. Who are you fooling?
There is enough real bad stuff to worry about in this world. Yet so many out there go to DEFCON 5 over the smallest things. Raise your kids how you wish. If your convicted that something should be avoided then avoid it, but don't tell me I'm wrong for not agreeing with you.
There is this small (but very vocal) group of people who think they can shame other into accepting heir idea of Jesus. It's really sad. God made us in his image and we tend to make God in ours. So what the next sin we can invent?
For those of you in Pittsburgh we are talking WDVE, 3WS, 104.7, The X and Fox Sports 970.
The hiring of Goldman Sachs brings the Mays family, which controls Clear Channel, closer to a possible leveraged buyout. Chief Executive Officer Mark Mays has spun off the company's live entertainment unit, Live Nation Inc., and sold shares of its outdoor advertising unit, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., in an IPO. The stock has been hurt by slow growth in the radio industry.
The Cardinals' starting pitcher for Game 4, Jeff Suppan, is among several celebrities who appear in the minute-long ad. Others include Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, Kansas City Royals player Mike Sweeney and two actors, Patricia Heaton of TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond" and Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."
The Fox ad has triggered a backlash, with some criticizing it as exploitive.
I'll see your celebrity and raise you two.
Schiavo was in Philadelphia on Monday to support two Democratic congressional candidates who have said they would have voted against legislation Congress passed in March 2005 to let the federal courts review the case of his wife, Terri Schiavo.
He criticized Democratic ads, including a state party mailer that called Santorum "the only U.S. senator who flew to Florida and interfered with Terri Schiavo's private family tragedy."
"What gives Casey the right to use my wife's case against Santorum when he would have voted the same way," Schiavo said.
In the congressional races, Schiavo gave a $1,000 check from his political action committee, TerriPAC, to Democrat Joe Sestak, who is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon. The PAC has also contributed $1,000 to Democrat Patrick Murphy for his campaign against Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Weldon and Fitzpatrick voted to allow the federal court review.
Steven Goldman, a neurology professor at the Center, found that using human embryonic stem cells in the brains of Parkinson's patients may cause deadly tumors. In the journal Nature Medicine, he wrote that his team injected human stem cells into rat brains to cure symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. While the cells helped to stabilize the disorder, they also caused growths that ultimately killed the rats. In Dr. Goldman's words, "The behavioral data validate the utility of the approach. But it also raises a cautionary flag and says we are not ready for prime time yet."
How ironic, then, that Parkinson's spokesman Michael J. Fox appeared before millions during a World Series TV break talking about the Missouri cloning initiative. He was featured on an ad about the state's cloning bill saying, "Senator Talent opposes the expansion of stem cell research. He wants to criminalize science that gives us a chance..." But the issue in Missouri is about human cloning, not stem cell research. The only accurate thing Fox said is that what Missouri does, matters to millions of Americans. Voters who believe in real cures should follow a compassionate course that helps the sick and protects the unborn.
How do you have compassionate meat? Do they get a final wish before they become hamburger? This guy needs some protien so he can think straight.
Speaking of out of state support here is an email I received from "Gays Against Santorum":
The eye of Mordor can see that Senator "man on dog" Santorum is toast. Hope everyone is enjoying the race as much as I am....by the way, I don't even live in Pa....I live in NY and am working from here--Rochester, Ny...to defeat Ricky....you see, as a gay citizen who has been demonized by Ricky for years, it is a sacred duty of mine to help persuade the fine citizens of your state to kick Ricky out of office....I'm not sure if it was ricky comparing me to pedophiles, or to bestiality, or blaming me for the sex abuse scandal in Boston where I used to live, but for many reasons, Rick has pissed me and many other gays working for the Casey campaign...OFF, and it has been a PLEASURE to see his career IMPLODE. HAPPY ELECTION DAY, BIGOTS!!!!
Pentecostalism and other similar charismatic movements are among the fastest-growing sectors of global Christianity. So says a 10-nation study published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The Washington, D.C.-based research group released the study Oct. 5.
According to the study, around a quarter of the world's estimated 2 billion Christians are thought to be members of Pentecostal and charismatic groups, which emphasize the active role of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives.
The study was based on random surveys carried out in the United States; Brazil, Chile and Guatemala in Latin America; Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Africa; and India, the Philippines and South Korea in Asia.
Pentecostalism was born just a century ago and now ranks second only to Catholicism in the number of followers. Pentecostals now account for about three in every four Protestants, according to the World Christian Database. The term "Pentecostal" is used to describe members of a range of different groups: from the Assemblies of God (or Church of God in Christ) which were founded almost a century ago, to more recent ones, such as the Brazil-based Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.
In seven of the 10 countries surveyed at least half of Pentecostals say that the church services they attend frequently include people practicing the "gifts" of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophesying or praying for miraculous healing.
A visual inspection of the track by investigators noted that one section appeared to be “cut in two,” although forensic examination of the track is needed to determine if this was the cause of the derailment. Yesterday, NTSB investigators also removed data recorders from the train. The data recorders are similar to the black boxes found on airliners and will be examined by investigators for possible clues.
We will continue to track this story.
Michael J. Fox has filmed a political ad for Claire McCaskill, a so called "pro-choice Catholic", and populist Democrat. She is however in favor of stem cell reasearch. Hence the endorsement from Fox.
You can see the ad here.
I wonder if Scott Peterson read this?
A former Detroit police officer, she has a daughter who graduated from the school in 2001.
Genther said Wednesday that she has been in a committed relationship for 28 years and that it was no surprise to anyone at the school that she is a lesbian. She and her partner often attended school events, chaperoned dances and went to parent-teacher conferences.
But last week, when she began publicizing her autobiography, "Badge 3483: A True Story," which addresses the relationship, she was fired.
The Rev. Harry Cook, pastor of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Clawson, said Genther, a friend and a parishioner, was an asset to the school. (I'm not saying a word......)
Genther said she doesn't expect to get her job back, but the firing saddens her.
"I wish the Catholic Church would follow the doctrine of Jesus Christ, who said there are no outcasts in the kingdom of heaven."
Ahh... he also said GO AND SON NO MORE.
DETROIT FREE PRESS
What was she thinking? Christians are asking how appointing a man to be in charge of the US AIDS policy who adheres to the “gay” ideology could achieve anything other than further promotion of acceptance of homosexuality and consequently further spreading of AIDS and other homosexually transmitted diseases.
Questions remain how the Bush team’s support for the homosexual lifestyle can coincide with their policies opposing homosexual “marriage”. That's going to be interested to watch.
No criminal charges can be filed because the statute of limitations on sexual assault expired long ago, but the archdiocese requested information about Foley's accusations.
MSNBC has the story here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15287637/
This latest affront comes only a few weeks after a Cardin staffer joked on her blog about people throwing oreos at Michael Steele during an event:
Remarkably, this CNN story doesn’t mention Democrat Steny Hoyer is white. However, they did feel the need to mention a “black businessman … sponsored the campaign event .” They also noted he said this to a “largely black audience.” (CNN) Steele took offense. But the liberal NAACP doesn’t seem to mind. As of this morning, Google shows no stories listing the two words (“Steny” and “NAACP”) today or yesterday.
According to the Presbyterian News Service, Christopher Nicholas, the financial officer for the Office of the General Assembly, told the committee overseeing that office that uncollectible per-capita payments for 2005 will exceed $400,000 for the first time in 10 years.
As of his report on Oct. 12, the amount in the arrears was $430,000 or 3.4 percent of the total $12.6 million presbyteries were asked to remit, the Presbyterian Layman said Tuesday. The apportionment to the presbyteries is based on a fixed amount for each member of a Presbyterian congregation as established by the General Assembly. The per-capita rate in 2005 was $5.46.
Somewhere between 25 and 35 of the 173 presbyteries are falling short because congregations are withholding payment because of opposition to actions of the General Assembly or denominational leadership.
The report to the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly included two "top-10" offenders: The 10 that owed the most money and the 10 that had the highest percentage lapse. An analysis of those two lists shows that the bulk of the shortfall came from presbyteries where there is strong opposition to many of the denomination's liberal policies, including the move by the 2006 General Assembly to allow the ordination of practicing homosexuals and adulterers.
Here is what we can expect if the liberals win:
Amnesty for 12,000,000 illegal immigrants.
A push to make homosexual marriage and polygamy legal in all 50 states.
Only liberal judges will be appointed. They will create laws to implement the social agenda liberals cannot get passed through the legislative process.
Liberals will make the killing of the unborn more difficult to stop.
Liberals will continue to try to rid our society of Christian influence, including any reference to God in our Pledge and on our currency.
A return to the "Fairness Doctrine" in broadcasting where opposing views must be given equal time. Every conservative talk show host will be forced to give a liberal equal time on every issue. The purpose of this rule will be to shut down conservative talk shows.
An increase in taxes to push new social programs.
Passing a new "hate crimes" law making it illegal to refer to homosexuality in a negative manner.
Liberals will give terrorists from other countries who try to kill Americans the same rights American citizens enjoy under our constitution.
We will withdraw from Iraq, sending the message to the terrorists that if they will just be patient they can win and bring their terrorist acts to the U.S.
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"I can't stand the guy. He is all surface preaching. All fluff. There is nothing really there." She then asked if I ever really listened to him? Of course I did. How do you think I came not to like the guy? In well over 25 hours of preaching that I listened to, Jesus was almost never mentioned, and when he was mentioned, it was in a perfunctory prayer in the last minute. Sin, the Cross, the atonement? Not there.
I was gentle (some what) but the truth is Osteen is a false teacher. Nice guy, great teeth, but a false teacher. For those of you who don't know who Osteen is or maybe you are shocked I would speak against him, here is a bit of history:
John Osteen starts Lakewood Church. Osteen is a Baptist preacher, Texas style, who’s gone Pentecostal/Charismatic. The church grows to 10,000 members. Osteen preaches the Gospel, preaches missions, and is a respected “classic” Pentecostal/Charismatic leader. He isn’t prepared for what happened next.
He died. Maybe God was trying to tell his followers something. Osteen didn’t lay the groundwork for his succession. His wife preaches for a while (not biblical) , and then his son Joel, tries out the pulpit. He’s not much of a preacher at first. He’s nervous, but the congregation is cheering for him. He’s cute, appealling and, eventually, funny. He’s got a beautiul wife. He’s charming, and tells a good story. He’s disarmingly vulnerable. He makes you feel good. He’s not like the usual ranting, angry preachers. He’s a nice guy.
Before long, Joel is comfortable in the role of pastor, and the church begins to grow. He’s preaching the usual word-faith stuff and things go well. But then Joel changes his emphasis….and things explode. In fact, in just over a decade, it triples to 30,000 and becomes the largest church in America. They buy the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA Houston Rockets. 18,000 seats. He’s on TBN, PAX and CNBC overseas.
Joel makes a remarkable shift away from his father’s style of more traditional Pentecostal/Charismatic preaching. He becomes a positive thinker- Peale and Schuller style. A preacher of “think positive and be blessed” principles. Prosperity preaching, but not with some tangled version of the Gospel at the center like so many on TBN (take Kenneth Copeland as an example.)
It’s “have a better attitude and be blessed” motivational talks that have no relation to the essentials of the Christian Gospel. You rarely hear any theology or Gospel preaching. God is good and wants to bless you. Period. That’s it. Instead, Osteen’s messages are about “God’s Favor” on marriage, finances and career. Sin is never mentioned.
Osteen preaches about positive thinking, being blessed, resurrecting dreams and taking risks. His book is called “Your Best Life Now.” Despite endorsements from at least one preacher who supposedly understands the Gospel, the message of the Cross of Jesus Christ isn’t the focus of Osteen’s message- ever. It's the message of a God who wants to bless you with a bigger house, a better job and, of course, a better attitude.
This Joel Osteen, a young man who stumbled into his father’s shoes, now is the most successful pastor in America, seen and heard around the world standing in a pulpit, preaching pragmatic positive thinking, pure and simple, out of an open Bible. That's the problem. He represents evangelicalism with his big smile and weak fell good message.
This is where evangelicalism is today. So many are really good at looking and sounding Christian but have no idea how to actully be Christian. It's not raising your hands in prasie. It's not strictly listening to Christian music. It's not memorizing scripture chapter and verse. What about the sacraments, or is that just a bit too much effort?
This is what the heirs of the Reformation have come to deem acceptable. This is what can be endorsed and marketed to evangelicals and sell millions of copies. So put your bible between your Puropose Driven Lie and Your Best Life Cow and go feel good about yourself.
As for Osteen, pass me the remote.....
The head of the Islamabad-based al-Quds Center reported receiving an audio message from Mullah Masoom Afghani urging U.S. Muslims to get out of the country "because Allah's punishment would fall on America in the month of Ramadan."
Is anyone else tired of these guys????
The host, Pete Wilson, is pro-gay marriage. But he was critical of an experiment with life – a gay man and a lesbian woman having a baby. For this reason, many are demanding an apology.
San Francisco Chronicle
I only wish I could be that forgiving...
NOTE: Tune in today to hear Salena Zito from the Pittsburgh Trubune-Review outline how Santorum can win this race. PLEASE ... we need everyone to get out and vote for this one!
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Georgetown University, which boasts a tradition of more than 200 years of Jesuit and Catholic teachings, recently sent letters to half a dozen evangelical Christian organizations telling them they no longer are welcome.
If the school feels like these groups are undermining Catholic theology then I guess I understand, but before I give them a pass I must point out an obvious flaw. Georgetown tossed these groups, but left the Muslim Student Alliance and the Jewish Student Alliance intact. Now I have a problem!
Georgetown's explanation has varied: It told the groups in the letter it was going a "different direction." Then it told subsequent news reports that there was a failure in "communication." It also has said, through spokesman Erik Smulson, that the chaplaincy recently was reorganized and it wanted more control over ministries on campus. The Washington Post also reported that the key issue was "whether those in the groups proselytize."
The network had denied rumors just a month ago that it would file for bankruptcy. On Friday, Air America spokeswoman Jaime Horn told The Associated Press that the filing became necessary only recently after negotiations with a creditor from the company's early days broke down. The network will stay on the air while it resolves issues with its creditors, Horn said.
Two years later – on the same date in 2002, 202 people were killed and another 210 were injured when two large bombs exploded in the Kuta nightclub district on Bali in Indonesia. A third, smaller bomb detonated outside the American embassy.
Let us never forget the evil we face.
Evidently Clinton didn’t do his homework regarding Wallace’s political leanings. The Washington Post did – and found that the newsman has been a registered Democrat for more than 20 years.
Pope Benedict XVI is understood to have signed a universal indult — or permission — for priests to celebrate again the Mass used throughout the Church for nearly 1,500 years. The indult could be published in the next few weeks, sources told The Times.
Use of the Tridentine Mass, parts of which date from the time of St Gregory in the 6th century and which takes its name from the 16th-century Council of Trent, was restricted by most bishops after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).
(The Tridentine Mass is celebrated entirely in Latin, except for a few words and phrases in Greek and Hebrew. There are long periods of silence and the priest has his back to the congregation .)
This led to the introduction of the new Mass in the vernacular to make it more accessible to contemporary audiences. By bringing back Mass in Latin, Pope Benedict is signalling that his sympathies lie with conservatives in the Catholic Church.
Catholic bloggers have been anticipating the indult for months. The Cornell Society blog says that Father Martin Edwards, a London priest, was told by Cardinal Joseph Zen, of Hong Kong, that the indult had been signed. Cardinal Zen is alleged to have had this information from the Pope himself in a private meeting.
Film has become an essential arena for theological discussion in today’s culture. Faith and its trials and triumphs make good stories, and Hollywood has always recognized a good story and told it creatively, from The Ten Commandments to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Of course, economic factors also contribute to the prominence of religious subjects in movies now. Thanks to the success of The Passion of the Christ, the spending power of the Christian market has registered at the box office. The gospel of dollars, cultural preoccupation with faith issues, and the dictates of creativity all combine now to form a golden moment for filmmaking about spiritual subjects.
Big Hollywood companies are buying in, raising the stakes and multiplying the titles. The Nativity Story, about the birth of Jesus, is scheduled for wide release Dec. 1. It comes from a secular studio, New Line Cinema, known for the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy. But the themes and treatments go way beyond the traditional, beyond the serious, beyond Christianity. One Night with the King, is a biblical epic about the life of the Jewish queen Esther, opens Oct. 13. Conversations With God: The Movie, based on the best-selling books by Neale Donald Walsch and opening Oct. 27, aims at a “spiritual but not religious” audience. Evan Almighty, a sequel to the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty, is due out in 2007; Morgan Freeman again portrays God. Jesus Camp, a controversial documentary now in limited release, offers a look inside a charismatic Christian camp for children.Movie marketers are borrowing pages from the playbook of The Passion of the Christ, appealing to congregations, offering advance screenings, building buzz among targeted faith communities in advance of a film’s opening.
Some conservative Christians have historically been reluctant to engage popular culture and have been suspicious of entertainment, though that stance is changing for many. How do congregations in your area regard the current products of Hollywood?
One representative explained “We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their 'comrades' free when they are arrested."
From David Limbaugh: Do you remember how many times during the Clinton years Democrats told us everyone lies about sex and that Republicans were shamefully distracting the Clinton administration by harping on White House cover-ups about sex with an intern? Well, we have far worse distractions now being promoted by Democrats about far less important matters and during far more dangerous times. (Townhall)
Father Pavone was with Terri Schavio when she passed and I have always admired his efforts on behalf on the unborn.
Father Pavone spoke to a group in Wexford about the need for us to take our faith into the world. That means to work, to the community and to the polls!
The recent attacks on Sen. Rick Santorum sicken me. If you don't agree with his stance on the issues that's one thing, but personal attacks on character and mocking by homosexual groups is unfounded and despicable. Sadly that seems to be part of most campaigns these days while real issues and ideas get pushed to the side.
Sadder yet is the inaction of the church. If you hand out pro-life material, you often will be chased off church property. Not that you would be violating any law, it just the church would rather preempt complaints instead of informing the faithful.
I told Father Pavone how deeply disturbed I was that the church has been scared into silence. When was the last time you heard the evils of abortion preached from the pulpit? Oh sure we have the pro-life group that holds the bake sale but that's about it. Forget talking about election day. Some might think it inappropriate to talk about worldly issues. I've got news for you, it was GOD who put you in this world and trusted you with it.
We can drum up an army over a smoking ban in this area. Phone calls, emails, faxes flood into offices. We can get outraged over casinos and taxes. So we wake up one day with cleaner air a casino down the street and lower taxes, yet babies can still be killed.
Forgive me, but where the hell are our priorities? Do I sound mad? Well I am. I got an email, "I'm not voting for Santorum because my prescriptions cost to much." Well unless Santorum owns the pharmacy or the drug company that's a stupid reason.
If this world continues to spiral out of control it's your own fault. Pay attention. Educate yourself. If you don't want to choose your leaders they will be chosen for you. Get you head out of the sand and don't just vote for a "D" or an "R".
I'll close by echoing the words Father Pavone said, "I'm tired of hearing what you believe. I want to know what you are going to do?"
Put your faith in action.
He has a point.....
I never set out to convert anyone to the Catholic faith. I don't think it's my place to do so. I answer what I'm asked and let God do the rest.
Well I got another email from this person. Last night at her Bible Study she told the group she was becoming a Catholic but would like to continue attending the study. The reception was a bit cold.
One man told her he thought her calling was not to enter the church, but to attend in order to bring people out. Here is part of what she wrote:
As graciously as possible, I said, “No... Actually I AM being called to enter the Church. I’ve done a lot of reading, studying and praying and this IS where God is taking me.” He then made some comment like, “Well, if during the study you ever felt led to stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down... (ha ha) “ I said, “No, no... when in Rome...” I could sense his “horror” at the idea that I was becoming a Catholic. He announced, “Well, we will need to be praying for YOU then!” I responded, “Thanks! I appreciate your prayers and I ask that you do not pray that I will leave Catholicism but that I will follow God’s will because that is what we should ALL be doing... following God’s will for our lives.”
I admire her courage. After heartfelt study and prayer she has embraced the truth she once rejected. Far too many people allow one bad experience to form their opinion of the entire Church. Often this assumption is based on an individual and not the true church.
We had Paul Baloche (singer, songwriter) on the air. He told us of how he was raised Catholic but later became "saved". It saddens me when I hear someone was “raised Catholic” and they claim to never have heard about what Christ did for them... about a personal relationship with Christ. How could they look year after year at Christ crucified and not have an understanding of what Christ did? Why does the term “personal relationship” used in Protestant circles with Catholics make them think they didn’t already have a personal relationship just because that term hasn’t been used?
Your relationship with Christ does not depend on ANY denomination. It is not handed to you when you walk in the door. It is up to YOU to have a personal relationship with Christ and have a full understanding of who Christ is and what He did for us. Far too many people set themselves up to be bitter former Catholics who simply missed all the beauty and truth within Catholicism as if they slept while Christ was in the room.
Here is how it goes, you are sent an e-mail by the YouTube “team” saying "you've been flagged". Your video is by then removed, and you are on your way to “account suspension.”
Good luck attempting to find out how the videos posted on YouTube violate their terms of service.
Meanwhile, the videos posted by apologists for Islamic terrorists – the snuff films referenced by Michelle Malkin in her great VIDEO message… well, they continue to be hosted by YouTube. Be sure to view the video by Michelle Malkin by clicking the above link.
You go Michelle!
Last week, a 53-year-old homeless man held schoolgirls hostage in Bailey, Colorado, sexually abusing several (he had reportedly asked for specific girls he had seen on a popular teen web site) before killing one.
What is going on in this world? Since the start of the school year, according to ABC News, there have been 25 incidents across the country involving school shootings, seven involving fatalities.
President Bush announced plans to convene a summit of education and law enforcement leaders to talk about ways the federal government can help stem the violence. Violence against young, innocent children was once uncommon, even unthinkable, in America. As policy makers meet, there should be time to reflect on how many other taboos modern culture has shattered, how many other unthinkable things are now thought of - and acted upon.
Rep. Mark Foley has now blamed his lewd behavior with an underage boy on alcohol and sexual abuse by a clergyman. I don't know what Mr. Foley has endured in his life and it is obvious has has some problems. Still, there is no excuse for the type of deviant behavior former Congressman Mark Foley has admitted to.
I'd like to hear those representing the homosexual community denounce the actions of Foley, but they never will. Homosexuality is every bit a part of the culture of death as is abortion and contraception. Acknowledging some things are not acceptable, puts those issues at risk. Not surprisingly, Foley was an ardent supporter of both, representing the interests of Planned Parenthood 64 percent of the time thus far in 2006.
Can we really not see the link here? All these actions that some claim are "rights" denigrate the intrinsic dignity of and respect for human life. Then all of a sudden a child is not child and therefore I can abuse a child in pursuit of my own pleasure. This is the thought that allows a person to rationalize deviant behavior.
Victims of abuse should understand the destructiveness and not use evil as and excuse for evil. Support for these actions breed a mindset where life becomes a commodity and the highest achievement is self-indulgence, which inevitably leads to the reckless behavior we are now witnessing across this country. From teachers to clergy, we opened the door when so called "tolerance" knocked.
There is a movement in this nation to just accept homosexuals. Anything less is bigotry and hatred. Or maybe they will call it homophobia and intolerance. Whatever battle cry is chosen, we must stand firm and not allow the abuse of children, the approval of homosexuality and the continued attacks from those who see to weaken and dishonor the priesthood.
Foley's action show him to be a homosexual predator. Homosexuals continue their lifestyle campaign through a cycle of disordered behavior that creates future generations of abusers and predators.
Foley must be brought to justice as should anyone guilty of perpetrating similar crimes against him. Past abuse is not an excuse for deviant behavior. Any person who knowingly covered up this despicable behavior should be removed from office.
Prentiss Barnes, who sang with the Moonglows and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Saturday in a weekend traffic accident in southwest Mississippi. He was 81.
Barnes, of Magnolia, was killed when his car wrecked on Mississippi 48, east of Magnolia.
Pike County Coroner Percy Pittman said Barnes was thrown from the car and died of massive trauma.
Barnes, a bass singer for the Moonglows, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2000. He's also a member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer.
The Moonglows' R&B and doo-wop recordings include "Blue Velvet," "Most of All," "We Go Together" and "Ten Commandments of Love." The McGuire Sisters recorded a pop version of their '50s hit "Sincerely."
The Moonglows disbanded in the mid-1960s. Barnes struck out on a solo career and headed for California in 1969. On the westward trip, Barnes was injured when a train struck his car in Texas. After the wreck, doctors amputated Barnes' left arm. A shattered hip caused his right leg to shorten. It took two years and 10 operations before Barnes was well enough to return to Mississippi.
An initial printing of one million copies of "Voting for the Common Good: A Practical Guide for Conscientious Catholics" will be distributed nationwide through on-the-ground organizers and partner networks in all 50 states, says CACG. The groups admits in a press release that the new voter guide is a response to the original "Catholic Voters Guide" issued by Catholic Answers last year.
The new voter guide has been described as "slick" by the Catholic League for its deceptive wording which falsely leads Catholics to consider abortion as just one of many important social justice issues to be taken into account when electing politicians.
Commenting on the new 12-page booklet, Catholic League president Bill Donohue said "The voter guide is a slick attempt to get the abortion albatross off the necks of Catholic Democrats, but it's a failed effort-the noose is still there. Instead of listening to James Carville and Paul Begala, who have counseled Democrats to drop their opposition to parental notification laws and their support for keeping partial-birth abortion legal, the best Catholics in Alliance can do is say it is opposed to abortion. But it makes it painfully clear that it will never join any effort to ban any abortions, including partial-birth."
The Catholic Democrats' guide contradicts the guidance of Cardinal Ratzinger prior to his election to the papacy. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote a doctrinal note, approved by then-Pope John Paul II, which stated: "[A] well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals." The doctrinal note added, "laws must defend the basic right to life from conception to natural death . . . Analogously, the family needs to be safeguarded and promoted based on monogamous marriage between a man and a woman."
“People take advantage of the anonymity to say things in public they would never say to anyone face-to-face. "Bloggers didn't think they could be subject to libel," says Eric Robinson, a Media Law Resource Center attorney. "You take what is on your mind, type it and post it." Under the 1996 Communications Decency Act, individuals who post messages are responsible for their content and can be sued for libel. That applies whether they are posting on their own website or on others' message boards...
USA TODAY has on article on blogs, the burgeoning, freewheeling Internet forums that give people the power to instantly disseminate messages worldwide. Blogs are increasingly being targeted by those who feel harmed by blog attacks. A few months ago PowerBlog! was threatened with a lawsuit by a man who was mentioned in one of my posts. The story was factual and I stand by my post. (Even in a court of law if need be). However lawsuits cna be a big nuscience.
In the past two years, more than 50 lawsuits stemming from postings on blogs and website message boards have been filed across the nation. The suits have spawned a debate over how the "blogosphere" and its revolutionary impact on speech and publishing might change libel law.
Right here in Pittsburgh, Todd Hollis, a criminal defense lawyer, has filed a libel suit against a website called DontDateHimGirl.com, which includes message boards in which women gossip about men they supposedly dated. One posting on the site accused Hollis of having herpes. Another said he had infected a woman he once dated with a sexually transmitted disease. Yet another said he was gay. Hollis, 38, who says the accusations are false, is suing the site's operator, Tasha Joseph, and the posters of the messages.
Ligonier Ministries, a religious broadcaster and publisher in Lake Mary, Fla., has taken the unusual step of asking a judge to pre-emptively silence a blogger to try to prevent him from criticizing the ministries.
Robert Cox, founder and president of the Media Bloggers Association, which has 1,000 members, says the recent wave of lawsuits means that bloggers should bone up on libel law. "It hasn't happened yet, but soon, there will be a blogger who is successfully sued and who loses his home," he says. "That will be the shot heard round the blogosphere."
All pro-bono lawyers are asked to email me :)
It was this vote that proved Catholics would not just blindly vote for anyone claiming be Catholic as John Kerry did, but really do consider character and morals in making a voting decision.
To many, the 2004 election signaled a fundamental realignment in national politics. However, since 2004 many Republicans have not delivered on the promises they made. Promises of health care reform, permanant tax cuts, immigration reform, a real fix for social security, etc.
So now, Catholics appear to be swinging back to their traditional home in the Democratic Party. A Gallup Poll in June 2006 showed Catholics backing Democrats by an 11-point margin, reinforcing the view of Catholics as the ultimate "swing vote" among American religious blocs.
That could be bad news for the GOP. Often much time and energy is spent on courting the evangelical protestant sector and that leaves Catholic voters wondering of their vote matters?
The truth is, if one wants to win an election, that person had better talk to Catholics. With nearly 70 million baptized members, American Catholics are the largest denomination in the United States and the largest religious voting bloc, at 27 percent of the electorate.
Catholics vote at a higher rate than most other religious groups and a slightly higher rate (by 4 percentage points) than Protestants, according to the late William B. Prendergast, author of The Catholic Voter in American Politics: The Passing of the Democratic Monolith.
Catholics are concentrated in the states with the most electoral votes - California, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan, for example. That gives them political clout in Congress and in presidential politics.
Political experts say that Catholic voters have assimilated to the point that they tend to be governed in their voting preferences by the same pocketbook and security issues that affect all voters. But there are at least two hot-button issues that can have a larger impact on Catholic opinions than they would on other religious communities: immigration and abortion.
It is high time that both politicans and Catholics wake up to the fact that if we take an active roll and get out to vote our beliefs, Catholic morals and values would be the rule of the land. We have to power to demand a real change in this nation. A change I hope most other Christians would support.