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The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are gathering to elect a new pope. At some point, white smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel will show that a decision has been made. But what goes on behind the closed doors before the smoke appears? Here are 10 lesser-known facts about the conclave.The cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are gathering to elect a new pope. At some... more
A new Novel has been released based on a true story. Part of the proceeds goto the organization that supports the victims and fights to get the abusers behind bars.
http://wlmpr.us/MILLSTpA new Novel has been released based on a true story. Part of the proceeds goto the... more
Radio Host, Imam Yusuf Ramadan, engages Professor Molly Worthen of The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - in a conversation on the development of conservative religion in America and its cultural diversity. How religion is operating in today's politics.
Produced by :Syed Hasan Ali & William The'KRadio Host, Imam Yusuf Ramadan, engages Professor Molly Worthen of The University of... more
It is not something we see everyday: the entire western media, pop stars like Sting, Madonna and Macartney running amok over an obscure Russian punk girlie band. The left wing newspaper Guardian in London screams "It is worse than the Soviet era", and is echoed by one of the bastions of neocons in America, Freedom House, through its director Susan Corke.
The group is called Pussy Riot, and they were arrested for hooliganism and desecration of the Moscow Cathedral, singing blasphemous verses, and attacking president Putin. Last week, they have been sentenced to two years in jail. They were not condemned for their political views, which they have freely expressed many times before.
Pussy Riot is not a band They have never recorded a CD, never played in a show. In fact, they are a radical communist group, that loves Karl Marx and performs in honor of Che Guevara's birthday. They are a branch of the extremist group "Voina", (the word means war), that is known for many disgusting and even dangerous agit-prop actions since 2002. Here is an article describing their obscene stunts. Now there is strong evidence that they have been supported by agencies from the western elite.
Pussy Riot now joins the bare-breasted Ukranian Femen group, the "March of the Sluts" groups and the Gay Parades that have been in the news lately. Always well funded, their agenda is extreme feminism, cultural marxism and the destruction of all traditional relgious and family values. The use of "frontmen", agents provocateurs who end up as "victims" after intentional confrontation is an old tactic of Cultural Marxists.
Russia is now a special target since the country has turned to more nationalist, conservative ways. Recently, Russia has forbidden gay parades for 100 years, and Saint Petersburg does not allow propaganda that may expose children to the gay lifestyle. They also regulated and controlled foreign-funded NGOs, thus cutting the arms of foreign influence in Russia.
The proof that the global media doesn't care about freedom of expression is that, almost at the same time, Julian Assange from Wikileaks fame was thrown to the dogs. There was even talk about Britain invading the Ecuador embassy in order to arrest him. Madonna surely didn't utter a word to support him.It is not something we see everyday: the entire western media, pop stars like Sting,... more
Doubts About Scouts, Part IV: With Child Sexual Abuse Scandals Successfully Handled, Catholic Bishops Now Freed Up To Chase Girl ScoutsScouts scooting scary!
One of the little secrets Christianity keeps hidden is that our congregations, our clergy, our theologians, and our church do not speak with one voice on abortion.
An even bigger secret: They never have.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=35385One of the little secrets Christianity keeps hidden is that our congregations, our... more
The Catholic church has regularly redefined what marriage is and yet is right to say it is not the same as a same-sex unionThe Catholic church has regularly redefined what marriage is and yet is right to say... more
It should be common sense that if the history of the suffering of the Jewish people during WW2 is correct as it is told to us by the Hollywood entertainment industry and mainstream historians, then it wouldn't need laws to protect that history.
A German court on Wednesday quashed a British bishop's high-profile conviction for Holocaust denial for procedural reasons but said he may face a new trial on the same allegations.
A court in Nuremberg ruled there were "irremediable procedural problems" in the case against Richard Williamson, who was fined 6,500 euros ($8,600) in July for denying key facts about the Nazi genocide.
"The prosecutor now has the possibility of pressing charges on the basis of the same facts of the case," the court said in a statement.
The renegade bishop, 71, told Swedish television in 2008 that "200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps" and disputed the existence of the gas chambers.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWRJWGk0gmwIt should be common sense that if the history of the suffering of the Jewish people... more
By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, March 2, 2012 9:44 EST
At a recent rally against a so-called “personhood” bill currently favored by Oklahoma lawmakers, state senator Judy McIntyre (D) was photographed holding a sign that read: “IF I WANTED THE GOVERNMENT IN MY WOMB, I’D FUCK A SENATOR.”
Explaining to a local reporter that she’d just borrowed the sign from a protester, she remarked: “I was like, I’ve got to have a picture of it.”
“I thought if my 87-year-old mother sees this, I’m going to get hell this weekend, but it was too late,” McIntyre added, according to NewsOK.com.
The protest, held Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma, took issue with a so-called “personhood” bill that would define human life as beginning at conception, effectively banning all abortions.
The Oklahoma State Medical Association is opposed to the bill because it may jeopardize the practice of reproductive medicine and criminalize acts that might harm an embryo, potentially sparking criminal investigations of women who miscarry. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, and a vote in the lower chamber is expected soon. It is not clear if the governor will sign it into law.
McIntyre acknowledged that some in Oklahoma, which is overwhelmingly Christian, may find her sign’s language offensive, but she wasn’t much concerned about them.
“I would hope they would have that same passion about how offensive it is for the Republican Party of Oklahoma to ramrod, because they have the votes to do so, bills that are offensive to women and take away the rights of women,” she reportedly said.
This video is from NewsOK.com, published Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
"Perhaps the sign should have read 'Republican Senator'???By Stephen C. Webster Friday, March 2, 2012 9:44 EST At a recent rally against a... more
Do you notice that some nights you can punch through hundreds of TV channels and not seem to find something you really want to watch? The other night the choice was between over-weight people crying about how hard it was to eat less food, or a documentary on there isn't any food in this African country. We aimed the camera at the TV and took a look at ourselves and what we saw wasn't pretty. Life is tough when the parity of the real thing is just as bad as the real thing. And we all know that other "real" thing is made up.Do you notice that some nights you can punch through hundreds of TV channels and not... more
Now when I was growing up I was a public school kid so I didn't understand the concept of pagan babies. I was probably one of the only kids in my school who never had to go to church on Sunday's even so religion was a bit of a foreign concept to me. I understood that there was this God thing that was bigger than us and loved us, but at the same time was smiting us more than giving us candy bars.Now when I was growing up I was a public school kid so I didn't understand the... more
HRC Jams MN Senate Computers with 100,000 marriage equality emails
By Kevin Nix
May 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm
From star reporter Andy Birkey at the Minnesota Independent.
Sen. Scott Dibble told Minnesota Public Radio that 100,000 emails sent to legislators by gay marriage supporters were clogging the servers and that the Senate IT department was set to delete them Monday morning. The emails, sent through the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT rights group, chided Republicans and a handful of DFLers who voted Saturday night to put a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the ballot in 2012. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman said the emails were being help in a spam filter and that his office was workign to get them back into the system.
“Hundreds of thousands of emails have come in the aftermath, so many so that the Republican caucus is deleting them before their members even get to see them,” Dibble told MPR.
Sen. Warren Limmer, the chief author of the anti-gay marriage amendment, said, “Not true. Not true. We aren’t wiping off comments of our constituents. That’s just simply not true.”
Sen. Dibble answered back, “That absolutely is true, and that’s exactly what the secretary of the Senate has told us.”
Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman tells the Minnesota Independent that the sheer volume of email coming into the system had caused it to crash on Sunday. By early Monday morning 230,000 emails had flooded in, he said, adding that he ordered the IT department to send a large number to a spam filter.
He said that those emails coming in would not be deleted and that they were working to “filter them back in.”
He wasn’t aware which emails were coming in or which ones needed to be sent to a spam filter.
“We are managing the traffic and they’ll be flowed back into the system,” he said.
Already the flood of emails has rankled some legislators. Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, responded to the emails over the weekend in a manner some thought rude.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a highly secretive organization believed to be largely funded by the Mormon and Catholic churches. During the country’s greatest economic decline in decades, NOM has amassed huge resources to stop marriage equality, whether at the ballot box or in court. NOM publicly projects rationality and tolerance, yet keeps company with zealots and long-time LGBT antagonists.HRC Jams MN Senate Computers with 100,000 marriage equality emails... more
If being a Congressman drove Newt Gingrich to such passion that he lost his mind and fornicated like a Viagraized Easter Bunny, how will he fare becoming the much more passionately pressurized President.If being a Congressman drove Newt Gingrich to such passion that he lost his mind and... more
Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks to a new iPhone app designed to make confessions a little more convenient.
'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' markets itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." The app provides a step-by-step guide to the confession process, and offers a so-called "personalized examination of conscience for each user," based on a person's age, sex and vocation. 'Confession,' which has already received an endorsement from church authorities in the U.S., was developed with the help of Reverend Thomas Weinandy, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Dan Scheidt, from the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, in Indiana.
Despite its endorsements, 'Confession' isn't designed to completely replace real confessions. Churchgoers will still have to actually sit down with a priest in order to receive absolution for their sins, but developer Patrick Leinen says the new tool can still provide Catholic multitaskers with a unique way to exercise their religion. "Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Leinen, of development firm Little iApps.
Speaking to the Reuters, Leinen added that the developers were also inspired by Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for Catholics to engage new technology (albeit with some caution). "Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address," Leinen explained, "our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly new media at the service of the word." And, apparently, at the cost of $1.99.
http://www.switched.com/2011/02/08/confessions-app-approved-by-church/Devout Catholics and Apple devotees can now conduct their sacraments on the go, thanks... more
The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide Catholics through confession and tries to entice lapsed followers back into the fold.The app - called Confession - went on sale last week through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99). Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament.Now senior church officials in America have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first. The company behind the program describes as a "personalized examination of conscience for each user"."Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," said Patrick Leinen of the three-man company Little iApps, based in South Bend, Indiana."Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI's message from last years' World Communications Address, our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly 'new media at the service of the word."Pope Benedict XVI's World Communications Address on January 24 emphasised the importance of a Christian presence in the digital world.They say the app is not designed to replace going to confession but to help Catholics through the act, which generally involves admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth.
Catholics must still must go to a priest for absolution.
Yawn, so much work being a believer...now back to Angry Birds...
Source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/07/us-technology-app-confessions-idUKTRE7165U420110207The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide Catholics through... more
1997 letter from the Vatican warned Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to policeA newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure with the potential to fuel more lawsuits worldwide against the Vatican, which has long denied any involvement in coverups.
The letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican's rejection of an Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests.
The letter's message undermines persistent Vatican claims that the church never instructed bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. Instead, the letter emphasizes the church's right to handle all child-abuse allegations and determine punishments in house rather than hand that power to civil authorities.
Catholic officials in Ireland declined requests for comment on the letter, which RTE said it received from an Irish bishop.
Child-abuse activists in Ireland said the 1997 letter should demonstrate, once and for all, that the protection of pedophile priests from criminal investigation was not only sanctioned by Vatican leaders but ordered by them. A key argument employed by the Vatican in defending dozens of lawsuits over clerical sex abuse in Canada and the United States is that it had no role in ordering local church authorities to suppress evidence of crimes.
"The letter is of huge international significance, because it shows that the Vatican's intention is to prevent reporting of abuse to criminal authorities," said Colm O'Gorman, director of the Irish chapter of human rights watchdog Amnesty International. "And if that instruction applied here, it applied everywhere."
To this day, the Vatican has yet to endorse any of the Irish church's three major policy documents since 1996 on reporting suspected child abuse to civil authorities. In his 2010 pastoral letter to the Irish people condemning pedophiles in the ranks, Pope Benedict XVI faulted Ireland's bishops for failing to follow canon law and offered no explicit endorsement of child-protection efforts by the Irish church or state.
Policy in place for years?
O'Gorman — who was raped repeatedly by an Irish priest when he was an altar boy and was among the first victims to speak out in the mid-1990s — said evidence is mounting that some Irish bishops continued to follow the 1997 Vatican instructions and withheld reports of crimes against children as recently as 2008.
A third major state-ordered investigation into Catholic abuse coverups, concerning the southwest Irish diocese of Cloyne, is expected to be published within the next few months.
Two state-commissioned reports published in 2009 unveiled decades of coverups of abuse involving tens of thousands of children since the 1930s.
Irish church leaders didn't begin telling police about suspected pedophile priests until the mid-1990s. In January 1996, Irish bishops published a groundbreaking policy document spelling out their newfound determination to report all suspected abuse cases to police.
But in the January 1997 letter seen Tuesday by the AP, the Vatican's diplomat in Ireland at the time, Archbishop Luciano Storero, told the bishops a senior church panel in Rome, the Congregation for the Clergy, had decided the Irish church's year-old policy of "mandatory" reporting of abuse claims conflicted with canon law.
Irish church told to follow 'canon law'
Storero emphasized in the letter that the Irish church's policy was not recognized by the Vatican and was "merely a study document." He said canon law, which required abuse allegations to be handled within the church, "must be meticulously followed."
Storero, who died in 2000, wrote, without elaborating, that mandatory reporting of child-abuse claims to police "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature."
He warned that bishops who followed the Irish child-protection policy and reported a priest's suspected crimes to police ran the risk of having their in-house punishments of the priest overturned by the Congregation for the Clergy.
The letter, originally obtained by the RTE religious affairs program Would You Believe? said the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome was pursuing "a global study" of sexual-abuse policies and would establish worldwide child-protection policies "at the appropriate time."
The Vatican's child-protection policies today remain in legal limbo. It currently advises bishops worldwide to report crimes to police only in a legally non-binding lay guide, but it does not mention this in the official legal document provided by another powerful church body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which continues to stress the secrecy of canon law.
The central message of Storero's letter was reported second-hand by two priests as part of Ireland's mammoth investigation into the 1975-2004 coverup of hundreds of child-abuse cases in the Dublin Archdiocese. The letter itself, marked "strictly confidential," has never been published before.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/01/18/vativan-letter-sex-abuse-ireland.html#ixzz1BSCY6mRJA newly revealed 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops... more
After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will end the Catholic Church's absolute ban on the use of condoms.
He will say that it is acceptable to use a prophylactic when the sole intention is to "reduce the risk of infection" from Aids.
While he will restate the Catholic Church's staunch objections to contraception because it believes it interferes with the creation of life, he will argue that using a condom to preserve life and avoid death can be a responsible act – even outside marriage.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/the-pope/8148899/Pope-approves-use-of-condoms-in-fight-against-Aids.htmlAfter decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will... more
The City with Too Many People - Four To A Hospital Bed and Living With The Dead (VIDEO) - The Daily BlenderThe Philippine capital is stretched to breaking point, with mothers four to a bed in maternity wards, primary schools with a thousand children in each year, and graveyards with no more room to bury the dead.The Philippine capital is stretched to breaking point, with mothers four to a bed in... more