A day after President Donald Trump drew outrage for posing in front of Washington DC's St. John's Episcopal Church holding a Bible, the Trumps posed for photos in front of a statue of Saint Pope John Paul II outside the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, a place of prayer for Catholics. The move was swiftly denounced by a top Catholic church official. Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said in a statement: “I find it baffling that and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree." Critics criticized the President the day before after police used
Supreme Court takes up case on gay foster parents – may lead to reevaluation of 30-year-old ruling that places general law over religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court agreed today to decide if laws against discrimination go too far and violate religious freedom. As part of the case, the court will consider overturning a 30-year-old ruling that says religious beliefs cannot override general laws even if those beliefs violate a person’s religious edict. The case centers around a Philadelphia lawsuit brought by Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns. In the lawsuit, Catholic Social Services argue that endorsing same-sex adoptions for children in their care violates its religious teachings about marriage between a man and woman. The case was lost in lower federal courts. On appeal, Philadelphia’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “religious belief will not excuse compliance with general civil rights laws.” The charity says no
Peter reveals Jesus is the Messiah and is given the keys to the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 16:13 – 16:20).
When Jesus arrived in the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on
Fallen religious leaders – when your faith is shaken by another, ask yourself – “Who’s really in charge?”.
“Satan has asked to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Luke 22:31 When a religious leader or anyone else you hold in high esteem falters, it is only natural to be disappointed, saddened, and hurt. But it is weak allow their faith to be shaken by the acts of someone else. The Bible is clear, not just that Satan lies, but that his deception is unparalleled. 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that he is capable of blinding others “to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel” while 2 Corinthians 11:13 adds that Satan often “disguises himself as an angel of light”. Christians should understand that Satan will try to worm his way to them in ways we cannot imagine. It’s not just
Pope Francis held nothing back in his speech to the U.S. Congress, challenging America to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants, join the campaign against global warming, and strive to bring about a fairer world economy. Below is the full transcript of Pope Francis's speech to Congress. A synopsis of key points follows the transcript. Full transcript of Pope Francis's speech Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Pope Francis's full address to Congress Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress urging lawmakers to take action on climate change, and sharing his views on the death penalty and immigration. (AP) Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think
Some Oklahoma City church leaders (and residents) are unhappy with the city for allowing a devil-worshiping group to use a public government building for a satanic black mass. On September 21, 2014, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu will hold a satanic black mass and a “reverse exorcism” in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. Tickets for the event have sold out. According to leaders, the ceremony will feature an altar-like table on which a woman clad in lingerie will lay. Leaders of the service say they would use obscene language while stamping and spitting on a unconsecrated communion wafer. The ritual will also feature a satanic exorcism, designed to banish the Holy Spirit from the follower's body. Organizers of the event amended their plans to
According to a U.N. human rights committee, the Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades. The committee urged the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes. The report, which took the Vatican by surprise in its harsh tone, puts renewed pressure on Pope Francis to move decisively on the abuse front and make good on pledges to create a Vatican commission to study sex abuse and recommend best practices to fight it. Critically, the committee rejected the Vatican's longstanding argument that it doesn't control bishops or their abusive priests, saying the Holy See was responsible for implementing the treaty not just in the Vatican City State but
With Huffington Post, we’ve seen this plenty of times before. Known for their outrageous smears of Christianity and a slanted pro-gay stance, this week Huffington Post publicized a book written by John Boswell, an “openly gay, Catholic historian and professor at Yale University”. The book is titled Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe and by Huffington Post’s sensationalist headline, “Ancient Christian Church Performed Gay Marriages?”, you’d think this was a new, hot-of-the-press, breakthrough publication. Alas, it is nothing more than Huffington Post pushing their anti-Christian/pro-homosexual agenda once again, this time via a 20-year-old book widely panned by critics as fictitious. The book that Huffington Post featured this week was published in 1994 by John Boswell, a Roman Catholic who converted from the Episcopal Church when he