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The Church Needs Honesty About Sexuality

The Church Needs Honesty About Sexuality

(Unsplash) COMMENTARY  |  JAN. 18, 2018 The Church Needs Honesty About Sexuality COMMENTARY: Are we willing to stand for the truth, or will we accommodate the lies surrounding sexuality that dominate our culture? BY R. Jared Staudt

The Church exists to lead us to happiness. Yet the world sees the Church as one of the primary obstacles to self-fulfillment. This conflict comes from two opposing views of what makes us happy. The Church points to self-giving love as the path (other-focused), while the world holds to the fulfillment of our desires (self-focused). The flashpoint of these opposing views centers on sexuality — either as a gift or an itch. And the battle has entered the Church.

When Jesus founded the Church, he gave us a blueprint of our mission: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). read more

Mormonism Isn’t Christian / Definition of Christianity

Mormonism Isn’t Christian / Definition of Christianity

 JANUARY 21, 2018 BY DAVE ARMSTRONG

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Mormonism denies the Trinity, which is essential to Christianity; therefore it is not Christian.

I’m not scared to say it, but then, I am an apologist, whose job is to say unpopular things, and note that someone or something is in error. We can’t say this in public now because it isn’t “PC” and is supposedly “bad form.” In Mormonism, man becomes God and God was once a man.

It’s a question of intellectual honesty. Mormonism is not Christian, by any stretch of the imagination, and in no conceivable, rational sense of what the word means, historically and confessionally and biblically. It just isn’t. We can’t pretend that it is by playing games. I detest the intellectual dishonesty of granting that it is Christian simply because Mormonism pretends that it is, in order to gain cultural and theological legitimacy. This only breeds more confusion and harms more souls who are ignorant of the truth of the matter and don’t know any better. And that’s not good. read more

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO 45TH MARCH FOR LIFE: SANCTITY OF LIFE, FAMILY FOUNDATION OF SOCIETY

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO 45TH MARCH FOR LIFE: SANCTITY OF LIFE, FAMILY FOUNDATION OF SOCIETY


by Trey Elmore  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 19, 2018

“This movement can only succeed with the heart, and the soul and the prayer of the people”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ChurchMilitant.com) – President Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting U.S. President to give a live-video address streamed from the White House Rose Garden to the annual March for Life. This year marks the 45th year that pro-life Americans have descended on the nation’s capital to give voice to the unborn. Coincidentally, Trump is the 45th president of the United States.

“We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society, but this movement can only succeed with the heart, and the soul and the prayer of the people.” read more

MARCH FOR LIFE 2018 MARKS 45 YEARS OF US ABORTION: Participants gather in Washington to mourn 60 million American dead

MARCH FOR LIFE 2018 MARKS 45 YEARS OF US ABORTION: Participants gather in Washington to mourn 60 million American dead

March For Life Marks 45 Years of US Abortion by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 19, 2018 WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – Hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims converged on the nation’s capital Friday for the world’s largest pro-life event.

The 2018 March for Life rally marked 45 years since Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.  

This year’s theme, “Love Saves Lives,” alluded to the heroism of self-sacrifice.

“Choosing life is not always easy,” organizers explained, “but it is the loving, empowering and self-sacrificial option.”

“Love is universally attractive because it is directed towards others,” they added. “Love is what we all strive for because deep-down we are all drawn to give of ourselves in this way. Love saves lives in countless ways.” read more

THE ONE TRUE FAITH REVISITED: EAT MY FLESH

THE ONE TRUE FAITH REVISITED: EAT MY FLESH

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 19, 2018

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Belief in Holy Communion is a universal deal breaker for Protestants as it was for Jews when they heard Our Lord directly teaching them on the Eucharist.

John 6:53, 67 recounts, “The Jews on that account argued with one another, saying, ‘How can this man give us His flesh to eat?’ … From this time, many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with Him.”

Father John Hardon affirms that rejection of the Eucharist is one thing that unites all Protestants. “Of all the definitions that anyone could come up with for Protestantism, that one is the most accurate: those self-professed Christians who reject the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.” read more

GAY COUPLE SUES AFTER RECEIVING CATHOLIC PAMPHLETS

GAY COUPLE SUES AFTER RECEIVING CATHOLIC PAMPHLETS

Gay Couple Sues After Receiving Catholic Pamphlets by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 18, 2018

Ordered “wedding” brochures online, claim they received Catholic leaflets instead

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – A gay couple ordered programs for their same-sex “marriage” from VistaPrint; but when they received a stack of Catholic pamphlets instead, they were horrified. They are now filing a federal lawsuit.

For their same-sex “wedding” ceremony in September last year, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg purchased 100 custom wedding programs.

The night before the ceremony, the men received a box from VistaPrint in the mail. They opened the box, expecting to see their “wedding” programs. Instead, they found 80 copies of a Catholic pamphlet about the battle against temptation.

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It is unclear how the pamphlets ended up at their address. Some suspect it was just a shipping error on the part of VistaPrint. But earlier this week, Heasley and Borg filed a lawsuit against VistaPrint, accusing the company of discriminating against gays. read more

‘Deep sedation’ is ‘masked’ euthanasia, warns Catholic academic Roberto de Mattei after death of Italian actress

‘Deep sedation’ is ‘masked’ euthanasia, warns Catholic academic Roberto de Mattei after death of Italian actress

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By Lianne Laurence Follow Lianne, Jan 17, 2018 – 4:10 pm EST

ITALY, January 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In the wake of a high-profile death of an Italian actress and writer earlier this month, Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei is warning that “deep sedation” is a “masked form” of euthanasia, where a doctor deliberately kills a patient.

Media personality Marina Ripa di Meana died at home by deep sedation on January 5 at age 76, but not before a two-and-a-half minute video she produced explaining her decision was broadcast on Italian television. Ripa di Meana, who suffered from cancer for 16 years, did not shy away from speaking about her treatments and afflictions, or appearing in public ravaged by the disease. read more

The Story of a Convert from Islam to the Catholic Faith

The Story of a Convert from Islam to the Catholic Faith

 JANUARY 15, 2018 BY MARK SHEA

…via G.K. Chesterton. What’s not to love?

I first learned of G.K. Chesterton in 2007, while contemplating whether I should be baptized as a Christian.

My year between leaving Islam and being baptized as a Christian had rendered me spiritually rudderless.  I had subscribed to the view that all religions were equally useless.  At the time I was working in a marketing company, under a boss who helped me to realize that evil really does, in fact, exist.  There are some among us who lie, to ourselves and to others, so routinely that all bearing of truth gets lost, and the most fitting description for such a state is evil.  My life had become something of a mess in the other few aspects as well.  I was depressed and eager for some sort of a fresh start.  For the first time in my life, I was willing to lend an ear to the Gospel message, to consider what life would be like as a born again. read more

Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

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.- A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early as age 13.

The study was released today by St. Mary’s Press and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA).

Of those who left the Catholic Church, the median age for doing so was 13 years old, the study found. Seventy-four percent of the 214 former Catholics interviewed said that they decided to leave the Church between the ages of 10 and 20. read more

President Donald Trump admin creates office to ‘protect’ doctors’ consciences who refuse to do abortion

President Donald Trump admin creates office to ‘protect’ doctors’ consciences who refuse to do abortion

By Lisa Bourne, Follow Lisa, Jan 18, 2018 – 1:57 pm EST

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established today a new division within HHS’s civil rights office to enforce conscience protection and religious freedom for healthcare workers.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) this morning. read more