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Diversity is Not a Catholic Value
by Wolfgang Grassl
December 1, 2013
Genuine diversity is represented by Middle Eastern archbishops and patriarchs attending a synod of bishops at the Vatican in October 2010.
Diversity is a modern shibboleth. It has long become the secular creed of the United States, and in no area is it celebrated as religiously as in academia, mostly as a substitute for true religion. It has now finally invaded universities that by name are still Catholic. Under the pretext of diversity, proponents engage in a frantic drive to replace the traditional curriculum with "ethnic" or women's or "gender" studies; they observe Kwanzaa; they "include" homosexual students and faculty; and they cultivate their self-defined cultural and other "identities."
A veritable cottage industry has sprung up, with diversity "studies," diversity advisors, recruitment programs for "diverse" students, sensitivity training to overcome the "essentializing" and "homophobic" tendencies of all males, and many more delights of this sort. Every academic around the country can easily add examples. I certainly can from years of experience at a college that still identifies itself as Catholic yet remains practically indifferent to the deposit of faith, the teachings of the Church, and the Catholic ethos.
Pope's Exhortation to Church and World
By Mike McManus
December 4, 2013
Pope Francis has issued his first apostolic Exhortation, a 224-page blueprint to jolt the church out of its complacency by enlisting all Catholics in two tasks: to evangelize the world and serve the poor.
"I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," he wrote in a document called "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel).
The task he has assigned to the church is monumental. At one level it is to attack consumerism or what he calls "the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures and a blunted conscience."
However, the far larger task is to restructure an economy characterized by a "survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed on the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without possibilities, without any means of escape."
A Hindu Monk and a Baptist Preacher got married...
by Jeff Gissing
November 29, 2013
Rev. J. Dana Trent and husband Fred Eaker (photo credit: Saffron Cross)
About one in four Americans (27%) is intentionally sharing their married life with someone whose religious belief system is different from their own. If difference within traditions like Protestantism is included, the number jumps to 37%. This emerging trend is consistent with the generally agreed-upon trajectory of our culture. We are moving into a period of intense plurality. Difference-in all its forms-is pushing its way into the lives, churches, schools, and neighborhoods of Americans.
As people face these new experiences they often look for resources to help them navigate their new reality. This has produced what the Huffington Post calls a "mini-boom of guides to interfaith marriage and family." A case in point is J. Dana Trent's recently released book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk.
Karen Armstrong's 9/11 British Empire Blowback Thesis
by Andrew Harrod
November 28, 2013
"We did this," popular British religion writer Karen Armstrong said in a November 21, 2013, keynote address at Georgetown University in reference to her country's imperial history and Al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Speaking to Georgetown's Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) Armstrong clearly showed with bizarre, anti-Western self-accusatory explanations for jihadist violence how "I like to turn the finger against myself first."
"We have all done terrible things," Armstrong stated at ACMCU's 20th anniversary conference on "Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities." Armstrong in particular was "very conscious as a person of the British Empire" about how "we are all implicated" in problems afflicting Muslims globally. Armstrong referenced Anglo-French involvement during World War I in determining Middle Eastern borders and Pakistan's "almost impossible" borders derived from Indian partition in 1947. Armstrong also considered "our Palestinian mess" as a British sin inciting Muslim violence today.
LONDON: Britain's public health chief warns of catastrophic global gay HIV epidemic
Fenton laid the blame for the epidemic squarely on the two most obvious characteristics of homosexual sex: anal intercourse and promiscuity
By Thaddeus Baklinski
November 25, 2013
The UK's National Director of Health and Wellbeing warns that there is an increasing and potentially catastrophic HIV epidemic in homosexual men in every part of the world.
Speaking at the British HIV Association's Autumn Conference earlier this month, Professor Kevin Fenton said that despite an increasing number of tools to combat HIV infection, the incidence and prevalence of the disease in MSM (men who have sex with men) is increasing rather than decreasing globally.
Supreme Court Upholds Texas Abortion Law
By Mike McManus
November 21, 2013
Pro-life advocates won a major victory at the Supreme Court this week when it refused to block a Texas law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. Result: 12 of Texas' 36 abortion clinics closed.
However, pro-lifers lost a nationally unprecedented election in Albuquerque to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy by a 55% to 45% vote. They were outspent 4-1 by pro-abortion supporters. Ironically, the Texas law passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Perry - also limits abortion to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Left's Midas Touch
Everything leftists control turns to rubble
By Dennis Prager
November 19, 2013
Detroit declined for decades under Democratic leadership.
The Midas Touch is named for the mythical Greek king Midas, who is said to have been able to turn everything he touched into gold.
The Left has the opposite ability: to turn virtually everything it touches into rubble. Sometimes it happens quickly; sometimes it takes generations. But it is inevitable.
Almost the only time this is not true is when the Left takes a position that is shared by non-leftists. But whatever the Left transforms in its direction is damaged, and often destroyed.
Name the institution or the value transformed by the Left, and that institution or value is ruined.
Here is a partial list:
Obama Administration Puts a Price Tag on Your Religious Freedom
By Matthew Clark
Nov. 15, 2013
Can you put a price on religious liberty?
Apparently the Obama administration has.
If you value your faith; if you are one of the millions of Americans who believe that abortion pills cause the destruction of innocent, God-given human life; if you are an employer who believes that being forced to pay for others' abortion pills is morally reprehensible, the Obama administration wants you to pay a dramatically steep price for your religious liberty.
The penalty for failure to abide by the Obamacare HHS abortion-pill mandate is an astounding $36,500 a year.
Refusal to violate your faith will cost you.
When You Are Invited to a Same-Sex Wedding ...
By John Rankin
November 18, 2013
I have been asked a number of times by fellow Christians: How do I respond when a family member or friend invites me to his or her same-sex wedding ceremony? These are people we love, yet how can we affirm what we do not believe in? Here is a sample letter I recently developed (in the singular case that can be made plural as need be). I am seeking a) to be clear in terms of biblical conviction about human sexuality, and b) hospitable to the humanity of those with whom we disagree. The truth is, that in time, hospitality always wins out over rejection.
As well, and this is key, we give hospitality on the terms of the Gospel, which is open to all people (e.g., Matthew 11:28 where Jesus says: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest"). But we do not participate in receiving a hospitality that requires us to compromise our convictions. The truth is, also, that the invitation of the Gospel touches eternity in the hearts of people; whereas an invitation to a same-sex marriage wedding serves only a fading and broken hope. Feel free to send this along to others, and I am glad for your input.
Objects of Extreme Hate: Ex-Homosexuals
By BILL MUEHLENBERG
Nov. 14, 2013
That the militant homosexual lobby is expert at hatred and spewing forth venomous bile at anyone who dares to differ is of course well known, and has been amply documented here hundreds of times. But the great focus of their rage and hatred is on those who dare to leave the homosexual lifestyle. That is the really big taboo.
They absolutely hate it when a homosexual is set free from this deadly and dead-end lifestyle. Of course the reason for this is obvious: it derails their entire false premise that this is a condition one is born with and is completely unalterable. The fact that so many have fully left the homosexual lifestyle obviously gives lie to the myth that homosexuals cannot change.
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