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September 23 2018 By dvirtue Church of Scotland Moderator blames excessive safeguarding for the rise in suicide and self-harm among young people

If you are continually told you can achieve whatever goals you set yourself, how prepared are you for those times when failure hits?

What does it do to your self-esteem and your self-confidence when you are not able to reach the goals you yourself have set and everyone has told you are within your grasp?

What happens when you constantly come up against others who are better than you are or are far more successful?

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September 23 2018 By dvirtue CENTRAL FLORIDA: RIP: St. David's -- Lakeland (1953-2018)

I have ties to St. David's and it is painful to see those ties severed and reduced to memories. As I get older, ties to the past -- my girlhood -- keep getting cut, many times through death. The death of parents, the death of friends, the death of a church.

When I was a child, my father owned a nursing home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin -- Mueller Nursing Home. In part, I grew up there.

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September 19 2018 By dvirtue UK: Woman Bishop sets out to Castrate God in the name of Equality

The "mind your language" bishop, oddly enough, hasn't yet objected to the masculine nomenclature of the House of "Lords" or to the masculine form of "bishop" -- she threw her miter at me after I called her a "bishopess". Of course, she believes bubble-gum popping tweens and teens will come flooding into the Church of England if we stopped calling God by his preferred choice of pronoun.

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September 18 2018 By dvirtue 'BORN GAY' IS DEAD

In the 1960s, American singer Anita Bryant campaigned against homosexuality, saying that gay people are made, not born, and that they had to recruit youngsters in order to maintain their numbers. This frightened the heterosexual community, and gay people in turn felt under threat.

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September 16 2018 By dvirtue "It is not the job of the Church to make the poor poorer, and lead them to hell. Time to turn round Archbishop."

The unique rules He gave them to live by, and the unique prophetic voices he sent them as correctives, attracted both jealousy and admiration.

But the aim was always going to be to get them ready to recognise the appearance holiness, and in particular the appearance of holiness in human form, Jesus.

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September 15 2018 By dvirtue Former gay man: Christ's cross has power to purge Church of homosexual corruption

Our discussions about homosexuality have camouflaged the truth

When it comes to discussions about the origins of same-sex attraction in people's lives, only two possibilities are considered: Homosexuals are either 'born that way,' or we are that way because of some anomaly in our upbringing.

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September 14 2018 By dvirtue LONG ISLAND, NY: Catholic Priest Reflects on his Church's Betrayal of the Faith

You see, I made my First Holy Communion at the age of seven, in May, 1967. It was the great Springtime of Renewal in the wake of Vatican II. I then proceeded to watch the dissolution of the Church, a spectacle which is still going on. So much of the way we were taught -- right through seminary to ordination -- was focused on reacting against the traditional ways of the pre-conciliar Church, and emphasizing how much better things were since The Council.

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September 12 2018 By dvirtue All Jayne Ozanne needs is "Just Love" and the gospel of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

The vastly improved vision of the de-convert is not a description of spiritual growth or theological depth. Rather, the person who now sees "even clearer" complains of a spiritual cataract that distorted their vision when they first claimed to be able to see. Through the process of de-conversion, the person has undergone a radical spiritual surgery and has excised the intrusive body -- the cyst in the eye.

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September 05 2018 By dvirtue The Biblical Guide to Reporting

The editor scowled and said, "So what makes you think that a Christian can be a good journalist?"

He emphasized "Christian" as if it was some kind of slur.

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September 03 2018 By dvirtue It's time for the Church to have a spring-clean

Sadly, his etymological Greek was not good, so when he looked up Paediatricians in the Yellow Pages, he reckoned he had rooted out a member of a child-abusing sex gang and acted accordingly. He vandalised her house. He spray painted "PEDO" across her front walls.

Pope Francis' visit to Ireland last weekend was also overshadowed by a sex scandal. But rather like the vigilante in Wales, not everyone in the media grasped what had actually been alleged.

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