Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 AM
Will Catholic Teaching on Marriage Change
Gerhard Cardinal Müller, First Things
The following is an excerpt from The Hope of the Family, a booklength interview with Gerhard Cardinal Müller, forthcoming from Ignatius Press.
When Catholic schools close, poor communities suffer (and crime goes up)
Michael McShane, AEI Ideas
For decades, research on Catholic schools has almost exclusively examined their academic effects. It has been conducted by social science luminaries like James Coleman and Tony Bryk and scales have almost universally tipped in the favor of Catholic schools, particularly when they are compared to traditional public schools in the neighborhood they often inhabit.
Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me – and Our Children
Janna Darnelle, Public Discourse
The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. We must stand for marriage—and for the precious lives that marriage creates.
Inmate sues prison for not allowing him to worship Satan
A state prison inmate says New Mexico correction officials aren’t allowing him to practice his religion and properly worship Satan behind bars.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 AM
Faithful Unto Death
Timothy George, First Things
We do not know exactly when the Christian faith first came to Smyrna. Most likely it was through the preaching of the Apostle Paul during his two-year ministry in Ephesus. Polycarp never knew Paul, but he did know his writings and quoted them often.
The Selfishness of ‘Free Love’
Pete Jermann, The Imaginative Conservative
To an alien traveler just sauntered in from a far distant part of the universe, it would be quite clear that our two speakers above were not talking about the same thing. In fact, it would be quite reasonable for our peripatetic alien to believe that Mr. Lightfoot and St. Paul were talking about two completely opposite things.
Is Divorce Equivalent to Homosexuality?
Russell Moore, Moore to the Point
Couples divorce, sometimes remarry others, and yet are welcomed within the congregation. We don’t necessarily affirm this as good, but we receive these people with mercy and grace. Why not, the argument goes, do the same with homosexuality.
The Family, A Seedbed of Vocations
Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine
Above all else, it is the family that must manifest a fervent commitment to creating and fostering a culture of vocation. This commitment begins in the home and extends and radiates outward impacting the various small communities in which families are involved—parishes, clubs, and schools, for example.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 10:00 AM
Demons Believe and Tremble before the Real Presence
Msgr. Charles Pope, Aleteia
A reflection on the theft of the eucharist by satanists.
Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries
Conrad Hackett and Joseph Naylor, Pew Research Center
While Christians and Muslims are more widely distributed around the world, the other groups have a majority of their populations in just one or two nations, according to 2010 estimates from our Global Religious Landscape report.
100 Christians, Including Children, Arrested During Major House Church Raid in China
Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post
Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China’s Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country.
Plan to send 300,000 new Bibles into Iran
Hugh Tomlinson, The Times
A new Persian translation of the Bible will be smuggled into Iran to feed a growing Christian community in the Islamic republic, defying a campaign of persecution by Tehran.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Death of Thomas Cranmer
Nathan Busenitz, The Cripplegate
Four hundred fifty eight years ago, a crowd of curious spectators packed University Church in Oxford, England. They were there to witness the public recantation of one of the most well-known English Reformers, a man named Thomas Cranmer.
Women religious fight human trafficking
Michael O’Loughlin, Crux
They traverse an “underground railroad” system as they make their escape from their captors. They stay in safe houses, scattered across the country to hide and protect them.
Modern Attitudes Toward Marriage Lead to Loneliness
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine
Two stories last week (one amusing and one sobering) provided material for (gloomy) reflection on love and marriage in the modern world.
Fight Church: Can You Love Your Neighbor While Pummeling Him?
Patrice Stilley, The Federalist
Among the thorny theological questions that divide men, one that hasn’t been much considered is “Can you love your neighbor as yourself, and at the same time, knee him in the face as hard as you can?” In fact, that very question is posed by one of the subjects of Fight Church, the new Lionsgate documentary by Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel, that follows the fights and faith journeys of a more than a half dozen mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in and out of the ring.
Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:00 AM
Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel
Religion News Service
When an Episcopal chaplain at Yale University seemed to suggest that Jews were culpable for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and a related rise in global anti-Semitism, his comments not only led to his resignation but rekindled a debate within mainline Protestant churches about how to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Are We Catholics First or Americans First?
Heather King, Aleteia
The law of the land and the Higher Law.
How Obamacare Forces You to Subsidize Plans That Cover Elective Abortion
Sarah Torre, The Daily Signal
Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms that’s just another broken promise. Here are three things you need to know about abortion and Obamacare.
Satanists want to give out materials in Orange schools
Lauren Roth, Orlando Sentinel
A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 AM
A Tale of Two Churches
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Aleteia
What happens when the State establishes itself as a rival religion through administrative coercion?
The Arab Christian Dilemma
Luma Simms, The Federalist
Arab Christians perceive themselves as caught between radical Islam on one side and Israel on the other. I know. I am one.
Christianity Is Not Going Away
Mark Tooley, On Faith
Over the last decade, ostensibly secular New York City has seen increased church attendance and increased numbers of “born-again” believers.
We’re Winning the War on Global Hunger
Joe Carter, Acton Institute
One of the most underreported stories of the last decade is about good news: we’re winning the struggle against chronic hunger around the globe.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Might of Moral Obligation
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
The invisible and extremely mysterious activity of the hidden God in the Book of Esther is profitably contrasted to His clear, open, and miraculous intrusions into history in the Book of Daniel.
Finding Hope: Protecting Religious Freedom In Prison
Elise Hilton, Acton Institute
“Prison is a hopeless place.” That’s how one former inmate describes it. What can give hope? The freedom to practice one’s faith, even behind bars and barbed wire.
San Francisco Moves to Enshrine Right to Sex-Selective Abortions
Rachel Lu, Aleteia
The city takes a stand against bans on sex-selective abortions—even though the practice is still legal in California and 41 other states.
Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis
Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:00 AM
The New Progressive Argument: For Kids, Marriage Per Se Doesn’t Matter
W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies
Can the salutary effects of an intact, married family for kids be achieved without the marriage? Not likely.
The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
Elizabeth Gerhardt, Christianity Today
What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.
A Tale of Two Churches
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.,
Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles.
Incest and Pornography: More Similar Than We Think
Christopher O. Tollefsen , Public Discourse
Although we uphold the cultural taboo on incest, we accept something with precisely the same negative effect on integrity, marriage, and family: pornography.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 AM
The Church’s Unique Gift
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute
Christ’s greatest gift to the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit; this gift is, moreover, original, unique, and exclusive.
Update on the Ministers’ Housing Allowance
Thom S. Rainer
Will the housing allowance for ministers still be available in the near future? Though we can never predict a court ruling with certainty, there are indicators that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will dismiss the case that is attempting to eliminate housing allowances completely. Simply stated, there seems to be a good probability that ministers will be able to continue to take the benefits of the housing allowance.
The Coming Reformation of Black Churches
Thabiti Anyabwile, The Front Porch
I think we’re beginning to ride a spiritual wave that will wash over African-American communities and churches. There’s a reformation (or, if you prefer, a revival) on the way. I think it’ll crash against the banks of Black life with the tidal force of a tsunami.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Prompts A Deeper Look at Stem Cell Research
Gene Tarne, Aleteia
You’d be amazed at the progress to date in treating patients using adult stem cells vs. nada from embryonic.
Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:00 AM
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World May Be in Beginnings of World War III, Pope Suggests
Praying for war dead at Italian WWI Memorial, Francis condemns apathy toward ongoing conflict.
Surprise! One of the Church’s family issues is polygamy
John L. Allen Jr., Crux
Discussion of polygamy is likely to surface at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in the Vatican, and could be a factor in the politics of an expected debate over whether the church’s ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion ought to be revised.
The elderly, infertility: Any similarity to same-sex couples?
Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker, Baptist Press
The argument goes something like this: If marriage is predicated on the possibility of children springing forth from sexual unions, those who cannot procreate — such as the elderly or infertile couples, not just same-sex couples — should not be allowed to marry. Such an argument, however, sidesteps the underlying principles of marriage’s intrinsic purposes.
She Announced Her Pregnancy Way Before 12 Weeks. Why More Women Should Consider Doing the Same.
Ericka Andersen, The Daily Signal
Fans of the hit TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” were excited to watch daughter Jill Duggar get married in June–but they weren’t expecting to hear she was pregnant just two months later.
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