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What the Secular Media
Doesn´t Know about Pope Francis

American Thinker, by Alicia Colon

Original Article

Posted By:tinnyanko, 9/22/2013 7:18:33 AM

In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.

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OMG. Unbelievably fascinating

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 9/22/2013 7:29:00 AM     (No. 9531435)

Thanks OP for posting this.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texpub, 9/22/2013 7:37:49 AM     (No. 9531444)

A perfect article to read first thing Sunday morning. It is what we Catholics believe even without scientific evidence. We believe it to be true based on Faith. What an interesting read!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: STLstudent, 9/22/2013 7:41:04 AM     (No. 9531448)

Most of the article has little to do with the Pope´s theology nor does it address his non-orthodox recent statements.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lanika, 9/22/2013 7:47:31 AM     (No. 9531455)

Unbelievable. No it does not have anythig to do with the Pope´s recent statements. That makes it even more interesting to everybody

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tennisbum, 9/22/2013 7:48:42 AM     (No. 9531456)

Lots of media hype and wishful thinking. The Pope is Catholic not Episcopalian so don´t get your hopes up.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fledrmaus, 9/22/2013 7:53:22 AM     (No. 9531461)

FTA - "I certainly would find investigation of this 1996 discovery more interesting than whether the Pope is a radical liberal."

Well, I wouldn´t. I think the question of whether the Pope is a radical liberal is far more pressing than some dime-a-dozen miraculous tall tale. The Church is swarming with those, and the fact that it´s taken no steps to officially approve it tells me all I need to know. One more Medjugorje is not big news.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncssister, 9/22/2013 8:04:21 AM     (No. 9531476)

Thank you so much for posting this OP! I´m a lifelong Catholic and Catholic school grad an I have never heard of such a thing. Incredible! We are headed to mass shortly, what a thing this is to think about today.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/22/2013 8:28:56 AM     (No. 9531490)

I heard about this just a few months ago - it was mentioned during a homily on the real presence.

For more info - there´s a website: therealpresence dot org.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/22/2013 8:47:41 AM     (No. 9531509)

Miracles aside, there´s an article online entitled "The Parable of the Papal Interview" that compares the interview with the Parable of the Sower and the Seed.

Some of words of the interview fell on the media who could not understand the context.

It was written by Joanne McPortland on Patheos if you are interested in reading it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 9/22/2013 9:23:26 AM     (No. 9531554)

first i´ve heard of this..
funny that the MSM has never even MENTIONED this..


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Reply 11 - Posted by: flowerlady, 9/22/2013 9:24:23 AM     (No. 9531557)

This is very interesting to me! I just became Catholic last Easter. I will share this article tomorrow night in my RCIA class. Heading to Mass this morning, this will give me lots to think about. Thank you for posting the article.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Gretchen, 9/22/2013 9:24:34 AM     (No. 9531558)

This is not one of Alicia´s best articles. First, she is using a possible Eucharistic miracle to divert us from discussing the Pope´s surprising interview. That is a sleight of hand trick done by leftists as a matter of course. Not good. Second, the question arises, Is she trying to tie Pope Francis to this miracle, as if it somehow has something to do with him? Badly done.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: smcchk, 9/22/2013 9:24:43 AM     (No. 9531559)

Amazing!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: nvr4get911, 9/22/2013 9:27:22 AM     (No. 9531564)

Not a Catholic so I found this article fascinating. We obsess about UFO´s and aliens and there´s this inexplicable event that includes the Pope and modern forensics. It´s not dime a dozen at all. Did some more checking on Net and wonder whether it´s all coming out now because we´re in such bad moral shape

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Reply 15 - Posted by: abuela10, 9/22/2013 9:37:40 AM     (No. 9531576)

I don´t think it´s Alicia´s job to write about theology on a secular site. She is not saying that the Pope is responsible for miracle but that the media ignores facts because liberal bias. I sense anti-papist trolls on this tread

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/22/2013 10:00:32 AM     (No. 9531605)

#15 ~ being an anti-papist doesn´t make you a troll ~ sometimes it simply means you are probably a Calvinist or maybe any one of the various heads of churches in the East we refer to as Orthodox!

The best way to deal with Francis is probably to recognize that he was a worker in the field (Latin America), and he´s undoubtedly well-versed in the politics, culture and meaningful discussions in that part of the world ~ then recognize that growing up as an Italian-Argentinian under a variety of fascist dictatorships doesn´t really turn you into an Italian-Italian, and certainly not an Episcopalean.

For example, NATO probably never entered into a single thought in his entire life ~ until now. Still waiting on what he has to say about that defense organization! Bet it´s a doozy.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 9/22/2013 10:19:06 AM     (No. 9531633)

Using a miracle to divert from the issue of the Pope selling out the truth of the Word to make it fit his own agenda is smoke and mirrors. The antichrist will do miracles, not calling the Pope the antichrist, I´m just making a point. This Pope has an agenda inline with the NWO bunch. I would take off my blind loyalty to Catholicism hat and exchange it for a love of truth above all things hat. In Matthew 24, Jesus warns us about deception, not once but three times in the same passage. And in Romans 1 we are warned what happens if we exchange the truth for a lie. Wiser not to follow any man, but rather follow truth.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: GeelaBeela828, 9/22/2013 10:21:54 AM     (No. 9531640)

I pray that everyone who reads this article quietly considers how much God yearns for our attention and invites us to His Church.

Why else would He give us this miraculous evidence were it not for His great love?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/22/2013 10:23:15 AM     (No. 9531647)

#3

I add this is the traditions of men Christ warned of.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/22/2013 10:25:40 AM     (No. 9531653)

I have known of the doctrine of transubstantiation my entire life, but have never given it much thought until now. Of course, our protestant belief is the eucharist represents Christ´s sacrifice. I want to know more.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/22/2013 10:54:59 AM     (No. 9531694)

Recall briefly that much before the 1500s everybody was a Catholic in the West. I can trace back to two popes, three anti-popes, and a wide variety of folks who were Huguenots who sought union of Brittany with Spain (of all places).

All is not as straightforward as we might imagine it to be. Catholics are good folks as are Protestants.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 9/22/2013 10:55:54 AM     (No. 9531695)

It is the Spirit which gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words I [Jesus] speak to you, they are spirit and they are life.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lawabidingcitizen, 9/22/2013 11:00:37 AM     (No. 9531702)

#12 nails it. Jesuits are lefties and the reason much of South America is socialist has to do with the predominance of that order there. He was chosen pope for that reason. This isn´t a secret. It´s a well known fact. Of course, this doesn´t mean he will endorse all the left´s nonsense, same sex marriage, abortion, corn fed cars, etc., but it´s a start. Remember they play the long game.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/22/2013 11:05:57 AM     (No. 9531710)

Meanwhile in the greater scope of religious subjects, Muslims are killing Christians in record numbers all over the world. They even hate each other. Pope Francis seems a good man.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/22/2013 11:24:22 AM     (No. 9531743)

I just wrote a long skeptical post about this article, but my browser had the good sense to crash itself before I hit "post." I can take a hint. Instead, for the delightful Alicia and all our Catholic friends on Lucianne.com, I offer this:

He said to them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together." (Luke 37:17).

Have a blessed Sunday, everyone.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: M2, 9/22/2013 11:36:47 AM     (No. 9531763)

Why so hostile, #6? "Miraculous tall tale" is a bit over the top even for a secular humanist.

Miracles do exist. They happen every day, and you can find them if your radar is on. Secular humanists don´t have that radar and so they deny the existence of the supernatural.

I don´t know if this heart miracle is a hoax or not, but I do know of other events that have happened that are simply outside scientific examination.

Our five senses and our scientific technology have not registered activity beyond their limitations. Ask any dog and it will tell you that human beings are limited in what they can experience.

The realm of the supernatural is not accessible to those God chooses to hide it from.

As for the Pope and his liberalism, I don´t think he´s about to go Marxist on his Church.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: dst4life, 9/22/2013 12:25:32 PM     (No. 9531835)

Male. AB positive = universal recipient.

Could this be the blood of Our Lord?!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Fledrmaus, 9/22/2013 12:46:36 PM     (No. 9531872)

I do believe in miracles. But the Church hasn´t authenticated this event as one, and so I´m not obliged to give it any credence. There are good reasons for the lengthy procedures and rules of evidence developed over the centuries to declare something a miracle. Every year there are stories about Jesus´s face appearing in a taco or on a cracked cement floor; the ignorant come flocking to witness the "miracle" and are easy pickings for con artists. When people are ripped off or made fools of, it damages their faith, and it damages the Church in the eyes of the world. And like #12 I dislike the author´s implicit linking of Bergoglio with this "miracle", as if it somehow reflects well on him. There´s altogether too much giddy fan-worship of the man which I don´t share in the slightest; I do get hostile if his boosters are upping the ante to suggest he´s now some sort of miracle-worker.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: busterman, 9/22/2013 12:47:59 PM     (No. 9531878)

Walking by Faith here. No need to witness or believe in such things for me to believe in, or have a personal relationship with, God.

Also not interested in ´miracles´ performed by humans (i.e.: Pope, preachers, evangelists, others).

I do believe miracles happen every day and they are performed by God. Perhaps he uses someone to work through, but they don´t make the miracle happen.

True Christians pay no heed to this story. If it´s true, it doesn´t matter. If it´s false, it doesn´t matter either.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 9/22/2013 1:32:16 PM     (No. 9531924)

In May, 2008, an Islamic scholar in Skokie, IL, saw squirrels knock a piece of bark off a tree. He picked it up and on the back side saw the word "Mohammed" carved by insects. (Source: Chicago Tribune). In July, 2008, a statue of Shirdi Sai Baba, an Indian yoga guru from the 19th Century revered by Moslems and Hindus alike, suddenly opened its eye. (Source: Share International, 11/28) Thousands of people claim to have seen rays of light emanating from statues of Buddha in Sri Lanka. (Source: Agence France-Presse. The point is -- such phenomena is not restricted to Christian, let alone R.C. doctrine. As the world skids to its end, Jesus says that more and more of these things will occur as the devil desperately tries to round up all he can before the End: "23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect."(Matthew 24:23-24). St. Paul reminds us not to seek signs or "wisdom" but rather focus on Christ crucified. (I Corinthians 1:23-24). What these "miracles" can do for us is to remind us that Christ´s words are true. And as people go running off claiming to see Christ in a potato chip or a Communion wafer or a seashell, they are fulfilling prophecy that the world is soon to end; an admonition to us to "examine ourselves to see if our faith is genuine."(2 Corinthians 13:5)



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Reply 31 - Posted by: abuela10, 9/22/2013 1:42:57 PM     (No. 9531929)

Nowhere in this article does the author try and link the Pope as responsible for doing anything other then documenting it as he should have. It is merely informative so why complain about that? I´ve done additional research which shows that testing on the shroud and other relics show the same DNA. Note that the church is not pushing any ´miracle´ It takes forever because it´s till a matter of faith alone.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 9/22/2013 4:24:32 PM     (No. 9532057)

My trust is in God. I am still trying to understand Pope Francis. I know better than to trust the Jesuits but Pope Francis apparently did too. We shall see.

In the meantime this video sheds much needed light on certain alliances and helped me to understand a few things I found confounding:

The Catholic Church...plus Alinsky..and Bernadine...and Notre Dame...gave us Obama.
Now it makes sense... And we need to fight this evil..yes evil.


http://patdollard.com/2013/01/this-is-nasty-business-the-cchd-and-saul-alinsky/

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Reply 33 - Posted by: toledo, 9/22/2013 4:39:17 PM     (No. 9532069)

Oh brother

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 9/22/2013 5:32:04 PM     (No. 9532136)

This is interesting, but I don´t know what to make of it.

I do know that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is revered by Catholics, especially those of Latino extraction.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/22/2013 5:41:26 PM     (No. 9532148)

#11 - welcome home!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: jlw509, 9/22/2013 5:51:05 PM     (No. 9532159)

To bring the discussion back to PF1: did anybody here actually read the 12,000 word interview?

The full text can be found in the U.S. publication American Magazine (www.americamagazine.org) and in the UK based online journal Thnking Faith (www.thinkingfaith.org)

It´s profound, warm, and beautiful: I didn´t think there´s anything in it that an Evangelical Christian couldn´t enthusiastically endorse or at least understand favorably; and there´s plenty there to challenge left and right alike.

It glorifies Jesus Christ and radiates goodwill toward people of goodwill whomever they may be.

The liberal media have done their usual cultural vandalism on it: select, discard, crop, and frame. If you real the whole thing I assure you it will be well worth your time.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 9/22/2013 5:52:10 PM     (No. 9532160)

#11 – Welcome home to the Mother Church.

Over the last two millennium there have been scores of Eucharistic miracles that have been preserved and are still in existence today, with Lanciano being the most famous. Many of those from the early centuries (including Lanciano) have had modern testing done. All of these miracles have in common the AB positive blood type, confirmation of heart tissue, and the male identity. If any or all were hoaxes, how could miraculous Eucharistic wafers from the 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, and now 21st, centuries all carry the same scientific markers when the purported “hoaxers” had no knowledge of such things? How can centuries old human blood and tissue still be in existence without modern preservation?

The Catholic Eucharist IS the Body and Blood of Christ. Our Lord, in His mercy, effects these miracles for the benefit of the faithful. Pope Francis, in this instance as the presiding bishop, oversaw the investigation. Ms. Colon is very clear about that and in no way even infers that the miracle was brought about through him.

I have taught adult converts in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for nine years and I always teach about the historic miracles of His True Presence. Too see the glowing faces of converts upon reception of their First Holy Communion is the greatest blessing of my life.
cont.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 9/22/2013 5:52:58 PM     (No. 9532161)

cont.
As to whether or not Pope Francis is an agent of the New World Order and communistic ideology is yet to be proved. Read his own words in context to discern for yourself. One example that has been cited by critics (although not on this thread) is Pope Francis’ statement that a person who does not believe in God can still enter Heaven. This is true. There are many who belong to Christ who do not necessarily belong to the Church. For example: What of those persons who do not ever hear the Gospel or even the name of Jesus? What if they live as good, thoughtful, kind and generous people from their own conscience? Would they not be welcome by Our Lord? Prior to Vatican II critics lambasted the Church for the teaching that only the Baptized could enter heaven; now they lambaste the Church for opening the doors. Go to the source and read the Catechism of the Catholic Church and don’t depend upon the secular media for an explanation of doctrine.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 9/22/2013 8:05:17 PM     (No. 9532305)

" What of those persons who do not ever hear the Gospel or even the name of Jesus? What if they live as good, thoughtful, kind and generous people from their own conscience? Would they not be welcome by Our Lord?"

This is an example of human reasoning trying to trump God´s Word. We are mere clay; He is the Potter. When God´s Word says that there is no other name under heaven by which we are saved other than Jesus Christ - that´s what it is. We don´t need to blush at what God says; He can defend Himself quite readily. We have no right to understand God´s wisdom. What we have is His Word. That´s enough. He does not demand understanding; He requires acceptance. There is a danger in using human reasoning; it´s idolatry - it´s saying, "I know how God is. My God would never do...such and such..." The Catholic Church is not immune to such doctrine by human reasoning. Why is Mary holy - it´s not found in the Bible? No, but human reasoning tells us that God would never allow the vessel that would contain His Son, be contaminated by sin... That´s just one example of human reasoning being used to try and "trump" God´s Word. But God´s Word cannot be trumped. I agree with Timber Queen that one should "Go to the source", but that "source" is not the Catechism of the Catholic Church; it´s the Holy Bible.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: cgood, 9/22/2013 9:21:39 PM     (No. 9532374)

Thank you #20. Your comments are refreshing. Too often threads related to Catholicism are somewhat painful because they bring out the worst in some of our fellow L-dotters. In this case, it occurs to me that the criticism reflects fear. If this is truly a miracle - and none of us know yet- some people apparently would be threatened by it. How unfortunate. I view Christians as a group united by faith, but find it disconcerting that some of my fellow Christians don´t share that belief. They declare that Catholics are evil.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/22/2013 9:26:02 PM     (No. 9532379)

but that "source" is not the Catechism of the Catholic Church; it´s the Holy Bible.

Where in the Bible does it say that the Bible is the sole source (sola scriptura)?

You are no doubt aware that the Bible is a collection of books compiled by the Catholic Church - under the guidance of the Holy Spirit determined which writings were inspired.

Before the existence of the Bible, there was an oral tradition and writings of the Church Fathers - some of whom were contemporaries of the apostles.

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that should be written. John 21:25.

Protestants took the Bible and decided to do their own thing - with multiple interpretations of the same text. You each have your own "truth."

There is only one truth.


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Reply 42 - Posted by: FormerDem, 9/22/2013 9:26:28 PM     (No. 9532380)

thanks, OP

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Harlowe, 9/22/2013 10:37:52 PM     (No. 9532422)

#30 – Not all Protestant denominations believe the Eucharist “represents” the body and blood of Jesus; some Protestant denominations believe the Eucharist “is” the body and blood of Jesus. It is the true body and blood, in and under the bread and wine which Christians are commanded by the Word of Christ to eat and to drink. It is the Word and ordinance or command of God; not invented by man, but instituted by Christ.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Harlowe, 9/22/2013 11:28:56 PM     (No. 9532468)

#41 – The basis of Sola Scriptura: Scripture is authoritative because it is God’s Word; authority that is absolute and final. The assertions, commands and promises are God’s promises. Christ accepted the absolute authority of the prophetic Word of the Old Testament and He guaranteed the absolute authority of the apostolic Word of the New Testament by His promise of the Holy Spirit to His apostles.

The “Protestant” Bible came about because there was an urgent need to give voice to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to teach and give witness to this Gospel.


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Reply 45 - Posted by: Harlowe, 9/22/2013 11:38:40 PM     (No. 9532472)

#43 – Should reference #20, not #30. Typo! Mea culpa!

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Reply 46 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 9/23/2013 12:00:26 AM     (No. 9532482)

Thanks for the challenge, #41. God´s Word VS Man´s Wisdom. Take a look at Galatians 1:6-12. St. Paul is warning about accepting other Gospels than the True Gospel. The True Gospel is of course, John 3:16. When a church tradition or council teaches that one is saved by the law, ie. doing good works, that is another Gospel, for it directly contradicts Ephesians 2:8-9. Why sola Scriptura? Jesus Himself states that the Scripture cannot be broken. (John 10:35). I Corinthians 2:13 Paul declares that what He preaches is God´s Word, not man´s wisdom. Furthermore, regarding the canon - the criteria for determining which of the hundreds of books should be included in the Bible was fourfold: 1. Is the writing of Apostolic origin or even that of a close 1st Century companion of the apostles? 2. Is it universally accepted? 3. Is it used liturgically? 4. Is there a consistent message with other Christian writings? Not all the books in the RC Bible meet those criteria according to the Protestants and that´s why the Bibles are different. For example, "Bel and the Dragon" cannot be of equal caliber as the Epistle to the Romans. Yes, there is "one truth" - Jesus spells it out: "Thy Word is Truth." (John 17:17)

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On Wednesday´s New Day, CNN´s Chris Cuomo played up how Florida Republican David Jolly´s campaign played The Price is Right theme music at his victory rally on Tuesday, and remarked that its use was somehow a perfect sign of the influence of big money in political races: "What a metaphor for what politics has become – that they are playing the theme song of The Price is Right when they celebrate a victory, because it´s about the money! It makes me sick." What Cuomo didn´t realize is that the former host of The Price is Right, Bob Barker, endorsed Jolly. NewsBusters

What the Secular Media
Doesn´t Know about Pope Francis
American Thinker, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: tinnyanko- 9/22/2013 7:18:33 AM     Post Reply
In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope´s recent statements to make it appear he´s the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996.



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´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:40:56 AM     Post Reply
If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist

Western lawmakers gather in Utah
to talk federal land takeover

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Salt Lake Tribune [UT], by Kristen Moulton    Original Article
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It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. "It’s simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now." Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,

NYT’s David Brooks: Obama has
‘manhood problem’ in Middle East

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/20/2014 1:58:06 PM     Post Reply
New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sunday that he believes President Obama’s foreign policy isn’t “tough enough” and that he has a “manhood problem” when it comes to dealing with leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Mr. Brooks expanded on Sen. Bob Corker’s earlier comments on “Fox News Sunday” that Mr. Obama is “creating an air of permissiveness” with regards to Russia. (Snip) “And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely — but a manhood problem in the Middle East,” he continued.


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