Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor turned spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey, said that the culture is ready to embrace homosexuality and same-sex marriage and if the church hopes to stay relevant, it must accept those relationships and stop looking to the Bible as its best defense.
Mr. Lopez said he and other children of gays feel “pain” — but it’s because there’s a “missing biological parent,” not because people lack legal marriage.
He said his childhood exposure to radical Catholic liberation theology and talk about “the beauty of homosexual relationships” led him into years of sexual experimentation, including taking money for sex with men.
- Cheryl Wetzstein
Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States' Biblical "responsibility" to "confront climate change," including to protect "vulnerable Muslim majority countries."
Kerry said Scripture, in particular the Book of Genesis, make clear it is our "duty" to protect the planet and we should look at Muslim countries "with a sense of stewardship of earth," adding, "That responsibility comes from God."
Degeneracy, Oops, Lie, Religion
Pope Francis urged parish priests participating in a Vatican-run course titled the “New Marriage Procedure” to “welcome” cohabitating couples living in fornication who “prefer to live together without getting married.” The pope did not ask priests to admonish such couples for living in grave sin nor did he ask them to work for their conversion and repentance.
“At the same time, make yourselves close with the style of the Gospel itself, in the encounter and welcome of those young people that prefer living together without getting married,” he told priests at the Saturday, February 25 event organized by the Roma Rota, the Vatican’s highest ecclesiastical court...
Last year Francis said that cohabitating couples are in a “real marriage” and receive the grace of the Sacrament. “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity,” he said at that time.
Liberal, Degeneracy, Oops, Lie, Religion
A passage from the Koran that denies one of the central tenets of the Christian faith was sung aloud at a cathedral service in Scotland. The passage from Surah 19, which specifically denies that Jesus was the Son of God and says He should not be worshipped, was sung during a Eucharist service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow to mark the feast of the Epiphany.
Democrat, Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Government, Religion
Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States’ biblical “duty” to confront climate change at home and abroad in “Muslim-majority” nations during a speech Wednesday. “Our faiths are inextricably linked on any number of things that we must confront and deal with in policy concepts today. Our faiths are inextricably linked on the environment. For many of us, respect for God’s creation also translates into a duty to protect and sustain his first creation, Earth, the planet,” Kerry said.
Liberal, Incitement, Violence, Character, Degeneracy, Fraud, Abortion, Corruption, Religion
A Wichita church will be hosting a celebration of abortion for Planned Parenthood. St. James Episcopal Church will celebrate 42 years of abortion with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid Missouri on January 22, 2015 for their Chili for Choice.
“And I think that we have to challenge all of us in public policy, certainly not in San Francisco which is the model of living the gospel, but in public policy to say, it isn’t only what you think you did, it is what you did not do.” -Nancy Pelosi
Campus Reform reports this morning that the president of Notre Dame University–a Roman Catholic Institution–has praised a newly formed Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Queer (GLBTQ) student group on campus, calling it “a big step forward.”
Father John Jenkins is an ordained Catholic priest, in addition to his role as president of Notre Dame.
Official doctrine of the Catholic church forbids all sexual activity outside heterosexual marriage.
-College Fix Staff
Character, Oops, Religion
The head of the Episcopal Church has garnered outrage from some in the Anglican Communion over her claim that St. Paul of Tarsus' curing of a demon-possessed slave girl as described in the Bible was wrong. In a sermon delivered before the Diocese of Venezuela on the island nation of Curaçao, Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori said that by driving the demon out of her Paul was "depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness."
Hypocrisy, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Academia, Lie
Seattle University, a Catholic university founded in 1891, is set to host a drag show next month... Next month’s drag show will mark the eighth consecutive year the university has hosted such as event, according to the campus website.
Liberal, Sex, Degeneracy, Education, Academia, Adult, Feminism
Wisconsin’s Marquette University will host a 12-week workshop on sex, feminism and masturbation, despite concerns that the workshop’s themes and activities clash with the school’s Catholic identity. The workshop is produced by FemSex, a student-led group... Each week will feature a different topic, such as “Masturbation, Orgasm, and Pleasure,” “Power and Privilege,” and “Gender and Identity.” Participating students will complete raunchy homework assignments, like coloring anatomical pictures in “The C--t Coloring Book” and writing about their sexually pleasurable experiences, according to Campus Reform.
Liberal, Hate, Smears, AntiAmerican, Demagoguery, Religion
A sign posted outside a south suburban church is generating a powerful debate over race in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. The marquee outside the First Baptist Church of University Park earlier this week read: “It Is Safe To Kill Black People In Amerikkka.”
The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination has been busy these days.
It has voted to approve same-sex marriages, to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, and now has approved allowing babies to die who are born alive during botched abortions.
-Dr. Susan Berry
Liberal, Immigration, Religion
On Wednesday morning, a dozen supporters of the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) gathered to pray at the Peace Circle adjacent to the West Lawn of the Capitol building in support of the passage of the Gang of Eight immigration bill. The prayer session, which lasted for half an hour, took place in front of a large parked truck whose side panel was a sign that said "Praying for Immigrants. Praying for Congress." The sign included a website, pray4reform.org , which is a domain purchased by the National Immigration Forum, the George Soros-funded non-profit organization that has paid for the EIT's controversial $250,000 ad campaign.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Degeneracy, Gay, Tolerance, Religion
The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage. Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches.
Made Unhappy By The Vision of God...
At Duke, funding for Catholic Center's lecture from visiting scholar falls through on grounds that its title could "trigger" LGBT students.
The title? "Only The Vision Of God Can Make Someone Happy"
Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Crazy, Religion
"the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you -- because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."
Character, Abortion, Religion
Perversely reminiscent of 40 day pro-life prayer vigils, Planned Parenthood is promoting it’s own “40 days of prayer,” March 18th through April 27th, for abortion. This is not their usually disguised promotion of abortion as “preventative care,” “family planning,” or “contraceptive services.” No, they throw those typical euphemisms out and directly pray for abortion. A prayer guide found on PlannedParenthood.org ,40 Days of Prayer Supporting Women Everywhere , encourages pro-abortion supporters to offer prayers of “thanks for abortion providers” and the “sacred care” they provide. Q: Who exactly are they praying to? -Randy Breitbart
“Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth, and for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God.” -John Kerry
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Fascism, Tolerance, Diversity, Religion
Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest.
Liberal, Sex, Degeneracy, Financial, Academia, Religion
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church is located just down the street from UT’s campus, and during their services Sunday morning, they’re trying to be the best neighbors they can be. They’re donating 100 percent of the money collected during the service to help fund Sex Week. “This is really a faith in action thing for us. The efforts of students at UT to offer that kind of programming is vitally important, and we see it as part of our ministry to support that,” said Youth Religious Education Director Kim Mason, of TVUUC. By the way, that “vital programming” includes a drag show, campus condom scavenger hunt, sexual poetry tutorial, transgender sexuality lecture, oral sex seminar, sex-themed trivia game, and a lunch hosted by Planned Parenthood called “Sex Ed That Just Can’t Wait.”
Liberal, Incompetence, Character, Degeneracy
A local church has elected to stop performing marriage ceremonies for straight couples until same-sex marriage is legalized. In a statement posted on the front page of their website, officials at the Green Street United Methodist Church said that they ask other churches to join in the movement to “refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same-sex couples.”
Editorial, Liberal, Incompetence, Sex, Degeneracy, Academia
The two sex educators, Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, talked students through a variety of masturbation techniques during the event... So, two years ago, Kate Weinberg was performing in an improv troupe, last year she was teaching theater to high school kids in Vermont, and this year, she’s teaching a female orgasm seminar to college students in Pennsylvania!... You’re probably asking yourself, “With her busy career as an actress — and also the novel-writing, hiking in Spain and so forth — how did Kate ever find time to train as a teacher of the Our Whole Lives comprehensive sex education program”? Does the phrase “three-day weekend” ring a bell? Yep: That’s how long it takes to undergo the training sessions for “Our Whole Lives,” a program of the United Church of Christ.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., joined Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s Politics Nation right before President Obama’s State of the Union Address to discuss Republicans and their “credibility problem.” He called for Republicans to “repent” for criticizing Obama’s policies.
Liberal, Character, Sex, Degeneracy, Academia
The chapel, built and dedicated in 1902, is where Catholic mass and non-denominational services are conducted every week at the private liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania. But all that took a back pew to Wednesday’s festivities, dubbed “I Heart the Female Orgasm” and hosted by a variety of student groups on campus. The two sex educators, Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, talked students through a variety of masturbation techniques during the event... In statements to The College Fix, the college’s chaplain defended the event’s location, calling its theme “responsible,” and a campus spokesperson said it offered a “great message.”
Democrat, Liberal, Character, Oops, Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton appeared in a “Lean Forward” ad for his network MSNBC on February 5, where he recited a bit of the Pledge of Allegiance. The 58-year-old Sharpton, who reportedly gave his first sermon at age 9, left God out of his piece of the pledge.
Democrat, Liberal, Hate, Obama, Character, Degeneracy, Racism, Religion
“Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell,” the Monroe County Reporter (Ga.) says in covering a rally in Forsyth, Georgia. “Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.”
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Brilliance, Tolerance, Religion
A Christian group has been effectively banned from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF) has lost its recognition as an official campus group because it discriminates by requiring the group leaders to be Christians and adhere to a set of values.
"Among the great ones of modern Italy"
Emma Bonino, a radical feminist and extreme leftist, proudly claims to have personally aborted some 10,000 "unwanted" children with a modified bicycle pump.— Radical Catholic (@RadicalCath) September 14, 2018
Pope Francis invited her to the Vatican, calling her "among the great ones of modern Italy." pic.twitter.com/Cy9Yjwpy1J
And then please hear me when I say as graciously as I can: we Africans are not children in need of western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics. We do not need to hear a progressive U.S. bishop lecture us about our need to “grow up.”
Let me assure you, we Africans, whether we have liked it or not, have had to engage in this debate for many years now. We stand with the global church, not a culturally liberal, church elite, in the U.S.
We stand with our Filipino friends! We stand with our sisters and brothers in Europe and Russia! And yes, we stand with our allies in America.
We stand with farmers in Zambia, tech workers in Nairobi, Sunday School teachers in Nigeria, biblical scholars in Liberia, pastors in the Congo, United Methodist Women in Cote d’Ivoire, and thousands of other United Methodists all across Africa who have heard no compelling reasons for changing our sexual ethics, our teachings on marriage, and our ordination standards!
We are grounded in God’s word and the gracious and clear teachings of our church. On that we will not yield! We will not take a road that leads us from the truth! We will take the road that leads to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ for transformation of the world!
-Dr. Jerry P. Kulah, dean of Gbarnga School of Theology at United Methodist University in Liberia