A prominent Catholic leader, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in his remarks at the Vatican's ongoing synod meeting that Islamic extremism and Western liberal culture are "almost like two 'apocalyptic beasts,'" which the Church must respond to.
"To use a slogan, we find ourselves between 'gender ideology and ISIS,'" the cardinal said at the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican, according to Catholic News Agency. "Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers."
Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, added: "Theological discernment allows to see in our times two unexpected threats — almost like the Beasts of the Apocalypse — from two opposite positions: on one side the idolatry of western freedom, on the other religious fanaticism," more >>
Since I was a boy, I have always loved the literary genre of fables — fictional stories featuring animals with human qualities meant to illustrate some moral maxim. Like parables, such stories are never intended to convey meaning in every detail. Yet, much of it may draw, even in unsuspecting ways, the reader to precepts or principles pertinent to circumstances behind the story. Such is the following submission of a new take on Little Red Riding Hood.
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who loved her grandmother supremely. The grandmother had given to her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well she would never wear anything else. Thus, everyone called her Little Red Riding Hood. more >>
Ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was in court on Wednesday for a hearing in his religious discrimination case against the City of Atlanta, said he was fighting for the rights of all religious Americans to not live in fear of getting fired.
Attorneys for Cochran made oral arguments before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia today, more than six months after The City of Atlanta asked a Federal court to dismiss his lawsuit.
"We're cautiously optimistic we're going to be able to continue forward," ADF Attorney Matt Sharp told The Christian Post after the hearing. more >>
Pope Francis asked the faithful for forgiveness on Wednesday at St. Peter's Square for "scandals" that have shaken the Vatican, leading to speculation about which instances he is referring to. Some publications have suggested Francis is apologizing for a priest who had encounters with male sex workers at a parish near Rome.
"Before I begin the Catechism, in the name of the Church, I want to ask you for forgiveness for the scandals that have occurred recently either in Rome or in the Vatican. I ask you for forgiveness," Francis told the thousands before his weekly address, BBC News reported.
He added: "The Word of Jesus is strong today, woe to the world because of scandals. Jesus is a realist. He says it is inevitable that there will be scandals. But woe to the man who causes scandals." more >>
WASHINGTON — Christian ethicist Russell Moore has said that congregations too afraid of being political to speak out against acts of immorality, like abortion, are similar to churches in the 1800s that remained silent on the issue of slavery.
As the featured speaker at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's fifth annual Diane Knippers memorial lecture, Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, criticized mainstream Christian congregations that have relaxed their teachings on key issues of sexual morality and other social issues in order to blend in with the "ambient culture" and appeal to today's society.
Moore explained that religious conservatives need to "preserve" the biblical truth for future generations. Although secular society likes to claim that Christian conservatives are on the "wrong side of history," Moore told the audience that Christian conservatives should not be afraid to have their biblical convictions conflict with mainstream society and that they should really embrace the distinctive Christian message. more >>
If your teens read a lot, and I hope they do, they're bound to come across books that promote the gay lifestyle.
The way to win over a culture is to capture the minds and hearts of its young people. The gay-rights movement has certainly learned that lesson, which helps explain a current trend in youth literature. Anyone who reads books for teens these days will tell you that portrayals of gay relationships and characters are rapidly increasing.
In fact, they're increasing to the point where they're all out of proportion to reality. If you know the statistics on rates of homosexuality in the real world, you know that it's somewhere around 3 percent, maybe less. Not so in the world of Young Adult fiction; there, it's far more pervasive. more >>