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Thursday, July 18, 2019

three U.S. bishops are “devout schismatics”

celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA in an interview that celibacy has been intrinsically linked to the Catholic priesthood from the very beginning, when Jesus, who was himself celibate, ordained the apostles as the first priests.
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Bishops condemn new asylum policy for U.S.-Mexico border

Citing disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should focus on health care or abortion advocacy, the organization’s president is stepping down.
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When Your Wife Is ‘Christian Famous’

Hearing from the husbands of some of our favorite authors, teachers, and ministry leaders.
Maria Baer
By now, the church has come to recognize the challenges faced by pastor’s wives, a role weighed with expectations, attention, and personal sacrifice. But as women rise in prominence across areas of ministry, another question comes up: What about their husbands?
There’s no template in our ...
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The cult of personality around our preachers with Mark Galli

And Now, the Star of the Show....
How we inadvertently create a cult of personality around our preachers.
Mark Galli
Here is the “most effective” and terrible sermon illustration I’ve ever used:
One day my wife and I were arguing about something—the exact subject has long been forgotten. In the course of the argument—probably when she was getting the best of me—I became so frustrated that I hit our dining room wall with my fist. The wall didn’t move, of course, but I expected to at least put a hole in the drywall. As fortune (or providence) would have it, the place I decided ...
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President of Planned Parenthood fired

Lies, lies, lies from Planned Parenthood: All of those threats to abortion clinics after CMP videos? Turns out they were vastly exaggerated

HHS: Protect Life Rule will go into effect immediately: Trump administration announces that, as of July 15, Title X recipients no longer permitted to refer mothers for abortions

Just another guy with an opinion: Why don't Catholics listen to bishops on immigration?

Cardinal Mueller responds to Amazon Synod document: Wrote a 7-page analysis citing, among other things, a 'false teaching' on revelation

President of Planned Parenthood fired: Dr. Leana Wen, who took the reins at Planned Parenthood just eight months ago, was caught up in internal dispute over whether focus should be healthcare or political advocacy

Pope Francis sends letter in support of Christ Cathedral dedication, happening today: After a seven-year, $77-million renovation process, the Cathedral has been converted into a Catholic space

New poll shows growing view that clergy are irrelevant

The 'religious freedom' agenda
The Atlantic: Trump-administration officials are using a two-word phrase as a rhetorical Swiss Army knife on the world stage.

New poll shows growing view that clergy are irrelevant
Religion News Service: Americans no longer hold clergy in a high regard, according to a recent poll, and even regular churchgoers are seeking counsel elsewhere.

ICE raids divide American Christians
Pacific Standard: As a debate raged about how Mike Pence reconciles Trump's immigration policy with his Christianity, some churches opened their doors for immigrants looking to avoid detention.

Outside review finds 'ambiguous' doctrine at Baptist university
Baptist News Global: A third-party review of religious teaching at a Missouri Baptist university found that a lack of doctrinal clarity has led to "an erosion of trust" between the institution and its denominational sponsor.

The other CBD: Christian Book Distributors changes name after cannabis confusion
The company sells Bibles and other religious texts but it got calls about CBD, which comes from marijuana and hemp.

Why We’re Hosting the World’s Biggest Event on Religious Persecution

Pompeo: Why We’re Hosting the World’s Biggest Event on Religious Persecution
Pompeo: Why We’re Hosting the World’s Biggest Event on Religious Persecution
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explains to CT why the US State Department is hosting a second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom this week.
Jeremy Weber
This week, the US State Department invited more than 100 countries to come to DC and discuss how to stop the dramatic decline of religious freedom worldwide.
CT’s global director, Jeremy Weber, interviewed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on what has changed between last year’s first-ever ministerial on international religious freedom (IRF) and this week’s second, bigger event.
CT: Why hold a second ministerial on religious freedom?Pompeo: This is America’s first freedom, and ...
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13 Persecuted Christians

At this week's second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 30 survivors from all faiths were given a global platform in Washington DC.
Morgan Lee
At this week’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, billed as the largest human rights event the US State Department has ever held, 30 people were highlighted as survivors of religious persecution and allowed to tell their stories to the world.
Below are the 13 Christian survivors from 13 ...
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What Barth, Tillich, and Tozer Thought of the Space Age

CT’s 1958 interview provides some bearing on today's missions to the sun, Mars and beyond.
Douglas Estes
It seems like so long ago that a moonshot was just a moonshot. Today, “moonshot” has come to mean an improbable mission—curing cancer, artificial general intelligence, or interstellar flight—a giant leap for mankind. Humanity’s current leap is toward the sun, as the Parker ...
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