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Friday, January 22, 2021

Catholics divided on Biden presidency


Catholics divided on Biden presidency

Though many Catholics are celebrating Biden's rise to the presidency, many are fuming over it.



Full text of President Joe Biden's inaugural address



Archbishop responds to Pelosi's remarks on pro-life voters

"Nancy Pelosi does not speak for the Catholic Church," said Archbishop Cordileone said in a Jan. 18 letter. 



How readers are seeking, sharing peace in 2021



Bishops welcome Biden order that strengthens DACA program

'Dreamers' and their families deserve "certainty, compassion, generosity and justice," they said. 



Biden expected to overturn 'Mexico City' policy in coming days



Flurry of executive orders undo Trump-era policies

Among them is the United States' intent to rejoin the Paris climate accord, which will take effect in February.



Father Ron Rolheiser: Grieving death



Prayer, witness for life seen as important as ever this year

This year's national March for Life rally Jan. 29 will be livestreamed, with pro-life advocates  participating virtually.



This Sunday, Jan. 23: Walk for Life Mass



Pope to hand out Bibles at Sunday of the Word of God Mass

Day encourages an interest in knowing the Sacred Scriptures and their central role in the life of the church.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Biden attends Mass before taking oath of office

Biden attends Mass before taking oath of office
The Washington Post *

What is St. Matthew’s, the church Biden will attend on Inauguration Day?
Religion News Service

Biden could be sworn in on a Bible that has been in his family since the 1890s
The New York Times *

In Biden’s cabinet, Catholics and Jews dominate
Religion News Service

‘Psychological trauma and stress’: The lasting impact of the ‘Muslim ban’
NBC News

Militant Christian nationalists remain a potent force, even after the Capitol riot

Biden readies sweeping rollback of Trump-era abortion crackdown
NBC News

Planned Parenthood fights report that Missouri has become first abortion-free state, but numbers dwindling
St. Louis Post-Dispatch *

Bills to restrict abortion access considered in Montana
The Associated Press

Mississippi bill would find anyone who performs an abortion guilty of murder

International headlines

U.S. says China’s repression of Uighurs is ‘genocide’
The New York Times *

Hungary’s government orders disclaimers on books with gay content

Polish clinic wants to care for man in life-support dispute
The Associated Press

Intensifying Islamist insurgency in Mozambique drives humanitarian crisis

Makers of Amazon Prime show apologize after outcry by India’s BJP
Al Jazeera

Stephen Lungu, Africa’s enterprising evangelist, dies of COVID-19
Christianity Today *

Analysis and commentary

The good Catholic
Religion & Politics

President Biden and a Catholic inflection point
First Things *

Biden and Kennedy: History does not repeat itself
National Catholic Reporter

China’s oppression of Muslims in Xinjiang, explained
The New York Times *

Want your kids to follow in your faith? Take a page from religious conservatives
Religion News Service

Photos: Marking the Orthodox Epiphany

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World | Full Documentary

Now vaccinating all people who are age 75 and older


Dear Friends,

San Diego County is now vaccinating all people who are age 75 and older with the intention of opening vaccinations to the age 65 and older crowd this week. You may follow this link to learn more and make an appointment:

When you follow the above link, you will need to click on the bar "County of San Diego COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Information." There, you will see listed the locations vaccines are being offered and appointment days and times that are available. The availability changes daily, so check the link frequently to make your appointment.

Church Office

"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul." (3 John 2)

Monday, January 18, 2021

Rev. George Walker Smith interview (1999, Heart of San Diego)

The Rev. George Walker Smith is interviewed on 
"The Heart of San Diego" by host Fred Lewis, 1999. 
Rev. Smith is the founding pastor of 
Christ United Presbyterian Church in South Park


Self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6

How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol

January 12, 2021 8.24am EST

Brad Christerson - Professor of Sociology, Biola University

In addition to symbols of white supremacy, many of the rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6 carried signs bearing religious messages, such as “Jesus Saves” and “In God We Trust” while others chanted “Jesus is my savior and Trump is my president.” In a video interview, one of those who breached the Senate floor describes holding a prayer to “consecrate it to Jesus” soon after entering.

Many white evangelical leaders have provided religious justification and undying support for Trump’s presidency, including his most racially incendiary rhetoric and policies. But as a scholar of religion, I argue that a particular segment of white evangelicalism that my colleague Richard Flory and I call Independent Network Charismatic, or INC, has played a unique role in providing a spiritual justification for the movement to overturn the election which resulted in the storming of the Capitol.

INC Christianity is a group of high-profile independent leaders who are detached from any formal denomination and cooperate with one another in loose networks.

Prayer marches

In the days and hours leading up to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 the group Jericho March organized marches around the Capitol and Supreme Court building praying for God to defeat the “dark and corrupt” forces that they claimed, without evidence, had stolen the election from God’s anointed president – Donald Trump.

Jericho March is a loose coalition of Christian nationalists formed after the 2020 presidential election with the goal of overturning its results. Leading up to and following the Capitol violence, their website stated: “We are proud of the American system of governance established by our Founding Fathers and we will not let globalists, socialists, and communists destroy our beautiful nation by sidestepping our laws and suppressing the will of the American people through their fraudulent and illegal activities in this election.” This statement as well as others were removed some time after the Capitol riot.

Jericho March’s main activity has been organizing prayer marches around Capitol buildings around the nation after the election, imitating the “battle of Jericho” in the Bible. In this biblical battle God commanded the army of his chosen people, the nation of Israel, to blow trumpets and then march around the city walls until God brought the walls down and allowed Israel to invade and conquer the city. According to the Bible, this was the first battle that the nation won in its conquest of Canaan, the “promised land” that it occupied afterward.

Jericho March’s activities culminated in a large prayer rally on Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C., that included prayer marches and speeches on the mall by convicted and pardoned former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Trump-supporting founder of MyPillow Mike Lindell and far-right Oathkeepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes.

They also held prayer marches and vigils around the Supreme Court and Capitol surrounding the Jan. 6 election certification. Jericho March members believe that their prayer marches will help defeat the corrupt forces they claim, without the basis of any evidence, “stole” the election and that God will install Trump in his rightful place as president on Jan. 20.

Their strategy is peaceful prayer marches, however. After the Capitol violence they released this statement: “Jericho March denounces any and all acts of violence and destruction, including any that took place at the U.S. Capitol.”

There is no evidence that anyone affiliated with the Jericho March organization took part in the Capitol breach. However, their leaders, I argue, are providing the religious motivation for the fight to overturn the election. Here’s why.

‘Prophets’ and Charismatic Christianity

A key part of the Jericho March events has been a group of INC Christians who claim to be modern-day “prophets,” including Lance WallnauCindy Jacobs and Jonathan Cahn.

Charismatic Christianity, similar to Pentecostal Christianity, emphasizes the “gifts of the Holy Spirit,” which include healing, exorcism, speaking in spiritual languages, and prophecy – defined as hearing direct words from God that reveal his plans for the future and directions for his people to follow.

Scholars use the term Charismatic to describe Christians in mainline or independent churches that emphasize the gifts of the spirit as opposed to Pentecostal Christians, who are affiliated with official Pentecostal denominations. Independent Charismatic Christians tend to be more unorthodox in their practices, as they are less tied to formal organizations.

In our research, we found that in most Charismatic churches, those who receive visions or direct words from God that make predictions that later correspond to events or have uncanny insights into people’s lives are seen to have the “gift of prophecy.” Some particularly gifted “prophets” are seen as being able to predict world events and get directions from God regarding entire nations.

While most Charismatic churches do not engage in this world-event predicting type of prophecy, some independent, high-profile leaders that do have become increasingly important in INC Christianity.

‘Seven mountains of culture’

Before the 2016 election a group of INC “prophets” proclaimed Trump to be God’s chosen candidate, similar to King Cyrus in the Bible, whom God used to restore the nation of Israel. After their prophesies of Trump’s winning the election came true, these “prophets” became enormously popular in INC Christianity.

In our book, we showed that INC Christianity is significantly changing the religious landscape in America – and the nation’s politics – by providing an unorthodox theology to promote conservative Christians rising to power in all realms of society. It is the fastest-growing Christian group in America.

Between 1970 to 2010, the number of regular attenders of U.S. Protestant churches as a whole shrank by an average of .05% per year. At the same time, independent Charismatic churches, a category in which INC groups reside, grew in attendance by an average of 3.24% per year. According to the World Christian Database there are over 36 million people attending U.S. independent Charismatic churches – that is, those not affiliated with denominations.

INC beliefs are different from those of most traditional Christian groups, including those affiliated with official Pentecostal denominations. INC promotes a form of Christian nationalism the primary goal of which is not to build congregations or to convert individuals, but to bring heaven or God’s intended perfect society to Earth by placing “kingdom-minded people” in powerful positions at the top of all sectors of society, the so-called “seven mountains of culture” comprising government, business, family, religion, media, education and arts/entertainment.

One INC leader we interviewed in 2015 explained, “If Christians permeate each mountain and rise to the top of all seven mountains … society would have biblical morality, people would live in harmony, there would be peace and not war, there would be no poverty.” They see Trump as fulfilling God’s plan to place “kingdom-minded” leaders in top government positions, including Cabinet members and Supreme Court appointments.

Trump as God’s chosen president

Many of those referred to as prophets in INC Christianity predicted another Trump victory in 2020. After his Nov. 3 loss, many we have studied have not recanted their prophecies, and have adopted Trump’s conspiratorial rhetoric that the election was fraudulent. Many believe that the demonic forces that have stolen the election can still be defeated through prayer.

For INC Christianity’s “prophets,” Trump is God’s chosen candidate to advance the kingdom of God in America, so any other candidate, no matter what the vote totals show, is illegitimate.