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Vatican II, 50 Years On: The Sunlight That Shines Today

  • And Good Pope John did it smiling. This would be a joyful revolution and nothing would ever be the same again.
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Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Good Pope John entering Saint Peter's for the opening ceremonies of the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962. "It meant being out in the world," Sister Simone tells The Politics Blog, "encountering life there." AP Photo

October 11, 2012 | Fifty years ago today, in Vatican City, a couple of guys shoved open a pair of larger bronze doors. The pope gave a speech. This is part of what he said:

"In the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras, is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned nothing from history, which is, none the less, the teacher of life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper religious liberty. We feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand."

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A matter of faith


Unfortunately, the misperception persists that people of faith - and Christians, in particular - are largely in favor of the marriage amendment. It is simply not that case!

Pastor Grant Stevensen, Minnesotans United for All Families

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In less than four weeks, we'll go to the polls - and Minnesotans will decide if we want to limit a basic freedom and tell some families that they are better than others. That's what the marriage amendment forces us to do.

For thousands of Minnesotans, defeating this amendment is a matter of faith. Unfortunately, the misperception persists that people of faith - and Christians, in particular - are largely in favor of this amendment. It is simply not that case!

Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians, Catholics, Presbyterians, the United Church of Christ, Baptists, Quakers, Buddhists, Unitarians, and the Jewish community have taken strong stands against this amendment and are having important conversations in their faith communities daily about defeating this hurtful attempt to limit individual and religious freedom in our state.

Together, we can do this - but it's going to take all of us. Click here to watch our conversation training video and get started right away!

Don't be afraid to talk about your faith when conversing about the marriage amendment. For many of us, our faith is core to why we oppose this amendment - and Minnesotans overwhelmingly believe in treating others as we would like to be treated.

If you are a person of faith, we must explain to people that it is because of our religious beliefs - not in spite of them - that we are voting no. God is love.

And if you are not a person of faith, the language of love, promise and inclusion are universal truths that resonate with Minnesotans regardless of religious beliefs.

If you're like me, you might find these conversations difficult. Sometimes, they are - but they are too important not to have. For the next 27 days, we need to reach out, swallow our frustration, and talk to everyone we can about why this amendment is wrong for our families, our children, our religious communities and our future.

Sign up to watch our online conversation training video - get started today! Time is running out to make sure we defeat this amendment.

United in faith,
Pastor Grant Stevensen
Faith Director
Minnesotans United for All Families

Saving Christ from the Self-Proclaimed Christians of the Corporate Church


Dare we go deeper while letting go of preachers, politicians and corporate heads?

Burl Hall, opednews.com

October 9, 2012 | "What hinders men from seeing and hearing God, is their own hearing, seeing and willing; by their own wills they separate themselves from the will of God. They see and hear within their own desires, which obstructs them from seeing and hearing God. Terrestrial and material things overshadow them, and they cannot see beyond their own human nature. If they would be still, desist from thinking and feeling with their own self-hood, subdue the self-will, enter into a state of resignation, into a divine union with Christ, who sees God, and hears God, and speaks with him, who knows the word and will of God; then would the eternal hearing seeing and speaking become revealed to them." ~ Jacob Boehme (1575-1624 C.E.)

The primary purpose of all meditation is to attain clarity of mind and union with one's Beloved. This attainment of Absolute Mind is called Bliss, Nirvana, Orgasmic Release, etc. To experience this means one needs to subdue the clattering, chattering conditioned mind of Ego and surrender to the profound silence inherent in the Greater Mind. This Mind is beyond the Bible thumping preacher. Often, the preacher does not act as a catalyst to salvation; indeed, through his theology-philosophy he oftentimes hinders it and keeps us stuck in ego--his ego and our own.

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Truth Wins Out
 
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John Celock, Huffington Post

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October 7, 2012 | Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who called for expelling Muslims from the United States in his book, also wrote in support for instituting the death penalty for "rebellious children."

In "God's Law," Fuqua's 2012 book, the candidate wrote that while parents love their children, a process could be set up to allow for the institution of the death penalty for "rebellious children," according to the Arkansas Times. Fuqua, who is anti-abortion, points out that the course of action involved in sentencing a child to death is described in the Bible and would involve judicial approval. While it is unlikely that many parents would seek to have their children killed by the government, Fuqua wrote, such power would serve as a way to stop rebellious children.

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Child abuse in my church

  • Bishop Robert Finn: Resign as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, MO.
  • Denying communion to those who disagree

Jeff Weis, Change.org

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September 29, 2012 I'm a Catholic and I take my kids to church every Sunday. Church is supposed to be a safe place. But Bishop Robert Finn, who is the head of my diocese (that's a regional group of churches), made our church unsafe for my children when he covered up a child sex abuse scandal.

Last month, Father Shawn Ratigan -- who was a priest in a church near mine -- plead guilty in U.S. Federal Court to producing and possessing child pornography. Father Ratigan used his position as a priest to take lewd images of children in his faith community.

Now a judge has found Bishop Finn guilty of covering up Ratigan's crimes -- Bishop Finn is the highest level leader in the church ever to be convicted in a sex abuse scandal. But despite his conviction, Bishop Finn still has his job as head of our diocese.

I started a petition on Change.org asking Bishop Finn to resign as head of the Kansas City diocese. Click here to add your name.

Since Bishop Finn's conviction, groups like the National Survivor Advocates Coalition have called on him to resign, and the Kansas City Star published an editorial saying it's time for him to go. Our diocese needs a leader who protects children, not one who protects their abusers.

As a Catholic, I believe in forgiveness, and I think Bishop Finn should be forgiven. But as a father, I don't think he should keep a job where he could put more children in danger.  Forgiveness and change can work together.

The Catholic church needs to see that it's not enough to get rid of priests who abuse children -- the leaders who cover up the abuse must be held accountable as well. I know that if thousands of people sign my petition, Bishop Finn will have to resign.

Click here to sign my petition calling on Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted of covering up a child pornography scandal, to resign as the head of the Kansas City diocese.

Thank you.

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Denying communion to those who disagree, Michael Sherrard, Faithful America

Denying communion to those who disagree

Michael Sherrard, Faithful America

The Archbishop of Newark just sent a pastoral letter, addressed to over 1 million Catholics in his archdiocese, demanding that Catholics who support marriage equality refrain from receiving Holy Communion.

This is a step too far. It's one thing for the bishops to pursue an increasingly conservative political agenda. It's quite another to wield the Blessed Sacrament as a political weapon against anyone who disagrees.

We need a huge public outcry to show Archbishop John Myers that his new position is unacceptable, or we risk other bishops joining him -- and millions of faithful Catholics being denied Holy Communion. Can you sign our emergency petition right now?

Tell Archbishop Myers: Don't use communion as a political weapon.

Thanks!

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"New Jersey Archbishop Urges Same-Sex Marriage Supporters To Refrain From Taking Communion," ThinkProgress, September 26, 2012

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Masculinity and Mass Violence


The ‘Intimate Enemy’ We Refuse to Name

Elizabeth Drescher, Religion Dispatches

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August 19, 2012 | On July 20, just after James Holmes wounded 58 and killed 12 people at the opening of the latest Batman film at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, The
Telegraph published a “history of mass shootings in the U.S. since Columbine”—a list of nearly 30 shooting sprees with lethal results. Ne’er-do-wells who merely wounded didn’t make the cut. Thus, not included on the list was a shooting spree in an Alabama bar with a multiple arson warm-up just two days earlier. There, enraged after having been fired from his job (only the latest in a string of personal and financial calamities), Nathan Van Wilkins fired into a bar from across the street, wounding or otherwise injuring 17 people but not killing anyone.


Likewise, the non-fatal, apparently gang-related shootings of four girls in a Chicago park on July 11 was omitted. The shooter or shooters there have not been apprehended, but Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel offered a warning that, as I will discuss shortly, hardly helps matters for those of us who are concerned about what seems to be a growing tide of mass violence. “Take your stuff to the alley,” Emanuel was quoted as saying. “Don’t touch the children of the city of Chicago. Don’t get near them.”

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