Advent Meditations: Friday 6 December

Dec 6, 2019 by

Fri Dec 6 am: 16, 17 pm: 22 Amos 5:1-17 Jude 1-16 Matt 22:1-14   FRIDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT : Saint Nicholas of Myra, 343 consecrated by St. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, as a missionary bishop among the Picts, and Nicholas was born at Patara in Lycia in the third century. His parents, who had been growing old without having a child, are said to have obtained him by force of prayer. Nicholas, losing his father and mother at an early age, devoted his life to the poor and afflicted...

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Facts of ‘terrorist’ killings are clear but our society is divided by the meaning

Dec 5, 2019 by

by Gavin Ashenden: Islam has three political strategies; immigration, population and violence. Reflections on Usman Khan.. There is a well-known doctrine in Islam called Taqiyya. It’s the principle that should some deceit further Islam’s interest, you have a duty to deceive. It looks tragically as though Usman Khan was pretending that had been de-radicalised, when in fact, as his killing spree indicated he hadn’t. But he had deceived a number of people on the way. If that’s true, it makes Jack...

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British lesbian couple carried baby in both of their wombs in first-of-its-kind pregnancy

Dec 5, 2019 by

by Phil Shiver, The Blaze: A lesbian couple from the UK recently became the first parents to carry a baby in both of their wombs during a first of its kind procedure that doctors are characterizing as a breakthrough in “shared motherhood.” The procedure, offered by London Women’s Clinic, involves one parent harvesting the egg, which is fertilized by donor sperm, and the other parent carrying the fetus in her womb. Jasmine Francis-Smith gave birth to their son, Otis, two...

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Deacon Gets Death Threats for Asking Catholics to Post Christmas Cards to Cdl. Pell

Dec 5, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant: A prominent English deacon, journalist and commentator has received death threats after appealing for Catholics to send Christmas cards to Cdl. George Pell in prison. On Monday, Deacon Nick Donnelly pleaded with supporters on Twitter to “show your support for Cardinal Pell by sending him a Christmas card.” Donnelly provided his followers with the address of the Melbourne Assessment Prison where Pell is currently incarcerated. He also told those...

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The indoctrination of the justice system

Dec 5, 2019 by

by Andrew Devine, The Conservative Woman: THE latest London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, was attending, unsupervised, a conference on criminal rehabilitation as a supposedly rehabilitated criminal. It is extremely troubling to know that the so-called professionals working in the justice system charged with protecting the public from Islamist terrorism seem to have little understanding of Islamist ideology and how Islamists differ from ordinary criminals. There is a world of difference between...

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Advent Meditations: Thursday 5 December

Dec 5, 2019 by

Thur Dec 5 am: 18:1-20 pm: 18:21-50 Amos 4:6-13 2 Peter 3:11-18 Matt 21:33-46 THURSDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT-  Saint Sabas, Monk and Patriarch, 532 Born in Cappadocia, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine, and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism. At age 18 he traveled to Jerusalem, seeking to learn more about living in solitude. Soon he asked to be accepted as a disciple of a well-known local solitary, though initially he...

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Church’s new charter on RSE ‘flawed’ say conservative Anglicans

Dec 5, 2019 by

THE CHURCH’S new Charter has angered conservatives, who say that the approach of the Church of England is ‘flawed’. Lynda Rose, the CEO Voice for Justice UK, told us: “If the people responsible for Church of England policy think that they are being faithful to God, they are deluding themselves. “The truth is they have been beguiled by the propaganda of those seeking to promote an ideological agenda which rejects the teaching of the Bible and traditional morality and, as a result, they are...

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Britain’s First Transgender Couple to Allow Their 5-Year-Old Child to Begin Transition

Dec 4, 2019 by

from Summit News: Britain’s first transgender couple have stoked controversy by revealing that they will allow their 5-year-old child to also begin gender transition. Jody, 21, and Greg Rogers, 27, from Glasgow in Scotland went public with the announcement that their son Jayden has begun transitioning into a girl. The couple claimed that they were subjected to abuse since making the announcement and that they had also been reported to social services. The couple denied claims they had...

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Israel Folau reaches settlement with Rugby Australia

Dec 4, 2019 by

from BBC News: Rugby player Israel Folau has reached a settlement with Rugby Australia (RA) over his controversial sacking for writing anti-gay posts on social media. The former Wallabies star had been suing RA for A$14m (£7.4m; $9.5m) after having his contract terminated in May. Folau, a Christian, argued that the termination of his contract was a case of religious discrimination. The parties had settled for a confidential amount, according to a joint statement on Wednesday. Folau was sacked...

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Why the West is WEIRD

Dec 4, 2019 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Is Christianity responsible for our hyper-individualistic society? Why is the West different? Why did democracy spring from Western nations? Why did science develop in the West? Why did capitalism develop in the West? Why did tolerance begin in the West? Why did the welfare state originate in the West? Western exceptionalism is one of the fiercest battlegrounds of contemporary history. And far from being a purely academic argument, it has immediate repercussions...

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