Saturday, December 10, 2016

Catholic Church

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virgin mary

A new museum exhibit actually invites guests to kick a virtual Virgin Mary, but what is the point of the art display?

In the very Christian Lutheran nation of Estonia, a museum has opened that invites the visitors to kick and shatter at virtual image of the Virgin Mary.

After the mother of Jesus is shattered, the words “reformation” appear.

The exhibit is to honor the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the door of a Catholic Church.

Lutherans separated from the Catholic Church in 1571 and this art exhibit tries to focus in on that moment.

The display seems more of a protest against the Catholic Church than an artistic representation of history.

The Lutheran Church acknowledges the Virgin Mary, but they don’t hold her up as high as the Catholic Church. They still respect the mother of Jesus and would never want to kick the woman.

It is unlikely the exhibit will become a permanent exhibit and local church leaders on both sides are fighting the display because it is offensive to all Christians.

Hopefully we won’t see this display come to America. Does kicking the Virgin Mary offend you? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Pope

Pope Francis has not been a stranger to flexing his massive Catholic muscles over the American political process.

In September of 2015, Francis spoke to a joint session of Congress and, by all accounts, appeared as a “liberal activist” rather than the religious leader of the world’s largest church.

In this latest attack on presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and anyone who supports border security, Pope Francis lodged a particularly hurtful accusation that anyone who supports building walls is not a Christian.

Thankfully, even Catholics can agree that the Pope is not infallible.

However, Francis’ political meddling does far greater damage to the Catholic Church than it does to any particular candidate or party.

As Jerry Fallwell Jr. pointed out, JFK is “rolling in his Grave” over the Pope’s statements.

Kennedy fought hard to overcome the suspicions protestants held for Catholic political leaders and opened the door to normalcy in selecting candidates who are members of the Catholic Church.

Presenting Catholic ideology as a mix of liberalism, statism, and gospel is a major turn off for Americans who stand by the independence of the nation.

Assuming the Pope was correctly quoted, closing the door on a massive swath of believers as “not Christian” based on a policy stance is not only ignorant, but undue political pressure at its greatest.

But some political leaders choose to sit back and not take on the Pope on this matter.

Ted Cruz, who believes he is running on the evangelical ticket (although they largely support Trump), has amazingly remained silent on the issue while Trump has stood his ground.

Along with Trump, Pope Francis is saying that Ted Cruz is also not a Christian . . . a swing that not even The Donald is willing to throw.

While it is unwise for anyone to go blow-for-blow with the Papal Throne, standing up to bullying, no matter how strong your opponent it, is a sign of unwavering strength.

While Pope Francis may not like the new direction of the nation in standing up for itself, he is best served to keep matters of government policy behind the massive walls of Vatican City.

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Pope-Francis

A Catholic needs two miracles to be considered for sainthood–and, if one family’s story checks out, he may be halfway there.

Lynn Cassidy claims her daughter, three-month-old Ave, was miraculously healed after an encounter with Pope Francis. Ave, who has Down syndrome, also had two holes in her heart–which were life-threatening.

The Cassidys planned a trip to Rome over Easter 2014, and they stood at the barricade on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican in hopes that Pope Francis would come by.

When the Holy Father’s motorcade did come by, Lynn’s husband, Scott, held Ave up in the air. One of Pope Francis’s bodyguards took Ave and handed her to the Pope.

Scott told the Pope that Ave had two holes in her heart, as he held the sick baby.

What happened next? The Cassidys are calling that a miracle.

“When we got home in May, we went back to the cardiologist for a check-up,” Lynn said. “One of the holes was completely closed and one was half the size.”

While the story may be a case of coincidence, Lynn believes it’s divine intervention.

“When you see the picture that the professional photographer took [of Pope Francis and baby Ave], his hand is here and he’s a servant of God.”

Pope Francis has been a controversial figure since he was elected Pope. Whether or not he has actually committed a miracle remains to be seen–but it’s clear that the Pope is electrifying the Catholic Church in a way not seen for decades.

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Pope Francis had some touching words to say to a single mom, who decided not to abort her children–but Time magazine deleted some key passages that they thought were “too offensive.”

Here’s what the pope actually said:

“I know that people can sometimes look askance at you. But I’ll tell you one thing. You’re a brave woman because you were capable of bringing these two daughters into the world. You could have killed them inside your womb and you respected life, you respected the life you were carrying inside you and God will reward you for that and He does reward for you for that. Don’t be ashamed. Hold your head high. ‘I didn’t kill my daughters. I brought them into the world.’ I congratulate you.”

But, when Time released the transcript of the pope’s comments, well, key passages were missing. They deleted “You could have killed them inside your womb” and “I didn’t kill my daughters.”

Time, apparently, thought that the word “kill” to describe an abortion was too graphic.

Despite being hailed for liberalizing the Catholic Church in some ways, Pope Francis hasn’t wavered from his church’s firm pro-life stance–and it’s clear, on his tour of the United States, that he’s not going to kowtow to pro-choice sensibilities.

It’s unclear of who Time though the pope was offending, but clearly they would rather not have their readership see the word “kill” in the same passage that discusses abortion. Even if it’s coming from Pope Francis himself.

When the media is censoring the pope–the head of one of the largest religions in the world–over touching comments he made to cheer on a single mom who chose the more difficult route rather than abort her kids, it’s clear that the mainstream media won’t let anything stand in their way of their leftist, pro-abortion agenda.

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