Pope Francis and Poverty

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Source: National Review Online | Samuel J. Gregg If there is anyone in the world today who embodies the joy of the Christian Gospel, it is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And the happiness offered by embracing and living true faith in Christ and His Church (rather than the vapid sentimentalism that often passes for love these days) permeates Pope Francis’s new (and rather long) “apostolic exhortation,” … [Read more...]

What George Washington Shows Us In His First Thanksgiving Proclamation

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In 1789 both the House and Senate called on newly elected President George Washington to issue a proclamation of thanksgiving to God for His protection and blessing on their fledgling nation. The proclamation is a call to prayer for both nation and people, for it understood that a virtuous nation could not be maintained without virtuous people. The exhortations to repentance and duty in both … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: The Voice of the Church Must Be Prophetic

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Source: World Council of Churches Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk,Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate,At the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches Busan, the Republic of Korea, 1 November 2013 Your Holinesses and Beatitudes, Your Eminences and Graces, dear brothers and sisters, esteemed delegates of the Assembly, The … [Read more...]

Limited Time Free eBook Offer: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Environmentalism

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Source: Acton Institute Beginning today, Acton is offering its first monograph on Eastern Orthodox Christian social thought at no cost through Amazon Kindle. Through Tues., Nov. 12, you can get your free digital copy of Creation and the Heart of Man: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on Environmentalism (Acton Institute, 2013). The print edition, which runs 91 pages, will be available later … [Read more...]

An Eastern Orthodox Case for Property Rights

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Fr. Jensen: ...[P]roperty rights are not a panacea – protecting and enhancing private ownership will not cure all that ails us personally or socially. Nor can we separate the exercise of our right to property from the moral law or, for Christians, the Gospel. But Orthodox social thought does I think allow us to make a convincing case that property rights are a key element of human … [Read more...]

Human Trafficking Enters A New Marketplace: Organ Harvesting

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This is unadulterated evil, a new slavery where the strong prey on the weak. Source: Acton Institute Power Blog |Elise Hilton There have been whispers of it before, but now it has been confirmed: trafficking humans in order to harvest organs. The Telegraph is reporting that an underage Somali girl was smuggled into Britain with the intent of harvesting her organs for those desperately … [Read more...]

How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization [VIDEO]

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(May 30, 2013) In "How the West Really Lost God", leading cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt, however, marshals an array of research, from historical data on family decline in … [Read more...]

Dylan Pahman: Self-Discipline Today or Hardship Tomorrow

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Source: Acton Institute | Dylan Pahman In the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, a collection of wise stories and sayings from the first Christian monks, the following is attributed to one Abba Zeno: “Never lay a foundation on which you might sometime build yourself a cell.” This saying has at least two possible applications: 1) Do not start something you do not intend to see through. 2) Do not put … [Read more...]

Bill Hinkle on Citizenship [AUDIO]

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Bill Hinkle was a member of the Washington State House of Representatives representing the 13th district. As the government shutdown continues to drag on, 16-year-elected political veteran Bill Hinkle offers his thoughts on what's wrong with the political scene in America during this week’s episode of Our Life in Christ and in America. What's more, he asks, what's wrong with us as a nation? As … [Read more...]

The War on Humans

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A trailer for the upcoming documentary from the Discovery Institute: Keep up with the news and release dates at www.evolutionnews.org and www.waronhumans.com. Sign up to be notified when the film is released. … [Read more...]

Christian Persecution on Ancient Faith Today — Sunday, October 13 at 8pm Eastern | 5pm Pacific

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Host Kevin Allen talks with Faith McDonnell and Ralph H. Sidway about the rising tide of Christian intolerance and genocide—the intentional killing of people for their Christian faith—and why global Christophobia is rarely covered by Western media or addressed by the United Nations. Faith McDonnell is the Director of Religious Liberty Programs at the Institute for Religion and Democracy and … [Read more...]

Turning the World Upside Down: Five Ideas for Orthodox Christian College Students

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By Andrew F. Estocin Each September a Sunday is set aside for Orthodox Parishes across the country to focus on the lives of college students. As students settle on campus for another academic year, it is certain that they will encounter a world full of questions about the very meaning of life and how best to live it. They will be challenged by ideas both ancient and new. Campus life will … [Read more...]

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