Wesley J. Smith: Obamacare Lives

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Source: National Review Online | Wesley J. Smith The people of the United States ensured an Obamacare future by apparently reelecting President Obama and maintaining a Democratic Senate. Here are the immediate consequences: 1. The IPAB will go into effect: As I have written, IPAB is the cornerstone of a planned bureaucratic state. The only way now to thwart that is pure obstructionism. First, … [Read more...]

The Collapse of the Christian Consensus?

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I got caught short on this election. I thought Romney would win because of Obama's mismanagement of the economy and foreign policy. I never thought that people would vote against their own interests in the numbers that they did. Secondly, it was clear a cultural shift is occurring but I thought it would favor Romney much like Carter-Reagan in 1980 especially since the indicators mirrored that … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Bishop: Syrian Christians Facing ‘Extermination’

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Over at the Acton Institute blog, John Couretas writes about his recent interview with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, about increasing Christian persecution around the world. One focus was the mid-east where the Western "Arab Spring" policy has in fact unleashed a torrent of persecution against … [Read more...]

Roman Catholic Bishop Orders Priests to Read Anti-Obama Letter at Sunday Sermons

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Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois sent a letter to his flock telling them that supporting politicians who support abortion reject Jesus. He also spoke against the HSS mandates that would compel the Catholic Church to adopt policies contrary to their moral teachings. Bp. Jenky wrote: Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously … [Read more...]

What a Structual Economic Breakdown Looks Like — Greece May 2010-June 2012

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Don't think this cannot happen in America if we don't get our fiscal house in order. Νέο ντοκιμαντέρ - Αθήνα: Κοινωνική κατάρρευση - Ελληνική υπότιτλοι Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the social meltdown which took place in Greece between May 2010 & June 2012 that is on going. This film contains videos and photos shot on the streets, often containing violence and paints a portrait of … [Read more...]

Thank you for Contributing to the Fr. John Peck Appeal

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Fr. John Peck appeal. As many of you know Fr. John is in transition and your contribution helped pay the rent, fix the car, and other necessary things to keep him going as he stabilizes his future. Fr. John is a tenacious man and will land on his feet in short order. Your help ensures that he does. We reap what we sow. When we help others, then help … [Read more...]

Agreement Reached on Rebuilding St. Nicholas in New York City

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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed in the terrorist attack on 9/11 will be rebuilt. This is good. Archbishop Demetrios said that "when St. Nicholas Church is completed it will be a place of praying, a place of comfort, openness and reconciliation where the relatives of the almost three thousand victims of 9/11 can come and light a candle." This is even better. My hope has … [Read more...]

A Priest Needs Our Help

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Fr. John Peck was unceremoniously thrown out of his parish some months back for no justifiable reason. This is a blight in our Orthodox Church and happens more often than many people realize. Sooner or later this problem must be addressed. Priests with families should not have to suffer this kind of arbitrary abuse. It causes considerable hardship on the priest and his family especially if no … [Read more...]

Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a Gimmick says Fr. Preble

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Fr. Peter-Michael Preble posted the following essay on his blog a few days ago about preachers and politics. He lays out some important points. I've got my own ideas, but what do you think? Sunday, October 7th, was a time when preachers from coast to coast took to their pulpits to try and pull the IRS into a court battle. In 1954, then Senator Lyndon Johnson pushed a bill through the … [Read more...]

European Civilization – From the Edict of Milan to Christianophobia

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On October 2, 2012, the DECR chairman spoke at the opening of an international reflection-action conference on ‘Spiritual Feat of Sts Constantine and Helen Equal-to-the-Apostles – the Beginning and Triumph of Christendom in Human History’, which took place at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dear Participants and Guests of the Conference, Allow me to greet you on behalf … [Read more...]

Dn Brian Patrick Mitchell — Thomas Hopko on Same-Sex Attraction: Speaking the Truth with Love?

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Fr. Thomas Hopko has done the Church a great service with his book "Christianity and Same-Sex Attraction argues Dn. Brian Patrick Mitchell, a Deacon in the Orthodox Church of America. He is faithful to the moral tradition, approaches the topic with compassion towards the person struggling with same-sex attraction, and teaches how struggling with the passion can become a means of sanctification and … [Read more...]

Get Religion: Failing to Cover the Christ Our Savior Video Riot

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Source: Get Religion As you would imagine, I have received a few notes seeking my take, as a journalist and as an Orthodox Christian, on the events involving that crudely named feminist band in Russia. You know, the one that drew this headline the other day in The New York Times: “Anti-Putin Stunt Earns Punk Band Two Years in Jail.”What? The band’s actual name didn’t rate large … [Read more...]

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