Jesuit publication slams perceived evangelical-Catholic coalition in US

Confidantes of Pope Francis publish article in influential Jesuit magazine "La Civilta Catholic"

An analysis piece published Thursday in La Civilta Cattolica discusses what it calls a “surprising” and unfortunate alliance between conservative Catholics and evangelicals in the U.S. on issues such as immigration – suggesting the two are in direct opposition to Pope Francis' message of mercy. The article, published online July 13, is co-authored by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, … [Read more...]

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Theology matters

"Growing churches hold more firmly to basics of traditional Christianity, including being more diligent about things like prayer, Bible reading and evangelism"

The following comes from a December 12 On Religion article: When they set out to find growing mainline churches, sociologist David Haskell and historian Kevin Flatt did the logical thing – they asked leaders of four key Canadian denominations to list their successful congregations. It didn't take long, however, to spot a major problem as the researchers contacted these … [Read more...]

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Same-sex marriage is uniting Evangelicals and Catholics

President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says that Catholics got it right on contraception

The following comes from a May 9 Mercator article by Michael Cook: One surprising effect of the rise of same-sex marriage in the United States may be a convergence between evangelicals and the Catholic Church. The best evidence for this is a recent book by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and one of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical … [Read more...]

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Mom doesn’t like cowardly predators who hand out scripture

Bible handout near Tiburon school has some parents riled

The following comes from a September 12 Marin Independent Journal article by Janis Mara: As Tara Jones, 11, left Del Mar Middle School to go home, a stranger approached her and handed her a small orange Bible, unsolicited. When Tara’s mother found out she hit the roof, concerned for her child and other Marin children who she feared might be approached. “When I picked up … [Read more...]

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The way forward: Accommodation or proclamation?

Saying secularism causes the decline in religious affiliation is like saying the reason for the downpour outdoors is that it’s raining.

The following comes from a June 11 Catholic World Report article by Russell Shaw: In its first “religious landscape” study in seven years, the Pew Research Center found membership dropping steeply in most Christian bodies except for Evangelicals, among whom the loss was much smaller. In seven years the percentage of American adults describing themselves as Christians fell by … [Read more...]

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You don’t have to be celibate

San Francisco's largest Evangelical megachurch allows active Homosexuals to become members

The following comes from a March 15 Christian Post article by Anugrah Kumar: The Elder Board of San Francisco's largest evangelical church, City Church, has announced that the megachurch will end its practice of preventing LGBT people from becoming members if they are unwilling or unable to practice lifelong celibacy. "Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long … [Read more...]

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I know what you did last Sunday

The following comes from a May 19 story on the Christian Post. Americans exaggerate how often they go to Church in answers to surveys, a new study finds. Catholics and Mainline Protestants exaggerated more than Evangelical Protestants and black Protestants. Since religious service attendance is considered positive behavior, Americans tend to overestimate how often they … [Read more...]

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