Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pope: Conflict, Climate Change Cause Worldwide Hunger

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ROME, Italy, October 16, 2017 (ENS) – Pope Francis today urged governments around the world to work together to make emigration a safer and more voluntary choice, saying that food security for everyone requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts.

The Pope made his appeal in a speech to the audience at the official World Food Day ceremony at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, headquarters in Rome.

Pope Francis and Jose Graziano de Silva, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization at the World Food Day ceremony in Rome, Oct. 16, 207 (Photo courtesy FAO)

“It is clear that wars and climate change are the cause of hunger, so we do not present hunger as if it were an incurable disease,” said the pontiff.

After steadily declining for over a decade, hunger is on the rise again and of the 815 million hungry people on the planet, 489 million live in countries affected by conflict, the annual UN report on food security and nutrition revealed last month.

The Pope has called for a total commitment to a gradual and systematic disarmament, and he has called for a change in lifestyles and resource use as well as food production and consumption to protect the planet.

“What is at stake is the credibility of the entire international system,” he said.

About the development of the Global Pact for safe, regular and orderly migration, the first agreement of its kind negotiated by governments under UN auspices, Pope Francis said, “Human mobility management requires coordinated and systematic online intergovernmental action with existing international standards, full of love and intelligence. ”

He then said that unfortunately some countries are moving away from the Paris Agreement on climate, which was agreed by consensus of world leaders in 2015.

The executive director of the UN World Food Programme made an impassioned plea for peace amid mounting evidence of the links between conflict, migration and rising hunger.

Concerns are growing that progress in defeating global hunger is being reversed as record numbers of people flee their homes to escape fighting.

“Someday in the future, World Food Day will be a celebration of a peaceful and well-fed world. Sadly, that day seems very far off right now. We have far too much violence and conflict, and that is why we have more people who are hungry and in need of assistance,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

“I call on the people in power, the people with guns, to stop the fighting now,” said Beasley, who has met many people fleeing conflict and violence in Yemen, South Sudan and Bangladesh over the past few months.

Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

By Kari Paul

Published: Oct 20, 2017 2:29 p.m. ET

In tumultuous political times, the 18-30 demographic is reaching for the stars.

Co?Star Co-founders of astrology app Co—Star.



When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?”

“So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.”

Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.

Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Pope Francis proposes rethinking the market rules which guide society

Never on Sunday

Never on Sunday


Published on Jun 12, 2017

Sunday is a day of rest, even for your lawn. Be an angel and follow the mandatory summer watering restrictions. Don’t water on Sundays.

A cashless society: Is the old guard being dragged into the Digital Age again?

A cashless society: Is the old guard being dragged into the Digital Age again?:

WHETHER the traditionalist likes it or not, paper-based currency is very much an endangered species, and in a few decades' years time, we may well be living in a cashless society. A number of significant trends indicate that cash and cheques will be replaced with electronic methods of payment.

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Callista Gingrich, Washington's new face at Vatican

Ivan Couronne,

October 17, 2017

Callista Gingrich, wife of former House speaker and Republican US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, is the next US ambassador to the Vatican (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

Washington (AFP) - The next US ambassador to the Vatican is no veteran diplomat: Callista Gingrich is the third wife of Newt Gingrich, the former leader of the 1990s Republican revolution who has reaped rewards for backing Donald Trump.

The US Senate confirmed her late Monday on a 70-23 vote, five months after she was nominated by the president.

Several Democrats joined all Republicans in supporting Gingrich, but her opposition was relatively high for an ambassadorial nominee: only the deeply controversial David Friedman, Trump's ambassador to Israel, received more "no" votes this year.

"It's a very strange appointment," Michael Sean Winters, a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, told AFP.

"It's hard to imagine anything in Callista Gingrich's resume that shows she could be good at that" position at the Vatican.

Traditionally about one third of envoys are political appointees, especially people who were major donors to a president's campaign.

But at the Vatican, the 51-year-old Gingrich succeeds a former president of humanitarian group Catholic Relief Services, who himself succeeded a professor of theology.

Gingrich has published seven children's books featuring Ellis the Elephant, who navigates his way through different periods in American history.

She and her husband run Gingrich Productions, a multimedia company which has produced several documentaries, including one on Pope John Paul II.

During her July confirmation hearing, Senator Johnny Isakson highlighted her role as a choir member at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

She is "a lady of great talent," Isakson said, someone who could "not only convince Newt to marry her, but convert him to Catholicism, which will serve them well in the Holy See."

- Out of wedlock -

Gingrich's husband Newt, now 74, was the architect of the remarkable Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994 during Bill Clinton's presidency, thanks to an ultra-partisan strategy whose effects reverberated for decades.

After his fall in 1998, Newt Gingrich remained ever-present within the party, seeking the presidential nomination in 2012 and 2016 before backing Trump and proposing, in vain, himself as vice president.

The Gingrich couple's story is not without controversy.

Callista Biseck had been a congressional aide in 1993 when she began a romantic relationship with Newt Gingrich, who was married at the time. Their affair lasted six years, until Gingrich divorced his second wife and married Callista.

The illicit romance was occurring just as Gingrich himself pressed for the impeachment of Bill Clinton over his sexual encounters with intern Monica Lewinsky.

While Newt's career rose, Callista's never reached the same professional pinnacles.

"Callista doesn't have what Newt does. Newt can pick up the phone and get to the president," columnist Winters said.

Still, envoys play a less crucial role today than in 1984, when Ronald Reagan and the Vatican re-established diplomatic relations.

In 2017, Trump's priorities -- on refugees, climate, poverty -- seem diametrically opposed to those of Pope Francis.

But Democrats declined to mount fierce opposition to his Vatican ambassador.

"They've got bigger fish to fry," Winters said.

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Pope announces Synod of Bishops for Pan-Amazon region


Pope Francis's pastoral staff is hit by a ray of the sun during the canonization mass for 35 new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct.15, 2017. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.)

Pope Francis on Sunday announced that he's calling a special Synod of Bishops in October 2019 for the Pan-Amazon region in Latin America, meaning the countries of the Amazon -- Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Perú, Venezuela and Surinam. It's the first time Francis has called a synod for a specific region, something that St. John Paul II used to do to signal a special concern.

ROME - Pope Francis on Sunday announced a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2019, to involve prelates from Latin America’s Pan-Amazon region, meaning Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Perú, Venezuela and Surinam.

“Accepting the desire of some Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Latin America, as well as the voice of various pastors and faithful from other parts of the world, I have decided to convene a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in the month of October 2019,” Francis said at the end of the weekly Angelus prayer.

There’s already a Synod of Bishops on youth, faith and vocational discernment scheduled for Oct. 2018.

This is the first time Francis has called a Synod of Bishops for a specific region, although St. Pope John Paul II did so on different occasions to signal a special concern. John Paul called a special synod for the Netherlands in 1980 and for Lebanon in 1995, in addition to special synods for each of the continents of the world.

The main purpose of the Amazon gathering, Francis said, will be to identify new paths for the evangelization in the region. Particular attention, he added, will be paid to the indigenous people, “often forgotten and without the prospect of a serene future,” and to the crisis of the Amazonian rain forest, considered one of the world’s “lungs” because of the amount of oxygen produced by its abundant vegetation.

What Catholics in post-Protestant democracy can learn from medieval monarchs

October 18, 2017

What Catholics in post-Protestant democracy can learn from medieval monarchs

Coronation of Henry IV at Westminster in 1399

One thing is certain: The proper role of religion in civil life is not a new question. It was already raised with Jesus, and we hear his answer, which begs another question: Why do we keep debating the issue?

One of this year’s most widely read books, on this very topic, is Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. His scheme is easily summarized: There is no longer a place for Christians or our ideas in American civil life so we had best enter self-constructed, protective ghettos, as we ride out the collapse of this civilization.

One thing is sure: The proper role of religion in civil life is not a new question.

Perhaps the other extreme is best illustrated by a Fox News commentator, who this past week called the U.S. Constitution “the most sublime document ever authored.” If Mr. Dreher thinks Christians must go their own way, this commentator virtually identified the American way with God’s will. Evidently for him, even the Gospels fall in place behind the Constitution.

Whether it is a middle way or simply the right way, something can be learned by Christians, even by American Christians, from the medieval—and hence Catholic—coronation oath of English sovereigns, which did not differ all that much from the oaths taken by other Catholic sovereigns. (If the European Union collapses through the exertion of protesting partisans, it will do so for the second time. The first union was called Christendom.)

What can a post-Protestant democracy possibly learn from the Catholic coronation oath of English sovereigns?
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Rerum Novarum - Catholic Social Teaching

Rerum Novarum - Catholic Social Teaching

Jo Mama

Published on Feb 12, 2012

This is a short clip from a longer video entitled "For the Others" which discusses the Catholic Church's stand on Social Justice over the years and the implementation of it by the Jesuits.

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Sneak peek: D.C.’s huge new Museum of the Bible includes lots of tech — but not a lot of Jesus

By Michelle Boorstein, Julie Zauzmerand Sarah Pulliam Bailey

October 16 at 4:06 PM

Senior software developer Donnie Richardson does testing in the area where visitors to the Museum of the Bible can write on a large interactive tablet table. Those messages will be shown on the big screen in the background (featuring a panoramic photo of Jerusalem). (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

The Museum of the Bible, a massive new institution opening next month just south of the Mall, is just as notable for what it ­includes — vivid walk-through re-creations of the ancient world, one of the world’s largest private collections of Torahs, a motion ride that sprays water at you, a garden of biblical plants — as for what it leaves out.

The $500 million museum, chaired and largely funded by the conservative Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby, doesn’t say a word about the Bible’s views on sexuality or contraception. The museum doesn’t encourage visitors to take the Bible literally or to believe that the Bible has only one correct form. And on floor after gleaming floor of exhibitions, there is very little Jesus.

This isn’t the evangelism that the billionaire Green family first promised a decade ago when they set out to build a museum dedicated to Scripture. At the time, the museum’s mission statement promised to “bring to life the living word of God . . . to inspire confidence in the absolute authority” of the Bible, the book at the institution’s center.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Avista Adventist Hospital hires new CEO from Florida

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Centura Health officials have appointed someone they consider a rising star in the Adventist Health System as the new CEO of Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville.

Jillyan McKinney, who has been the vice president of strategic business development for the Lake Nona and Sunbridge communities while at Florida Hospital in Orlando, will begin her new role on Nov. 20. She replaces Dennis Barts, who retired in August.

McKinney grew a reputation for aligning physicians better with the hospital and for improving overall health and well-being in her community, said officials at Centura, which is co-owned by Adventist and Catholic Health Initiatives. She initiated several major expansion projects there and facilitated jumps in both patient volume and profitability.

“McKinney has an infectious amount of energy,” said Edward Sim, president of Centura Health’s Mountains and North Denver Operating Group.

McKinney said in an announcement that she and her family “can’t wait to call this incredible community home.”


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Centura Health is a non-profit, faith-based health care system based in Englewood, Colorado which was formed in 1996 as a joint operating agreement between Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System.[1][2][3] The system expanded its operations into Kansas in 2011.

SDA Church says no to 'Seventh-gay Adventist' supporting buggery conference

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JAMAICA'S largest denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, yesterday distanced itself from a member of the church who is scheduled to speak at a two-day international conference titled “Intimate Conviction” to discuss the church and anti-buggery laws in the Commonwealth.

SDA Communication, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director Nigel Coke said Dr Keisha McKenzie may be a member, but “she does not speak on behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist Church globally or locally, and any statement or utterance by her concerning the conference's theme should not be taken as an official statement or position of the church”.

Dr McKenzie, who is listed among the “distinguished speakers” at the event taking place at the regional headquarters of The University of the West Indies (UWI) starting tomorrow, is said to be a member of a group within the SDA Church calling themselves “Seventh-gay Adventists”.

But the church made it clear in a press statement that it would not be taking action against McKenzie, stressing that it was not against individuals exercising their freedom of conscience and expressions, “which are God-given rights never to be taken from anyone”.

A newspaper advertisement announcing the conference said the keynote speaker is Most Rev Dr John Holder, Anglican archbishop of the West Indies, at the top of a list of other distinguished speakers from the Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, and United Churches.

Coke said the leadership of the Adventist Church had received an invitation to the conference, but had politely turned it down and reiterated its opposition to homosexuality and buggery specifically. Adventists are on record as being opposed to proposals to repeal the country's buggery law.

“We believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman,” Coke said in the statement. “This was the design established by God at creation. Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed.

The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships. For these reasons, Seventh-day Adventists are opposed to homosexual practices and relationships. Our outreach to mankind is non-discriminatory. We have in the pas(t)s and will continue to offer compassion and care to anyone, including persons who are in need of God's love and desires us to guide them into a saving relationship with Him.”

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In powerless Puerto Rico, washboards and candles are essential

Power lines hang precariously on the side of the road on Highway 118 near San Isidro. Jose A. Iglesias


By Jim Wyss

October 14, 2017 6:40 PM
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

Washboards, candles and cash are the new must-have items on this powerless island.

Almost four weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, 85 percent of the population is still without electricity, forcing people to get creative — and go old school — as they face an extended period of life in the new dark ages.

After Maria obliterated the body shop where he worked, Eddri Serrano, 20, started making old-timey laundry washboards out of modern-day plastic.

On Saturday, he and his cousin were sprinting along the freeway hawking the tablas for $15 a pop.

“I had to do something,” said Serrano, who claims they’ve sold as many as 70 in a day. “It was either this or steal, and I would rather be broke than steal.”

One grateful customer, Cruzdelia Cardona, 72, said she hadn’t used a washboard since her teens. “This makes me remember my youth,” she said.

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Puerto Rican authorities are scrambling to bring the island’s utilities back into the 21st century, as they face mounting criticism about the slow pace of the recovery.

On Saturday, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said FEMA was making a $128 million disbursement so the island can quadruple the number of electrical crews over the next three weeks. He also pledged to restore electricity to 50 percent of the island by Nov. 15, and 95 percent of the island by December — far faster than previous estimates.

Puerto Rico’s electrical grid was on life support even before the storm hit, a victim of the decade-long recession. But it’s hard to fathom the scope and scale of Maria’s destruction.

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Pope urges Christians to watch out against worldliness

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Pope Francis celebrating Mass at the Vatican's Santa Marta residence, 13 October, 2017.

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(Vatican Radio) Only Christ crucified will save us from the demons that make us "slide slowly into worldliness", saving us also from the "stupidity" that St. Paul talks about to the Galatians, and from seduction. This was central message of the homily of Pope Francis at his Mass, Friday morning, at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. He was reflecting on the episode in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus casts out a demon, which some people interpret as through power of the devil.

Watchfulness against Devil's stealth

The Pope said the Lord asks us be watchful in order not to enter into temptation. This is why a Christians have to be awake, watchful and careful like a sentinel. Jesus was not narrating a parable but was stating a truth, i.e when the unclean spirit comes out of a man, he roams about in abandoned places looking for refuge and not finding any, decides to return to where he came from, where the freed man lives. Hence the demon decides to bring in "seven other spirits worse than him.” Pope Francis emphasized the word “worse”, saying it has much force in the passage because the demons enter quietly.


The demons thus start being part of the man's life. With their ideas and inspirations, they help the man to live better and entering his life and heart and start changing him from within, but quietly without making any noise. This method is different from the earlier diabolic possession which was strong, the Pope explained, adding this time it a diabolic possession, something like in a “living room”. The devil slowly changes our criteria to lead us to worldliness. It camouflages our way of acting, which we hardly notice. And so, the man, freed from the demon, becomes a bad man, a man burdened by worldliness. And that's exactly what the devil wants – worldliness, the Pope stressed.

Worldliness, Pope Francis explained, is a spell, a seduction, because the devil is the "father of seduction". When the devil enters "so sweetly, politely and takes possession of our attitudes," the Pope said, our values pass from the service of God to worldliness. Thus we become "lukewarm Christians, worldly Christians", a mixture, something that the Pope described as a “fruit salad” of the spirit of the world and the spirit of God. All this distances us from the Lord, the Pope said and stressed that the way to avoid it by being vigilant and calm without alarm.

Christ crucified who saves

Watchful means understanding what goes on in my heart, the Pope said, adding, “ It means stopping for a while to examine my life, whether I a Christian, whether I educate my children, whether my life is Christian or worldly?” And one understands this, as Paul points out, by looking at Christ crucified. One understands where worldliness lies and is destroyed before the Lord's cross. The Crucifix saves us from the charms and seductions that lead us to worldliness.

The Holy Father exhorted Christians to examine themselves whether they look up to Christ crucified, whether they pray the Way of the Cross in order to understand the price of salvation, not just from sins but also from worldliness. The examination of conscience, the Pope said, is done always before Christ crucified, with prayer, after which one has to break loose from one’s comfortable attitudes, through works of charity, visiting the sick, helping someone in need and so on. This breaks the harmony and the spiritual worldliness that the demon together with seven others tries to create in us, the Pope added.

The future of the US Church is missionary encounter, nuncio says

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Jefferson City, Mo., Oct 13, 2017 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The American cultural situation poses great challenges, but these can be overcome through a missionary renewal following Pope Francis’ proposed “culture of encounter,” said the apostolic nuncio to the U.S.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre spoke Oct. 7 at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference.

“Reading the history of the Missouri Catholic Conference, one cannot help but marvel at how the Spirit of God has been at work in you in the defense of Catholic school students, marriage and family life, in protecting the unborn, disabled and vulnerable members of society, and in your genuine concern for the poor and migrants,” he said.

“Today is a day to give thanks to God, but it is also a time to reflect on the future of your journey together.”

The archbishop spoke at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Jefferson City, Missouri for the anniversary celebration of the Catholic conference, which handles public policy for the Catholic Church in Missouri.

In his remarks, Pierre cited Pope Francis’ desire for a “synodal Church,” a Church that journeys together on the paths of history “towards the encounter with Christ the Lord.” He said the Catholic conference has been “building up the Kingdom of God by living and acting in a collegial way.”

He also surveyed American cultural changes, drawing on Boston College professor Hosffman Ospino’s keynote at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders held earlier this year.

The roles, expectations and practices of family life have been reconfigured; communal life has been eroded in favor of individualism, including in religious practice and Mass attendance; culture wars have led to “the demonization of those with whom we disagree”; and rising secularization has meant that 25 percent of Americans and about half of baptized Catholics under age 30 identify as having no religious affiliation, he noted.

“The challenges are great, but not insurmountable,” said Pierre, drawing on his experience as nuncio to Mexico.

He cited Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” as a key to understanding the Church’s missionary dimension.

“If something should rightly disturb us, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life,” the Pope said in his exhortation.

Annual Council 2017: Ending on an Uplifting Note

10.11 Annual Council 2017: Ending on an Uplifting Note
October 13, 2017

PC: Wayne Blakely speaking at Annual Council 2017 by Brent Hardinge / ANN via Flickr

The last day of the 2017 Annual Council was filled with inspiration. It truly brought this year’s meetings to an end in a positive and uplifting way.

Elder Wilson’s introduction to the morning worship set the tone for the day. He informed the delegates that Wayne Blakely, the speaker from Coming Out Ministries, was uniquely positioned to help the church understand the power that God’s Word possesses. Blakely, who lived a homosexual lifestyle until 8 years ago, has surrendered his life to Jesus, and is walking day by day in His light. Blakely’s testimony is featured in-depth in the documentary Journey Interrupted, which was shown to the delegates at Annual Council last year.

Blakely noted that we (as a church) have allowed disunity to creep into our ranks to the extent that we can no longer identify with those who disagree with us anymore; this is a time, not for division, but for unity. Blakely discussed how the church has repeatedly stated that homosexuality is a sin, and yet for many years has never presented a way out. As a result of this lack of engagement on the issue of homosexuality, Blakely grew up feeling like a freak who was not part of his church family.

Addressing the current political trend towards same-sex marriage, Blakely clearly points out that the Bible never sanctioned marriage between two members of the same sex. God is the same as He has always been, and His Word has not changed. Blakely pleaded with delegates to not give into the lies of Satan, but to stand firm on God’s Word and to claim His promises. He reminded us that Jesus will never abandon us, even when we fall; however, we must choose to get back up, and not allow our feelings to trip us up.

It took 40 years of prayer on the part of Blakely’s parents before he turned his life over to God. This doesn’t mean that things are now easy, and it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t make mistakes. However, regardless of these things, he is redeemed. Blakely stated that he will forever have to live with the consequences of his past actions, but that the cross is now his focus.

As morning worship ended, Elder Wilson encouraged everyone to pray for Coming Out Ministries, and to reach out to them as a resource in the times we are living in. Hope Channel followed with testimonies of how their ministry and programming is changing lives around the world.

While the report that ADRA presented was encouraging, detailing the many people they have been able to assist, it was emphasized that there is a great deal that still needs to be done. Jonathan Duffy (ADRA President) pointed out that there remains a huge need in Myanmar due to the recent refugee crisis in which 750,000 have fled the country. Of those, approximately 40,000 are pregnant women fleeing into Bangladesh, which does not have adequate medical facilities. Over the last year, ADRA has responded to 105 disasters in South America, Africa, and Asia, and has helped 15.5 million people worldwide.

Following the ADRA report, Adventist Review wowed delegates with their updated media platform, which includes the website, ARtv, and, of course, the Adventist Review magazine. They previewed visually stunning documentaries and programs that are designed to engage the viewer and draw attention to God.

True Before And After

October 10, 2017

Larry Kirkpatrick

On Monday, October 9, 2017, the General Conference Executive Committee met.

The committee chose not to implement at this time the action proposed by top officers, but put nothing in its place. No action was taken against units of the Church which are presently, openly, acting in rebellion toward voted 2015 General Conference Session action. General Conference Secretary G.T. Ng stated that in a sense the very principle of church governance was on trial.

Consider these facts which are true, both before and after Monday:
    • In three General Conference sessions where action would have enabled--directly or indirectly--the ordination of women (1990, 1995, 2015), the Church turned down those proposals.
    • Most recently, denominationally illegal "ordinations" and credentialing irregularities have been carried out by certain Conferences and Unions in North American and Trans-European Divisions..
    • Thousands of Church members in the North American Division are presently, openly calling for the removal of NAD president Dan Jackson and other Division officers by petitions and letters which have been sent to the Executive Committee.

The persistent action of a minority of Adventists is disenfranchising the broader membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Delegates voted in 2015 not to permit Divisions to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry. But the ordinations are continuing. The women's ordination faction is usurping power over the majority of Adventists who vested their delegates with authority which they properly employed to vote the opposite decision.

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By refusing to take any substantial action, General Conference Executive Committee members are risking fragmentation. The Committee has failed to sustain the authority of the world church, and by refusal to act, risks joining itself with the disobedient units in disenfranchising the majority of world church members, whose 2015 General Conference Session vote is being defied.

As one Committee member put it, "We as laypeople have come here filled with mission priority. . . It seems that people . . . are defending themselves, standing in the street. Why don't they just get off the street? The laypeople will come back with a quick document."

Our president very fairly pointed out the need for a solution. He said, "If the method that has been proposed to you is not the one that should be followed, we've been asking for a better one."

The world church has entrusted the Executive Committee to protect it. Annual Council meets until Wednesday afternoon.

Larry is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Pacific Northwest

Confessions of a Christian Prepper

Opinion | Discipleship

Confessions of a Christian Prepper

My hope shouldn’t lie in survival skills and stockpiles.

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“You could be forgiven for thinking apocalyptic thoughts,” writes The New York Times in response to recent disasters.

With multiple earthquakes, successive hurricanes, fires raging in the Northwest and California, as well as escalating tensions with North Korea, the last few months have brought an onslaught of natural and man-made chaos.

The less obvious threat for Americans is the vulnerability of our electrical grid—which, in the opinion of some experts, is imminently hackable.

Vanity Fair publishes regularly on the topic (see Michael Lewis’s latest story). Even Ted Koppel, the calm, unflappable former news anchor, says it’s a matter of if, not when the electrical grid goes down and leaves us suspended in a strange, uneasy darkness.

This “confluence of disastrous events” brings out our most basic instinct: the urge to survive.

The “prepping” trend has grown in response, from basic emergency preparedness (extra water and bags of dried beans) to fully furnished underground bunkers packed with freeze-dried rations. (Costco offers options for both groups.) According to Google Trends, searches for “prepper” and “survivalism” have reached record highs in the last few months.

At a deeper level, these dangers and disasters bring us face to face with the fragility of human life. Lurking beneath our well-socialized exteriors is an intense, primitive need to protect ourselves and those around us from existential threats. Parents fear the possibility that one day we’ll wake up and find ourselves unable to keep our kids safe from famine or fire. One way or another, we all have to contend with the fundamental tension between readiness and relinquishment: When do we accept our mortality, when do we fight against it, and when do we give it up to God’s providence?

Existential dread comes easily to me—although I fear disaster more than death. By some standards, I’m a doomsday prepper in waiting. If I had a more fragile, paranoid psyche, there’s a good chance I’d be living “off the grid” in an abandoned brick warehouse with a small herd of cats and a stack of canned food. I’d hunker down with a ham radio while my children scuttle around like Dickensian street urchins.

As it is, I sublimate my anxieties into more socially acceptable form by skimming prepper websites and organizing canned food and water in the back of my pantry. After the recent Harvey hurricane, I sent a donation to a Houston-based nonprofit and then joined my fellow Austinites lined up at fueling stations to fill portable gas cans in case of a shortage. (The cans now sit in two neat rows on a shelf in my garage.)

Protestants could be admitted to Catholic Communion next year according to Protestant leader

Friday, October 13, 2017

Protestants could be admitted to Catholic Communion next year according to Protestant leader

at 18:59

In the opinion of the Council President of the Protestant Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Protestants could be admitted to the Catholic communion.

"You have to talk about it," said Bedford-Strohm on Friday in Munich. The Catholic German Bishops' Conference was discussing this and wrestling with the issue a bit. "We may be anxious; I am very optimistic that there will be a result next year. "The Reformation Jubilee has strengthened ecumenism, said the Bavarian regional bishop.

There was much friendship and confidence between the two great Christian churches in comparison to the past few years: "What two or three years ago there was distrust with regard to the celebration of this year, where the Catholics thought the Protestants now want to promote themselves. "
On October 31, 500 years ago, the reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) had succeeded in nailing his 95 theses against the indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This led to the division of the church. In Bavaria, there were more than 4000 events for the anniversary.


Friday, October 13, 2017

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North Dakota couple sues Catholic Charities over adoption

By dave kolpack, associated press FARGO, N.D. — Oct 13, 2017, 1:33 PM ET

The Associated PressTahnee and James Young pose for a photograph in Fargo, N.D., on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The Youngs have filed a lawsuit against Catholic Charities for $6.5 million, alleging they were discriminated against when denied an adoption because they weren't yet married. They say they were matched up with a 15-year-old girl in foster care five months before their July wedding date and had hoped to have the teen as a bridesmaid. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

A North Dakota couple is suing Catholic Charities for $6.5 million, alleging that the group didn't allow them to adopt a girl because they were living together and hadn't gotten married yet.

James and Tahnee Young, of Fargo, say they were matched up with a 15-year-old girl who was living in foster care five months before their July wedding date and had hoped to have the teen as a bridesmaid in the ceremony. They never met the girl but they had a 90-minute interview with the teen's social worker, who allegedly told them she "would get things moving" in the hopes that the adoption could be completed before the wedding.

"Everything was fully disclosed up front and there was absolutely no concern whatsoever," James said, referring to the fact they were not yet married.

The Youngs said they became suspicious when they failed to receive the necessary paperwork and were eventually told the adoption was off because they were living together as an unmarried couple.

"The social worker said we had to abide by the church's teachings," James said. "They said we were living in sin and it goes all the way back to the Pope."

William Harrie, who is the attorney for Catholic Charities and three of its employees named in the lawsuit, did not respond to email and telephone messages for comment Thursday and Friday. His office said he was busy with a trial.

The Youngs are representing themselves in the case because they say they haven't been able to find an attorney who doesn't have a conflict of interest with Catholic Charities. They briefly retained a lawyer who sent a letter to the defendants last month asking for the adoption to go through now that the two are married.

"We never got any response from them so I was forced to file this lawsuit," James said. "To date we have not got any phone calls, we have got nothing in the mail."

The $6.5 million sought in the complaint includes $5 million in punitive damages. James, 48, would not say whether he would drop the lawsuit if he and Tahnee, 36, were allowed to adopt the child.

"We want the child," James said. "But we don't want this to ever happen to any other adoptive parent. This is hurting the child."


Associated Press writer Blake Nicholson contributed to this story from Bismarck.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seventh-day Adventists Fail to Rein in Non-compliant Workers

10-12-2017 09:10 AM CET

Press release from: Advent Messenger

President Ted Wilson

Today at the Annual Council's Executive Committee, Seventh-day Adventists voted to delay a policy that would have forced church leaders at every level to adhere to the decisions made by the church during their world sessions.

A new, 14-page measure called "Procedures for Reconciliation and Adherence to Church Governance" was introduced to the Executive Committee for discussion and for vote. Had this motion been approved it would have granted new powers to executive officers allowing them to "remove and replace leaders who do not follow General Conference Session actions" (Document page 8, lines 39, 40).

The introduction of this policy stems from the fact that many leaders are not abiding by the church's 2015 "No" vote on women's ordination. The Seventh-day Adventist Church, in a world session, voted not to allow the ordination of women into the ministry. Since that vote, many conference, union and division entities within the church have chosen to ignore that decision and have continued to ordained women as ministers. This non-compliance has been a source of division and anxiety as certain leaders have openly defied the "authority" of the church.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

As Centenary of Fatima Ends, Pope Urges Rosary for Peace

Reminds That Nothing Is Impossible When We Address God in Prayer

October 11, 2017

Deborah Castellano Lubov

Recalling that the centenary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal concludes on October 13, 2017, Pope Francis invited all faithful to pray the rosary for peace.

At the General Audience he presided at St. Peter’s Square today, Oct. 11, 2017, the Pope spoke of this anniversary.

​​”Looking back to the Mother of the Lord and Queen of Missions, I invite everyone, especially in this month of October, to pray the holy rosary for peace in the world.”

“May prayer move the most rebellious souls,” he wished, “so that they may become people who have banned from their hearts, words and gestures, violence,” and that they “may take care of the common home.”

‘Nothing is impossible if we address God in prayer. All of us can be peacemakers’ (Message of the 50th World Day of Peace, 1 January 2017).

China Unveils over 100 Smartphone Apps to Track ‘Loyalty’ to Communism

by Frances Martel6 Oct 2017

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is boasting of over 100 smartphone applications designed to allow senior party members to more accurately track their underlings’ loyalty, based in part on how much communist propaganda the individual consumes on the app.

The Chinese state newspaper Global Times notes that these apps “place additional pressure on members to properly and timely show their loyalty and enthusiasm for the Party.” Party members can be reprimanded if their superior notices they have not been interacting with other party members, reading speeches by president Xi Jinping, or taking online communism classes often enough through the app. The article notes that those who excel and indoctrinate themselves with the apps may be eligible for prizes such as pens and notebooks.

The apps offer a variety of indoctrination media aside from Xi’s speeches, according to the Global Times—among these quizzes to hone knowledge of Maoist thought and broader classes on communist philosophy with required homework.

“The apps not only provide online classes to learn Party doctrines, but also enable users to pay their CPC membership fees or socialize with each other,” the Times adds. “More importantly, the apps will help the CPC evaluate the performance of their nearly 90 million members in a visible, traceable and interactive manner.”

The article provides a number of reasons for there being so many apps, including the use of separate apps for different regional Communist Party structures, different features—like paying Communist Party dues—and different developers. They are all being organized under an umbrella project called “China’s Good Party Member.”

The Chinese government has taken significant technological liberties in the quest to promote communism. Last year, Beijing banned anonymous use of the internet, as well as the publication of any statements that offend “national honor” or suggest an overthrow of the “socialist system.” That law built upon a ban on the publication of blogs or internet comments anonymously passed in 2015.

The CPC regulation apps are part of a greater party organization overhaul in anticipation of the CPC National Congress, beginning October 18. The event, which typically occurs every five years, will give the party an opportunity to elect, re-elect, and promote leaders within the CPC. Local officials told the Global Times in a separate article that they have already been using technology to communicate regarding recommendations for appointments and recruitment of candidates.

“We solicited the opinions of 130 Party members outside the area via telephone and WeChat, an instant messaging service. We visited the homes of elderly members, taking recommendation forms and explaining the policy face to face,” local official Yan Weiping said. Without meeting personally with officials, getting on a CPC ballot is nearly impossible.

In July, communist officials told the Global Times they had organized historical indoctrination tours to generate enthusiasm for the Party Congress. That month, “more than 760 Party members from the State-owned China Construction First Building Corporation Limited took a tour to trace the Party’s footprints from its birth to today.” The tour reportedly took 50 days and included “Chairman Mao’s hometown of Shaoshan, Hunan Province and even Moscow.”

The Chinese state outlet Xinhua states in a report published Friday that the CPC Congress will seek to promote China as “champion of the open world economy” against “protectionism and isolation,” as well as promote a climate change agenda and combat a “Cold War mentality.” Delegates are also expected to vote on amendments to the CPC constitution which would “promote the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Party building,” according to Xinhua.

President Xi Jinping’s term as head of the party concludes in 2022, but the South China Morning Post contends that it may become clear already at this Congress that he will seek another term as head of the party, given the lack of obvious successors. Those who support extending Xi’s term, the newspaper argues, claim “that China is at a critical juncture and needs a strong leader with a long-term strategic vision.”


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Number of women accusing Catholic priest of sexual abuse rises to 23

Number of women accusing Catholic priest of sexual abuse now 23


Updated: Monday, October 9, 2017, 11:11 PM

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian (right) and Robert Hoatson (left) at a news conference held by Road to Recovery, a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse, outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on Friday Oct. 7, 2016. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News)


Updated: Monday, October 9, 2017, 11:11 PM

The number of women alleging they were abused as children by a Catholic priest in Queens has swelled to 23, the Daily News has learned.

The accusers of former Rev. Adam Prochaski, ranging in age from 39 to 57, say the priest abused them in the Holy Cross parish in Maspeth between 1972 and 1994. The women were between 11 to 16 years old when the abuse allegedly took place.

Mitchell Garabedian, their lawyer, said he’s been contacted by women now living in six states, as well as Canada and London. When he first came forward with the allegations, there were 15 accusers.

“Many of them claim he abused them for years in the school, the church, the rectory, and some were abused in his car,” Garabedian said.

Syracuse-area priest raped child, videotaped abuse in 1980s: suit

“The police are investigating this matter. I have forwarded many of my clients’ names to them and I am informed they are interviewing my clients.”

Diocese of Brooklyn spokeswoman Carolyn Erstad said the growing number of accusers is “terrible.”

“Anytime there is news of another survivor, it is devastating to the diocese, the clergy, the faithful,” she said.

Nouriel Roubini's "Good, Bad, & Ugly" Scenarios For The Global Economy

Oct 10, 2017 11:35 AM

Authored by Nouriel Roubini via Project Syndicate,

The International Monetary Fund, which in recent years had characterized global growth as the “new mediocre,” recently upgraded its World Economic Outlook. But is the IMF right to think that the recent growth spurt will continue over the next few years, or is a temporary cyclical upswing about to be subdued by new tail risks?

For the last few years, the global economy has been oscillating between periods of acceleration (when growth is positive and strengthening) and periods of deceleration (when growth is positive but weakening). After over a year of acceleration, is the world headed toward another slowdown, or will the recovery persist?

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The current upswing in growth and equity markets has been going strong since the summer of 2016. Despite a brief hiccup after the Brexit vote, the acceleration endured not just Donald Trump’s election as US president, but also the heightening policy uncertainty and geopolitical chaos that he has generated. In response to this apparent resilience, the International Monetary Fund, which in recent years had characterized global growth as the “new mediocre,” recently upgraded its World Economic Outlook.

Annual Council votes to continue dialogue on unity and reconciliation process

Document referred back to Unity in Mission Oversight Committee

Oct 09, 2017 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Adventist Review Staff/Adventist News Network

Zuki Mxoli, a General Conference delegate, addresses the 2017 Annual Council, Monday, October 9 [Photos: Mylon Medley]

Following nearly six hours of discussion and debate, a majority of members of the Executive Committee of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists voted during their Annual Council meeting to send a document entitled Procedures for Reconciliation and Adherence in Church Governance: Phase II, back to the Unity in Mission Oversight Committee for further review.

“The body has spoken,” said Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “It will go back to the committee. By God's grace, we will find a way of bringing something together again.” 

The Scope of the Second Document

The document outlines the second phase of a process of reconciliation voted during last year’s Annual Council that sought to initiate standard procedures for maintaining church unity in matters involving non-compliance. Areas addressed include Fundamental Beliefs, voted actions or working policies of the church. Phase I, voted at the 2016 Annual Council, sought to provide a “pastoral” approach involving dialogue and a greater understanding among those involved.

The Phase II document emphasizes the Executive Committee’s commitment to “preserve the governance and organizational structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on all levels” in the context of “godly forbearance, Christian charity, and redemptive grace.” Introductory paragraphs also highlight a commitment on the part of the Executive Committee to “the continued forbearance and discussion process” which offers “additional time to find solutions.”

“I believe that the church has been forbearing,” said Wilson during the day’s discussion. “Our purpose is to redeem. But we have to respect what the world church votes.”

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New California law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen

Oct 09, 2017
Eddie Torr

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on October 4, 2017 that would punish health care workers with fine, and potential jail time, if they decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns.” The bill was sponsored by California State Sen. Scott Wiener. (AP )

California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation last week.

The sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, has argued adamantly that nobody is going to be criminally prosecuted for using the wrong pronoun.

“It’s just more scare tactics by people who oppose all LGBT civil rights and protections,” he said in a statement last month.

But the language seemingly allows for the possibility, however remote.

The bill itself is aimed at protecting transgender and other LGBT individuals in hospitals, retirement homes and assisted living facilities. The bill would ensure those facilities accommodate transgender people and their needs, including letting them decide which gender-specific bathroom they prefer to use.

“It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status,” the bill reads.

Among the unlawful actions are “willfully and repeatedly” failing to use a transgender person’s “preferred name or pronouns” after he or she is “clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns.”

The law states that if provisions are violated, the violator could be punished by a fine “not to exceed one thousand dollars” or “by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed one year,” or both.

Wiener’s office noted that violations for residential care facilities under existing law rarely resulted in criminal charges, especially for minor violations. Criminal penalties are meant more for violations that expose a patient to risk of death or serious harm, his office said.

Wiener’s office noted that the law “does not create any new criminal provisions,” but rather creates “new rights within an existing structure.”

One opponent of the law, the California Family Council’s Greg Burt, slammed the measure when the bill was in its early stages.

“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” he said to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August, according to CBN News.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.

Source: Fox News

Mattis to Army: ‘Stand ready’ if North Korea diplomacy fails

By: Aaron Mehta   6 hours ago


Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks during the opening ceremony of the AUSA annual meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday. (Mike Morones)

America’s relationship with North Korea remains a diplomatic one, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Monday, but he urged members of the military to be prepared in case the situation breaks down.

Mattis also used his keynote speech at the annual AUSA conference in Washington, D.C., to thank allies who have stood with the U.S. through the ages.

“It is right now a diplomatically, economic-sanctions-buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off of this path,” Mattis told the audience. “What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say.”

Tensions with North Korea have ratcheted up since the start of the year, following a series of missile launches that culminated in a nuclear test on Sept. 3. Those tensions have been matched with rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who regularly issues provocative tweets and has taken to calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un “rocket man.”

There is a belief among experts that North Korea will attempt some kind of launch or detonation late Monday, timed around a local holiday. As of publication, weather reports show non-ideal conditions for a launch, which may delay whatever show of force is being considered from Pyongyang.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Foreign Affairs Mag Advances Domestic Terrorism To Remove Alternative Media

Oct 8, 2017 10:21 AM

Submitted by Mike Miles, journalist, writer and book author

Foreign Affairs Magazine Advances Domestic Terrorism To Remove Alternative Media

Is Foreign Affairs magazine advancing “domestic terrorism” because it could help remove alternative media, and even jail editors and writers or worse. The recent article is entitled “Should We Treat Domestic Terrorists the Way We Treat ISIS? What Works—and What Doesn't.” It begins as follows:

The mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night has again raised fears about terrorism. There’s much we don’t yet know. The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed the attack, but the FBI claims that there is no international terrorism link. The attacker, Stephen Paddock, was 64 years old and white, fitting a stereotype of a right-wing terrorist more than a jihadist one. And he may just be a crazy nut. But regardless of Paddock’s particular pathology, the situation highlights how the United States treats similar forms of violence differently depending on the nature of the perpetrator. 

Many commentators have already demanded that we make a case for domestic terrorism including such prominent Youtubers as Philip DeFranco. He runs a website of some six million and offers mildly libertarian commentary. But perhaps he doesn’t understand that he may eventually become a victim of what he wants to invoke. There are many such well-meaning people who quite possibly misunderstand what is happening

How about PropOrNot? This outfit lists around websites “friendly” to Russia and in total includes many of the major alternative websites in the country. Those who run the website say they believe these sites provide propaganda for Russia.

A recent reading of PropOrNot seems to reveal that the site may have reduced some of the finger-pointing. It says that it does not “censor.” However it continues to list websites nonetheless. The Washington Post drew information from PropOrNot long ago when it was trying to paint alternative websites as Russian sympathizers.

Satanist wins transfer of her abortion rights case to the Missouri Supreme Court

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By Max Londberg

October 08, 2017 8:00 AM

A Missouri woman who is an adherent of the Satanic Temple won a victory in court last week in her quest to show that state abortion law violates her religious beliefs.

The Western District Court of Appeals ruled in her favor Tuesday, writing that her constitutional challenge — rare for its basis in religion — presented “a contested matter of right that involves fair doubt and reasonable room for disagreement.”

The woman, identified as Mary Doe in court documents, argued that her religion does not adhere to the idea that life begins at conception, and, because of that, the prerequisites for an abortion in Missouri are unconstitutionally violating her freedom of religion protected by the First Amendment.

The court ordered a transfer of the woman’s case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

The suit names Gov. Eric Greitens, Attorney General Josh Hawley and others as defendants.

McDonald's Just Started Selling a Burger That Might Signal the End of the World As We Know It

It's come to this.

By Chris Matyszczyk

Chris Matyszczyk advises clients about advertising and marketing through his company Howard Raucous. In 2013, MediaPost named him the Most Influential Person on Madison Avenue. Full bio

Owner, Howard Raucous LLC@ChrisMatyszczyk

Now just imagine that brown stuff is soy-based.

CREDIT: Getty Images

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Please lie here on my purple chaise-longue and let's play word association.

When I say "McDonald's," what's the first word that comes into your head?



Quarter Pounder.

Big Mac.


Stop, stop.

I just asked for one word.

Still, my expert analysis tells me that there was one word that never entered your head.

Please let me tell you,, wait, here's a glass of fine Napa Sauvignon Blanc.


McDonald's just launched a Vegan Burger.

Breathe. Don't look down yet. (There's a picture of it there, but don't think about that now.)

The new vegan burger is imaginatively called the McVegan.

The patty is soy-based and the rest of it is, well, what you'd expect.

Now I know this is a little bit of a shock for you. An even greater shock, perhaps, than when McDonald's started experimenting with fresh beef in its Quarter Pounders.

OK, I think you're ready for the picture.

Look, if the very concept is too much for you, I'll try and give you some good news.

The McVegan is currently only available in Finland. And McDonald's hasn't given any indication that it's bringing it to the U.S.

I must warn you, however, that some people are excited at the prospect of the McVegan.

They're already yearning for it on Twitter.

Change is life's great inevitable.

You just have to adjust. Or make sure you never go to Seattle, where they're already craving it.

Another glass of Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps?

Published on: Oct 6, 2017


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65th Annual Red Mass 2017

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Papal adviser: We can no longer ‘judge people’ based on moral norms

Pope Francis meets with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ.

Pete Baklinski

Fri Oct 6, 2017 - 4:04 pm EST

BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Jesuit priest and papal confidant Father Anthony Spadaro said that Pope Francis holds that the Catholic Church can no longer set down general norms that apply to entire groups of people.

Spadaro, editor of the Italian magazine La Civiltà Cattolica, made the comment today at a conference at Boston College where liberal Cardinals met with dissident theologians to discuss strategies for implementing Pope Francis’ controversial teachings on marriage and family in dioceses across the United States.

The Jesuit priest told attendees that Amoris Laetitia, the Pope's 2016 teaching on marriage and family, recognizes that people living in "irregular" family situations, such as the divorced and remarried living in adultery, "can be living in God's grace, can love and can also grow in a life of grace."

Saturday, October 07, 2017

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Polish Catholics pray at borders 'to save country'

07 October 2017 - 17H40

© AFP | Thousands of Polish Catholics held hands along the country's borders

KODE? (POLAND) (AFP) - Thousands of Polish Catholics formed human chains on the country's borders Saturday, begging God "to save Poland and the world" in an event many viewed as a spiritual weapon against the "Islamisation" of Europe.

Reciting "Rosary to the Borders", they called to be protected from the dangers facing them. The episcopate insisted that it was a purely religious initiative.

The goal was to have as many prayer points as possible along Poland's 3,511-kilometre (2,200-mile) border with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and the Baltic Sea.

Fishing boats joined the event on the sea, while kayaks and sailboats formed chains on Polish rivers, local media said.

During a mass, broadcast live by the ultra-Catholic Radio Maryja, Krakow archbishop Marek Jedraszewski called on believers to pray "for the other European nations to make them understand it is necessary to return to Christian roots so that Europe would remain Europe."

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, head of the Polish Episcopal Conference, told the commercial radio station RMF FM that "the key objective of this manifestation is to pray for peace."

The date was not chosen at random. October 7 is when Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, marking the 1571 victory of Christianity over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto.

A victory attributed to the recital of the rosary "that saved Europe from Islamisation", the Solo Dios Basta foundation, organising the event, said on its website.

Many Poles see Islam as a threat. The conservative government, which enjoys the backing of a sizeable portion of the population, refuses to welcome migrants to Poland, which has very few Muslims of its own.

Nationalist Catholic activist Marcin Dybowski told AFP before the event that "a religious war between Christianity and Islam is once again underway in Europe, just like in the past."

"Poland is in danger. We need to shield our families, our homes, our country from all kinds of threats, including the de-Christianisation of our society, which the EU's liberals want to impose on us," he said.

Twenty-two border dioceses have taken part in the event, with their faithful congregating in some 200 churches for a lecture and mass before travelling to the border to say the rosary.

The prayers were also said at the chapels of several international airports. Polish parishes abroad said they would join the event too.