Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Not On The Sabbath Day"

And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

Luke 13:10-17.

Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at Munich Security Conference

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On Friday, the Munich Security Conference 2019 will once again bring together participants, NGOs, and research institutions at Hotel Bayerischer Hof. In addition to the main programm, more than one hundred side events will take place during the conference weekend to facilitate an open dialogue that discusses the most pressing global security issues.

A view of the main conference hall at Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the venue for MSC 2019. (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann)

In addtion to the main program, some of these side events are directly organized by the Munich Security Conference (MSC), for instance, the Arctic Security Roundtable and the European Defence Roundtable. The Health Security Roundtable will discuss, for instance, the interplay between conflicts and the spread of diseases. Transnational security will be a further item on the agenda, forming part of a new MSC series on this subject.

Moreover, MSC partner organisations are hosting a number of events with different types of formats, including breakfast discussions or workshops. These events are also quite diverse with respect to their thematic focus, ranging from panel discussions on women empowerment to new initiatives on nuclear arms control. Having formed part of last year’s agenda already, the Town Hall format will become even more interactive this year as the audience can participate in the debate through the newly launched MSC App.

As in previous years, the MSC offers a platform to many renowned organizations, such as the United Nations, the German development agency GIZ, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, or NATO, allowing them to host their own events and bring together high-level decision makers for discussions on current challenges to international security policy. The diversity of institutions is also reflected by the fact that many NGOs are actively present, such as Transparency International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. These organisations are part of the MSC, just like major companies, such as Siemens, Microsoft, and Airbus. Furthermore, several renowned research institutions, such as Harvard University, will present new publications to the expert audience in Munich.

At the Munich Security Conference 2019, many events are targeted at a wider audience, thus allowing even non-MSC participants to experience some of the discussions at the conference. A case in point is the #MSC2019 event, the official opening event of the Munich Security Conference, which is open to the general public. Titled “From Cold War to Star Wars: How to Deal with the Arms Race to Space,” the dangers of a competition in space will be addressed. Moreover, the Security and Literature Series in cooperation with the Literaturhaus Munich will be continued and host, among other guests, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for a discussion of her new book.

An overview of all events open to the public can be found here.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Ben Carson On His Life Story Is Informing His Work At HUD

Dialogue Between Sabbatarian Adventists Explores Shared Values and Distinctive Beliefs

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Conversation brought together Adventist and Adventist Reform thinkers and leaders.

By: Bettina Krause, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty News

Aspirit of friendship and mutual respect marked a two-day meeting between representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement. A small group of leaders and theologians from the two communions — which share a similar heritage as well as a number of key beliefs — met December 5 and 6, 2018, at the headquarters of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

The goal, according to participants, was simply to establish a cordial relationship and to foster a better understanding of each other’s beliefs, mission, and identity.

“Our conversation was friendly and informative, and it acknowledged both our shared heritage, as well as a number of clear theological differences between our two communions,” said Nikolaus Satelmajer, one of the key organizers of the dialogue from the Seventh-day Adventist side.

The Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement, headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, has a membership of some 42,000 in more than 130 countries. It traces its history, along with that of the larger Seventh-day Adventist Church, from the Millerite movement of the mid-1800s through to the official formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1863. Reform Adventists also embrace the prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White, one of the co-founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a denomination that today has some 21 million baptized members in more than 200 countries.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Pope Francis Addresses a Document on Human Fraternity For World Peace and Living Together


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The brief visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates (February 2-5, 2019) is an extremely significant event. This is the first time that a Pope has visited the Arabian Peninsula, which is the birth place of the Muslim faith. Of note, during the trip Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass with over 140,000 in attendance and signed a joint statement with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, one of the highest authorities in Sunni Islam. This statement, A Document on Human Fraternity For World Peace and Living Together, is addressed to all persons, both religious and nonreligious, and extends to them an invitation to work together to promote a culture of mutual respect and coexistence. This is not a theological document even though it speaks about God. It is more of a declaration of the need to reject violent extremism and embrace a spirit of fraternity. This is a very positive development regarding the Catholic-Muslim dialogue. Deo Gratias!

You can read Pope Francis’ Statement at

As Mormons open Rome temple, doctrinal hiccups with Vatican endure

Elise Harris

Feb 13, 2019


The angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against a cloud-covered sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. (Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer.)

ROME - Last month Rome became home to Italy’s first Mormon temple, which sits just a few blocks from the Vatican. Yet while the Mormons say they’re planning to partner with the Catholic Church on several social initiatives, what they aren’t saying out loud is that technically speaking, the Vatican doesn’t even recognize the Church of Latter-Day Saints as Christian.

The 40,000-square-foot building, made of marble and granite, opened Jan. 14 and is located near the Porta di Roma shopping mall, just a few miles from St. Peter’s Basilica.

Complete with crystal chandeliers, stained-glass windows, solar panels and 24-karat gold, the temple is the 162nd Mormon temple in the world, and the 12th in Europe. It’s currently offering free tours to visitors - however, after a dedication ceremony in March, which will take place over several days, it will be open only to members of the Mormon faith.

Officially called the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” the Mormon church was founded by an American named Joseph Smith in New York in 1830, after Smith claimed to have received a series of visions from God which, among other things, revealed the location of golden plates containing what would become the Book of Mormon.

Mormon temples are generally used for either baptisms or marriages. With some 16 million Mormons worldwide, roughly 500,000 live in Europe, and, of those, around 6,000 are in Italy.

Pope Francis’ climatologist visits New Orleans

Updated 14 hrs ago; Posted 14 hrs ago

Pope Francis greets The Rev. Eduardo Scarel, a Carmelite priest known as the pope's climatologist.

By Sara Sneath

The Rev. Eduardo Scarel is best known for his role in advising Pope Francis on climate change. As such, he’s been dubbed the Pope’s climatologist. A Carmelite priest and atmospheric scientist, Scarel was in New Orleans earlier this week speaking with high school students and to an audience at the Notre Dame Seminary Tuesday evening.

Why does the Pope need a climatologist? “Because the care for environment, for nature requires to see the state of the planet,” Scarel said. “And the tools of science provide the best way to see.”

Scarel helped advise Pope Francis on the Pope’s 2015 encyclical about climate change. An encyclical is a letter to Catholic leadership clarifying the church’s stance on an issue. The 2015 encyclical argued that humans have a moral imperative to address climate change.

In Poland, Religious Representatives Meet with the Nation’s President

FEBRUARY 6, 2019

In Poland, Religious Representatives Meet with the Nation’s President

Adventists among the invited at the annual event.

By: Daniel Kluska, Polish Union Conference, andAdventist Review

Despite differences in faith and ethnicity, we create a national community of people on Polish soil,” Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, emphasized during a meeting with representatives of all major churches, religious associations, and ethnic and national minorities present in Poland.

Four leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poland were among the invitees who met at the Presidential Palace on Saturday (Sabbath), January 19, 2019.


13 February 2019 | Helskinki, Finland

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Dr Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, made the opening presentation at a Seminar on religious freedom held in the Finnish Parliament library on Wednesday, 6 February.

Dr Ganoune Diop

The seminar was organized by SVKN (the Council of Free Churches in Finland), together with most of the established religious bodies, and even included an interview from free-thinkers. No religious or non-religious bodies were excluded.

About 80 interested people listened as Diop dealt with the issue of freedom of religion as an inalienable human right. He emphasised that freedom of religion is not only a legal right but is fundamentally connected with the idea of humanity. “It is a global principle that defines what it means to be human,” he said. According to Diop, freedom of religion is about freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, the right to gather together, and the freedom to make decisions. It is equally an antidote to human exploitation.

Diop was one of three speakers and eight Members of Parliament who were invited. Former President of Finland Tarja Halonen also participated in the event, which was part of the United Nation’s Week of Mutual Understanding. The event was opened and concluded by the President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Finland, pastor Kalervo Aromäki.

Professor Elina Vuola from the University of Helsinki then dealt with the issue of the importance of understanding religions. She noted how important religious values are outside of Western Europe. More attention is now paid to religions and their values in international relations, she stated. She also warned against the danger of generalizing a religion and its practitioners based on a single crime committed by a member of that religion. She noted some newspapers that like to sensationalise in this way.

In the final speech, Professor Tuula Sakaranaho, also from the University of Helsinki, spoke about the principles of freedom of religion or belief, not just as individual freedom, but also within the whole context of society. Sakaranaho pointed out that often freedom of religion, the right to exercise faith, may be perceived by someone else as negative freedom of religion, a restriction of rights. She also reminded the audience that society cannot legislate to control thinking, nor can religions be discriminated against. However, she recognised that this is a delicate topic internationally, because roughly three out of four people in today’s world do not enjoy freedom of religion.

The seminar concluded with a panel of seven Members of Parliament answering questions about the topic. Their views varied considerably in an effort to balance rights between the individual and society, although everyone was ready to support the principle of freedom of religion as a human right.

In addition to the actual seminar, Dr Diop and Pastor Aromäki visited the Council of the Lutheran church. They met representatives and shared their thought that Adventists and Lutherans must continue to dialogue on this important topic now that the door has been opened for it.

Aromäki was the one who first introduced the idea for the symposium at one of the SVKN meetings. He noted that one of the benefits for the smaller denominations in Finland could be that they will be recognized as a viable voice on important human matters. For him, this very seminar is positive proof that this can happen.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

N.J. Catholic dioceses release names of 188 priests and deacons accused of sexual abuse of children

Updated 5:58 PM;
Posted 9:27 AM

New Jersey's five dioceses released the names of priests and deacons accused of abuse. (File photo) (Susan K. Livio NJ Advance Media)

By Kelly Heyboer | NJ Advance Media for and Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for

Under mounting pressure to identify clergy accused of sexual misconduct, New Jersey’s five Catholic dioceses opened their files Wednesday and released thenames of every priest and deacon “credibly accused” of sexually abusing a child over multiple decades.

There are 188 names on the lists from the five dioceses. Of those, more than 100 are dead.

The lists include 63 priests and deacons accused in the Archdiocese of Newark, 57 in the Diocese of Camden, 30 in the Diocese of Trenton, 28 in the Diocese of Paterson and 11 in the Diocese of Metuchen. (One priest was listed on both the Newark and Paterson lists.)

The full list of named priests and deacons is at the bottom of this post.

“In an effort to do what is right and just, we are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark. This list of names is the result of an extensive review of archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies,” said Cardinal Joseph Tobin, head of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Dioceses around the country have been releasing similar lists of accused priests in recent months. New Jersey is the first state in the nation where every diocese in the state released its lists on the same day.

Who are the priests accused of abuse in N.J.? Here's the list.

The dioceses voluntarily released the lists, though the release comes as New Jersey’s attorney general’s office has set up a task force to investigate priest sexual abuse and look into whether the Catholic Church improperly handled allegations of abuse.

“While this is a positive first step towards transparency and accountability, I hope this spirit of openness continues during the course of our ongoing investigation and in response to our requests for records and information,” said Gurbir Grewal, the state’s attorney general.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reminds People That 'Christ's Family Were Refugees, Too'

Some critics on Twitter protested that Jesus was not a refugee after the representative-elect wished a merry Christmas to “refugee babies in mangers.”

12/26/2018 12:18 PM ET

After Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a holiday greeting to “everyone … including refugee babies in mangers,” some critics launched into an ongoing, highly politicized debate about whether Jesus was a refugee.

“Merry Christmas everyone - here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents),” the progressive Democrat from New York tweeted Tuesday.

When critics protested that Jesus wasn’t a refugee, she followed up with a link to a Jesuit magazine article arguing he was. The link was meant “for all the anti-immigrant pundits uncomfortable with and denying that Christ’s family were refugees, too,” she wrote.

Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays Tell Cash, “You’re Out!”

Posted by Cosmo Iannopollo to Merchant Retail

As a lifelong baseball fan and former resident of Tampa, Florida, I had the pleasure of spending a summer night or three at Tropicana Field, watching my beloved New York Yankees take on the hometown Tampa Bay Rays. And as a fan of cheap tickets, air conditioning in the Florida summer and plenty of great seats, I always enjoyed the “The Trop” despite its poor reputation.

The Trop also featured sparse crowds, which meant no long lines to wait in just for the pleasure of spending $50 on chicken fingers, fries and a beer retailing for $3 at your local grocery store.

Contrast that with Yankee Stadium, another park I was lucky enough to frequent throughout my college years, where the seats were expensive, the concessions were expensive and the crowds were plentiful. Being taken for a ride at the concession stand is easier to deal with when you aren’t forced to miss two innings for the privilege.
It is with this experience in mind that the Tampa Bay Rays have announced they will become the first major North American sports team to go cashless at their home park—an ironic move, given the club’s manager is Kevin…Cash.

Starting in 2019, if you want a hot dog, Cracker Jack or adult beverage, you better be packing a credit card, club gift card or mobile wallet including Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. And what of those fans who carry no form of cashless payment? They will be able to swap cash for gift cards.
With this move, the Rays are aiming to improve the ballpark experience for fans. William Walsh, vice president of strategy and development for the Rays, says, “This change will increase speed of service and reduce lines throughout the ballpark.”
The move to cashless is obviously not without precedence. In 2017, Visa launched the Visa Cashless Challenge, a competition offering 50 businesses the chance to win $10,000 for going cashless. Dos Toros, a Mexican chain restaurant with 14 locations throughout New York, made the move to cashless to speed wait times during its lunch and dinner rushes. Fellow restaurant chain Sweetgreen has also made the move to cashless, allowing employees to perform five to 15% more transactions per hour.
And let’s not forget the purveyor of Disney Dollars. Disney has piloted a cashless resort while discontinuing its Disney Dollars program. The reason? More and more guests were using digital currency.
This follows the global trend of rising cashless payments. In fact, this globality also extends to sports where Japanese eCommerce giant Rakuten, owner of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (baseball) and J League outfit Vissel Kobe (soccer), will shift both stadiums to cashless in the upcoming year. The kicker (no pun intended) here is that Rakuten also offers the Rakuten Pay app and a pre-paid smart card, Rakuten Edy.

One interesting aspect surrounding the move by the Rays is that they perennially rank near the bottom of the league in attendance. Wait times are generally not an issue, so the cynic in me wonders if there is an ulterior motive at hand. Is the move to cashless about customer experience, security or perhaps, data?

Whatever the reason, it’ll be interesting to see how this season plays out and to see which franchises will follow suit. And if the Rays are able to cut wait times, maybe they can talk to MLB about cutting game times, as well.

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Four in five Vatican priests are gay, book claims

French journalist’s book is a ‘startling account of corruption and hypocrisy’, publisher says

Harriet Sherwood 

Religion correspondent


Tue 12 Feb 2019 11.47 EST
Last modified on Tue 12 Feb 2019 17.42 EST

Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week.

Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican.

The 570-page book, which the French journalist and author Frédéric Martel spent four years researching, is a “startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican”, according to its British publisher Bloomsbury.

It is being published in eight languages across 20 countries next Wednesday, coinciding with the opening day of a conference at the Vatican on sexual abuse, to which bishops from all over the world have been summoned.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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'The Pope' Tells The Tale Of A Roman Catholic Church With Coexisting Pontiffs


February 8, 2019
7:42 AM ET

The Pope Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World

Hardcover, 233 pages

As the successor of St. Peter, a supreme pontiff should speak with authority. But our recent popes have seemed all too capable of questionable judgment, all too easily proven wrong, all too human.

Never was that more clear than in the aftermath of the stunning decision of Pope Benedict XVI in Feb. 2013 to retire. The subsequent election of Pope Francis meant that for the first time since 1415, Roman Catholicism found itself with more than one pope — in this case, one emeritus and one active. They had conflicting views on Catholic teaching at a time when the Church desperately needed to provide clarity.

It is this extraordinary circumstance that fascinates Anthony McCarten in The Pope: Francis, Benedict, and the Decision That Shook the World. McCarten is a novelist and playwright (his screenplay version will soon become a feature film), and he instinctively accentuates the drama and intrigue in this strange but engaging story.
Though raised as a devout Catholic, McCarten acknowledges from the outset that his faith has lapsed, noting that he now regards the biblical story of the Virgin Birth and the bodily resurrection of Christ as "a tall tale."

Not surprisingly, neither Holy Father gets much deference in McCarten's treatment. Benedict and Francis are both imperfect men, presented here mainly as Joseph Ratzinger, the law-and-order son of a German policeman, and Jorge Bergoglio, the holier-than-thou priest of the Buenos Aires slums.

Their predecessor, Karol Wojtyla, beloved around the world as John Paul II, does not fare much better. In McCarten's view, the failure of church leaders in recent years to deal effectively with the sexual abuse crisis stems in large part from John Paul's record of appointing "ill-qualified bishops who were willing to toe the party line."

Monday, February 11, 2019

(AOC"s) New Green Deal, Explained

New Green Deal, Explained: What's Actually in the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Energy Plan?

And can it really fight back climate change?

By David Grossman Feb 8, 2019


In the world of environmental policy, few phrases have caught on in recent years as "Green New Deal." The term, which first entered the vernacular in 2007 when New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggested the idea, has become a watchword for Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her allies.

We've been short on details until today, when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled an outline of a Democratic Green New Deal. You can read the full plan here, but here are the basics.

All Renewable Energy, All the Time

For starters, the plan proposes generating 100 percent of electricity through "clean and renewable" sources in the next ten years.

"Clean" is a tricky word in conversations about energy, since people use it to describe sources that very much are not. In this case, the word "clean" is doing a lot of work, essentially removing nuclear energyand carbon capture technology from the Green New Deal's ambitions. While both of those technologies can reduce carbon dioxide emissions, they produce other troubling by-products—radioactive waste, in the case of nuclear.

Jesus is NOT God???

Sunday, February 10, 2019

On This Day: Italy recognizes sovereignty of Vatican City

Feb. 11, 2018 / 3:00 AM

On Feb. 11, 1929, a Lateran treaty signed in Italy recognized the sovereignty of Vatican City.

UPI Staff

On February 11, 1929, a Lateran treaty signed in Italy recognized the sovereignty of Vatican City. File Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI | License Photo

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