Followup on Catholic Fortnight for Freedom

The USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom has passed with remarkably little public reaction or engagement on the part of the country’s 70 million plus Catholics. Here’s three responses to the campaign:

Fred Clark: Flaccid ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ fizzles for fathers

Part of what we learned here, I think, is that if you’ve got a top-down, hierarchical mentality that regards listening to anyone else as beneath you, as an affront to your righteous authority, then you’re probably not well-suited to rallying grassroots support. When that arrogant mentality shapes your …

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A constellation of goddesses for July 4th

This 4th of July I’ll be honoring Columbia, and plenty of people will honor Lady Liberty, but some other goddesses have recently caught my attention and I thought this was the perfect day to mention them.

I’m in the midst of trying to get my ordination recognized by the state of Virginia. Selena Fox, a long-time worshiper of Liberty, pointed out that Virginia’s state seal features the goddess Virtus, a personification of virtue. Another priestess who honors the Greek gods also mentioned the three goddesses on …

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Catholic bishops’ complaints ignore legal history

Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches has written an excellent piece about just how thoroughly the Catholic bishops’ claims ignore a long history of court rulings that have defined the ways religious institutions interact with the state in various circumstances.

Now, I’m not saying that court rulings are always perfect – members of minority religions are well aware of how entrenched assumptions can affect even jurists’ ideas of what is reasonable or unreasonable. But each and every point that the bishops present as an example of infringement …

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Chicago 50 update

After the first week of this new prayer initiative, James Nesbit sent out an email to supporters saying that the effort was going very well. A full third of the email, however, was addressed directly to us:

The pagans

Reading the pagan report on the Declaration of Dependence prayer guide was very
revealing. We know that satan rules his subjects through fear and it was very evident
just how totally dominated they are by fear. Father, Your word says that perfect
love casts out fear. We pray that everyone held …

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Catholic “Fortnight for Freedom” this summer

It’s not just extreme factions of conservative Christianity trying to spark nationwide revivals. The Catholic church is getting into the act with their newly-announced “Fortnight for Freedom.” From the just-released Statement on Religious Liberty:

In particular, we recommend to our brother bishops that we focus “all the energies the Catholic community can muster” in a special way this coming summer. As pastors of the flock, our privileged task is to lead the Christian faithful in prayer.

Both our civil year and liturgical year point us on various …

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Chicago 50

Starting today, the NAR and associated groups are organizing a new prayer campaign aimed at Chicago. It will have the same duration and organization as the DC 40 initiative. They’re even using the same handbook.

This is not as obviously an attack on separation of church and state (although they still want to destroy that), but I find it offensive in a different way. The proclaimed “target” of this prayer war is corruption. Their materials equate corruption with both gang involvement (rather than seeing it as …

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NAR tries to build a big tent

The Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network released an email newsletter yesterday with a piece by C. Peter Wagner on the doctrinal beliefs – or lack thereof – of the New Apostolic Reformation. Wagner wrote:

A couple of weeks ago I released a paper on NAR beliefs. My main point was that the movement as a whole has no official doctrinal statement, but many of the groups affiliated with NAR have developed their own. … One positive advance of the NAR is that we no longer call church …

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Celebration of the Divine Feminine

(Here’s a short report on the Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom. I apologize for the delay. I was sick yesterday and am extremely busy today and tomorrow; I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can. – Lit)

Katrina Messenger and Caroline Kenner led a beautiful ritual on Sunday. After everyone’s attention was centered with the ringing of a singing bowl, Caroline opened the event, and Katrina spoke about how important it was to honor the legacy of the Queen of Heaven. Since …

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Celebration of the Divine Feminine and Religious Freedom a wonderful success

The celebration is actually still going on, but I wanted to share that the ritual, led by Katrina Messenger, was a fantastic, positive, and powerful event. I’ll have more of a report tomorrow. Blessed be!

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Two songs to Columbia

I’m about to head off to the drumming at the Jefferson Memorial. In that spirit, I wanted to share two historical songs that describe Columbia. May your Samhain weekend get off to a great start!

Hail Columbia:

Hail Columbia, happy land!
Hail, ye heroes, heav’n-born band,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
And when the storm of war was gone
Enjoy’d the peace your valor won.
Let independence be our boast,
Ever mindful what it cost;
Ever grateful for the prize,
Let its altar reach the skies.

Chorus
Firm, united …

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