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Atheist groups fight each other

August 31, 2012 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the battle between two national atheist organizations:

A war has broken out between the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and American Atheists. It’s over money. Both are appealing to the same small pool of angry nonbelievers, and there is only so much dough to go around. FFRF pulled the trigger.

American Atheists sought to put its vile message on billboards in Tampa and Charlotte, home of the two political conventions. It got shut out of Tampa, and recently said it was pulling its billboards in Charlotte, allegedly because of threats. Enter FFRF: it succeeded in getting its billboards posted in both cities.

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God & politics swept up in hurricane Isaac

August 29, 2012 --

By Guest Opinion,

When natural disasters strike, people loudly question what God was up to.  It appears that Hurricane Isaac is no exception.  First it was actor Samual Jackson who Tweeteed, ““Unfair S—t: GOP spared by Issac !…Not understanding God’s plan!”.  After an uproar,  Jackson made amends by responding “Apologies to God, Tampa, da GOP & Isaac.”   Actress Ellen Barkin added her thoughts when she stated, “C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean!

A religion professor at Chowan University, Keith Reich, humorously stated, “Therefore, since Isaac has interrupted the Republican National Convention, God must be against the Republicans. I guess we will have to wait to see if God also sends a hurricane to Charlotte in a couple of weeks, thus declaring himself an independent.”

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Portland Archdiocese: Apology and explanation over abuse case


Statement of Archbishop John G. Vlazny on Father Angel Perez
By Portland Archdiocese

Many letters, messages and phone calls have come to my attention from Catholics in this archdiocese. Like all of you, I am deeply saddened and troubled by the accusations of the abuse of a minor by Fr. Angel Perez. The behavior Father is accused of is sinful, wrong and can never be tolerated. Criminal charges in this case, as in all similar cases, require both prosecution and defense in court before judgment is rendered.

Fr. Perez, as a priest of the archdiocese, requested assistance for his defense. Father has committed his life to priestly service and is respected and well-liked by his parishioners. Who of us would not do what we could to help a beloved brother, sister or child in tragic circumstances? Our church compensates priests modestly and priests rely on us for financial assistance in extraordinary circumstances. As Father’s archbishop, I offered a loan to him for attorney expenses after his own financial resources have been exhausted. I saw this as my obligation, certainly in charity, if not in justice. Monies loaned will not come from the Archbishop’s Appeal or any other designated fund.

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25 churches unite for Compassion North Portland

August 28, 2012 --

There is power in the collaborative context

Compassion Connect

On a recent sizzling Saturday in early August, more than 325 volunteers representing at least 25 North Portland churches came together in an outstanding display of care for our community for the first ever Compassion North Portland event. Working together on a wide range of teams, (including hospitality, finance, food & refreshment, childcare and social services just to name a few), neighbors shed their denominational identities and graciously took on the roles of servants.

The result? Over 330 free medical, dental, and vision appointments took place in a little over five hours at Roosevelt High School (or at nearby off-site dental clinics). The lines were long, the day was hot, and some were turned away, but in the midst of the chaos, more than just health needs were met. Through smiles, handshakes, and haircuts, the love of Jesus Christ was evident in St. Johns!

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Social media predator busted by AG

August 27, 2012 --

Gerald Katchmer is charged with using social media to solicit sexually-explicit material from a minor
By Oregon Attorney General

The Oregon Department of Justice today announced the arrest and arraignment of a Florida man charged with using the internet to solicit sexually-explicit material from a minor. “The Oregon Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that our children are safe when they go online,” said Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum. “We will not tolerate this kind of attempt to exploit their vulnerability.”

Gerald N. Katchmer, Sr. (DOB: 11/01/49) was arraigned today in Marion County Circuit Court on one count each of Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree and Luring a Minor.

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God Particle gets faith defense in new book

August 25, 2012 --

God Particle-Religion Fires Back

Recently the scientists at CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) ignited fireworks around the world with the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson, a.k.a., the God Particle. Congratulations are in order for Professor Peter Higgs and the thousands of scientist around the world who labored to detect the illusive subatomic particle.

The discovery is a great milestone in physics research and deserves honor due the intelligence and hard work. However the spin doctors are turning up the volume with various predictions of the impact such a discovery as it relates to science and religion. The age old discussions and arguments continue about the role God play in proven science discoveries.

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Photo: Faith at the Olympics


During performances, Russian gymnast Kseniia Afanaseva, would place a picture of her patron Arthodox Saint next to the gym mat.

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Rick Warren cancels Presidential Forum repeat

August 24, 2012 --

 Rick Warren cancels Presidential Forum repeat
Oregon Faith News Note:

Rick Warren has canceled plans for second presidential candidate forum to follow in the footsteps of the 2008 forum which featured both candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. The reason cited was uncivil discourse among both the Obama and Romney campaign.

This month alone has seen many headlines pertaining to negative attack ads. Romney has issued TV ads attacking Obama on Medicare cuts that the President claim are false. On the other hand the Romney campaign has accused the Obama campaign of negativity with charges that Romney is felon and also targeting an ad claiming Romney’s business decision caused a worker’s wife to die of cancer.

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Oregon judge rules on priest employment case

August 23, 2012 --

Oregon judge rules on priest employment case
By Oregon Faith News Note:

An Oregon judge has ruled this week on an important and widely watched case over the employee relationship of local priests to the Vatican. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ruled that priests were not employees of the Vatican and therefore not legally liable for their actions.   The case stems from a 2002 lawsuit by a NW victim of sex abuse by a priest in the late 1960s.   This case started  in 2002.

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Portland thrives with Jewish Hollywood talent

August 22, 2012 --

Oregon Faith News Note:

Oregon Jewish Life magazine has just done a wonderful profile on the Portland Jewish Community and its connection to Hollywood. Carrie Brownstein from the series Portlandia lives in Portland and has been listed by Tablet magazine as one of the city’s best known Jews.” The popular run of Portlandia has put Portland on the national showcase. Thank to TV series like Leverage and Grimm, it is helping to bring talent from the around the county to reside in Portland with many of them having spiritual ties. Working in Leverage is Gina Bellman who attended the largest Jewish school in London and also acted in a movie about King David. Sasha Roiz has been playing in the NBC series Grimm which has become a huge boost for Oregon. Sasha was born in Israel. The Jewish Life Magazine also gives tribute to Oregon’s most famous celebrity, Mel voice of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and hundreds of other Hollywood characters.

To read more in-depth on our local Jewish acting talent pool, please read the magazine here.

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