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Fundraiser for the retired religious

November 30, 2013 --

By Portland Archdiocese

Collection for retired religious

The special collection for retired religious will be taken on the weekend of December 7 – 8, 2013. The collection asks Catholics to assist those members of religious orders in their retirement years, after they have given a lifetime of ministry to the Church. The goal of the collection is to provide financial assistance, education and resources to help religious orders help themselves.

The Retirement for Religious collection was initiated in 1988 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 2012 National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $23 million in direct care assistance to retired religious, and $3.4 million to religious orders for retirement planning and implementation assistance. Seven religious orders within the Archdiocese of Portland received a total of more than $486,000 in direct care assistance. Women religious orders receiving support were: Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sisters of the Holy Names, and the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel. Men religious orders receiving support were: the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, Trappists, Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Benedictines.

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Hollywood offer $50,000 for faith film prize

November 29, 2013 --

By Chronos Prizecelebrity

Hollywood’s elite filmmakers have until Dec. 5 at midnight to submit their scripts to the First Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for the Most Inspiring Screenplay by Established Filmmakers that promotes a greater understanding or love of God.

The winner of the $50,000 prize will be honored at the 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 7, 2014, to be held at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

“Hollywood is putting more faith and values in its blockbuster movies than ever before,” noted Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, sponsor of the Movieguide® Awards and the Chronos Prize. “Already this year, four of the Top 10 movies at the box office have contained positive references to Jesus.”

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Oregon petition aims to protect religious liberty

November 27, 2013 --

By Shawn M. Lindsayoregon-family-council
Oregon Family Council

Protect Religious Freedom Initiative

Religious freedom is the first freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution. It is a fundamental human right and is the right to express, think and act upon what you deeply believe. Religious freedom upholds stability in a diverse society. Wherever religious freedom is high, there is better health, more economic prosperity, lower income inequality and sustained democracy. Individual conscience rights and religious freedom protect the rights of all individuals and groups, whether religious or not.

Unfortunately, there are groups pushing the view that religion is purely a private matter and that religious voices or opinions or conscientious objectors should be silenced. Religion is more than just private worship. It involves public expression on moral and social issues. Religious freedom, our first freedom, needs protection as this Initiative intends to do in the 2014 election.

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Are graphic anti-abortion ads appropriate?

November 26, 2013 --

Center for Bio-Ethical Reform
By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries, Sandy Oregon

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One of the things people from the Center for Bioethical Reform (CBR) do is drive around with trucks showing graphic pictures that include aborted babies. This is not my way of doing it, but I’m fine with that. I think we need to be careful not to criticize other people. It’s like when D. L. Moody was criticized for his evangelism crusades, he said, “Well, I like the way I do evangelism better than the way you don’t do it.”

And in the prolife arena, I kind of like the way anybody does it, better than the way most don’t do it. Years ago Greg Cunningham, the director of CBR, showed videos called “The Hard Truth,” and “The Harder Truth.” Basically they included actual photos of aborted babies and some live footage, as well as video of an actual live abortion that was filmed.

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12 years as a Slave film: Could it happen again?

November 25, 2013 --

By Paul Louis Metzger
Multnomah University Professor
New Wine Skins Ministry

This piece originally appeared at Sojourners on October 14, 2013.

I watched 12 Years a Slave today. The film is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography by that name. Northrup was a free black man living in Saratoga, N.Y. He was lured away from his home to Washington, D. C., on the promise of lucrative work and was kidnapped, transported to Louisiana, and sold into slavery. He was rescued 12 years later.

Some of the questions and issues that the movie raises are: What right do people have to own others? Do money and might make right? Unjust laws — such as slave laws — exist. It just goes to show that something can be legal, yet morally wrong. Still, laws come and go. We must not confuse laws with rights, which are universal and enduring truths that do not change. What is true and right and good is always so. So, too, that which is evil is always evil. Even if unjust laws are overturned and abolished, evil can still return in other guises.

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NY mayor-elect shuts out priests

November 23, 2013 --

By Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights

Bill Donohue comments on New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s transition committee:

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of 60 New York leaders to his transition committee. He instructed them to “identify women and men from every part of our city and walk of life” that wants a better New York. He lied. Also lying was Transition Co-Chair Jennifer Jones Austin, who said that committee members “come from every slice of civic life—business and labor, science and the arts, clergy….” (My italic.)

In fact, there are two ministers, two rabbis and one imam on the transition committee. There are no Catholic priests. Catholics make up 52.5 percent of New York, yet they have no clergy representation. This is not an oversight: every attempt was made to include persons from virtually every sector of New York. This was clearly done by design. Looks like de Blasio’s politics of inclusion has its limits.

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Modern miracles featured in new documentary

November 22, 2013 --

Movie ‘About Miracles’ Inspires with Dramatic True Stories
By Lifestreams Media

“About Miracles” is a new documentary film featuring true stories about modern day miracles. Produced by Lifestreams Media, About Miracles is getting attention from TV networks, journalists and academics.Results from a 2007 Pew Forum survey indicate that nearly 80% of Americans believe in miracles. Other Pew Forum research indicates that hundreds of millions of people worldwide claim to have experienced or witnessed miracles.”We produced two miracles stories about life and death (gun violence, brain aneurism) and another about financial concerns. We wanted to encourage Christians and challenge doubters,” said Chris Lang, producer/director of About Miracles. “To deny miracles or to characterize them as events that we don’t yet understand rationally is to throw out millions of eye witnesses. But our production went beyond observable miracles. The last story follows the life of a blind man, dealing with the disappointment of apparent-unanswered prayer. This is an awkward topic for many Christians and is often held up as an argument against the existence of a loving, personal God.” Through these real-life accounts, Lang hopes that others will ‘see’ God and miracles in a whole new light.

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CA Costco labels Bibles “fiction”

November 21, 2013 --

Oregon Faith News Note:

A California Costco store labeled their Bibles as fiction. A local pastor complained. Costco has since apologized and stated that the problem was not them but the distributor.

See video below:

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Support for pot law surges in America

November 20, 2013 --

Americans' Views on Legalizing Marijuana

From Gallup,

For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. And now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized. This is in sharp contrast to the time Gallup first asked the question in 1969, when only 12% favored legalization.

Public support for legalization more than doubled in the 1970s, growing to 28%. It then plateaued during the 1980s and 1990s before inching steadily higher since 2000, reaching 50% in 2011.

A sizable percentage of Americans (38%) this year admitted to having tried the drug, which may be a contributing factor to greater acceptance.

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Filled trailer stolen from Tigard church

November 19, 2013 --

A Tigard LDS Church has had a thief steal the local Boy Scout Troop trailer stolen. It was filled with campaign equipment. People are asking to watch the video to see the trailer in hopes of spotting it and giving tips to Police for its recovery.

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