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Pope's Speech at U.N. coincides with launch of United Nations' "new universal Agenda" for humanity

Pope's Speech at U.N. coincides with launch of United Nations' "new universal Agenda" for humanity

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the World Summit opened at the United Nations in New York City with a keynote address delivered by Pope Francis in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the member states later in the day.

 
 

The Theology of the Tax Exemption

The Theology of the Tax Exemption

By Jason Hines, PhD, JD – Has Christianity in America become so materialistic that we conflate our freedom to worship with our ability to save a dollar?

 
 

7th Cir. to Decide Whether Ministerial Housing Exemption is Constitutional

7th Cir. to Decide Whether Ministerial Housing Exemption is Constitutional

By Michael Peabody – Last November, a federal judge stuck a stick in a beehive when she found that a long-standing tax-exemption for clergy housing was unconstitutional. The case, Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) vs. Lew, is currently on appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and religious organizations are out in force defending the exemption.

 
 

The New Benjamin Still Trusts in God

The New Benjamin Still Trusts in God

By Loren Seibold – erhaps you've seen reports of the new United States $100 bill, with new and improved anti-counterfeiting features. I like it. I've been surprised at the number of people who've objected to it's colorfulness. "It looks too much like the Euro" many comment. Anything having to do with US currency brings out our paranoia, and the theory […]

 
 

Opinion: Social Justice – Popular Piety or Modern Mania?

Opinion: Social Justice – Popular Piety or Modern Mania?

By Gerry Wagoner – In spite of the efforts of social justice proponents to explain away its historical relationship to totalitarianism, we cannot escape the fact that authoritarian brutality is the not-merely-possible-but-inevitable outworking of the nature of "social justice" itself.

 
 

Black Friday and Blue Laws: Renewed Calls for Uniform Rest Days

In a world of religious diversity coupled with a common system of of commerce, the institution of a common day of rest and its enforcement would necessarily require coercive methods to prevent individuals from carrying out interpersonal business activities, and place greater pressure on observers of other days of rest to violate their conscience by working on their rest days.

 
 

Vatican again urges radical reform of global marketplace – The Irish Times

Excerpt:  TRADE ISSUES: FOR THE second time in the last month, the Holy See has argued that international trade markets need to be radically reformed. The point was made by secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who, at a Vatican meeting of European Bishops' Conferences on the New Evangelisation yesterday said: "The [global] crisis illustrates clearly the untenability of a […]

 
 

Vatican Radio – Full Text: Note on financial reform from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

The full text of the document released earlier today. http://www.radiovaticana.org/EN1/Articolo.asp?c=531752

 
 

CNS STORY: Vatican document calls for global authority to regulate markets

Excerpt: While the Vatican document focused on financial issues, it envisioned a much wider potential role for the global political authority. The agenda also includes peace and security, disarmament and arms control, protection of human rights, and management of migration flows and food security, it said. Establishing such an authority will be a delicate project and will no doubt come […]

 
 

Vatican calls for global authority on economy – Reuters

Excerpt: VATICAN CITY,Oct 24 (Reuters) – – The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment of a "global public authority" and a "central world bank" to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises. http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKL5E7LO1LS20111024?irpc=932 From the Vatican document: "Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, […]