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  • How Was This Woman Healed?(Hint: It Involves a Certain Saint, a Certain Shrine..)

    01/29/2010 6:07:29 AM PST · by stfassisi · 32 replies · 505+ views ^ | November 2009 | Dona M. Kocylowski
    The following witness was given on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, the Feast Day of St. Faustina Kowalska, at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, in Stockbridge, Mass. By Dona M. Kocylowski Good morning! I would like to first thank St. Faustina for bringing me here to Stockbridge and to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy! I also need to thank several people: Shrine Rector Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, who made this possible; Christine Kruszyna, Father's secretary; the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception; Frank Rizzo, a volunteer here at the Shrine we met on our trip in October...
  • New book on John Paul II gives details on self-mortification, kidnap plot (Cath caucus)

    01/28/2010 10:39:10 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 373+ views
    cna ^ | January 28, 2010
    Venerable John Paul II Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2010 / 03:24 am (CNA).- A new book released by a Vatican official on Wednesday details lesser known facts about the late John Paul II, including his self-mortification practices, hand written instructions for his resignation in case of incurable illness, and a plot by Italian militants to kidnap him in the 1980's."Why he is a Saint: The True story of John Paul II," by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, a Church official heading the cause for John Paul II's canonization, was made available in Italian bookstores on Jan. 27. According to the Italian...
  • Catholic Bishops Lobby for ObamaCare, Amnesty for Illegals

    01/28/2010 10:25:40 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 25 replies · 514+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | January 27, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Calling health care a "right" to be guaranteed by the federal government, America's Catholic Bishops are trying to save ObamaCare at a time when the legislation has been pronounced in limbo, dying or dead by most of the media. The evidence of intensive Catholic Bishop lobbying activity suggests that liberal Congressional leaders are going to give the legislation a temporary respite so that liberal Catholics can be persuaded to pressure Congress to pass both national health care legislation and "comprehensive immigration reform" in the form of H.R. 4321, the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity" Act. As AIM...
  • The Institution of the Eucharist in Scripture

    01/28/2010 9:32:41 AM PST · by Mad Dawg · 42 replies · 558+ views
    EWTN ^ | unknown | Scott Hahn
    The Institution of the Eucharist in Scripture from a talk by Scott HahnThe Catholic Church claims that Christ is really present in the Eucharist, that the sacrifice of calvary is repeated at every Mass, and that he gives Himself to us in Holy Communion as food unto eternal life.With this in mind, let's look at Scripture. Luke 22, verse 15, our Lord says, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you." So we are assured that the Last Supper in the Upper Room was a Passover meal. In Mark 14, verses 22 through 26, we hear the...
  • Aquinas and the Big Bang

    01/27/2010 10:32:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 415+ views ^ | November '97 | William E. Carroll
    Aquinas and the Big BangWILLIAM E. CARROLLAquinas would have no difficulty accepting Big Bang cosmology, even with its recent variations, while also affirming the doctrine of creation out of nothing. He would, of course, distinguish between advances in cosmology and the philosophical and theological reflections on these advances. One day a little boy asked his mother where he came from. His mother, pleased to have the opportunity to discuss such an important matter with her son, began by offering an elementary account of human biology, even introducing some references to the theory of evolution. Lest she restrict her analysis to...
  • Catholic Bishops to Congress: Ditch the Politics, Pass Health Care

    01/27/2010 1:51:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 93 replies · 1,129+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 01/27/10 | David Gibson
    n a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of the United States have told Congress to put politics aside and focus on the "moral imperative" of passing universal health care. "The health care debate, with all its political and ideological conflict, seems to have lost its central moral focus and policy priority, which is to ensure that affordable, quality, life-giving care is available to all," the three bishops who are leading the lobbying effort for the Catholic hierarchy write in a letter sent Tuesday to all 535...
  • Another loss in priest shortage: Anointing sick

    01/27/2010 1:36:58 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 684+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2010 | Mary Foster
    NEW ORLEANS -- It was John B. Baus's 82nd birthday. When he was getting ready to go out with his wife, he had a heart attack and ended up on his way to the emergency room instead. Doctors there worked to stabilize him and performed surgery to implant a pace maker. Mary Adele Baus, his wife, went home after the surgery, assured that her husband was resting comfortably. Instead, at 3 a.m. doctors were working frantically with oxygen and electric paddles to keep Baus alive. In the midst of the effort Baus asked for a Roman Catholic priest, fearing death...
  • Pope John Paul II 'whipped himself to feel closer to God'

    01/27/2010 11:35:46 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 43 replies · 1,410+ views
    timesonline ^ | January 27, 2010
    The late Pope John Paul II, who has been put on the fast track to sainthood by the Vatican, regularly whipped himself as an act of penance to feel closer to God, and signed a secret document saying that would step down as pontiff if he became incurably ill, according to a new book. Why a Saint? by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Vatican "postulator" in charge of the canonisation process, says the Polish-born Pope performed self flagellation as a bishop in Krakow and continued to do so in the Vatican after being elected Pope in 1978. "In his wardrobe, among...
  • Pope John Paul II Whipped Himself as Act of Penance, Book Claims

    01/27/2010 10:18:09 AM PST · by T Minus Four · 128 replies · 1,693+ views
    The Times ^ | wed jan 27, 2010
    The late Pope John Paul II, who has been put on the fast track to sainthood by the Vatican, regularly whipped himself as an act of penance to feel closer to God, and signed a secret document saying that he would step down as pontiff if he became incurably ill, according to a new book. "Why a Saint?" by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, the Vatican "postulator" in charge of the canonization process, says the Polish-born Pope performed self flagellation as a bishop in Krakow and continued to do so in the Vatican after being elected Pope in 1978. "In his wardrobe,...
  • Pope John Paul practiced self-mortification, postulator confirms (Catholic Caucus)

    01/26/2010 3:49:55 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 903+ views
    cns ^ | Januay 26, 2010 | Cindy Wooden
    Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postulator for the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II, presents his new book on the late pope in Rome Jan. 26. (CNS/Paul Haring) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope John Paul II always took penitence seriously, spending entire nights lying with his arms outstretched on the bare floor, fasting before ordaining priests or bishops and flagellating himself, said the promoter of his sainthood cause. Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postulator of the late pope's cause, said Pope John Paul used self-mortification "both to affirm the primacy of God and as an instrument for perfecting himself." The monsignor spoke...
  • The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium

    01/25/2010 2:27:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 459+ views
    Chiesa Online ^ | 1/23/10
    Joint Coordinating Committee for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox ChurchAghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, September 27 - October 4, 2008Introduction1. In the Ravenna document, "The Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church – Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority", Catholics and Orthodox acknowledge the inseparable link between conciliarity and primacy at all levels of the life of the Church: "Primacy and conciliarity are mutually interdependent. That is why primacy at the different levels of the life of the Church, local, regional and universal, must always be considered in the context of conciliarity,...
  • 117 Russians in Hospital After Drinking Holy Water

    01/25/2010 6:13:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies · 765+ views
    MOSCOW – More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk, an official said Monday. A total of 117 people, including 48 children, were in the hospital complaining of acute intestinal pain after drinking water from wells in and around a local church last week, said Vladimir Salovarov, a spokesman for the Irkutsk Investigative Committee. Salovarov said 204 people required some medical treatment after consuming the water, the source of which was a stagnant lake. He said, however, that it was too early to say what caused...
  • A Primer on Indulgences

    01/24/2010 11:15:25 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 490+ views
    The punishment already inflicted by the majority on such a one is enough; you should now relent and support him so that he may not be crushed by too great a weight of sorrow. 2 Cor. 2:6-7 Indulgences rank among the most poorly understood blessings of the Catholic Church. An indulgence is not permission from the Church to indulge in sin. It is not being indulgent with sinners. It is not the pardon of sin nor the remission of guilt. Now according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment...
  • Frequently Requested Catholic Church Statistics [Catholic Caucus]

    01/24/2010 3:19:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies · 929+ views ^ | 2009 | Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA
    Frequently Requested Catholic Church Statistics CARA gets many inquiries from Church agencies and the media about the numbers for vocations, seminary enrollments, priests and vowed religious, parishes, Mass attendance, schools and the Catholic population. Below are some comparative statistics from 1965. Generally, these data reflect the situation at the beginning of the calendar year listed. The sources for this information include The Official Catholic Directory (OCD), the Vatican's Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae (ASE), and other CARA research and databases. All data are cross checked as much as possible. For the U.S, the numbers reported here include only figures for those...
  • Friday Fast Fact: Friday Penance

    01/23/2010 5:25:21 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 461+ views
    NC Register ^ | Januay 22, 2010 | Matthew Warner
    Did you know that penance is not only for Lent and Advent? And that we Catholics are not only supposed to be doing penance on the Fridays of Lent? Of course, penance is good to do at many times for many reasons.  But in fact, canon law requires us to do some form of penance every Friday of the year. Canon 1250—All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the universal Church. Canon 1251—Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to...
  • Looking for a husband? Pray to St Agnes...

    01/21/2009 7:42:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 430+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 Jan 2009 | Christopher Howse
    First take a sprig of rosemary and one of thyme and sprinkle them with water and put one in one shoe and the other in the other and place the shoes one each side of your bed-head, and say before falling asleep, "St Agnes, that's to lovers kind / Come ease the trouble of my mind," and you will dream of your husband-to-be. Or so they say. For today is the Eve of St Agnes, the day on which John Keats's rich poem of that name is set. In the poem, the heroine Madeline follows simpler rules she has heard...
  • Pope blesses lambs on feast of St. Agnes

    01/21/2010 6:53:16 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 511+ views
    cna ^ | Januay 21, 2010
    Vatican City, Jan 21, 2010 / 10:44 am (CNA).- Today Pope Benedict celebrated the feast of the martyr St. Agnes by blessing a group of lambs in the Urban VIII Chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. Every year on January 21, the Pope blesses a group of lambs which are traditionally less than a year old. The lambs are raised by the Trappist Fathers of the Abbey of Three Fountains in Rome. They are then sheared, and the wool is woven into palliums by the Sisters of St. Cecilia. The palliums will be given to the new metropolitan archbishops...
  • Rosary of Our Lady's Tears(Catholic Prayer Thread)

    01/20/2010 5:31:44 PM PST · by stfassisi · 1 replies · 356+ views ^ | 1930 | Sister Amalia in Campina, Brazil.
    Next to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus there is nothing more touching and effective than the tears of our heavenly Mother! How many tears she shed on the Way of the Cross and when she stood beneath the Cross! She shed bitter tears in reparation for the many insults her Divine Son then and which He would receive in the future. She wept bitter tears for the many souls who would not submit to the Commandments of God, and so would be lost forever. In recent centuries, too, she wept tears of sorrow: The account of the apparitions of...
  • IF GOD IS ALL GOOD ... Why Is There Evil in the World?

    01/20/2010 10:51:48 AM PST · by NYer · 81 replies · 1,510+ views
    NOR ^ | Arthur C. Sippo
    The problem of evil has puzzled mankind from the earliest of times. It is an apparently insoluble conundrum: If God is both all-good and all-powerful, He should have both the motive and the ability to exclude evil from His creation. But evil is here — it is pervasive and oppressive throughout our world. Not only do we have moral evil wrought by responsible agents such as humans and angels, but also natural evils like earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes that "just happen" and are often dismissed as "acts of God." Why doesn't God do something to stop it all? Some...
  • Relics, Icons and Crosses are Onboard International Space Station, Cosmonaut Says

    01/20/2010 5:51:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies · 774+ views
    Moscow, Russia, Jan 20, 2010 / 12:11 am (CNA).- The Gospels, four icons, crosses and a relic of the True Cross have been taken aboard the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), a Russian cosmonaut has reported. A photo taken by the station crew shows an icon and a crucifix floating in zero gravity in the ISS. Writing on his blog at the website of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Cosmonaut Maksim Suraev responded to readers’ questions about religious symbols on the space station. “We have four holy icons on the Russia segment. We also have the...
  • The Wedding at Cana: Does Jesus Rebuke His Mother?

    01/16/2010 9:38:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 1,347+ views ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and his mother Mary were at a wedding feast at Cana (as recorded in John 2). There is what seems to us a tense interaction between them. Mary observes that they have no more wine. And Jesus says to her, Woman, how does this concern of yours affect me? My hour has not yet come. (Jn 2:4). To modern English ears this response of Jesus seems terse and off-putting. Is Jesus annoyed by his mother’s request? A little study of culture reveals that his repsonse ot his mother is not disrespectful but is in fact a sign of respect...
  • Catholics and the Law (how Catholicism impacted Western law)

    01/15/2010 10:44:40 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies · 720+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 15, 2010 | Michael P. Foley
    Catholics in America have more reasons than ever to worry about the future of the law. The legal practice of the Catholic faith in the United States is already becoming difficult because of funding abortions via our taxes, scuttling our philanthropic organizations rather than supporting same-sex marriage, or paying for the artificial contraception of Catholic institutions' employees. The international scene is no better: Several years ago, the EU tried to deny Europe's Christian roots in its constitution, and two months ago the European Court of Human Rights fined the Italian government for having crucifixes in schoolrooms. From all this...
  • The Devil's Distraction: A Misplaced Bad Conscience

    01/14/2010 4:07:18 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 313+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | Januay 14, 2010 | Alice Von Hildebrand
      Having a bad conscience is one of the most unpleasant feelings one can experience. We dread it and understandably try to escape its sting. Anything that assuages a bad conscience will be welcome. In the meantime, the wily one -- the devil -- calculates what advantage he can win from it. He begins to benefit as soon as a bad conscience is activated, since this creates such a restlessness within the sinner that he inevitably -- by a spiritual law of gravity -- falls into a whole series of new sins. Lack of inner peace always triggers new...
  • Pope wants crucifix at the centre of ALL westward-facing altars during Mass

    01/13/2010 10:43:08 AM PST · by NYer · 174 replies · 2,462+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 10, 2010 | Damian Thompson
    Monsignor Guido Marini, Benedict XVI’s master of ceremonies, this week strongly underlined the Pope’s recommendation that when Mass is celebrated facing westwards, the priest should place a crucifix at the centre of the altar. This was to make clear that the celebrant was not “facing the people”, but facing Christ. The Holy Father could hardly have made himself clearer on this point. So why do the Bishops of England and Wales allow the vast majority of their priests to ignore his wishes? Why do the bishops themselves routinely ignore the recommendation?Perhaps someone will ask the bishops when they make their...
  • Alaska celebrates 230th anniversary of first Catholic Mass in the state

    01/10/2010 3:10:51 PM PST · by Titanites · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 5, 2009 | Patricia Coll Freeman
    Anchorage, Alaska, Jan 5, 2009 / 05:47 pm (CNA).- Nearly 230 years ago, three Roman Catholic priests sailed from Mexico to Alaska where they would celebrate the first Catholic Mass in the state and bring the Body and Blood of Christ to the Last Frontier. Racing north According to the Catholic Anchor, by the year 1779, the race to explore and claim rights to the far north had already reached Alaska.  During the previous year, the English Captain Cook had sailed into the inlet that now bears his name, and the Russians were already trading furs with Native Alaskans. The...
  • Papal liturgist endorses 'reform of the reform' of the liturgy

    01/07/2010 3:45:35 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 432+ views
    cns ^ | January 7, 2010 | Father Matthew Gamber
    Msgr. Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, is shown with Pope Benedict XVI in this 2007 file photo. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Father Matthew GamberCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The pope's chief liturgist, Msgr. Guido Marini, endorsed calls in the church for a "reform of the reform" of Catholic liturgy. "For some years now, several voices have been heard within church circles talking about the necessity of a new liturgical renewal," Msgr. Marini said. A fresh renewal movement would be "capable of operating a reform of the reform, or rather, move one more step ahead in understanding the...
  • Believers come to her home for a miracle (Catholic Caucus)

    01/05/2010 1:37:26 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 486+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 3, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    For decades, the faithful say, a 1-foot-tall crucifix has been granting the wishes of people in need. By the thousands, people have come to pray at El Seńor de los Milagros -- Lord of the Miracles -- a shrine on the side of a one-story stucco home in a working-class Mexican American neighborhood in Tucson. People have come from as far away as Germany to worship at the shrine, but most visitors come from Arizona and Mexico. The carved wood sculpture, encased in glass, has been in the Romo family for five generations, said owner Pauline Romo. The crucifix, which...
  • Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)

    01/02/2010 3:07:57 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,961+ views
    I was visiting an inner-city church one day and in the vestibule some graffiti was written on the wall which said, "Catholics, God has no mother," obviously referring to Mary's title as "Mother of God." How does one respond to such an objections? To understand the title, "Mother of God," we must first clearly understand Mary's role as mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the incarnation of our Lord: Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Cf. Lk 1: 26-38 and Mt 1: 18-25.) Through her, Jesus Christ — second person of...
  • How could Mary be the Mother of God?

    01/02/2010 3:32:55 PM PST · by NYer · 167 replies · 2,765+ views
    cerc ^ | MATTHEW PINTO
    How could Mary, a finite creature, be the Mother of God? Isn’t God an eternal being? The title "Mother of God" is offensive to some Protestant Christians because they believe that this title raises Mary to an inappropriate, even idolatrous, level -- the level of God Himself. There is also genuine confusion on the part of others -- including Catholics -- about how a finite creature (Mary) could be the "mother" of an eternal being. "Wouldn't Mary have had to exist before God in order to be His mother?", they reason. Referring to Mary as "Mother of God," however, does...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: we must all go green to save the planet

    01/01/2010 1:45:09 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 124 replies · 3,299+ views
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 1-1-10 | Nick Squires
    He said people needed to change how they live their lives and called for "ecological responsibility" to be taught in schools.....
  • Was 2009 a Turning Point? (for the U. S. Catholic Bishops)

    12/31/2009 9:07:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies · 706+ views ^ | December 31, 2009 | Russell Shaw
    Was 2009 a Turning Point? December 31st, 2009 by Russell Shaw Was 2009 a turning point for the American bishops, marking a tougher and more realistic approach on their part to the myriad problems, internal and external, besetting the Catholic Church in the United States? It’s too soon for final conclusions, but, on the evidence, history may judge the year just past in exactly those terms.Two episodes in particular suggest as much.One is the remarkable fact that some 80 American bishops, acting on their own, spoke up last spring to protest Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama to receive...
  • Wise Advice from St. Francis de Sales for When People Question your Motives

    12/30/2009 10:07:16 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 468+ views
    Patrick Madrid ^ | December 30, 2009 | Patrick Madrid
    "As soon as worldly people see that you wish to follow a devout life they aim a thousand darts of mockery and even detraction at you. The most malicious of them will slander your conversion as hypocrisy, bigotry, and trickery. . . ."Philothea, all this is mere foolish, empty babbling. These people aren't interested in your health or welfare. 'If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own but because you are not of the world, therefore the world hates you,; says the Savior. We have seen gentlemen and ladies spend the whole night, even...
  • (Audio) Some Advice for Catholics Who Want to Study Scripture More Deeply

    12/28/2009 2:16:41 PM PST · by Patrick Madrid · 12 replies · 525+ views
    Patrick Madrid ^ | 12-27-09 | Patrick Madrid
    On my "Open Line" radio show last week (Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET), I took a call from Ryan in Baton Rouge. He asked for some advice on resources for studying Scripture in a systematic way. Here's what I told him. Take a listen . . .
  • Not so Liberating: The Twilight of Liberation Theology

    12/28/2009 10:33:25 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 830+ views
    CE ^ | December 28, 2009 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    It went almost unnoticed, but on December 5th, Benedict XVI articulated one of the most stinging rebukes that has ever been made by a pope of a particular theological school. Addressing a group of Brazilian bishops, Benedict followed some mild comments about Catholic education with some very sharp and deeply critical remarks about liberation theology and its effects upon the Catholic Church.Apart from stressing how certain liberation theologians drew heavily upon Marxist concepts, the pope also described these ideas as “deceitful.” This is very strong language for a pope. But Benedict then underscored the damage that liberation theology did to...
  • Christmas in Rome. The Pope's Tale of the Crčche

    12/24/2009 1:22:32 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 629+ views
    chiesa ^ | December 23, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    The origins and meaning of the holiday. St. Francis' stroke of genius. This is how Joseph Ratzinger explained Christmas to the pilgrims who had come from all over the world, just before Christmas Eve. Dear brothers and sisters, with the Christmas novena, which we are celebrating in these days, the Church is inviting us to live in an intense and profound way the preparation for the Nativity of the Savior, which is now imminent. The desire that we all hold in our hearts is that the upcoming feast of Christmas may give us, in the midst of the frenetic activity...
  • SC priest wins $100,000 for church in poker game (Catholic Caucus)

    12/22/2009 5:45:35 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies · 544+ views
    AP ^ | 12/22/2009 | Seanna Adcox
    A South Carolina priest missed the $1 million top prize in a poker tournament to be televised this weekend but he won $100,000 for his church and he hopes his participation gives viewers a "fun twist" on their perceptions of the priesthood. (snip) He adds, "God gave me a gift of playing cards — that interest, that hobby — and I could put it to use to help build our church. That just was really exciting for me." (snip) Ordained in July 2007, Trapp is the youngest Catholic priest in the statewide diocese. "A lot of young people out there,...
  • Controversy continues as more Belleville churchgoers are told to get on their knees

    12/22/2009 11:51:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies · 870+ views
    Belleville News Democrat ^ | 12/22/2009 | GEORGE PAWLACZYK
    A controversy about whether to stand or kneel during the high point of the Catholic Mass has spread from one church in the Belleville Diocese to at least three others. A three-page letter from Belleville Bishop Edward K. Braxton sent Dec. 11 to the Rev. Albert Kreher, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Trenton, orders him to tell his parishioners they must cease standing and instead, kneel during the reading of the Eucharistic Prayer, the point in a Catholic Mass where the bread and wine are believed to be transformed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The message...
  • Once a Catholic . . . (and part 2) . . . The Chicken's Questions

    12/20/2009 2:27:52 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 958+ views
    Jimmy Akin ^ | December 18, 2009 | Jimmy Akin
    Part I Pope Benedict has released a new motu proprio titled Omnium in mentum which revises the Code of Canon Law on two points.First, before getting into the changes, let me offer a high five to canonist Edward Peters for predicting, over ten years ago, that this would be the model followed in the future for changing canon law. Following the codification of canon law in 1917, the Code underwent a thorough revision in 1983. Rather than letting issues build up and then having another thorough revision at some point, John Paul II issued a motu proprio in 1998 that...
  • Bishops Announce Unprecedented Massive Catholic Opposition to Obamacare

    10/29/2009 1:00:21 PM PDT · by marcbold · 53 replies · 1,468+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10-29-09 | Matt Archbold
    Wow! This is big news. For months the bishops have been threatening to oppose the healthcare legislation as long as it included abortion funding. But I didn't expect this. Wonderful news. reports: An E-mail directive has been sent from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Activities Secretariat mobilizing every parish in the United States of America. It contains an urgent message which is to be distributed in every parish this weekend and announced at every single Mass. This massive and urgent appeal may be unprecedented in our history as Catholics in America. It is an effort to...

    12/21/2009 2:37:16 PM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 10 replies · 417+ views
    DATE: December 19, 2009 FROM: Sr. Mary Ann Walsh O: 202-541-3200 H: 301-587-4762 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Federal government must not expand its role enabling abortions Bill should not go forward unless and until problems remedied Protection of life, conscience rights; fairness to legal immigrants; affordability top issues WASHINGTON--The Senate health reform bill should not move forward in its current form, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City said December 19, as senators proceeded closer to a vote. Cardinal DiNardo chairs the bishops' Committee on Pro-life Activities....
  • The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker

    12/21/2009 10:27:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 413+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/16/09 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    On a September afternoon, about 60 prominent Christians assembled in the library of the Metropolitan Club on the east side of Central Park. It was a gathering of unusual diversity and power. Many in attendance were conservative evangelicals like the born-again Watergate felon Chuck Colson, who helped initiate the meeting. Metropolitan Jonah, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was there as well. And so were more than half a dozen of this country’s most influential Roman Catholic bishops, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Archbishop John Myers of Newark and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. At the...
  • Holy See declares unique copyright on Papal figure

    12/20/2009 1:39:23 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 552+ views
    cna ^ | December 19, 2009
    Vatican City, Dec 19, 2009 / 12:23 pm (CNA).- The Vatican made a declaration on the protection of the figure of the Pope on Saturday morning.  The statement seeks to establish and safeguard the name, image and any symbols of the Pope as being expressly for official use of the Holy See unless otherwise authorized.The statement cited a "great increase of affection and esteem for the person of the Holy Father" in recent years as contributing to a desire to use the Pontiff's name for all manner of educational and cultural institutions, civic groups and foundations. Due to this demand,...
  • Sacred Images [Alleged Apparitions of BVM in Egypt]

    12/18/2009 6:38:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 736+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 12/18/09
    Crowds flock to Giza as news spreads of an apparition of the Virgin Mary, reports Sherine Nasr"If I could only see Her tonight, it will be the happiest day of my life," said 25-year-old sales representative Fadi Amir. He had been standing all night, his eyes fixed on the church's towers in hope of catching a glimpse of the Virgin Mary. "Whether I see Her or not, I know She's there," said a young lady, shivering with the cold as she stood on the opposite side of the road to get a better view of the church. Whether waiting for...
  • POPE: 12TH-CENTURY LESSON ON NATURAL LAW NEEDED (Warns of "Dictatorship of Relativism")

    12/17/2009 3:54:24 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 414+ views
    zna ^ | December 17, 2009
    VATICAN CITY, DEC. 16, 2009 ( A 12th-century scholar has a lesson for today on what makes for fair and equal treatment in law, Benedict XVI says.The Pope proposed today during the general audience the teaching of John of Salisbury, an English theologian and philosopher who served as bishop of Chartres, France, from 1176 until he died in 1180.The Holy Father explained how John taught that "there also exists an objective and immutable truth, whose origin is God, accessible to human reason. This truth regards practical and social actions. This is a natural law, from which human laws and political...
  • Benedict XVI to declare John Paul II venerable at the Vatican (12/19)

    12/17/2009 12:14:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies · 931+ views
    Rome Reports ^ | 12/17/2009 | Javier Martínez-Brocal / Marissa Cabrera
    The late Pope John Paul II is one step closer at getting a spot on the altars, now that Benedict XVI will name him venerable. Benedict XVI is expected to sign the decree Saturday December 19th. When the Pope gives a candidate to the altars, the title "venerable" that means he recognizes that they lived the Christian virtues as heroes. To beatify a candidate, the commission of cardinals and Vatican theologians must certify that God has performed a miracle through his intercession. In the case of John Paul II, just two months after his death, several medical teams have classified...
  • Subsidiarity: Where Justice and Freedom Coexist

    12/17/2009 10:10:06 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 449+ views
    CE ^ | December 17, 2009 | Louie Verrecchio
    What is the Catholic social justice principal known as “subsidiarity”?If you’re an American and you’re unfamiliar with subsidiarity in this day and age in which the federal government is about the only segment of the economy that’s growing; you better find out in a hurry.In a nutshell, the principal of subsidiarity states that matters impacting the human person should be addressed by the smallest, least centralized, most localized, competent personal authority possible. The opposite situation is realized when personal affairs are managed by larger; more centralized and detached public authorities.At the heart of the matter lies a concern for the...
  • New papal decree clarifies role of deacons and result of defections on marriage

    12/15/2009 3:47:50 PM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,297+ views
    cna ^ | December 15, 2009
    Denver, Colo., Dec 15, 2009 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- This morning the Vatican published a Motu Proprio from Pope Benedict called “Omnium in Mentem”  and dated October 26. According to J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Denver, the new document clarifies the nature of a deacon's orders and the impact of defections from Catholicism on the validity of a marriage.“Omnium in Mentum,” roughly translated as “Everything in Mind,” deals with two unrelated topics, a fact that caused Flynn to observe that it's probably easier to publish one Motu Propio than two. Writing in an explanatory note for...
  • Bus ads aim to attract lapsed Catholics in Dallas

    12/15/2009 3:54:00 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 578+ views
    cna ^ | December 14, 2009
    Bishop Kevin Farrell Dallas, Texas, Dec 14, 2009 / 07:22 pm (CNA).- As Christmas quickly approaches, the Diocese of Dallas has launched a campaign to bring lapsed Catholics back into the Church. One part of the outreach involves bus ads with the message: “Catholics come home for Christmas.”“When I travel around the diocese, I have so many people tell me that their wife or husband or parents or kids have abandoned their church or faith,” Bishop Kevin Farrell explained to the Dallas Morning News on Sunday. “They're always asking me what we can do about it.”The recent bus ads are...
  • 5 Arguments Against Priestly Celibacy and How to Refute Them

    12/14/2009 2:10:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies · 557+ views
    1. Allowing priests to marry would end pedophilia. It is completely untrue that celibate priests are more likely to be pedophiles than any other group of men, married or not. Pedophilia affects only 0.3 percent of the population of Catholic clergy, and sexual abusers in general account for less than 2 percent of Catholic priests. These figures are comparable to rates among married men, as non-Catholic scholar Philip Jenkins points out in his book Pedophiles and Priests. Other Protestant denominations have admitted to having similar problems among their own married clergy, so clearly the problem is not with celibacy. 2....
  • Preserved Sinless from the Moment of Humanity (Dogma of the Immaculate Conception) [Catholic Caucus]

    12/08/2009 3:24:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies · 694+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | Robert J. Gieb
    Preserved Sinless from the Moment of Humanity December 8th, 2009 by Robert J. Gieb Just after the beginning of the season of Advent, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Church gives us a front row seat both to the tragic story of the pride and disobedience that led to the fall of man and to the story of faith and humble obedience that culminated in our redemption. The readings selected by the Church for this feast set before us the story of man’s sin, and God’s plan to save man from his sin. A plan that includes “the...