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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror

    07/27/2016 7:53:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    lifezette ^ | July 26, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    A Christian Duty in the Face of Terror After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.” As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex — so does pacifism affront peace. Turning the other cheek is the counsel Christ gave in the instance of an individual when morally insulted: Humility conquers pride. It has nothing to do with self-defense. Christ warned the apostles, as shepherds, to beware of wolves. The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is...
  • Christ’s Body – My Choice?

    07/27/2016 6:45:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 26, 2016 | Editors
    EDITORIAL Last week, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, the Virginia bishop for Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion Catholic running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, put out a press release announcing his decision not to enforce Canon 915, saying that for “Catholics in public office,” “worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist” is a matter for each person “to decide through an upright and informed conscience.” In other words, Bishop DiLorenzo has gone out of his way to make clear that, the ongoing scandal of Kaine’s weekly public reception of Holy Communion while supporting pre-born child killing on the campaign trail will continue indefinitely...
  • Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift

    07/27/2016 6:15:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ten Thousand Thanks Could Never Be Enough - A Meditation on the Astonishing Depth of Every Gift Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2016 • In developing gratitude, we do well to remember how intertwined our lives are. None of us lives in isolation—none of us can. We may think we’re pretty self-sufficient, but we drive on roads that others built and paid for, and we do so in cars developed and built by others. We use electricity powered by coal that others mined, converted to power in power plants we neither built nor run, and delivered to us...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 8:52:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2016
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.
  • And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

    07/26/2016 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids - A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2016 • One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below.Ideally, night prayer should include acts of...
  • Footsteps of the Messiah (video)

    07/25/2016 9:30:46 PM PDT · by Lera · 13 replies
    Calvary Chapel Ce ^ | 04-08-15 | John Hessler
    Footsteps of the Messiah , video at link
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire?

    07/25/2016 6:38:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says That We Will Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2016 • I was recently asked (through my Our Sunday Visitor column) about one of Jesus’ lesser known sayings. I would go into a little more detail in today’s post. Here is the passage:Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Some argue that these were separate sayings that were just stitched together,...
  • Springtime’s Over, Ladies: Francis’ Plans for the “New Conservative” Religious Orders [Cath Caucus]

    07/24/2016 4:08:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 7-23-16 | Hillary White
    The pope has issued “new guidelines” for contemplative nuns, and it has set off every one of my alarms, long, loud and terrifying as an air raid siren. It is possibly one of the most sinister things I've seen coming from Bergoglio thus far, but I think few people will understand how serious it is or could be. Hardly anyone gives a moment’s thought to cloistered nuns. Once they’re inside, the world forgets about them. But contemplative religious life is like the mitochondria of the Church. The power source of the cell that makes all the other systems function. The...
  • Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

    07/24/2016 7:30:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2016 • Photo by Michael Hoyt for the Catholic StandardLast week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was “the one thing necessary.” This week, we see the disciples’ request that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer, the Lord gives three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer.Let’s look at these three prescriptions. I. Pattern of Prayer – The Gospel opens as follows: Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us...
  • The defining Question about Sola Scriptura and Tradition

    07/23/2016 8:40:34 PM PDT · by boatbums · 77 replies
    Apologetics and Agape ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ken Temple
    “Has the Roman Catholic Church infallibly defined a single word of Jesus or an apostle, that is not found in Scripture?” Dr. James White to Mitch Pacwa “I cannot think of any.” Mitch Pacwa This shows that everything the church needed for ministry was written down in the Scriptures. That is the clear implication of the verses below; and combined with the early church’s understanding of the rule of faith / apostolic tradition, when it is specifically spelled out, it indicates that everything needed was written down in the NT. Jude 3 – the faith was once for all delivered...
  • Fifty years of the other "Ottaviani intervention" [Catholic Caucus]

    07/23/2016 8:19:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/24/ 1996 - 7/24/2016 | Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani / Augustinus
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the first doctrinal documents to be released by the old Holy Office under the new appellation "Doctrine of the Faith", the circular letter Cum Oecumenicum Concilium. The Latin text can be found in Acta Apostolicae Sedis 58 (1966), pp. 659-661. Signed only 7 months after the end of Vatican II by Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, the last Secretary of the Holy Office (1959 - 1965) and Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1965 until January 1968, it demonstrates the rapidity with which open heresy spread even more in...
  • Eucharist in the creed?

    07/23/2016 9:19:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 210 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eucharist in the creed? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: The true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is central to our Catholic faith, and many converts say it was essential to their conversion. If this is so, why is the true presence not mentioned at all in the Nicene or Apostles Creeds? Should it not be added at the end where we state things like our belief in the Communion of Saints, the resurrection of the body and so forth? — Jerry Roventini, via email Answer: There are many things that are not mentioned in the Nicene Creed. There is no...
  • Pope’s climate encyclical ‘made possible’ passage of pro-abortion SDGs: UN leader [Catholic Caucus]

    07/22/2016 2:04:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 22, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a June pontifical conference on human trafficking that featured an address by abortion and population control advocate Jeffrey Sachs. “We can also count an important and decisive collaboration with the United Nations,” the Holy Father told the Judges Summit Against Human Trafficking and Organized Crime, organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Added the pope: “I am grateful for the fact that the representatives of the 193 UN member states unanimously approved the new Sustainable Development Goals.” In his turn, Sachs, a Harvard-educated economist, bestselling...
  • Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”?"

    07/22/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2016 • Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man,” not “through a man and a woman.”...
  • A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant

    07/21/2016 6:16:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 22, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians by Sandro Magister ROME, July 22, 2016 - In the alarmed letter that thirteen cardinals from five continents were preparing to deliver to Pope Francis at the beginning of the last synod, they were warning him against leading the Catholic Church as well to “the collapse of liberal Protestant churches in the modern era, accelerated by their abandonment of key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of...
  • US cardinal says ‘Christian nations’ in West must counter Islamic influx

    07/21/2016 1:39:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | July 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to be...
  • Liberal Catholicism’s unexpected crisis [Catholic Caucus]

    07/21/2016 10:16:28 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 21, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Even as Pope Francis wins the applause of the world for giving Catholicism a friendlier face, critics have started to grumble. On social media and in opinion columns, they have drawn up a list of grievances. While they approve of his pastoral outreach, they are concerned that he is leaving the Church unprepared to face the challenges of our age. They admire many of the men he has promoted, but fret that he has also empowered bishops who want to lead the Church on a dangerous, radical course – and may well do so once he departs. No, these critics...
  • More details surface about 45 theologians’ appeal to correct Amoris Laetitia’s errors

    07/21/2016 8:03:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 20, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    New details have emerged about the letter 45 theologians sent to every Catholic patriarch and cardinal asking them to petition Pope Francis to fix a list of erroneous propositions in Amoris Laetitia. The group’s spokesman Dr. Joseph Shaw, a University of Oxford academic and chairman of the Latin Mass Society, told LifeSiteNews that the list of signatories is not in any way limited to theologians who are viewed as liturgical traditionalists, thus showing that there is wide concern about Amoris Laetitia across the world of Catholic academia. Upon the announcement of the existence the letter, Shaw said, “Numerous propositions in...
  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    07/21/2016 7:39:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2016 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • Buttiglione backs Amoris Laetitia in L'Osservatore Romano article [Catholic Caucus]

    07/20/2016 4:27:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 20, 2016
    The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has published a front-page essay by Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian political leader and adviser to St. John Paul II, supporting the argument of Amoris Laetitia that Catholics who are divorced and remarried might, under some circumstances, be allowed to receive Communion. Buttiglione argues that the Catholic Church has always recognized the possibility that individual circumstances determine whether or not someone is in a state of sin. He writes: The path that the Pope proposes to divorced and remarried is exactly the same that the Church proposes to all sinners: Go to confession, and your confessor,...
  • Fatherhood and Mercy

    07/20/2016 6:30:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fatherhood and Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2016 • Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. What does a priest know about being a father? Why don’t you read this post and then tell me? Remember that I have been the son of my father, I have two brothers,...
  • Vatican Watch...The Vatican’s ‘Greatest Supporter’ and Collaborator

    07/19/2016 6:27:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Remant Newspaper ^ | July 19, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    Be forewarned. This photo (immediately below) speaks volumes about this papacy and its collaborators. Know them by the radical company they keep. Clout affords him heightened access to the Pope, as he sits prominently at the speaker’s dais when Pope Francis addresses the Pontifical Academy’s Human Trafficking Judicial Conference in early June 2016. He smiles and listens as Francis acknowledges and thanks “a number of prestigious external collaborators—to whom I offer my heartfelt thanks—have engaged in important activities in defense of human dignity and freedom in our day.” He nods knowingly because he ranks foremost as the Pope’s ‘prestigious external...
  • How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes

    07/19/2016 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheroes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2016 • There was more violence this past weekend. A man, whatever his grievance, killed three police officers and wounded four others. Pray for their souls.And what has this gotten us? More anger. And no progress on justice at all.History is replete with the failures of those who thought they could usher in justice with violence. The “war to end all wars” (World War I) demonstrated this foolish notion, as it ultimately brought about a far bloodier one: World War II.There...
  • Newspaper: Cardinal Müller to be Archbishop of Mainz

    07/18/2016 10:00:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Media report: In a counter-move the Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is supposed to switch to the Vatican and take over the management of the CDF Kuala Lumpur (kath.net/KNA) Accordjng to a report by the Malaysian Catholic weekly "Herald" Pope Francis plans personnel changes within the Curia. This suggests that the former prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (68) will occupy the See if Mainz long since vacated by Cardinal Karl Lehmann. In return, the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is to switch to the Vatican and take over there, the management of the CDF, the Journal reported...
  • Cardinal Schönborn’s Interview: How Credible is a “Hearsay Magisterium”?

    07/18/2016 8:48:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 18, 2016 | Father Brian Harrison, O.S.
    Last week saw the release of an important interview (PDF link) given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and one of Pope Francis’ most trusted theological advisers and spokesmen, to the Roman Jesuit journal La Civiltŕ Cattolica. The topic was the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL): This interview has already made waves round the world, mainly because of His Eminence’s insistence on three points: first, that an apostolic exhortation such as AL is indeed an authoritative magisterial document, containing teaching that Catholics must assent to; secondly, that all previous teachings on marriage and the family must now be interpreted...
  • Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical

    07/18/2016 8:13:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Don’t Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2016 • Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do—a very few things.The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas famously said,In finem nostrae cognitionis Deum tamquam ignotum cognoscimus. (At the end of our knowledge we know God as unknown.) (In Boetium de Trinitate, q. 1,...
  • A Different Kind of Papal Press Conference [Catholic Caucus]

    07/17/2016 5:11:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 11, 2016 | Nick Bottom
    Pope Francis: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for coming. I have invited you today because I have had a change of heart that I must make public. In a homily recently, I spoke rather forcefully about employers who refuse to pay their workers a just wage. I have had a chance to reflect on that homily in the light of the principles I set forth in my Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. I brought a copy so I can refer to it as I take your questions. Please be patient with me as I find the appropriate passages, eh? I believe...
  • The Priority of Personal Prayer

    07/17/2016 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Priority of Personal Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2016 • Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer.Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard many a sermon that interpreted this Gospel passage as a call for a proper balance between work and prayer. Some have gone on to state that we all need a little of...
  • Archbishop Cupich — Newest US Church ‘Kingmaker’ [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2016 6:36:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 15, 2016 | MATTHEW BUNSON
    That influence is why Pope Francis’ July 7 appointment of Archbishop Blase Cupich — archbishop of Chicago since November 2014 — should not be underestimated. While not without his critics, he remains the most prominent episcopal pick for the Church in the United States made so far by Pope Francis. Archbishop Cupich joins Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington as one of only two Americans currently with the congregation. The Chicago archbishop essentially is replacing Cardinal William Levada, who recently turned 80 and resigned all cardinalatial duties. At 67, Archbishop Cupich will presumably be a member for at least the next...
  • The Catacombs Pact [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2016 3:41:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 16, 2016 | Michael Matt
    Editor’s Note: I wrote this last year, and it appeared in the Print/E-edition of The Remnant only. Given recent developments involving an increasingly aggressive Pope Francis, it seems appropriate to post it here on our site. MJM Pope Francis during the Liturgy of the Lords Passion at St Peters Basilica on April 3 2015 Credit LOsservatore Romano CNA 4 3 15 The Church’s constant teaching regarding the duty of faithful Catholics to resist legitimate authority in times of crisis is rooted in Scripture. “But when Cephas was come to Antioch,” writes St. Paul in Galatians 2:11, “I withstood him to...
  • The Coming Decentralization of the Catholic Church [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2016 2:16:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 15, 2016 | Torben Riis
    Francis explains in Evangelii Gaudium (32) that “decentralization” implies the assignment of “genuine doctrinal authority” to episcopal conferences, something unheard of until now. To justify this drastic measure, which he describes as a “conversion of the papacy”, Francis refers in three footnotes to 1) The Second Vatican Council (Lumen Gentium 23), 2) to Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter “Apostolos Suos – on the theological and juridical nature of episcopal conferences” and 3) to his encyclical “Ut Unum Sint – on commitment to Ecumenism.” (95) Quoting the latter Francis claims that John Paul asked for help in finding [emphasis added]...
  • Patient Autonomy?

    07/16/2016 9:27:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    OSV.com ^ | JulyAugust-2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Patient Autonomy? Q. I am a student nurse, and I never have yet had to deal with questions from patients about euthanasia. But I was wondering: When I am a nurse, if I have a patient who is serious about euthanasia and feels that it is the best choice for him or her, how should I respond? Would I be indirectly allowing that person to die by “passing the buck”? The nurse is the patient’s advocate, but what can I morally do if the patient’s wishes are incompatible with my morals as a Catholic, without stifling the patient’s autonomy? Kelley,...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    07/15/2016 7:10:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2016 • Today’s Gospel (Mat 12:1-8), in which Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath, reminded me of the video below. It illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking bigger ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the synagogue, and a...
  • Cardinal Sarah decries “attempt to make homosexuality the cornerstone of a new global ethic”

    07/14/2016 12:29:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2016 | Steve Jalsevac
    This is the 4th and final list of notable quotes from Cardinal Sarah’s book, God or Nothing. Today we publish excerpts of Sarah’s clear teaching on moral issues. I strongly suggest reading all four reports if this is the first that you have read. Each report covers different issues. - Cardinal Sarah: “Those who want to eradicate poverty make Christ a liar – they are mistaken and lying” - Cardinal Sarah: ambiguities on doctrine - can lead to dangerous opinions. - Cardinal Sarah: ‘separating magisterial teaching from pastoral practice is… heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology’ Purchasing and reading the book,...
  • Pope’s exhortation could take Church teaching ‘off the hinges’: German priest

    07/14/2016 9:43:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia has the potential to take Church teaching “off the hinges” if liberal interpretations of it are implemented, the head of the German district of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) warns in an article on his district’s website. Pope St. John Paul II established the FSSP in 1988 to offer the traditional, pre-Vatican II liturgy of the Church. From its founding, the FSSP has placed great emphasis on loyalty to the pope. In his article, first published on May 19, Father Bernhard Gerstle writes that Amoris Laetitia contains “many beautiful and precious thoughts about...
  • There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus -- Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours

    07/14/2016 7:16:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There’s a Yoke to Be Carried in Following Jesus -- Make Sure It’s Jesus’ Yoke, Not Yours Msgr. Charles Pope • July 13, 2016 • 0 Comments The Gospel from Wednesday’s Daily Mass contains memorable but often misunderstood lines:Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest … Take my yoke upon you … For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.The most important word in this sentence is the word “my.” Jesus says, my yoke is easy; my burden is light.What is a yoke? It’s a wooden truss that makes...
  • Vatican Watch…So Much for Pope’s Child Protection Commission [Catholic Caucus]

    07/13/2016 6:28:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 12, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    “It is the Argentine attitude: Suppress and ignore” V.S.Naipaul, The Return of Eva Peron In the summer of 2011, the Puyehue Volcano near the Chilean city of Osorno, erupted sending a cloud of ash billowing into the Chilean skies and blanketing the farmlands with cinders. Perhaps Mother Nature was prescient, anticipating the upcoming volcanic reaction by Osorno Catholics to the appointment of the much despised and discredited Bishop Juan Barros by Pope Francis in March 2015. At issue, is the papal selection of a bishop with a long and sordid history of covering up clergy sex abuse. Like all political...
  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/13/2016 3:51:52 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 171 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 7/10/'16 | Donny Fuchs
    I rarely write about American politics. Here in Israel, existential national threats prevent me from dwelling on America’s problems. In Israel, Arabs butcher our thirteen-year-old daughters in their bedrooms and gun down our brothers and fathers, and the impotent leadership responds in typical fashion— with powerful speeches to comfort the bereaved. So naturally the demise of America cannot take up much of my time. But that doesn’t mean I’m disinterested. I am concerned with America’s welfare. As a Jew with a sense of history, I appreciate the haven America provided us throughout the last few centuries, when most countries offered...
  • For the record: Video plea to the Pope for doctrinal clarity [Catholic Caucus]

    07/13/2016 2:00:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli / Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2016 | Augustinus
    Bishop Schneider called it “very urgent” that the pope “states more clearly, in a very unambiguous manner — in such a manner which will not leave any space for misinterpretations — [on] the issues of family and the sacredness of marriage.” The film contains an impressive lineup of international life and family advocates who decided that the time had come to voice their concerns for the good of the Church, of souls, and of nations.
  • Catholic News Service: Amoris Laetitia A-OK! & USCCB/Soros Say Turn in Your Guns, Too

    07/13/2016 1:21:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    St. Corbian's Bear ^ | July 12, 2016 | St. Corbian's Bear
    Catholic News Service: USCCB's Pravda The Catholic News Service is the house organ of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Yet as CNS's hilarious "About CNS" page points out several times, it is doing real journalism, having some vague relationship with the USCCB, but definitely not involved in publicity. CNS is not directly funded by the USCCB. "It must be financially self-sustaining." In other words, the usual lefty foundations shovel money to keep it afloat, along with all the other trendy scams with which the USCCB is fascinated, in lieu of promoting the Catholic Faith. USCCB Committee That Produced Gun-Grab...
  • Cardinal attests to how botched liturgical reform had devastating effects on the Catholic population

    07/13/2016 12:51:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The War in Our Time ^ | Juy 12, 2016 | Robert Cardinal Sarah
    From the book: God or Nothing: Cardinal Robert Sarah, Nicolas Diat In 1958, therefore, you were at the seminary when John XXIII was elected pope? […] On the other hand, I stilled lacked the maturity needed to understand the scope of the council desired by that pope. I knew, however, that Archbishop Tchidimbo represented my country and that he traveled regularly to Rome for discussions with the bishops from the other countries of the world. Although he did not really speak to us about the content of debates, I nevertheless relate an event that impressed the Catholic faithful of Conakry....
  • The tears of a mother: The tragedy of pro-gay Catholic ministries in the Archdiocese of LA

    07/13/2016 12:29:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 12, 2016 | Joseph Sciambra
    The real-life experiences of a Catholic mother with a “gay” daughter: When my oldest daughter was a teenager she had her first same sex relationship. As a Catholic mother, finding out was very upsetting. Several years afterwards seeing an ad in the Assumption Blessed Virgin parish bulletin for a “Catholic ministry” “for parents of gay and lesbians” I had hope that I had found supportive safe place of likeminded Catholic parents. The meeting was held in the parish meeting rooms of Holy Family parish in South Pasadena, led by a woman psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Taylor; there was no priest present....
  • Is It Time to Flee the World?"

    07/13/2016 8:34:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Time to Flee the World? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 12, 2016 • As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass, we read of Israel’s painful purifications and also of a coming punishment of the surrounding nations. These ancient stories have something to say to us today.As Isaiah sets forth, God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified. But the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world cannot go on forever; wickedness must be ended. The Lord will judge the nations, not merely purify Israel.In...
  • A funeral service for Philando Castile will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul July 14.

    07/12/2016 6:55:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    The Catholic Spirit ^ | July 12, 2016 | Maria Wiering
    Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile, requested to hold the service at the Cathedral because she wished the funeral to be an ecumenical opportunity for “people to come together in a new way” and pray for peace and reconciliation, according to a July 12 statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The service will not be a Mass, as Philando was from a non-Catholic Christian tradition, according to the archdiocese. At a July 12 press conference on the Minnesota State Capitol lawn, spokespeople for the family said the Castiles are part of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul, and...
  • From casuistry to mercy: Toward a new art of pleasing?

    07/12/2016 4:48:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 11, 2016 | Monsignor Michel Schooyans
    One might think that casuistry is dead and buried. The controversies of the 17th century should be over once and for all. Rarely do any of our contemporaries still read the Lettres Provinciales [Provincial Letters] and the authors whom Pascal (1623-1662) attacks therein. These authors are casuists, that is to say, moralists who seek to resolve matters of conscience without succumbing to rigorism. On rereading the famous Lettres, we were struck by the similarity emerging between a controversial document written in the 17th century and the positions today defended by pastors and theologians aspiring to effect radical changes in the...
  • Pope chooses Protestant to produce Argentine edition of Vatican newspaper

    07/12/2016 4:36:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Pope Francis has chosen Marcelo Figueroa, a Protestant theologian and a personal friend, to edit an Argentine edition of L'Osservatore Romano. Beginning in September, Figueroa will edit an Argentine publication that combines material from the weekly Spanish-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano with local content. He told the Crux news site that he plans to rely on Catholic and non-Catholic sources, to give the newspaper ecumencial appeal. Figueroa told Crux: "We want to spread Francis' universal, pastoral work, in a way that reaches every Argentine."
  • Top adviser to Pope JPII warns of a cabal undermining Church with backing from within

    07/12/2016 4:26:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 12, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    Monsignor Michel Schooyans, a top adviser to Pope St. John Paul II who was also close to Pope Benedict XVI, has issued a dire warning about the current trajectory in the Catholic Church. In a paper, published on LifeSiteNews, Professor Schooyans, a member of several Pontifical Academies and Councils, writes that “the Synod on the Family has revealed a profound malaise in the Church.” The retired professor from Belgium, now 86, speaks of the “crisis” in the Church, saying, “it is futile to close our eyes: the Church is challenged in its very foundations.” (Click here to read Professor Schooyans'...
  • The Airplane Magisterium and Its Consequences

    07/12/2016 9:17:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 11, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my last column before a brief hiatus (to attend the important Roman Forum Conference at Lake Garda, Italy), I promised further discussion of Pope Francis’ latest scandalous inflight press conference, this time on the return to Rome from an utterly pointless (and needlessly expensive) trip to Armenia. At the risk of being facetious, it would appear that at this point in the Bergoglian pontificate one can speak of a Rule of Bergoglio: No Papal Press Conference Shall Be Without at Least One Major Error Against the Faith. This time we had the following whopper concerning Luther, who literally invented...
  • Who was Isaiah?

    07/12/2016 7:35:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who was Isaiah? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 11, 2016 • Prophet Isaiah by Antonio BalestraWe are reading excerpts from the Prophet Isaiah this week in the Daily Liturgy, particularly from passages in which God’s judgment on unbelief and sin is proclaimed. I will write a bit more on this tomorrow, but perhaps for today there is some benefit in looking at Isaiah by way of overview. Let’s consider key elements of his life, struggle, and message. If you already have a firm grasp on Isaiah’s life and teachings and would like to read a shorter meditation, you can...
  • The Pontificate of Pius XII

    07/11/2016 8:00:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The endless and vulgar showcasing of Papa Bergoglio demonstrates how inherently dangerous this cult of personality really is. Turning the Servus servorum Dei into a cosmopolitan celeb obscures, rather than expresses, his true place in the Church Militant. Even Pio Nono did not consider that his Primacy (which he was indeed so anxious to get defined) required him to gad around the world showing it off like a girl with an engagement ring.