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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • 17 Facts about Mormonism: A Mormon Response and Counter-Response by Damon Whitsell

    11/25/2015 10:50:25 AM PST · by damonw · 27 replies
    Discerning Sound Doctrine ^ | 11/25/2015 | Damon Whitsell
    POST IS TOO LONG TO POST ALL HERE - A F.A.I.R. Mormon Apologist by the name of CC (CleanCut) submitted a response to ALL 17 of the claims in this post 17 Little Known Facts About the Mormons What follows is,,, 1. the 17 facts as stated by Challengemin.org 2. CCs comments. (You see CCs original comments for verification on the above post comments section) 3. my (Damons) counter comments. FACT #1 The Mormon Church teaches ALL other Churches are WRONG; ALL their creeds are an ABOMINATION in the sight of God; and ALL their teachers are corrupt. One of...
  • The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice"

    11/25/2015 7:02:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice" Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2015 • Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, "manufactured" originally meant "handmade" (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word "decimate" used to mean "to reduce by a tenth" (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean "to wipe out completely." The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change meaning over time.One word that has changed meaning dramatically over time is "nice." Today it is an overused word that usually means pleasant, kind, or easygoing. In our...
  • Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran

    11/24/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2015 • I have started reading through a recently published book called Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society. It is an anthology of the writings of Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), long-time editor at National Review and a keen observer of culture and its intersection with faith. I recommend it highly, for its penetrating observations and its sober portrait of what happens when we remove Christianity from our culture, the same Christianity that was fundamental in our making.I'd like...
  • Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us

    11/23/2015 7:44:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2015 • The Feast of Christ the King (celebrated yesterday) signals the end of the liturgical year. This coming Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year. Perhaps then we do well to prepare by taking a look ahead just past Thanksgiving.Many people think of Advent merely as being "pre-Christmas" time: office parties, shopping, decorating, and baking. But in the Church, Advent is more a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the...
  • Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/22/2015 7:34:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2015 • On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says that, or the preacher says that, or the Bible says that (yes, faith does come by hearing). But it is quite another for us to personally say that...
  • Role of the angels

    11/21/2015 9:00:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Role of the angels While guardian angels can help guide our decisions, God gives us free will to choose sin or goodness Msgr. Charles Pope November 29, 2015 11/18/2015 Question: How does the Church reconcile the role of our guardian angels with the fact that so many children are vulnerable today to things like pornography and other things contrary to the Faith? There are so many attacks, and children seem so vulnerable. Where are the angels in all this?— Name withheld, Boston Answer: Your question is a profound one, touching on the deep mystery of evil, in this case...
  • How to Draw Your Children Back to the Church, A Reflection on a Wonderful New Resource [Catholic C]

    11/20/2015 7:11:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Draw Your Children Back to the Church – A Reflection on a Wonderful New Resource Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2015 • One of the more common heartaches people express to me is that their adult children no longer attend Mass or have any relationship with the Church. Many of these parents sent their children to Catholic School and brought them to Mass every week. Yet despite these efforts, many of these young adults were drawn away from the Church by the lure of the secular world, often during their college years or shortly thereafter.It was typically...
  • Inter Communion with Lutherans? A Convert Comments

    11/19/2015 1:55:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Patheos ^ | November 18, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    It is the same with Lutherans and Anglicans. They might have a high liturgy and a more sacramental view of the Lord’s presence than a Baptist, but the 39 Articles of Religion–the Anglican statement of belief (which has never been scrapped) specifically denies transubstantiation. The Lutheran Formula of Concord also denies transubstantiation. The Lutherans and Anglicans believe “The Lord is present” but not as Catholics do, and although individual Lutherans and Anglicans may have a Catholic understanding we can’t decide policy and behaviors according to each individual’s theological opinion. It is very nice of the Holy Father to be kind...
  • FSU Student Works to Change Stigmas Against Islam

    11/19/2015 8:33:27 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 52 replies
    WCTV ^ | November 18, 2015 | Natalie Rubino
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As many of us watched the Paris terrorist attacks unfold Friday, Lamia Arafa braced herself for the scrutiny her Muslim religion would face. "Seeing such terrible killings is so saddening as a human but it also is really upsetting to see how the name of my religion is being skewed by crazy people," Arafa told Eyewitness News.....
  • Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins

    11/19/2015 7:42:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2015 • Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, and that runs so deep within us, we often don't even sense it is there. Not only is it is a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. It is the sin we most share with Satan and all the fallen angels. Satan refused to serve God or to submit to His plan, and these are strong tendencies in every human person as well. Satan planned his strategy...
  • A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus' Stranger Sayings

    11/18/2015 7:09:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus’ Stranger Sayings Msgr. Charles Pope • November 17, 2015 • It is one of the stranger dialogs that occurs in the Gospel, and it is hard not to rejoice in Jesus’ aplomb. We read it last week in daily Mass.In it, some Pharisees, likely disingenuous, approach Jesus, warning Him to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you. Probably more for their ears than Herod's, Jesus responds,"Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third...
  • Pope Bergoglio in Florence, With the People Against the Structures

    11/17/2015 8:26:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Chiesa News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Pietro De Marco
    In the address of Pope Francis to participants at the national ecclesial conference of last November 10, in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, we find three features of his communication strategy: the theological-spiritual, the intra-ecclesiastical, and the explicit, prescriptive pastoral focus. The pope duly covered all three, amid repeated applause, interesting for its different intensity depending on the different tone and content of the talk. I will permit myself to observe, because it is not extraneous to what I will say, that the pope could have avoided rather than invited the applause, which in its way...
  • Visit of Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    11/17/2015 8:09:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LMS Chairman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Joseph Shaw
    We had a wonderful weekend with Cardinal Burke. I don't have time to blog about it now, and I won't have time tomorrow, but I will do so thereafter. As well as liturgies and public speaking, His Eminence granted an interview with Mass of Ages, the LMS Magazine. As a tiny taster, when asked what Catholics should do when confronted with bad teaching, he said: I think Catholics should simply say that "I cannot accept this teaching as it goes against what the Church has always taught and practiced." I don't think that Catholics should permit themselves to be driven...
  • Death or Incapacitation of Pope Francis: Soon

    11/17/2015 8:44:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Arise! Let us be going! ^ | November 16, 2015 | Father George David Byers
    AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS Most Holy Father, Bishop of Rome, Francis: I note your overture to a Lutheran woman at the Lutheran church on Via Sicilia in Rome on 15 November 2015, the one who asked about intercommunion (starting minute 21.00 on the Vatican YouTube video). I had to wonder before if your recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari was correctly reported. I now have no doubt. With due respect to your person and your office, I ask you not to make this kind of thing part of what you want to publish about the Synod with the authority...
  • Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

    11/17/2015 6:42:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2015 • Today's post shows some contrasts and fulfillments between the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation. There is a kind of “bookend” quality to those books wherein things are announced or initiated in Genesis and then fulfilled or finished in Revelation.Consider the following two lists. I pray that you will appreciate the parallels and paradoxes presented in them, especially during the months of November and December, when we consider the four last things and the culmination...
  • Things You Should Know About Islam - Part 1

    11/16/2015 8:14:15 PM PST · by boycott · 50 replies
    www.fortressoffaith.com ^ | November 15, 2015 | Tom Wallace
    The first thing we should know is that nearly one in four people in the world today is a Muslim. 1.7 billion people in the world pray to Allah as their god. To be technical, this works out to be 23% of the world’s population are Muslims. At the end of WWI, that is about 100 years ago, the estimated Muslim population in the world was 300 million. In this relatively short time they have grown from 300 million to 1.7 billion. This is phenomenal growth. This growth does not come from evangelism, it is from having lots and lots...
  • How to Discuss Same-Sex Marriage With Dissenting Family Members

    11/16/2015 7:08:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2015 • I was out on the preaching circuit this past week and spoke at five parishes (including my own) on the biblical vision of Holy Matrimony (marriage) as set forth by God and the Church. The talks were sponsored by the pro-life group Defend Life.While I cannot succinctly reproduce the talk in today's blog, I spoke from notes that are available here and here. A video of one of the talks will be posted soon.I heard a consistent concern voiced by those in attendance...
  • But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/15/2015 6:58:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 11-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2015 • “O Jerusalem” by Greg OlsenAs winter approaches and we approach the end of the liturgical year, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus' words in the gospel today must surely have shocked, even horrified, his Apostles. Let's look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life.The Place of this Gospel -- As we complete the liturgical year, we find Jesus standing just...

    11/14/2015 3:37:17 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 32 replies
    God and Country, Greenville, SC | 1980s | Henry R. Pike
    SHOULD CHRISTIANS FIGHT COMMUNISM? Yes or No? By: Henry R. Pike Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. (Pas. 33:12) Before any attempt is made to answer this question, we must first clearly understand the term "Christian." Let's see what a Christian is not, then what a Christian is. A true Christian is not a "non-Jew, a do-gooder, a nice guy, one who goes to a church building, pays dues, sings hymns, provides for his family, etc." You should go to a place where God's word is faithfully preached and practiced, but going into a church building wil...
  • Crowded with saints?

    11/14/2015 8:42:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crowded with saints? Msgr. Charles Pope Q.  The descriptions of heaven in the Bible seem to describe a vast amount of people, and the paintings I have seen from the Renaissance make it look rather crowded and busy. Frankly, I hate big cities and crowds. Are these descriptions accurate, or am I missing something?— D.L., Wichita, Kansas A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: The danger to avoid when meditating on heaven is taking earthly realities and merely transferring them to heaven. Whatever similarities heavenly realities have to things on earth, they will be experienced there in a heavenly...
  • Three Aspects of Anxiety and How to Overcome Them

    11/13/2015 8:35:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Aspects of Anxiety and How to Overcome Them Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2015 • Worry is a universal human problem. Jesus speaks to it in Matthew 6 and His advice amounts to more than just "Don't worry." He actually sets forth how we can avoid it. Let's see how by looking at three problems He describes that bring about worry.No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore I tell...
  • De Mattei: The Pharisees and Sadducees of our time [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 7:22:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Corrispondenza Romana via Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    Criticizing the “Pharisees” is recurrent in Pope Francis’ words. In numerous discourses, between 2013 and 2015, he has spoken of “the sickness of the Pharisees” (7th November 2013), “who rebuke Jesus for not respecting the Sabbath” (1st April 2014), of “the temptation of self-sufficiency and of clericalism, that codification of the faith in rules and regulations, as the scribes, the Pharisees, the doctors of the law did at the time of Jesus” (September 19th 2014). In the Angelus of August 30th 2015 he said that just as it was for the Pharisees it is “dangerous too for us to consider...
  • Pope’s concept of a synodal church must be put into practice, Marx says [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 4:03:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 11, 2015 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The pope's concept of a synodal church, which Francis outlined in his address on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 17, must be put into practice, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, the president of the German bishops' conference, has emphasized. "In this striking address in the middle of the synod, Pope Francis made it quite clear that the church's future path could only be one of synodal cooperation," Marx said at a study day on "Salutary Decentralization -- What local structures does a missionary church need?" at St. Georgen Jesuit College at Frankfurt....
  • Hyperstimulation Is an Increasing Evil Whose Influence We Must Combat

    11/12/2015 7:21:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hyperstimulation Is an Increasing Evil Whose Influence We Must Combat Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2015 • We live in an age of such overstimulation that it would be unimaginable to people even a mere hundred years ago. In fact, it is probably more accurate to say we are not simply overstimulated, we are hyperstimulated. The number and kind of diversions available to us and imposed upon us are almost too numerous to mention. Silence and quietude are as unknown to us as is real darkness. We are enveloped in such sea of light that we are no longer...
  • Don’t Apologize for Apologetics

    11/11/2015 2:09:40 PM PST · by NYer · 118 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 11, 2015 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Some Catholics get apoplectic about apologetics. They argue with atheists and pick fights with Protestants. They not only need to win, they want to bash the enemy. Valiant warriors for Catholic truth, they shout down the unbelievers and shoot Bible verses back and forth like gunslingers in a shootout. As veteran apologist Patrick Madrid has observed, “They end up winning an argument but losing a soul.”“Apologetics” is the attempt as St. Peter advised, “to be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have within you” (1 Peter 3:15). To give that...
  • Priest denied traditional Latin Requiem Mass [Catholic Caucus]

    11/11/2015 11:22:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 11/11/15 | Adhere
    Last Friday, Father Adolf Mohr (86) of Rheinbollen, Germany, died from cancer. After his retirement he returned to the Old Latin Rite of his youth. In his will he expressed the wish to be buried in this rite. His parish priest guaranteed him in writ that his wish would be respected. But Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann forbad the requiem. Ackermann is considered a radical who likes to speak about mercy. Fr Mohr's funeral will be on Friday, against his wish, in the new rite. Please help to prevent this disrespect of a priest's llast will. Protest now by writing in...
  • What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions

    11/11/2015 7:02:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions Msgr. Charles Pope • November 10, 2015 • Every now and then we all run across a description or definition of something that captures its truth, yet at the same time respects its mystery. For indeed mere words can ever really be, or take the place of, the thing or person they describe. The reality is always richer than the descriptions we attempt with the grunts and scrawls we call "words."Such were my thoughts when I was rummaging through some old philosophy notes and came across two classic...
  • Food for the Flock Vol 1:1 (Jan 1955) -- Ancient Brides And Bridegrooms

    11/11/2015 12:03:43 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 15 replies
    online library of brethren writers ^ | January 1956 | Robert McClurkin
    The history of the Book of Genesis revolves around seven great men; Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. In the measure that the image of Christ was formed in them, to that degree they are typical men. All these were married men. We are not told how three of them got their wives, but this we are told about the other four. Each of these four received his wife through suffering. Adam did not suffer actually, but typically, and he suffered in the capacity of a king. Jacob suffered as a servant, Isaac as the only begotten son...
  • Brussels’ new archbishop: ‘Mercy’ is condescending, Church needs to be more ‘relevant’

    11/10/2015 8:56:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    As Pope Francis’ decreed Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, one of his As Pope Francis’ decreed Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, one of his newest appointees suggests the term “mercy” is patronizing to those in need of it, and that the Church needs to more “relevant for society.” Named last week by the pope to head the see of Mechelen-Brussels in Belgium, Archbishop-elect Jozef De Kesel expressed disappointment that the Vatican’s recently concluded Synod on the Family didn’t go far enough in allowing Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. “The Synod may not have brought the concrete results that...
  • Forgotten warrior for the faith [Catholic Caucus]

    11/10/2015 7:35:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 11/08/2015 | Augustinus
    Today would have been the 80th birthday of one of the great conservative cardinals of the era of John Paul II, Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo (Nov. 8, 1935 -- April 19, 2008). He was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Family (PCF) exactly 25 years ago (November 8, 1990, his 55th birthday); he remained at this post until his death from cancer in 2008, at the age of 72. It can be argued that it was López Trujillo, even more than Ratzinger, who provided much of the steel behind John Paul II's war on the "culture of death"...
  • The Protesting Pope

    11/10/2015 7:20:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | November 10, 2015 | The Radical Catholic
    In the 500 years since its inception, the Protestant revolt has evolved from the erroneous opinions of a single mad monk into a thousand-headed hydra of heresy, with each head snapping at the other almost as frequently as at the Catholic Church itself. Nonetheless, the many heads have remained joined at one common point - a point which Protestant theologians such as Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer desired to see writ large on the flag of modern Protestantism: Ecclesia semper reformanda est, i.e. "The Church is always to be reformed." Today, speaking to bishops and faithful gathered in Florence, Pope...
  • Love and Lament Alike -- A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

    11/10/2015 7:14:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2015 • As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people.But along with that love comes, at times, disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues in the wider Church such as the betrayal of sexual abuse by clergy, the lack of courage and leadership from some bishops and...
  • Shocking Church Sign in Buffalo Diocese [Catholic Caucus]

    11/09/2015 1:49:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 52 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/09/15 | John Vennari
    Yesterday a friend sent me a photo of the sign at St. Columba-Brigid R. C. Church in Buffalo. The sign was so scandalous I had a hard time believing it was not photo-shopped. This morning I drove to the church to see for myself. With great sadness I report it is true. I snapped the above photos this morning. This pro-homosexual sign effectively mocks the Blessed Trinity, mocks the Hypostatic Union, mocks the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – some of the most sacred components of our Catholic Faith. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost include the...
  • Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth”?"

    11/09/2015 7:11:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth"? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2015 • There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning's Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says,I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9).What does He mean by "dishonest wealth"?The Greek expression μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας (mamona tes adikias) is more literally translated as “mammon of unrighteousness.” Mammon is a Hebrew and Aramaic word that has a wider meaning than just...
  • Catholicism's Aqua Regia

    11/08/2015 6:52:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Dyspeptic Mutterings ^ | November 6, 2015 | DP
    Aqua regia ("the king's water") is a mixture of acids which dissolves gold. It does one heck of a job: A useful short history of the king's water can be found here. Since 1965, Catholicism has had its own version of aqua regia, and the Church has been guzzling it. It's called ecumenism, but it has gone well beyond rational discussion to a positive hysteria--ecumania, if you will. And it appears to have made ecumaniacs of the USCCB, what with their recommendation for expanded intercommunion. Sounds positively ecumaniacal, in fact. A better dissolver of Catholic teaching you will not find....
  • The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/08/2015 6:49:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Paradox of Poverty -- A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 7, 2015 • The first reading in today's Mass, from 1st Kings, speaks to us of the paradox of poverty. And the paradox is this: it is often our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. It is our emptiness that provides room for God to go to work.Yes, in our riches we have "too much to lose." To the rich and worldly minded, the Gospel seems too demanding. But...
  • The Conciliar Creed of the Church of Man

    11/07/2015 5:34:55 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | November 6, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    During his General Audience of Wednesday, October 28, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, otherwise known as Pope Francis, delivered what may rightly be considered a concise “Profession of Faith” for the One-World Religion of Apostate Rome; let us call it the Conciliar Creed of the Church of Man. Certainly, Francis is not the first bishop in white to embrace the Church of Man that emerged after Vatican Council II and its anthropocentric tenets, but he is by far its boldest evangelist to date. As such, he is rather plainspoken (at least for those with ears to hear) about his desire to lure...
  • Francis Is Silent, But Another Jesuit Is Speaking For Him

    11/07/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 11/07/15 | Sandro Magister
    He is Antonio Spadaro, director of "La Civiltà Cattolica.” In an article in his magazine he has already written what the pope will say on communion for the divorced and remarried ROME, November 7, 2015 – Last Wednesday, at the weekly catechesis in Saint Peter’s Square, after recalling that the synod fathers have delivered the text of their conclusions to him, Pope Francis limited himself to saying in sibylline language: “This is not the moment to examine such conclusions, on which I myself must meditate.” While waiting for the enigma on the pope’s future moves to be unraveled, nothing remains...
  • A higher calling

    11/07/2015 9:23:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A higher calling The Bible doesn’t denigrate marriage; it acknowledges marriage can’t compare to the joy of heaven Msgr. Charles Pope 11/4/2015 Question: I cannot escape the conclusion that the Bible denigrates marriage. We are told by Paul by that we should live as though we had no spouse (1 Cor 7:29), and Jesus says that in heaven there will be no marriage. The Church also calls priesthood and religious life “higher callings.” What am I to make of all this negativity?— Joseph Harris, Washington, D.C. Answer: The solution is to understand the statements you reference in their wider context....
  • Animus Delendi Against the Franciscans of the Immaculate Continues

    11/07/2015 7:57:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Saturday November 7, 2015 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) The battle against the Franciscans of the Immaculata continues. Hardly had Pope Francis mounted the throne of Peter, than the opponents of the traditional rite in the Order felt themselves strong enough, with his agreement, to place the once thriving men's branch of the order under a provisional administration. The women's branch "only" received an apostolic delegate as an overseer, but was still drawn in sympathy with the men's Order because of its close spiritual and institutional connectedness. With a confidential decree of 19. October 2015, the Roman Congregation for Religious reinforced its resolve to proceed further against the...
  • Parables Aren't Just Stories, Many Are Riddles -- Here Are Two

    11/06/2015 8:00:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parables Aren’t Just Stories, Many Are Riddles – Here Are Two Msgr. Charles Pope • November 5, 2015 • To most of us, parables are stories told by Jesus to illustrate and clarify what He teaches. We have read the parables in the context of two thousand years of a tradition that interprets them in a certain way. But in their original context, parables are really more like riddles. The apostles noted that while Jesus would speak to the crowds in parables, when He retreated into the house with the apostles He would explain the meaning (cf Mat 13:36). Plain...
  • Pope vs church - the anatomy of a Catholic civil war [Catholic Caucus]

    11/05/2015 11:28:16 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | Damian Thompson
    Last Sunday, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica carried an article by Eugenio Scalfari, one of the country’s most celebrated journalists, in which he claimed that Pope Francis had just told him that ‘at the end of faster or slower paths, all the divorced who ask [to receive Holy Communion] will be admitted’. Catholic opinion was stunned. The Pope had just presided over a three-week synod of bishops at the Vatican that was sharply divided over whether to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacrament. In the end, it voted to say nothing much. On Monday, the Pope’s spokesman,...
  • Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – God’s Plan to Save Us, ... in the Book of Malachi

    11/05/2015 7:43:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sinner, Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass – God’s Plan to Save Us, as Seen in the Book of Malachi Msgr. Charles Pope • November 4, 2015 • In the posts of the past two days, we’ve looked at the sins of the priests and those of all the people. Clearly, we all have a lot on which to reflect.The prophets do not write merely to denounce, but rather to draw people back to the Lord, who alone can save them. Malachi is no exception.God wants His people to be ready for the Day of Judgment. That day is coming...
  • The Sins of God’s People As Stated in the Prophet Malachi

    11/04/2015 8:35:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins of God’s People As Stated in the Prophet Malachi Msgr. Charles Pope • November 3, 2015 • In yesterday’s post, we considered the sins of the priests (and they were numerous enough). Today we examine the sins of the people that the Lord sets forth in the Book of Malachi. Here, too, please understand that not everyone is guilty of all of these things. However, they are common human sins and sinful attitudes. So consider this inspired list (for it is from the Lord) and pray for conversion and repentance, for the picture here is all too familiar.I....
  • A Glimpse Behind the Scenes in Rome

    11/03/2015 4:50:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 3, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    I have been speaking to sources in Rome over the past week, and several interesting pieces of information have emerged. As is often the case with what goes on at the Vatican, these remain firmly planted in the realm of credible rumors, not hard facts. And while rumors are something I generally avoid trafficking in, these are pertinent to what we have seen (and will see) play out as regards the yet-to-be-settled question of how Pope Francis will handle communion for the divorced and remarried. One source close to the Vatican tells me they have it on good authority that...
  • Did St. Paul Use the Deuterocanon?

    11/03/2015 1:58:59 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Shameless Popery ^ | November 2, 2015 | Joe Heschmeyer
    Today is All Soul’s Day, in which Catholics pray for the faithful departed. And this practice of praying for the dead has clear Scriptural roots: it’s encouraged in 2 Maccabees 12:43-45. The only catch is that this citation comes from the Deuterocanon, the set of seven Books accepted as Scripture by Catholics but rejected by most Protestants (who tend to refer to these books, erroneously, as “Apocrypha”). It’s also in the Deuterocanon (specifically, 2 Maccabees 15:12-16) that we find the clearest example of praying to the Saints. We can go so far as to say that if Catholics are...
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Synod Door to communion for divorced & remarried officially kicked open

    11/03/2015 9:09:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 2, 2015 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most visible prelates working on the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass and faith, has penned a nearly 5,000-word response to the Synod exclusively for our readers. Anyone may reproduce or link to this article, but all must reference Rorate Caeli as the source. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to His Excellency for taking the time to analyze and express his views on one of the most critical events in Church history -- one that he too sees as a "back door" to Holy Communion for adulterers, a rejection of...
  • Sins of the Priests

    11/03/2015 7:05:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sins of the Priests Msgr. Charles Pope • November 2, 2015 • The Book of the Prophet Malachi is set forth as a kind “riv” (a Hebrew word for a lawsuit, indictment, or controversy) by God. The Lord sets forth a legal case of sorts, which convicts ancient Israel of numerous deficiencies and calls for their repentance. The case that God presents shows a body of evidence that is just as true today as it was then. God has plenty to say and we have much to hear, much to repent of.I am going to examine the Book of the...
  • Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus

    11/02/2015 6:56:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 528 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus’ Msgr. Charles Pope • November 1, 2015 • All Souls’ Day by Jakub Schikaneder, 1888I have blogged before on Purgatory. Here is a link to one of those blogs: Purgatory – Biblical and Reasonable. I have also written more extensively on its biblical roots here: PDF Document on Purgatory.On this Feast of All Souls, I want to reflect on Purgatory as the necessary result of a promise. Many people think of Purgatory primarily in terms of punishment, but it is also important to consider it in terms of promise, purity, and perfection....
  • Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

    11/01/2015 6:44:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints Msgr. Charles Pope • October 31, 2015 • Today is the Feast of All Saints. Some saints of the Church have a particular day on the calendar associated with them and are commonly recognized by name. Many more, though not as familiar to us, are still known by God and have been caught up with Him to glory. Today is their day, the day of the countless multitude who have made it home to glory by God’s grace and by their “Amen”...