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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF OUR LADY, 10-31-14

    10/31/2014 8:26:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-31-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LITANY OF OUR LADY In its present form it was approved and indulgenced by Pope Sixtus V in 1587, and again by pope Clement VIII in 1601. It is a series of invocations of the Blessed Virgin, each with the response, "Pray for us." Successive popes have added new invocations, e.g., "Mother of Good Counsel," by Pope Leo XIII, "Queen of Peace," by Pope Benedict XV, and "Queen Assumed into Heaven," by Pope Pius XII. It is a simplified version of older Litanies of Our Lady that were known already in the twelfth century. All items...
  • Halloween and All Saints Day

    10/30/2014 6:23:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    CE.com ^ | 10-30-14 | Fr. William Saunders
    Halloween and All Saints Day Fr. William Saunders Q: What are the origins of All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Are these linked with paganism and Halloween?Both the feast of All Saints and the feast of All Souls evolved in the life of the Church independently of paganism and Halloween. Let us first address the feast of All Saints. The exact origins of this celebration are uncertain, although, after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313, a common commemoration of the saints, especially the martyrs, appeared in various areas throughout the Church. For instance in the East, the city...
  • The Pyschotic Synod: "A Grave Malady of Intellect"

    10/30/2014 6:20:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/27/2014 | John Vennari
    The current crisis in the Church has “been not a crisis of faith, but of a very grave malady of the intellect.” – Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, 1945 By John Vennari Pope St. Pius X warned of the Modernists, “There is no part of Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none they do not strive to corrupt.” At Vatican II and in the post-Conciliar period, Modernist destruction was applied primarily to Doctrine and Liturgy. Now it is applied to Catholic Morals. The spirit of Modernism is the true spirit at work at the recent Synod. The system operates on the Modernist...
  • [St.] Teresa of Ávila: Slayer of Dragons

    10/30/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    WAU.org ^ | October 2014 | Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm
    Teresa of Ávila: Slayer of Dragons Let this good-humored saint teach you how to overcome every obstacle. By: Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.St. Teresa of Ávila was one of the most earthbound mystics our Church has ever seen. She knew how to ascend to the heavens with the Holy Spirit yet never lose her footing on the earth. This woman, who had deep spiritual insights, described prayer as nothing but an intimate sharing between friends. Rather than describe a formula for prayer, she taught an attitude for life. She discovered that all we need to do is seek the Lord actively;...
  • Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    10/30/2014 5:08:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/30/2014 | Patrick Archbold
    Not that any German Cardinal can be trusted to tell the truth, but for your consideration. This comes from Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference. (For the uninitiated, the German Episcopal Conference is to the faith what Obama is to humility, unacquainted.) Anyway, here is what Cardinal Marx had to say about what the heretics achieved at the Synod and what we can expect in the near future from this pontificate. (NC Reporter --no link) "Anyone who comes to that conclusion has not had their eye on what has been going on in our church over the...
  • The devil is no myth – he's real and we must fight him, Pope says

    10/30/2014 3:25:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    cna ^ | October 30, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets the faithful at St. Stanislaus parish in Rome on May 4, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 30, 2014 / 08:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday, Pope Francis said that the devil is more than an idea, and in order to fight him, we must follow St. Paul’s instructions and put on the armor of God which protects us. “In this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must...
  • What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory (Catholic Caucus)

    10/30/2014 2:54:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 84 replies
    Catholic S F ^ | October 30, 2013 | Valerie Schmalz
    Does purgatory still exist? Even though we don’t hear about it as much as in earlier times, Catholics do believe in purgatory. It is a matter of faith, supported by the Bible and tradition, clarified at the Council of Florence in 1439 and the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here is what we know about purgatory. 1. Purgatory exists: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states there are three states of the church, those who are living on earth, those who are in purgatory and those who are in heaven with God....
  • Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam? (in depth analysis with examples)

    10/30/2014 2:44:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 29, 2014 | William Kilpatrick
    Unbeknownst to many Christians, anti-Christian apologetics and propaganda are prominent fixtures of Islamist recruiting sites and social media. On October 20, a 25-year-old convert to Islam named Martin Couture-Rouleau ran down two Canadian soldiers, killing one and injuring the other. In the chase that followed, his car ran into a ditch and he was fatally shot by police as he came at them with a knife. Rouleau’s story is similar to that of other homegrown jihadists, including Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the 32-year-old Canadian citizen who, just two days after Rouleau’s attack, shot and killed a soldier before running into Canada’s parliament...
  • #Muslim apologists becoming more aggressive proselytizers, targeting #Christians

    10/30/2014 1:14:50 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 34 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 30 October 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you and a'salaam aleikum! William Kirkpatrick over at the Catholic World Report asks the following question Are We Losing the Apologetics War with Islam? in light of recent lone-wolf terrorist attacks in Canada and the United States, as well as the romance many attach to the depredations of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. One of the Canadian terrorists had this illustration displayed in his Facebook page: That got me thinking because that very day I stumbled upon this tweet by the Muslim Times on-line publication: An inspection of The Muslim Times reveals a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE, 10-30-14

    10/30/2014 8:13:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE A good habit of the mind or will, supernaturally infused into the soul, whose immediate object is God. The theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up?

    10/30/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 74 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10-28-14 | Jesse Broadt
    Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up? October 28, 2014 Joel Osteen, Pastor of the biggest congregation in America, Lakewood Church, appears to be an Obama fan, despite the fact that Obama's agenda goes against everything true Christians believe. Those of us who are intelligent and observant were not really surprised, as we have known for a long time that Osteen's “I'm okay, you're okay” milk toast sermons are far from Bible-based and do not reflect in any way the beliefs of his father, John Osteen, who started Lakewood Church and preached the uncompromising message of Christ for multiple...
  • Pius XII On Those Who Put Faith In Evolution, Like Materialists And Communists Do

    10/29/2014 4:45:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Pewsitter.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Frank Walker
    Nate Anderson at ars Technica science site reported on Pope Francis' words on creation, the Big Bang, and evolution theory. Though only a few paragraphs long (and currently available only in Italian; the translation below is unofficial), Francis's remarks focused largely on evolution—still a controversial doctrine in parts of the worldwide Christian church. "When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we are in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand capable of doing anything," Francis said. "But he was not. He created beings and let them develop in accordance with the internal...
  • Ouija Believe It?

    10/29/2014 2:27:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | October 29, 2014 | Hector Molina
    “Keep telling yourself it’s just a game”This is the promotional tagline for Ouija, the latest low-budget horror movie to be released in time for Halloween. The story centers around a group of friends who use a Ouija board to try to make contact with a recently deceased friend, but end up awakening a dark and malevolent presence. The only redeeming quality of this movie might just be the fear that it instills in moviegoers who just might think twice before engaging in the very sinful and dangerous practice of divination. Divination (from the Latin divinatio: the power of foreseeing,...
  • WATCH THE MEDIA IGNORE WHAT POPE FRANCIS JUST SAID ABOUT MARRIAGE

    10/29/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 28, 2014 | John White
    Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics.They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever image of Pope Francis they wanted to – and we all know what that was.But now Pope Francis is talking about marriage, and newsflash – it’s definitely not what the New York Times and the National Catholic Reporter were hoping for. It will be interesting to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: Christian Fortitude, 10-29-14

    10/29/2014 11:10:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CHRISTIAN FORTITUDE The virtue of fortitude, based on faith and motivated by the love of God. Many adversities confront those who would devoutly follow Christ, as he foretold. but they are not heavy, for the suffering, though real, is lightened by love. When someone is in love, that person does not feel overwhelmed by the sufferings endured for the sake of the beloved. One makes little of the. And so the New Law is not oppressive. "My yoke is easy," Christ promised, "and my burden light" (Matthew 11:29). It is love that makes it so. All...
  • On the Balance of Love and Correction, According to St. Gregory

    10/29/2014 9:08:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-29-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Balance of Love and Correction, According to St. GregoryBy: Msgr. Charles PopeApplying salutary  discipline and balancing it with necessary consolation and encouragement is never an easy task. It is possible that parents can be too severe on their children, such that they become disheartened and lack necessary self-esteem. But it is also possible that parents can be too lax, such that their children become spoiled and lack proper self-discipline and humility. Hence Scripture, seeking to balance teaching with encouragement, says, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4).Pastors, too, in...
  • Surprise! No Vatican III!

    10/28/2014 6:49:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/29/2014 | Fr. Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil
    The recent session of the Synod on the Family has been likened not a few times by commentators as an attempt at a mini-Vatican III. And this appellation has some validity, for the past year or more has seen the re-appearance of such personages as Hans Küng (albeit not in vigorous form), Gustavo Gutierrez, and, at least in spirit, Karl Rahner, and, in the flesh, the indefagitable Cardinal Kasper, all examples of those who seemed to be disappointed that Vatican III did not follow closely after Vatican II to accomplish unfinished business: to get the Church firmly on the same...
  • The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude [Catholic Caucus]

    10/28/2014 4:01:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 10-28-14 | Daniel Stewart
    The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude Daniel Stewart When I first moved to Texas, I was baffled by the religious candles for sale in the supermarkets. Somewhere between the paper towels and the batteries, every store had a small section of tall candles with pictures of Jesus or a saint pasted to the outside of the glass. Not yet Catholic, I found this practice strange enough. But I was also perplexed by the selection of images: Jesus holding a heart, St. Michael slaying a dragon, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and 
Saint Jude.Mentioned only in passing in the gospels,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROTA, 10-28-14

    10/28/2014 8:19:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROTA The Sacred Roman Rota, which for centuries has been one of the chief tribunals of the Roman Curia. Pope Innocent III gave it the right to pass sentence, and Pope Sixtus IV (1472) set its number at twelve members. Reorganized by Pope St. Pius X in 1908, it is essentially a tribunal of appeal for all cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Roman Curia. However, it may also pass judgment on original cases reserved to the Holy See or requested by the Pope. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's...
  • Consider a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality from the Book of Wisdom

    10/28/2014 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-28-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Consider a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality from the Book of Wisdom By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Office of Readings there is a text from the Book of Wisdom that prophetically interprets the times in which we are living. In the 30 years I have been reading this text in the Breviary, I found that the pieces of this prophecy are continually falling into place. In my earlier years I would have found the threats or persecution to be too overtated for our times. That is changing now and slowly we are seeing each element become more clear.In the text that...
  • Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance”

    10/27/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance” October 21, 2014 by Deacon Greg KandraStrong words from the Archbishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message, and “confusion is of the devil.”  In a lecture delivered Monday evening in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as...
  • NO BIG BANG WITHOUT GOD, SAYS POPE FRANCIS

    10/27/2014 1:47:14 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 192 replies
    Brietbart ^ | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 27 Oct 2014, 8:30 AM PDT | by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 27 Oct 2014, 8:30 AM PDT
    The Big Bang “doesn’t contradict the intervention of a divine Creator, but demands it,” Pope Francis said Monday morning, because the beginning of the world “is not the work of chaos.” The Pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, gathered in the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.” God is not some sort of wizard, said Francis, but rather “the Creator who brought all things into being.” The origin of the world derives directly “from a supreme Principle of creative love,” he added. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OPTIMA INTERPRES LEGUM, 10-27-14

    10/27/2014 8:26:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OPTIMA INTERPRES LEGUM The best interpreter of laws. Expression used of custom, as the most accurate commentary on how ecclesiastical laws are to be understood. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What is the Wrath of God?

    10/27/2014 7:23:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-27-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is the Wrath of God? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn Yesterday’s (Sunday of the 30th Week) Mass there was a reference to the wrath of God and how only Jesus can save us from it. St Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, commends them who have turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath (1 Thess 1:9-10). Well thank you, Jesus!But what is God’s wrath? It is spoken of often in the scriptures and it is a concept with which...
  • Breaking Bergoglio

    10/26/2014 7:07:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | October 25, 2014 | Steve Skojec
    There is no question that something about Pope Francis catches the imagination of those who might otherwise have nothing to do with the Catholic Church. From the displays of humility that splash across the news to the refusal to live in the apostolic palace or follow time-honored papal traditions to the endless string of off-the-cuff comments signaling a change in rigid doctrinal certainty, Pope Francis marches to the beat of his own drum. And the song it’s playing is ĄHagan lío! – “Make a mess.” Amidst controversial papal comments this week that “All Christians and men of good will are...
  • Family Synod Lasting Harm

    10/26/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Dads.org ^ | Steve Wood
    I can’t remember where I came across this riveting Civil War question, “Why didn’t the Civil War soldiers turn in battle when facing canons loaded with canister?” I often wondered how men kept marching forward in the face of near-certain death by having their flesh mercilessly shredded. Surely there was uncommon valor and bravery. Yet, was there another dynamic moving them forward in the face of a hideous death? Civil War soldiers marched into battle in units composed of men from their hometowns and home states. If a man turned in battle, his cowardice meant that he couldn’t go home...
  • The Whole Law, standing on one foot! A Homily For the 30th Sunday of the year

    10/26/2014 6:41:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-25-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Whole Law, standing on one foot! A Homily For the 30th Sunday of the year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere was an expression common among the rabbis of Jesus’ time, wherein one rabbi would ask another a question, and request that the answer be given while “standing on one foot.” This is a Jewish way of saying, “Be brief in your answer.”And that sort of expression may be behind the question that is raised in today’s gospel by the scholar of law, who asks, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”Just as an aside, it is likely that...
  • Francis’ “God Of Surprises” Is A God Of Blasphemy And Heresy

    10/25/2014 4:12:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | October 25, 2014 | Munabor
    The way in which this heretical nonsense of the “god of surprises” has been swallowed by the obedient Pollyannas is a very good indication of the decay of Christian thinking among people who tell themselves Catholics, and of the inability to even understand that this disgraceful Pope is indicating to them the perfect path to hell. As so very much that Francis keeps saying, these words contain some emotional appeal meant to please the stupid; as if God’s Law were a vegetable, for which “freshness” is a quality attribute. The contrary is the case. Our God is a God of...
  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEORTOLOGY, 10-25-14

    10/25/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionaary ^ | 10-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEORTOLOGY The study of religious calendars. More specifically, the science of the history and meaning of the seasons and festivals of the Christian Church year. (Etym. Greek heorte, feast + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Defending the Trinity

    10/24/2014 10:29:32 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Tim Staples Blog ^ | Tim Staples
    Defending the Trinity The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 261, declares:The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.Belief in the Trinity is essential for salvation and should be at the top of the list when it comes to priorities in defending the faith. Yet, many Christians—many Catholics—find themselves in over their heads when the topic of the Trinity is broached by members of various quasi-Christian sects who deny it, e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, The Way International, etc.Beginning with Sacred Scripture as a common...
  • Bishop Lynch optimistic after Vatican meeting on divorced and gay Catholics

    10/24/2014 9:04:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/23/14 | Waveney Ann Moore
    ST. PETERSBURG — For more than a year, Susan Portal and her husband, Paul, attended Sunday Mass, but were not allowed to receive communion, the central sacrament of the Catholic Church. The couple had been waiting for his marriage to be annulled by a church tribunal and they married in a civil ceremony so they could bring his son, Luke, then 9, into their home. But marrying outside the church after a divorce barred them from the sacrament. "It was hard," she recalled. "That is such an important part of the Mass for us and here we had a son...
  • Abp Kurtz Synod was Characterized by Discernment and Unanimity

    10/24/2014 8:37:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 24, 2014 | Jim Graves
    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was an active participant in this month’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The synod’s purpose was to examine challenges to the family today, and ultimately to develop a more effective pastoral approach for the Church in addressing those challenges. In addition to speaking out in defense of the unborn, Archbishop Kurtz has been a vocal supporter of the traditional family against legal recognition of same-sex marriage. During the two-week-long...
  • Cardinal: see the goodness in lives of people who cohabit

    10/24/2014 3:58:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 24, 2014 | Madeleine Teahan
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that the lives of Catholics who cohabitate outside of marriage are “marked by real goodness”. In a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Westminster reflecting on the family synod, Cardinal Nichols said: “A central principle for this pastoral care emerged clearly: that in trying to walk alongside people in difficult or exceptional situations, it is important to see clearly and with humility all the good aspects of their lives. That is what comes first. From this point, we learn to move together towards conversion and towards the goodness of life that God has for us...
  • TheLutheranSatire presents: Donall and Conall Meet the Mormon Missionaries (YouTube video)

    10/24/2014 11:11:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 3, 2013 | TheLutheranSatire
    Hilarious video from the point of view of a Lutheran Pastor. Among the highlights is this exchange: "You can know the Mormon church is the One True Church, because we always have twelve living Apostles!" "Let me get this straight...according to the Mormon church, the Apostle John never died and is fact still roaming this Earth?" "According to Section 7 of Doctrines and Covenants, that is correct." "Patrick - is St. John the Evangelist currently an Apostle in the Mormon church? You're telling me that, after eighteen hundred years with no church to worship in, no fellow believers to gather...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUEEN OF VIRTUES, 10-24-14

    10/24/2014 9:43:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUEEN OF VIRTUES The virtue of prudence. It gently controls all other virtues and guides all human actions, since it considers not merely generalities--for these do not really move us to achieve--but also the singular and particular things that are the objects of action. Prudence is practical, that is to say, it is the principle of acting. Because they are more experienced, some people who lack a scientific theory can be more successful with practical issues than those who possess a large fund of speculative knowledge; thus a doctor who knows what is in fact the...
  • Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod

    10/23/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeDeep concerns remain in the hearts of many Catholics regarding the just-closed Extraordinary Synod on the Family. I have written much in the past two weeks and you know my own concerns, especially the need for clarity on Catholic doctrine in those teachings most disputed by the western world: marriage, family, sexuality, and the dignity of human life. We need to keep praying, a lot!I must say, there are words in the Pope’s concluding address that I take to heart and hope will guide us going forward....
  • The Color of Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/23/2014 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    The Color of Vestments Fr. William Saunders Q: Would you please explain the different colors used at Mass and the vestments? In my travels, I have even seen blue and black vestments which I have never seen before.The Church’s liturgical norms do prescribe specific vestment colors for various celebrations. The purpose of utilizing different colors for vestments is twofold: first, the colors highlight the particular liturgical season and the faithful’s journey through these seasons. Second, the colors punctuate the liturgical season by highlighting a particular event or particular mystery of faith. The following explanation is based on the norms of...
  • The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis

    10/23/2014 6:54:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | October23, 2014 | Paul Vallely
    He was not what she was expecting, in several ways. The man who would one day be Pope Francis had come to hold a service far from the grandeur of the great cathedral of Buenos Aires
  • "Over half the Bishops (in the Synod) have already switched religion"

    10/23/2014 6:23:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/23/14 | Alessandro Gnocchi,
    Alessandro Gnocchi, in his weekly piece for La Riscossa Cristiana in which he responds to letters he has received, calls our attention to this truly lamentable event that clearly shows where most of the Bishops and Cardinals are in terms of their understanding of the Catholic Faith and the immutability of doctrine.
  • Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

    10/23/2014 5:30:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic News Service via The Catholic Register ^ | October 23, 2014 | FRANCIS X. ROCCA
    VATICAN CITY - Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as "lethal to faith." He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church's size but to share the joy of knowing Christ. The retired pope's words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome's Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOY, 10-23-14

    10/23/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JOY In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Differs from pleasure, which may affect the human spirit but originates in some bodily sensation. Thus joy is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great

    10/23/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archidocese of Washington ^ | 1023-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great By: Msgr. Charles PopeA former Archbishop of Washington was known to often remark, “There’s nothing deader than a dead priest.” Some wondered as to the meaning of this expression, and those who knew him the best explained that it was a sort of version of the old Latin expression Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the worst thing of all).Of all the men on the planet who need to be alive, vocal, clear, and active, the priest is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORTIFICATION, 10-22-14

    10/22/2014 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MORTIFICATION The practice of Christian asceticism in order to overcome sin and master one's sinful tendencies, and through penance and austerity to strengthen the will in the practice of virtue and grow in the likeness of Christ. Natural mortification is a normal part of self-discipline; supernatural mortification, based on faith, seeks to grow in holiness through merit gained by cooperating with the grace of God. (Etym. Latin mortificatio, a killing, a putting to death.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Summary of how conservative Catholics made sure the leftists were stopped

    10/21/2014 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    This is a nice summary of how conservative Catholics made sure that the leftists were stopped dead in their tracks in the past synod. http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/index.php?ssnID=305&vidID=vort-2014-10-21
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (All Saints Day Caucus)

    10/21/2014 9:21:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Hymnsite ^ | 1873 | William Irons
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory Lyrics: William Irons Music: Ludwig von Beethoven; arr. by Edward Hodges Tune: HYMN TO JOY, Meter: 87.87 D 1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God's likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace. 2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on...
  • Catholic Word of the Day:HERODIANS, 10-21-14

    10/21/2014 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HERODIANS A group of Jews who supported the dynasty of Herod and shared its loyalty to Rome. They took part in the attempt to trap Jesus over possible disloyalty to Caesar (Matthew 22:16-22). Mark accuses them of even plotting with the Pharisees to destroy him (Mark 3:6). They were a political rather than a religious group. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Religious Liberty Threats: 2 Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern/Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

    10/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky By: Msgr. Charles PopeTwo stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous.The...
  • The True Story of This Synod. Director, Performers, Assistants

    10/20/2014 4:48:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 10/17/114 | Sandro Magister
    The True Story of This Synod. Director, Performers, Assistants New paradigms of divorce and homosexuality are now at home in the highest levels of the Church. Nothing has been decided, but Pope Francis is patient. An American historian confutes the ideas of “La Civiltà Cattolica” by Sandro Magister ROME, October 17, 2014 - “The spirit of the Council is blowing again,” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle has said, a rising star of the worldwide episcopate as well as being a historian of Vatican II. And it is true. At the synod that is about to conclude there are many...
  • Early Christian Teachings on Abortion

    10/19/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No date provided | Catholic Answers
    The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder. This tract will provide some examples of this consistent witness from the writings of the Fathers of the Church. As the early Christian writer Tertullian pointed out, the law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely...