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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Recovering Reverence for the Lord [Catholic Caucus]

    07/20/2018 7:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Recovering Reverence for the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2018 • We live in times when many trivialize God or at least reduce Him to someone who can be managed and understood. God the Father has become more of a grandfather or a philosopher king than the Ancient of Days, dwelling in unapproachable light, surrounded in angelic praise and with fire going out before Him. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is just a quiet dove or a gentle force rather than the rushing wind and tongues of fire that stirred the early Church. Finally, Jesus is reduced to...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Mary MacKillop, 07-19-18

    07/19/2018 8:59:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window at Saint Mary MacKillop shrine, Penola South Australia | photo by Pru.mitchell Saint Mary MacKillop Saint of the Day for July 19 (January 15, 1842 – August 8, 1909)  Saint Mary MacKillop’s Story If Saint Mary MacKillop were alive today, she would be a household name. It’s not that she sought the limelight. On the contrary, she simply wanted to serve the poor wherever she found them in her native Australia. But along the way, she managed to arouse the ire of some rather powerful churchmen. One even excommunicated her for a time.Born...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Siege of Humanae Vitae: Has the enemy almost breached the ramparts?

    07/19/2018 6:51:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 19, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Sandro Magister has written a piece in which he proposes that a new book by Gilfredo Marengo on the genesis of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV) represents an unexpected obstacle to [t]he campaign that is underway to demolish Humanae Vitae the 1968 encyclical of Paul VI that said no to artificial contraceptives. I respectfully disagree. Based on the extensive summary of the books account provided by Andrea Tornielli, which Magister views as sufficient to see where Marengo is going, it is quite clear that Marengo, a member of Pope Francis semi-secret commission to reappraise HV on its fast-approaching 50th...
  • A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin

    07/19/2018 7:39:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 126 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Reflection on Mortal Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2018 • The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches,[M]ortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him. In mortal sin the will sets itself upon something that is of its nature incompatible with the charity that orients man toward his ultimate end. As such, the sin is mortal by its very object whether it contradicts the love of God,...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Camillus de Lellis, 07-18-18

    07/18/2018 8:49:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-18-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Camillus de Lellis in facade of church Santa Maria Maddalena | photo by Livioandronico2013 Saint Camillus de Lellis Saint of the Day for July 18 (1550 – July 14, 1614) Saint Camillus de Lellis’ Story Humanly speaking, Camillus was not a likely candidate for sainthood. His mother died when he was a child, his father neglected him, and he grew up with an excessive love for gambling. At 17, he was afflicted with a disease of his leg that remained with him for life. In Rome he entered the San Giacomo Hospital for Incurables as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Australian Bishop Wont Silence Pro-Gay Priest

    07/18/2018 6:37:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 17, 2018 | Anita Carey
    Australian Catholics protested a pro-gay priest because their bishop refused to speak out. Father Frank Brennan, a Jesuit priest who supports gay marriage, spoke at a conference for Catholic school principals over the weekend and Bp. James Foley of the diocese of Cairns did nothing to stop him. During Australia's same-sex marriage vote last year, Fr. Brennan promoted same-sex so-called marriage for the common good,saying,"I'll be pleased when marriage equality is recognized by Australian law." Father Frank Brennan is also the president of Catholic Social Services of Australia and used that platform to make an announcement after...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Humanae Vitae." So It Was Born, and Woe To the One Who Touches It

    07/18/2018 6:20:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    L'Espresso ^ | July 18, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The campaign that is underway to demolish Humanae Vitae - the 1968 encyclical of Paul VI that said no to artificial contraceptives - has in recent days met with an unexpected obstacle in a book that reconstructs the genesis of that text, thanks to access, for the first time, to the secret documents concerning it, personally authorized by Pope Francis: > Gilfredo Marengo, "La nascita di un'enciclica. 'Humanae vitae' alla luce degli archivi vaticani", Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Citt del Vaticano, 2018.The obstacle is all the more serious in that the proponents of a paradigm shift, meaning a liberalization of contraceptives...
  • [Cath Cauc] In Austria, Official Websites under Cdl. Schnborn Undermining Humanae Vitae

    07/18/2018 1:15:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 18, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    The official website of the Austrian bishops under Cardinal Christoph Schnborns watch, as well as his own diocesan website, has published a series of articles in light of the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae. These articles present a major undermining of essential Church teachings as they were laid out in Humanae Vitae, even putting into doubt the abiding unlawfulness of contraception. Cardinal Schnborn is the media bishop of the Austrian Bishops Conference and, as such, officially the editor of Kathpress, the news website of the bishops conference. He is also responsible, as the...
  • The Pruning of the Church and Our Response to It

    07/18/2018 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Pruning of the Church and Our Response to It Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2018 • As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass this week, we read of Israel’s painful purifications as well as the subsequent punishment of the surrounding nations.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 did not just purify Israel, He will also judge the nations.In a complex passage, God says (through...
  • Does The Glorified Body of Christ Have Blood?

    07/18/2018 1:52:36 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 124 replies
    Shameless Popery ^ | December 5, 2012 | by Joe Heschmeyer
    One of the strangest beliefs that Ive come across through this blog is the idea that the glorified Body of Jesus Christ contains Flesh and Bones, but no Blood. I first came across it in a reader comment; since then, Ive heard this view advanced by several Protestant apologetics websites, like the popular Calvinist apologetics blog CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry), along with Let Us Reason Ministries, and Bible.ca. Additionally, this appears to be the traditional Mormon view, one endorsed by their founder, Joseph Smith. As youll soon see, this theory suffers from a number of problems: the Scriptural...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Irish Priest: Punished After Pro-Life Homily

    07/17/2018 7:41:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 16, 2018 | David Nussman
    DUBLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Irish priest was abruptly transferred from his parish, and some say he is being punished for upsetting people with a pro-lifehomily. Father James E. Larkin is a priest in the archdiocese of Dublin, headed by Abp. Diarmuid Martin. Formerly of the parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Clonskeagh, Larkinwas unexpectedlyreassigned last weekto a chaplaincy withthe Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham. Sources say that backlash against Fr. Larkin's pro-life advocacy is what led to the change in assignment. A local pro-life canvasser who wished to be called "Anne"told Church Militant in an email thatFr....
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Francis Solano, 07-17-18

    07/17/2018 6:12:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Saint Francis SolanoImage: Saint Francis Solanus in Howard University School of Divinity | photo by Jim McIntoshSaint of the Day for July 17 (March 10, 1549 – July 14, 1610) https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODJul17.mp3 Saint Francis Solano’s Story Francis came from a leading family in Andalusia, Spain. Perhaps it was his popularity as a student that enabled Francis in his teens to stop two duelists. He entered the Friars Minor in 1570, and after ordination enthusiastically sacrificed himself for others. His care for the sick during an epidemic drew so much admiration that he became embarrassed and asked to be sent...
  • Catholic historian explains the disturbing history behind Pope Francis novel rhetoric

    07/17/2018 5:55:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    LAKE GARDA, Italy, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Papal homilies about the God of surprises, discourses on the ideologues of doctrine, and the upcoming youth synods stress on the need to listen to the voices inside and outside the Church in order discern the Spirit, may seem new to many Catholics. But for one noted historian, thislanguageisnt new at allbut is steeped in a fascist spirit that emerged in Catholic circles during the interwar period of the 1920s-30s, was carried forth by controversialfigures like Teilhard de Chardin, and is now being unleashed. According to Dr. John Rao, this spirit is...
  • The Call to Integrity in Worship

    07/17/2018 8:01:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Call to Integrity in Worship Msgr. Charles Pope • July 16, 2018 • The first reading for Monday of the 15th week of the year is provocative, especially for those of us who hold the Liturgy in high esteem, as well we should. However, it is possible for us to distort even great things like the Mass and the sacraments.Let’s look at the reading and then draw a few teachings from it:Hear the word of the Lord, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction of our God, people of Gomorrah! What care I for the number of your...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Jesuit Supports Murdering Babies Bishop Plays Scandal Down

    07/17/2018 4:48:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 17, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Jesuit Supports Murdering Babies Bishop Plays Scandal Down Jesuit Father Mario Serrano demonstrated on July 15 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) at a leftwing march to legalise abortion. Serrano called the killing of children on Twitter (July 13, 15) a just cause stating that during the march he felt close to the Jesus who loves, accompanies and does not condemn people in extreme situations [including pedophiles, rassists and terrorists?]. Auxiliary bishop Jess Castro Marte of Santo Domingo called Serranos statement a private position. Talking to Diario Libre (July 15), the bishop only asked Serrano to reflect on what he...
  • Day by Day -- Saint for All, 07-16-18, Our Lady of Mount Carmel [Catholic Caucus]

    07/16/2018 6:36:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-16-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin of the Carmelitas | unknown Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint of the Day for July 16 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/SODJul16.mp3The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. They soon celebrated a special Mass and Office in honor of Mary. In 1726, it became a celebration of the universal Church under the title of Our Lady of...
  • The Difference Between Penance and Punishment

    07/16/2018 8:14:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 112 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Difference Between Penance and Punishment Msgr. Charles Pope • July 15, 2018 • There is an old rabbinic story that speaks to the danger of being “unbroken.” It also illustrates the difference between penance and punishment. I am relating this story from memory and may have adapted it somewhat over the years, so if you know it in a different way, please be merciful! Here is (my version of) the story:There once was a man who had violated the Sabbath against his will, because his carriage had broken down. Although he ran, striving to reach town before sundown,...
  • (Humor/Satire) "Jesus has no credibility" says Cardinal Farrell

    07/15/2018 6:49:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Eccles is saved ^ | July 15, 2018 | Eccles
    "Jesus has no credibility" says Cardinal Farrell "Jesus is not the best person to advise people on marriage," explained Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. "He has no credibility, He never lived the experience; He may be the Son of God, but to go from there to putting His Power into practice every day - He doesn't have that experience." Some will find Cardinal Farrell's words controversial, although it is unlikely that Pope Francis will take any notice of them, let alone correct them. Cardinal Farrell (70) was appointed by Francis, along with Cardinal...
  • Cath Cauc: The Catholic Resistance must keep Fighting and Praying for the Restoration of the Church

    07/15/2018 4:08:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Catholic Monitor ^ | July 14, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    The Catholic Resistance must keep Fighting and Praying for the Restoration of the Church There is no doubt that Pope Francis and his inner circle are behind the greatest crisis in the history of the Church. We at the Catholic Monitor and the Band of Bloggers have documented this catastrophe. The Catholic Resistance is fighting for the restoration of the Church by exposing the falsehoods and evil that have entered the Church. We must keep doing this, but we will fail if we don't pray at Mass and outside Mass for the restoration. Jesus Christ will restore the Church unless...
  • [Catholic Caucus] If Francis Rubber-Stamps Contraception, He Will Again Fall Into Heresy

    07/15/2018 2:45:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 15, 2018 | Gloria TV
    If Francis Rubber-Stamps Contraception, He Will Again Fall Into Heresy For the Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert it is totally inadmissible and a radical break with Church teaching to claim that using contraception is an alleged "act of responsibility." Seifert referred to a claim made by radical Father Maurizio Chiodi, a member of the former Pontifical Academy for Life. Talking to Edward Pentin (July 13), Seifert said that if Pope Francis would rubber-stamp such changes he would accept a total ethical error and a huge heresy. Seifert added that Chiodi's heresy is "nothing else than an old ethical error" which implies...