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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?

    05/25/2015 3:25:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.org ^ | May 25, 2015 | Matt Nelson
    Western civilization is greatly indebted to the Catholic Church. Modern historical studies—such as Dr. Thomas E. Woods' How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization—have demonstrated with force and clarity that it is the Catholic Church who has been the primary driving force behind the development and progress of the civilized world. The Church has provided innumerable 'goods' for the benefit of humanity. Nonetheless, modern critics assert that no amount of good could outweigh the evil the Church has allegedly committed in contrast. Talk is cheap, however. We must look at the evidence. Has the Church really been an irreconcilable force...
  • Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking are the worst evils of our time.

    05/25/2015 11:55:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 24, 2015 | Pope Francis
    La Voz del Pueblo: What are the worst evils that beset the world today? Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking. I can be wrong with the statistics, but what will you tell me if I ask you: When it comes to spending, what thing in the world comes after food, clothing and medicine? The fourth is cosmetics and the fifth are pets. That is serious. Pet care is like love that is somewhat programmed; that is, I can program the loving response of a dog or a little cat, and I do not need to have the experience of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, 05-25-15

    05/25/2015 9:51:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Any set program of religious duties, notably the prayers, meditations, and spiritual reading required of persons following a distinctive rule of life. Also the period of silence and prayerful reflection practiced annually (or more often) in a retreat. Particularly the Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola, drawn yp as a method of arriving at the amendment of one's life and resolving on a determined way of holiness. The Exercises of St. Ignatius were first composed by him in a cave at Manresa, in Spain, after his conversion. They have been recommended by successive popes...
  • Cardinal Tagle: Church should not look to 'idealized past' with nostalgia

    05/25/2015 9:36:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 22, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle -- often cited as a possible successor to Pope Francis -- has called on Catholics to avoid looking to the pre-Second Vatican Council church with a sense of nostalgia, but to embrace and live out the council's sense of openness to the modern world.
  • Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection

    05/25/2015 7:35:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country.  The word “memorial” comes from the Latin “memorare,” which an  imperative meaning “Remember!” So Memorial Day is “Remember!” Day. To remember something is to allow it to be present in our minds and hearts such that we are grateful, sober, aware, and different.This...
  • Who Really Speaks For God?

    05/24/2015 1:57:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 222 replies
    The Highway ^ | May 24,2015 | John H. Armstrong
    Serious evangelical dialogue with Roman Catholicism finds it virtually impossible to avoid the issues raised by the institution of the papacy. These issues were central in the sixteenth-century division, and they remain problematic for modern discussion as well. It is hard for many Catholics in the West to understand the serious concerns evangelicals have regarding the papacy, since they often think of John Paul II as a benevolent and kind gentleman who warmly radiates love for Christ and non-Catholics. In a special commentary on the Feast Day (1971) honoring St. Peter and St. Paul, the Vatican radio declared, “The Church...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for Pentecost

    05/24/2015 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire—about a transformative, refining, and purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is about a necessary fire, for as the...
  • Pope Francis, protagonist of the Ninth International Meeting of the Silos School of Thought

    05/23/2015 2:00:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Silos School of Thought, Spain, will dedicate its next two international meetings to the study and dissemination of the thought and action of Pope Francis. It is the ninth encounter of the School which, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Spain, and under the auspices of the Benedictine Abbey of Silos, gathered together figures from the worlds of science and culture in an atmosphere of respectful pluralism and convergence in relation to universal values. In a letter to the Steering Committee of the School, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, writes: “In the two...
  • 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage: May 22 - June 30

    05/23/2015 12:05:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 05-22-15 | 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage
    The Supreme Court is deliberating right now on how to rule on the case involving marriage. This court case will have a major impact on marriage, and the future generations of Americans not yet born. This case could change our country forever.The court’s ruling is due by the last day of June. As we await the court’s ruling, CatholicVote.org is calling on all Catholics to join our 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage from May 22 to June 30.Can we count on you? Will you Pledge to Pray for Marriage? We have voted for marriage at the ballot box....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DUALISM, 05-23-15

    05/23/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DUALISM Any view of reality that holds there are two fundamentally and irreducibly different types of being or operations. Thus God and the world, spirit and matter, intellect and will, truth and error , virtue and sin are typical expressions of dualism. (Etym. Latin dualis; from duo, two.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Necessity of Mass

    05/23/2015 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Necessity of Mass While the faithful are obligated to attend Mass, the compulsion to do so shouldn’t take away the joy Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly5/20/2015 Question: I wonder if the blessing of attending Mass would be greater if we didn’t compel Catholics to attend. Further, keeping the Lord’s Day holy is about 24 hours, not just one hour.— William Bandle, Manchester, MissouriAnswer: I am not sure on what basis you say blessings would be greater. Perhaps you mean that someone who joyfully attends Mass enhances both the experience of the one who attends and the communal experience of...
  • The ‘Francis effect’ is silencing Catholic bishops, priests, and laity [Catholic Caucus]

    05/23/2015 8:15:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 74 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Fr. Linus Clovis
    Editor’s note: Father Linus Clovis of Saint Lucia gave the following address at the Rome Life Forum on May 9, 2015. May 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A crisis is a time of intense difficulty or danger. Medically, it is the turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death. Bishop Athanasius Schneider has identified four great crises in the Church: Arianism, the Western Schism, the Reformation and Modernism. This last, which the Church has been fighting for well over a century, has managed to get a stranglehold on the Church ever since the...
  • From Southern Baptist to Goddess Worship, Sue Monk Kidd

    05/22/2015 8:54:09 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 216 replies
    Excerpted: What Catholic mysticism does is reject the Bible as the sole and sufficient and perfect revelation of God and tries to delve beyond the Bible, even beyond thought of any kind, and find God through mystical “intuition.” In other words, it is a rejection of the God of the Bible. It says that God cannot be known by doctrine and cannot be described in words. He can only be experienced through mysticism. This is a blatant denial of the Bible’s claim to be the very Word of God. This opens the practitioner to demonic delusion. He is left with...
  • Vatican’s eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

    05/22/2015 6:12:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    He is known as the architect of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the proponent of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His new book, entitled, (what else) The Age of Sustainable Development provides the lesson plan for the SDGs implementation. In his various UN roles, Sachs advocates for population control services of abortion, sterilization and all assorted reproductive rights.
  • "Progressive" Bishops Planning Synod Coup: Secret Meeting in Rome on Monday [Catholic Caucus]

    05/22/2015 4:12:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jean-Marie Guénois
    Jean-Marie Guénois, Religious Affairs correspondent for French daily Le Figaro, has the report (main excerpt below) of a Vatican-II-style Rhineland coup for the October 2015 Synod on the Family: Family Synod: a Very Discreet Meeting of the Reformers in Rome Le Figaro On Monday [May 25], European episcopates will debate the welcoming of remarried divorcees and homosexuals in the Church. The initiative has remained very discreet, indeed secret, but it is important. According to our information, three episcopates -- the German, the Swiss, and the French -- have gotten together in order to organize, behind closed doors, on Monday, May...
  • For the Vatican, Climate Change Leads to ... Abortion?

    05/22/2015 3:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Via Life Site News come some frankly bizarre statements from the Vatican official who put together last month's Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity conference. Two major speakers at the conference were Jeffrey Sachs, widely criticized for the abject failure of his Millennium Villages initiative, and Ban-Ki moon, current secretary general of the United Nations—both of whom are extremely pro-abortion. Which the Catholic Church is not. Stefano Gennarini asks Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, whether he knew about the pro-abortion and population control chops of his two big guests and whether that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TANTUM ERGO, 05-22-15

    05/22/2015 9:25:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:TANTUM ERGO The last two verses of the hymn Pange Lingua, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and long prescribed for singing at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A modern English version reads: Down in adoration falling, Lo, the sacred host we hail. Lo, o'er ancient forms departing Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying Where the feeble senses fail. To the everlasting Father, And the Son who reigns on high. With the Holy Spirit proceeding Forth from each eternally, Be salvation, honor, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Amen. All items in this dictionary...
  • THE BLASPHEMY OF THE MASS

    05/22/2015 9:05:44 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 230 replies
    Ex Catholics for Christ ^ | Circa 2014 | unknown
    When sharing with catholics the wonderful news about the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of the world, one of the most tragic and miserable deceptions that many of them have blindly bought into is their worship and idolization of the eucharist.   Breaking bread is something that all Bible believers cherish and take very seriously, especially after reading Paul's solemn admonition not to come to the Lord's table with any unconfessed sin in our hearts (1 Cor. 11:23-34). However, communion is only for those of us that have already been saved from...
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

    05/22/2015 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness.My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those boxes. Among his effects were also many...
  • ‘Massive confusion’ in wake of Vatican miscommunications, Synod requires clarification

    05/21/2015 6:24:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 20,2015 | John Jalsevac
    Speaking at the Rome Life Forum earlier this month before a crowd of 300, including Cardinals Raymond Burke and George Pell, LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen lamented the communications failures at the Vatican that he said have led to widespread and serious confusion about the Church's teachings. Pointing to the chaos in the wake of last year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, and the ubiquitous misinterpretations of some of Pope Francis' remarks, Westen said, “There is a lack of clarity and communications even from the offices here that require that clarification, so that we can understand what is happening." For decades...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEOLOGY, 05-21-15

    05/21/2015 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NEOLOGY In theology the introduction of new doctrine, contrary to the Church's teaching but expressed in traditional terms or phrases. (Etym. Greek neos, new + logos, discourse.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think

    05/21/2015 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn polling friends as to what they think is the deepest root of all sin, I got three main answers. One was a shrug indicating no answer at all (i.e., “I dunno”). Another was to refer to Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim 6:10). I’ll discuss below why this is an inadequate answer. The third main response was that original sin (and the concupiscence that followed) is the source of all of our other...
  • Catholic Relief Service president: It may not be wrong for us to have a VP in a gay ‘marriage’

    05/20/2015 7:07:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    BALTIMORE, MD, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Breaking a month of silence on the scandal created by one of its high-level executives living in a homosexual “marriage,” the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said the organization has yet to decide whether it should employ someone who violates Church teaching in this manner. The US Bishops’ international relief agency is working on it, CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo told Aleteia’s John Burger in an interview published May 18. “CRS has a senior person who is in a civil gay marriage,” Woo said, “and the question is, ‘Is that a...
  • Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church?

    05/20/2015 5:06:00 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | 05/19/2015 | JIMMY AKIN
    Canadian broadcaster and commentator Michael Coren has left the Catholic Church again...Currently, he is affiliating with the Anglican church, where he says he feels very comfortable. Why did Coren leave the Catholic Church? In an interview with Canada’s National Post, he says that it was because of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality... [long snip] He says that although the Church’s teaching on homosexuality was the main reason he left, “there’s more than that — some teachings on contraception and on life. There seemed to be an obsession with issues that Jesus never mentioned.” Dude, really? The Gospels are limited documents...
  • How Can the (Catholic) Church Teach Angels?

    05/20/2015 2:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 303 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2015 | Tim Staples
    In John 5:43, Jesus declared:I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.With the advent of Protestantism and the confusion that followed, and that continues to this day, Christians, outside of the Catholic Church, have, at best, an incomplete understanding of the power of these words. When Jesus says, “I come in my father’s name,” he reveals the nature of the authority he possesses from God, the Father.We use this phrase—at least, the “in the name of” part—similarly in modern parlance in law enforcement when a police...
  • Islam's 'Reformation' Is Already Here - and It's Called 'ISIS'

    05/20/2015 11:10:42 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The idea that Islam needs to reform is again in the spotlight following the recent publication of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. While Ali makes the argument that Islam can reform – and is in desperate need of taking the extreme measures to do so – many of her critics contend that Islam is not in need of reform. The one argument not being made, however, is the one I make below – namely, that Islam has already “reformed.” And violence, intolerance, and extremism – typified by the Islamic State (ISIS) – are...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FISHERMAN'S RING, 05-20-15

    05/20/2015 9:27:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FISHERMAN'S RING  The Pope's signet ring, used for the sealing of important documents, such as papal briefs. It represents St. Peter fishing and bears the name of the Pope. When he dies, an official document is drawn up testifying that his ring was destroyed. This is done to prevent falsification of briefs. See Also: RING OF THE FISHERMANAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?

    05/20/2015 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | not given | Jimmy Aking
    What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?  by Jimmy Akin Ever since Luther's Ninety-Five Theses was posted in 1517 to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, the topic of indulgences has been a controversial one. In this article Jimmy Akin explains exactly what indulgences are and how they may be applied by Catholics to mitigate the temporal punishment due to sin. He discusses the nature of punishment, the role of grace, and the role of the Church, ending with an explanation of how an indulgence may be obtained. October 31, 1517, is sometimes celebrated as the birth date...
  • Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/20/2015 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy is to “comfort the sorrowful.” Sometimes it is listed as to “comfort the afflicted.” This description broadens the work just a bit and also fits more with the original notion of the word “comfort,” as we shall consider in a moment.But of all the spiritual works of mercy, comforting the sorrowful requires the greatest patience, sensitivity, and also silence. This is because sorrow (or grief) often has a life and logic of its own; often it must be allowed...
  • Three Ways to Teach Children About the Eucharist

    05/20/2015 4:29:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 22, 2015 | JEANNIE EWING
    I was sixteen years old when the concept of the Transubstantiation became clearer to me.  Until that time, I attended Mass with my parents half-heartedly and out of obligation.  It wasn’t until I left my Catholic elementary school only to enter the cesspool of public high school, riddled with all varieties of unbelievers and even some colorful Satanists, that I began to question what I believed and why in terms of religion.My parents reluctantly permitted me to attend a megachurch youth group with my closest friends from school, as long as I agreed to continue attending Mass on the weekends...
  • When Will This Madness End?

    05/19/2015 5:37:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    She personally performed abortions on women, using a bicycle pump, and later boasted that she and her group had personally murdered exactly 10,141 children in the womb. She supports the legalization of euthanasia, the liberalization of drug use, and the legal prohibition of conscience exemptions for doctors who refuse to perform abortion. She even opposes the burial of aborted children in cemeteries. She is Emma Bonino, the radical leftist Italian politician, a member of the Italian Radical Party currently serving, incredibly enough, as Foreign Minister for the corrupt Italian government. And she was greeted warmly days ago by Pope Francis,...
  • VATICAN BIG GOES HARD AGAINST U.S. TEA PARTY CLIMATE SKEPTICS

    05/19/2015 5:18:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 270 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Many Catholics and others were puzzled by the appearance of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and former Senator Tim Wirth as speakers or honored guests at a Vatican sponsored conference on global warming. All three have spent years actively undermining Church teaching on questions of abortion and UN-style family planning, which includes active population control.
  • 8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

    05/19/2015 4:28:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    JimmyAkin.com ^ | 2015 | Jimmy Akin
    8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday by Jimmy AkinThe great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.What happened on this day?Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event?How does the Church celebrate this day?Is Easter a pagan holiday?Here are 8 things you need to know. 1. What happened on Easter? Among other things: The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.They saw angels, who told them he wasn’t there.They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn’t believe them.Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALLEGORY, 05-19-15

    05/19/2015 8:54:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ALLEGORY A long or complicated story with an underlying meaning that differs from the literal or surface meaning. The greatest biblical allegory is the Canticle of Canticles. (Etym. Latin allegoria; from Greek all_goria, a description of one thing under the image of another.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

    05/19/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the text of that flyer. In case you are interested, I provide it in PDF format here: Considering Cremation?Some years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional...
  • Pro-homosexual Dominican, appointed as Consulter to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

    05/18/2015 5:21:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/16/15 | John Vennari
    CFN Intro: One cannot help but wonder if Pope Francis is a calculating enemy of the faith, or hideously incompetent due to his modernist mindset. Neither of the two are praiseworthy qualities. Francis continually manifests himself as a destroyer, particularly by his benevolent promotion of those who attack the most basic precepts of Catholic morality and natural law. Oremus - j. vennari
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PARTIAL INDULGENCE, 05-18-15

    05/18/2015 9:04:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-18-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:PARTIAL INDULGENCE An indulgence that removes part of the temporal punishment due to forgiven sin. All particularities in terms of days, months, or years are ow removed from partial indulgences. The new norm is based on the dispositions of the person gaining the indulgence and the character of the indulgenced work that person performs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Reflection on the “Prayer of the Faithful” at Mass and Why The Intentions Are Often Disappointing

    05/18/2015 7:06:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on the “Prayer of the Faithful” at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the “Prayer of the Faithful.” However, there is (in this author’s mind) a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. Peter Kwasniewski, writing at New Liturgical Movement, summarizes the problem very well: It is surely no exaggeration to say that throughout the world the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant [Catholic Caucus]

    05/17/2015 7:50:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | October 2005 | Steve Ray
    Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant By: Steve Ray Why do Catholics call Mary the Ark of the New Covenant? Answering that question will take us on a thrilling journey through the Old and New Testaments.For example, Luke wove some marvelous things into his Gospel that only a knowledgeable Jew would have understood—a Jew who knew Jewish Scripture and had eyes to see and ears to hear. One of the things he would have understood is typology.We all know that the Old Testament is full of stories, people, and historical events. A type is a person, thing, or...
  • Love Lifted Me -- A Homily for Ascension

    05/17/2015 6:29:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Lifted Me – A Homily for Ascension By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this weekend. The liturgist in me regrets the move, but here we are any way. So let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of his body are ascending with him. Since he was ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year...
  • Time again, to get ready for church

    05/17/2015 3:25:47 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | May 17, 2015 | knarf
    Got some nice rain the last couple of days ...
  • The True Church and the Bible

    05/16/2015 4:53:17 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 223 replies
    TRUE CHURCH and BIBLE Catholic Church History Facts When did the Church established by Jesus Christ get the name Catholic? Christ left the adoption of a name for His Church to those whom he commissioned to teach all nations. Christ called the spiritual society He established, "My Church" (Mt. xvi, 18), "the Church" (Mt. xviii, 17). In order to have a distinction between the Church and the Synagogue and to have a distinguishing name from those embracing Judaic and Gnostic errors we find St. Ignatius (50-107 AD) using the Greek word "Katholicos" (universal) to describe the universality of the Church...
  • "The Franciscans of the Immaculate: 'the Volpi era' is over."

    05/16/2015 12:12:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 13, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    Sic transit gloria mundi. For the Franciscans of the Immaculate, the Institute founded by Father Stefano Maria Manelli, ( externally commissioned on 11th July 2013) the “era of Volpi” , which will certainly be remembered as one of the saddest in the history of this religious order, is over. Father Fidenzio Volpi, assigned by the Congregation for Religious as Apostolic Commissioner to liquidate Father Manelli’s order, is in fact in a Roman clinic, after suffering a cerebral ischemia, followed by a hemiparesis, which has seriously compromised his health, forcing him to renounce, irrevocably, his appointment as Commissioner. In February 2014,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLE OF JUDE, 05-16-15

    05/16/2015 10:01:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-16-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EPISTLE OF JUDE A letter of the Apostle Jude, surnamed Thaddaeus, written to strengthen the faith of Hebrew converts to Christianity. It is therefore a warning against false prophets. Illustrations are drawn from the Old Testament, but also from Jewish apocalyptic literature, namely the Assumption of Moses and the Book of Enoch. The evidence of previous divine punishments is a prophetic assurance that a similar punishment awaits depraved teachers. Most probably written at Jerusalem before the destruction of the city in A.D. 70, the epistle vindicates the mysterious character of the Christian faith, against those who...
  • The Good Thief, The Catholic Answer

    05/16/2015 7:42:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Good Thief, The Catholic Answer Msgr. Charles Pope 5/15/2015 Q. In St. Luke’s Gospel, there is mention of the Good Thief on the cross near Jesus who repents. No name is given him, but most say his name is “Dismas.” Is this true?—B. Q., PhiladelphiaA. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: We don’t know. The story itself is very moving, and there is naturally a human tendency to want to know more. Thus traditions and legends often arise in cases like these. But the historical accuracy of such things is often difficult to assess. “St. Dismas” is a...
  • The Canon of the Bible

    05/15/2015 5:21:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 109 replies
    http://www.olswahiawa.org/ ^ | May 15, 2015 | Our Lady of Sorrows
    Historically, the Bible is a Catholic book. The New Testament was written, copied, and collected by Catholic Christians. The official canon of the books of the Bible was authoritatively determined by the Catholic Church in the fourth century. Thus, it is from the Catholic Church that the Protestants have a Bible at all.
  • To Be Deep in History

    05/15/2015 2:05:08 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 147 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | 5/15/2015 | Keith Mathison
    The nineteenth century witnessed the conversions of two prominent Anglican clergymen to Roman Catholicism. Both men would ultimately become cardinals in the Roman Church, and both men would profoundly influence Roman Catholic theology. The first was John Henry Newman (1801–1890). The second was Henry Edward Manning (1808–1892). Newman is probably most well known for his involvement in the high church Oxford Movement and for his Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845). Manning is best known for his advocacy of social justice and for his strong support of the doctrine of papal infallibility following his conversion to Rome. He...
  • Bishop Lynch and the Dismantling of Summorum Pontificum

    05/15/2015 9:26:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brian Williams
    Last month members of the Latin Mass community of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida were stunned to receive a letter addressed to them by their local ordinary, Bishop Robert Lynch. Following years of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass being offered at two different diocesan parishes, the faithful of both St. Anthony of Padua in San Antonio and Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa learned that they would be losing the traditional Mass. Instead of further realizing Pope Benedict’s vision of both forms of the Roman Rite mutually enriching each other through greater availability, Bishop Lynch has instead chosen the...
  • Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection & Clarification/Communion of Saints in Heaven

    05/15/2015 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Crowded, but Close – A Brief Reflection and Clarification on the Communion of Saints in Heaven By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every now and again I get a question that stands out as unique, one that I had not thought of before. And such is the case with the question below. I had never thought of Heaven as potentially being crowded or considered it a drawback. But the question led me to reflect on the deeper experience of what we call the Communion of...
  • Lessons on Christian Dogmatics: ON DOGMATICS AND DOGMAS (Part I)

    05/14/2015 4:47:47 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    OODE ^ | 04-07-2005 | Met. Iakovos Zizioulas
    1. Forms and character of Dogmatics Dogmatics – as a particular ‘branch’ and ‘lesson’ of Theology – appeared in the West for the first time and was introduced in the Orthodox Theological Schools during later times. A major characteristic of this branch, as compared to other lessons of Theology, is its systematic character. While other branches of Theology are preoccupied with the dogmatic belief of the Church, Dogmatics approaches this faith by theme, and systematically expounds it. The Church’s systematic preoccupation with the faith appears during the patristic period for the first time, especially with Origen (his work “On Principles”),...