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  • A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in A Doritos Commercial

    02/13/2016 8:26:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in A Doritos Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope - February 12, 2016 - People oversimplify Original Sin in various ways. Some reduce it to the mere eating of a piece of fruit rather than the act of disobedience, mistrust, and ingratitude it really was.Others miss the subtle but important difference in the descriptions of Adam's sin compared to Eve's. Of Eve's sin, Eve herself is a witness. She said, The serpent tricked me and so I ate it (Gen 3:13). But of Adam's sin God said, Because you listened to your wife...
  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part Two

    02/12/2016 7:22:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 12, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    We continue with a look at those subjects the treatment of which stand out as prime examples of a Concilium contra Papa Ratti [Part One (link below)]: Ecumensim "On the 6th day of January, on the Feast of the Epiphany of Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the year 1928," Pope Pius XI promulgated his Encyclical on Religious Unity, Mortalium Animos; inarguably the most important piece of papal magisterium of the last century on the topic of ecumenism. The Decree on Ecumenism of Vatican II, Unitatis Redintegratio, footnotes this supremely important reaffirmation of immutable Catholic doctrine precisely zero times, and the...
  • The Promise of Jesus For Difficult Times

    02/12/2016 5:15:01 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Jan. 23, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    Living our lives as dedicated Christians seems difficult in the 21st century, but Jesus promised that the necessary help will be provided through the Holy Spirit and that standing firm is necessary to win your life. Here is what the Lord Says in Luke 21-19 while speaking of difficulties and persecutions of true Christians: “not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.” Indeed. Stand firm, and you will win life. Stand firm and keep the commandments. Stand firm and do not follow the popular culture. Stand firm and do not be afraid to...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/12/2016 7:59:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope - February 11, 2016 - Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. And even that required "fasting" (for those between the ages of 18 and 59) is really just eating somewhat less than normal (one regular meal and two small "snack-like" meals with no snacking between meals). Not much of a fast, really. Real fasting (going without food for the entire day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able to do so.Yet even the mitigated fast is...
  • The Francis / Orthodox Meeting in Cuba

    02/11/2016 4:57:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 10, 2016 | John Vennarri
    Ecumenism is not really a union of religions. It is the union of non-doctrinal sentimentalists within various religions, whose principle of unity is A.B.T.D. (Anything But True Doctrine). Presently, the most visible case-in-point of A.B.T.D. activity is the highly publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The encounter is scheduled to take place at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on February 12, a brief stopover during the Pope's upcoming trip to Mexico. Francis, following the A.B.T.D. principle of unity that emanates from Vatican II, has no intention of calling the Orthodox to "formal corporate reunion"1 based...
  • An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare

    02/11/2016 7:54:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare Msgr. Charles Pope - February 10, 2016 - As we begin Lent, we do well to recall that we are engaged in a great and dramatic battle for our souls. The opening prayer for Ash Wednesday Mass makes use of the image of a military "campaign" and mentions weapons and battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. The First Sunday of Lent lays out the...
  • A Great Deprivation

    02/10/2016 6:49:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 10, 2016 | Fr. Robert Mann, SCJ
    There can be no disguising the fact that for Catholics serious about their faith the almost daily stream of ambiguous and dangerous words and actions emanating from this Papacy give good cause for alarm. Not that there was no cause for concern with previous post-Conciliar Popes. However, in these times, the revolution has moved up a gear with almost no pretence of disguising the ultimate goal of bringing "irreversible changes" to the Catholic Church in terms of attitudes to doctrine and universal disciplines intrinsically bound up with that doctrine. Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies in all of this is...
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

    02/09/2016 7:24:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice Msgr. Charles Pope - February 8, 2016 - There is a remarkable passage in the breviary from Diadochus of Photice (pronounced Di-áh-do-cuss of Fóe-tah-chee). Little is known of his life. He lived from around 400 to 485 A.D. He was a mystic and theologian who particularly refuted Christological heresies and upheld the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon. He became bishop of Photice, a region in northwestern Greece. His writings emphasized the stillness, rest, or quiet that is necessary for...
  • The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee

    02/08/2016 11:43:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/07/16 | New Catholic
    Rorate Caeli + Tempus Septuagesimæ + The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee So...the 2016 Mercy Jubilee was not the popular success that had been foreseen. What was the solution? The Pope had the Capuchins bring to Rome from different points of Italy two of the most popular and traditional saints of the 20th Century, great Apostles of Penance and Confession: Sts. Padre Pio and Leopold Mandic. And the crowds suddenly appeared for the venerable Relics! Hail Tradition!
  • Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's

    02/08/2016 7:48:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 7, 2016 -- Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let's speak carefully of these matters.Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I'd like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out some important principles for us in the last days, balancing caution with teaching us about the signs that will point to His coming (though not the...
  • But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/07/2016 7:24:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 6, 2016 -- Today's gospel describes the call of Simon Peter. It is a call that takes place in several stages. And while it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of today's gospel is that Peter's faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lord's command.Let's see how the...
  • It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video

    02/06/2016 8:10:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 5, 2016 -- Some years ago in a previous parish assignment (St. Thomas More, in Washington D.C.) I was accustomed to taking a Friday afternoon walk in order to focus on my Sunday homily. At the beginning of the walk I'd often stop by the house of an elderly parishioner, Ms. Lillian, and give her Communion. Her mind was beginning to fail and it was difficult for her to get to Church.In mild weather she would often be out...
  • The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    02/05/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | 02-05-16 | Thomas Moses
    The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and AlmsgivingThomas Moses For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow, a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, Easter, or the Feast of all Feasts.I say bright sorrow because joy and sorrow are kept in tension. We experience sorrow because of the suffering endured by our Lord...
  • BOMBAY CARDINAL PUSHES GAY RIGHTS IN INDIA

    02/05/2016 9:26:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 3, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    The top court of India is re-evaluating a law deeming homosexual acts punishable with prison time-- and the Catholic archbishop of Bombay is encouraging the move. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, and known to be gay-friendly, has come out "in favor of decriminalization of Section 377" of the Indian Penal Code, which declares homosexual acts as "against the order of nature." The supreme court in New Delhi is setting up a panel to re-examine a 2013 ruling that declared only the Indian parliament could repeal the colonial-era law prohibiting the country's citizens from openly engaging in a homosexual lifestyle....
  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 8:06:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness Msgr. Charles Pope February 4, 2016 Man who found exitThere is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the "mystery of iniquity." St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious "man of iniquity" who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the "mystery of lawlessness" but that has less of a ring to it.The Latin root of the English word...
  • "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say"

    02/04/2016 8:07:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say Msgr. Charles Pope February 3, 2016 Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode "Church-speak" for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, "RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door." I thought I'd been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire about the availability of...
  • Islam Is Not An Abrahamic Religion

    02/03/2016 6:51:43 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 20 replies
    Right Side News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret)
    Islam’s Abrahamic Religion Claim Is A Trojan Horse Subterfuge By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side NewsDo Muslims Jews, And Christians Worship The Same God? This basic question must be addressed and answered in the negative if Western Civilization is to begin to forge an effective defense against Islamic jihad. Dr. Mark Durie, an Australian Anglican theologian, has written the definitive analytical book, “Which God?: Jesus, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity & Islam,” that debunks the accepted conventional wisdom that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity share Abrahamic roots. Dr. Durie’s book incontestably demonstrates that YHWH and Allah are not the same...
  • Is It Ever OK to Lie?

    02/03/2016 6:37:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 89 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever OK to Lie? Msgr. Charles Pope February 2, 2016 Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor on both their newspaper side and in their magazine, The Catholic Answer. Every now and then a question comes in that seems like a good topic for the blog.The following question comes up frequently whenever I teach moral theology classes and we cover the issue of lying. In a way it is remarkable that the format of the question almost never changes, and that the usual (and I would argue questionable)...
  • Who Were the 144,000 of Revelation?

    02/02/2016 6:34:46 PM PST · by grumpa · 76 replies
    Off Grid Blog ^ | February 2, 2016 | Charles S. Meek
    Even many Christians misunderstand Revelation. For some, Revelation is so bizarre that they pretty much ignore it. Others mistakenly apply the symbolism of Revelation to our present day. But Revelation is really not so difficult once you grasp the context and symbolic language. Remember, it is part of the Bible and there is little, if anything at all, in Revelation that is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Indeed, there are hundreds of references in Revelation to the Old and New Testament. Let's just take a quick look at the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14. These were the FIRST...
  • EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Fr. Michael Rodriguez

    02/02/2016 12:16:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 1, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    I'm pleased, and honored, to share below brief excerpts taken from an extensive interview that I recently conducted with Fr. Michael Rodriguez; including an update on his current situation. The complete interview (over 6,000 words in length) will be published in the next print edition of Catholic Family News, wherein Father discusses his journey to tradition, explains why he is no longer able to celebrate the Novus Ordo in good conscience, and gives valuable advice to both laypersons and his brother priests, and a great deal more. I can assure you that you will find Fr. Rodriguez's insights and reflections...
  • The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival

    02/02/2016 8:30:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival Msgr. Charles Pope February 1, 2016 For my first assignment as a priest I was sent to a large parish located in a suburb just inside the Washington Beltway. At the time it was flourishing, with four well-attended masses each Sunday. The people there loved their parish and spoke with devotion of the former pastor who, though he had died a dozen years before, loomed large in the memories of both Church and neighborhood. He was from that generation of pastors who had an almost kingly status....
  • “The Devil Has Retired”

    02/01/2016 7:28:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Chisea Express online ^ | February 1, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Q: Let's start the fun right now: who is responsible? A: I realize that what I say will seem paradoxical to the reader who is poorly informed or sensitive to these problems, but I'll try. What is responsible is the gnostic, neo-Malthusian and environmentalist culture that now presumes to ask the pope to get involved. By environmentalist culture I mean that which, with a naturalist and pantheist vision, considers man the cancer of nature who damages it with his unrestrained consumption and his indifference to the pollution that he himself produces, above all if gets married (to a woman) and...
  • Why didn't Pope Francis endorse Family Day 2016? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/01/2016 3:53:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 1, 2016 | David Martin
    On January 30 hundreds of thousands of demonstrators participated in the Family Day 2016 in Rome to protest the controversial "Cirinna" bill to legalize same-sex unions, which the Italian Parliament is expected to vote on shortly. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco who heads the Italian Bishops' Conference has been leading a handful of good bishops in openly supporting these faithful Catholics who defend traditional family values. This beautifully fulfills the Church's mission to go into the world and uphold the light of Christ so that everyone might be compelled in the right direction for the common good. This fight for family values...
  • BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER INTERVIEW WITH RORATE CAELI

    02/01/2016 9:46:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/01/2016 | His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    The very crisis of the Church in our days consists in the ever growing phenomenon that those who don't fully believe and profess the integrity of the Catholic faith frequently occupy strategic positions in the life of the Church, such as professors of theology, educators in seminaries, religious superiors, parish priests and even bishops and cardinals. And these people with their defective faith profess themselves as being submitted to the Pope. The height of confusion and absurdity manifests itself when such semi-heretical clerics accuse those who defend the purity and integrity of the Catholic faith as being against the Pope...
  • Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

    02/01/2016 8:01:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the Acclamations at the "Mystery of Faith" Need Further Consideration Msgr. Charles Pope January 31, 2016 There is a moment in the Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at which the priest awkwardly summons the people to respond by using a sentence fragment: "The mystery of faith" (mysterium fidei). The 1970 translation from the Latin tried to complete the fragment by supplying some additional words: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith."But regardless of the specifics of the wording, it seems an awkward moment, something interjected into the action of the Eucharistic Prayer.But even...
  • Interview with the only Bishop to take part at Rome's "Family Day"

    01/31/2016 9:34:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 31, 2016 | Serena Sartini
    He is one of the few bishops present at Family Day, perhaps the only one. Without fear of exposing himself or of being criticized by the other bishops, alongside the families, saying no to the Cirinna Bill on civil unions and with an appeal to the President of the Republic, [he says]: "I hope that the Bill will be examined by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella and that he doesn't sign the decree: it is in conflict with article 29 of the Constitution which states that the family is based on matrimony."
  • Can the Church Depose an Heretical Pope?

    01/31/2016 4:18:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 309 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 18, 2014 | Robert J. Siscoe
    A recent article by Fr. James V. Schall S.J., which was re-posted as "the article of the week" on the popular Traditional Catholic website Rorate Caeli, has caused quite stir in some quarters. In the short article, which is titled On Heretical Popes, Fr. Schall briefly discusses the claims of heresy leveled against the post-Conciliar Popes, especially Pope Francis, and raises the question of whether a pope can fall into heresy, and, if so, how the Church would go about deposing him. The article was written in a very moderate tone, but the issues addressed were evidently too much for...
  • Defiant Catholic Laity against "same-sex unions", despite little support from the Vatican

    01/31/2016 9:23:32 AM PST · by ebb tide · 68 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 1/30/16 | New Catholic
    The "Cirinna Bill" being debated in the Italian Parliament to allow "same-sex unions" in that central nation of Catholicism managed to bring Catholics from all over Italy to Rome this Saturday. The image from the Circo Massimo is unmistakable: on this "Family Day", a huge multitude of Italian families (including many friends of this blog) gathered to protest the government's support of the counternatural bill. Cardinal Bagnasco, the President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, despite the clear lack of support from Pope Francis, kept his support for the event. Some Cardinals, including Cardinal Sarah, showed their support. But the Pope...
  • THE WORD OF FAITH HERESY THAT TEACHES JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN AGAIN IN HELL

    01/31/2016 8:15:22 AM PST · by SVTCobra03 · 60 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | January 30, 2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    Among the many heresies and outright lies taught by the Word Of Faith movement, the false doctrine that Jesus Christ became born again after suffering in Hell at the hands of the Devil is among the most pernicious. This whopping lie is taught by is taught by Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, as well as nearly every other false teacher in the Word Of Faith movement.
  • A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    01/31/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope January 30, 2016 Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God and His people; they speak the (often painful) truth of God to His people. They do so not to win an argument, but because of their love and conviction that only the undiluted truth of God can save us in the end.People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence for God and His truth. Prophets are willing to endure pain and suffering in order to...
  • Christ's hidden years

    01/30/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ's hidden years Question: One of my great frustrations with Scripture as an historical source is that it leaves so much out. Almost 30 years of Jesus’ life receive no mention at all. How can this be that the life of the most pivotal figure in history receives such vague biographical treatment?— Name, location withheld, Answer: Part of the answer to this is to understand that the Gospels do not propose to be chronological histories of the Lord’s life. The Gospels do record the things that Jesus actually said and did, but they do so in a selective way. St....
  • Pope Invites Evil Dominican Head of "Gay Lobby" to Secret Meeting

    01/29/2016 9:25:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, January 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Bishop Jose Raul Vera Lopez, Dominican and Diocesan Bishop of Saltillo in Mexico, is held to be the "bishop of the gay lobby" in the Catholic Church. The Liberation Theology "inspired" chief shepherd has been known in recent years primarily for his vociferous defense of homosexuality. On the day before the opening of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 on the family, Raul Vera was a "special guest" at a meeting of a "Catholic Gay Network" in Rome. Next February, he will be one of a small circle of selected persons with whom Pope Francis meets during his Mexico...
  • A comparison of Mohammad with one of Jesus’ key disciples, Peter:-h

    01/29/2016 7:22:18 PM PST · by ekeni · 9 replies
    How does Mohammad rate as a “prophet” or “messenger” of God A comparison of Mohammad with one of Jesus’ key disciples, Peter:-how does he rate as a “prophet” or “messenger” of God Whilst many in the West focus by the violence of Islamists it provides an opportunity to reflect upon the relative status of Mohammad, the role model of Muslims according to the Quran( Suras 33:6,33:21 & 68:4). What about the disciples of Jesus? Does Mohammad measure up to say Peter? Peter was a self-proclaimed Christian, and Mohammad a Muslim. Since Mohammad claimed Jesus was a “Muslim” prophet then it...
  • Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful

    01/29/2016 8:13:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2016 • In today's gospel the Lord gives us a very practical reminder: "The measure that you measure to others will be measured back to you." What does this mean?Well, if you were on your way to court and you received advice as to how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case would you not seriously consider following that advice? Surely you would--unless of course the "advice" involved bribery or some other corrupt activity.And in fact Jesus, our judge, has...
  • Why Orthodoxy? (parts 4-5)

    01/29/2016 7:55:20 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-28/29-2016 | Ryan Hunter
    Part IV: A Family of Churches Part 1, Part 2, Part 3The Orthodox Church: A family of Churches united by belief in the central role of conciliarity, the pastoral role of bishops, and adherence to a common Tradition. One of the most attractive aspects of Orthodoxy to those coming from either Roman Catholic or Protestant traditions is that, while internal church politics of course exist in the different parishes, and at national or regional levels, Orthodoxy today is largely free of the kind of disagreements that frequently arise in Western churches. Of course not every Catholic or Protestant church community...
  • Why Holy Days and the Sanctoral Cycle Are Important

    01/28/2016 7:29:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Holy Days and the Sanctoral Cycle Are Important Msgr. Charles Pope • January 27, 2016 • In last Sunday's Mass we read from the eighth chapter of the Book of Nehemiah. I posted a lengthy commentary on it last week (On the Wonder of the Word of God). In today's post I would like to ponder a rather surprising emphasis of that text. Let's start with a little background.In a stunning reversal for the Jewish people, the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem and destroyed not only the city, but the Temple as well! Prophet after prophet had warned the people...
  • Terrifying: Post-Synod document written by Pope's friend, ... [Catholic Caucus]

    01/27/2016 4:41:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/28/16 | New Catholic
    The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family [Abp. Paglia] has confirmed that Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation devoted to the family will be published by the end of March. ... [Abp. Paglia] said the much-anticipated document, which summarizes the Pope's conclusions of the two synods dedicated to the family, will be "a hymn to love, a love that wants to take care of the welfare of the young, to be close to wounded families to give them strength, a love that wants to be close to children as well as to all mankind in need. " Well informed...
  • Why Orthdoxy?

    01/27/2016 1:49:00 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-25/26/27-2016 | Ryan Hunter
    As we continue to commemorate the feast of the Lord's Baptism we are going to begin posting in parts the story and reflections of one of our authors' conversion to Orthodoxy, Ryan Hunter, a student at New York University. * * * "In His unbounded love, God became what we are that He might make us what He is." --St. Irenaeus (d. 202) I am in love. The object of my affection, or rather, my devotion, is not a person per se, though it is very much alive. It has been alive for 2,000 years, persisting through seemingly insurmountable...
  • Order -- A Meditation on one of God's Great Gifts

    01/27/2016 8:26:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Order -- A Meditation on one of God's Great Gifts Msgr. Charles Pope January 26, 2016 In this series of two posts, I ponder the glory of something we call order. I do this more in the form of a meditation than a treatise on the glory of order. In the first part (yesterday's post) I set forth how the appreciation and understanding of order has suffered in the modern age. In this second part I want to meditate on the glory of order under four headings.The English word "order" comes from the Latin ordo, which is a row...
  • The Pope on Luther and Lutherans

    01/26/2016 7:32:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 256 replies
    St. Louis Catholic ^ | June 15, 1520 | Pope Leo X
    "Rise, Peter, and fulfill this pastoral office divinely entrusted to you as mentioned above. Give heed to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom you by the order of God, have consecrated by your blood. Against the Roman Church, you warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth. [...] Moreover, because the preceding errors and many others are...
  • Francis and "Civil Unions" for "Gays": Not to Say NO Is to Say YES.

    01/26/2016 1:43:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 25, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As the Italian parliament prepares to vote on whether to legalize "civil unions" for "couples" who engage in sodomy, Pope Francis has told the judges of the Roman Rota (the Vatican's matrimonial tribunal) that "there can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union. ... The family, founded on indissoluble matrimony that unites and allows procreation, is part of the 'dream' of God and that of his Church for the salvation of humanity." That sounds fine, putting aside the peculiar notion that God has a "dream" about "the family that God wants" as opposed...
  • Order, Order! A Meditation on the Glory of Order in God's Creation

    01/26/2016 7:43:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Order, Order! A Meditation on the Glory of Order in God's Creation Msgr. Charles Pope • January 25, 2016 • In a series of two posts I would like to ponder the glory of something we call order. I do this more in the form of a meditation than a treatise. Some may argue that I am oversimplifying complex philosophical concepts. That may be true, but I am a pastor not an academic. And though I summarize here, I do not think I have been inauthentic in setting forth the concepts and problems that have birthed the modern age....
  • Celebrating an Apocalyptic Plague: Pope Francis

    01/25/2016 1:39:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 1/25/16 | John Vennari
    Celebrating an Apocalyptic Plague Pope Francis to Lead "Common worship service" to Commemorate 5th Centenary of Lutheran Revolt Note: It is now official what many of us expected. Pope Francis will participate in ceremony commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The January 25 Vatican Bollitano announces: "The Holy Father Francis in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. His Holiness Francis intends to participate in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, scheduled to take place in Lund, Sweden on Monday 31 October...
  • Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article "Assigned" to Me"

    01/25/2016 7:58:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington | 01-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article "Assigned" to Me Msgr. Charles Pope -- January 24, 2016 -- Recently one of my readers sent me a collection of sayings or proverbs on the topic of ministry. The collection is entitled Defining Ministry. The reader, who apparently does not think I follow modern trends very well, scolded me for being out-of-touch and recommended that I review the list. That reader apparently believes that those "proverbs" describe what I should be like, but am not.I took my "assignment" seriously and read each one of the sayings. And I'm...
  • The “No” To Pope Francis From the Chief Rabbi of Rome

    01/24/2016 7:24:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Chiesa Express Online ^ | January 23, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He said it during the meeting with the pope at the synagogue. And it is the refusal to "discuss theology" with the Catholic Church. Because of Jewish fears of a blurring of that which distinguishes them from Christians? ROME, January 23, 2016 - In the Catholic camp almost no one made note of it. But in the Jewish camp they did. And it is that curt "no" which the chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, said to Pope Francis during his visit to the synagogue on Sunday, January 17: "We do not receive the pope in order to discuss...
  • "Lunar" Sabbath

    01/24/2016 12:28:18 PM PST · by Phinneous · 18 replies
    TanakTalk.com via YouTube ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | William Hall with Rabbi Tovia Singer
    Brothers and sisters of the Most High (to quote Rabbi Singer,) Come hear a short discussion on the meaning of "sabbath," and how it's translation into English Bibles leads to misguided, not-Jewish (and even not-standard-Christian) interpretations. Apologies to the host's use of the word "conspiracy" in the beginning of the discussion regarding the Christian doctrine of Lunar Sabbaths-- he's usually pretty sensitive. Rabbi Singer is always sensitive but pulls no punches, allegorically (I mean, come on-- he's a rabbi-- who's he gonna fight literally?)
  • On The Wonder of the Word of God -- A Homily for the Third Sunday of the Year

    01/24/2016 8:00:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On The Wonder of the Word of God -- A Homily for the Third Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope- January 23, 2016 - The gospel for this Sunday is continued next week, so I will postpone the analysis of it until then. Instead, I will focus on the first reading, from Nehemiah 8. It is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God and it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that in 587 BC, Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians and the survivors of the war were led...
  • The (Cardinal) Stepinac Case

    01/23/2016 6:59:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | January 21, 2016 | Theresa Norris
    The Stepinac Case "We are afraid that there are too many open questions and wounds which Cardinal Stepinac symbolizes. His canonization, to our great regret, would return the relations between Serbs and Croats, as well as between Catholics and Orthodox faithful, back to their tragic history... We ask you to remove the question of the canonization of Cardinal Stepinac from the agenda, and to leave it to the infallible judgment of God."--Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej, in a 2015 letter to Pope Francis "Both Catholic and Orthodox priests were persecuted under communism, and therefore the Catholic Church can consider Stepinac to...
  • The Blackwhite of Pope Francis

    01/23/2016 4:28:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 22, 2016 | Hilary White
    At first I thought, are we still doing this? Then I read the excerpt of the homily from his daily Mass at Casa Santa Martha: "Christians who obstinately maintain 'it's always been done this way,' this is the path, this is the street--they sin: the sin of divination." We're all familiar by now with the standard repertoire of insults he reserves for believers: "scholars of the law," "doctors of the law," "rigid Christians," and of course, the enigmatic tour de force of incomprehensibility, and favourite of all Trads everywhere: "self-absorbed, promethean neo-pelagian!" If you can figure out what it means,...