Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Catholics, Let’s Unite Around Pope Francis [Humor]

    09/29/2016 4:39:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Gregorian ^ | 9/27/2016 | Tom Hoopes
    The world is falling into darkness, and Pope Francis is promoting human dignity, gender sanity, religious freedom, peace against terrorism, and, yes, marriage, in effective ways that can reach new people.
  • “Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

    09/29/2016 12:17:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 54 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | 9/28/16 | admin
    The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of people, places, events. I remember the theology we were taught in the early days, a theology that was rather simple, and in a way, rather sad. For there was not a great deal of explanation. I went to Mass every Sunday with my family, wouldn’t miss it,...
  • The Francis Effect discussed in the New York Times

    09/29/2016 10:44:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/28/2016 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the papacy of Pope Francis is his unification of traditional Catholics and conservative Catholics. What started as an uncivil war in March 2013 -- when traditional Catholic sources such as Rorate (which was intimately familiar with Cardinal Bergoglio's work in Argentina) predicted a massive shift to the left, only to be harshly criticized by many Catholic conservatives who blindly defended Bergoglio as one who would continue the incremental restoration of Pope Benedict XVI -- has grown to a point where both camps are now singing from the same Liber.
  • Starstruck: The Marveling of Job as He Looked to the Night Sky

    09/29/2016 7:12:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Starstruck: The Marveling of Job as He Looked to the Night Sky Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2016 • The first reading for today (Wednesday of the 27th Week) says,The LORD alone stretches out the heavens. He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south; He does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning (Job 9:8-10).Due to the light pollution common in our cities today, we urbanites really don’t have any idea what we’re missing when it comes to the night sky. Up until about a hundred years ago, the night...
  • The Most Radical of Traditionalists

    09/28/2016 5:32:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 28, 2016 | Patrick Archbold
    If you spend even a few moments online among Catholics, you will come across the pejorative “Rad Trad” or radical traditionalist. This is an exclusive club I somehow got inducted into and yet I don’t remember filling out the application. And man, the dues… the dues are steep. As most of us know, “Rad Trad” is meant as an insult, a way of separating Catholics and, let’s be honest, smearing a group of good Catholics who attempt to practice their faith in a way similar to how Catholics have always practiced it. They label them as judgmental, holier-than-thou, Pelagian, Promethean,...
  • New Bergoglian Bishop from Buenos Aires-believes embryos are not life and approves of "gay ...

    09/28/2016 12:41:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | September 28, 2016 | Vox Cantoris
    This is the newest Bergoglian Bishop. Clearly, Redemptionis Sacramentum never made it to Argentina. Fracto demum sacramento, ne vacilles, sed memento tantum esse sub fragmento, quantum toto tegitur. Nulla rei fit scissura: signi tantum fit fractura, qua nec status, nec statura signati minuitur. Nor a single doubt retain, when they break the Host in twain, but that in each part remain what was in the whole before; For the outward sign alone may some change have undergone, while the Signified stays one, and the same forevermore. From the Corpus Christi sequence, Lauda Sion by St. Thomas Aquinas; but what did...
  • A Biblical Picture of Complacency and Its Tragic Results

    09/28/2016 9:24:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Picture of Complacency and Its Tragic Results Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2016 • The first reading from last Sunday’s Mass was a stunning and sobering analysis of the human tendency to be complacent. It also showed how this complacency is fueled by a series of denials that are listed in a tightly woven tapestry. Here is the passage, followed by some basic analysis.Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, They eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves...
  • Renowned Philosopher and Friend of John Paul II: "Pope Must Act To Avoid Schism and Heresy"

    09/27/2016 11:24:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | September 26, 2016 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Catholic Church is being rocked to its foundations in the aftermath of the publication of Amoris laetitia and Pope Francis’ “confidential” (and promptly leaked) letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires affirming that the admission of public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion is the only correct interpretation of Amoris. Now we read that a friend of the late Pope John Paul II, the renowned Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert, has declared in a video interview that certain statements in Amoris are “objectively heretical” and that the Pope must act to correct them “to avoid schism and to avoid...
  • "Understanding Gordon H. Clark", E Calvin Beisner

    09/27/2016 10:31:46 AM PDT · by fishtank · 4 replies
    Branch of Hope Church ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | E Calvin Beisner
    E. Calvin Beisner, an interdisciplinary scholar specializing on the application of Biblical world view, theology, and ethics to economics, environmental stewardship, political philosophy, public policy, and apologetics, is founder and national spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. The Cornwall Alliance is a network of theologians, pastors, other ministry leaders, scientists, economists, other scholars, and policy experts committed to applying Biblical principles to the twin challenges of economic development for the very poor around the world and wise Earth stewardship.
  • The ‘law of gradualness’ according to Francis: a path toward full union with God or...?

    09/27/2016 8:39:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | September 27,2016 | Dendinger-Bergoglio
    From Rome, for the Denzinger-Bergoglio One of the more important aspects of Francis’ Amoris laetitiae that has not attracted much attention yet in the ‘catholic’ media is his reference to the so-called ‘law of gradualness’, which he attributes to Pope John Paul II. But anyone who takes the trouble to analyze what Francis states comes up with a poorly veiled attempt to abolish the Law of God in relation the sixth and ninth Commandments of the Decalogue, as well as the teachings of Jesus regarding the sacraments of the Eucharist and of Matrimony. Let us have a better look at...
  • Job and Suffering

    09/27/2016 7:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Job and Suffering Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Job’s Tormentors’ by William BlakeWe are beginning to read from the Book of Job in daily Mass. One of its core issues is the problem of suffering and why God allows it. If God is omnipotent and omniscient then how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when a woman is raped, when genocide is committed, or when evil men hatch their plots? Why did God even conceive the evil ones and let them be born?The problem of evil cannot be answered...
  • Declaration of Fidelity to the Church's Unchangeable Doctrine ... and Discipline on Marriage

    09/26/2016 6:54:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 29, 2016 | multiple authors
    80 Catholic personalities reaffirm their loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church on the family and Catholic morals A Declaration of Fidelity to the ChurchÂ’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline was disclosed today by a group of 78 Catholic personalities, including cardinals, bishops, priests, eminent scholars, leaders of pro-family and pro-life organizations and influential figures of civil society. The statement was disclosed by the association Supplica Filiale [Filial Appeal], the same organization that collected, between the two Synods on the family, nearly 900,000 signatures of Catholic faithful (including 211 prelates) in support of a petition asking...
  • Chicoms again take 'underground' bishop into custody to prevent appearance at prelate's funeral

    09/26/2016 5:06:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 26, 2016
    For the 2nd time in less than a month, Chinese officials have taken an "underground" Catholic bishop on a trip to a remote part of the country, so that he cannot preside at the funeral of a deceased Catholic prelate. Bishop Anthony Xu Jiwel of Taizhou died on September 25, at the age of 81, after a long illness. He had spent years in prison before being ordained as a priest in 1985, then named Bishop of Taizhou in 2010. He was, however, recognized by the Chinese government as well as the Holy See. Shortly before Bishop Xu's death, Chinese...
  • A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age

    09/26/2016 8:02:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Today I would like to discuss the Gospel from last Saturday morning’s daily Mass (25th Week of the Year). For indeed one of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss, fading eyesight, difficulty walking, digestive issues, and even gray hair.Remember your Creator in the days...
  • Francis to journalists: Belief in God isn't necessary, only honesty

    09/25/2016 4:01:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 23, 2016 | Paul Anthony Melanson
    Francis just told journalists: "The question here isn't to believe in God or not. The question is to be or not to be honest with oneself and with others. This is the journalist's job -we might say his mission too-: to get as close as possible to the truth and never to say or write anything that one knows, in his conscience, to be false.” This isn't the teaching of Vatican II's Inter Mirifica: 3. The Catholic Church, since it was founded by Christ our Lord to bear salvation to all men and thus is obliged to preach the Gospel,...
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs

    09/24/2016 6:17:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 23, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role in parish life—has received so many threats that he is, on the advice of the local police, staying away from the parish. But then again, if you know the whole story, you may wonder why Murphy would ever want to attend Mass at St. Michael’s....
  • Transgender Bathrooms?

    Transgender Bathrooms? Q. What is the Church’s official teaching about transgender bathrooms? There does not seem to be a clear answer about all of this. Robert, via e-mail A. There is no such thing as being “transgendered” from any biblical or Catholic perspective. Thus there is no official teaching about something that doesn’t even exist, let alone about bathrooms. What we can do is apply Catholic principles to address the deep confusion that has arisen about something so clear and basic as one’s sex. The human person has a sex (not a gender), and God assigns that sex. Scripture says,...
  • Gloria.TV News on the 23rd of September

    09/23/2016 6:08:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 23, 2016
    Silent Support: Albert Roggenbuck, a so-called drag queen – a man who dresses up as a woman – gave the homily, functioned as a deacon and distributed Holy Communion during a Mass during the novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Itaquera in the diocese of Sao Miguel Paulista, Sao Paolo. The local bishop Dom Manuel Parrado Carral has shown silent support of this scandal. Bishop Against Nature: The first two homosexuals – both over 40 years of age - have contracted a civil homosex pseudo-marriage in Rome after the Italian parliament voted for it and...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: Part III of III

    09/23/2016 3:25:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Catholic Family News & The Remnant Newpaper | September 23, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part III of III "Have you no sense of alarm about the divisions you have provoked within the Church, with some bishops departing from the teaching of your predecessors on the divorced and 'remarried,' solely on your purported authority, while others attempt to maintain the bimillenial doctrine and practice you have labored without ceasing to overthrow?" A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family News PART III A “Pastoral Practice” at War with Doctrine You have approved as the only correct interpretation of Amoris a moral calculus that would in practice undermine...
  • At UN, Cardinal Parolin outlines Vatican 'foreign policy'

    09/23/2016 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    In a September 22 address to the UN General Assembly, the Vatican's Secretary of State offered an overview of the Holy See's concerns about world affairs. Cardinal Pietro Parolin opened his remarks by welcoming the approval by international leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris accord on climate change. He went on to say, however, that these goals cannot realistically be reached without significant changes in the world's economic systems. Specifically, he spoke of the "ecological debt" that wealthy nations should pay to the needy, and the need for "alternative financial systems capable of ensuring that financial resources...
  • The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

    09/23/2016 8:19:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2016 • One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or if we lived in a better neighborhood, then we would be satisfied and content at last. But “at last” never seems to come even...
  • The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2016 4:49:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/22/2016 | Adfero
    The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation. Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program. In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: - II of III

    09/22/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper & Catholic Family News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part II of III "As you revealed in your manifesto (Evangelii gaudium, 94), you are filled with contempt for tradition-minded Catholics, whom you rashly accuse of “self-absorbed Promethean neopelagianism” and of “feel[ing] superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past.” You even ridicule a “supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” because, according to you, it “leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others…” A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family...
  • Pope Francis: Vanity is osteoporosis of the soul

    09/22/2016 1:26:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 22, 2016 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis contrasted the anxiety that comes from the Holy Spirit and the anxiety that comes from a dirty conscience. During his homily during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, he also spoke about vanity, which “masks” life, making it look like something it is not. Listen to Christopher Wells' report: Two forms of anxiety The Gospel of the day describes King Herod (Antipas) as being perplexed or anxious because, having had John the Baptist killed, he now felt threatened by Jesus. He was worried just as his father, Herod the Great, was troubled after the visit of...
  • Archbishop Cupich: dialogue with Muslims more important than ever

    09/22/2016 10:29:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 22, 2016
    There is an “urgent need to cultivate positive dialogue” with Muslims, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago said in a statement. The prelate, who serves as co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, stated: The report "Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," recently published by the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia based in Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim - Christian Understanding, raises serious questions about how Catholics view their Muslim brothers and sisters. “When there is no attempt to learn more about one another, we see an increase in the tendency...
  • On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

    09/22/2016 7:26:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2016 • On the Feast Day of St. Matthew (celebrated Wednesday of this week), we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle.In our times many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in in opposition to each other. But the Lord Jesus unites these realities together. For...
  • Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll

    09/21/2016 6:36:11 PM PDT · by DeltaZulu · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2:09 PM EDT | DANIEL ESTRIN
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.
  • Catholics Face a Choice

    09/21/2016 10:28:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    First Things ^ | September 19, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Catholics face a choice. Will they uphold the Church's teaching that the divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to communion, or will they reject it? Pope Francis has brought this question before the Church, though he refuses to formulate it so starkly. He believes that an exception can be made in every case, so that the principle will be preserved even as it loses all force—as if faith need not shape practice, and practice would not remake faith. In the face of his campaign, many who value Catholic truth have fallen silent. It seems that only an outright denial of...
  • Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure?

    09/21/2016 7:12:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2016 • “The Garden of Eden” by Thomas ColeOne of the great mysteries of our life in this world is that we can endure more pain than pleasure. Indeed, we can endure only a little pleasure at a time. In fact, too much pleasure actually brings pain: sickness, hangovers, obesity, addiction, laziness, and even boredom. Yet we seem to be able to endure a lot of pain. Some of our pain, whether physical or emotional, can be very intense and go...
  • Prominent Jesuit will accept award from pro-homosexual group condemned...[Catholic Caucus]

    09/20/2016 7:52:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 20, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    One of the most prominent and well-known Jesuits in America is slated to accept an award from New Ways Ministry, a pro-homosexual group that rejects moral teachings of the Catholic Church, on October 30. New Ways Ministry will honor Father James Martin, the editor at large of America magazine and the author of numerous books, with its Bridge Building Award, which “honors those individuals who by their scholarship, leadership, or witness have promoted discussion, understanding, and reconciliation between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.” The group chose Martin “as a recipient of our Bridge Building Award for his strong...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: [Catholic Caucus]

    09/20/2016 1:41:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | September 19, 2016 | John Vennari, Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: The Remnant & Catholic Family News - I of III With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis "The culminating event that impelled us to take this step was the revelation of your 'confidential' letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires authorizing them, solely on the basis of your own views as expressed in Amoris Laetitia, to admit public certain public adulterers in 'second marriages' to the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion without any firm purpose of amending their lives by ceasing their adulterous sexual relations. " From Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara &...
  • One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

    09/20/2016 7:05:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2016 • I’d like to return to a brief Gospel that was read last week at daily Mass (Friday of the 24th Week of the Year). Though terse to the point of leaving a preacher wondering what to say, it actually paints a beautiful picture of the Church. Here is that short passage, followed by some commentary.And it came to pass that Jesus journeyed throughout the towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom...
  • Can One Commit Adultery When a Partner Pressures You?

    09/19/2016 11:35:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | September 18, 2016 | TTC
    I was really dumbfounded when Jeff Mirus said: "In this case, the continuing sins involved in the irregular union on the part of the repentant spouse would seem to be venial—on the grounds that full consent of the will to the moral evil of continued sexual relations is lacking. The sins would be rendered venial by either a very real confusion about the best course or the compulsion inherent in the particular situation, or both " So if your husband wants you to break one of the ten commandments, you're only committing venial sin because you're breaking them to keep...
  • The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See

    09/19/2016 7:41:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2016 • In the Gospel today (Monday of the 25th Week of the Year) the Lord says,No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light (Lk 8:16).In other words, the Lord lit the light of the Church in order to give light to the world and to be seen. The world is in darkness; the moral darkness of these...
  • On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things

    09/18/2016 7:09:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington On Being Faithful in a Few Things before Being Ruler over Many Things Capital Catholic Happenings • September 17, 2016 • A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the YearIn today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus gives a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to us would-be saints. Let’s look at the Gospel in two stages:I. ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER – In the opening lines of the Gospel, Jesus describes a sinful steward: DELUSION (of the sinner) – Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward …” Notice...
  • Shut Up, We All Explained [Catholic Caucus]

    09/17/2016 10:49:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | September 16, 2016 | Manhound / Papa Francisco
    Bergoglio is the master. And he's trolling us like a boss: The Pope said people can 'sniff out' priests or bishops who are 'lying spellbinders' and 'narcissists' He also said bishops must not get caught up in a game of numbers with vocations, but focus more on quality and forming mature priests, who are not slaves to their personal vices and weaknesses... “The world is tired of lying spellbinders and, allow me to say, ‘trendy’ priests or bishops. The people sniff them out – they have God’s sense of smell – and they walk away when they recognise narcissists, manipulators,...
  • Intimately good

    09/17/2016 9:38:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Intimately good In marriage, couples exchange a right to expect a reasonable recourse to sexual intimacy Msgr. Charles Pope September 18, 2016 9/7/2016 Question: If one spouse indicates an unwillingness to have any more children, would the other spouse be free to refuse all sexual intimacy? — Name Withheld, Wichita, Kansas Answer: You raise and link two issues that must first be treated separately. In the second matter, refusing all marital intimacy, except for a grave cause, is a violation of the rights of one’s spouse. When a man and a woman marry, they exchange, among other goods, what Canon...
  • 15 Cloisters Dissolved: What Remains of the Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate?{Cath Cauc)

    09/17/2016 7:16:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | September 16, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    How far has the destruction of the Order of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate progressed? This is the updating of a chapter that is like a dark shadow on the pontificate of Pope Francis. In 1969 two Fathers Minor, Stefano Maria Manelli and Gabriele Maria Pellettieri, asked the Father General of the Order, after a thorough study of Fontes Franciscani, to be allowed to start a "new experience of Franciscan life" back to its original rigor. In 1970 an abandoned monastery of the Order was made ​​available to them where they gathered more men over time, and with the...
  • "Adultery as a venial sin"- and other absurdities of defending the indefensible Francis Doctrine

    09/16/2016 8:56:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 139 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 15, 2016 | Dr. John Lamont
    Dr. Jeffrey Mirus on marriage and the Eucharist Dr. Jeffrey Mirus has recently published an article entitled ‘Not heretical: Pope Francis’ approval of the Argentine bishops’ policy on invalid marriages’*. The object of this article is to argue that Pope Francis has not asserted or endorsed heresy in approving of a recent document issued by some Argentinian bishops concerning the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. To justify this conclusion, Dr. Mirus makes a number of claims about moral behaviour and the discipline of the sacraments. These claims urgently need to be addressed. This discussion of Mirus’s assertions will not consider the...
  • The Fading of Earthly Glories, As Seen on TV

    09/16/2016 7:47:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fading of Earthly Glories, As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • September 15, 2016 • According to the video below, the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” is being replaced; there is now a new “Most Interesting Man in the World.”And the Verizon “Can you hear me now” guy has defected to Sprint.What is this world coming to? How can this be?Scripture says, We have here no lasting city (Heb 13:14). There is a well-known saying that used to be etched on many fireplaces: Sic transit gloria mundi (Thus passes the glory of the world)....
  • Beethoven and the Catholic Church

    09/15/2016 8:44:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CERC.org via Crisis magazine ^ | September 7, 2016 | Michael DeSapio
    Beethoven and the Catholic Church MICHAEL DE SAPIO Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart form the great trinity of Western classical composers. Of the three, it is Beethoven whose religious beliefs have proven the most elusive.  We know all about the devout Lutheranism of Bach, who wrote his music "for the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul"; and Mozart was a practicing Catholic, as his letters make clear.  Beethoven, by contrast, was reticent about expressing his religious convictions.  He is often portrayed as a child of the secular-humanist Enlightenment — a freethinking individualist...
  • New motu proprio on harmonizing codes of canon law:...English translation [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    09/15/2016 6:50:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    May 31, 2016 | Papa Francisco
    The first English translation of the Pope's announcement on harmonising Eastern and Western canon law. Translated by Fr James Bradley and Ed Condon APOSTOLIC LETTER GIVEN MOTU PROPRIO OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS BY WHICH ARE CHANGED VARIOUS NORMS OF THE CODE OF CANON LAW Moved by Our constant solicitude for the concordance between the two Codes We became aware of some points not in perfect harmony between the rules of the Code of Canon Law and those of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. The two codes have, on the one hand, common standards, and on the...
  • September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows [Catholic Caucus]

    09/15/2016 4:35:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Torch of the Faith ^ | September 15, 2016 | admin
    Lamentations 1:12: O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow. Devotion to the sorrows of Our Lady was fostered during the Middle Ages by the Fathers of the Servite Order. It was these good priests who first enumerated the Seven Dolours of Our Lady. Pope Pius VII extended the celebration of this feast to the Universal Church in 1817, in order to recall the sufferings which the Church had undergone in the troubled period following the French Revolution. Of course, the forces working through and beyond that revolutionary...
  • Condemned by St. Pius X: Pope Francis Hides Judgment of God—Again [Catholic Caucus]

    09/15/2016 12:52:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 8, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    It seems that not a week goes by without some twisting of Sacred Scripture by a Pope who, as the past three-and-a-half years have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt, has the singular distinction among all his predecessors of being nothing short of a font of error. This unparalleled development has prompted the emergence of a group of diocesan priests who have compiled a vast assortment of Francis’s errors under the title Denzinger-Bergoglio, declaring as their motivation “We all have responsibility for the Church of the Lord.” Indeed we do. Which is why this newspaper is obliged to follow the example...
  • The Real Source of Division in the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    09/14/2016 5:07:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Corrispondenza Romana via Rorate Caeli ^ | September 14, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Information, disinformation, truths, half-truths and lies all seem to be jumbled up in the communication strategy of the Holy See. The history of the Church is being written through interviews, improvised discourses, articles on semi-official blogs and media-rumours, leaving the field wide open to all interpretations possible and giving rise to the suspicion that the confusion is deliberate. Two recent examples. The first regards the expulsion of the President of the IOR (the Vatican Bank), Ettore Gotti Tedeschi in 2012. In Benedict XVI’s latest book “Last Conversations” with Peter Seewald, the “Pope Emeritus” takes responsibility himself for Gotti Tedeschi’s dismissal,...
  • On Communion to "Divorced and Remarried", one is either with Christ or with Lucifer (Cath Cauc)

    09/14/2016 4:50:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 14, 2016 | New Catholic
    From the very beginning of this ill-fated pontificate, this page was maligned for stating the obvious about Cardinal Bergoglio, and the prospects his positions brought to the papacy. For example, from the very beginning it was clear to us Francis wanted to impose on the Church the new doctrine of communion to the "divorced and remarried" (that is, those living in permanent state of sin, without the desire to end their sinful situation), the new German Doctrine. Other commentators tried to hide for as long as possible, even up to a few days ago, that the Pope wanted to personally...
  • A Bizarre Papal Move

    09/14/2016 9:29:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 14, 2016 | Robert Royal
    So now we know. We knew before, really, but didn’t have explicit confirmation. The long, agonizing slog, however, is finally over: from Pope Francis’ invitation to Cardinal Kasper to address the bishops in Rome in February of 2014 to the pope’s letter last week to some Argentinean bishops affirming guidelines they had developed in a joint document that, in “exceptional cases,” people divorced and remarried (living in an “adulterous” relationship as we believed for 2000 years in Western Christianity), may receive Holy Communion. This whole affair is bizarre. No other word will do. As I wrote on this page many...
  • Who Will Rise Up for Him Against the Evildoers? [Catholic Caucus]

    09/14/2016 9:20:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Recently, it was made public that priests and theologians wrote to every Cardinal in the Church to press Pope Francis to clarify his position on those parts of Amoris Laetitia which have potential to mislead the Faithful into error. This is the latest major initiative aimed at seeking clarification from the Pope, undertaken privately but made public. At considerable risk to themselves, this request was made by persons of good will towards the Pope and in good faith. Since then, Fr Hunwicke has made it quite clear that the response to this letter from certain quarters has been one of...
  • The Wisdom and Power of the Cross

    09/14/2016 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Wisdom and Power of the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • September 13, 2016 • The readings for Wednesday’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross provide rich teachings. Let’s look at five themes, each in turn. I. The Pattern of the Cross – One of the stranger passages in the Old Testamentis the one describing a command Moses received from God to mount a bronze snake on a pole.The people had grumbled against God and Moses because of the “wretched” manna they had to consume (Numbers 21:5). Even though it was the miracle food, the bread from...