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  • Bishop Schneider Criticizes Wording and Some Concepts Of Vatican II

    08/21/2014 6:14:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 8/21/14 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Yes we will be shunned and scorned for bringing up these important problems with Vatican II documents. But, all the prophets were shunned and killed for criticizing the leaders of the people of God, the Israelites. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know there was a Catholic Church and many councils before 1963.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KIDDUSHIN, 08-21-14

    08/21/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KIDDUSHIN Literally "sanctification," the Jewish marriage service and state of matrimony. Essential to the wedding is the ring ceremony, in which the groom places the ring on the forefinger of the bride's right hand and says, "Behold thou art consecrated unto me, according to the law of Moses and of Israel." The ceremony takes place under a Huppah or (canopy), symbolizing the new home to which the groom is taking the bride. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMNIPRESENCE, 08-20-14

    08/20/2014 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OMNIPRESENCE God being simultaneously wherever he is, since he is present everywhere. The divine omnipresence is twofold, by nature and by grace. By nature God is present in all things by essence, knowledge, and power. This is the presence of a cause in the things that share in God's goodness. By his essence, he is substantially in all things, including the created spiritual essences (angels, demons, human souls) as the immediate origin of their existence. by his knowledge, he exercises his wisdom directly in all creation down to the least details. By his power, he operates...
  • The Truth about "Radical Hospitality".

    08/19/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 19 August AD 2014 | Paul Hinlicky
    Time for another ELCA "conversation," this time regarding "who is welcome" to Holy Communion. An innocuous-sounding invitation to participate came out a few weeks ago, and and similar notice appears again in the Summer 2014 Seeds for the Parish, now appearing in snail boxes across the ELCA but not yet on its website. Resources for the conversation will be available at www.elca.org/worship "by mid-August," but so far not yet. Over at lutheranforum.org, Paul Hinlicky will have none of this innocuousness in yesterday's post The Truth about "Radical Hospitality". At its conclusion, he invites readers (I would presume ELCA clergy and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMITATION OF SAINTS, 08-19-14

    08/19/2014 8:47:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:IMITATION OF SAINTS The practice of striving to put into practice in one's own life the virtues that the saints practiced in theirs. This is one of the reasons why the Church canonizes saints, to give the faithful secure patterns of holiness in every period of Christian history and on every level of human society. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Catholic Defender: Mary, Queen Of Heaven

    08/19/2014 7:57:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 102 replies
    This coming August 22, the Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven will be celebrated throughout the world. Deepertruth will focus this Tuesday on this most important topic. The Marian teaching “Queen of Heaven” is steeped in Old Testament tradition. There are those who misunderstand this teaching and will even claim it is Pagan. Nothing can be furthest from the truth. Some will surely want to raise the scripture coming from Jeremiah 7:16-18, “You, now, do not intercede for this people; raise not in their behalf a pleading prayer! Do not urge me, for I will not listen to you. Do...
  • The Perfect Revival?

    08/19/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Perfect Revival? By Julio Severo Brazil has experienced an explosive growth of Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal (neo-charismatic) churches. Large crowds of poor people have been attending these churches looking for answers for their physical, material and spiritual needs. The Brazilian Catholic Church, plagued by the Liberation Theology, has been worried about this growth. And even mainline Brazilian Protestant churches, similarly plagued by Protestant versions of the Liberation Theology, have been worried. International onlookers see such growth as a phenomenon or even evidence of “revival.” Yet, Brazilian Calvinist critics question that if it were genuine, Brazil would not have now...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DRY MASS, 08-18-14

    08/18/2014 8:39:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DRY MASS A shortened form of the Mass, customary in the Middle Ages, in which the Offertory, Canon, and Communion were omitted. It was used on a variety of occasions, such as when a second Mass on the same day was forbidden; at a pilgrimage; when a priest who was still fasting was not available; on board ship in stormy weather, then called a "naval Mass"; and during hunting expeditions, called a hunter's Mass. It survives among certain priest-monks who say a Dry Mass of Our Lady, and in the ceremony for the blessing of Palms...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ACACIANS, 08-16-14

    08/16/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 08-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ACACIANS Heretical sect named after Acacius of Caesarea (d. 366), who refused to accept the Nicene term homoousios (one in being with) the Father in reference to Christ. They claimed that Christ was merely homoios (like) the Father. Also called Semi-Arians and Homoeans. According to St. Jerome the leader of the Acacians was nominated Felix, the antipope, in 358. In the next century another Acacius, who was Patriarch of Constantinople (471-89), provoked the Acacian Schism with Rome by his compromise with the monophysites. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,...
  • Courage and Encourage [spiritual support for persons w/ same-sex attraction who are striving...

    08/16/2014 8:51:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2001 | FR. JOHN HARVEY
    Courage and Encourage FR. JOHN HARVEYCourage is the Catholic Church's only pontifically approved ministry which is specifically committed to providing spiritual support for persons with same-sex attraction who are striving to live chastely, offering help to grow in understanding with others toward living more fully the Church's teachings. Notice to Reader: "The Boards of both CERC Canada and CERC USA are aware that the topic of homosexuality is a controversial one that deeply affects the personal lives of many North Americans. Both Boards strongly reiterate the Catechism's teaching that people who self-identify as gays and lesbians must be treated...
  • Cardinal Schönborn: There Will Be "Signs and Wonders" From the Pope

    08/15/2014 4:08:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 14, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    "Reforms", the magical magic word was actively worked from Vienna's archbishop in this interview. "Changes" and "pace of change" would also be the "hot potatoes" like the approval of remarried divorcees to Communion and the abolition of priestly celibacy, says the Cardinal. With the only restriction of the little word "perhaps". Schönborn, is so certain of the papal reforms that he spoke of "signs and wonders" that will be "done" by Pope Francis.
  • Actor Gary Sinise: Catholic Convert and Surprise Speaker at Knights of Columbus's Annual Conventio

    08/15/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 73 replies
    http://www.aleteia.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Susan Wills
    Gary Sinise – actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism – was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention in Orlando earlier this month. The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that “he and his family weren’t part of any religion” until his wife returned to her mother’s abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010. He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wife’s decision in an interview several years ago. He’d been filming...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VICAR CAPITLAR, 08-15-14

    08/15/2014 9:35:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VICAR CAPITLAR A cleric appointed by the cathedral chapter to administer a vacant episcopal diocese. The bishop's ordinary spiritual and temporal jurisdiction becomes the responsibility of the chapter when a vacancy occurs. But the chapter in turn must elect a vicar to assume this authority within a specified short period of time. when a diocese has no chapter, the board of consulters or its equivalent elects an administrator. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Gay group accuses Newfoundland magazine of hate crimes for piece on Christian sexual teaching

    08/14/2014 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Newfoundland homosexual group filed a hate crimes complaint under the Criminal Code with the police last week after a local magazine published an opinion piece urging Christians to promote the Scriptural teachings on the sinfulness of homosexuality, abortion, and other acts against a secularist establishment. The Newfoundland Herald published the piece by US columnist and constitutional lawyer Matt Barber as a letter to the editor in its August 3-9 issue. Western Pride NL activist Kyle Curley, who filed the complaint, alleged in an interview with CBC that the piece was “a rallying call for people to stand against LGBT...
  • Why I Love My Invisible Friend

    08/14/2014 9:06:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.strangenotions.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations. Well,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MATERIALLY EVIL, 08-14-14

    08/14/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MATERIALLY EVIL Something that is objectively a moral evil, and therefore sinful, but a person does it either without knowing it is wrong, or under duress and without internal consent to the evil. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Priesthood of All Believers?

    08/13/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 105 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, and other verses refer to the (ordained) ministerial priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9 refers to the "priesthood" of the laity. The ministers handle preaching and the Sacraments. The laity simply participate. Scripture makes a strong distinction.ierateuma/hierateuma (lay priesthood, Greek, Strong's #2406) [1 Peter 2:9, Lexicon] sacerdotium (lay priesthood, Latin) [1 Peter 2:9] presbuteroi/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Greek, Strong's #4245) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15, Lexicon] presbyteri/presbyteros (ministerial priesthood, Latin) [1 Timothy 5:17, James 5:14-15] —Follow me, Answering Protestants, and Catholic Analysis on Twitter, Like Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GLEBE, 08-13-14

    08/13/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GLEBE  A land permanently assigned for maintaining a parish. A glebe house is a parsonage or manse.All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUS JURANDUM, 08-12-14

    08/12/2014 8:42:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-1214 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUS JURANDUM A sworn oath. Any one of the oaths that the Church at times requires of the faithful, and especially of her priests. Such was the Oath Against Modernism, required of those teaching in seminaries, prescribed by Pope St. Pius X. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BULLARIUM, 08-11-14

    08/11/2014 9:07:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BULLARIUM  Various private collections of papal bulls and other pontifical documents. The authority of bullaria is simply that of the individual documents. The best known are those published by Cherubini in 1586; the "Luxembourg Bullarium," said to have been printed at Geneva (1527-30); the "Roman Bullarium," published by Mainardi (1733-62); and the "Turin Bullarium" (1857-85). (Etym. Latin bulla, seal.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Indifference: The Reformation Of Pope Francis – Part III

    08/10/2014 12:36:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    DavidLGray.info A Fresh Catholic Perspective ^ | August 5, 2014 | David L. Gray
    This ongoing series on the Reformation of Pope Francis began in September of 2013 with a thesis and a prophecy. The thesis was that Pope Francis means to remake the Catholic Church in his image; a feat that no previous Pope has dared to exercise to this extent. The prophecy was that the Papacy and Reformation of Pope Francis will be exercised through three personal ideologies of his that I called ‘windows’; those three being (1) Rejectionism; (2) Indifferentism, and (3) Inclusivism. For those new to this series, should know that these are not slam pieces. While it is true...
  • St. John Vianney, Priests, and God’s Armor [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/09/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Kathleen Beckman
    St. John Vianney, Priests, and God’s Armor Kathleen Beckman “When people want to destroy religion they begin by attacking the priest; for when there is no priest, there is no sacrifice: and when there is no sacrifice, there is no religion.”— St. John VianneySt. John Vianney exemplifies a life of sacrificial love, holy boldness and courageous perseverance. His example is absolutely relevant to our day and age. Twenty years ago on pilgrimage to Catholic shrines in France, our group visited the famous village of Ars. Our priest celebrated holy Mass in the same crypt that St. John Vianney offered Mass...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WINGED OX, 08-09-14

    08/09/2014 9:59:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WINGED OX A symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, anticipated by Ezekiel. The ox, recognized as the animal of sacrifice, was applied to St. Luke because his Gospel emphasizes the atonement made by Christ's sacrifice of himself on the Cross. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word Of The Day: Eugenic Sterilization, 08-08-14

    08/08/2014 8:59:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EUGENIC STERILIZATION Depriving people of their generative powers in order to eliminate offspring having allegedly undesirable traits and to develop an environment more advantageous for human beings having allegedly desirable traits. the Catholic Church forbids the procedure because "public magistrates have no direct power over the bodies of their subjects. therefore, where no crime has taken place and there is no cause for grave punishment, they can never directly harm or tamper with the integrity of the body, either for reasons of eugenics or for any other reason' (Pius XI, Casti Connubii, II, 68-70). All items...
  • Liturgical Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    08/07/2014 7:33:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Liturgical Vestments Fr. William Saunders The liturgical vestments worn at Mass have evolved over time. Nevertheless, since the earliest days of the Church, liturgical vestments have been worn by priests for the celebration of the Mass. Even though priests of the Old Testament wore vestments in their liturgical rites, the “Christian” vestments are not really adaptations of them.Rather, the vestments of the Christians developed from the dress of the Graeco-Roman world, including the religious culture.Nevertheless, the Old Testament idea of wearing a special kind of clothing in the performance of liturgical rites did influence the Church. St. Jerome asserted, “The...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEANDRIC, 08-07-14

    08/07/2014 9:33:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THEANDRIC  Literally "God human," referring to those actions of Christ in which he used the human nature as an instrument of his divinity. such as were the miracles of Christ. Other human activities of Christ, such as walking, eating, and speaking, are also theandric, but in a wider sense, inasmuch as they are human acts of a divine person. The purely divine acts, such as creation, are not called theandric. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NOSSA SENHORA APARECIDA, 08-06-14

    08/06/2014 10:20:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDicitonary ^ | 08-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NOSSA SENHORA APARECIDA Shrine of Our Lady, patroness of Brazil, at the Basilica of Aparecida, near the city of Săo Paulo. The statue venerated here was drawn out of the water by a group of fishermen in 1717. At first housed in a small chapel, the image became the source of so many favors that eventually it was placed in the present church, declared a basilica in 1929. More than a half million pilgrims come to the shrine annually. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ERASTIANISM, 08-05-14

    08/05/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ERASTIANISM The system of Church-State relations named after Thomas Erastus (1524-83), who was a follower of Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) and whose real name was Thomas Lieber. Its main thesis is the supremacy of civil rulers in matters of religion. The basis for this theory is the alleged analogy between the Jewish and the Christian dispensations. Erastianism became the theological justification for the established churches in England and elsewhere. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROMAN ROTA, 08-04-14

    08/04/2014 8:37:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-04-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROMAN ROTA Originating as an extension of the Apostolic Chancery, it is essentially a tribunal of appeal for all the ecclesiastical cases in which the Roman Curia is competent and that are not reserved to other jurisdictions. It also receives cases of appeal for Vatican City State, and is a tribunal of first instance in cases reserved to the Holy See, or that the Pope has reserved for himself by means of a special rescript of the Apostolic Signature. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • Is the “missio ad gentes” still a priority for Pope Francis’ Church?

    08/02/2014 9:20:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    MondayVatican ^ | July 21, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper “La Repubblica”. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled “Me and God”, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by “La Repubblica” on July 16 – which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office – also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis’ heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • A Catholic's view: Pope Francis, the ecclesiastical version of Barack Obama

    08/02/2014 4:22:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Timothy Whiteman
    The empty cassock... As a struggling Christian who recognizes the Holy Roman Church, I'm of the opinion that the pontificate of Pope Francis is an absolute and utter disaster.
  • Have Conservatives Become Cafeteria Catholics? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/02/2014 3:54:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Intelligent Catholics Guide ^ | August 2, 2014 | Maureen Williamson
    Father Dwight Longenecker I generally like Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s blog; but this morning I read one that is just off base. Called “The Rise of Conservative Cafeteria Catholicism,” it attacks conservative Catholics for being critical of Pope Francis, saying that they have now become “Cafeteria Catholics.”Fr. Longenecker defines a liberal cafeteria Catholic as among other things “a liberal who picked peace and justice issues but was silent on abortion….picked up on the fellowship of the Lord’s Supper but declined the idea of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass….[they] liked the authority of the individual conscience but put Humanae Vitae...
  • Pope Francis's 10 Secrets to Happiness [Ecumenical]

    08/02/2014 12:57:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    Washington Post video ^ | August 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/national/pope-franciss-10-secrets-to-happiness/2014/08/01/ed283448-1996-11e4-88f7-96ed767bb747_video.html From this video it is apparent to me that he is talking to all people, even those who might have Sunday jobs. Words printed out the site.
  • Rahner's Un-Roman Epoch of the Church

    08/02/2014 12:35:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/1/14 | Sacerdos Romanus
    The Canadian television station Salt and Light has decided to use the account of a third epoch in the history of the Church developed by the famous theologian Karl Rahner, S.J. (1904-1984) as a way of describing the current pontificate. As Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., director of Salt and Light and top English-language officer of the Holy See Press Office, puts it in an interview with America: I really believe, with the coming of Pope Francis, that this is that third epoch that Karl Rahner talked about in “The Three Great Epochs of the Church.” In our recent Salt and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CENOBITE, 08-02-14

    08/02/2014 9:01:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CENOBITE  A monk or nun living as a member in a religious group or community. Cenobitical life was instituted in the East by St. Pachomius (290-346) and modified by St. Basil (329-79). The greatest development, fitting it to Western needs, came through St. Benedict's Rule. (Etym. Latin coenobium, monastery; from koinos, common + bios, life.) See Also: HERMIT
  • Pope Apologizes for "Catholics who Obstructed Pentecostal Growth"

    08/01/2014 3:21:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/01/14 | New Catholic
    We interrupt this Sandro Magister column for an important announcement: "The Temple of Solomon has reopened!" No, not the original Temple, of course: all over the news (cf. reports at the Times and in Forbes magazine), one can see the announcement of a bizarre gaudy 300-million-dollar supposed replica built by a Pentecostal sect in the largest Brazilian city, Sao Paulo. We wish to offer our readers a glimpse of how much the Catholic Church has "obstructed the growth" (in the Pope's words) of these Pentecostal communities in Latin America.
  • What could he be thinking? Pope Apologizes to evangelicals for the Church not collapsing enough

    08/01/2014 3:03:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 8/1/14 | tantumblogo
    Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, the return. I have avoided over the past week or more the incredibly damaging and scandalous actions and statements by Pope Francis with regard to his evangelical buddies in the hopes these scandals might go away. But eventually it became too much to avoid. Apparently, TFG has been meeting and cavorting with these hucksters all summer. Scandal has piled on scandal. This is not a matter of translations, or spin. The statements are too cohesive, too similar, and repetitious...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEGATUS NATUS, 0-01-14

    08/01/2014 8:57:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LEGATUS NATUS Holder of a certain office that conferred a legatine status ex officio, e.g., before the Reformation the Archbishop of Canterbury, who performed some of the functions now carried out by a papal nuncio. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • FactChecker: Misquoting Francis of Assisi

    08/01/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | July 10, 2012 | Glenn T. Stanton
    Christians use lots of quotes. Pastors use them in their sermons constantly. Writers illustrate their points with them. Nothing wrong with that. They are quite helpful and encouraging in making a point.Save when the quote has no basis in fact.We as evangelicals who claim we are committed to truth are certainly good at spreading falsehood, even if unintentionally. We can do better. One very clever and popular quote we often knock around among ourselves is . . .Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.It is always attributed to St. Francis of Assisi—founder of the Franciscan Order—and is intended...
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 55 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Is an Annulment a Catholic Divorce? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/31/2014 3:54:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Holy Apostles ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Anderson
    Many of us know of couples that have divorced. Some may be Catholic couples that divorced, remarried, and are able to receive the Sacraments with no problems because they received an annulment. Other Catholic couples we may know divorced but were told they could not remarry as they were not given an annulment. This may seem confusing and harsh of the Church, especially if the reason for separation is the infidelity of only one spouse. One of my students put the situation this way: it is as if the Church condemns some people to a lifetime of loneliness because...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION, 07-31-14

    07/31/2014 9:22:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-31-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION Evelation of mind to God and divine things, joined with a loving intuition of what is seen. It is the mind resting upon God and tasting the joys of his beatitude. although still in the realm of faith and not heavenly vision, it is an intuition of Divine Truth terminating in affection and love, excluding long reasonings and a multiplicity of words as found in affective prayer. St. Teresa speaks of it as God acting on the human mind in a special way. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern...
  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.'

    07/30/2014 6:55:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/30/14 | New Catholic
    Do you all remember Cardinal Hummes? Yes, the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election. As an emeritus, his influence is obviously a more understated one. Anyway, he granted an extensive interview days ago (July 27) to a paper in his native Brazil, and the answers are just remarkable, particularly this one, on same-sex "marriages": If Jesus were alive today, would he be in favor of gay marriage? I don't know, I...
  • Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs

    07/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | PAUL THIGPEN
    What a frightening prospect is the destiny of the backslider! Yet even for the worst of us sinners, God offers hope. A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much.  So he hatched a plan: He mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix. The mule didn't seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:POVERTY EVANGELICAL A Christian counsel by which a person voluntarily renounces all or part of his right to the ownership of material things. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Police now Used to Intimidate and Censor Critics of Persecution of Franciscans of the Immaculate

    07/29/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/29/2014 | New Catholic
    By the senior religious correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa, the startling news: those responsible for the intervention of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, after silencing their innocent victims inside the Church, now use the Police to intimidate journalists and bloggers -- and their family members ! -- in Italy. It is probably the most serious attempt by an ecclesial authority to make use of the police forces (and police that are members of the military forces) to limit the freedom of the press or public free speech by laymen in Italy in living memory -- the attempt is based...
  • Dear Gabby

    07/29/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 87 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | July 28, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    A priest looking for advice on how to advance the Church in a fast-paced world so often embroiled in conflict recently approached a well-placed cleric who had been a religious order priest and bishop for many years. In response, the bishop answered, in part, by sharing the following true story: A priest went as a missionary to an area where for years they had no priest, and evangelicals had arrived. He told me that he went to a woman who had been the teacher of the people and then the principle of the village school. This lady sat him down...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JEHOVAH-YAHWEH, 07-28-14

    07/28/2014 8:26:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JEHOVAH-YAHWEH Jehovah is God, the English name for the Hebrew Yahweh. When the latter promised Moses that he would feed Moses' people, he concluded by saying, "Then you will learn that I, Yahweh, am your God" (Exodus 16:12). Jehovah developed into the form used most commonly when he was communicating with the Israelites, whereas God was used where Gentiles were concerned. The admonition "You shall not utter the name of Yahweh your God to misuse it" (Exodus 20:7) ultimately induced the Israelites not to pronounce his name at all but to substitute for it the title...