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  • Is Jesus Christ at Odds With the Catholic Church?

    06/02/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | March 28, 2015 | Marlon De La Torre
    Have you ever wondered if Jesus actually believed everything He taught to those around Him? This is an out of the box type of question but it’s one that is gaining momentum amongst people who wish to defend a personal position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Their method is to use Christ and somehow convince people that what he taught was an openness to embrace a golden rule of loving everyone but leaving the person to their own devices with no attempt at a genuine conversion of heart to Christ Himself.Our human condition is both a great...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTICLE OF CANTICLES, 06-02-15

    06/02/2015 9:54:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-02-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANTICLE OF CANTICLES An allegorical love poem in the Bible that has several layers of meaning. Basically it expresses the special love of God for the Chosen People; prophetically the espousal of Christ with his church; universally the love of God for a devoted soul; by accommodation the delight of God with the soul of the Blessed Virgin. It was read in the Jewish liturgy on the octave of the Passover. Traditionally ascribed to Solomon, the imagery of the two lovers, united and then separated, sought and then found, reflects the changing relationships of God and...
  • Bear Wrongs Patiently – A Meditation on the 5th Spiritual Work of Mercy

    06/02/2015 8:26:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Bear Wrongs Patiently – A Meditation on the 5th Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeHere is  perhaps the most revolutionary of the Spiritual works of mercy. It is the one tied most directly to the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. To decide to bear wrongs patiently is nothing less than to declare a revolution and to wage a very paradoxical counteroffensive against this world and its economy of anger.There is a cycle of violence and retribution in which the devil seeks to engage us. The cycle begins with one person harming or slighting another, perhaps tempted to do so...
  • Why Context is Important – the Lesson of Caesarea Philippi

    06/01/2015 7:36:24 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 32 replies
    Fishing The Abyss ^ | September 25th, 2006 | unsigned
    A number of people have recently asked me – directly and indirectly – why context is important in studying scripture. Or to be more accurate, why the original Hebrew context is important. In Rabbinic fashion (how appropriately), I would like to answer this question in the form of a story. One that many Christian readers will be familiar, yet unfamiliar, with. It begins like this: Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. (Mark 8:27) For the casual reader with no geographical context, this sounds no different than “Jesus took the disciples down the road to...
  • Ancient Bishop Rebukes His Emperor for Crimes Against Life: St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius

    06/01/2015 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Ancient Bishop Rebukes His Emperor for Crimes Against Life: A Story of St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have begun a series on the blog that I am tagging the “Courage” series. (Our new blog format, to be unveiled soon, will feature tags at the bottom of each post.) I will be highlighting courageous persons and acts both from both Scripture and Church history. It’s going to take a lot of courage going forward.Bishops, priests, and God’s people are going to have to be willing to accept persecution, fines (which we should refuse to pay), jail, and even...
  • 1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday

    05/31/2015 6:39:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high, you can’t get over him, he’s so low you can’t get under him, he’s so wide you can’t get ’round him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.”That’s not a bad way of saying that God is other; He is beyond what human words can tell or describe; He is beyond what human thoughts can conjure. And on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity we do well to...
  • Cardinal Sarah: "Don't deceive people with 'mercy' without repentance."

    05/30/2015 8:20:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 30, 2015 | Matteo Matzuzzi
    “If the Eucharist is considered [simply] a meal we share in and that nobody can be excluded from it, then the sense of Mystery is lost”. So says Cardinal Robert Sarah, the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, in an intervention given at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family, at his presentation of: “The Family – a work in progress”, a compilation of essays published by Cantagalli, in view of the upcoming Synod in October. A compilation intent on stimulating a discussion which touches on...
  • Synodical secrecy (2)

    05/30/2015 6:52:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fr John Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | May 30, 2015 | Fr John Hunwicke
    Here is the passage which I find enormously difficult. "A synod without freedom is not a synod. It is a conference. The synod, instead, is a protected space in which the Holy Spirit can work. And for this reason the persons must be free. This is why I will not allow the things that each one says to be published with name and surname. No, it should not be known who has said it. I have no problem with revealing what has been said, but not who has said it, in such a way that one may feel free to...
  • Theologian to La Civiltŕ Cattolica: “Yes” to exceptions for divorce and remarriage

    05/30/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 5/28/2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    “Francis’s vision is that of a Church for all, because Christ really did die for all men, without exception, not just for some.” The “law of gradualness” does not mean “gradualness of the law” or relativism. It is possible to consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis, admitting remarried divorcees to the sacraments, without changes to the doctrine. This is according to Dominical theologian Jean-Miguel Garrigues, Professor of Patristics and Dogmatics at the Institut Supérieur Thomas d’Aquin, at the Dominican House of Studies in Toulouse and at the Seminaire International St Cure'd Ars. He and his confrčre, Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn, the...
  • Smoke And Wolves Inside The Church

    05/30/2015 9:56:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    In a post of mine three weeks ago, I touched upon several avenues by which the smoke of Satan is entering into the Catholic Church. In this post, I'll deal with several of these avenues. First we look at the various partnerships that the Vatican has struck with those opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ (fifth bullet point). Caritas is reputedly the main social organization inside the Vatican. Yet as the Lepanto Institute and other organizations have pointed out, Caritas has been funding and even directing socialist organizations in their promotions of abortion, contraception, marxism etc. Lepanto has discovered...
  • Renowned author, uncompromisingly Catholic: Flannery O'Connor chosen for new postage stamp

    05/30/2015 9:21:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    Washington D.C., May 30, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Award-winning American author and devout Roman Catholic Flannery O’Connor will appear on a new postage stamp this summer, the U.S. postal service announced last week. The stamp is decorated with peacock feathers, a tribute to the family peacock farm in Georgia where O’Connor did much of her writing. Famous for her Southern Gothic fiction style, O’Connor’s best-known works include her first novel, "Wise Blood", and many short stories such as “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” A collection of her works, "The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor," won the...
  • Cardinal Kasper defends Ireland’s gay ‘marriage’ decision

    05/30/2015 9:13:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 5/29/2015 | Maike Hickson
    The grave effects of Ireland’s May 22 referendum in favor of a same-sex “marriages,” not only for the secular world, but also especially for the Catholic Church, are showing themselves already. None other than the leading cardinal who has promoted the liberal agenda for the two-part Synod of Bishops on the Family, Cardinal Walter Kasper, has now come out publicly and with force, telling the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the Church needs to address more fully the question of same-sex couples. This topic was at the last Synod “only a marginal topic, but now it becomes central,” Kasper...
  • Roman Catholicism is a medieval heresy...

    05/30/2015 8:10:14 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 311 replies
    baylyblog ^ | October 21, 2011 | David and Tim Bayly
    Roman Catholicism is a medieval heresy... Under the post, Repenting of parachurch, Baptist childhoods..., one comment elicited this response from your scribe. I posted it as a comment, there, but also put it here for the benefit of those who don't keep track of comments. (TB)Brothers, allow me a few responses, although they must be hopelessly brief considering the weight of these matters.>>Be careful when you sling around words like apostasy, idolatry (Per Calvin we're all "fabricum idolarum") and heresy.We are careful. That is, careful--very careful--to keep them alive. The proper word to use concerning Roman Catholicism is 'heresy'. Read...
  • The sin of fornication Unmarried sexual intimacy is mortal sin, requires Confession before Communion

    05/30/2015 7:47:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The sin of fornication Unmarried sexual intimacy is mortal sin that requires one to go to confession before Communion  Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 5/6/2015  Question: Several of my cousins live together with others and are having sexual relations outside of marriage. They think that it is no problem for them to go to holy Communion since, in their mind, it is either not wrong at all or only a venial sin. Are there texts in the Bible or Catechism I can point them to? — Doris O’Hare, via email  Answer: The situation you describe objectively involves mortal sin,...
  • On Your Marks: The Church Is One

    05/29/2015 8:03:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | June 21, 2013 | Hector Molina
    On Your Marks: The Church Is OneHector Molina June 21, 2013 | During a recent speaking tour in Australia, my good friend and fellow apologist, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and I delivered a presentation on The Four Marks of the Church. Our tag-team talk was well received. Afterward, I was encouraged by a few of the participants to share some of my notes and citations with them. In light of their request and in light of my last blog post, I thought I would focus this week’s entry on the first of the four marks of the Church.What do we...
  • The Subverters of the Word of God

    05/29/2015 11:10:16 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/29/2015 | New Catholic
    The Subverters of the Word of God The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly." (Jn 18:19-20) *** May their names live in infamy forever and ever for their intent to assemble secretly to discard the clear words of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the name of Him Who Himself is Love, and to favor a certain kind of press to make their new doctrine known...
  • Introductory post: The “Bergoglio-Denzinger” on Francis’ ecumenism of blood

    05/29/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 87 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | May 28, 2015 | Tantumblogo
    Francis’ recent statement regarding Christian persecution and the “devil-inspired ecumenism of blood,” was not his first foray into the topic. I’d like to introduce you to a significant effort reader D alerted me to, called the “Denzinger-Bergoglio,” a site by some faithful priests, with approval of their bishop(s), who take some of Pope Francis’ statements and then compare them to statements of the traditional Magisterium. The site started in Spanish for a Spanish milieu, but some like-minded priests are translating it into English. The priests of course remain anonymous. The site takes it’s name from the Denzinger compendium of Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAX CONSCIENCE, 05-29-15

    05/29/2015 8:57:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAX CONSCIENCE An erroneous conscience when the mind decides on insufficient grounds that a sinful act is permissible or that something gravely wrong is not serious. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul

    05/29/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul By: Msgr. Charles PopeI suppose it goes without saying that we live in a very fast-paced, hectic, and noisy world.  We’re often in a big hurry to get somewhere. Stress is the norm and noise is all around us in the form of radios, televisions, iPods, etc. We’re plugged in but often tuned out. Very few of us live at the pace or volume of normal life.So overstimulated are we that many literally cannot relax when it is quiet; silence unnerves them. I recently took an informal poll in a...
  • Criticisms of Pope Francis from within the Vatican Curia made public

    05/28/2015 7:40:25 PM PDT · by annalex · 88 replies
    Life Site ^ | Wed May 27, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Criticisms of Pope Francis from within the Vatican Curia made publicMaike HicksonWed May 27, 2015 - 2:25 pm EST May 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- The prominent German monthly journal, Cicero, a secular-intellectual publication, has entitled its May issue “The Struggle for Rome” (“Der Kampf um Rom”) and has dedicated it to the papacy of Pope Francis. In it, Guiseppe Rusconi, the well-respected Swiss Rome-Correspondent and journalist for Inside the Vatican, reports on the internal criticisms of Pope Francis as they were privately and candidly disclosed to him from within the Roman Curia itself. Rusconi's revelations caused an immediate stir in...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei'

    05/28/2015 6:28:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis wants to retool the Catholic hierarchy so that it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said. Kasper, a noted theologian whose writings are known to have influenced Francis, said the pope wants to create a "listening magisterium." Kasper said one concept important to the pope is that of the sensus fidei, or the capacity of individual believers and the church as a whole to discern the truths of faith. That concept, Kasper said, "was emphasized by the council ... [but] Francis now...
  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? [Catholics too!] Here's the troubling truth. For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition. At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.” Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.” But...
  • Helder Câmara, "Servant of God"? - Have They Gone Mad?

    05/28/2015 5:07:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/23/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One has the impression that under Francis the Church is becoming, in her human element, the equivalent of a banana republic, replete with Latin American-style demagoguery, exalting the poor and depicting them as always the innocent victims of the greedy rich. Our Lord said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:3)." Francis' version of this beatitude is: "blessed are the poor" — apparently just because they are poor. He has even gone so far as to suggest that the poor be treated as objects of veneration before whom we should literally kneel...
  • Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

    05/28/2015 3:25:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Penny Starr
    The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen onthe Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing...
  • Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel

    05/28/2015 8:12:00 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 175 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Davis
    This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as “Mary Jesus Crucified.” She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.Despite the interesting politics of the situation, we...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NET WITH FISH, 05-28-15

    05/28/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NET WITH FISH Symbol of the Church based on the text "the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast unto the sea. When it is full the fishermen haul it ashore" (Matthew 13:47). Saints and sinners will fill the net to be sorted out later. Reminiscent of Christ's meeting with Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea as Christ bade them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mark 1-17). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me?

    05/28/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? Wrestling With the Subtleties of John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me? By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week, as we wrapped up the Easter season, we read the beautiful dialogue between Jesus and Peter: “Peter, do you love me?” Analyzing this beautiful text is one of the great indoor sports of New Testament Biblical Scholarship: how to interpret the subtleties in that dialogue between Jesus and Peter.And thus Jesus asks, “Peter do you love me?” And Peter responds, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” This exchange occurs three times. But...
  • Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions

    05/27/2015 7:57:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    National Catholic Register | 5/26/2015 | Edward Pentin
    A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October. Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, at the invitation of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier. One of the key topics discussed at the closed-door meeting was how the Church could better welcome those in...
  • Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why

    05/27/2015 5:42:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for  vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to the single life or mention the vocation to the single life?” Here in the blog, too, when I write about vocations there are usually some who comment...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, & the Path to Restoration (Part 4)PODCAST

    05/26/2015 8:49:04 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 5/26/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the fourth part of our series on the Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration, after we finish our discussion on how God transforms and influences the mind, we discuss how God can (and does) touch and influence the will and the emotions, and restore them to where they can act and/or react from a newly reapportioned disposition. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMPIRICISM, 05-26-15

    05/26/2015 9:06:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMPIRICISM In moral philosophy, the system of thought that claims that experience is the only valid source of knowledge. This is more than saying that experience is a presupposition to all human knowledge or a test of that knowledge once gained. It holds that the mind can regulate only the data of experience. All so-called universal ideas and all judgments in which people speak of the nature of things, according to empiricists, are not universals or natures at all. They are merely a series of sense data drawn from experience and connected by reason in a...
  • Do we really love those that hate Christ Jesus

    05/26/2015 8:06:55 AM PDT · by Chauncey Uppercrust · 52 replies
    Psalm 139 The Bible | 5/26/2015 | Chauncey Uppercrust
    21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against you? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies. Psalm 139 American King James Version You Have Searched Me and Know Me 1O lord, you have searched me, and known me. 2You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off. 3You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD,...
  • Beware: Strangest Idol of All – Reflection on...Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ

    05/26/2015 7:47:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Strangest Idol of All – A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a passage in the gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.”  Before looking at the passage we need to define “Social Gospel.” The phrase “Social Gospel” emerged in the Protestant denominations but has also come to be used in Catholic circles as well. The Social Gospel is an intellectual movement that was most prominent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The...
  • Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?

    05/25/2015 3:25:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 210 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.org ^ | May 25, 2015 | Matt Nelson
    Western civilization is greatly indebted to the Catholic Church. Modern historical studies—such as Dr. Thomas E. Woods' How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization—have demonstrated with force and clarity that it is the Catholic Church who has been the primary driving force behind the development and progress of the civilized world. The Church has provided innumerable 'goods' for the benefit of humanity. Nonetheless, modern critics assert that no amount of good could outweigh the evil the Church has allegedly committed in contrast. Talk is cheap, however. We must look at the evidence. Has the Church really been an irreconcilable force...
  • Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking are the worst evils of our time.

    05/25/2015 11:55:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 24, 2015 | Pope Francis
    La Voz del Pueblo: What are the worst evils that beset the world today? Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking. I can be wrong with the statistics, but what will you tell me if I ask you: When it comes to spending, what thing in the world comes after food, clothing and medicine? The fourth is cosmetics and the fifth are pets. That is serious. Pet care is like love that is somewhat programmed; that is, I can program the loving response of a dog or a little cat, and I do not need to have the experience of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, 05-25-15

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

    05/25/2015 9:36:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 22, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle -- often cited as a possible successor to Pope Francis -- has called on Catholics to avoid looking to the pre-Second Vatican Council church with a sense of nostalgia, but to embrace and live out the council's sense of openness to the modern world.
  • Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection

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

    05/24/2015 1:57:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 257 replies
    The Highway ^ | May 24,2015 | John H. Armstrong
    Serious evangelical dialogue with Roman Catholicism finds it virtually impossible to avoid the issues raised by the institution of the papacy. These issues were central in the sixteenth-century division, and they remain problematic for modern discussion as well. It is hard for many Catholics in the West to understand the serious concerns evangelicals have regarding the papacy, since they often think of John Paul II as a benevolent and kind gentleman who warmly radiates love for Christ and non-Catholics. In a special commentary on the Feast Day (1971) honoring St. Peter and St. Paul, the Vatican radio declared, “The Church...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for Pentecost

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/22/2015 8:54:09 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 329 replies
    Excerpted: What Catholic mysticism does is reject the Bible as the sole and sufficient and perfect revelation of God and tries to delve beyond the Bible, even beyond thought of any kind, and find God through mystical “intuition.” In other words, it is a rejection of the God of the Bible. It says that God cannot be known by doctrine and cannot be described in words. He can only be experienced through mysticism. This is a blatant denial of the Bible’s claim to be the very Word of God. This opens the practitioner to demonic delusion. He is left with...
  • Vatican’s eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

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

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

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

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