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  • 7 Old-Fashioned Sins that Can Still Send You to Hell

    10/01/2014 3:54:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Churchpop ^ | October 1, 2014
    American culture may have become more enlightened and moved beyond such constricting, old-fashioned ideas like sin and hell, but God hasn’t.Sin is still serious, hell still exists, and sinners still go there. Or as St. Paul put it, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…” (1 Corinthians 6.9)Of course, there’s hope! By God’s grace, we can turn from our sins and find salvation in Jesus Christ.But first, we need to acknowledge our sins and that we need saving. And once we are given new life in Christ, the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPHPHETA, 10-01-14

    10/01/2014 10:16:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDitionary ^ | 10-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EPHPHETAImperative of the "to open" in Aramaic. Part of the ceremony of baptism where accepted by the bishops' conference. the celebrant touches the ears and lips of each child baptized, while saying, "May the Lord Jesus, who made the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak, grant that you may soon be able to receive His word and profess the faith to the praise and glory of God the Father," to which all answer, "Amen." The ceremony resembles the curing of the deaf-mute (Mark 7:31-37). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Five Myths About the Rapture and the Left Behind Industry

    09/30/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 219 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 29, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Five Myths About the Rapture and the Left Behind Industry | Carl E. Olson | CWROn the (short) history, (bad) theology, and (continuing) appeal of premillennial dispensationalismThis year has marked a sort of second coming of the Rapture. On June 29th, HBO launched a new series, "The Leftovers", based on the 2011 novel of the same title, written by Tom Perrotta, which follows the struggles of various characters living in the aftermath of the sudden disappearance of millions of people. And then it happened, states the novel's Prologue, The biblical prophecy came true, or at least partly true. People disappeared,...
  • The Mighty Archangels

    09/29/2014 8:55:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 09914 | Kathleen Beckman
    The Mighty Archangels Kathleen Beckman The Office of Readings for the feast of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, offers a reflection by Saint Gregory, pope, “…Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. Personal names are assigned to some to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means, “Who is like God?”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”We are beloved of God, and He provides us with angelic companions and protectors as the Catechism states, “The...
  • The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN

    09/29/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://christendomblog.blogspot.co.uk ^ | September 25, 2014 | EWTN
    Let the truth be victorious The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN Episode one of the new EWTN mini-series, The Crusades will be broadcast on 8th October in the USA at 10pm and 9th October at 9.30pm in the UK, the following 3 episodes will be shown on consecutive days at the same time slot. There will also be a continuous showing of all 4 episodes on Saturday 11th starting at 7pm in the Britain and Ireland. The series is a co-production between EWTN, St Clare Media Foundation of the UK, Buckfast Abbey Devon and Lux communication of Slovakia. The...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY, 09-29-14

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY The freedom from suffering experienced by Adam and Eve before the Fall. This gift may be defined as the possibility of remaining free from suffering. It was associated with bodily immortality. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Refreshing: Consider Reviving the Traditional Use of the Word "Shame"

    09/29/2014 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 2 replies
    Ann Barnhardt's Blog ^ | 9/27/2014 anno Domini | Ann Barnhardt
    More Notes on Shame: John the Baptist, Salome and Mrs. Beryl Muspratt - snip - 2. There are a few more points on the subject of shame that I would like to expand upon. The first comes from the novel Brideshead Revisited, which demonstrates, completely contrary to the Modernist, post-Christian, church of Nice heresy, how shame is a medicinal mercy. If we can self-generate shame without having to have it applied from the exterior, then so much the better. But for many people, the shaming must be generated, at least initially, externally. This is a function of charity true...
  • The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

    09/28/2014 2:49:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    SpiritualDirection ^ | September 22, 2014 | FR. BARTUNEK
    THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists. Jesus talked about him a lot. The Catechism emphasizes the reality of this fallen angel, who is interested in interfering with the adventure of love we are called to live: Evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil is the one who ‘throws himself across’ God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ. (CCC, 2851) And the devil knows the truth…that God is faithful, that divine grace will never fail us. The devil knows that he cannot obstruct...
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    09/28/2014 12:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 27, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.
  • Real Men Love Their Wives as Christ Loves His Church

    09/27/2014 6:12:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    CHASTITY.COM ^ | Leon J. Suprenant
    "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church" (Eph. 5:25). The problem is most of us cant just flip a switch and love our wives "as Christ loved the Church," even ifespecially ifwe understand the true meaning and depth of Pauls words. Nonetheless, we realize that the apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give us a blueprint for success as husbands and fathers. The key for us as Christian men is to realize that implementing Pauls instruction requires training and hard work. We need to build virtues, which not only are godly habits, but spiritual muscles that...
  • Bishop Livieres: "Pope Francis Will Have to Answer Before God For The Dismissal"

    09/27/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Asuncion / Rome) Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, dismissed yesterday from his office by Pope Francis, sees himself as a victim of an intrigue, which he describes as "ideological persecution." In an open letter to the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the bishop wrote that Pope Francis will have to answer for his decision before God. At the same time Bishop Livieres announced that he has as yet no knowledge of the contents of the investigation report of the Papal Visitor, Cardinal Santos Abril. As a "son of the Church,"...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TWELVE PROMISES [of the Sacred Heart of Jesus], 09-27-14

    09/27/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TWELVE PROMISESThe promises made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in the convent chapel at Paray-le-Monial, France, between 1673 and 1675. They occurred during revelations she received on devotion to the Heart of Jesus, and have been encouraged by the Church as worthy of pious belief. They have been translated into more than two hundred languages. Although the total number is larger, the following are the most important promises made by Christ to those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart: 1. I will give them all the graces necessary in...
  • Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

    09/27/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 45 replies
    Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that the Pope cannot change what Jesus Christ has instituted. The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germanys Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group...
  • The Rise of Bergoglianism

    09/26/2014 8:22:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 26, 2014 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Rise of Bergoglianism A caution to the reader: What follows is a very harsh assessment of the current pontificate. I felt compelled to write it, but no one is compelled to read it. I am nothing and nobody in the great scheme of things, although I am privileged to contribute to the record of a venerable traditional Catholic journal that will surely have its place in the history of these times. I have no illusions that my little lamentations will have any effect on the Pope, for whom I pray each day, or on events in the Church. But...
  • ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod

    09/26/2014 4:15:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 17, 2014 | Matteo Matzuzzi via New Catholic
    ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod Other than Cardinal Mller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it seems that the Bishops of Germany are preparing a United German Front behind the ideas of Cardinal Kasper. So reported Matteo Matzuzzi for Il Foglio - Matzuzzi's title is indeed very "Lutheran"... The German Bishops have their theses ready to nail to the door of the Synod Matteo Matzuzzi Il Foglio September 17, 2014 The German Bishops are with Cardinal Walter Kasper on marriage and the family. The...
  • Embattled Vatican Cardinal Burke greeted with a standing ovation in Florida

    09/26/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 26, 2014 | John-Henry Westen
    Cardinal Raymond Burke poses for a photo with members of the Catholic Medical Association. Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is expected to be removed from his position as head of the highest court in the Catholic Church and put in a largely honorific position, is back in his homeland of America this week and if anything the appreciation for him has increased rather than waned. Opening the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference in Orlando yesterday, the former Archbishop of St. Louis received a hero’s welcome with a standing ovation before he could say a word, and another standing ovation after...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST, 09-26-14

    09/26/2014 8:31:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRISTThe following is a list of names and titles of Christ, together with their biblical citations, that appear in the New Testament: I John 2:1 Advocate Revelation 1:8; 22:13 Alpha and Omega Revelation 3:14 Amen Hebrews 3:1 Apostle and High Priest of our religion Luke 2:12 Baby Matthew 12:18 Beloved John 6:33 Bread of God John 6:35 Bread of Life John 6:50 Bread that comes down from heaven John 3:29 Bridegroom Mark 6:3 Carpenter Matthew 13:55 Carpenter's son I Peter 5:4 Chief Shepherd Matthew 2:20 Child Luke 23:35...
  • No Change! (Upcoming Synod on the Family)

    09/25/2014 4:01:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | September 25, 2014 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    "This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it." Pope Francis, earlier this year, speaking to members of the Spanish hierarchy, according to the Bishop of Cordoba, Spain, in an interview published on September 21 in the Diario de Cordoba, and picked up yesterday and today by other journalists and news agencies. The Pope will not approve any change in the Church's established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROSPHORA, 09-25-14

    09/25/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PROSPHORALiterally "offering" or oblation." This is the altar bread in the Greek or Byzantine Liturgy. It is commonly a round piece of leavened bread, stamped with one or more symbols, e.g., with a cross between the Greek Letters IC XC NI KA (Jesus Christ Conquers). prosphora is also the third part of the Eucharistic liturgy in the Byzantine Rite, corresponding to the Offertory of the Mass. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Trumpets of Warning! Part II

    09/24/2014 9:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    MarkMallett.com ^ | August 28, 2006 | Mark Mallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part II  AFTER Mass this morning, my heart was burdened again with the grief of the Lord.  MY LOST SHEEP! Speaking about the shepherds of the Church last week, the Lord began to impress words on my heart, this time, about the sheep.To those who complain about the shepherds, hear this:  I have undertaken to feed the sheep myself. The Lord has left no stone unturned in order to find the lost sheep of his flock. Who can say that God has abandoned them who still has the breath of life in his lungs? The Lord, in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, 09-24-14

    09/24/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KNOWLEDGE OF GODAccording to the First Vatican Council, "God, one and true, our Creator and Lord [can] be certainly known by the natural light of human reason from the things that are made" (Denzinger 3026). God's first witness of himself, therefore, is in the world of creation as declared by St. Paul: "Ever since God created the world, His everlasting power and deity -- however invisible -- have been there for the mind to see in the things He has made" (Romans 1:20). Moreover, the human mind "can even demonstrate" his existence and attributes by...
  • SSPX officials met with Card. Mller, Prefect of CDF

    09/24/2014 6:18:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 23, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    As crazy as it is may now sound, perhaps Pope Francis is the one who can reconcile the SSPX.I’ve floated this idea before. I don’t have any illusions that Francis likes much of anything about the SSPX. The other day I had a chat with a South American journalist who agreed with my suspicions that then-Card. Bergoglio’s impressions of the SSPX in Argentina were not favorable in large part because of Bp. Williamson and Bp. de Galaretta. Not hard to believe at all.But… just maybe… could Francis be the one to get the job done?I saw at VIS that SSPX...
  • Got Zeal? (Quotes as Medicine to Heal Wounds Left by Francis' Screed Against Proselytizing)

    09/23/2014 7:19:30 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 1 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | Sept 20, 2014 anno Domini | Ann Barnhardt
    Got Zeal? An excellent collection of quotes on the utter necessity for zeal for the salvation of souls. Remember these quotes when you hear anyone say that proselytism is solemn nonsense, or that they have no desire to convert a person or persons to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. St. James the Apostle: He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way will save his own soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins (St. James 5, 19-20). St. John...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANTIOCHENE RITE, 09-23-14

    09/23/2014 7:46:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ANTIOCHENE RITEA ritual used throughout the Patriarchate of Antioch. The pure Antiochene, in its oldest form, eliminated the Pater Noster and the names of the saints in the Mass. This form was early displaced by the Liturgy of St. James from Jerusalem, which became the ritual of all Western Syria. Originally Greek, the Liturgy of St. James was later translated into Syriac. The Greek version is now used twice a year by the Orthodox; the Syriac version by the Jacobites in Syria and Palestine and by the Syrian Catholics. A Romanized form of this liturgy...
  • Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church.

    09/23/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 163 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 22, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    While America is Busy with Climate Change, Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church. But Which Church? The Answer should Shock You By Shoebat Foundation on September 22, 2014 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) While America is busy with Climate Change, Christ is getting ready to land on planet earth to rescue a specific Church, but which Church? But before we discuss this crucial topic, this is America taking action on Climate Change in which nearly half a million of us marched in New York City: While, you might think, “the world is going...
  • Trumpets of Warning! Part I

    09/22/2014 9:13:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    MarkMallett.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mark Mallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part I  I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry. (Jer 4:19) I can no longer hold in the "word" which has been welling within me for a week. The weight of it has moved me to tears several times. However, the readings from the Mass this morning were a powerful confirmation—"a go ahead", so to speak. TOO FAR  Mankind has entered into regions which make even the angels shudder. Our pride has struck at the very core of life and human dignity, pushing Divine patience...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-21-14, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/20/2014 7:49:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2014Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 55:6-9 Seek the LORD while he may be found,call him while he is near.Let the scoundrel forsake his way,and the wicked his thoughts;let him turn to the LORD for mercy;to our God, who is generous in forgiving.For my thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.As high as the heavens are above the earth,so high are my ways above your waysand my thoughts above your thoughts. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 R/ (18a) The Lord is near to all who call upon...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDEFECTIBILITY, 09-20-14

    09/20/2014 10:39:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:INDEFECTIBILITYImperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican Council declared that the Church possesses "an unconquered stability" and that, "built on a rock, she will continue to stand until the end of time" (Denzinger 3013, 3056). The Church's indefectibility, therefore, means that she now is and will always remain the institution of salvation, founded by Christ. This affirms that the Church is essentially unchangeable in her teaching, her constitution, and her liturgy. It does not exclude modifications that do not affect her substance, nor does it exclude...
  • Blood of San Gennaro Liquefies -- VIDEO

    09/19/2014 11:22:35 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 362 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fr. Zuhlsdorg
    The Blood of Saint Januarius liquefied this year.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ZEALOT, 09-19-14

    09/19/2014 8:49:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ZEALOT1. a Jewish member of a radical, violent group bitterly opposed to Roman domination of Palestine. The group was especially active during the century in which Christ lived on earth. The present-day use of the word "zealot," to mean a fanatical enthusiast, derives from this group's name; 2. Simon was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was referred to in the New Testament as Simon the Zealot (Luke 6:15) to distinguish him from Simon Peter. He had probably been a member of the Jewish group until his conversion to Christianity. (Etym. Latin zelotes; from Greek...
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated...
  • Choirs of Angels

    09/18/2014 6:20:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Choirs of Angels Fr. William Saunders Q: With all of the talk about angels, the multitude of pictures and books about them, and even the television shows with angels, why don’t we ever hear more about them? Some of these shows make angels seem like fantasy spirits. Too many people have a superficial view of angels. Do we still believe in them?The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly affirms, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition” (no....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUEST MASTER, 09-18-14

    09/18/2014 8:17:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GUEST MASTERAlso called an "obedientiary," he is the member of a monastic community whose duty is to care for the guesthouse and in general be in charge of the visitors to the monastery. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why do bad things happen to good people

    09/17/2014 7:06:26 PM PDT · by impactplayer · 83 replies
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    Why do bad things happen to good people? There is no real answer to this question, because it is a flawed question! The question assumes we are good. There really are no good people, so how in the world could any of us tell bad things from good things? The question we actually need to ask is: Why would a good God let those trying to do His will suffer? This question has real answers. First, we need to review where we stand. We are fallen creatures, inclined to do wrong, and wrong thoughts and acts have bad consequences ...
  • Church doctrine on marriage cannot change, but some bishops will try: Cardinal Martino

    09/17/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 17, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    In a lengthy interview in an Italian Catholic paper, a former Vatican ambassador to the UN has said that any change to the Catholic doctrines surrounding marriage and sexuality is impossible. Cardinal Renato Martino has joined an impressive list of high-ranking prelates to say that the Synod cannot alter Catholic doctrine. The cardinal told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana there will “certainly” be presentations from bishops at the Synod “that do not correspond with the doctrine of the Church, but in the end, it will not be able but to reaffirm what the Church has always said about the family.”...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUANTA CURA, 09-17-14

    09/17/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUANTA CURAThe encyclical published by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1964, to which was attached the famous Syllabus of Errors, condemning secularism and religious indifferentism. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level

    09/17/2014 9:07:14 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 878 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2014 | Tanya Diente
    Pope Francis, with his open-mindedness and more humanist approach to Catholicism reportedly promoted that the Virgin Mary should be at the second Holy Trinity, even putting her at Godhead level. Pope Francis recently attended the morning mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 at Casa Santa Marta. He preached on how the Virgin Mary "learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the cross," according to theVatican Radio."Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son's journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother,"...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/16/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 26 replies
    Chiesa news ^ | 9/17/14 | Sandro Magister
    Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of patron of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 The revolution of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope...
  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peters Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, theres more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples who are already cohabitating; who already have children (NOTE: These people didnt just happen to fall into a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOGOMILES, 09-16-14

    09/16/2014 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BOGOMILESA dualist, heretical sect and branch of the Catharists. Originally they taught in Bulgaria, in the first half of the tenth century, but in time their influence spread through Asia Minor and the Balkans. Eventually they merged with Islam. They believed in a superior God, the Father, whose son Satanal revolted and was driven from heaven. Satanal created the world and Adam, but since the Father gave Adam his soul, man belongs to God as well as Satan. The latter seduced Eve and was punished by being deprived of creative power, yet entrusted with the...
  • The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern oikonomia

    09/16/2014 2:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER I have been posting about the soon-to-be-released book by five cardinala and four scholars called Remaining In The Truth Of Christ. This book is a defense of the Catholic doctrine marriage. It is an important book, some of it may be hard for all readers to read, but it is worth the effort.It is still available for 25% off as a pre-order. HEREThus, I was please to find an EXCELLENT comment in the other entry, so good that I reproduce it here as a separate post.I want to thank PaterAugustinus for his honest evaluation of Orthodox oikonomia....
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIAT CHURCHES, 09-15-14

    09/15/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNIAT CHURCHESEastern Christians who profess the same doctrines as the rest of the Roman Catholic Church. Their rites and discipline, however, vary greatly from those of the Latin Rite. Their liturgies originated in Antioch, Alexandria, and Byzantium, and they usually have a married clergy. Nearly all Non-Uniat churches possess corresponding Uniat groups who have reacknowledged their allegiance to the Pope. the expression "Uniat," though found in theological literature, is seldom used by Eastern Catholics. They feel that it implies something less than complete allegiance to the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from...
  • Virginia delegate slams Dolan in letter to Apostolic Nuncio

    09/13/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9-12-14 | Tantumblogo
    Reader TM sent me a link to the following letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States. Who knows how that letter will be received, what with the new focus on mercy cum indifference, but the author has requested that this letter be shared as widely as possible, and I agree with the concerns expressed therein. Some excerpts: New Yorks Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patricks Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patricks...
  • Grace, Faith, and Works

    09/13/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 353 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | not given | FishEaters.com
    Grace, Faith, and Works Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Justification by Faith Alone? IJustification by Faith Alone? IIJustification by Faith Alone? IIIJustification by Faith Alone? IVWhat it means to be born againAre you saved? The Catholic position on salvation can be summed up thus: We are saved by Christ's grace alone, through faith and works done in charity inspired by the Holy Spirit.Sola gratia! Grace alone -- but a grace we have to co-operate with. Thinking that all one has to do is pray the "Sinner's Prayer" once to be saved is wrong. Thinking that all one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHOLE CHRIST, 09-13-14

    09/13/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WHOLE CHRISTChrist in the fullness of his human and divine natures present in the Holy Eucharist. This means that the same Christ numerically is now present in heaven and in the Blessed Sacrament. There is nothing objectively lacking in the Eucharist of what constitutes Christ. He is there entirely. The only deficiency is the subjective one on the part of the believer, who cannot perceive him with the senses or even reason to his presence, but can only assent on faith that what seems to be bread and wine is really Jesus Christ. Moreover, Christ...
  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/12/2014 6:28:11 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 273 replies
    Answering Protestants Blog ^ | 12 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    According to Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon) President Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to several women, including Mary Magdalene, and had biological children. "..[In John 2,] Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. ... We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified. ... I do not despise to be called a son of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUBAL, 09-12-14

    09/12/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUBALThe son of Lamech and Adah in the line descended from Cain. He is described in Genesis as "the ancestor of the lyre and the flute." In modern parlance he might be called the Patron of the Musical Arts (Genesis 4:21). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Saint of the Day: Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/12/2014 6:15:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3); both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After Sobieski entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he and his soldiers thoroughly defeated the...