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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Vincent of Zaragossa, 01-22-19

    01/22/2019 7:44:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-23-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Saint Vincent of Zaragossa Saint of the Day for January 22 (d. c. 304) Saint Vincent of Zaragossa’s Story Most of what we know about this saint comes from the poet Prudentius. His Acts have been rather freely colored by the imagination of their compiler. But Saint Augustine, in one of his sermons on Saint Vincent, speaks of having the Acts of his martyrdom before him. We are at least sure of his name, his being a deacon, the place of his death and burial. According to the story we have, the unusual devotion he inspired...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis’s Parade of Embarrassing Friendships

    01/22/2019 3:27:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 22, 2019 | Marco Tosatti
    Pope Francis’s Parade of Embarrassing Friendships The least we can say is that the figure of Pope Bergoglio is embarrassing. Perhaps not so much for who he is as a person in himself – but then again… But more so for the people whom he obviously favors, protects, and defends. Or for those who actively contributed to his election.Let’s begin with this last group. Among them there are Cardinal Danneels, immortalized as the one standing next to the pontiff on the loggia on the night of his election. Danneels covered up a bishop who had abused his own nephew, and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Top Swiss bishop approves convicted child abuser as parish pastor

    01/22/2019 9:28:50 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 21, 2019 | Maike HIckson
    Top Swiss bishop approves convicted child abuser as parish pastor January 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Swiss bishop who heads the country’s Bishops' Conference has become the center of controversy after he gave permission for a pastor who had been previously convicted of child sexual abuse to be placed in a parish. Felix Gmür, bishop of Basel since 2011, had given a certain Father Stefan K. the permission to be elected by a parish council. In the preparatory discussions, it was claimed by representatives of the Church that this priest had merely massaged the feet of a 16-year-old boy....
  • The Word of God: Handle with Care

    01/22/2019 9:24:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Word of God: Handle with Care Msgr. Charles Pope • January 21, 2019 • The first reading from last Saturday’s daily Mass reminds us of the power that the Word of God can have in our lives if we listen to or read it with devotion. It also reminds us that God’s Word is like a scalpel with which to cut away evil. Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Long List of “Embarrassing Figures“, Francis "Prefers, Protects and Defends"

    01/22/2019 9:16:40 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 22, 2019 | Gloria TV
    A Long List of “Embarrassing Figures“, Francis "Prefers, Protects and Defends" Marco Tosatti published on January 21 a list of embarrassing figures whom Pope Francis “prefers, protects and defends”. He mentions first the Cardinals who contributed to his election, Danneels, McCarrick, Mahony, Murphy O’Connor, and Errazuriz who is involved in the Chile abuses. Tosatti adds the names of Cardinals he created like Farrell, Wuerl, Tobin, and of bishops he supports or supported like Barros, Pineda, Zanchetta, Peńa Parra, adding Monsignor Ricca and the case of Argentinean Father Julio Grassi. Tosatti further notices that since 26 August Francis refuses to answer...
  • [Catholic Caucus] NJ Bishop Tolerates Clergy’s Double Lives

    01/22/2019 8:53:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 21, 2019 | Michael HIchborn
    Bishop Serratelli ignores evidence of priests' active homosexuality Editor's note: In spite of repeated requests for comment or explanation over the course of several weeks, the bishop, priests and various diocesan personnel involved in this report refused to explain the evidence of these priests' homosexual relationship or reassure Church Militant that the bishop would investigate the matter. As of press time, both priests remain in active ministry, supported by laity money. ******* Intimate photos of two priests in the diocese of Paterson, New Jersey reveal a homosexual relationship that sources say the local ordinary is ignoring. Church Militant obtained a series of selfies taken by...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Agnes

    01/21/2019 5:00:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-21-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Mosaic of Saint Agnes of Rome | Haarlemmermeerplein, Amsterdam | flickr Image: Mosaic of Saint Agnes of Rome | Haarlemmermeerplein, Amsterdam | flickr Saint Agnes Saint of the Day for January 21 (d. c. 258) Saint Agnes’ Story Almost nothing is known of this saint except that she was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred in the last half of the third century. Various modes of death have been suggested—beheading, burning, strangling. Legend has it that Agnes was a beautiful girl whom many young men wanted to marry. Among those she refused, one reported her...
  • Cath Cauc: Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament

    01/21/2019 4:45:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 21, 2019 | Fr. L. Demets, FSSP, 2006
    Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Procession to eternity On January 20, 1793, the National Convention condemned Louis XVI to death, his execution scheduled for the next day. Louis spent that evening saying goodbye to his wife and children. The following day, January 21, dawned cold and wet. Louis arose at five. At eight o'clock a guard of 1,200 horsemen arrived to escort the former king on a two-hour carriage ride to his place of...
  • Jorge Bergoglio’s “Other Gustavo”: Why Bergoglio Elevated, Placed and Now Protects Zanchetta

    01/21/2019 3:41:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | January 20, 2019 | Ann Barnhardt
    Today she has broken the completely not-shocking news that Antipope Bergoglio knew of the formally lodged complaints of sodmitical predation (complete with naked selfies!) of one of his very favorite Argentinian prelates, Gustavo Zanchetta, for YEARS.  Of course he did.  Antipope Bergoglio elevated Zanchetta to the episcopacy almost immediately upon usurping the Petrine See in ARSH 2013.  And where did Antipope Bergoglio send his beloved Gustavo Zanchetta upon naming him a bishop?  To Oran, a backwater diocese Northwest of Buenos Aires on the Bolivian border, nestled at the base of the Andes. So?  Antipope Bergoglio sent one of his pet...
  • Is There A War Between Science And Religion? Examining Jerry Coyne’s recent case arguments

    01/21/2019 10:28:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    ARC DIGITAL ^ | 01/21/2019 | Paul Manata
    Last month, The Conversation published biologist Jerry Coyne’s article, lovingly served up for audiences at Christmastime, “Yes, There is a War Between Science and Religion.” Coyne fancies himself a participant in a perceived war between faith and reason, science and religion. His mission: To show people they can’t believe the account of Christ’s birth—as depicted, for example, in the Book of Luke, Chapter 2—while simultaneously believing there’s crackers in the pantry. You use your eyeballs for the latter, but not the former, and it’s simply irrational to go through life with a bifurcated mind!It is of course odd to enlist...
  • A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refuting Atheistic Materialism

    01/21/2019 7:56:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refuting Atheistic Materialism Msgr. Charles Pope • January 20, 2019 • World Telegram & Sun photo by D. DeMarsico Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we commemorate on Monday, is best known as a civil rights leader who worked to end racial injustice, but he had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he spoke around the country. Among his recorded sermons is one in which Dr. King addressed the problem of unbelief, of materialism and atheism. His...
  • [Catholic Caucus] For Francis, the Sins “Below the Belt” Are “the Lightest”

    01/21/2019 7:42:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 21, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    Memo For the Summit On Abuse. For Francis, the Sins “Below the Belt” Are “the Lightest” he most surprising news, in the journey that Pope Francis is preparing to go on to Panama for world youth day, is that he has selected for his entourage, among his official companions, the Frenchman Dominique Wolton (in the photo), who is not an ecclesiastic or even a Catholic, but a theoretician of communication, director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the legendary CNRS, and founder of the international magazine “Hermčs.”Above all, however, Wolton is the author of the book-length...
  • [Catholic Caucus] It's Apostasy, Not Schism – Cardinal Burke

    01/20/2019 6:46:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 20, 2019 | Gloria TV
    It's Apostasy, Not Schism – Cardinal Burke The present Church does find herself in apostasy from the Faith - not in schism, Cardinal Raymond Burke told TheWandererPress.com (January 17). Bishops, priests and laypeople “have effectively abandoned the Catholic Faith by espousing teachings and practices that are contrary to the Deposit of Faith”, he added. Burke criticises “the silence of so many cardinals and bishops” who should defend the Faith “vocally” because in the Church's tremendous confusion and growing division it “can never be right” to remain silent. Picture: Raymond Burke, #newsSiirnocwtl
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Sebastian, 01-20-19

    01/20/2019 6:16:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-20-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: San Sebastiano | Pietro Perugino Saint Sebastian Saint of the Day for January 20 (c. 256 – January 20, 287) Saint Sebastian’s Story Almost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman martyr, was venerated in Milan even in the time of Saint Ambrose and was buried on the Appian Way, probably near the present Basilica of St. Sebastian. Devotion to him spread rapidly, and he is mentioned in several martyrologies as early as 350. The legend of Saint Sebastian is important in art, and there is a vast iconography. Scholars...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Catholic school board caves into LGBT pressure, ...

    01/20/2019 6:09:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Martin M. Barillas
    Catholic school board caves into LGBT pressure, allows book depicting two boys kissing OTTAWA January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) -- Catholic schools in Ontario flip-flopped about a graphic novel depicting same-sex attraction between two boys, allowing the “Drama” graphic novel back on elementary school library shelves. Created by American author/illustrator Raina Telgemeier, the 2012 book released by Scholastic is about a girl who tries out for her middle-school stage production. A side story in the graphic novel delves into same-sex attraction and features two boys kissing each other onstage, one of whom is dressed in drag. Emails from officials at the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

    01/20/2019 7:28:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 19, 2019 • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes In this Sunday’s Gospel passage of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and prayer. Let’s look at the Gospel along five lines: I. The place that Mary has – The text says, There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. A fascinating thing about these opening...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Fabian, 01-19-19

    01/19/2019 7:03:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-19-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Detail from Saint John the Baptist, Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian | Miguel Ximénez Image: Detail from Saint John the Baptist, Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian | Miguel Ximénez Saint Fabian Saint of the Day for January 19 (c. 200 – January 20, 250) Saint Fabian’s Story Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. This sign united the votes of clergy...
  • Second marriages

    01/19/2019 11:33:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 168 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 01-09-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Second marriages The Church does not gauge the validity of a union by the happiness of the people who have entered it Msgr. Charles Pope 1/9/2019 Question: Jesus says if you divorce your wife and marry another, you commit adultery. But we see many seemingly happy people in their second marriage. What is your perspective on this? — Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: The implied premise of your question is that happiness and joy are determining criteria for what is right and wrong. Such a premise is flawed. Doing what is right does not always bring immediate happiness. Sometimes what...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fear That Panama’s World Youth May Be Flop – Only 150.000 Registered

    01/19/2019 7:10:15 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 18, 2019 | Gloria TV
    Fear That Panama’s World Youth May Be Flop – Only 150.000 Registered Alessandro Gisotti, the Interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, admitted (January 18) that only about 150,000 people have signed up for World Youth Day in Panama (January 22 to 27). He hopes more to come who have not registered.The location for the main event has a capacity of 700.000 people. Gisotti excuses the small crowd explaining that students in North America and Europe are at school. At the last three World Youth Days in Spain (2011), Brazil (2013) and Poland (2016) there were between 2 and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] CDF assumes duties of Ecclesia Dei Commission

    01/19/2019 7:03:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Vatican News ^ | January 19, 2019 | Christopher Wells
    CDF assumes duties of Ecclesia Dei Commission With a new Apostolic Letter issued "motu proprio", Pope Francis has suppressed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was established thirty years ago by Pope St. John Paul II. By Christopher WellsThe Holy See has published the text of an Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio on 17 January 2019, by which Pope Francis suppresses the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.Established by St John Paul II The Commission was established by Pope St John Paul II on 2 July 1988, with the “task of collaborating with the bishops, with the Departments of the Roman Curia...