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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

    11/20/2014 7:50:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer? By: Msgr. Charles PopeHow do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you?The danger in answering questions like these is that we may answer them the way we think they “should” be answered rather than in an honest way. Many struggle with prayer and experience it with a lot of negativity: boredom,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELDERS, 11-19-14

    11/19/2014 8:27:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ELDERSThe older men in a community acting as a governing body (I Samuel 16:4). The Sanhedrin, for instance, was made up of elders (Exodus 3:16). they were mentioned in Matthew as joining the chief priests in challenging Jesus during his ministry (Matthew 27:12). The traditional system carried over into Christian communities. The Apostles appointed elders to take charge of each church (Acts 14:23). According to the Council of Trent, the elders mentioned by St. James as administrators of the sacrament of anointing (James 5:14) "does not refer to the older men nor to the more...
  • A Reflection on Perhaps the Meanest and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said

    11/19/2014 6:44:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 18, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on Perhaps the “Meanest” and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel from today’s Mass (Wed. of the 33rd Week – Luke 19:11-27) is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It is similar to Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents” from Sunday, but with certain significant differences and an ending so shocking that, when I read it at daily Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!”I’d like to take a look at it and ponder its shocking ending.As I said, the parable is similar...
  • Catalog of Sin All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier

    11/18/2014 7:50:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 99 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a shipping agency says this is  due to “administrative...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUARANTINE, 11-18-14

    11/18/2014 7:16:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUARANTINEAccording to the ancient Church, a rigorous fast of forty days. It was an ecclesiastical penalty imposed by a confessor. Later on it came to be applied to partial indulgences and meant that the amount of temporal punishment removed was equivalent to that remitted by the ancient canonical penalty. However, the term is no longer applied to indulgences. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Papal Intervention on Franciscans of the Immaculate reaches insanity levels

    11/17/2014 6:24:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/16/14 | New Catholic
    If one wants a reason why Synod special secretary Abp. Bruno Forte, a man currently very close to the Pope and one of his closest advisers, suffered a major defeat in this week's assembly of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) in the election for Vice-President representing Central Italy (including the Latium...), one must only look at what was going on inside the assembly halls in Assisi, as Marco Tosatti reports below. Despite John Allen's spin to the contrary as not a big deal, the most ultra-liberal of Italian Vaticanists, Marco Politi, was right to identify it as a major message...
  • What is The Art of Accompaniment? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod

    11/17/2014 7:25:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is “The Art of Accompaniment”? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the events at last week’s meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was a first-hand summary of the Roman (extraordinary) Synod on the family by several bishops who attended. It would appear, as related by Archbishop Kurtz,  that a certain expression emerged at the Synod that is meant to convey a kind of pastoral strategy. That phrase is the “art of accompaniment.” Of itself, the phrase both makes sense and has value. In life, we must all learn, individually and collectively,...
  • "Have you been saved?

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 186 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    “Return of the Prodigal Son” (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/16/2014 6:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe past two Sundays have featured feasts (All Souls, and the Feast of St John Lateran) that stepped out of the usual Sunday cycle, and thus, especially last week, we missed the  November theme of the the Last things: Death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. Nevertheless, here on the 33rd Sunday we are back to the last things and reminded that we will one day account for our use of the gifts and resources God has given us.But today’s readings...
  • God Exists I Can Prove It! Pt. 2

    11/15/2014 10:13:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Tim Staples
    God Exists – I Can Prove It! Pt. 2 In my last blog post, we pretty much nailed the idea that the universe has a beginning. And if it has a beginning, it must have a Beginner who is omnipotent.In a recent discussion with an atheist, however, I got an interesting retort at this point:Just because there was a “beginning” of this universe of ours, does not mean there could not have been other universes before ours. Moreover, how do you know there are not parallel universes to ours and that ours came from one or more of them? Or,...
  • Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

    11/15/2014 1:56:37 PM PST · by NYer · 153 replies
    cns ^ | November 13, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY — The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would be excommunicated for revealing the contents of a confession when ordered to testify by a court or even after the penitent dies, Vatican officials said.“No confessor can be dispensed from it, even if he would want to reveal the contents of a confession in order to prevent a serious and imminent evil,” said Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with matters of conscience.The penitentiary sponsored a conference at the Vatican Nov. 12-13...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GERIZIM, 11-15-14

    11/15/2014 7:00:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GERIZIMA mountain in Samaria. When Moses was passing on to the Israelites the instructions Yahweh had given him, he told them that, as soon as they had taken over the Promised Land, they must speak the words of blessing from Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 11:29). In the New Testament it was on this mountain that Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water (John 4). In the ensuing conversation she referred to the worship her people offered on Mount Gerizim to rival the Jerusalem temple. To this day certain Samaritans observe the Passover on...
  • Clinical study: Christians have greater well-being

    11/15/2014 6:31:11 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice ^ | November 2013 | MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC
    A mid-west, religiously conservative church-population was evaluated for the impact upon a subject’s Biblically based depth of religious adherence on quality of life. A survey was distributed on self-reported adherence to basic activities and knowledge of faith and perceived well-being. Of 303 included subjects we found differences between adherent and less-adherent groups in each of 7 questions (P≤0.01). The strongest separation between groups resulted from: if they met the needs of another Christian, studied the Holy Scriptures or praised God. Religious adherence may promote a sense of well-being in those who profess Christian faith.
  • God Exists I Can Prove It! Pt. 1

    11/14/2014 9:00:07 PM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tim Staples
    God Exists – I Can Prove It! Pt. 1 As a Catholic apologist, I hear way too many sad stories from parents telling of children gone astray. Little Johnny (or little Janey) went off to college and got ”enlightened” as to the truth about God and science. The refrain is repeated: “Science has disproved the existence of God, mom and dad. All that we know or can know exists is what we see in the material universe and that can be scientifically proven. Any notion of ‘spirit’ or a ‘supreme being’ is based purely on emotion and wishful thinking.”The parents are always devastated and often...
  • Cardinal Ambition: From Wolsey to Wuerl Featured

    11/14/2014 5:08:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 13, 2014 | Vincent Chiarello
    To make the final cut of invitees to a soiree of this type, even if a purely fictionalized one, is a clear sign that the recipient has, in effect, made it amongst those others with similarly high profiles, and has qualities deemed important or considered fashionable in our nation's capital. In the world of Washington today, this type of dinner invitation, real or imagined, to members of the "smart set" is proof positive that one has reached the pinnacle of importance and acceptance. All Washington parties provide for a broad range of people with different personalities to stimulate conversation during...
  • Church Militant Field Manual (Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ)

    11/14/2014 4:34:48 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Richard Heilman
    God wants you, but He wants you "strong" in His supernatural power. From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. This Church Militant Field Manual will test you in your resolve to become strong in the Lord and His mighty power. You will also learn the special operations (special ops) techniques and procedures for search and rescue missions of fallen comrades (family and friends whose faith has grown weak). Discover what it means to be "God strong."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WINGED MAN, 11-14-14

    11/14/2014 8:51:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WINGED MANA symbol assigned to St. Matthew the Evangelist, who opens his Gospel with the genealogy of Christ, "son of David, son of Abraham," stressing Christ's Israelite descent and fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal A Word of ...

    11/14/2014 7:32:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 13, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal” – A Word of Encouragement from God By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again in times like these, I think of the prophet Elijah, anxious and fretting in a cave, so depressed he could barely eat. He was fleeing from Queen Jezebel, who sought his life. As Elijah looked to his beloved Israel, he saw a rather discouraging portrait of fellow Jews who were either too confused or too fearful to resist the religion of the Baals required by Jezebel. He seems...
  • How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? [vanity]

    11/13/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 626 replies
    How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? Partial List of 5000+ Protestant Denominations by Name How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?    The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics "The Facts and Stats on "33,000 Denominations" The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics Part II (Above links derived from here) ===> ("How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?") ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ There are many, many more Protestant denominations out there, not just those reflected in the links above.    How many?    Well, nobody really knows for sure exactly how many Protestant denominations exist at any given point in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANTHEON, 11-13-14

    11/13/2014 8:44:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANTHEONAll the gods of a polytheistic people. Also a temple dedicated to all gods, or at least the principal deities of a nation. The Roman Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 B.C., rebuilt by Hadrian in the second century A.D., and converted in 609 into a Christian church. The Panthon in Paris, originally the church of St. Genevive, was taken over during the French Revolution as a memorial temple of unbelief; after exchanging hands several times, it finally became what it is now, a national monument and mausoleum for illustrious Frenchmen. (Etym. Greek pantheion,...
  • And Death is GainA Reflection on the Christian View of Death

    11/13/2014 6:52:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 12, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the month of November, we remember the souls of the faithful departed and our obligation to pray for them. November and into the early part of Advent is also a part of the Church year during which we begin to ponder the last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the northern hemisphere, the days grow shorter. In regions farther north, the once green trees and fields shed their lively green, and after the brief, golden gown of autumn, a kind of death overtakes...
  • Preparing for the Four Last Things

    11/13/2014 3:10:02 AM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 55 replies
    The Church has always professed in what is known as the Four Last Things. This includes the eschatological realities of what are known as 1) Death 2) Judgment 3) Heaven and 4) Hell. Many Saints have always stated that we ought to constantly meditate on these 4 realities, in order to prepare for a Holy Death. 1) Because of original sin, we live in a fallen nature, in which death is one of the consequences of this. This means that death is unavoidable and we will all have to embrace it. The proper Christian way of doing so, is by...
  • The Removal of a Great Cardinal - his head on a plate

    11/12/2014 4:47:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 73 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 12, 2014 | Roberto de Mattei
    The Pope inasmuch as he is supreme pastor of the universal Church, has full right to remove a bishop or cardinal from his office, even a distinguished one. A well-known case was the one of Cardinal Louis Billot (1846-1931). He was one of the greatest theologians of the 20th Century, who replaced his cardinals hat into the hands of Pius XI, with whom he had had differences regarding Action Francaise, and ended his days, as a simple Jesuit, at the house of his order in Galloro. Another striking case is Cardinal Josef Mindszenty, who was removed by Paul VI from...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BRUGES, 11-12-14

    11/12/2014 8:59:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BRUGESA place of pilgrimage in West Flanders Province. Not far from the great market square in Bruges in the Place du Buorg is a famous Chapel of the Precious Blood. In 1150, Thierry, Count of Flanders and hero returning from the Second Crusade, brought with him a phial containing a drop of Christ's blood, which he had received from the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This precious relic is now contained in a lavish gold reliquary that is carried in solemn procession through the city with great pomp on the first Monday after May 2 each year....
  • Are These the Outer Bands of a Coming Judgment?

    11/12/2014 7:40:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the “Outer Bands” of a Coming Judgment? By: Msgr. Charles PopeAre we in the “Last Days”? Generally it would seem not, though there are sobering indicators that the outer bands of a coming storm are overhead.The sum total teaching of eschatology would seem to indicate that a number of things must first happen before the end: a comprehensive completion of the going out of the Gospel to all the nations, widespread acceptance by Israel that Christ is in fact the Messiah, the emergence of an antichrist figure who will deceive the nations, a final, intensive and unprecedented unleashing...
  • Before Thinking of Getting a Divorce, Watch This Video. It Might Save Your Marriage

    11/11/2014 8:56:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    Catholic-Link.com ^ | 06/11/2014 | Garrett Johnson
    Before Thinking of Getting a Divorce, Watch This Video. It Might Save Your Marriage. Always give your marriage another try Garrett Johnson 06/11/2014Video captureThere are two foundations that can never be separated: love and memory. Just as a true disciple never forgets the first hour when the master touched his heart: “It was about four o’clock in the afternoon” (Jn 1:39) – and, as Pope Francis says, a believer is essentially “one who remembers“– so the same could be said for love and marriage.Today’s video, as all the videos that we post on Catholic-link, is beautiful to watch but is even more beautiful...
  • Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

    11/11/2014 11:35:48 AM PST · by NYer · 146 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | November 11, 2014 | Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless Leila Miller
    A quick reminder that infallible does not mean sinless. Here are some quick facts about the papacy:1) All of the 266 popes have sinned, including the first pope, St. Peter, who committed among the worst of sins: He denied Our Lord three times during the Passion.2) While all of the popes have been sinners, it’s also true that many of the popes have practiced heroic virtue, rising to the heights of great sanctity. The first popes (and several subsequent popes) died as martyrs for the faith, and many popes have been canonized or beatified. Saintly popes are common.3) Though most...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KERYGMA, 11-11-14

    11/11/2014 8:36:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KERYGMAPreaching or proclaiming, as distinct from teaching or instruction (didache) in the Gospel of Christ. Before the Gospel was written, it was first preached (Romans 16:25), but beyond preaching it was also to be taught (Matthew 28:19) in order that, as far as possible, it might be understood (Matthew 13:19). (Etym. Greek K_rygma, proclamation; from keryks, herald.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Does Gospel Simply Mean Good News? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?

    11/11/2014 7:09:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are times in the Church when we want to define something rather easily and simply so as to make it memorable and easy to grasp. But in so doing, we run the risk of doing harm to its deeper, richer, and more accurate meaning.I wonder if we have not done this with the word “gospel.” Most of us have been trained to define the word “gospel” as “good news.” Clearly there is good news in the Gospels and, by extension, the whole of...
  • The Tenth Commandment and Crabs in a Barrel (Thou Shalt Not Covet)

    11/11/2014 6:21:08 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/9/14 | Chuck Bentley
    Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently drew national attention with his candid comments referring to the envy between successful blacks and non-intelligent blacks as being like crabs in a barrel. Mr. Barkley was referring to an African proverb -- Put one crab in a pot and it will escape. Put two crabs in a pot and neither will escape. The point of this proverb is that envy destroys everyone. Whatever your reaction to Barkleys perception of an issue in his community, envy and covetousness are actually national problems. Americans have difficulty remembering, much less keeping, the 10th Commandment: Thou Shalt...
  • If Mormon missionaries were straightforward about Mormonism[Best 4-minute video on topic]

    11/10/2014 7:54:08 PM PST · by Colofornian · 109 replies
    Mormon Coffee Blog ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Though done in a lighthearted manner, this 4-minute video is a fairly accurate depiction of standard Mormon doctrine. It would be nice if Mormon missionaries explained Mormonism as clearly as the characters in this video do, but I imagine that would not foster strong LDS Church growth. Mormon Secrets: What the Missionaries Dont TellBy Saved XMormon
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MYSTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, 11-10-14

    11/10/2014 8:50:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MYSTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRITThe sacrament of confirmation, especially in Eastern Christianity. It is called a mystery because it confers invisible grace through visible anointing. And it is the distinctive sacrament of the Holy Spirit as power according to the promise of Christ to his followers before Pentecost, that they would receive power to be his witnesses, i.e., martyrs, even to the ends of the earth. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Heavenly Elements of the Liturgy

    11/10/2014 7:20:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 86 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Heavenly Elements of the LiturgyBy: Msgr. Charles PopeIn November, Catholics are encouraged to meditate on the “Last Things.” As you know, I write quite often on Hell. But I have written on Heaven, too. In this post I propose simply to set forth how much of our liturgy is a kind of dress rehearsal for Heaven.Indeed, Catholics are often unaware just how biblical the Sacred Liturgy is. The design of our traditional churches; the use of candles, incense, and golden vessels; the postures of standing and kneeling; the altar; the singing of hymns; priests wearing albs and so forth are...
  • ST. PETER'S PRIMACY

    11/09/2014 8:04:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | November 09, 2014
    Peter's Primacy Peter the Rock, we showed that the early Church Fathers recognized that Peter is the rock of whom Christ spoke when he said, "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church." This tract highlights some of the implications of that fact. Because Peter was made the foundation of the Church, there were practical implications: it gave him a special place or primacy among the apostles. As the passages below demonstrate, the early Church Fathers clearly recognized this. Clement of Alexandria "[T]he blessed Peter, the chosen, the preeminent, the first among the disciples, for whom...
  • Pope Francis on the family: an inestimable and irreplaceable good

    11/09/2014 6:30:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    VaticanRadio ^ | 10-27-2013 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis on the family: an inestimable and irreplaceable good 2013-10-27 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday, October 27th, 2013, to mark the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time and the World Family Day at the close of the 21st Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which met in Rome this past week to reflect on the theme of living the joy of the Faith. In his homily, the Holy Father spoke of the Christian family as an institution that prays, keeps faith, and experiences joy. Listen: Over 100 thousand people...
  • What We Do at Mass and Why

    11/09/2014 3:54:41 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 8, 2014 | FR. HENRY VARGAS HOLGUN
    The Mass is divided into Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Communion Rite and the Concluding Rites. I. Introductory RitesWe arrive at the church and prepare ourselves to celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith. The faithful stand during these rites. A. Entrance Hymn and Procession We joyfully sing an appropriate hymn. The entrance hymn became a part of the Roman liturgy in the fifth century. The procession symbolizes the Pilgrim Churchs path towards the heavenly Jerusalem. The priest arrives at the altar, kisses it, and according to the situation, may incense...
  • Family now under the influence of the Pope Francis attack

    11/09/2014 10:10:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | November 9, 2014 | The Tenth Crusade
    I can't subject myself to the articles about Pope Francis demotion and exile of Cardinal Burke posted by long suffering Catholic journalists who have been luring our children into adultery and sexual debauchery, but I have been reading the headlines. I have also been fielding questions from readers who tell me stories about how their relatives and loved ones have put adultery on full throttle, citing the counterfeit deposit of faith Pope Francis has generated with his...I am groping for charity here...statements and actions contrary to Church teaching and obfuscation of teaching. These journalists have been permitted to use the...
  • Francis the Unmerciful: Cardinal Burke Dismissed and "Shoved Off"

    11/09/2014 9:09:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/9/14 | Giuseppe Nardiimage
    Rome) Since last September there have been rumors, now it has become reality. Pope Francis has removed the US Cardinal Raymond Burke as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed him Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Thus, the cardinal is removed from Church leadership, to which he belonged as head of the Supreme Court. Vindictive Retaliation by Pope Only a few weeks after the completion of the Synod of Bishops the "sending away" of the cardinal appears as revenge and retaliation by Pope Francis. So the reigning pope seems to have acted in quite a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANTOKRATOR, 11-09-14

    11/09/2014 7:43:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary`
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANTOKRATORGreek title of God, "the all mighty." It is also a familiar image of Christ depicted as ruling from heaven. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Homily for the Feast of St John Lateran

    11/09/2014 6:20:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of WashingtonA Homily for the Feast of St John Lateran By: Msgr. Charles PopeToday is the Feast of St. John Lateran in Rome. This is the Pope’s true Cathedral (not St. Peters). And thus, in celebrating this Feast, we celebrate the unity of the Church. The Pope’s work is to unite and strengthen the members of the Church whom the devil would like to sift (divide) like wheat (see Lk 22:31ff). On this feast we do well to examine a few teachings about the Church that the readings supply.I. The Shock of the Church - One of the more...
  • Bugnini the Mass-Maker Lives Again at the Congregation for Worship

    11/08/2014 9:20:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    PewSitter.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | Frank Walker
    The Eponymous Flower breaks an update on the demolition at the Congregation for Divine Worship. Pope Francis continues to purge the liturgical sensibility of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. On 5 November it was announced in the daily bulletin of the Holy See that Pope Francis had appointed a new Under-Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship. What was not there is that the two other undersecretaries were also dismissed. The Congregation has had no Cardinal Prefect since the beginning of October, after Pope Francis sent back the previous head of the dicastery, Cardinal Antonio Caizares as archbishop of Valencia in...
  • The Nature of the Mass and the need for Sacrifice

    11/08/2014 8:35:21 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 128 replies
    The natural law requires sacrificeIn the first place it is to be seen that the Natural Law requires us to sacrifice. Saint Thomas states in the first place that there are three main types of laws. There is first and foremost human laws (positive laws), there is the Natural Law, and lastly there is the Divine and Eternal laws. It is precisely the Natural Law that we will focus in for this specific article. The natural law is basically the structure which God creates in man so that he inclines man to specific types of actions. He designs man to...
  • Bishop Athanasius, Cardinal Burke and St Basil

    11/08/2014 6:50:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The hermeneutic of continuity ^ | November 6, 2014 | Fr Tim Finigan
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider is well-known for his excellent books Dominus Est: It is the Lord, and Corpus Christi: Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church in which he argues for greater reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and particularly for a return to the practice of receiving Holy Communion in the traditional manner, kneeling and receiving on the tongue. I heard him speak and had the privilege of meeting him in 2009 in Estonia and again earlier this year at a meeting of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Bishop Schneider is a holy man and has a great love for...
  • Trumpets of Warning! Part III

    11/08/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    MarkMallett.com ^ | 2006 | MarkMallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part III    AFTER Mass several weeks ago, I was meditating on the deep sense I’ve had the past few years that God is gathering souls to himself, one by one… one here, one there, whoever will hear His urgent plea to receive the gift of His Son’s life… as though we evangelists are fishing with hooks now, rather than nets. Suddenly, the words popped into my mind: The number of Gentiles is nearly filled.This, of course, is based in Scripture: …a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIRST CRUSADE, 11-08-14

    11/08/2014 10:14:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FIRST CRUSADEThe mainly French expedition (1096-99) inspired by Pope Urban II, which ended with the capture of Jerusalem in 1099. Godfrey of Bouillon (d. 1100), who was one of the leaders of the crusade, was elected ruler of Jerusalem. He called himself "Defender of the Holy Sepulcher," refusing to call himself king or to wear a crown, "through respect for Him who had been crowned in that place with the crown of thorns." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Cardinal Burke's full interview with Spanish magazine Vida Nueva

    11/07/2014 6:23:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 7, 2014 | New Catholic
    The interview of Cardinal Burke with Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva is now very well-known due to the expression, "a rudderless ship", but taken out of context. Below, you will find the full translation of the interview (we thank Rorate's Spanish-language partners at Adelante la Fe - Rorate en Espaol for providing us the original text) Interview Raymond Leo Burke "It seems to many that the Church's ship has lost its compass." US Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is considered one of the representatives of the Curial sector most resistant to change, as he demonstrates by deeming "critical" the current moment,...
  • Why is Pope Francis blind to Germany's rich and porn producing bishops?

    11/07/2014 2:24:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | November 7, 2014 | Vox Cantoris
    The Rhine and Tiber have clearly merged into one filthy polluted river washing over faithful Catholics like the rising floods of Noah. Kasper, Marx and others from Germany continue to scandalise the faithful and debase the truth all under the watchful eye of Jorge Bergoglio, the man whom the Grand Lodge of Italy remarked that with him "nothing will be the same." The Synod on the Family became a cesspool of dissent where over half the bishops, though not the two-thirds required, actually wanted some kind of accommodation for Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics and unrepentant sodomites. It...
  • Excommunications all round! Bells, Books, and Candles galore!!!

    11/07/2014 1:18:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 57 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | November 6, 2014 | Fr John Hunwicke
    In the Daily Telegraph of November 4 this year appeared a very jolly story about an Austrian woman who had incurred excommunication for purporting to have been ordained to the Priesthood (God bless her, she has retaliated by now claiming the Episcopate!!). The journalist began his story thus: "Excommunication is traditionally reserved by Catholicism for the very worst of sinners and is a sanction rarely invoked today". Well, the dear old Torygraph has failed to keep herself up-to-date on that subject. Excommunication is, for some bishops, the Fashionable Fad in today's caring, compassionate Catholic Church of Pope Francis! Excommunication, even,...
  • Don't claim Pope Francis for your own agenda, Kasper says amid controversy

    11/07/2014 12:27:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 6, 2014 | Adelaide Mena and Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Nov 6, 2014 / 08:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of an intense Synod on the Family, a leading voice supporting admission to Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics said different sides on Church debates should not use Pope Francis' words to bolster their own agenda. Speaking at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, Cardinal Walter Kasper aimed to explain Pope Francis and his pontificate. The emeritus president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity spoke as the recipient of the 2014 Johannes Quasten Award. In attempting to understand the Pope,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMMOVABLE MOVER, 11-07-14

    11/07/2014 8:43:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:IMMOVABLE MOVERGod as the ultimate cause of all motion or change in the universe, himself remaining unchanged. The term used by Aristotle and later by St. Thomas Aquinas, i.e., motor immobile, where motor means the one who changes, and immobile is unchangeable. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.