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  • Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here's What St. Thomas Says

    08/29/2016 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says. Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2016 • We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness? St. Thomas Aquinas and others say that there is not.On one level, this is because...
  • Don Marios Moral Mafia [Catholic Caucus]

    08/28/2016 5:55:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | August 28, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    More than three years into the Bergoglian pontificate there is no mistaking its principal line of development, which is Franciss grand obsession: the admission of unrepentant public adulterers in second marriages to Holy Communion, the Kasper proposal he has been promoting almost from the moment of his election. To that end, Francis has relentlessly put in place a kind of moral mafia to carry out his design. Let us meet some of its soldiers. chris phot 1.tifIt was Paglia who oversaw the pontifical councils production of the first Vatican-approved sex-ed program in Church historya document so disgustingly immoral that it...
  • You Have to Serve Before You Sit A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/28/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2016 • In the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for what makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world considers great and honorable is rather different from what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel in three parts and discover its paradoxical vision. I. THE PERSON who HONORS – The Lord is at a banquet and notices...
  • Obligation to vote?

    08/27/2016 9:36:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Obligation to vote? The Catechism states we must exercise the right to vote, but there are valid reasons to excuse this duty Msgr. Charles Pope 8/24/2016 Question: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote. But this seems false since for most of history there have been no systems of voting and, even today, there are many who cannot vote. How can the Catechism claim that voting is a moral obligation?— Jenna O’Neil, via email Answer: The Catechism reads as follows: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good...
  • Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of JPII on life and marriage?

    08/26/2016 5:42:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 26, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Yesterdays top CWN headline story, about problems with the sex-education guide issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, sheds more lightor perhaps I should say, casts a darker shadowon a story that appeared earlier this month, about new appointments to the Roman Curia. The problematical sex-ed program was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. On August 14, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Paglia to become president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2016 4:24:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 8/25/2016
    When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
  • If Youre Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

    08/25/2016 5:00:50 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 21, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom. It is long past dark in our culture, but in most...
  • Reconciliation among Chinas Catholics is close to Popes heart [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa ^ | August 24, 2016 | GIANNI VALENTE
    Communication between the Holy See and the Peoples Republic of China continues with a spirit of goodwill on both parts and aims to seek realistic solutions for the good of everyone. Watertight confirmation of the important step in the dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See is given by His Holinesss Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, himself. In a wide-spanning interview with Stefania Falasca of Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire, the cardinal from Vicenza who is head of Vatican diplomacy, outlines the criteria and objectives of the Holy See in its present relations with representatives of the Chinese government....
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family, she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Churchs constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and remarried) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and remarried sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vaticans marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • The First Commandment: Love the Lord your Godor practice ecumenism above all things?

    08/23/2016 11:11:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | August 23, 2016 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    In his second epistle, Saint John teaches. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him (2Jn 10). But Francis dictates other norms of conduct for our times if not with words, at least with his notorious gestures and, above all, in everyday life. Everyone must be received, regardless of the doctrines they profess, even if they are overtly rebellious, or even hostile, toward the Faith of the Church of Christ. Everyone must be greeted, and special attention must be paid to those who lead a...
  • Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

    08/23/2016 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2016 • We are currently reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians in daily Mass, and given the focus of on the “end times,” it might be good to review certain basic Catholic teachings on this matter, the theology of which is called eschatology.The Catholic approach to the end times is different from that in certain (but not all) Protestant circles, especially the Evangelicals, who have a strong and often vivid preoccupation with signs of the Second Coming of Christ. Many of the notions...
  • Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

    08/22/2016 5:58:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 157 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    "The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear! Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a...
  • Foxes in the Chicken House! [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 4:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Torch of the Faith ^ | August19, 2016 | admin
    A Crisis of Some Depth When one studies the Catholic news this week, it is easy to see that the foxes are abroad in the chicken house. Indeed, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that they have been deliberately placed in control of the chickens. At this stage in the game, only those who are willfully blind can deny this. One of the things that helped me to discover more of the real depth of the crisis facing the Church, was studying the life and times of the great Cardinal Josef Mindszenty of Hungary, about 10 years...
  • I am Sending Timothy - A Brief Summary of St. Pauls Letters to the Thessalonians

    08/22/2016 8:12:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I am Sending Timothy” - A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2016 • In daily Mass this week (21st Week of the Year) we are reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. I thought it might be helpful to present some notes I have assembled over the years from various sources. My goal is to bring the text a bit more alive and to provide some context.Overall context – St. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was cut short due to persecution, and after he left he had...
  • Notre Charge Apostolique [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 8:07:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 15, 1910 | Pope St. Pius X
    Excerpts from: Notre Charge Apostolique "Our Apostolic Mandate" Given by Pope Pius X to the French Bishops August 15, 1910 We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men to become brothers and comrades at last in the Kingdom of God. We do not work for the Church, we work...
  • Sober and Serious about Salvation A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/21/2016 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2016 • In the readings today the Lord describes a danger: our tendency to make light of judgment and not be sober that one day we must account for our actions. In the first reading the Lord sets forth His desire to save us, but we must understand that our will, our yes, is essential to our salvation. In the second reading (from the Letter to the Hebrews) Our Lord sets forth a plan whereby, having accepting Jesus,...
  • Who is Cardinal Wuerl Talking To?

    08/20/2016 3:19:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Les Femmes - the Truth ^ | August 19, 2016 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    I confess I laughed when I read the interview. Let's face it. To whom do you think Cardinal Wuerl speaks? Do you think he's spending a lot of time outside his chancery speaking to the ordinary people of the diocese or is his contact with them from the window of his lavish apartment on embassy row?
  • Catholics hold 'Liturgy of Apology' to LGBTQs

    08/20/2016 9:47:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Sydney Star Observer ^ | August 15, 2016
    NEWTOWNS Catholic Church has become one of the worlds first churches to apologise to LGBTI people for the hurt caused by the action and inaction of Catholic and Christian people and churches. In June, Pope Francis called for an apology to gay and lesbian people and St Josephs Catholic Church in Newtown become one of the first to respond holding a Liturgy of Apology organised by the Rainbow Catholic Interagency for Ministry on Friday. It was difficult to choose which personal stories to share during the liturgy; each individuals story is so powerful, unique and precious, Francis Voon, a Catholic...
  • Judging non-Catholics

    08/20/2016 7:45:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 966 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Judging non-Catholics Seeing into the hearts of those outside the Church, the Lord will judge them by their knowledge, deeds Msgr. Charles Pope Catholic, August 28, 2016 8/17/2016 Question: How will God judge non-Catholics at the time of their death? — William Bandle, Manchester, Missouri Answer: Scripture says, “God does not see as a mortal ... The Lord looks into the heart” (1 Sam 16:7). Thus, God, who knows our hearts, will judge us based on what is there. Not all have had the same opportunity to come to know the Lord, his Church and the help of the sacraments....
  • Francis Places Entire Vatican Apparatus on Marriage and Family Under 2 Prelates Subversive of Both

    08/19/2016 3:45:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 18, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Today (August 17) the Vatican announced that by motu proprio (his own initiative), Francis has formally erected the new super-dicastery of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Family and Life (PCLFL), effective September 1. The new dicastery will absorb (and thus abolish) the Pontifical Councils for the Family and the Laity and will also overlap the function of the still-existing Pontifical Academy for Life, one of whose members, the German philosopher Josef Siefert, published a devastating critique of the disastrous Amoris Laetitia, calling upon Francis to correct its errors against the Faith. Francis has appointed as head of the...
  • Professor: Enough papal apologies for alleged historical sins

    08/19/2016 2:02:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Patrick B. Craine
    In an op-ed at Crisis, Steubenville professor Timothy J. Williams argues that the Church should spend less time apologizing for Christians alleged past sins, and instead own up to its indifference to the moral evils of our own day. In particular, Williams is concerned by Pope Francis recent remarks that Christians seek forgiveness from the poor, from exploited women, [and] from children exploited as laborers. The remarks came after the pope had said he agreed with Cardinal Reinhard Marxs call for the Church to apologize to homosexuals. While these apologies have been a mainstay of the last three popes, starting...
  • Human Identity in Crisis

    08/19/2016 9:31:01 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 3 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 08/19/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    A few weeks ago Rush Limbaugh announced that the fastest growing crime in the West is identity theft. It is true that we hear a lot about illegal hacking in the news cycle, as individuals, businesses and even nations have their deepest secrets exposed. But the real crime is the theft of the source of human dignity, namely, the Creator. The removal of God from cultural consciousness, eliminates the true source of human identity. According to a recent study, 91% of adults agree that the best way to find yourself is by looking within yourself and 86% say that to...
  • No, God Isnt Transgender

    08/19/2016 8:06:44 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 40 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 8 . 15 . 16 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled Is God Transgender? by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who transitioned to a woman in the 1970s, Sameth contends that the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender. He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures, in order to argue that religion should not be put in service of social prejudices against...
  • I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

    08/19/2016 8:02:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2016 • The Gospel from Thursday’s Mass (Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year) contains one of the most shocking parables Jesus ever told. It is the Parable of the Wedding Feast from the Gospel of Matthew, and it tells the story of a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son. Most know it well, but in case you want to review it, the full text is available here: Parable of the Wedding Feast.It...
  • The Church has never been better: Is this madness or megalomania? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 1:56:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | August 18, 2016 | denziiger-bergoglio
    In concentration camps, diabolical methods of torture abound. Besides the various forms of physical abuse, prisoners are also subjected to harrowing psychological pressures. Imagine that after a week of torture, a languishing victim receives a visit from a physician. After checking him over, the doctor declares the poor captive to be in excellent health, well-nourished, possessing the energy levels and fitness of a youth! What would the prisoner think of this diagnosis? Surely that it was another act of psychological torture perpetrated by his captorsperhaps to make him continue with his labor. Clearly, such a doctor could only be considered...
  • In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 12:09:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/18/2016 | Zhao Nanxiong
    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) Here at AsiaNews we have received and gladly publish this urgent appeal from a priest in South China. Frequent appeals for help are arriving from the underground Catholic Chinese clergy, this year. They find themselves in a very difficult and serious dilemma: they are being forced to register by accepting the Catholic Patriotic Association with its three autonomy principles. But, it seems that nobody cares for them. The public attention of all Catholics concerned with the Church in China is drawn elsewhere: it is focused upon the possible results of the ongoing negotiations between the Holy...
  • A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

    08/18/2016 6:42:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 17, 2016 • The first reading from today (Wednesday of the 20th week of the year) is a significant admonition for priests. In this post, permit this priest to wonder how this warning from the Lord might apply to priests and shepherds today.You who read these wonderings: please pray for priests, because we who have received much will also have much for which to account.The passage from Ezekiel 34 is in bold, blue italics; my reflections are in bold, black text.The word...
  • What Did the First Living Cell Eat?

    08/18/2016 6:34:03 AM PDT · by fwdude · 86 replies
    Creation Moments Radio Transcripts ^ | 08/18/16 | Creation Moments, et. al
    Colossians 1:16 "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:" Not long ago, I was talking with another creationist about the impossibility of the first living cell coming into being through natural causes from non-living chemicals. I asked him, "Even if such a thing were possible, what would the first living cell eat?" Without missing a beat, my friend said: "Cellery?" The two of us shared a good laugh together,...
  • Kasperite Bishop Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life [Catholic Caucus]

    08/17/2016 11:40:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | Maike Hickson
    Vatican expert Dr. Sandro Magister revealed yesterday a day before the announcement was officially made the troubling news that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as well as of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Paglia is already the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family. With this decision, Pope Francis makes another move in order to strengthen the progressive direction of his papal teaching concerning moral matters. Paglia is known to be a strong supporter of...
  • Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

    08/17/2016 7:51:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2016 • By way of spiritually preparing for a pro-life project here in my parish and deanery, I asked the Lord to show me any biblical text He wanted me to see. I randomly opened the Bible and my eyes fell on Proverbs 24, which has some very good material for reflection for any and all engaged in pro-life witness.Consider some lessons drawn from the 24th chapter of the Book of Proverbs: OUR SUMMONS – If you remain indifferent in times of adversity, your strength will...
  • Must Catholics Believe that Islam Is Peaceful?

    08/16/2016 2:04:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 16, 2016 | William Kilpatrick
    The Apostles Creed (updated version): I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the peaceful nature of Islam. Amen. Or, anyway, thats how it ought to read according to Monsignor Stuart Swetland, President of Donnelly College in Kansas City. No, Msgr. Swetland didnt actually propose a revision to the Apostles Creed, but he does seem to be saying that Catholics have a religious obligation to affirm that Islam is a religion of peace. In a long statement following up on a radio debate with Robert Spencer on Relevant Radios...
  • Cardinal Zens Fears Come to Pass in China [Catholic Caucus]

    08/16/2016 1:23:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vaticans increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new formula allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article A winter of darkness for religions in China by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: From information that has...
  • The Blessing of Pilgrimage A Journey in Faith!

    08/16/2016 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Blessing of Pilgrimage – A Journey in Faith! Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2016 • This coming March (19th – 30th), Patrick Coffin (of Catholic Answers) and I will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You are invited to come! Details are available here: Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage.As I prepare for that trip I recall that one of the greatest moments in my entire life, and certainly in my life as a priest, was celebrating Holy Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, at the Latin altar on Golgotha, the very site of the crucifixion....
  • The faithful are asking the Pope for clarity against the attacks of evil -- where is he?...

    08/15/2016 3:01:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 14, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    During the month of August, Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican is emptied of its guests, but Pope Francis will spend the entire month in the Vatican, just like the past three years. Francis has announced he will forego a traditional papal appointment - the National Eucharistic Congress to take place this year in Genoa from the 15th to the 18th of August, while on the 19th of August the Pope will go to Assisi to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the encounter among religions, organized by the Community of St. Egidio. The Vatican Press Office did not communicate this...
  • Modesty and Beach Volleyball

    08/15/2016 6:54:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 283 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Modesty and Beach Volleyball Msgr. Charles Pope • August 14, 2016 • One of the less edifying aspects of the Summer Olympics in Rio is the attire of the women’s beach volleyball players from Western countries. Most of the women wear a tiny bikini with the bottom being especially tiny. (I do not show a picture here because I deem it immodest to do so. Instead, I show a picture of some of the men, whose attire I mention below.) Embed from Getty Images  Frankly, playing volleyball in a tiny bikini seems quite unnecessary. I would argue that it...
  • How Do We Know Its the True Church?

    08/14/2016 2:49:24 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 121 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    What are the twelve traits of authority, and how do they work? First of all, it seems clear that their decision would have to be made from a historical perspective. It was not good enough to decide complex moral, social, or doctrinal issues based on popularity polls or yesterdays newspaper. To decide difficult questions, a valid authority has to be historical.
  • Battle Plan - A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

    08/14/2016 5:59:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-16` | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Battle Plan - A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2016 • The readings today speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of it vividly and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the beginning (cf John 8:44).As Jesus approaches Jerusalem for the final time, He describes the battle that is about to unfold. It is a battle...
  • Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual

    08/13/2016 6:01:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham – Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual Msgr. Charles Pope • August 12, 2016 • There is an old African-American spiritual that says, “Rock a my soul in the bosom of Abraham. Oh, rock a my soul!” At first glance its meaning may seem obscure, but it speaks to a deep tradition and a kind of spiritual strategy that has great wisdom.Biblically, the “bosom of Abraham” referred to the place of rest in Sheol, where the righteous dead awaited the Messiah and Judgment Day. It is mentioned only once...
  • Martin Luther was a teacher of the faith, say [Catholic] German bishops

    08/12/2016 3:59:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 296 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 12, 2016 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Germanys Catholic bishops have praised Martin Luther as a Gospel witness and teacher of the faith and called for closer ties with Protestants. In a 206-page report, The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective, Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg, chairman of the German bishops ecumenical commission, said the history of the Reformation has encountered a changeable reception in the Catholic Church, where its events and protagonists were long seen in a negative, derogatory light. While the wounds are still felt to the present day, it is gratifying that Catholic theology has succeeded, in the meantime, in soberly reconsidering the events of the...
  • What Are Our Pets Really Saying? A Meditation on the Eager Expectation of All Creation

    08/12/2016 6:50:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Our Pets Really Saying? A Meditation on the Eager Expectation of All Creation Msgr. Charles Pope • August 11, 2016 • I am often struck by the mystery of the relationship that dogs and cats set up with their owners. While I realize that we humans often project what we want their behavior to mean, I am still fascinated by the reality of how our pets come to “know” us and set up a kind of communication with us.Dogs, especially, are very demonstrative, interactive, and able to make knowing responses. Cats are more subtle. My cat, Jewel,...
  • A novel way to articulate the Trinity

    08/11/2016 9:06:49 PM PDT · by UnChained · 50 replies
    Vanity | 11/08/2016 | Dobbin Burkhart
    Beyond creeds. All attempts to articulate the Triune Godhead that I have seen focus on inconsequentials. The nature of the Trinity is rather simple but I can't come up with a way to express it compactly so please bear with me. You will acknowledge that God in His Omnipotence has the power to create a perfect copy of me, a color Xerox of me if you will. Such a copy might be so perfect that the copy would be convinced that he actually WAS me. My family couldn't tell the difference either because he would share every single attribute I...
  • We Live in a Rebellious House

    08/11/2016 6:23:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We Live in a Rebellious House Msgr. Charles Pope • August 10, 2016 • One of the observations that God makes about us over and over again is that we are stiff-necked (cf Ex 32:9, 33:3; Deut 9:3, 10:16; 2 Chron 30:8; 2 Kings 17:14; Jer 7:26; and many, many other texts).The charge occurs again in the reading from today’s Mass (Thursday of the 19th Week of the Year):The word of the LORD came to me:Son of man, you live in the midst of a rebellious house;they have eyes to see but do not see,and ears to hear but...
  • Is There a Dark Delight in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel

    08/10/2016 7:01:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a “Dark Delight” in Prophets Who Foretell Doom? A Consideration of a Text from Ezekiel Msgr. Charles Pope • August 9, 2016 • Today’s reading from daily Mass (Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year) features an unusual image and a seemingly “dark delight.”It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe! He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you; eat...
  • Allowing Chinese govt to appoint bishops would mean surrender, says retired cardinal

    08/09/2016 2:36:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press | August 9, 2016 | Gene Line
    Hong Kongs retired bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said on Monday that allowing the Chinese government to appoint Catholic bishops in the popes stead would mean surrender. The statement came after the citys current bishop, John Tong Hon, said last Friday that the Chinese government and Vatican are in dialogue to discuss the contentious issue of appointing bishops in China. The official Catholic church of China is currently run by the government-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which appoints its own bishops, whereas the Vatican insists on its right to appoint bishops in the region, prompting the creation of underground churches which...
  • What is the Church for Francis? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/09/2016 8:38:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Jesus said: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you (Jn 14:27). This is why the Church has never wished to be considered a philanthropic institution that suits the likes and dislikes of humans of every age, regardless of their moral practices and customs. The peace that the Church gives to the world is the peace of Christ, and out of fidelity to Christian principles Catholics should never fear opposing the opinions of their times. The necessity to contradict worldly convictions leads the Christian to live...
  • If We Understand the Sacrifice of the Mass to Be a Meal, We Must Clarify What Sort of Meal It Is

    08/09/2016 7:40:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If We Understand the Sacrifice of the Mass to Be a Meal, We Must Clarify What Sort of Meal It Is Msgr. Charles Pope • August 8, 2016 • There been much tension regarding the Mass as both a meal and a sacrifice. A necessary corrective was introduced in the past twenty years to rectify the overly strong emphasis, heavily advanced during the 1970s and 1980s, on the Mass as a meal. The purpose of the corrective was to bring back needed balance with the root of the Mass: the cross and the overall paschal mystery.While we cannot dismiss...
  • Drag Queen in the Nave

    08/08/2016 9:50:49 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 6 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | August 5, 2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Why would anyone except a professional organist take the magazine The American Organist? A friend gave me a recent issue of this highly specialized publication. The stunning picture on the front cover got my attention. The foreground features a glorious pipe organ with five key boards, endless foot pedals and a hundred stops. In the background is the grandiose nave and the vaulted ceiling of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. To me, the church organ is a symbol of high Western Christian culture, made famous by the soaring oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach and the stirring grandeur of...