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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • By Grace, We Are Free in Christ

    01/30/2015 10:14:02 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 21 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Sinclair Ferguson
    In John 8:34 Jesus underlined the bondage in which we are held by nature. On the other hand, He spoke about the freedom into which He brings sinners by grace: “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).How could the Son set them free? Because of who He was. He was the Son who has been sent into the world by the Father. He knew the Father’s plan. He had the most intimate relationship with the Father. He had heard everything the Father had said, and He came with this message of good news: “The...
  • Should Girls Serve at the Altar? A Former Altar Girl Weighs In {Catholic Caucus}

    01/29/2015 7:31:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    onepeterfive.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Rebecca DeVendra
    While working a summer job in high school, one of my Catholic, male co-workers and I were leaving a building. I was ahead of him, so opened the door and stepped aside so he could pass. Oh no! He cried sarcastically, You just emasculated me! We then joked that a womans real role was obviously to be in the kitchen, and after a good laugh we went our separate ways. Our changing attitudes towards gender roles dont stop at held doors and pulled out chairs. Obviously, if feminism is to have any value at all, and if Catholicism has any...
  • Pope Francis approved family synods controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

    01/29/2015 6:06:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Hillary White and Patric B Craine
    The lead organizer of the Vaticans Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis role in the documents publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synods first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUESNELLIANISM, 01-29-15

    01/29/2015 9:02:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:QUESNELLIANISMA theory of grace taught by Pasquier Quesnel z91634-1719) which popularized the views of Michael Baius (1513-1638). Among his doctrines condemned by Pope Clement XI in 1713 were the claims that no grace is given outside the Church, that grace is irresistible, that without grace human beings are incapable of any good, and that all acts of a sinner, even prayer and attendance at Mass, are sinful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Look at the Actual Mass of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

    01/29/2015 7:46:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican...
  • Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

    01/29/2015 7:26:35 AM PST · by avenir · 16 replies
    The Pangea Blog (via Patheos) ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kurt Willems
    Hell is real, in some form or another.Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earththis is real.Hell as a literal place of eternal conscious torment for those who never make a mental assent to the Four Spiritual Laws (1. God loves humans, 2. Humans are sinners, 3. Only Jesus saves sinners, 4. Accept Jesus to live eternally) is another perspective. People with this view, which...
  • If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand?

    01/29/2015 7:13:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | January 28, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    The Psalmist asked the question: If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand? This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one. The question is stated in a conditional form. It merely considers the dire consequences that follow if the Lord marks iniquity. We breathe a sigh of relief saying, Thank heavens the Lord does not mark iniquity! Such is a false hope. We have been led to believe by an endless series of lies that we have nothing to fear from Gods scorecard. We can be confident that if He is capable of...
  • CITY OF GOD BY VENERABLE MARY AGREDA - POPULAR ABRIDGEMENT A REVIEW

    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, This is an excellent Catholic Classic in more ways than one. This is a Popular Abridgement of 4 Volumes which exists. There are several books written on "Our Blessed Mother" - based on Scripture, Her Apparitions, Private Revelations by the Fathers of the Church, the Saints etc but none has been beautifully revealed as that by the Venerable Mary of Agreda titled : "CITY OF GOD". Few have heard about her and still fewer know about this book :"CITY OF GOD". The Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother of God. It is...
  • Blase Cupich Poster Priest of Newchurch

    01/28/2015 5:24:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | January 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    In his recent interview Commonweal Magazine, Archbishop Blase Cupich provides an interesting glimpse into the activities of the Extraordinary Synod. When confronted with the idea that the medias coverage of the event may have contributed to a certain confusion among some of the bishops, Cupich answered rather candidly: >>The media is not to blame at all. I think the media reported what actually took place. What really took place at the synod was that a majority of the bishops voted for all the proposals that were there in the final summary document ...<< >>Its true that three of the paragraphs...
  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 1:23:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 340 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Masters Seminary
    Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchs celebration of the Lords Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of these inquiries have come from Roman Catholics, each of whom has suggested that the Roman Catholic practice of transubstantiation best represents the way the Lords Table was observed in the first few centuries of church history. Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchs celebration of the Lords Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of...
  • How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists [Calvinist Caucus]

    01/28/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 110 replies
    Challies.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Do you want to know how to make a Calvinist angry? Do you want to know how to offend a whole room full of them? Just bring up the old line about Reformed theology being incompatible with evangelism. We have all heard it, we have all read it, we have all rejected it. Its the word on the street, though, that Calvinists make poor evangelists. Many people are firmly convinced that there is a deep-rooted flaw embedded within Reformed theology that undermines evangelistic fervor. Most blame it on predestination. After all, if God has already chosen who will be saved,...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When Im 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    01/28/2015 7:00:21 AM PST · by Stingray · 90 replies
    Self ^ | 1-28-15 | Stingray
    The identity of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse has mystified and intrigued people for centuries. Each symbolizes something, but what do they symbolize? When you see the connection between Revelation, the gospels, and historical facts, then you, too, will begin to understand John's incredibly powerful letter. Let's begin. I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, Come! I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he...
  • Cardinal Baldisseri furthers post-Synod confusion

    01/27/2015 9:31:41 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    ROME, 25 January 2015: Comments made by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri have further undermined Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage says Voice of the Family, an international coalition of pro-family groups. An international conference, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family from 22-24 January, was addressed by Cardinal Baldisseri, organiser of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The expressed purpose of the conference was to provide opportunity for around 80 lay groups to assist the PCF provide input into the synod to be held in October 2015. Baldisseri defended the right of Walter Cardinal Kasper to assert that divorced...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GIFT OF FEAR, 01-27-15

    01/27/2015 8:45:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GIFT OF FEARInfused gift of the Holy Spirit that confirms the virtue of hope and inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of his help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial. It is based on the selfless love of God, whom it shrinks from offending. Whereas in servile fear the evil dreaded is punishment; in filial fear it is the fear of doing anything contrary to the...
  • Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust

    01/27/2015 7:28:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a marvelous chapter in the Book of Proverbs that ought to be studied by every young person who must live in this lustful world. Its sets forth plainly the stance that any son or daughter of God should have regarding the lust so often celebrated by this age.Many preachers and teachers wince at the Book of Proverbs on this topic since it tends to portray seduction and lust as coming from women.However it must be recalled that Proverbs features a father speaking to his son....
  • Francis welcomes in private audience same-sex "couple": transexual "former woman" and "wife"

    01/26/2015 6:13:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 75 replies
    Rorate Cael ^ | 1/26/15 | New Catholic
    Spanish periodical Hoy reveals the private meeting in the Vatican of "Diego" Neria Lejrraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, and her "wife". Excerpts: The Blessed Encounter between Francis and Diego The Pope welcomed Saturday in the Vatican a Plasencia native who has felt outside the Church since he [sic] was submitted to a gender-reassignment surgery ... "I would have never dared before, but with Pope Francis, yes; after hearing him in so many interventions, I felt that he would listen to me." Diego Neria Lejrraga is a 48-yearold native of Plasencia [Western Spain], who was received on Saturday [January 24]...
  • The Conversion We Think We Want

    01/26/2015 6:04:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-26-15 | Stephen Beale
    The Conversion We Think We Want Stephen BealeLet’s face it. Given a choice, most of us would choose to have the conversion experienced by St. Paul.Here’s how Acts 22 describes the sudden conversion of the great apostle, which we celebrated on Sunday:On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    01/26/2015 5:06:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    catholicgentleman.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Sam Guzman
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELIQUARY, 01-26-15

    01/26/2015 11:41:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:RELIQUARYAny repository in which a relic is sealed and kept. Reliquaries vary in size, according to the relic, from very small ones that can be easily carried to larger caskets for whole parts of a saint's body. Relics are never exposed for public veneration unless enclosed in a reliquary. Some reliquaries are famous for their exquisite design and value. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Female bishop: Man interrupts Libby Lane ordination (Church of England)

    01/26/2015 9:23:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | bbc
    A man has interrupted the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop. The unidentified man said that "it was not in the Bible", when Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Mrs Lane should be ordained. The man asked to speak to Dr Sentamu about the "absolute impediment" before walking off. VIDEO ON LINK
  • If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts...Meditation on-Jonah.

    01/26/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-2515 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me. A Meditation on the Story of Jonah. By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a followup to yesterday’s (Sunday 3rd Week) reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. God keeps calling until we are ready, until our last...
  • The Truth is Always Offensive

    01/26/2015 5:56:49 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 5 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Trevor Thomas
    When Jesus stood before Pilate, just prior to going to His execution, Pilate asked Him, Are you the King of the Jews? After some discussion, Pilate concluded, You are a king, then! Jesus replied, You are right in saying that I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. Sounding much like a modern-day graduate of Harvards divinity school, or the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University (who both probably have about the...
  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 5:22:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 307 replies
    Beggars All ^ | February 11, 2009 | "carrie"
    The Absurdity of Separated Brethren Before Protestants were "separated brethren"... Q. Does the Lord make use of apostate Catholics, such as Martin Luther, Calvin, John Knox, Henry VIII., King of England, to reform the manners of the people? A. The thought is absurd. The lives of those men were evil, and it is only the devil that makes use of them to pervert the people still more. The Lord makes use of His saints, such as a St. Francis of Assisium, a St. Dominick, a St. Ignatius, a St. Alphonsus, to convert the people and reform their evil manners...
  • Rabbitgate: Video Witness Shames The Pope

    01/25/2015 4:42:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Muddabor's Blog ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mundabor
    He (Francis) has backpedaled, I know. He has backpedaled in pretty much as much of a clear and unmistakeable way as can be normally expected by a Pope. But there is no doubt in my mind that this backpedaling is not the fruit of him realising that he has inadvertently expressed himself in, say, an unlucky way. On the contrary: he says very clearly what he means, and his body language makes the point all the way. The backpedaling is therefore, without the shadow of a doubt, an exercise in damage control meant to distract the faithful from what the...
  • Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: ...

    01/25/2015 4:32:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/25/15 | Augustinus
    On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written, The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.) We walk as...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1,767 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMMAUS, 01-24-15

    01/24/2015 9:04:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMMAUSA village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that two disciples met the risen Jesus and accompanied him to the village (Luke 24:13-35). Not until he broke bread at supper did they recognize him. then he disappeared and they hastened back to Jerusalem to tell the Apostles of the encounter. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Gospel According to the Church Fathers

    01/24/2015 8:33:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 381 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 22, 2011 | Nathan Busenitz
    After the apostles died, was the gospel hopelessly lost until the Reformation?That certainly seems to bea common assumption in some Protestant circles today.Thankfully, it is a falseassumption.Im not entirely sure where thatmisconception started. But one thing I do know: it did not come from the Protestant Reformers.The Reformers themselves (including Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and others) were convinced that theirposition was not only biblical, but also historical. In other words, they contended that both the apostles and the church fathers would have agreed with them on the heart of the gospel.For example, thesecond-generation Lutheran reformer, Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), wrote a...
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • Cardinal Marx on Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships

    01/23/2015 10:44:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    America Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Luke Hansen S.J.
    It is very important that the synod does not have the spirit of all or nothing. It is not a good way. The synod cannot have winners and losers. That is not the spirit of the synod. The spirit of the synod is to find a way together, not to say, How can I find a way to bring my position through? Rather: How can I understand the other position, and how can we together find a new position? That is the spirit of the synod.
  • The ELCA and Abortion

    01/23/2015 10:13:29 AM PST · by rhema · 37 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 1/21/15 | JoAnna Wahlund
    A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, My real disaffection with the ELCA didnt start with sex. It began in earnest over the ELCA abortion statement and the subsequent decision by the national council to treat elective abortion for pastors and dependents as a reimbursable medical expense under the church health plan. It was this exact issue that was my first step on the path...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMAThe systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some!

    01/23/2015 7:25:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s a common “moral” standard that many like to employ today, especially regarding sexual matters, that goes something like this: “Two consenting adults can do what they please, as long as no one gets hurt.” But of course the sinners who talk like this seem to think that they get to determine if anyone gets hurt. Generally their notions of “no one” are very egocentric. But even there they are often quite wrong.Today, I marched with many who tried to give a voice to the at...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMOPHORION, 01-22-15

    01/22/2015 8:42:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:OMOPHORIONA vestment of the Greek Rite corresponding to the pallium in the Roman Church. It is abroad band often of silk or velvet, ornamented with crosses, worn around the neck and over the shoulders and breast. Its is worn by Byzantine, Armenian, and Coptic bishops and archbishops. Originally made of wool, it symbolizes the duties of bishops as shepherds of their people. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 470 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox)emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful,book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Suchpractices infiltrated...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, 01-21-15

    01/21/2015 10:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANTERBURY CATHEDRALA historic monument of Catholic England, in County Kent, it is the burial place of some of the Church's greatest leaders. At first it was forbidden to bury within the cathedral precincts. The rule was changed when St. Cuthbert (d. 687), arranging his own burial, ordained that all archbishops could be buried within their own cathedral churches. St. Dunstan, St. Alphege, St. Anselm, St. Odo have their tombs within its walls. But the saint who is most responsible for Canterbury's prestige is St. Thomas Becket, who was murdered by the agents of King...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the Divorce Debate

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • Catholics in Congress: What makes them tick?

    01/21/2015 6:30:47 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 45 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) The numbers dont lie. Once again, there are more Catholics in Congress than members of any other religious denomination. And the numbers stay strong term after term. Even though Catholics account for only about 22 percent of the U.S. population admittedly the largest body of religious belief in the country they make up 31 percent of the House and the Senate. If youre looking for differences between the two major parties, theres indeed some but Catholics are still overrepresented in both the Democratic and Republican parties. There are 83 Catholics among the 234 Democrats...
  • A woman as pope and Jesuit

    01/20/2015 8:27:25 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | January 21, 2015 | Ambeth R. Ocampo
    When, during his encounter with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas, Pope Francis advised the organizers to include more women next time, to offset the program dominated by men, I remembered John Paul II at Mass in Luneta who brought cheer to women when he changed the standard invitation to prayer or exhortation, Brothers and sisters in Christ, to Sisters and brothers While we know that the ordination of women in the Catholic Church are light years away, comment on this issue during the papal coverage should have been made over the cold malunggay soup served the Pope...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JESUS PRAYER, 01-20-15

    01/20/2015 10:34:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JESUS PRAYERA popular devotion among Eastern Christians. The words of the prayer are "O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." It is said by devout Christians at regular intervals during the day and night, and is used by them as the basis of their meditation. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, I Do Not Know You?

    01/20/2015 8:37:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Do Not Know You”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and then someone will come past my door and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s for money! And then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, well Father, you don’t know me but my grandmother goes here; this is our family Church.” “Oh, I see, but where do you go to Church?” I usually ask.  The response...
  • Francis lambasts international aid, suggests Catholics should limit children

    01/19/2015 5:25:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 101 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter | January 19, 2015 | Joshua L. McElwee
    Pope Francis has obliquely but sharply criticized how financially stable nations lend aid to developing countries, saying they sometimes require concessions that strike echoes of 20th century dictatorships. The pontiff has also made what appears to be an unprecedented statement that Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children, while reaffirming Pope Paul VIs ban on artificial means of birth control. Francis statement about development aid was a clarification of an earlier warning against what he called an "ideological colonization" of family life, made during a meeting with families in the Philippines last week. Speaking...
  • Pope: Catholics Don't Have to Breed 'Like Rabbits'

    01/19/2015 5:12:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 19, 2015
    >>No, he said, Catholics don't have to "be like rabbits" and have more children than is safe or responsible. << >>Francis said he would have loved to have entered the U.S. via the Mexican border, saying it would have been a "beautiful thing, as a sign of brotherhood and of help to the immigrants."<< >>"But you know that going to Mexico without going to visit the Madonna (of Guadalupe) would be a drama. A war could break out!" he said, laughing. He said a Mexico visit would come in the future.<<
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EGOISM, 01-19-15

    01/19/2015 9:33:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EGOISMThe morally sinful pursuit of one's own advantage, while ignoring the law and the interests of other people. In this it differs from egocentrism, which may be unconscious. It is, however, worse than selfishness, which need not be indifferent to others' needs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Glimmer of Light in a Bleak Decade A Consideration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    01/19/2015 8:19:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Glimmer of Light in a Very Bleak Decade – A Consideration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is difficult to describe the decade of the 1960s as anything but a near complete disaster for this country, Western culture, and the world. Like a tsunami that sweeps in and out in successive waves destroying and reworking the whole landscape and setting loose subsequent disasters, the 1960s was a disastrous series of revolutions whose destructive aftermath is now breeding disease, broken families, addiction, sexual confusion, and social chaos. The sexual revolution, the revolution...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer; Claim #12

    01/18/2015 12:36:59 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 12. "People's memories of their past lives prove that reincarnation is true...and that the Christian view of Heaven and Hell is...
  • Catholics and Lutherans Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration In 2016

    01/18/2015 10:07:39 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 1/17/2015 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will jointly host an ecumenical event in the fall of 2016. According to a press release from the organizers, this is a continuation of the process "From Conflict to Communion" and to express the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500` Reformation anniversary in 2017. 2017 also marks 50 years of ecumenical dialogue between the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church. Within the framework of the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it is important for the LWF and...