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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-15, OM, St. Faustina, Bl. Xavier Seelos

    10/05/2015 2:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 10-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • Ann Barnhardt Heckles Bishop [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:49:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    A little while back I had the opportunity to attend a small conference about Marriage and Evolution, as in Darwinian evolution, specifically addressing the damage that the Evolutionary theory has done to society in general, and to the cultural foundation of marriage and family, namely by the Evolutionary base premise that everything is constantly changing and that everything “new” is “better” and everything “old” is “inferior” or, sin-of-sins, “unevolved”. The morning session was a series of presentations on marriage and family, and then the afternoon sessions were incredibly interesting hard science – fossil records, genetics, molecular biology, etc. The final...
  • In Cauda Venenum: St. Corbinian’s Bear on the Pope’s Homily [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:31:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    St. Corbian's Bear ^ | 10/04/2015 | St. Corbian's Bear
    The old Latin phrase "in cauda venenum" came to mind when the Bear read the Pope's homily at the synod. In his storied career as a trial lawyer, the Bear learned that he was the best lawyer in the world as a prosecutor. He had to adjust his expectations as a defense lawyer. He knew that nearly all defense pre-trial motions would be denied by the court. The Bear noticed something else. The judge would always praise his argument at first, and only at the end pivot and give his reasons for denying the motion. This happened every time. The...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived

    10/04/2015 2:49:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/04/15 | New Catholic
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as “unacceptable.” ... Speeches (“interventions,” in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Vatican official in gay relationship fired for media conference, NOT for sins against God & nature

    10/04/2015 2:35:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Adhere
    So we bring to those of you who don't follow us on Twitter this news, for the record. And, also for the record, the fact that the Vatican is now, for the first time ever, using words such as "in a gay relationship" on an official website to describe a sexually active homosexual priest. And, one other nugget: According to the pope's spokesman, this priest being an active homosexual, that was not what got him fired from his numerous posts.
  • God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

    10/04/2015 9:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world. “This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self,” the Pope said in his opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops. He explained that...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 2

    10/04/2015 1:18:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | June 8, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 2 As promised in my last post, we are now going to take a look at some of the main texts involved in presenting a biblical case for “the Rapture.” Over my next two posts, I will present seven of the most common and favorite go-to verses I used to use when I was a “Rapture” theorist before my conversion to Christ in his Church. The first is perhaps the most commonly used of all:1. I Thess. 4:15-17:For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who...
  • Why we fear the Ordinary Synod on the Family is being manipulated

    10/03/2015 5:57:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 2, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    It is widely considered that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in Rome last October, was manipulated by those controlling it in order to promote changes in the teachings of the Catholic Church on questions relating to human sexuality, marriage and the family. The evidence for such a view has been very ably set out by experienced Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin in his recent book The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? (a review of the book can be found here). An overview of events can also be found in Voice of the Family’s document The Extraordinary Synod on the...
  • The Phony Synod: Now Even Phonier

    10/03/2015 4:48:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | October 2, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    From the moment it was announced, traditionalist Catholics knew the "Synod on the Family" would have little to do with the family and a great deal to do with advancing the continued subversion of the Church by a resurgent neo-Modernism operating according to what Msgr. Guido Pozzo, head of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, calls the "para-conciliar ideology." The very title of Synod 2014's final report, "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization," was a dead giveaway: "pastoral challenges" is Modernist code for "sins we would like to accommodate." That is why this writer, for one,...
  • On the eve of the Synod - critiques of the Instrumentum Laboris are piling up

    10/03/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Augustinus
    We have already posted a comprehensive article on the growing number of critiques against the Instrumentum Laboris that will guide this month's Synod of Bishops on the family. Impossible to excuse or explain away: How the heterodoxy of the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod of 2015 has been exposed. In addition to our own extended critique published on June 25 and critiques from Raymond Cardinal Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Roberto de Mattei, LifeSite News and Voice of the Family, our report also includes First Things' open letter to the Pope against the threat posed to Humanae Vitae by the Instrumentum...
  • Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

    10/03/2015 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2015 • Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering?While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater blessing may occur. To some degree I have found this to be so in my own life; some of my greatest blessings required that a door slam shut or that...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1

    10/03/2015 4:50:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 30, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1 In my next post, we will get into a biblical critique of the popular “Rapture” theology we find mostly among Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians, but before we do that I would like to respond to a question I often get when talking about this question in general.“What’s the big deal?”In other words, so what if these confused Protestants have their beliefs about this aspect of eschatology awry. That’s not going to hurt anybody, is it?In fact, I argue, Dispensationalist theology is dangerous for many reasons, but one of them can...
  • A Short Catechism on the Synod of Surrender

    10/02/2015 2:22:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/2/2015 | John Vennari
    Q: Why do you call the upcoming October event the “Synod of Surrender”? A: The thrust of the 2014 Synod, as well as the 2015 Synod Working Document, appears to re-orient Catholics towards some sort of change in moral teaching. We see an effective surrender, by highly placed Churchmen, to various aspects of contemporary moral permissiveness. Q: How can you say that change is in the works? A: Because of the principles on which the Synods are based. The Final Document from the 2014 Synod (the Relatio synodi) opens with what has been called the “interpretive key”[1] that gives the...
  • Stump the Priest: Millennialism? (Why it is a condemned heresy)

    10/02/2015 11:44:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 22 replies
    One of many charts from the premillennialist book "Dispensational Truth" Question: "Why do the Orthodox adhere to Amillennialism, when it is so obvious that Satan is alive and active now and not confined. The following fathers were premillenarians: Justin Martyr, Melito, Hegesippus, Tatian, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus and Apollinaris. So why is Chiliasm a heresy?" Of the names that are listed, I do not believe there is any clear evidence that St. Hegesippus held premillennialist views. St. Hippolytus actually changed his mind on this question, in favor of rejecting premillennialism. Tatian, Tertullian, and Apollinaris all ended their lives in heresy and schism,...
  • The Synod on the Family: Can the “Good Bishops” Save Us? (Don't Hold Your Breath)

    10/02/2015 9:20:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Friday Oct 2, 2015 | Hilary White
    "The absurdity of the Synod organisers, including the pope, simply writing final documents for a Synod weeks in advance of the bishops even arriving in Rome, seems to be the final message. They no longer feel any need to hide their intentions..." The “good bishops” are not going to help us at the Synod. This is something we have to get used to right now, the weekend before the show starts. Every day I see in commboxes around the internet hopeful exclamations like, “Oh, but Archbishop Whosits is going to stand up to them.” Or, “Cardinal Youknowwho,” or “that guy...
  • On the Wonder of the Word of God

    10/02/2015 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Wonder of the Word of God Msgr. Charles Pope • October 1, 2015 • The first reading at Mass today (Thursday of the 26th week of the year) from Nehemiah 8 is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God; it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians (in 587 B.C.) and the survivors of that war were led into exile in Babylon. After 80 years the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Cyrus, the king of Persia, permitted the Jews to return to the...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

    10/01/2015 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2015 • We are often told to trust in God. And most of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to trust in God. But what does it mean?In too many cases what people mean when they counsel trust is this: “Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what you’re looking for. Just keep praying and trust that He’ll come through for you.” What is meant by “coming through for you” is some answer on your terms; it’s as if...
  • Queen of Heaven's Rosary

    Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Hope for the World Introduction : Our Lady at various times has appeared and requested that her "Rosary" be said for specific causes. In our own century, she has made it known that her Rosary is a "Power" for overcoming "Paganism and Materialism". Many Stories can be told of conversions brought about by the recitation of the Rosary. A Miracle wrought by the Rosary: Saint Vincent Ferrer was once called to the sick bed of a dying man to administer the sacraments. The Sick Man would have nothing to do with the Priest...
  • Homosexuality on the threshold of the Synod: Two Conferences in Rome.

    09/30/2015 6:19:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/30/2015 | Sandro Magister
    Homosexuality is per se outside of the topics of discussion at the Synod convened to discuss matters of the family. But in fact it was present in a powerful way in the debates themselves. According to the media hype, the dominant leanings in the Catholic world are for a radical change in the doctrine and practice of the Church, with the full acceptance of the practice of homosexuality and with the blessing of unions between persons of the same sex. But there are also others who want to take a new path with respect to the pastoral ministry to homosexuals...
  • What Pope Francis Taught Me About Being a Catholic Lesbian

    09/30/2015 5:34:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 9/30/2015 | Victoria A. Brownworth
    I have been a lesbian activist since I was a teenager when I was expelled from my all-girls school for being a lesbian. Unlike some, I see no conflict between my sexual identity and my identity of faith. I attend Mass every Sunday. As I have watched Pope Francis since his arrival in America and especially in my own city, Philadelphia, the confluence of my lesbianism and my Catholicism has only been strengthened.
  • Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times

    09/30/2015 6:47:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2015 • The following is a longer version of an article I wrote for the Blog of the USCCB earlier this month. Due to space requirements I had to shorten the article. Here is the full version. Many years ago I heard an analogy for what has happened in this country and how the sins unhealthy patterns of the elite, the powerful and the wealthy trickled down to the poor, but with far more disastrous effects.The analogy was the game of...
  • Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment

    09/29/2015 6:59:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2015 • But, frankly, all of us should be concerned at the rise of unbelief in our culture, whether it is atheism, agnosticism, indifference, or the rampant secularism that relegates God to a marginal place. We should be concerned because unbelief on a wide scale (as we are seeing today) is not only unhealthy for a culture, it is dangerous to it.This danger is fairly obvious when one considers that, in the end, unbelievers think they answer...
  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever – True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It

    09/28/2015 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever – True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2015 • One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the ardor of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth, and for the salvation of souls.Because of human fear, sloth, and self-seeking, zeal is rare. It is especially difficult to find in our present age, when relativism and “tolerance” are so prevalent. Both relativism and excessive tolerance are really little more...
  • Mo Rocca's Starring Role In Pope's Mass Thrills LGBT Advocates

    09/27/2015 7:05:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 26, 2015 | Daniel Marans
    Mo Rocca, an openly gay TV reporter and comic, read from the Bible at Pope Francis' Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday.
  • Famous Homosexual Serves as Lector During Pope Francis’ NYC Mass

    09/27/2015 5:06:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 26, 2015 | Church Militant
    NEW YORK, September 26, 2015 ( - A scandal has erupted in the Big Apple after last night's Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden, where a famous open homosexual served as lector during Pope Francis' Mass. Mo Rocca, an American comedian, actor and journalist, well known for his role on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and now a commentator for CBS, admitted his homosexuality during a podcast interview in 2011. The then 42-year-old Rocca spoke of his joy at being in New York at the site of the Stonewall Riots, when gay "marriage" was passed in New York state,...
  • Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/27/2015 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2015 • In today’s gospel we see three principles for prophets. And in speaking of prophets, it is referring to you, too. For by our baptism, we are all summoned to be prophets for the Lord.I. PROPER PRIORITIES – The text begins, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mark 9:38)The Apostle John’s consternation bespeaks confused priorities. Task number one is to...
  • Pope's Address at Ground Zero

    09/26/2015 12:31:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies ^ | 09-25-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope's Address at Ground Zero "This flowing water reminds us of yesterday’s tears, but also of all the tears still being shed today" New York City, September 25, 2015 ( Staff Reporter | 1905 hits Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave today at an interreligious ceremony at Ground Zero. He began the Spanish-language address apologizing for being unable to give it in English. * * * Dear Friends, I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The...
  • At World Meeting of Families, homosexuality dominates talk

    09/25/2015 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Smith
    He cited an online post he had seen from a 17-year-old gay Catholic. "The church has a lot to say about what I'm not supposed to do," the youth wrote. "But ... I couldn't find any church document (about) what a gay person is supposed to do with his life. I feel abandoned by the church." He said the church teaches much about the beauty of marriage, but then tells its gay members they "can't have this wonderful thing."
  • Tosatti: The election of Jorge Bergoglio by the Martini-led "Mafia"

    09/25/2015 2:09:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2015 | Marco Tosatti
    The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the fruit of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who refer to the group of cardinals and bishops as the “Mafia-club”. Danneels, according to the authors, had worked for years in preparation for the election of Pope Francis, which happened in 2013. He himself, however, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book admits that...
  • No mention of Jesus in Pope UN speech.

    The Pope never mentioned Jesus by name once at the UN. "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
  • Of Pictures and the Pope – A Humorous Look at Our Growing Need for Photographs

    09/25/2015 7:54:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Pictures and the Pope – A Humorous Look at Our Growing Need for Photographs Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2015 • In all the coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, many are doing an admirable job of analyzing what is being said and done. The nature of this blog is less the coverage of “happening now” news and more a steady pondering of the message of the Gospel and how it relates to our cultural setting.Permit, therefore, a brief observation of the papal visit from the standpoint of the crowds that flock to see him. Please do...
  • Not once! Not Jesus Christ and not abortion. The very political Pope!

    09/24/2015 5:23:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 107 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | Thursday, 24 September 2015 | Vox Cantoris
    Not once was the name or Our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed aloud. Not even a subtle illusion. Not even a blessing. Even at St. Patrick's Church later, not even a formal blessing to Catholics. Is the Pope embarrassed to be Catholic? Is he even? Not once was the word "abortion" used. There were references to protecting "human life at every state of development." Yes, the Pope opposes abortion. But that weak statement could mean anything to anyone. To me it could mean from conception to natural death; to someone else it can mean birth until life has no dignity. It...
  • Pope’s speech to Congress: no specific mention of abortion, only the death penalty

    09/24/2015 5:18:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Sep 24, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    EDITORIAL WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In his historic address at the US Congress today Pope Francis focused on immigration, human dignity, poverty and the environment. Speaking before all senators hours before they vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, at no point did he mention abortion by name. He spoke to Congress of “money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood,” but was referring only to the sale of weapons. “In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade,” he said. Prompting palpable joy...
  • Some Quick Thoughts On the Pope’s Congressional Address

    09/24/2015 4:49:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 24, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    I don’t want to spend a great deal of time on the text of the speech. You can read it for yourself. But there are a few of points I want to highlight and ask questions about. First, I said in my post yesterday morning that the White House address was a missed opportunity to talk about abortion in a week when Congress was duking it out over defunding Planned Parenthood. People got angry with me. I said at the end of the post, “Here’s hoping that in the Congressional address tomorrow, our modern holocaust gets more than a passing...
  • If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News is No News – A Meditation on the Coming Year of Mercy

    09/24/2015 7:20:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09- | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News is No News – A Meditation on the Coming Year of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • September 23, 2015 • As we prepare for the “Year of Mercy” we need to continue to understand that mercy is very good news. However, there is an old saying, “If you don’t know the bad news, the good news is no news.”Sadly, many people today understand mercy in a very detached way, a way that is apart from repentance and a deep knowledge of our sinfulness. Too many people think that mercy means...
  • Cardinal Nichols expects synod to consider change in approach to divorced and remarried Catholics

    09/23/2015 4:23:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 23, 2015 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has indicated that he expects the Synod on the Family to consider changes in the Church’s pastoral approach towards Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried. The Archbishop of Westminster said one of the major challenges facing the synod was how to identify a pattern of conversion that would allow the divorced and remarried back into full Communion with the Church. Although the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that such people are in a situation of “public and permanent adultery”, synod fathers such as German Cardinal Walter Kasper have proposed that some remarried Catholics might be...
  • If No One is Pope, Everyone is Pope. Reflection on the Unitive Dimension -- Pope’s Office& Charism

    09/23/2015 6:35:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 104 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2015 • Today we welcome Pope Francis to the United States. In so doing, we welcome more than just a popular public figure. We welcome someone whom the Lord prays for in a very special manner. Simon Peter and his successors enjoy a special charism to unite us, by the Lord’s prayer and grace. Let’s look at the scriptural foundation of this prayer and charism and see how essential the office of the pope is for us.One day, near the final ascent to Jerusalem, the Lord warned of a fundamental problem that the Church...
  • Refuting Papal Myths — "Peter Was Not a Pope"

    09/23/2015 2:52:37 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 32 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | 9/23/2015 | Trent Horn
    Myth #3: Peter was important, but he had no special authority that could be passed on to a successor like the pope. Peter’s role as “chief apostle” is evident in the fact that he is mentioned more than any other apostle, often speaks for the whole group, and is placed first in every list of the apostles. Since Judas is always listed last, we can deduce that these lists were made in order of importance. Moreover, Christ made Peter alone the shepherd over his whole flock (see John 21:15-17), and the book of Acts describes Peter’s unparalleled leadership in the...
  • Spiritual Survival In An Immoral World

    09/22/2015 2:57:49 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 9/22/'15 | Rav Dovid Hofstedter
    On the upcoming Yom Tov of Sukkos, we will say the berachah of “Ata Bechartanu,” the blessing thanking Hashem for having chosen us from among the nations. Interestingly, that very closeness has been the cause of terrible persecution the Jews have experienced. Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky would say that those who have made us suffer for calling ourselves the “chosen” people do not realize that being chosen comes with extraordinary responsibilities as well, as we say in Selichos, “Ashamnu m’kol am – We are guiltier than all of the nations.” As the am hanivchar, it is our responsibility to uphold human...
  • A Study in Contrast and Paradox: The Pope’s Thursday Schedule

    09/22/2015 7:44:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Study in Contrast and Paradox: The Pope’s Thursday Schedule Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2015 • 0 Comments CREDIT: Jaclyn Lippelmann, The Catholic StandardOn Thursday morning, Pope Francis will speak at a joint session of Congress. Shortly thereafter he will journey to a nearby center of Catholic Charities. In so doing, he will be meeting very different groups of people: politicians, and the poor, legislators and the less fortunate.There is in these visits a powerful contrast. But not all things are as they appear for not as man sees does God see. Let’s consider both.The day will begin...
  • Catholic Divorce - Canonical critiques of annulment reform are piling up:

    09/21/2015 5:03:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/21/2015 | Augustinus
    See also our previous pieces: Can zealous Bishops and Cardinals question the Annulment Reform and ask for its abrogation? For the record: Cardinal Burke's latest address on the Synod and "Annulment" Reform. Rorate reminder: 2015 Synod poised to assault Humanae Vitae too. Head of Vatican Commission Admits in Official Paper: Surge in Number of "Annulments" Intended Something is definitely in the air: Prominent canonists initially lauding the marriage nullity reforms, then backtracking, then public coming out strongly against these, and very real talk of discontent among a significant number of canon lawyers and prelates. And we're not talking about traditionalists...
  • The Apostolic and Evangelical Journeys of Jesus, Writ Large! Biblical Roots of a Papal Visit

    09/21/2015 8:02:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Apostolic and Evangelical Journeys of Jesus, Writ Large! A Reflection on the Biblical Roots of a Papal Visit Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2015 • In the papal visit soon to unfold in this country we see writ large a process and pattern established by Jesus Himself. In this blog post we will look especially at the process of preparation and see that it is quite directly connected to the way in which Jesus operated.To many readers of the gospel, who overlook the details, it could seem that Jesus and the Twelve just wandered about in a haphazard...
  • Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro – live updates

    09/20/2015 11:18:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 920/2015
    Live coverage of South American communists.
  • Pope Francis: Menace or Farce?

    09/20/2015 10:55:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/19/2015 | Jonathan V. Last
    It’s only been two and a half years since Francis assumed the chair of St. Peter, yet he’s already compiled an entire dossier’s worth of . . . interesting . . . incidents. For instance, the Holy Father seems to have a habit of appearing to endorse all sorts of left-wing political causes. There was the time he posed with environmental activists holding an anti-fracking T-shirt. And the time he posed for pictures holding a crucifix made from a hammer and a sickle. And the time he held up a poster calling for the British to hand the Falkland Islands...
  • Cuban exile: Dear Pope Francis, find a way to embrace victims before embracing their torturers

    09/20/2015 10:31:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    AsiaNews.IT ^ | 9.19/2015 | Flavio Labrador
    Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba could be greatly enhanced by a meeting between the Pope and political prisoners, or an embrace of the "Damas de Blanco" [Ladies in White] who every Sunday after leaving Church demonstrate on behalf of their relatives in prison who are continually beaten and detained. This is the hope expressed by Flavio Labrador, a doctor from Havana, who has lived for years in exile in Miami, where he earns his living as a teacher, a few hours ahead of the Pope’s arrival on the Argentine island, for a four-day visit. Labrador appreciates the small steps that...
  • Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/20/2015 7:33:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2015 • In today’s gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully. It comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel is the Cross. Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that the Lord asks the “crucial” question of us: What is most central in our life? Let’s look at this gospel in five stages. I. The Processional Picture – The gospel text opens this way: Jesus and his...
  • Near-death experience, Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect...

    09/19/2015 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 130 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Near-death experience Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect what we know through Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope 9/16/2015 Question: I read a book by an author who had a near-death experience and claims that God told him that one’s belief system was irrelevant. This seems like New Age indifferentism. Can you comment on near-death phenomena and what this author said?— Bob Tisovich, Ely, Minnesota Answer: Near-death experiences (NDEs) seem to be a rather widely reported phenomenon with certain common features. One has an “out of body” experience with a reported capacity to see oneself...
  • Catholic Divorce: Can the governing acts of the Pope be questioned?

    09/19/2015 6:34:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 18, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    Sandro Magister has documented the vulnus inflicted on Christian matrimony by Pope Francis’ two Motu Proprio with an in-depth article, which adds to Antonio Socci’s comments in “Libero”, Paolo Pasqualucci’s on “Chiesa e Post Concilio” and to my article in Corrispondenza Romana. Confirmation that there is an atmosphere of deep unease in the Vatican has come from the other side from the news service “Die Zeit” of September 10th, concerning the dossier that is apparently circulating in the Vatican against the marriage annulment procedures of Pope Francis. At this point a delicate problem is now placed before many consciences. Whatever...