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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Evolution of Deceit and the Vengeance of the God of Genesis

    11/18/2018 9:08:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 18, 2018 | Toni McCarthy
    Evolution of Deceit and the Vengeance of the God of Genesis As told by Moses in Chapter one of the book of Genesis, the account of the creation of the world is exciting, glorious, magnificent; a mystery to man, who cannot fathom the power and greatness of God; a comfort to all those who have believed throughout the ages. Consider this summary of the text and the gift of faith which allows Christians even today to recognize these verses as absolute truth:  In the beginning, God made heaven and earth.  The earth was void and empty, darkness was on the...
  • [Cath Cauc] Msgr. Bux questions Ratzinger's resignation, Bergoglio's legitimacy

    11/18/2018 7:14:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 18, 2018 | Adfero
    For the Record: Msgr. Bux questions Ratzinger's resignation, Bergoglio's legitimacy For the Record: Msgr. Bux questions Ratzinger's resignation, Bergoglio's legitimacy We post this now as an important part of the record during the reign of Bergoglio. While we discussed this on Twitter a few days ago, we are just now able to post this on the blog. Long-time readers know we have followed the "Good Bux" for many years (click the tags at the bottom of the post to read more).  What the Msgr. is speaking to, the validity of Benedict's abdication, and naturally following the legitimacy of Bergoglio's election,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal

    11/18/2018 5:40:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 16, 2018 | Ed Condon
    Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal Washington D.C., Nov 16, 2018 / 06:56 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned.Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and staffers.The conference’s proposed plan would have established an independent lay-led commission to investigate allegations against bishops. The Cupich-Wuerl plan would instead send allegations against bishops to be investigated...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Pope Owns This

    11/18/2018 5:29:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 16, 2018 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The Pope Owns This The annual Fall Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which took place in Baltimore earlier this week, was a disappointment on many levels. Yet there were also moments of light and strength coming from a good number of bishops. They spoke with clarity, acknowledging the seriousness of the crisis both in terms of the need to bring some semblance of justice to the victims and of the faltering credibility of the Church. Some even made the forbidden connection of the crisis to active homosexuals in the priesthood. Still others lamented the collective...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Day by Day -- Saints for All, Dedication - Churches of Saints Peter & Paul,11-18-18

    11/18/2018 2:41:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican | photo by Fczarnowski / Image: Statue of Saint Paul in front of the facade of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Wall, Rome | photo by Berthold Werner Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul Saint of the Day for November 18  The Story of the Dedication of the Churches of Saints Peter and Paul St. Peter’s is probably the most famous church in Christendom. Massive in scale and a veritable museum of art and architecture, it began on a much humbler scale. Vatican...
  • The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/18/2018 7:51:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 17, 2018 • Jerusalem and the Temple, J. Tissot (1894)As winter approaches and the end of the liturgical year draws near, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading must surely have shocked, even horrified, His apostles. Let’s look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life. The Place of this Gospel – Jesus is standing just outside of Jerusalem. In...

    11/18/2018 4:03:31 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 22 replies
    SELF | 11/18/2018 | PilgrimsProgress
    “Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 11-17-18

    11/17/2018 7:40:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Saint Elizabeth of Hungary | Series of frescoes with scenes from the life of St. Martin of tours in the Lower Church of Saint Francis of Assisi | Simone Martini Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Saint of the Day for November 17 (1207 – November 17, 1231)  Saint Elizabeth of Hungary’s Story In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and...
  • The Persecution Letters

    11/17/2018 4:28:48 PM PST · by pcottraux · 13 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | November 17, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Persecution Letters By Philip Cottraux When we think of Christianity in ancient Rome, one of the first images that comes to mind is Christians being fed to lions in the Coliseum. But this wasn’t the norm throughout most of Roman history. Persecutions came in phases and were often short-lived, according to which emperor ordered it. The Romans didn’t always force their subjects to bow to their gods. Judaism was legal and since Christianity was considered a branch of Judaism, it too enjoyed certain rights and protections. At first. But as it grew, some started to view them with distrust....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Some Good Guys, But Not Enough

    11/17/2018 3:47:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 16, 2018 | Michael Voris
    Some Good Guys, But Not Enough And one really bad one. I'm Michael Voris wrapping up our coverage of the bishops' sex abuse meeting here in Baltimore, or rather what was supposed to be a meeting about clerical sex abuse — which is mostly homosexual clergy sex abuse. But it didn't exactly turn out that way once the gay mob in Rome abruptly ordered the U.S. bishops to cancel their planned vote on trying to get to the bottom of things. After that happened, not much else did.   There were speeches and grandstanding and controlling of events by Rome's waterboy,...
  • Where To Now, Bishops? And Laity?

    11/17/2018 12:19:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | November 16, 2018 | Rod Dreher
    Where To Now, Bishops? And Laity? #google_ads_iframe_\/339474670\/ADN_Native\/TAC_Native_1__container__ {padding: 10px 0; margin-bottom: 20px; border-top: solid 1px #000; border-bottom: solid 1px #000} #related_content ul {float: right; border: solid 1px #1b3346; width: 200px; padding: 15px; font: normal 80% sans-serif; color: #1b3346; margin-left: 8px;} #related_content > ul::before { content: "Related Articles"; font: bold 16pt sans-serif; } #related_content > ul li{ margin:0px 0px 0px 6px } From the Catholic News AgencyÂ’s report on the final day of the US Conference of Catholic BishopsÂ’ meeting this week. Here, the bishops were debating a resolution that would have put the US bishops on record urging the Vatican...
  • Communion of Saints

    11/17/2018 10:08:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 11-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Communion of Saints United with Christ, the saints probably look upon earthly events from a more eternal perspective Msgr. Charles Pope Do the saints in heaven see and know all that we are doing? If so, do they have disappointment or sorrow when they see us sinning? — William Duncan, via email We are in the realm of speculative theology, and thus, precise answers to such questions are not possible. However, reasoning from Scripture, it does seem that the saints have some general awareness of the situation on earth and pray. Revelation 8:4 speaks of the prayers of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Margaret of Scotland, 11-16-18

    11/16/2018 9:24:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 11-16-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Margaret of Scotland | François Augustin Caunois | photo by BastienM Saint Margaret of Scotland Saint of the Day for November 16 (1045 – November 16, 1093)  Saint Margaret of Scotland’s Story Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others.Not Scottish by birth, Margaret was the daughter of Princess Agatha of Hungary and the Anglo-Saxon Prince Edward Atheling. She spent much of her youth in the court of her great-uncle, the English king, Edward...
  • Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us

    11/16/2018 9:10:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 1-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2018 • Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular even than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. Some resisted; others obeyed. The priest Mattathias went to the hills and gathered others who were willing to fight for their faith. This is all recounted in the First Book of...
  • [Cath Cauc]Synodality Up in Smoke. Exercises of Pontifical Monarchy in the U.S. and China

    11/16/2018 7:52:12 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | November 15, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Anything but a synodal Church. After extolling “synodality” as the preeminent fruit of last October’s synod of bishops, and after promising since 2013 more autonomy and powers for the episcopal conferences, including some “authentic doctrinal authority,” Pope Francis has dismembered the agenda of the plenary assembly of one of the biggest episcopates in the world, that of the United States, which has been meeting in Baltimore since Monday, November 12. And at the same time he has abandoned to themselves, in China, those bishops who are not part of the secret accord signed at the end of September between the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] De Mattei: The “Viganň case and the “impasse” of Pope Francis

    11/16/2018 7:36:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 14, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    An answer has finally arrived. Not the answer – vainly expected - from Pope Francis, but a significant one nevertheless, from a journalist who is part of his close entourage. The author is Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican reporter for La Stampa, in charge of the website Vatican Insider. Along with the journalist Gianni Valente, he just published The Day of Judgment, an extensive paper on the “Viganň case”, with the eloquent subtitle: Conflicts, power struggles, abuses and scandals. What is really happening in the Church (Edizioni Piemme, 255 pp.). Tornielli’s main thesis is that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň’s testimony on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Albert the Great, 11-15-18

    11/15/2018 7:20:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Albert the Great | Vincenzo Onofri | photo by sailko Saint Albert the Great Saint of the Day for November 15 (1206 – November 15, 1280)  Saint Albert the Great’s Story Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.Students of philosophy know him as the master of Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology. But Albert deserves recognition on his own...
  • Cath Cauc: Cardinal Tobin to TAS: Yes, the Itl. actor Francesco Castiglione Lived at My Rectory

    11/15/2018 10:26:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 15, 2018 | George Neumayr
    I lurked about the Marriott lobby for a few minutes, then looked up and saw Tobin emerge from the elevator and saunter over to the check-out desk. Here was my chance. I waited for him to complete his business, then introduced myself and asked him about Francesco Castiglione. Was Castiglione living at the rectory until I reported it? Tobin responded that, yes, Castiglione was living at his rectory “temporarily.” I asked him why. He said that Castiglione was taking “language classes” at Seton Hall. Asked why he would provide temporary housing to a random Seton Hall student, Tobin couldn’t offer...
  • [Cath Cauc] US bishop challenges brother bishops for allowing pro-LGBT priest to speak in dioceses

    11/15/2018 9:10:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 14, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    US bishop challenges brother bishops for allowing pro-LGBT priest to speak in dioceses BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland forthrightly articulated Church teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts to the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Tuesday. He questioned whether his brother bishops believed this “doctrine of the Church or not,” and if they did, why some of them have allowed certain clergy to speak in their dioceses with a pro-homosexual message.  “Brothers, I think part of the fraternal correction, or the fraternal support, we offer each other is to say, 'Can that be presented in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Tobin still doesn’t get it. Nighty-night, baby.

    11/15/2018 9:01:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 14, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    f the scorching address by Francesco Cesareo, calling for negligent bishops to resign voluntarily, produced the most encouraging moment in the USCCB meeting, the low point might have come when Cardinal Joseph Tobin spoke, and made it abundantly clear that some prelates still don’t “get it.” After delivering a report on the investigations into “Uncle Ted” McCarrick in his Newark archdiocese (it’s complicated), Cardinal Tobin wondered aloud why people don’t trust their bishops. “What was there before?” he asked rhetorically. “What was our credibility built on, that it could be so swept away?” Let me attempt to answer that question....