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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Cardinal Burke: Synods Originally Meant to Preserve and Strengthen Doctrine and Discipline

    10/12/2015 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/12/15 | Edward Pentin
    In the face of concerns that after the Synod on the Family pastoral innovations could be introduced that are inconsistent with Church doctrine and thereby foster disunity in the Church, it’s worth recalling a speech Cardinal Raymond Burke made in Rome shortly before the current synod got underway.
  • Polish Bshps explain why "remarried" divorcees will never be able to licitly receive Holy Communion

    10/12/2015 7:03:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    Since the very first year of Rorate, we have covered the persistent wave of those prelates who have tried to use the cover of "mercy" to push for sacrilege (in the name of reception of Holy Communion by civilly "remarried" divorcees). Naturally, at that time we did not expect we would ever reach an age where support for the idea would come from the very highest level of the hierarchy. Thankfully, Catholic Poland does not disappoint. In his intervention on the matter, made Saturday in the Synod Hall, and made public this Monday, the President of the Polish Bishops' Conference...
  • Highlights from the First Week of the Synod on the Family

    10/12/2015 6:40:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five | October 12, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The first week of the Synod on the Family is over. Much has transpired in one week and it is easy for noteworthy events to get lost in the barrage of news reports issued over the last week. For this reason, it might be helpful to recap the highlights of what has transpired. The Erdo Affair On the first day of the synod, Cardinal Erdo delivered a speech affirming the church’s teachings on marriage and attempting to put a stop to the Kasper Proposal, saying: “The integration of the divorced and remarried in the ecclesial community can be realized in...
  • Contrast: Why Doesn’t Pope Francis Talk Like This?

    10/12/2015 5:58:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/12/15 | John Vennari
    A primary error promoted via the 2015 Synod is the alleged separation of Catholic doctrine from pastoral practice. This dangerous notion is crystallized in Cardinal Walter Kasper’s radical proposal that would allow divorced and “remarried” Catholics to embark on an undefined “period of penance,” after which they would be readmitted to the Sacraments while remaining in their adulterous union. Such a proposal manifests a profound malady of intellect. It is also bereft of a Catholic understanding of mortal sin, sanctifying grace, the sacraments and marriage itself. Over the past year, a number of right-thinking prelates have stood up to oppose...
  • Vatican revokes Catholic priest’s press credentials after he challenged archbishop

    10/12/2015 9:43:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Patrick B Craine
    Amid continuing concern about the Vatican press office’s “manipulation” of the family synod’s message, a priest who has been covering Vatican news for over 15 years had his credentials revoked last week, and was told to leave the premises “immediately.” The revocation came after he had challenged an archbishop following the October 6 press conference over comments claiming that allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried is up for debate. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher made the comments in response to a reporter’s question about whether the matter pertained to Church discipline – which could potentially change – or doctrine, which is...
  • Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

    10/12/2015 8:32:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 152 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem Msgr. Charles Pope • October 11, 2015 • A 2012 report on men and marriage by the Pew Research Center shows statistically what many of us have noticed anecdotally: men are finding marriage less desirable than in the past and are now marrying later, if at all.In today’s post I want to present some excerpts from a hard-hitting article that appeared at Lifesite News in 2013, commenting on the Pew study. The full article can be read here: Men Giving Up on Marriage.As usual, I...
  • Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to ...

    10/12/2015 6:59:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 12, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    A group of cardinals – including some of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church – have written to Pope Francis telling him that his Synod on the Family, now meeting in Rome, has gone badly off the rails and could cause the church to collapse.
  • Cardinal Letter Rejected by Pope - Plus, Pell Appeal Ignored

    10/12/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    The letter was signed by Cardinals Caffarra (Bologna), Collins (Toronto), Dolan (New York), Eijk (Utrecht), Erdö (Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe and Synod Relator-General), Müller (Prefect of Doctrine for the Faith), Napier (Durban, President-Delegate), Pell (Secretary for the Economy), Piacenza (Penitentiary Major)*, Sarah (Prefect of Divine Worship), Scola (Milan*), Urosa (Caracas), Vingt-Trois (Paris, President-Delegate *). The text was the following: Your Holiness, As the Synod on the Family begins, and with a desire to see it fruitfully serve the Church and your ministry, we respectfully ask you to consider a number of concerns we...

    Mass is over. Jesus Christ and I are alone together. Just "All by Ourselves". If I can, I will always remain after Mass and make a good Thanksgiving. This maybe my last Communion; I will make it my best. This maybe my last Thanksgiving; I will make it my best. Thanks to others always, but always thanks to God; and with all my heart- these few are precious moments. "Jesus Christ, I believe that you are my God. I believe that I have received your Body, your Blood, Your Soul, and Your Divinity. You are my Creator, My Redeemer, My...
  • Cardinal: “There is a lot of talk about compassision, ... But without truth, we are way off course.”

    10/11/2015 6:26:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | Daniele Sebastianelli
    Faced with the crisis in marriage and the family, answers can only come from the certitudes of the faith. This was affirmed by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, President emeritus of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, when he intervened at the Meeting Marriage and the Family. Between Praxis and Dogma in the Church, organized by the Lepanto Foundation and the Association “Famiglia Domani” which took place on the 10th of October in Rome at the ‘Sala S. Pio X, Via dell’Ospedale’. Among those participating were Monsignor Antonio Livi, Professor Roberto de Mattei and Professor Giovanni Turco. There...

    10/11/2015 4:51:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 11, 2015
    Last week cardinals and bishops attending the Ordinary Synod on the Family separated into thirteen small groups to discuss the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris and propose amendments to the document. The reports of their work, made public yesterday, reveal a striking failure to protect the family from the serious threats contained within the first part of this heterodox preparatory document. It is important to note that these reports are not the only documents that will be submitted to the commission that will write the final report of the synod (if such a report is written). The small groups...
  • Kenya’s cardinal determined to be in the thick of the synod action

    10/11/2015 4:43:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux News ^ | October 10, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    As a young man, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya, became adept at both boxing and karate. He says those skills in the martial arts are “still very useful for me,” especially “when I am provoked.” Njue, 71, is taking part in the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and while he’s not throwing any literal punches, he’s brought the same fighting spirit to this gathering of 270 bishops from around the world. Here, for example, is Njue’s take on calls at the synod for a more compassionate approach to gays and lesbians. “It is there in the...
  • Stalin Is Running The Synod

    10/11/2015 2:23:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | October 10, 2015 | Mundabor
    An article here gets, I think, some things very right. There can be no talk of “conspiracy” in the proper sense of the word, because the rules have been made known publicly and the criticism to them was public, too. So much so, that no one trusts those (and particularly one) who report about the synod. It is also true that, in the end, the Pope decides what he wants to adopt from what he has heard in a synod. He is the Pope; therefore, he and no one else bears the responsibility for where he steers the Church. He...
  • The Impractical Catholic’s Guide to Infallibility

    10/11/2015 12:22:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 165 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 10, 2015 | Anthony S. Layne
    There are two common and distinct approaches to the question of the infallibility of the Church’s teaching authority. Non-Catholics deny that any human person or institution can be infallible in any meaningful way. Many Catholics, by contrast, hold that the Church can and does teach infallibly on matters pertaining to faith and morals — except when she teaches something they don’t want to believe.Infallibility is at the same time one of the most controversial and least understood dogmas of the Catholic Church. Even people who do understand infallibility argue over what teachings it covers and doesn’t cover, while others...
  • MASONS&VATICAN: Synod Fathers believe the spirit of "the illuminati" is in the Instrumentum Laboris

    10/11/2015 11:53:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | Toronto Catholic
    I can now report that during the Morning Session discussions of Group A (Italicus) on October 8th, 2015, the influence of Freemasonry was raised. The incident was recorded by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on his blog. The fact that Synod Fathers are raising the issue of Freemasonry helps explain the blasphemies, the heresies, the cloud of dark confusion and evil that surrounds the machinations of a group of churchmen intent on overturning the unchangeable teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Holy Matrimony and human sexuality. Specifically, Archbishop Gadecki noted that there were Synod Fathers in Italicus A who were concerned...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB - "Basilian deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims"

    10/11/2015 11:05:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Saturday Windsor Star via Vox Cantoris | January 18, 1986 | Marty Gervais
    Basilian Deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims THE WORD Thomas Rosica repeats over and over again is “scandalous.” He’s referring to the way in which churches tend to remain segregated, isolated, interested in their own. If you spend any time talking to Rosica, he will tell you just how frustrated he gets when he hears how Roman Catholic priests speak in such chauvinistic ways about salvation in the “Catholic Church.” He doesn’t even like it when they refer to themselves as Catholics, when the word “Christian” would not only have been good enough, but preferable. It’s not that...
  • Priest-theologian: if worst-case scenario at synod occurs, Catholics must resist changes

    10/11/2015 10:35:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 10, 2015 | Matt Abbott
    I asked Father Brian Harrison, a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom and an emeritus professor of theology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, the following questions: If the worst-case scenario comes to pass in regard to the synod, what are we to think of magisterial teaching? Would we have to accept the changes as a form of doctrinal development as with Vatican II? Father Harrison's response is as follows: First of all, the synod itself is not a magisterial body. If it votes (heaven forbid!) to authorize Communion for the divorced and...
  • 14 Inspiring Photos of Mass Celebrated in War Zones

    10/11/2015 9:57:52 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | October 11, 2015
    Nothing is more important than the Mass, and the Church is bound to keep on celebrating it in and out of season. And that includes war. Here are some photos of priests celebrating Mass in war zones, or at least out on the field for members of a military.
  • What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/11/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2015 • Today’s gospel reading invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, “What does heaven cost?” and “Am I willing to pay it?”I. Problematic Pondering – A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he himself must do to attain eternal life.The problem is,...
  • BOMBSHELL! PRO-HOMOSEXUAL propaganda was ALLOWED to be distributed at the Synod

    10/10/2015 7:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 70 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | October 10, 2015 | Toronto Catholic Witness
    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki continues his valiant defense of Holy Mother Church by informing us that during the Afternoon Session of October 7th, 2015, the bishops in his Group noted that pro-homosexual propaganda was being distributed at the Synod. Who is allowing this? How did this pro-homosexual propaganda get in? Just who are the homosexualists in the Vatican? Are they practicing homosexuals? Are they Cardinals? Archbishops? Are they bishops, mid-level homosexual infiltrators like the self-outed Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa? Just how many are involved in this powerful, malignant homo-lobby? Catholics have a right to know! The screenshot of the Archbishop's blog: Toronto...
  • Final Relatio in danger; Rules changed by the hr-Microphone denied to Erdo, as to Ottaviani in VCII

    10/10/2015 6:53:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/10/2015 | New Catholic
    Since before the Synod, there were doubts about a specific post-synodal papal exhortation, but there were never any doubts that there would be a final Relatio voted by the Assembly. Not anymore! The votes must be in doubt on the side of the manipulators, because since Cardinal Tagle first mentioned the possibility that there might be no final document at all in yesterday's press conference, that has been the general talk. Plus, there is complete disarray in the order of works. While Cardinal Erdo, formally the Relator-General, should be presenting his reports on the second and third parts of the...
  • Synod 2015: German Language Group Report (English)

    10/10/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | October 9, 2015 | Card. SCHÖNBORN, O.P. Christoph
    In the German group under the leadership of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P., we deliberated over and worked through the first part of the Instrumentum laboris in a very open and positive atmosphere. The various viewpoints of the participants were enriching and perceived accordingly. In my opinion, the work in this group demonstrates yet once again: Diversity enriches. The overarching style of the text received unanimous approval. We are also very much in agreement with the order - that is, with the ordering of the three chapters - given in the Instrumentum laboris. It hearkens back to the structure of the...
  • “Once the meeting is over, power will rest entirely in the hands of the Pope.”

    10/10/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    What's Up With the Synod ^ | OCT 10, 2015 | Hilary White
    “So this guy (the heretic, Marx) who threatened as above is now basically saying “Oh we are unified with the Pope and whatever the Pope decides, everybody must go along with. You know, for unity’s sake.”
  • The Sick Game of the Synod: They manipulate, and then they mock - and then they manipulate again

    10/10/2015 12:03:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/10/2015 | Maike Hickson
    Andrea Tornielli, a well-known Vatican expert and friend of Pope Francis, wrote on 8 October an article about Pope Francis which could potentially lead to a world-wide public reaction of indignation. In his article, which is entitled “Pope Urges Bishops Not to Give in to Conspiracy Theories”, Tornielli reports that Pope Francis had been contacted by 13 cardinals and bishops who participate at the Synod on the Family and who have grave concerns about possible manipulations exercised especially by the General Secretary, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldissieri. As Tornielli reports: Right from the very first press briefing, some Synod Fathers were said...
  • Precepts of the Church

    10/10/2015 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | October 18, 2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Precepts of the Church While not formal doctrine, the precepts are seen as the bare minimum Catholics must observe Msgr. Charles Pope October 18, 2015 10/7/2015 Question: When I was young, we learned six precepts of the Church. Someone told me that the list has been reduced to five. Can you clarify the current number and why the change was made?— G. Russell Reiss, via email Answer: The word “precept” comes from the Latin praeceptum, meaning to “warn, admonish or instruct.” As such, the precepts of the Church specified historically a kind of bare minimum that Catholics must observe...
  • Cardinal Schonborn says Synod’s contentious parts are yet to come

    10/10/2015 7:00:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 9, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Thursday, October 8, saw a surprise for the Synod of Bishops on the Family, when the Synod Secretariat announced that the only German-speaking discussion group among the 13 discussion groups (circuli minores) is not, as was expected, to be led by the head of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller. Instead, it was Austrian Cardinal, Christoph Schönborn, who was elected by the other Synod fathers of the group to become their moderator. Archbishop Heiner Koch, Berlin, was elected to be the relator of the group. The German-speaking group thus set a more “progressive” tone, since...
  • German archbishop: Church’s stance on divorce makes people ‘doubt God’

    10/10/2015 6:22:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    One of Germany’s representatives at the worldwide meeting of Catholic prelates on family has pointedly told the gathering that church teaching preventing divorced and remarried persons from receiving the Eucharist makes people “doubt God.” Berlin Archbishop Heiner Koch has used his 3-minute address during the deliberations to directly address one of the issues known to be creating the most disagreement among the prelates, saying he is often asked why remarried couples are barred from the Eucharistic table. The church’s theological arguments “do not silence the questions in the hearts of people,” Koch told the assembly. “Is there no place at...
  • What Does Cardinal Marx Know That We Don’t?

    10/09/2015 6:31:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Back in September, I told you about the proposed Synod rules, which were being revised to reduce transparency and keep the inner workings a secret. There would be no controversial mid-term report, theyÂ’d keep the discussion in small groups to avoid cross-pollination, and no final report or post-synodal exhortation was expected. In other words, those in control of the Synod were locking things down. They werenÂ’t going to be embarrassed again by such strong backlash against their heterodox agenda. And they were doing this in the knowledge that it would be Pope Francis, not the Synod fathers, who would make...
  • The Elephant in the Room

    10/09/2015 5:34:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Torch of Faith ^ | October 9, 2015 | admin
    This image [image in post below], apparently showing Pope Francis and Cardinal Godfried Danneels at the Synod, has been doing the rounds on the internet. And why wouldn't it be them; given that Danneels is the second name on the list of 45 prelates that Pope Francis personally chose to attend the Synod in Rome? We have consistently pointed out that:- 1. Danneels has been recorded attempting to silence a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of one of his friends in the episcopate. 2. Danneels attempted to get King Baudouin of Belgium to vote for abortion. 3....
  • Vandals in Rome: Will They Sack Christian Marriage?

    10/09/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 9, 2015 | Christopher Ferrara
    "The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law." -Benedict XVI Editor’s Note: The following article is quite lengthy. But like Chris Ferrara’s other more lengthy contributions to this journal, it “reads short” while providing a clear and comprehensive overview of a complex situation. Francis’s Blitzkrieg “reform” of the annulment process is a turning point in Church and world history that deserves the thorough treatment it receives here. Introduction At this point in the progress of Pope Bergoglio’s banana republic-style pontificate, no one should be surprised at the canonical sneak attack by which, on only 24...
  • Cardinal who supports LGBT radicals is moderator of English-speaking Synod group

    10/09/2015 4:58:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 9, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has been elected as moderator of the one of the four English-speaking circuli minores (small groups) at the Ordinary Synod on the Family. The moderator has extensive influence on the direction of the discussion and thus on the content of the final report of the small group. Cardinal Nichols’s approach to human sexuality has caused the pro-life, pro-family movement grave concern for many years. Serious questions have been raised about his approach to issues as diverse as abortion, contraception, the rights and status of the embryo, sex education, homosexual unions and the reception of...
  • Filioque

    10/09/2015 12:12:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-22-2015 | Fr. Thomas Hopko
    An audio primer on the Filioque controversy by Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory. Approximately 1 hr in length.
  • Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form

    10/09/2015 8:14:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 58 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form Msgr. Charles Pope • October 8, 2015 • The Bible has within its pages many literary forms: history, poetry, prayer, prose, theology, liturgical instruction, cosmology, genealogy, philosophy, parable, moral tale, and so forth. How exactly to read its pages and understand them is often a matter of understanding the genre.The word genre comes directly from the French word meaning “kind” or “sort.” Further back, it stems from the Latin word genus and the Greek word genos (γένος). Genre is the term for a category of literature,...
  • Eucharist-The Presence of Divine Mercy

    In his great love for us, Lord Jesus Christ gave us a great miracle of mercy- the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Christ's Resurrection into glory was not the final reason for the Incarnation, when God became Man. The Incarnation looked forward to Jesus Christ remaining with us to the end of time in the Eucharist. By this greatest miracle of his love, Jesus Christ remains with us under the form of bread and wine, not only for our spiritual nourishment, but to be kept company by us as well. In the Holy Eucharist, Christ is fully present as he...
  • Cdl Sarah (at the Synod): gender ideology and Islamism are the two greatest threats to the world

    10/08/2015 7:18:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | October 7, 2015 | Barona
    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki gave a outline of Robert Cardinal Sarah's intervention on his Polish language blog. Here is my summary of his entry as you will not be hearing or reading about this from the Holy See Press Office. Firstly, the Archbishop noted that his colleague, Archbishop Henry Hoser was deeply impressed with the theological and intellectual depth of Cardinal Sarah's intervention. Cardinal Sarah outlined two main, immediate global threats against humanity. A dictatorship of moral relativism that is especially reflected in gender ideology, and Islamic fanaticism, as reflected in the various jihadi movement, especially the islamic State. The Cardinal...
  • Who is the Whore of Babylon?

    10/08/2015 2:46:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    How often have we all heard ill-informed people claim that the “Whore of Babylon” mentioned in the book of Revelation is the Vatican / Holy Catholic Church? Let’s look in the Bible and find out for ourselves, rather than conjecture with our personal opinions.A Great City In order to find out who the Whore of Babylon is, Catholics should read the entire bible in context.  The Whore of Babylon is described in Revelation 17:18 as a “great city”: “The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”  Now we all have to...
  • Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

    10/08/2015 12:16:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Over at CRUX I weigh in on the question raised by Archbishop Dubrocher that the Church ought to consider ordaining women to the diaconate. Therefore, the evidence from the New Testament and the early Church could provide arguments for women being ordained as deaconesses. As the order of permanent deacon was re-established in modern times, the order of deaconess could also be rejuvenated. Although canon law does not presently permit it, the law could be changed. Theoretically, the Catholic Church could re-establish a distinct order of deaconess, and advocates would not be shy in pointing out the undoubted practical benefits...
  • An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris?

    10/08/2015 10:47:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Xavier Rynne II
    DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris? With the Synod on the Family well underway in Rome, considerable attention has been given (and not only in the media) to the “Kasper Proposal” to admit the divorced and civilly remarried to Holy Communion. No doubt discussion on this will continue, although Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t want the Kasper Proposal to be the dominant issue, the principal focus of attention, at Synod-2015. But Kasper’s is not the only proposal with consequences. For buried within the Synod’s working...
  • We're Not Receiving Full Story from the Synod

    10/08/2015 9:56:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/08/15 | Compiled by CFN
    Some points we're not hearing from the official Vatican press briefings: Despite efforts to stifle any public revelation of what's actually going on, a Melkite Patriarch, Gregory Laham spoke up in the face of the heretical musings of the President of the Panamanian Bishops' Conference, according to Even the Old Liberal Archbishop Coleridge states that an overwhelming majority of the Bishops are opposed to Communion for the remarried and divorced as reported by John Allen at Crux from Boston Globe: It’s very early, but based on your sense of where the synod stands right now, if the Kasper proposal for...
  • Synod, Day 4: Cardinal Erdo, who??? Let's talk about sex!

    10/08/2015 9:40:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/08/15 | New Cathoic
    An English translation of the very conservative opening address by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Relator General of the Synod of Bishops, delivered on September 5, Day 1 of the Synod, has been made available in the past few hours, by the National Catholic Register and the Catholic News Agency. We appreciate their effort, but it seems that our editorial decision not to waste our scarce resources on this was not wrong: already on the fourth day, the second of the meeting of the "circuli minores" (the small groups of bishops according to general language groups), and in the following press conference,...
  • Pope Receives a Very Curious Message in His Own Paper: the Mario Palmaro Riddle

    10/08/2015 9:32:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/07/15 | New Catholic
    Nothing could make more sense: Mario Palmaro, the great late Traditional Catholic writer, who died so young in 2014, was an example for all. But why this one-page homage to Mario Palmaro, an apparent ad, in page 4 of today's (October 8) edition of L'Osservatore Romano, in the middle of the Synod? Is it the anniversary of the birthday or date of death of the late writer? No, that is not the case at all: Palmaro was born on June 5, 1968, and died on March 9, 2014. Is any of his books being republished with fanfare at this moment?...
  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 406 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How the Rosary Led Me to Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2015 • 8 Comments As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting into the rebellious and angry years of my teens. As the flesh came more alive, my spirit submerged.The culture of the time didn’t help, either. It was the...

    10/07/2015 1:27:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 7, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    The Ordinary Synod on the Family moved much closer yesterday to a repudiation of the teachings of the Catholic Church on human sexuality. The hopes of faithful Catholics were raised on Monday by the reassertions of Catholic orthodoxy made in the relazione introduttiva of the General Relator of the Synod, Péter Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. Yesterday Erdő’s report and position were seriously undermined after an intervention of Pope Francis indicated to the synod fathers that the question of Holy Communion for the “divorced and remarried” was still open. Cardinal Erdő was also undermined by remarks made by synod fathers...
  • LGBT Pre-Synod conference gets strong Episcopal backing

    10/07/2015 1:18:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 7. 2015 | Emmanuele Barbieri
    Around a hundred people gathered at the Pilgrim Centre “Santa Teresa Couderc” in Rome, for the international conference entitled Ways of Love: Snapshots of Catholic Encounters With LGBT People and Their Families, sponsored by the “Global Network of Rainbow Catholics”, a worldwide network of organisations that, in the name of “social justice”, demand inclusion and dignity for LGBT people and their families within the Catholic Church and society in general. The meeting was attended by Catholic pastoral leaders from around the world, who came together to share, through their stories, their pastoral approach and work in favour of LGBT people...
  • Questions Raised Again About Official Synod Briefings

    10/07/2015 12:04:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register | October 7, 2015 | Edward Pentin
    At a Vatican press conference on the synod yesterday, language attachés for the meeting highlighted a number of subjects that appeared to take precedent in the opening debates. To take the English language attaché, Father Thomas Rosica, as an example, he placed a special emphasis on the need to end “exclusionary language” saying a synod father, (or was it synod fathers?) said the Church should “embrace reality as it is and not be afraid of new and complex situations.” Father Rosica was particularly focused on “homosexuals or gay persons,” saying “we don’t pity gay persons, but we recognize them for...
  • “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

    10/07/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2015 • One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call it that) is used to justify just about anything. Thus, in pondering divorce, a spouse might point to his or her misery and...
  • Synod Day 2: At Tuesday’s Synod briefing, Catholic doctrine was apparently an ‘open question’

    10/06/2015 6:02:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News | October 6, 2015 | Patrick B. Craine
    If the biggest news out of day one at the Synod on Monday was the clear call to uphold Catholic teaching in the opening report by a leading Synod organizer, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the biggest news of day two may be the evident push-back against him. While Erdo strongly opposed Kasper’s Communion proposal, among other favored causes of the liberal faction, both of the Synod fathers at Tuesday’s Vatican press briefing – Cardinal Claudio Maria Celli and Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher – indicated in one way or another that allowing Communion for Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried is...
  • Cardinal’s Emphatic Defense of Church Teaching Marks Day 1 of Synod

    10/06/2015 2:29:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 6, 2015 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — The first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdö, who reasserted much of the Church’s traditional teaching and cast doubt on the prospect of a controversial proposal to readmit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion. The proposal, first raised by German Cardinal Walter Kasper at a consistory in February 2014 and which is based on the practice of Eastern Orthodox Churches, was one of the most controversial issues at last year’s extraordinary synod on the family. The current...
  • Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders...Promises of Christ in Us?

    10/06/2015 8:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2015 • A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone!Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from those who never knew Christ? Does your relationship with Jesus Christ grant you obvious transformation or is that just misinformation and exaggeration?Consider the...
  • On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    10/06/2015 7:55:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 5, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the way Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, ostensibly the man supposed to guide the summit’s work in his role as “General Relator,” appeared to be sidelined by more progressive prelates, especially Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, in producing a controversial interim report calling for greater openness on divorce, homosexuality, and...