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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Pope Benedict, Divorced Catholics, and the Eucharist

    04/19/2015 12:30:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 19, 2015 | George Sim Johnston
    In the course of the Christological meditations collected in Behold the Pierced One (1984), Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) made what might be called a “modest proposal” with regard to twice-married Catholics and the Eucharist.His suggestion has rarely been mentioned during the heated debate over divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. But it may offer a bridge of sorts those Catholics who can’t receive; it might also deepen Eucharistic devotion among all Catholics, which is not exactly robust these days.In his inimitable and scholarly way, Benedict discusses the fathomless gift that is the Eucharist, and then asks: “If...
  • You Should Care

    04/19/2015 7:19:27 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Monergism.Com ^ | 04/08/2015 | John Hendryx
    Do any of you remember the 90s show Seinfeld? Well there was one episode where Elaine has a "Christian" boyfriend Puddy. Elaine is deeply troubled because he does not seem bothered by the idea that she is going to hell. He says "You are the one going there, not me." She says "David, I am going to hell, the worst place in the world with devils and those caves and the ragged clothing" Puddy says "Pretty rough" and so she begins hitting him and says "you SHOULD BE trying to save me." Puddy says, Don't boss me, this is why...
  • Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection & the Truth of the Gospel - Homily, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/19/2015 7:01:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection and the Truth of the Gospel. A homily for the third Sunday of Easter. By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel for this Sunday speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the proclamation of the Church: “The Lord is risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” This solemn declaration of the Church forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. But on this foundation of the truth the personal witness of every Catholic must be built. In this gospel we see how the...
  • TEN EVIDENCES OF SALVATION (vanity)

    04/19/2015 1:43:46 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 2 replies
    Happy Heralds, Inc. Articles ^ | undated | Fred Wittman
    TEN EVIDENCES (PROOFS) OF SALVATION Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman 1. The Witness of the Holy Spirit . . A. Within the child of God (Romans 8:9-16; 1 John 3:24); . . B. With another child of God (Romans 8:16); . . C. By fellowship with God (Romans 8: 14; 1 John 1 :7) 2. The Witness of God (Chastening) (Heb. 12:5-11) 3. The Witness of Love (John 13:34,35; 1 John 3:14-19; 5:1-3; 4:7,8,11) 4. The Witness of Your Life (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:7-10). 5. The Witness of God's Word . . A. Your reaction to it...
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    04/18/2015 6:56:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | March 12, 22015 | Fr. William Saunders
    Traveling the Path to Catholicism Fr. William Saunders Q: Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program.The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults — called catechumens — are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament of penance is received later since baptism...
  • MEET THE OPPONENTS OF SAN FRANCISCO'S ARCHBISHOP

    04/18/2015 10:18:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    First Things ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s effort to ensure that Catholic schools are Catholic has led one-hundred San Franciscans who describe themselves as “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II,” to take out a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to force Cordileone's resignation and appoint in his place an archbishop committed to “our values and your teachings.” It is worth asking to what extent those “values” and “teachings” align. Francis, who has spoken strongly in the past against gay marriage and transgender ideology, has also called for a church that is “poor and for the poor.”...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JESUS CHRIST THE CONQUEROR, 04-18-15

    04/18/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JESUS CHRIST THE CONQUEROR Ancient title of Christ signifying his victory over sin, death, and the evil spirit. It appears in the familiar monogram IC XC NIKA, where I and C are the first and last letters of the Greek word Ihcuc (Jesus); X and C are the first and last letters of Xrictoc (Christ); and nika is the Greek word for "conquers." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial

    04/18/2015 8:03:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor most people, the word virtual has come to mean the Internet or the computer world, as in “occurring or existing primarily online.”  But the word virtual has an original meaning that is actually quite descriptive of a modern problem.Prior to its application to the computer world, the word virtual meant “being something in effect, though not actually or expressly being such.” In other words, if something is virtual it has aspects of the real thing but is not the real thing. In the sentence “The man is a virtual goldmine...
  • On a Small Point of Doctrine

    04/17/2015 3:05:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | April 15, 2015 | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ
    He (Sir Thomas More) gave up life itself, deliberately; he accepted violent death as of a criminal, not even for the Faith as a whole, but on one particular, small point of doctrine—to wit, the supremacy of the See of Peter. (Hilaire Belloc, “The Witness to Abstract Truth”) Saints die for all sorts of reasons and in all sorts of ways. Some are thrown to the lions or crucified; others die in bed. Some affirm the Real Presence, others the Trinity. We sometimes think that it might be nobler to die upholding the truth of the Incarnation than in upholding,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHITE FRIARS, 04-17-15

    04/17/2015 8:17:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:WHITE FRIARS Carmelite friars so called because of their white habit and scapular. The term is also applied to Premonstratensians and White Canons. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy? By: Msgr. Charles PopeDuring daily masses at this time we are beginning to read through John Chapter 6. There of course is a glorious focus and teaching of the Lords true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.However, there is also another important teaching given at a critical moment in chapter 6 that is important for us to lay hold of today. It is a call to recover a greater awareness of the importance of the spiritual works of mercy. We will list what they are in the moment, but for now, consider that, despite living in rather...
  • The Catholic Dogma of Infallibility

    04/16/2015 8:47:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 84 replies
    Apologitics Press ^ | 2005 | Moisés Pinedo
    When the Roman Pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA...he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable (Vatican I, 1869b, chap. 4, s. 9). This is the dogma declared by Pope Pius IX, and approved by the Vatican I Council, in regard to the alleged infallible teaching authority of the Roman pontiff. For more than a century, this dogma has pressed greatly...
  • The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine

    04/16/2015 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine  is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse,magnum est.What is a little thing,  is (just) a little thing.But to be faithful in a little thingis a great thing. (from St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, IV,35)I first saw this quote on the frontispiece of a book by Adrian Fortescue. Fortescue applied it to the intricate details of celebrating...
  • Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: ongoing synodal process until result is obtained?

    04/15/2015 7:05:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 4/15/15 | Fr. Z
    At the Italian site Nuova Bussola, we find the observations of Oscar Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga about the possibility of Communion for the divorced and remarried. Impossible? “No!”, says the Cardinal. And if the upcoming Synod rejects the proposal, the Kasperite Solution, hey!… maybe there could be a third synod on the question! And His Eminence seems to be putting a great deal of stock in polls. I’m in my car in a parking lot, so I can’t do the translation at the time of this posting. In tutto il mondo, aggiunge Maradiaga, “i sondaggi dicono che la gente non vuole...
  • Catholic Apologetics: Non-Catholics in the Communion Line

    04/15/2015 1:38:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 150 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | April 15, 2015 | Michelle Arnold
    There are usually a few Masses per year at which there can be expected to be a large number of non-Catholics present. Christmas and Easter Masses are popular with non-Catholics, mainly because they are visiting Catholic family and friends. Nuptial Masses, especially when one of the parties to be married is a non-Catholic Christian, will have large turnouts of non-Catholics (sometimes up to half the congregation). Non-Catholics can also be expected at Masses offered for other sacramental firsts and life-cycle events, such as confirmations and funerals.This reality raises a common question for the apologists here at Catholic Answers: What...
  • Thumbs up or thumbs down on Rome?

    04/15/2015 10:35:02 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 136 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | February 23, 2010 | John Bugay
    One commenter said: The way you write, I guess, seems to me to reveal a near certainty concerning the falsity of Catholic Doctrine. It seems as though you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Catholicism simply couldn’t be true. And you’re willing to hang everything on that confidence. Too often, an argument is put forth in this form: “Protestantism has lots of problems. Therefore, Catholicism.” I once looked at it this way myself. I was hanging around some close friends who were starting a fellowship for “completed Jews,” — that is, these were all Jewish people who had...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY HILL, 04-15-15

    04/15/2015 9:07:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HOLY HILL A shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Hubertus, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. A statue of the Madonna, arms outstretched, with the Child beside her, is the central feature of the shrine. The present edifice is the third church built since 1863, when the first log building became to small to hold the pilgrims who came to Holy Hill, where it is reputed that Jacques Marquette first planted the Cross. Now in charge of the shrine, the Carmelites have built a six-story monastery on the grounds. Discarded crutches and braces there attest to the...
  • Strange but Rich Verses: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”?

    04/15/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange but Rich Verses File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the Apostles after the resurrection but before the ascension. For the most part, modern translations do not reveal the full oddity of the verse. The verse in question, as rendered by the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, is,And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4).However,...
  • Christ Died For Our Sins

    04/14/2015 6:04:24 PM PDT · by ShasheMac · 46 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Jun 1 2004 | Dave Hunt
    In desperation, the Philippian jailor cried, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul’s reply was simple: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts:16:31). The great apostle said nothing about baptism or sacraments, candles, incense, church attendance, reforming one’s life, or anything else being necessary or even helpful for salvation. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible makes it clear that there is nothing a sinner can do , much less must do , to pay the infinite penalty required by God’s justice. One can and need only believe in Christ, who paid the penalty in...
  • Cardinal Kasper Could Learn from This African Bishop [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 13, 2015 | Samuel Gregg
    As world Catholicism’s gravity shifts away from Western Europe and towards the developing world, listening to Africans like Cardinal Robert Sarah may be something that even the most hidebound of liberal German theologians won’t be able to avoid in the future.
  • Helder Câmara: a lifetime of working against the Church - And they want to beatify him?...

    04/14/2015 4:40:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 7, 2015 | Corrispondenza Romana
    Perhaps the biggest falsehood about Helder Camara is the one that presents him as a friend of the poor and defender of freedom. The title, defender of freedom fits very badly on one who sang the praises of some of the bloodiest dictatorships that constellated the 20th century; first Nazism, and then Communism in all of its variants: Soviet, Cuban, Chinese… Most of all, however, the title friend of the poor does not fit at all one who sustained regimes that have caused such terrifying poverty, described by the then Cardinal Ratzinger as “the shame of our times.”
  • Can the Pope Decide a Sin is No Longer a Sin (Like Eating Meat on Fridays)? (Catholic Caucus)

    04/14/2015 1:44:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 13, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q: Can the pope or the Catholic Church change, eliminate, or discontinue mortal sins — such as  missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation — as they did with the mortal sin of not eating meat on Fridays and eliminating some of the holy days of obligation?         A: The short answer is, “No.” Something either is a mortal sin or it isn’t a mortal sin and neither the Pope nor the Church can change that. In order to commit a mortal sin, three conditions have to be met: 1) Full awareness of the intellect; 2) Full consent of the...
  • The Didache - The Complete Text

    04/14/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 79 replies
    Paraclete Press ^ | not given | Apostles
    The Didache - The Complete Text 1 There Are Two Ways 1:1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death! and there is a great difference between the two ways. 1:2 The way of life is this: First, you shall love God who made you. And second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you. 1:3 The meaning of these sayings is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what reward is there...
  • A Short Meditation on the “Look” of Jesus

    04/14/2015 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    A Short Meditation on the “Look” of Jesus By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have a large Icon of Christ in my room. What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the Look.” No matter where I move in the room Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality Icons are windows into heaven. Hence this icon is no mere portrait that reminds one of Christ, it is an image which mediates his presence. When I look upon him, I experience that he knows me. It is a knowing...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANCTIFYING GRACE, 04-13-15

    04/13/2015 9:36:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-13-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SANCTIFYING GRACE  The supernatural state of being infused by God, which permanently inheres in the soul. It is a vital principle of the supernatural life, as the rational soul is the vital principle of a human being's natural life. It is not a substance but a real quality that becomes part of the soul substance. Although commonly associated with the possession of the virtue of charity, sanctifuing grace is yet distinct from this virtue. Charity, rather, belongs to the will, whereas sanctifying grace belongs to the whole soul, mind, will, and affections. It is called...
  • Two Gifts of Deeper Prayer: Silence and Spaciousness

    04/13/2015 7:31:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 0-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Gifts of Deeper Prayer: Silence and Spaciousness By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the great spiritual battles and journeys is to get beyond, and outside our self. St. Augustine described one of the chief effects of sin was that man was curvatus in se (turned in on himself, i.e. turned inward). Forgetful of God we loose our way. Called to look outward and upward, to behold the Lord and his glory, instead we focus inward and downward, on things that are passing, noisy, troubling, and far less noble. No longer seeing our Father’s face and experiencing joyful confidence, we...
  • The Key to Jesus’ Ministry in One Word: ‘Ephphatha’

    04/13/2015 5:10:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    He slipped His fingers in the man’s ears. Spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. Then He looked up to heaven and groaned.“Ephphatha!” Jesus said.So goes the account of the healing of the deaf man near the Sea of Galilee, as told in Mark.The word is one of a handful of words in Aramaic—believed to be the vernacular language of Jesus—that survived into the Greek New Testament. We don’t have to find an Aramaic dictionary to discover the meaning of this word. Mark readily supplies a definition: Be opened! Immediately, then, we are told that the man’s ears were “opened”...
  • The Vernal Equinox of Beatifications?

    04/12/2015 4:50:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 4/08/15 | John Ingram
    Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has announced, on the heels of the recent beatification of Pope Paul VI, an exciting new candidate for beatification on the increasingly crowded Expressway to the Ever-Widening Gate of Heaven. It seems that Cardinal Walter Kasper, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has now introduced the cause of Annibale Bugnini, the architect of the highly-touted liturgical reform of Vatican II, to the Congregation. Kasper reportedly gave his permission to open an investigation into Abp. Bugnini’s virtues in response to repeated and urgent requests from...
  • Are Christians Under the 10 Commandments?

    04/12/2015 11:16:47 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 273 replies
    Desiring God ^ | August 7, 2010 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Are Christians under the 10 commandments? No. The Bible says we're not under the law. I love Romans 7:4-6. By way of analogy, it says that you are married to the law. And you better stay married because if you leave this husband and go marry another you are going to be called an adulterer. But if your husband dies, then you can go and remarry. And then Paul draws the analogy out—a little complex the way he does it—saying that you died to the law. You aren't married anymore, you...
  • God’s Perfect Mercy – A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/12/2015 6:54:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdicoese of Washington ^ | 04-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Perfect Mercy – A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe live in times in which mercy, like so many other things, has become a detached concept in people’s minds, separated from the things that really help us to understand it. For indeed, mercy makes sense and is necessary because we are sinners in desperate shape. Yet many today think it unkind and unmerciful to speak of sin as sin. Many think that mercy is a declaration that God doesn’t really care about sin, or that sin is not a relevant concept.On the contrary, mercy means that sin...
  • Don't Make a Savior of Your Morality

    04/11/2015 4:20:43 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    Monergism ^ | 11/10/2014 | john_hendryx
    To utterly despair of oneself is infinitely more difficult for a man than to invent some kind of good works.generated self-salvation project. Human beings irresistibly gravitate toward a works or karma-based system because it gives man the false hope that his redemption is within his own reach. But a salvation that is all of grace, a gift earned by Someone else, is so utterly offensive to human nature, so humbling to our pride, that only a supernatural work of grace will bring a person to yield to it. Contrary to popular and cultural concepts of God, the Bible declares that...
  • We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love His Word

    04/10/2015 4:15:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love His Word from R.C. Sproul Mar 27, 2015 Category: Articles Emil Brunner, the twentieth-century Swiss theologian and one of the fathers of neoorthodox theology, wrote a little book titled Truth as Encounter. His thesis was that when we study the things of God, we are not studying truth in the abstract. We want to understand theology not merely so that we can make an A on a theology exam. We want to understand the doctrine of God so that we can understand God, so that we can meet the living God...
  • The Awe-Inspiring Heroism of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-

    04/10/2015 1:15:16 PM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | April 10, 2015 12:11 PM | S.T. KARNICK
    As a Christian, he never ceased to stand by those who suffered, even when it cost him his life. The too-brief life of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been the subject of much film and literary interest in recent years, and Eric Metaxas’s insightful biography of this heroic figure helps us understand why. Bonhoeffer’s life vividly demonstrated the natural and indeed inevitable tensions between the individual and the modern state, and it pointed toward a response based firmly in Christian thought. There are two powerful presences throughout the book: Bonhoeffer himself and Adolf Hitler, as the two...
  • JESUIT-FUNDED QUEER SUMMIT TELLS STUDENTS TO CONSIDER DITCHING MONOGAMY

    04/10/2015 11:36:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    The College Fix ^ | April 7, 2015 | Matt Lamb
    A Jesuit university is hosting an “LGBTQIA college summit” this weekend that will not only affirm the sexual identities of queer students, but encourage them to consider ditching monogamy altogether. The agenda for Loyola University-Chicago’s “Qmunity!” doesn’t spell out exactly what each workshop will delve into – and organizers remain tight-lipped – but the titles give some clues. Beyond workshops that link queer identity to other activism, such as feminism and “racial and economic justice,” students will hear about “bisexual/pansexual” and “poly/non-monogamous” identities. Those two workshops, as are most of the other workshops, are led or co-led by Loyola students....
  • Cardinal Danneels (family "expert" chosen by Francis) tried to convince King to Sign Abortion Law

    04/10/2015 10:38:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/09/15
    Two Belgian politicians admit for the first time openly that Cardinal Godfried Danneels tried to convince King Baudouin to sign the law on abortion in 1990. Former politicians Philippe Moureau (PS, Parti Socialiste) and Mark Eyskens (CVP, Flemish Christian Democrats) said this in a documentary for the Flemish Broadcasting Corporation VTM on April 6, 2015 (http://nieuws.vtm.be/binnenland/135916-25-jaar-abortuswet-boudewijn-onder-druk, at 2:05). According to VTM, cardinal Danneels did not want to comment. In 1990, the 14 members of the Belgian Government - a coalition led by CVP-Prime Minister Wilfried Martens, signed one of the most liberal abortion bills in the world. King Baudouin, a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VALIDITY, 04-10-15

    04/10/2015 9:11:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VALIDITY Having not only legal force but actually producing the effect intended. Applied to the sacraments, it refers to the conditions of matter, form, and circumstances required for valid administration. In ecclesiastical law it means that certain prescriptions must be fulfilled for the law or contractual agreement to bind or take effect. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church?

    04/10/2015 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the early hours of the first Easter Sunday, the news began to circulate that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the Apostles. They dismissed various reports from both women and men. But suddenly that evening there was a change, a declaration by the Apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!”  What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first, note the early reports of the resurrection and how they...
  • Church braces for same-sex marriage decision (from SCOTUS)

    04/09/2015 2:32:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    OSV ^ | April 9, 2015 | RUSSELL SHAW
    Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks at the March for Marriage near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., last June. CNS photo Same-sex marriage currently is legal in 36 states — or 37, depending on the outcome of a dispute between state and federal courts in Alabama. But in only 11 of those states was it legalized by referendums or legislation. In the others, it was imposed by courts.It is generally expected, though not certain, that the Supreme Court soon will follow this pattern and impose same-sex marriage nationwide. The court on April 28 will devote two...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONS REGULAR, 04-09-15

    04/09/2015 9:25:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-09-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANONS REGULAR Priests who are bound by religious vows and who live in community under a distinctive rule. Originating in the eleventh century, in connection with the reform movement of Pope Gregory VII, they have mainly adopted the Rule of St. Augustine. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect

    04/09/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 131 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was in the seminary, my Moral Theology Professor, Fr. Robert Zylla (R.I.P.), encouraged us to meditate on the sins of the intellect during the third sorrowful mystery (The Crowning with Thorns). In his years of teaching he had surely witnessed the intellectual pride that could beset theologians and seminary students who figured they knew a few things. And added to this human tendency to intellectual pride was the rather prideful sense of the 20th century that we had somehow “come of age.” Dissent from church teaching was rampant and...
  • Divine Mercy Sunday 2015 Merciful Jesus Christ, I trust in you A Personal Story

    I love the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion 24-7-365. My Family and I have promoted the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion in Mumbai, India vigorously for more than 25 years. We have spread the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion to Cities in Central India and in North India like Lucknow, Indore, and Patna to mention a few. In 1994 and in 1995, we got in touch with Divine Mercy Information Centre, Hong Kong which was run by a Chinese Catholic Evangelist by the name of Mr John Bosco Wong. He was a Third Order Carmelite. Mr John Bosco Wong sent...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENTIAL ACT, 04-08-15

    04/08/2015 9:19:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-08-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:PENITENTIAL ACT The invitation by the priest at Mass, after the opening salutation, to have the congregation acknowledge their sinfulness. This is followed by the Appeal for Mercy, the Kyrie, unless the pleas for forgiveness was already included in the penitential act. Normally each invocation is sung (or said) twice, but there may be further repetitions and also brief text insertions (tropes) if the circumstances warrant such additions. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a  fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a “back-bencher” among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • The Pope and the Transgender --- Scandal or No Scandal? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2015 5:36:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    The Eponymous Flower | 4/07/15
    "The Pope and the transsexual", is how the media similarly described the Holy Thursday liturgy of Pope Francis in the Roman prison Regina Coeli. On the first day of the Triduum Paschale, the Pope again followed his practice of having deserted the liturgically provided cathedral church of Rome and went to the "margins". This year the Pope visited the Roman prison Regina Coeli. He washed the feet of male and female prisoners and celebrated in the "Lord's Supper" in the prison hall. Vatican Television rendered images all over the world Among the prisoners, whose feet the Pope washed, there was...
  • Vatican Remains Silent as Homo-Fascism Rises [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2015 5:03:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 4/06/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As Cardinal Burke warns that the “gay lobby” within the Catholic Church is plotting for disaster at the Synod, civil society is increasingly dominated by a “homo-Fascism,” aided and abetted by the mass media, that demands absolute conformity on the part of Christians to social acceptance of the sin of sodomy. Witness the debacle in Indiana, where a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, designed to protect Christians from demands that they accommodate the “gay agenda” in their businesses — as, for example, by selling “gay wedding” cakes with two male figurines on top — came under...
  • Anti-Kasper Book Receives Church In Poland’s Official Endorsement [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2015 4:52:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 4/07/15 | Mundabor
    “Remaining in the Truth of Christ”, the “five Cardinals' book” already the object of the famous “raid” at the Vatican (where manipulation, theft, and lies are nowadays called “mercy”) is now available in the Polish version, and carries the endorsement of the Polish Bishop's Conference. One cannot imagine many warning shots clearer and louder than this one. Instead of expressing themselves in favour of the Sacrament in single statements, the Polish Bishops endorse the entire book, en bloc. Let us skip the niceties here, and let us say straight who the addressee of the endorsement is: the Unholy Father himself,...
  • Müller suggests new task for Congregation for Doctrine of Faith [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2015 4:44:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 4/07/15 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    In one of the numerous interviews he has given over the past few weeks focusing on the next Synod, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke about a new task for his dicastery. It is a task that is never been mentioned in the documents outlining the precise competencies of the former Holy Office. In an interview with French Catholic newspaper La Croix, the German cardinal stated: “The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a...
  • Mary's Virginity

    04/07/2015 11:37:31 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 197 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Dan Corner
    MARY'S VIRGINITYThe Bible gives us many ways whereby we can clearly identify the Messiah. One of these ways is called a "sign" and is specifically linked to his miraculous birth. In the Book of Isaiah we read: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa. 7:14, KJV). Along with many other Scriptures, that passage clearly points us to the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, who was born of a "virgin". But even among those who agree that Mary was a virgin, at that...
  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/07/2015 11:01:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 277 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 7, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q:  What is this about the “brothers” of Jesus in the Bible?  Did Mary have other children besides Jesus?   A:  No.The Church teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin. Yet, as you mention, the Bible does indeed mention the “brothers” of Jesus.  Mark 6:3, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon...” The “brothers” of Jesus are clearly mentioned, and named, in the Bible. So, Mary must have had other children and the Catholic Church is wrong when it dogmatically teaches that she was a perpetual...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ONTOLOGISM, 04-07-15

    04/07/2015 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-07-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ONTOLOGISM A theory that holds that each person has an immediate intuitive vision of God, and this vision is the source and ground of all other human knowledge. Originating with Platonic mysticism, the doctrine was first projected by Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), systematically organized by Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715), and developed by Vincenzo Gioberti (1801-52). It was condemned in 1861 as erroneous under Pius IX by the Congregation of the Inquisition. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.