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  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/16/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies
    Chiesa news ^ | 9/17/14 | Sandro Magister
    Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of “patron” of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 – The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope...
  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait… these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, there’s more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples “who are already cohabitating; who already have children…” (NOTE: These people didn’t just happen to fall into a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOGOMILES, 09-16-14

    09/16/2014 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BOGOMILES A dualist, heretical sect and branch of the Catharists. Originally they taught in Bulgaria, in the first half of the tenth century, but in time their influence spread through Asia Minor and the Balkans. Eventually they merged with Islam. They believed in a superior God, the Father, whose son Satanaël revolted and was driven from heaven. Satanaël created the world and Adam, but since the Father gave Adam his soul, man belongs to God as well as Satan. The latter seduced Eve and was punished by being deprived of creative power, yet entrusted with the...
  • The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern “oikonomia”

    09/16/2014 2:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER I have been posting about the soon-to-be-released book by five cardinala and four scholars called Remaining In The Truth Of Christ. This book is a defense of the Catholic doctrine marriage. It is an important book, some of it may be hard for all readers to read, but it is worth the effort.It is still available for 25% off as a pre-order. HEREThus, I was please to find an EXCELLENT comment in the other entry, so good that I reproduce it here as a separate post.I want to thank PaterAugustinus for his honest evaluation of Orthodox oikonomia....
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIAT CHURCHES, 09-15-14

    09/15/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNIAT CHURCHES Eastern Christians who profess the same doctrines as the rest of the Roman Catholic Church. Their rites and discipline, however, vary greatly from those of the Latin Rite. Their liturgies originated in Antioch, Alexandria, and Byzantium, and they usually have a married clergy. Nearly all Non-Uniat churches possess corresponding Uniat groups who have reacknowledged their allegiance to the Pope. the expression "Uniat," though found in theological literature, is seldom used by Eastern Catholics. They feel that it implies something less than complete allegiance to the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from...
  • Virginia delegate slams Dolan in letter to Apostolic Nuncio

    09/13/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9-12-14 | Tantumblogo
    Reader TM sent me a link to the following letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States. Who knows how that letter will be received, what with the new focus on “mercy” cum indifference, but the author has requested that this letter be shared as widely as possible, and I agree with the concerns expressed therein. Some excerpts: New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s...
  • Grace, Faith, and Works

    09/13/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 322 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | not given | FishEaters.com
    Grace, Faith, and Works    Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Justification by Faith Alone? IJustification by Faith Alone? IIJustification by Faith Alone? IIIJustification by Faith Alone? IVWhat it means to be born againAre you saved? The Catholic position on salvation can be summed up thus: We are saved by Christ's grace alone, through faith and works done in charity inspired by the Holy Spirit.Sola gratia! Grace alone -- but a grace we have to co-operate with. Thinking that all one has to do is pray the "Sinner's Prayer" once to be saved is wrong. Thinking that all one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHOLE CHRIST, 09-13-14

    09/13/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WHOLE CHRIST Christ in the fullness of his human and divine natures present in the Holy Eucharist. This means that the same Christ numerically is now present in heaven and in the Blessed Sacrament. There is nothing objectively lacking in the Eucharist of what constitutes Christ. He is there entirely. The only deficiency is the subjective one on the part of the believer, who cannot perceive him with the senses or even reason to his presence, but can only assent on faith that what seems to be bread and wine is really Jesus Christ. Moreover, Christ...
  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/12/2014 6:28:11 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 259 replies
    Answering Protestants Blog ^ | 12 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    According to Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon) President Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to several women, including Mary Magdalene, and had biological children. "..[In John 2,] Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. ... We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified. ... I do not despise to be called a son of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUBAL, 09-12-14

    09/12/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUBAL The son of Lamech and Adah in the line descended from Cain. He is described in Genesis as "the ancestor of the lyre and the flute." In modern parlance he might be called the Patron of the Musical Arts (Genesis 4:21). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Saint of the Day: Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    09/12/2014 6:15:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3); both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters. The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After Sobieski entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he and his soldiers thoroughly defeated the...
  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 940 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/5/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Pope Francis has been a breath of fresh air for many Catholics seeking greater liberty and a growing concern for conservative Christians who take issue with his comments about homosexuality and other cultural issues. But the pontiff's latest statement is sparking an uproar from believers around the world. Pope Francis sent a tweet Tuesday that absolutely violates the truth of Scripture: "The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan," Pope Francis tweeted. As of the time I wrote this column it had been retweeted about 4,000 times and many of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATALISM, 09-11-14

    09/11/2014 9:03:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FATALISM Belief in the inevitability of all events, whether caused or uncaused. It differs from fate in that it provides for the inevitability on the basis of cause and effect relationship. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • bonhoeffer on what a christian under the cross can offer that a secular therapist cannot

    09/11/2014 7:50:13 AM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    TGC ^ | 9/8/14 | Justin Taylor
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: Whoever lives beneath the cross of Jesus, and has discerned in the cross of Jesus the utter ungodliness of all people and of their own hearts, will find there is no sin that can ever be unfamiliar. Whoever has once been appalled by the horror of their own sin, which nailed Jesus to the cross, will no longer be appalled by even the most serious sin of another Christian; rather they know the human heart from the cross of Jesus. Such persons know how totally lost is the human heart in sin and weakness, how it...
  • Belgian bishop urges synod on family to hold real dialogue on moral issues

    09/10/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 9/10/14 | Tom Heneghan
    Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity. "The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue" on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese’s website in five languages. More Read the letter in full "It must dare once again to start with 'life' and then move on to 'teaching'. The Church has nothing to lose in...
  • Liberation Theology Triumphant as Work of John Paul II & Benedict XVI is Completely Wiped Out."

    09/10/2014 6:08:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 9/07/14 | Antonio Socci
    THE “D’ESCOTO CASE” AND THOSE WHO WANT TO WIPE OUT THE WORK DONE BY JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI Antonio Socci Libero September 7, 2014 In the era of Bergoglio, the Vatican has practically rehabilitated Liberation Theology, which came into existence in the 1960s and has caused untold disasters, mainly in Latin America, by fostering the Church’s subordination to Marxist thought. Over the past months there have been startling occurrences, such as the “landing” of Gustavo Gutierrez (“the father” of Liberation Theology) in the Vatican itself. A year ago, “L'Osservatore Romano” published large extracts from one of his books...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MIRACLE OF GRACE. 09-10-14

    09/10/2014 8:02:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MIRACLE OF GRACE A sudden and unexpected conversion form ignorance to faith, from doubt to certainty, from sinfulness to holiness. It is not due to ordinary causes but to God's particular special and unmerited grace. It is an effect of divine intervention beyond the ordinary working of Providence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENTAL DISPOSITIONS, 09-09-14

    09/09/2014 9:41:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SACRAMENTAL DISPOSITIONS Condition of the soul required for the valid and/or fruitful reception of the sacraments. The dispositions differ between minister and recipient. In the minister is required merely the faculty of conferring a given sacrament, and the willingness to carry out the intention of Christ or the Church, even just to satisfy another person's wish or desire. In the recipient who has the use of reason is required merely that no obstacles be placed in the way. Such obstacles are a lack of faith or sanctifying grace or of a right intention. All items in...
  • KJB: The Book That Changed the World

    09/08/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 256 replies
    Hulu.com ^ | April 5, 2011 | Lions Gate
    Movie : KJB: The Book That Changed the World Of all places, Hulu has this well done, interesting and edifying documentary (with ads) with actor John Rhys-Davies. Describes King James 1 upbringing and and political events, including the Gunpowder Plot and shows historical background and aspects which led to this translation. 1:33 long. Worth watching. Has ads (choose priceline ones)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEGEND OF THE SAINTS, 09-08-14

    09/08/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LEGEND OF THE SAINTS  Popular biographical stories of the saints. Not entirely fictitious, they possess a substratum of truth, usually under considerable embellishment. The Church has consistently sought to sift this substratum of truth from the legendary additions, as in the Breviary reform under St. Pius X and the total revision of the Liturgy of the Hours by pope Paul VI, according to the directives of the Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Parade Organizer - Pope made me do it

    09/06/2014 6:26:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 09/05/14 | Patrick Archbold
    This is the stupid apostate world we live in. The organizer of the St. Patrick's day parade who has include a gay identity group and is currently accepting applications from pro-abortion groups said this ridiculous thing. O’Reilly told CNA said the parade policy was changed due to Catholic teaching “about showing compassion and understanding to groups that don’t agree with all the Church’s teachings.” “I think, in part, the tone is changing within the Church, and I think Pope Francis has spoken about this, and Cardinal Dolan did last night,” O’Reilly said. “There is a sense among many Catholic leaders...
  • Judge allows (RC school teacher) (law)suit over in vitro firing

    09/06/2014 2:30:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 5, 2014
    INDIANAPOLIS — A lawsuit by a former Roman Catholic schoolteacher who says she was fired by a northern Indiana diocese for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization can proceed to trial, a federal judge has ruled.In a mixed ruling this week, US District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. in Fort Wayne said Emily Herx deserves a chance to prove her claim that her termination by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend was based on sex discrimination.Herx, of Hoagland, Ind., sued the diocese in April 2012, alleging that her firing violated the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with...
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REQUIEM, 09-06-14

    09/06/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionay ^ | 09-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REQUIEM A Mass celebrated for the dead. The name is derived from the firsrt word of the opening hymn in the Latin Rite Mass prior to the revision since the Second Vatican Council. The invocation said, "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine" (Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord). (Etym. Latin requies, rest after labor, relaxation.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Dolan once again proves himself a huge disappointment

    09/05/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9/05/14 | tantumblogo
    How did Cardinal Dolan ever acquire a reputation for seeming orthodoxy? He’s about as orthodox a Catholic as Katherine Jefferts Schori. And it seems if there is any crowd to be played to, any group to be appeased (save, of course, for faithful Catholics), Dolan is ever ready to surrender to the demands of the world, no matter how craven he appears, no matter how great the scandal he gives, in so doing. Of course, his short little Archie Bunker clone attack dog will always be there yipping at his heels a chorus of unwavering if incoherent support. Pathetic: The...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EVANGELICA TESTIFICATIO, 09-05-14

    09/05/2014 8:50:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EVANGELICA TESTIFICATIO Apostolic exhortation of Pope Paul VI on religious life. The most important single document on the subject since the Second Vatican Council. It recognizes that some are calling into question the very existence of religious life. Its main focus is to urge religious to be faithful to the charism of their respective founders and to cultivate a strong spiritual life, whose center is the Eucharist (June 29, 1971). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Science, Catholics, and Fear

    09/05/2014 5:35:58 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 36 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 02, 2014 | SIMCHA FISHER
    It is a disgraceful and a dangerous thing for an unbeliever to hear a Christian, presumably explaining science, nutrition, and medicine, talking nonsense on these topics. Many non-Christians are well-versed in Natural knowledge, so they can detect vast ignorance in such a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The danger is obvious-- the failure to conform interpretation to demonstrated knowledge opens the interpreter, and by extension, Christianity as a whole, to ridicule for being unlearned. All right, so St. Augustine didn't say "science, nutrition, and medicine," he said "the meaning of scripture." But other than that, he's describing a good...
  • Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

    09/04/2014 10:35:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Painting the Catholic Church as "out of touch" is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church's stance against contraception. Many people, (including our editor) are wondering why the Catholic Church doesn't just ditch this requirement. They note that most Catholics ignore it, and that most everyone else finds it divisive, or "out-dated." C'mon! It's the 21st century, they say! Don't they SEE that it's STUPID, they scream. Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENETRABILITY, 09-04-14

    09/04/2014 8:35:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-04-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PENETRABILITY The capacity of a body to coincide with another body in such a way that both occupy the same space at the same time. Naturally this is impossible for ponderable matter, but is one of the qualities of a glorified body as witnessed after Christ's resurrection from the dead (John 20:19). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Francis Declares that Christ “Had” a “Christian Identity”

    09/03/2014 6:03:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    The Remnant ^ | September 3, 2014 | Christopher Ferrara
    It seems that not a day passes without Pope Francis’s off-the-cuff homilies and remarks producing a theological embarrassment: Mary “perhaps” felt tricked by God when she saw Her son on the Cross (“Lies! I was cheated!”), Christ merely pretended to be angry with this disciples (“Jesus does not become angry, but pretends to”), Matthew clung to his money when Christ called him (“No, not me! No, this money is mine!”), rather than immediately heeding Our Lord’s call as the Gospel records (Matt. 9:9-13)­—and so on and so forth, day in and day out. Just yesterday Francis, resuming his morning Masses...
  • The Hail Mary of a Protestant

    09/03/2014 6:36:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 940 replies
    http://www.abouttherosary.com ^ | September 3, 2014 | Robbe Lyn Sebesta
    A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companions reciting the prayer “Hail Mary.” He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. “Look, Mommy, what a beautiful prayer,” he said to his mother one day. “Never again say it,” answered the mother. “It is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do.” From that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HIERONYMITES, 09-02-14

    09/02/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HIERONYMITES Also called the Jeronymites or the Hierohymitae. Groups of hermits who followed the way of life of St. Jerome (342-420), going back to the community of men and women who gathered around him in Bethlehem. They were later given the Rule of St. Augustine. Hieronymite nuns were founded in Spain in 1426. In the sixteenth century the order was one of the channels through which the Catholic Counter-Reformation found its expression. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • "Why did God kill people?"

    09/02/2014 12:11:48 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 85 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 2 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Why did God allow for the striking-down of people in the Old Testament? How is this reconciled with the dogma of a loving God?Protestants and modern-day "Jews" don't have an answer for this -- one beyond dualism or "mystery", I mean. But the Church does. There is mortal sin, and there is venial sin (1 John 5:17). Mortal sin -- willful and of grave nature -- separates one from God, practically killing the soul. Venial sin -- all other -- must simply be cleansed, and it does not eternally separate us from Him. And this distinction is shown in the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN CITY, 09-01-14

    09/01/2014 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN CITY Official name, Stato della Città del Vaticano. It is the territorial see of the Papacy, determined by the Lateran Treaty of 1929. Situated within the geopraphic boundary of Rome, it covers an area of 108.7 acres and includes the Vatican Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Radio Station, and numerous other buildings that serve the Pope and the administration of the universal Church. Ultimate authority for Vatican City is vested in the Pope but actually administered by the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City. In generaly, the government is based on canon...
  • st. augustine and confession {catholic/orthodox caucus}

    09/01/2014 7:37:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://santarosacatholic.org ^ | 2012 | Bishop Robert F. Vasa
    As a priest I have frequently seen the beauty and effectiveness of the sacrament of reconciliation, or, if you prefer, confession. So convinced am I of its efficacy, indeed its necessity for saving souls that I frequently speak about it as a regular topic of catechesis when I travel throughout the diocese. While it is perhaps possible to say, in the most legalistic and narrowly scripted fashion that confession may not be absolutely, categorically, definitively, and unequivocally “necessary” for salvation, I would, again, still maintain we need it, it is good for us, it was given to us by Jesus...
  • The Myth of Catholic Social Teaching: Zmirak [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 30, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Self-styled Catholic critics of the free market and “Americanism” have adopted the term “social Magisterium” to suggest that there is a coherent and morally binding body of papal teaching on politics and economics, from which we can derive specific policy initiatives and firmly condemn alternatives as “un-Catholic” or even (that dreaded word) “dissenting.” Hence defenders of market economics, or opponents of mass immigration, can be tarred with the same brush as those who favor women’s ordination or homosexuality. Indeed, if we accept the premise of a “social magisterium,” we are led to believe that we can actually build up a...
  • Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future

    08/31/2014 6:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 199 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | August 29, 2014 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Traditional Catholic Priest by Fr. Peter Carota Search Main menu Skip to primary content HomeSample Page Post navigation← Previous Next → Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future Posted on August 29, 2014 by fc Bishop Schneider had an interview published in the June 6th 2014 CatholicHerald.co.uk, “We Are In The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church“.  If you have the time please read the whole great article.  Here I have attempted to only highlight the main points in the article.In his interview he said we are in the fourth great...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...
  • Let My People Go: The Catholic Church and Slavery

    08/31/2014 6:04:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 100 replies
    “How many divisions does the Pope have?” Joseph Stalin once ironically asked the official warning him of the Vatican's “power.” Decades later, totalitarian regimes have all but vanished, while the Catholic Church, founded strictly on an evangelical message of love, has continued to grow. “I’d like to buy your argument,” replied the professor, “but the facts are other than you assert. How is it that Catholic countries such as Spain and Portugal promoted the slave trade in America, if, as you claim, the Catholic Church actually brought the end of slavery? How do you explain certain bishops of the American...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURAL VIRTUE, 08-30-14

    08/30/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NATURAL VIRTUE A good moral habit whose principles, object, and purpose are natural to the human person. This means any virtue whose existence in knowable by the light of natural reason and whose practice is possible (at least for a time) without the help of supernatural grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Answering a Muslim Apologist

    08/29/2014 1:14:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 29, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Catholic apologists keep very busy clearing up common misconceptions about the Faith: explaining how the Church’s teaching, practice, and history are misunderstood—or willfully misrepresented—by its opponents.Islam, too, has its apologists. They also claim that many critiques of the Muslim religion are based on ignorance or animus, and insist that the record must be set straight.One such apologist is Princeton University Muslim chaplain Sohaib Sultan, whose recent piece in Time, “ISIS Is Ignoring Islam’s Teachings on Yazidis and Christians,” would seem to be something that every Catholic, and indeed every free person, should welcome. Sultan condemns the Islamic State (formerly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICAL LIFE, 08-29-14

    08/29/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CANONICAL LIFE A rule of life drawn up in ancient times for the clergy, mainly the cathedral assistants. Intermediate between the monastic life and secular priesthood, they lived in community. Many later become canons regular of St. Augustine (354-430), who introduced this mode of life into his own episcopal household. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 08-28-14

    08/28/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE The temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEGRADATION, 08-27-14

    08/27/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEGRADATION A penalty by which a cleric is reduced to the lay state; a deprivation, an abasement. Its effects may be deposition and privation of a religious habit. It is permanent unless remitted by a superior after completion of conditions required as penance. It can only be imposed for things labeled criminal by law or if one continues giving scandal after deposition. It is real if accompanied by formalities prescribed by the Roman Pontifical, and verbal when inflicted by a person authorized to sentence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OPERATING GRACE, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OPERATING GRACE Similar to preventing or prevenient grace, it precedes the free consent of the will or accompanies it in the performance of an act. The thought of doing a good act suggests itself with no effort on the part of the human being, as an indeliberate impulse. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO, 08-25-14

    08/25/2014 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council. It deals with the Catholic principles on ecumenism, the practice of ecumenism, and the churches and ecclesiastical communities separated from the Roman Apostolic See. A careful distinction is made between spiritual ecumenism, mainly through prayer and the practice of virtue, and practical ecumenism, which actively fosters the reunification of Christianity. Also the faithful are told to recognize various levels of nearness to the Catholic Church, in descending order, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants (November 21, 1964). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary

    08/24/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 255 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org ^ | April 24, 2003 | Dave Armstrong
    Let's see what the Father of Protestantism thought about the Blessed Mother..... Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is...
  • Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor

    08/24/2014 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | April 12, 2013 | Kathleen Naab
    Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor Editor of Biography Reflects on What Fr. Kapaun Has to Teach Us Washington, D.C., April 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) Kathleen Naab | Thursday in the White House, President Barack Obama bestowed on Fr. Emil Kapaun the nation's highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor.The priest, who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, is also being considered for canonization.The life that won Fr. Kapaun not only such high military praise, but also possible recognition as a canonized saint, is the subject of a biography called "The...