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  • Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/01/2016 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 30, 2016 • The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace.I. Power – Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word”Here is a fundamental theology of grace: keeping the commandments...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor

    04/29/2016 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor Msgr. Charles Pope • April 28, 2016 • Michelangelo was asked how he could make a beautiful sculpture like his “Moses” out of a block of marble. His famous response was that he simply chipped away everything that wasn’t “Moses.”This is a paradigm for us in two senses.First, the Lord must chip away everything within us that is not Jesus. Yes, everything that is not of the Lord must go. St. Paul said, “I live; no not I, Christ lives in...
  • Amoris Laetitia: A seminal moment is at hand

    04/28/2016 12:33:17 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | 4/28/16 | Louie Verrecchio
    National Catholic Distorter is reporting that the dissident theologian Hans Küng has publicly confirmed receipt of a letter from Pope Francis responding to his request “to give room to a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion on the problem of infallibility.” According to Küng, the pope gave him (and thus every other like-minded malcontent subversive in Catholic clothing) the green light to have at it. Given that Francis’ letter “set no restrictions,” according to Küng, “he has thus responded to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility.” Notice the language that is used: Küng...
  • Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends?

    04/28/2016 9:06:33 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 46 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 4/28/16 | Vox Cantoris
    "Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends? The Pope IS the problem!" It really is time Catholics; wake up! Get out of your doldrums and your daydreams and your fantasy that all is well. The crisis in the Church which came to the surface during and after the Second Vatican Council, the crisis and heresy of Modernism is upon us now greater than ever. Prelate after prelate and even the Pope, the Bishop of Rome himself, Jorge Bergoglio, are now proving on a daily basis that they do not hold to...
  • The Secret of Modesty

    04/28/2016 7:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Secret of Modesty Msgr. Charles Pope • April 27, 2016 • The following post contains some adult content. There is nothing inappropriate, but it does speak frankly to an aspect of sexual desire. Exercise caution if reading it to younger children.There is a secret, once known and widely shared among women, that the best way to get and hold a man’s attention is through modesty. Near nakedness can get a man’s attention, but it is modesty that will hold it.Why is this so? It is because mystery is powerfully attractive. It entices; it draws and holds one in...
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    04/27/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 370 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2016 • The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of...
  • Pope's Marxist bias in U.S. campaign signals new global order

    04/26/2016 6:46:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 18, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    The liberal media are so in love with Pope Francis that they can't report the hard truth about his blatant interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and what it represents. Not only was socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) invited to a conference of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) on Catholic social teaching and the world situation, he also met personally with Pope Francis. A secular Jewish atheist, Sanders is not even a member of the Catholic Church. "I am not actively involved with organized religion," Sanders has said. His brother Larry says, "He is quite substantially not religious."...
  • Official response of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2016 10:56:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2016 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    The following was written by His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan. This is the official response to Amoris Laetitia from the good bishop. He wishes this to be read by all so please repost and forward far and wide. "Amoris laetitia": a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of "Amoris laetitia" The recently published Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” (AL), which contains a plethora of spiritual and pastoral riches with regard to life within marriage and the Christian family in our times,...
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

    04/26/2016 7:24:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 25, 2016 • When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the Second Coming, I was I asked to describe what our resurrected bodies will be like. Here is an article I wrote a few years back that details some aspects of our resurrected bodies:St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him...
  • The top 10 lies your Mormon friend is telling you

    04/25/2016 5:29:27 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 180 replies
    Exploring Mormonism ^ | April 24, 2016 | by Mithryn
    Social media has enabled communication between friends like never before. It’s also enabled lies to be spread (and debunked more quickly) than ever before. The lies Mormons tell are typically hold-overs from before Snopes was invented, and most Mormons may not realize they are lying, or simply justify the lie because the church is too good and you, their neighbor, would “make such a good member!” Next time a member sends you one of these lies, feel free to send them a link to this list. Also, to you members, before your blood begins to boil on my definition of...
  • On Exhortation, Bishop Schneider Says a “Veritatis Laetitia” is Needed [Catholic Caucus]

    04/25/2016 1:11:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 25, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    We all have been waiting for it for quite some time now. Finally, a prelate has spoken. On the topic of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has given a statement of over 6,000 words to the Italian website Corrispondenza Romana, which was published yesterday, 24 April. (No English translation has yet been made available; all of the following excerpts are taken from our own partial translation.) While Schneider says that different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia now are now spreading, he sees that “Some of the statements of Amoris Laetitia are objectively liable to misinterpretation.”...
  • A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy

    04/25/2016 6:44:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Model of Manhood – A Reflection on a Text from St. Paul to Timothy Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • This post is based on a talk I gave to a group of men in Scranton, PA. I preached out of a text from St. Paul to Timothy, whom St. Paul considered a son in the faith:But as for you, O man of God … Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the...
  • The Legacy of Love – A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter

    04/24/2016 6:56:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Legacy of Love – A Homily for the 5th Week of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2016 • The title of this sermon uses the word legacy, which refers to something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor.Perhaps the most accessible image of this is money. If I receive 100 million dollars from a dying relative, I can use those funds to start living differently. My bills, which now seem overwhelming, can be paid with just the interest earned from my newfound wealth. I can start enjoying things I thought I could never afford...
  • Shot Across the Bow for Cardinal Pell: Non-Bergoglians Have a Difficult Situation in the Roman Curia

    04/23/2016 3:17:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 22, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Some heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia have been removed by Pope Francis after his election to office. Others were left in office, but in fact isolated. Cardinal Pell is also under constant pressure. The Dismissal of "Ratzingerians" With the dismissals, it was not to questions of competence, but a directional decision. It touches on each convinced "Ratzingerianer", a cipher, which is shorthand encapsulating a faithful understanding of the Church. First, the Italian Cardinal Mauro Piacenza was replaced as Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and at only 70 year of age shoved off for the honorary management of...
  • Celebrating Pentecost

    04/23/2016 7:10:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 04-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Celebrating Pentecost Prior to 1970, the Church observed the feast for more than 8 days, marked liturgical calendar by it Msgr. Charles Pope 4/20/2016 Question: Shouldn’t we be celebrating Pentecost for more than one day? Given the amount of time we celebrate Christmas and Easter, it seems appropriate that Pentecost be given at least a short season.— Dianne Spotts, via email Answer: Before 1970, the Church emphasized Pentecost in two ways. The first was the celebration of an “octave.” An Octave is a stretch of eight days that included and followed the actual feast of Pentecost Sunday. It is one...
  • Bishop Emeritus Erwin Kraeutler Undermines Celibacy

    04/23/2016 6:26:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | April 22, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The Austrian Erwin Kräutler, the former bishop of Xingu, Brasil, is taking another step to promote his proposal to allow Catholic priests to marry. In January of 2016, the Vatican expert, Dr. Sandro Magister, had already written (http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351206?eng=y) about this bishop, showing his attempts to undermine celibacy. Then and now, Kräutler repeats that he had been encouraged in 2014 by Pope Francis himself to make “courageous proposals” with regard to the question of the lack of priests in his diocese. It was Sandro Magister who then, in January, raised the question as to whether the pope is planning the put...
  • MY CATHOLIC BLOG AND MYSELF

    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, Greetings again from Mumbai, India. I am back @ FR mostly because of Friends and only because of Catholic Posters like Salvation, NYer, Marshmallow, Grateful2God, Slyfox, TaxChick, Kolokotronis, and a Poster whose "Real Name" I know but whose username I have forgotten. I have a solid devotion to the Divine Mercy, To the Sacred Heart, and to Our Lady. I have a deep- rooted "Eucharistic Spirituality". I was born a "Cradle Catholic" but I am now a "Catholic by Conviction" rather than a Catholic by Custom or by Circumstance. One of the main Objectives...
  • Almost without meaning to, Francis has shot ‘Humanae Vitae’ dead

    04/22/2016 12:35:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    The Church of the Holy Name ^ | April 16, 2016 | Clifford Longley
    In 2009 the Catholic Church’s International Theological Commission proposed a fundamental change to the way the Church regarded natural law. It could not be presented “as an already established set of rules that impose themselves a priori on the moral subject”, it said. Instead, “it is a source of objective inspiration for the deeply personal process of making decisions”. This raised some eyebrows, not least because of the way natural law had consistently been imposed a priori by moral theologians to explain and justify Catholic teaching regarding sex. The most obvious example was the way natural law was invoked as...
  • Despite short shrift in ‘Amoris’, Francis sees mercy for gays too

    04/22/2016 10:07:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crux News ^ | Apri 21, 2016 | Father Edward Beck
    The pope’s pastoral outreach to the divorced and civilly remarried in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has been widely praised, but some feel that gays got short shrift. Pope Francis explores the possibility of those in “irregular” marriages receiving Communion after having entered a process of conscience formation and discernment with their pastor (“the internal forum”) and other committed Christians. He also calls for compassion and flexibility when ministering to engaged couples cohabitating without the benefit of marriage. “Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any ‘irregular’ situation are living in...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider

    04/22/2016 9:16:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    John Henry Newman Center of Higher Education ^ | March 6, 2016 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Dániel Fülep of the John Henry Newman Center of Higher Education
    Exclusive interview John Henry Newman Center of Higher Education, Hungary, Sümeg, 6 March 2016 It was the first time that Mons. Dr. Athanasius Schneider O.R.C., titular bishop of Celerina and auxiliary bishop of the archbishopric of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, had visited Hungary as a guest professor of John Henry Newman Center of Higher Education (newman.hu). As reported by Rorate Caeli on 3/10/2016, from 4 to 6 March 2016 the Central-Asian bishop held lectures and celebrated traditional (usus antiquior) Pontifical High Mass with the participation of the faithful in Hungary. On 7 March Athanasius Schneider visited the...
  • Cardinal Marx: “No Situation in Which Someone Is Excluded” [Catholic Caucus]

    04/22/2016 8:18:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 20, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 April, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx – who is the archbishop of Munich – gave a homily during Holy Mass in Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria. In this homily, the cardinal – who is also a member of the pope’s “Council of Nine Cardinals” – said that “there is no situation in which someone is excluded forever [MH: not even in hell, finally?].” In his eyes, the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetita now invites and encourages priests in their pastoral care of the faithful to “lead to the Sacraments” and to “integrate [them]with the help of the...
  • Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us -- A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus

    04/22/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wise Men, Flattering, May Deceive Us --; A Meditation on an Aria from Judas Maccabeus Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2016 • Judas Maccabeus was Handel’s most famous oratorio during his lifetime, more popular than the Messiah. There are many wonderful moments in it, especially its bold and brave choruses. Written in 1746, it covers the biblical events of 170–160 B.C., when Judea was ruled by the Seleucids and the people were compelled to worship Zeus. Some resisted; others obeyed. The priest Mattathias went to the hills and gathered others who were willing to fight for their faith....
  • Exhortation allows Communion for divorced/remarried on case-by-case basis, claim 3 German bishops

    04/21/2016 12:16:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia permits divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to access the sacraments on a case-by-case basis, three German bishops claim. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop Dr. Heiner Koch, and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode all cited footnote 351—the controversial footnote that critics worry undermines Church teaching by in certain cases allowing Holy Communion for those in objectively sinful situations—in their praise of the exhortation. The bishops also cited paragraph 301 of Amoris Laetitia, which states, “Hence it is can no longer simply be said that all those in any 'irregular' situation are living in a state of mortal sin...
  • Divorced and remarried are now asking for Communion, says senior Milan official

    04/21/2016 12:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 21, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, has begun to change attitudes to Communion in the archdiocese of Milan, according to a senior official. In an article for the Milan archdiocese website, Monsignor Fausto Gilardi, who is in charge of Confession at Milan Cathedral, says that there has been a growing “demand” in the diocese from the divorced and remarried for absolution and Communion. Mgr Gilardi’s piece, which has been translated for the news website Crux, claims that some priests have changed their practice. He says that some have “opened a ‘teller’s window’ for consultations”. Mgr Gilardi comments that this seems...
  • Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue

    04/21/2016 8:11:10 AM PDT · by fishtank · 26 replies
    Hip and Thigh ^ | 4-19-16 | Fred Butler
    Continuationism is not a non-essential doctrinal issue Posted on April 19, 2016 By Fred Butler I am becoming convinced more and more every day that continuationism/charismaticism is not just a non-essential doctrinal issue for Christians. My thinking about this started shortly after the Strange Fire conference as I engaged continuationist critics on social media. .... In fact, with what I was seeing, the TBN and Sid Roth style charismatic continuationists are the standard majority, whereas the ‘balanced,” sober-minded continuationists were the true fringe.
  • Pope Francis and the Marginalization of the CDF

    04/21/2016 7:29:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 20, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    In his first interview with the a theist Eugenio Scalfari, published on October 1, 2013 in the daily newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis said overlooking some members of the Roman Curia: "The court is the leprosy of the papacy". But Francis seems "to be fighting not the leprosy but the leper," said Secretum meum mihi . The daily Il Foglio headline in yesterday's edition of the first page: "Müller Besieged". Schönborn instead of Müller The distance that exists between the Pope and the Cardinal Prefect of the Faith, Gerhard Müller, is recognized "by all". "The cold was obviously" felt by...
  • Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day

    04/21/2016 6:42:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! A Meditation on the Stunning Glory of Being Gathered to Christ on the Last Day Msgr. Charles Pope • April 20, 2016 • During Eastertide we continue to read from the Book of Revelation and meditate on Jesus as the Lord of history and the Victor over sin and death. As Revelation moves to its conclusion, it points forward to the Parousia (the magnificent second coming of the Lord). We do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven

    04/20/2016 7:27:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 94 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Katherine Weber
    We should only look to Jesus for Heaven, Pope Francis said during a recent mass. The pontiff made his comments Monday while speaking from Casa Santa Marta at the Vatican, saying that only through Jesus can people go to heaven "The Lord thus clearly says: you cannot enter eternal life by any entryway that is not the door – that is not Jesus," the pontiff said. "He is the door of our life – and not only of eternal life, but also of our daily lives." The pope added that he who attempts to reach heaven by an alternative way...
  • Situation Ethics Enshrined Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

    04/20/2016 6:41:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 4/20/16 | John Vennari
    Situation Ethics Enshrined - Q & A on Francis' Amoris Laetitia A simple Q & A on Certain Aspects of the Post-Synodal Exhortation What is Amoris Laetitia? Amoris Laetitia (the “Joy of Love”) is the much anticipated post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on marriage and the family. Released on April 6, it runs 260 pages, approximately 59,000 words. Father George Rutler, wryly commenting on the exorbitant length of modern Vatican documents, notes that Francis’ text “is nearly two-thirds the length of all the Vatican II promulgations.” What are we to think of Amoris Laetitia? Respected Italian journalist Antonio Socci...
  • Priest on papal exhortation: We must hold fast to the Tradition [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 4:44:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2016 | Fr. Linus Clovis
    Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL) has been received with very mixed reactions ranging from positive jubilation to that of respectful reservation. It is a 60,000 word document that will require time, study and prayerful reflection in order to unravel all of its implications. While the nuances, implications and applications of AL are being unravelled, it seems to me that we ought to remain calm and take the sagacious advice of St Paul of simply following the well established Catholic rule of holding fast to what we have received and always believed. In practical terms and,...
  • Catholic university’s basketball coach doesn’t want faithful Catholics on the team?

    04/20/2016 1:56:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society via Life Site News ^ | April 19, 2016 | Adam Cassandra
    The head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco (USF) recently announced her same-sex marriage to an assistant coach, and suggested that any student-athletes who have “an issue” with her sexuality and relationship are not welcome on the team. On March 31, USF coach Jennifer Azzi publicly announced that she was in a same-sex marriage with her top assistant, Blair Hardiek, during an Anti-Defamation League awards ceremony. She was there introducing Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. Welts became the first senior sports executive to openly acknowledge his same-sex attraction in 2011 while president...
  • Pope Francis: ‘I don’t remember’ controversial footnote in exhortation [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 10:00:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Jalsevac
    It was the footnote heard around the world. Footnote 351, to be precise. The dynamite – or so it seemed to some – quietly buried deep in Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. To journalists poring over the exhortation hoping to learn how the pope intended to resolve the debate that had pitted cardinal against cardinal and bishop against bishop at the two recent synods at the family, it seemed to provide the key. “In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments,” the footnote reads, before making reference to the Eucharist and confession. Were these the...
  • Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas

    04/20/2016 9:04:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Remedies for Sorrow from St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2016 • Some of you who follow me on Facebook know that I just lost a beloved pet, Daniel, our rectory cat. Losing a pet is not to be equated with losing a spouse, sibling, or friend, but it remains a painful loss. Part of the reason for this, I am convinced, is that we cannot communicate with animals as we do with one another. We cannot know what they are experiencing “inside” and so cannot reassure them or be reassured by them that they...
  • How Envy is Different from Jealously and Is a Diabolical Sin

    04/19/2016 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Envy is Different from Jealously and Is a Diabolical Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2016 • A short while back, we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousands, but only thousands to me. All that remains for him is the kingship.” And from that day on, Saul...
  • The Gospel Part 3: Are You Ready To Be A Super Hero?

    04/18/2016 2:03:42 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 7/24/15 | Gary
    "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit," - Titus 3:4-5 The Gospel is the ultimate rags-to-riches story. We were pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, deserving death because of our sins, and unable to help ourselves. We felt unloved and in turn were unloving. This bleak existence of dust-to-dust was all there was.  And then Jesus came. He revealed to us a loving Daddy in heaven who...
  • China pressed down shaken and flowing over ! Rejoice[charismatic Caucus]

    04/18/2016 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    China's fame will soon be delivered, A shot from My quiver, For where there has been scorn against My Word, A standard shall be heard, Revival , restoration My kingdom taking hold, Destroying this kingdom of old, Soon a new leader will show His face, The Lord Almighty in battle filled with Grace ! No longer will man stand where I have placed my throne, I am threshing this floor for my very own, The cries of the righteous have come unto me, Now watch beauty come from the ashes that must be, A joy in my children from under...
  • All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts

    04/18/2016 7:12:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2016 • The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following regarding moral acts:The object, the intention, and the circumstances make up the “sources,” or constitutive elements, of the morality of human acts (CCC # 1750).Note, therefore, that in assessing a particular moral act we must look not only to what is done, but also to the circumstances under which it is done, and to the intention of the one doing it.For example, to steal is wrong. However, one’s culpability...
  • What Did Jesus Call Me? A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/17/2016 6:35:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Did Jesus Call Me? A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 16, 2016 • The Lord says, “My sheep hear my voice…” That’s right, He called you a sheep. Now come on, get a little indignant with me here! The Lord is comparing us, not to the swift eagle, the beautiful gazelle, the swift horse, the powerful bear, the mighty lion, or the clever dog. No, He looks at us as says we’re like sheep. Hmm … While reality may hurt, the truth can also liberate. For the fact is that although...
  • Kasper: Amoris Laetitia “Changes Everything”

    04/16/2016 5:16:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 15, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Well, Cardinal Kasper certainly seems pleased with the exhortation. It’s almost as though Christmas came early for him: Cardinal Walter Kasper explained that the Pope’s apostolic exhortation “doesn’t change anything of church doctrine or of canon law – but it changes everything”. The retired cardinal has been influential on Francis’ thinking on marriage and those living in “irregular situations” and it was he who the Pope asked to address a consistory of cardinals in February 2014 on how communion might be given to divorced and remarried couples. That address kicked off the Synod of Bishops discussions on the family, a...
  • Incorruptibles?

    04/16/2016 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 190 replies
    OSV.com ^ | March and April, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Incorruptibles? Q. Can you explain about the incorruptibles? I know that some saints are given that designation, but is it part of the process of canonization? What does it mean spiritually if a body is incorrupt? Was St. John XXIII found to be incorrupt?Name withheld by request, via e-mail A. The normal process of decay for the human body, especially before embalming was common, was for the remains of a cadaver to be largely skeletonized within just a few years after death. In certain rare cases, however, the usual process of decay seems arrested and the bodies are preserved largely...
  • Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis Has Proposed a “New Form of Application” of Ecclesiastical Doctrine

    04/15/2016 5:16:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 15, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Is the Spanish Episcopal Conference forging the path that the whole Church will soon be using to follow the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia? Yesterday Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Madrid, the deputy president of the Spanish Bishops' Conference held a press conference yesterday. He was accompanied by the rector of the seminary of his archdiocese, a professor of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, José María Gil Tamayo, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference and two Jesuits who played an important role. Ambiguities of "Amoris Laetitia" bring Archbishop of Madrid to embarrassment One wants to "value" the Exhortation of Pope Francis explained...
  • There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe

    04/15/2016 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There Has Been No Loss of Wonders, Only a Loss of Wonder - A Brief Summons to Awe Msgr. Charles Pope • April 14, 2016 • A big problem today is that of rampant boredom. One would think, with all the diversions available to us, we would be one of the least bored generations in history. There are various forms of entertainment available to us quite literally at our fingertips: television, radio, the Internet, Netflix, video games, and more.Yet it still seems that we moderns are often bored. The reason for this, I think, is that we are overstimulated.The...
  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/15/2016 7:25:23 AM PDT · by verga · 396 replies
    Verga | 4/15/16 | Verga
    For years there has been disagreement between Catholics and some non-Catholic groups about the Catholic ChurchÂ’s teaching on the Marian Dogmas, particularly, the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Mother. This will attempt to clear up some of the confusion. Catholics have always held that Mary remained a virgin before, during, and following the birth of Jesus. Many non-Catholics contend that scripture proves that she did not and points to several instances of people being called brothers or sisters of Jesus. When we study the scriptures carefully, paying particular attention to the order of sentences and view the language with precision,...
  • Pope’s exhortation adopts the approach to same-sex unions that Synod fathers rejected

    04/14/2016 6:55:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Voice of the Family via Life Site News ^ | April 14, 2016 | Voice of the Family
    Throughout the two “synods on the family” held in Rome in October 2014 and October 2015 there was intense pressure for the Church to change her immutable teaching on homosexuality and homosexual unions. This pressure came not only from “LGBT” activists but also from those responsible for preparing the official synodal documents. The approach to homosexual unions in the synod documents See the appendix at the end of the article for fuller extracts from the synodal documents. 1. The Extraordinary Synod’s interim Relatio post disceptationem affirmed “that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same...
  • Amoris Laetitia – More Catholic Experts Weigh In [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2016 2:10:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 4/14/16 | Maike Hickson
    It is our pleasure to present the commentaries of some reflective people in Europe and in the U.S. who are knowledgeable experts when it comes to the Vatican and the Catholic Faith. Each was asked to write a brief commentary to the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and they have generously responded. We are very honored and happily present to our readers, without further analysis, these commentaries that speak for themselves. We are especially grateful for the willingness of these men to offer their considered positions, inasmuch as the prelates of the Church have been troublingly quiet. Father Brian Harrison, O.S.,...
  • Amoris Laetitia and The Great Façade [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2016 1:56:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 4/13/16 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The publication of Amoris Laetitia has provoked an entirely predictable cyclone of competing opinions ranging from “nothing to see here,” to “not magisterial,” to “catastrophe” to “revolutionary.” Every one of these opinions is correct. Which means — and this should be no surprise to any observer of the post-conciliar epoch — that what we have here is a massive new addition to The Great Façade of non-binding ecclesial novelties, not one of which was ever seen in the Church before that great epoch of enlightenment known as the Sixties. The trick, you see, is to promulgate the latest novelty and...
  • Vatican-approved magazine: Exhortation opens door to Holy Communion for remarried divorcees

    04/14/2016 9:17:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/13/16 | Claire Chretien and John Jalsevac
    As Catholics around the world debate the implications of Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, two of his close collaborators are suggesting that he has indeed opened the door to the possibility of granting Communion to remarried divorcees – a practice condemned by previous popes as a violation of Scripture and Church teaching. Both Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who the pope chose to present the exhortation last week, and Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, a close advisor of the pope who reportedly helped draft the exhortation, have made that claim in recent days. Spadaro, editor of La Civiltŕ...
  • Priest: Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution goes against 2,000 years of tradition

    04/14/2016 9:07:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/13/16; updated 4/14/16 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    Pope Francis’ long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL), was finally been released on Friday, April 8, 2016. A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of this lengthy document will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is quietly introducing revolutionary change into the heart of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching and pastoral/sacramental practice. He is not repudiating in principle the objective truth of any revealed dogma or moral norm; but at the level of praxis...
  • Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood

    04/14/2016 6:54:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Priest and Victim Are One and the Same – A Meditation on Offering Our Lives to God as Members of a Royal Priesthood Msgr. Charles Pope • April 13, 2016 • A key aspect of the priesthood, set forth by Jesus in the New Covenant, is that priest and victim are one and the same. Prior to this, the priests of the Old Covenant sacrificed animals: lambs, bulls, goats, turtle doves, etc. But in the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the priesthood of the New Covenant, the priest offers himself as victim.Regarding Jesus and His priesthood, Scripture says,For it is...