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  • [Barf Alert] Amazon Conference to Aid ‘Mother Earth’

    07/02/2020 10:01:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 1, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    [Barf Alert] Amazon Conference to Aid ‘Mother Earth’ Marxist cardinal heads new ecclesial body VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Amazonian bishops have created a transnational ecclesial conference in the first, significant phase of implementing the proposals of the 2019 Amazon Synod and Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia ("Beloved Amazon"). The Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon (ECA) will promote synodality, foster integral ecology, affirm Amazonian identity and respond to "the cries of the poor and of Mother Earth," announced a June 29 statement signed by CELAM (Latin American Episcopal Council) president Abp. Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte and REPAM (Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network) president Cdl. Cláudio Hummes.   Pope Francis with indigenous peoples at the Amazon Synod...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #14: GOD TESTS ABRAHAM

    07/02/2020 7:49:08 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 3 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    GENESIS 22 (NIV, emphases added) 1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4...
  • Christianity - Good for past, present and future societies!

    07/02/2020 7:29:50 AM PDT · by Teleios Research · 1 replies
    Teleios ^ | Teleios
    Christianity is the foundation of Western Society. However, many in political and academic arenas deny the historical and current benefits of Christianity. We recently examined the histories of European tribes in the early Middle Ages, from 300 years before to 300 years after conversion to Christianity. Our analysis discovered marked statistical improvements in tribal society measures following conversion to Christianity. Following Christianization, tribal-based populations developed more organized, peaceful, compassionate, and just societies. These early medieval countries, while underdeveloped by today’s standards, laid the groundwork for the constitutional democracies that many enjoy today which provide for economic advancement and judicial fairness...
  • Abp. Gomez Retreats

    07/01/2020 9:15:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 1, 2020 | Bradley Eli
    Abp. Gomez Retreats Caves to iconoclasts LOS ANGELES (ChurchMilitant.com) - A California prelate is giving in to violent protesters who are demanding that statues of St. Junípero Serra be removed from public areas. In an open letter published just before the July 1 commemoration of the "Apostle of California," Abp. José Gomez of Los Angeles revealed his plan to protect Serra's statues from desecration by race-baiting iconoclasts. St. Junípero Serra statue vandalized in Golden Gate Park "Faced with the possibility of vandalism, we are taking increased security precautions at the historic missions located in the archdiocese of Los Angeles," wrote Gomez. "Unfortunately, we will probably have to relocate some statues to our...
  • Time to stop making excuses for Vatican II and the New Mass

    07/01/2020 4:34:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 30, 2020 | Anonymous Priest
    Time to stop making excuses for Vatican II and the New Mass Many good authors have told the tragic story well. Now it is time for clergy and laity both to do something about it. Editor’s note: The following article comes from an anonymous priest. June 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — In several recent statements, culminating in an interview with Philip Lawler, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has traced the evils that afflict the Church today back to their root within the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) and the New Order of the Mass (1969). In this he has rendered a service to...
  • [Barf Alert] Accommodating homosexuality makes ‘better Catholics,’ priest insists at ‘Pride Mass’

    07/01/2020 11:29:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 29, 2020 | Doug Mainwaring
    [Barf Alert] Accommodating homosexuality makes ‘better Catholics,’ priest insists at ‘Pride Mass’ Despite gay 'Pride' events being canceled from coast to coast due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cardinal Joseph Tobin permitted an LGBT 'Pride Mass' to be conducted in his archdiocese. HOBOKEN, New Jersey, June 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Despite gay “Pride” events being canceled from coast to coast due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cardinal Joseph Tobin has permitted an LGBT “Pride Mass” to be conducted in his archdiocese. For the third year in a row, the “Annual Pride Mass in support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters” was held...
  • Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

    07/01/2020 10:40:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on June 30, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West This is the third in a series of articles on the decline of the West. Given the exceptionally poor condition of whatever is left of Western Culture and Christendom, it may help us in this article to gain some perspective of what is going on from the stages of starvation.Physical hunger is a serious problem; We are obliged to assist the starving and malnourished. But even more prevalent these days is spiritual hunger, if not outright...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #13

    07/01/2020 9:47:56 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 7 replies
    “Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.”Satchel Paige GOD INFORMS ABRAHAM GENESIS 18(NIV, emphases added) 1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. By JAMES TISSOT”Abraham and the Three Angels” (To view twenty images of the angels, please see this series' prior post #12, Abraham's Three Visitors #1.) 16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to...
  • [Barf Alert] Pope: Don’t Criticize Leaders

    06/30/2020 4:27:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 30, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    [Barf Alert] Pope: Don’t Criticize Leaders 'No one complained about Herod’s evil' VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis, a relentless critic of populist leaders, has cautioned Catholics not to criticize secular and spiritual leaders as even during the apostolic period "no one complained about Herod's evil and his persecution." "No one abused Herod — and we are so accustomed to abuse those who are in charge," the pontiff preached in his Monday homily for the solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul — a feast marked as a secular holiday in Rome. 2017 posters in Rome criticizing Francis' heavy-headedness "It is pointless, even...
  • Italian prelate to Viganò: We would like to ‘accompany your sure steps along the path of truth’

    06/30/2020 4:07:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 30, 2020 | Maike Hickson
    Italian prelate to Viganò: We would like to ‘accompany your sure steps along the path of truth’ 'We embrace you, Your Excellency, and as disciples we would like to be able to accompany your sure steps along the path of truth, beauty, and goodness.' June 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Today, Italian Archbishop Luigi Negri published on his website and on the website of Italian journalist Marco Tosatti a public letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, in which he gives him his full support for his “message which seems to me to have aptly expressed the living heart of our ecclesial...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #12: ABRAHAM'S THREE VISITORS, #1: ISAAC, THE SON OF THE PROMISE

    06/30/2020 9:49:48 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c. 2000 BC -- c. 90 AD | Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    GOD APPEARS TO ABRAHAM GENESIS 18 (NIV, emphases added) 1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby…… by JAMES TISSOT”Abraham and the Three Angels” by GUSTAV DORÉ “Three Angels Appear to Abraham and Inform Him of God’s Intentions” “Abraham’s Celestial Visitors” “Abraham’s Three Visitors” Icon for a large iconostasis, a screen separating the altar sanctuary from the nave in Orthodox churches at Monreale Cathedral? by REMBRANDT VAN RIJN”Abraham Serving the...
  • Pope Francis exhorts German Catholics to continue on ‘Synodal Path’

    06/30/2020 9:11:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 29, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    Pope Francis exhorts German Catholics to continue on ‘Synodal Path’ The bishops' pathway defends the use of contraception, the practice of masturbation, and an active homosexual lifestyle. VATICAN CITY, June 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis encouraged Bishop Georg Bätzing, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, to continue to pursue what is called the Synodal Path in Germany. “I feel strengthened by the intensive exchange with the Holy Father to continue on the path we have taken,” the bishop of Limburg said after his private audience last Saturday. During the process, which was officially launched late last year, preparatory...
  • How Civilizations Rise and Fall in Eight Stages

    06/30/2020 8:57:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on June 29, 2020June 29, 2020 How Civilizations Rise and Fall in Eight Stages In yesterday’s post we examined the danger of marginalizing God and how the Lord warns that such a thing is a civilization killer. In today’s post we ponder a more sociological examination of how cultures and civilizations go through cycles. Over time, many civilizations and cultures have risen and then fallen. We who live in painful times like these do well to recall these truths. Cultures and civilizations come and go; only the Church (though often in need of reform) and true biblical...
  • Rev. Robert Sirico: The Church’s ‘anemic response’ to COVID-19 hurts everyone

    06/29/2020 6:16:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Action Institute ^ | June 29, 2020 | Rev. Ben Johnson
    Rev. Robert Sirico: The Church’s ‘anemic response’ to COVID-19 hurts everyone The political response to COVID-19 has created an economic downturn unprecedented since the Great Depression. However, the Church’s “anemic response” has deprived the poor of spiritual solace and the Church of its vocation and vitality, said Acton Institute President and Co-founder Rev. Robert Sirico on a nationally syndicated radio interview.“If we sit back and look at the big message of the Church, it’s, ‘We’re closed. We’ll let you know when we open again.’ And I think that’s very dangerous,” Rev. Sirico said on the June 26 episode of The...
  • [Barf Alert] Pope Francis Urges Christians to Avoid Criticizing Their Leaders

    06/29/2020 4:20:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 29, 2019 | Thomas D. Williams
    [Barf Alert] Pope Francis Urges Christians to Avoid Criticizing Their Leaders ROME — Pope Francis told the faithful Monday that Christians should avoid criticizing both civil and religious leaders because such complaints “change nothing” but instead create divisions in the community.In the early Christian community, “no one said: ‘If Peter had been more careful, we would not be in this situation.’ No one,” Francis declared in his homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. “Humanly speaking, there were reasons to criticize Peter, but no one criticized him.”“They did not complain about Peter; they prayed for him. They did...
  • A Question and a Warning from the Lord.

    06/29/2020 1:22:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on June 28, 2020 A Question and a Warning from the Lord. In the 4th Century, St. Augustine lamented the decline of Rome and Roman culture. Like any good citizen, he loved his country and culture. But things were falling to pieces, decadence was everywhere. He struggled to understand this and accept it. In his sorrow he wrote The City of God which contains his own observations and explanations of a time much like our own wherein a civilization was collapsing.There is something of a cycle that empires, nations, cultures and civilizations go through. They rise, sometimes...
  • Christian societies enhance children’s wellbeing – facts matter!

    06/29/2020 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Teleios Research · 1 replies
    Teleios ^ | Teleios
    Teleios evaluated measures that could affect wellbeing of children specifically using the top 50 countries from the Human Freedom Index compared to the 50 top countries persecuting Christianity from the Open Doors World Watch List. Children in free countries, which are historically Christian, demonstrate better wellbeing and associated with numerous legal, security, health and educational measures potentially associated with enhanced wellbeing for children. Christianity is beneficial for our children and society as a whole! Read more at https://teleiosresearch.com/effect-christian-persecution-childrens-wellbeing/
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Victory for the Liberty of the Church in the Courts -- But When You Need to Count on the Bishops, Don't

    06/29/2020 12:32:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Ceeli | Dr. John Rao
    [Catholic Caucus] A Victory for the Liberty of the Church in the Courts -- But When You Need to Count on the Bishops, Don't Snatching Defeat From Victory [For background: Judge rules New York churches can reopen in line with businesses.] Chris Ferrara’s victory in the case he represented against the City and State of New York was the first really happy moment I have experienced in these three and one half months of medico-media mayhem. I could not wait to enjoy that victory with my fellow traditionalists at mass the Sunday after the judge’s decision. But once again...
  • Archbishop Viganò to Phil Lawler: Council Fathers “Were the Object of a Sensational Deception”

    06/29/2020 11:51:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | June 26, 2020 | Maike Hickson
    Archbishop Viganò to Phil Lawler: Council Fathers “Were the Object of a Sensational Deception” In response to questions from Phil Lawler, book author and news director of CatholicCulture.org, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has issued yet another statement (see full text below) clarifying his position concerning the Second Vatican Council, some of whose teachings have recently been critically examined – especially in light of Pope Francis’ February 4, 2019 Abu Dhabi statement – by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.Archbishop Viganò, who says publicly he has been inspired by Bishop Schneider’s critique of certain aspects of the teachings of Vatican II (1962-1965), now describes...
  • The Bible In Paintings, #11: SARAI, HAGAR & ISHMAEL

    06/29/2020 8:46:24 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 7 replies
    SARAI GIVES HAGAR TO ABRAM GENESIS 16:1-4 (NIV, emphasis added) Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. Here is the Bing page “SARAI, HAGAR...