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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Pope Francis: A Pelagian Lutheran

    04/19/2018 2:55:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 102 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 18, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    "Then the poor child, commanded by Bergoglio to come up and whisper in his ear, was practically dragged up to the papal chair where, now crying, he was induced to hug the Pope like a department store Santa Claus."Editor’s Note: Another issue of The Remnant brings you yet another diagnosis of what Pope Bergoglio has done this week to undermine the Faith. To readers who may wonder why we ought to continue this exercise we would answer: We have no choice in the matter. The current occupant of the Chair of Peter is mounting a determined assault an every aspect...
  • I Place Before You St. Augustine and Jorge Bergoglio; Choose The Saint

    04/19/2018 2:07:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | April 18, 2018 | Guy McClung
    St. Augustine had views on marriage, sin, adultery,  and conscience directly contrary to those of Jorge Bergolgio as stated in his proclamation Amoris Laetitia (“AL” below). Passages quoted below from the works of St. Augustine, (henceforth “St. Augustine”) and Jorge Bergoglio (henceforth “Jorge”) show how widely the views of Jorge depart from, and in many instances contradict, Church teaching.   Can there be eternal condemnation ? Jorge:  “The way of the Church is not to condemn anyone for ever” (AL, 296).St. Augustine:  “The Death of the Wicked Shall Be Eternal in the Same Sense as the Life of the Saints.This...
  • German Bishops: Pope Francis Is Fine With Protestant Communion

    04/19/2018 10:18:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | Aprii 19, 2018 | Gloria TV
    German Bishops: Pope Francis Is Fine With Protestant Communion The press speaker of the German bishops writing on (April 19) has denied that the Vatican rejected the decision of the German bishops to give communion to Protestants. According to him reports which say the opposite, are “false”. The denial confirms that Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx will be meeting Pope Francis to discuss the matter. The outcome of the meeting is predictable: Francis will create confusion allowing all parties to claim that he is on their side while accepting Protestant Communion. Protestant Communion has been imposed in the "Catholic" Church...
  • [Cath Cauc] Francis-appointed cardinal: ‘The church is moving on the question of same-sex couples’

    04/19/2018 8:25:23 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 18, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    The Catholic Church is “moving” on the issue of couples living in homosexual relationships, a prominent Francis-appointed U.S. cardinal said. Cardinal Joseph Tobin said that LGBT-identifying persons’ place in the Church is not an easy subject for some Church leaders, but they must contend with it. “I think it’s a very difficult question,” Tobin said in response to a question on the firing of LGBT individuals from Catholic institutions while speaking at Villanova University last Thursday.  “The Church is moving on the question of same-sex couples,” Tobin said, although not as swiftly as some would like.  St. Peter Damian, an...
  • [Catholic Caucus] 7 reasons why pro-lifers are unhappy with Pope Francis’ leadership

    04/19/2018 8:15:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Aprii 19, 2018 | John-Henry Westen
    April 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In the past, among pro-life activists – both Catholic and otherwise – you’d find the biggest fans of the pope. Pope John Paul II was often touted as the worldwide leader of the pro-life movement and Pope Benedict XVI regarded as a major contributor to the intellectual defense of life. But the situation after 5 years of Pope Francis’ pontificate is very different indeed. Pro-life activists all over the world today will tell you that while they continue to pray for the pope, they are unhappy with the direction the Pope is taking the Church....
  • What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility

    04/19/2018 7:37:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • April 18, 2018 • We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or externalities. If I just have enough money, or live in this place or that, or if I can arrange just the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, I will be happy.Of course, this doesn’t really work. But it is a little lie we like to tell ourselves. By it we excuse a lot of our greed and excessiveness. It is...
  • UK bishops say hospital acting with ‘integrity’ in Alfie Evans case

    04/18/2018 6:33:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 18, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have weighed in on the case of baby Alfie Evans, saying that the courts and hospital are acting “with integrity and for Alfie's good” in deciding that removing life-support is in the baby’s “best interest.”  “We affirm our conviction that all those who are and have been taking the agonising decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans act with integrity and for Alfie's good as they see it,” the bishops stated.  The statement follows today’s surprise meeting between Pope Francis and Alfie Evan’s father this morning at the Casa Santa Marta in Rome....
  • [Catholic Caucus] (Catholic) Church supports move to legalize homosexual acts in Trinidad and Tobago

    04/18/2018 5:06:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | April 17, 2018 | Laura Ann Phillips
    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - The Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago has declared its full support for an April 12 High Court decision that paved the way for making sodomy legal in that country.At this time, it is still a criminal offense that carries a prison sentence of 25 years.In an April 13 statement, Archbishop Charles Gordon of Port-of-Spain said sodomy “is a serious moral offense, but it should not put someone in prison for 25 years.”Gordon cited the Vatican’s December 2008 intervention made at the 63rd Session of the United Nations: “The Holy See continues to advocate that every sign...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exclusive Excerpt from ‘The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy’

    04/18/2018 4:54:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    CNS ^ | April 17, 2018 | Henry Sire
    Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the book “The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy.” What Happened to “Zero Tolerance” for Clerical Sexual Offenders? The phenomenon of widespread homosexuality among clergy and bishops had been public knowledge since at least 2001, when the Boston Globe began a series of exposés on the clergy sex abuse scandals. The John Jay Report, an investigation commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, published in 2004, found that more than 80 percent of the victims of clergy sexual abuse had been adolescent males.  Reports from dioceses around the...
  • Vatican Rejects German Bishops’ Intercommunion Proposal

    04/18/2018 4:32:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 18, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ pastoral guide allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret. Edward Pentin The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Francis, has written a letter to German bishops rejecting their proposal to allow some Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion, but the Pope does not wish the letter to be made public, the Register has learned. Sources in the Vatican and Germany say that Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis is Using the Communists, Not the Other Way Around

    04/18/2018 4:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 17, 2018 | Jason Morgan
    Cardinal Joseph Zen (Getty) has accused the Vatican of 'selling out the Church in China'When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected supreme pontiff in March of 2013, the world seemed to expect a softening of Pope Benedict XVI’s crystalline, intellectual style. At first, the new Pope Francis’ many gaffes and faux pas seemed part of this more relaxed approach to the papacy. I and many others pigeonholed Francis as a theological and mental featherweight, an affable simpleton whose papacy would be much more about embracing children and washing the feet of the faithful, and much less about issuing encyclicals and wading...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinals should declare Pope Francis ‘in error’: Catholic lawyer

    04/18/2018 3:50:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    francischurch, heresy ^ | April 16, 2018 | Stephen Kokx
    DEERFIELD, IL, April 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Approximately 100 Catholics from the United States, Latin America, and Europe attended the 2018 Catholic Family News conference in northern Illinois last weekend. Advertised as “The Weapons of Our Warfare,” the three-day long gathering at a Hyatt Regency hotel just outside Chicago featured talks by some of the most knowledgeable laymen and clergy engaged in the battle for and preservation of the Catholic faith, including renowned Church historian Roberto de Mattei. The conference, which focused on Pope Francis and the family, was the first hosted by Catholic Family News, a Traditional Catholic newspaper,...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed James Oldo, 04-18-18

    04/18/2018 10:40:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 04-18-17 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Blessed James Oldo Saint of the Day for April 18 (1364 – April 18, 1404)  Blessed James Oldo’s Story You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse.James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of the plague drove James, his wife, and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite those precautions, two of his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    04/18/2018 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • April 17, 2018 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • [Cath Cauc] Using contraception is ‘sinful…Church cannot change its teaching’: US archbishop

    04/17/2018 8:16:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 17, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    Catholic teaching prohibiting the use of contraception is unchangeable, Oklahoma City’s archbishop wrote in a recent article. Using contraception, such as the pill or the condom, to purposefully block the creation of a new life is “sinful,” he added.  Writing about the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a March 28 article that contraception is harmful to both marriage and the individual person. “To separate these two [unitive and procreative purposes of the conjugal act] prevents the intimate expression of conjugal love from realizing its divinely intended purpose. To engage in sexual activity...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A plea for mercy: Thomas Evans asks Pope Francis to save little Alfie

    04/17/2018 5:43:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    Alfie Evans’ father has said he is knocking “on the Church’s door” asking for help to save his son from being euthanized, and is pleading that his “voice be brought to the Holy Father” so that Alfie can be transferred to “the Pope’s hospital” in Rome. In a letter sent on Sunday to the archbishop of Liverpool, Thomas Evans also confirmed that he and Alfie are both baptized Catholics despite the archdiocese saying that they weren’t. So far the archdiocese has made no comment on the case.   Leaked internal memo According to an internal memo from the archdiocese leaked...
  • Cardinal Burke discusses possibility of excommunication by Pope Francis

    04/17/2018 11:02:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 17, 2018 | John-Henry Westen
    A single line in Cardinal Raymond Burke’s address at the recent "Catholic Church: Where are you going?" conference concerned the consequences of necessary disobedience to Pope Francis. Burke has already faced demotion at the hands of Pope Francis but many have wondered what he’d do if the penalty for his resistance to the Pope’s departure from Church teaching would be intensified to excommunication. LifeSiteNews asked Cardinal Burke if he has ever envisioned such consequences for himself as he has walked his path of resistance to the Pope’s direction on communion for divorced and "remarried" Catholics. In his talk at the April...
  • [Catholic C] The Ancient Biblical Sermons Break All the Modern Rules - Maybe the Rules Should Be...

    04/17/2018 8:55:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Ancient Biblical Sermons Break All the Modern Rules - Maybe the Rules Should Be Re-Examined Msgr. Charles Pope • April 16, 2018 • The first reading from last Sunday’s Mass features an excerpt from St. Peter’s first sermon. The contents of the sermon are very similar to others recorded in the Acts of the Apostles by Saints Paul and Stephen. What is interesting is that these ancient sermons break almost every rule (written and unwritten) of modern preaching! Consider the clip from yesterday and not the areas highlighted in red:Peter said to the people:“The God of Abraham, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope tells grieving child: your atheist father is in heaven

    04/16/2018 9:54:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 16, 2018 | Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis comforted a grieving child by telling him that his atheist father is in heaven.During a visit to Rome’s deprived Corviale district on Sunday, the Pope answered questions from a group of children. One of them, a boy called Emanuele, burst into tears when he met the Pope.After giving the child a long hug, Pope Francis asked him what was troubling him. Emanuele whispered in the Pope’s ear that his father, who was an atheist, had recently died and he was worried he could be in hell.Pope Francis asked Emanuele for permission to tell the crowd what he had...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

    04/16/2018 8:12:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • April 15, 2018 • One of the strong traditions of Scripture is of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I have often been sobered by it when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I have also been consoled by it when I struggle to understand why some people in this world seem to suffer so much more that I do, or others do.Life seems a very uneven proposition if we only look at this side of the equation. Only God...