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  • Early Christian Teachings on Abortion

    10/19/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies ^ | No date provided | Catholic Answers
    The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder. This tract will provide some examples of this consistent witness from the writings of the Fathers of the Church. As the early Christian writer Tertullian pointed out, the law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOSTOLIC DELEGATE, 10-20-14

    10/20/2014 8:58:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:APOSTOLIC DELEGATEA papal representative who has the right and duty of supervising the status of the Church in the area assigned to him and keeping the Pope informed of the same. He has certain faculties delegated to him by the Holy See. Where established relations exist with a civil government, he is a papal representative with diplomatic status; otherwise his role is purely ecclesiastical. His duties do not interfere with the jurisdiction of local ordinaries but rather strengthen the general condition of the Church throughout the territory by unifying and facilitating the work of the...
  • God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year

    10/19/2014 2:29:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-19-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today contains lots of interesting juxtapositions: hatred for Jesus but grudging respect for him,  real questions versus rhetorical ones, politics and faith, duties to Caesar and duties to God. The word  “juxtaposition” is from the Latin juxta (meaning “near”) and positio (meaning “place or position”). Hence juxtaposition is the placing of two things near to each other in order to see how they are similar and yet different.  In English, usually a juxtaposition emphasizes differences more than similarities.Let’s look at these one...
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/19/14 | New Catholic
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • Synods Final Report Lacks Bishops Consensus on Controversial Topics

    10/19/2014 11:27:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 18, 2014 | Edward Pentin
    The fact that these three points remain in the document despite only having a qualified majority has surprised some observers. In common law in the Anglophone world, these paragraphs would be rejected from the final document. This is moving into new territory, a legal expert told the Register on condition of anonymity. Where now is the legitimacy of these causes as an expression of the synod? They should be fully rejected.
  • Pope Francis Manipulates Process to Include Rejected Paragraph's of Relatio

    10/18/2014 6:38:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | October 18, 2014 | TTC
    Good News - in fact great news: The dissident push to embracing adultery as a good and precious vocation of family life in the Church and sacrilegious Communion was officially squashed. Michael Voris states, and I agree, the shove to the push back seems to have had an effect. As it always does. The victory won't last long. Though the disturbing paragraphs were voted out of the Relatio, the Pope ordered the Relatio to be published as if the vote and removal never took place. Supposedly: as for the rejected paragraphs, they will still be sent out (!) as part...
  • Francis' final address to the Synod. Via Media or Laodicea?...

    10/18/2014 4:56:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 18, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family: Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LUMEN GENTIUM, 10-18-14

    10/18/2014 11:23:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LUMEN GENTIUMDogmatic Constitution on the Church, of the Second Vatican Council. Its purpose is declared to be twofold: to explain the Church's nature as "a sign and instrument of communion with God and of unity among all men," and to clarify the Church's universal mission as the sacrament of human salvation. A unique feature of the constitution is the Explanatory Note, added to the conciliar document by order of Pope Paul VI, clarifying the meaning of episcopal collegiality, that the community of bishops have no authority without dependence on and communion with the Bishop of...
  • Hells Bibles editorial on the Synod

    10/18/2014 11:09:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 10-18-14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Hell’s Bible’s editorial on the SynodPosted on 18 October 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf At Hell’s Bible we find an editorial:Pope Francis Walks the TalkVatican Signals on Gays and Remarriage Are a Hopeful BeginningA half-century after the historic changes of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis is showing his intent to drive a comparably ambitious agenda for the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st century.The current synod of bishops in Rome, called by Francis to encourage reform and modernization, [ahhh... that's why he called it!] set a ringing tone of compassion this week with an opening call for a more...
  • The Backlash Against the Manipulated Synod of Francis

    10/18/2014 7:29:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/18/14 | A Roman Source
    "The general feeling is one of huge relief," says an influential professor at a Pontifical University. "On Thursday, at around noon, John Paul II operated a miracle at the Synod." That was the hour when the uprising began against the man carefully chosen by Francis, his own first Cardinal, Lorenzo Baldisseri - dearly prized by Bergoglio for the inestimable services rendered before and during the 2013 Conclave - picked over a year before the Synod to orchestrate both assemblies, in 2014 and 2015, so that they could reach the results willed by the Pope without any dissension. It was a...
  • What If Pentin Hadn't Taped the Interview?

    10/17/2014 7:22:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/17/2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Just a quick question. As we all know now, Cardinal Kasper gave an interview which Ed Pentin of the Register and Zenit reported on in which he denigrated the African bishops. When the outrage ensued, he denied ever giving the interview and said he'd never said any of those things. Pentin, however, taped the interview. But here's my question. If he hadn't, Pentin's career would've been harmed. Possibly irreparably. Would Cardinal Kasper have admitted to the interview or simply watched another man's life be possibly destroyed? There's no answer. But perhaps we have our answer in that Cdl. Kasper is...
  • Pope Francis revealing his take on Synod controversies in his private homilies?

    10/17/2014 4:25:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 16, 2014
    While Pope Francis has been silent about many of the controversial matters being debated at the Synod, both in the lead-up to the Synod and in the Synod Hall, veteran Vatican watchers say he has been obliquely making his views known through other avenues, including through some of his close advisors, as well his homilies at his private morning masses. When it comes to advisors, none have sparked more speculation than Cardinal Walter Kasper, with debate swirling for months about whether Pope Francis himself personally supports Cardinal Kaspers controversial proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion in...
  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 2:10:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | October 17, 2014 | Mundabor
    I must say, I am impressed Father Z publishes the translation of the story published by Marco Tosatti on La Stampa. The extent of the events yesterday cannot be underestimated. It is obvious that a deep malcontent was already there. It is also obvious Francis, Kasper and Baldisseri thought they could keep treating the bishops like the pussycats they have been in the last nineteen months (and for a long time before then). What has happened afterwards could, one day, be remembered as the turning of the tide. Notice the dynamic. As rather often in life, it needs for only...
  • Card Sarah of Africa on Synod

    10/17/2014 9:22:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 10-17-14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Card Sarah of Africa on SynodPosted on 17 October 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Even as it had been decided that the Synod will end today, CNS has a piece about the view of His Eminence Card. Sarah. HEREAfrican cardinal: Pressure groups behind push to change Church Vatican City, Oct 16, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Innacurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the synod’s midterm relatio are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has affirmed.Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical...
  • catholic word of the day: fifteen marks of the church, 10-17-14

    10/17/2014 9:00:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FIFTEEN MARKS OF THE CHURCHThe fifteen features of the true Church developed by St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), cardinal, Archbishop of Capua, and Doctor of the Church. As a contemporary of the original Protestant Reformers, he expanded the traditional four marks to fifteen, as follows: 1. the Church's name, Catholic, universal, and worldwide, and not confined to any particular nation or people; 2. antiquity in tracing her ancestry directly to Jesus Christ; 3. constant duration in lasting substantially unchanged for so many centuries; 4. extensiveness in the number of her loyal members; 5. episcopal succession of...
  • Hagan lo! Synod Bishops revolt against leadership and get their way UPDATE!

    10/16/2014 6:19:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | October 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    ¡Hagan lío! Synod Bishops revolt against leadership and get their way – UPDATE!Posted on 16 October 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf BIG UPDATE BELOW!____Apparently the bishops at the Synod are tired of being manipulated.They created a little lío of their own.In full view of the Pope, they rose up pretty much as a body and rebelled against the way Card. Baldisseri, who seems to be the chief architect of what may have been a pre-determined agenda, has been handling them.I am reading Marco Tosatti’s piece at La Stampa.My translation:Synod, more censorship, protestsThe General Secretary of the Synod [Card. Balidsseri]...
  • Why Does the Lords Prayer Ask God not to Lead us into Temptation Why Would God do Such a Thing?

    10/16/2014 2:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 15, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Most of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor. And every now and then it is good to bring these works of mine together. An interesting question came in today (actually it is asked quite frequently) and I’d like to give my answer and add just a few things more that wouldn’t fit into the column. First the question, then the answer and a brief elaboration.Q: Why does the Lord’s Prayer ask God not to lead us in temptation? Why would God do that? I have also read texts in the Bible about...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DECLARATION OF NULLITY, 10-16-14

    10/16/2014 9:57:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DECLARATION OF NULLITYThe Church's official declaration that an apparently valid marriage is actually null and void because of: an invalidating impediment (such as a previous marriage), lack of due consent (absence of adequate knowledge or freedom), or a defect of required form (prescribed conditions for the actual celebration of marriage). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony

    10/16/2014 9:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old story told about the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. At one point he was so concerned that the players on his team had lost any sense of the basics of the game that he summoned them all into a classroom and had them all sit down at desks. Most of them expected a detailed review of the playbook, with diagrams on the board of X’s, O’s, and arrows. But to their surprise, the blackboard was empty and no playbooks were in sight. Lombardi walked in...
  • Does the (Third Jewish) temple need to be rebuilt?

    10/15/2014 7:58:19 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 53 replies
    Amazing Facts blog ^ | July 19, 2013 | Bible Answers by Pastor Dave
    Q. Does the Jewish temple need to be rebuilt before Jesus returns? A. With the constant turmoil always threatening stability in the Middle East, many Bible commentators are speculating louder than ever about whether the Jewish temple will be rebuilt in the months and years to come. Entire Christian ministries are established to assist in the building of the temple to hasten the return of Jesus. For many, such an event will signal the start of the final events of earths history. However, in the same way many Christians misplace the focus from spiritual Israel to the literal Jewish nation,...
  • Synodal Ebola: Dr. Weigel to the rescue!

    10/15/2014 7:00:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | October 15, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    Below please find a recent National Review column by George Weigel, The Great Catholic Cave-In that Wasnt. It is precisely what one might expect of this icon of neo-conservatism; a disjointed quasi-defense of the indefensible and a veritable Alls well! in the face of the Churchs auto-demolition. Weigels words are in bold.
  • Pondering Gradualism and the Midterm Report

    10/15/2014 8:46:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering “Gradualism” and the “Midterm” Report By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe so-called “midterm” report of the Synod is out. Please remember, it is only a rough draft and the final report may in fact look very different. Frankly, I am not sure why we are even being permitted to look at a rough draft. Nevertheless, presuming the Pope is serious about inviting discussion, let me consider a certain aspect of the report and a few particulars.A governing principle that seems to permeate the report’s reflections is one that some refer to as “gradualism.” As a pastoral strategy, gradualism can be an effective, even necessary approach in...
  • A chaotic synod? Reason one: The nature of synods

    10/14/2014 8:32:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Catholic ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | By Dr. Jeff Mirus
    A chaotic synod? Reason one: The nature of synods By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Oct 10, 2014 It is very difficult to assess what is in the minds of most bishops as they work behind the scenes at the current Synod on the Family. The reports of the proceedings are very scanty, and often couched in terms that can be interpreted in multiple ways. A perceived lack of direction may be more apparent than real, of course, but there are three very good reasons why it is likely to be more real than apparent: (1) The nature of large...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REFORMATION, 10-14-14

    10/14/2014 7:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REFORMATIONA religous, social, and polititcal upheaval (1517-1648) that divided Western Christendom and created world Protestantism. Its causes were manifold: weakening of papal authority through long residence in France and the worldliness of some popes; disloyalty to Rome of many bishops who were really temporal rulers; excessive reservation of ecclesiastical appointments to the Roman Curia; intellectual and moral unfitness of many priests; wealth of some of the monasteries and dissension in their ranks; superstition and ignorance among the laity; social unrest brought on by the disentegration of the fuedal system; support given by political power to...
  • The Relatio: Our Doom in the Making

    10/13/2014 6:59:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/13/14 | Patrick Archbold
    In my mind, the Relatio (The mid Synod report), released today October 13th, is the equivalent of standing out in a field during a thunderstorm holding a 50ft lightning rod, daring God to hit it! A snippet... 45. Divorced people who have not remarried should be invited to find in the Eucharist the nourishment they need to sustain them in their state. The local community and pastors have to accompany these people with solicitude, particularly when there are children involved or they find themselves in a serious situation of poverty. 46. In the same way the situation of the divorced...

    10/13/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 63 replies
    Way of Life ^ | 2007 | David Cloud
    The Tyndale New Testament of 1525 was the first English translation based on the Greek and the first English Bible to be printed. (The Wycliffe Bible was based on Latin and published only in hand-written manuscripts.) The King James Bible is an edition of Tyndales masterly translation. William Tyndale is therefore the most important one name in the history of the English Bible and one of most important names in history of the English people. TYNDALES TIMES Tyndale was born to a time of great change and turmoil. It was a time of international travel and discovery. When he was...
  • Denounce the Synod

    10/13/2014 4:54:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    New Sherwood ^ | October 14, 2014 | Jeff Culbreath
    Denounce the Synod PopeSynodFamily1 Today, the first official document of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family was released. Suffice it to say that the document doesnt even bother in the least to present Catholic teaching on the family. The whole document is an exercise in modernist tactics of persuasion by means of doctrinal ambiguity and unsettling that which is settled. But the most sinister passages depart clearly from the Catholic Faith. First, the document opens the door explicitly to holy communion for those who are publicly living in objectively adulterous unions: 46. In the same way the situation of the...
  • Why Columbus Sailed - An interview about Christopher Columbus and religious motivations-journey

    10/13/2014 9:59:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 5/24/2014 | Alton Pelowski
    Why Columbus Sailed   5/24/2014   An interview about Christopher Columbus and the religious motivations for his journeyby Alton Pelowski   When the Knights of Columbus was founded 130 years ago, their namesake, Christopher Columbus, was a symbol of the idea that there is no contradiction in being a Catholic and an American. In recent decades, however, Columbus has become a figure of controversy, leaving conflicting opinions about his legacy.In recent decades, however, Columbus has become a figure of controversy, leaving conflicting opinions about his legacy.Carol Delaney, a cultural anthropologist and long-time professor at Stanford University, had little knowledge...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNJUST AGGRESSOR, 10-13-14

    10/13/2014 8:42:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNJUST AGGRESSORAn assailant who attacks an innocent person actually and unjustly. Actual aggression is an imminent or practically present assault that cannot be evaded. Unjust aggression is experienced when the assault is at least materially unwarranted, i.e., when the assailant is not morally responsible for the attack. In all cases of unjust aggression it is permitted to use such force as may be necessary to insure self-protection. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Temptation as a Form of Martyrdom A Meditation on a Writing of St. Ambrose

    10/13/2014 8:29:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-12-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Temptation as a Form of Martyrdom – A Meditation on a Writing of St. Ambrose By: Msgr. Charles PopeTemptation is a universal human experience. And because it’s so directly associated with sin, many too easily equate being tempted with sinning. But temptation is not the same as sin. If it were, how could the Scriptures say to us that Jesus was tempted in every way we are and yet was without sin? (Heb 4:15) Hence, the simple experience of temptation is not sin. It is true, however, that our past indulgence in sin can make us more susceptible to temptation.However, properly understood,...
  • Prayer of Exorcism by Pope Leo XIII

    10/12/2014 7:06:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    MarianCatechist ^ | Pope Leo XIII
    A beautiful prayer (a minor exorcism) that anyone can pray to ask Our Lord to drive the lingering influence of Satan away from a place. Recommended by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal for use by the laity, August 2, 2014

    10/12/2014 5:42:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies ^ | October 12, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams PH.D.
    If the Church wishes to be clear in her teaching, a change in ecclesial language is neither possible nor desirable, Cardinal Raymond Burke told Breitbart in an interview on Sunday.
  • Party or Perish! A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/12/2014 1:27:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washinton ^ | 10-12-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Party or Perish! A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe past three Sundays have featured intense and shocking parables about our readiness, our fruitfulness, and our decision to accept and enter the Kingdom of God or not. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what is due to them at the end of the day; or a vineyard into which two sons are sent, one going and the other not; or a vineyard in which are...

    10/11/2014 2:49:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa via Rorate Caeli ^ | October 10, 2014 | Marco Tosatti
    The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Mller, voiced his disagreement with the censorship imposed on the speeches from participants at the Synod. According to reports, the German Cardinal told a Catholic Television network, present for some of the sessions, that All Christians have the right to be informed about the intervention of their bishops . Instead, for the time being, information on the Synod is provided by the Director of the Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, assisted by an English-speaking priest and a Spanish-speaking one. In the briefing a generic panorama of the...
  • Two cardinals and an archbishop support proposal to give Communion to divorced Catholics

    10/11/2014 2:21:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Two more cardinals and an archbishop have offered their agreement with the German Cardinal Walter Kasper that the Church should offer Holy Communion to Catholics in irregular marital situations. U.S. Vaticanist John Allen, writing on Crux, quoted Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, the president of the Vaticans Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the office that interprets Church law, saying that in cases of urgency and necessity Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried, should be readmitted to Communion. Coccopalmerio gave the hard case example of a woman civilly married to a man who had been abandoned by his wife and who cares...
  • Pope Francis makes an important move at the synod

    10/11/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 77 replies ^ | October 10, 2014 | John Thavis
    The Vatican just announced that Pope Francis has named six additional prelates to help write the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops, to be released Monday. At the risk of oversimplifying, they all seem to be on the popes wavelength when it comes to promoting pastoral mercy. They will assist Cardinal Peter Erdo, the primary drafter of the relatio, and two other synod officials, in the task of summing up the first week of spirited synod debate in a document that will form the basis for future discussion. Sources in Rome view the revised relatio as the key document...
  • Letter from a Reader in East Africa: "My Bishop Wept When He Read the Synod Summary"

    10/11/2014 11:01:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/11/14 | reader from Africa
    We got this letter some hours ago, and asked this reader in Africa for his permission to post it. He just asked to have any information that could identify him or the diocese removed. Dear friends of, I live in the diocese of [omitted] in [a small country in East Africa], a diocese that's very full of life, marriages, baptisms, confirmations, vocations are so abundant that they would seem improbable elsewhere. Since I lived for many years in Belgium and in Ireland years ago, I know what I'm talking about. Our bishop, [name omitted], though not at all old,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO, 10-11-14

    10/11/2014 10:29:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEO OPTIMO MAXIMOTo God, who is the best and the greatest. Motto of the Order of St. Benedict. Also Domino Optimo Maximo, to the Lord, the best and the greatest. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • "Synod: Most Are Against Kasper"

    10/10/2014 9:23:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 9, 2014 | Marco Tosatti
    The decision to not publish the texts of the speeches of those participating in the Synod on the Family is certainly not having a positive effect on clarity of information, and is contributing to a situation that is, so to speak, mystifying. The general public, including both Catholics and non-Catholics., are not being informed in a clear and thorough way. All we can say is that after the first three days, in which more than one hundred speeches have been made, a picture of what is going on appears anything but clear. John Thavis, an American expert on Vatican matters,...
  • The Secret Synod Freak Show, Brought to You by Pope Francis

    10/10/2014 2:01:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/09/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    A shockingly blunt title indeed. But as entirely predictable events unfold in the New Synod Hallwherein, we are told, all things will be made newwhy should we bother with nuance? After all, we have a Pope who is no friend of nuance and whose intentions could not have been more crudely expressed over the past eighteen months of astonishing insults and denigration of practically all the elements of apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition. Francis has clearly been preparing for this moment since the day of his election, if not before, and now it has arrived in all its inglorious splendor. Beneath...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SCHISMATIC, 10-10-14

    10/10/2014 9:10:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SCHISMATICAccording to Church law, a schismatic is a person who, after receiving baptism and while keeping the name of Christian, pertinaciously refuses to submit to the Supreme Pontiff or refuses to associate with those who are subject to him. The two factors, submission to the Pope and association with persons subject to him, are to be taken disjunctively. Either resisting papal authority or refusing to participate in Catholic life and worship induces schism, even without further affiliation with another religious body. Like heresy, schism is formal and culpable only when the obligations are fully realized....
  • Faithfulness in the Bible Alone

    10/10/2014 3:25:39 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 21 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | October 10, 2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    I'm a Catholic who is doing some print layout work for my friend who is faithful at the World Assemblies of God.We are each convinced that Jesus Christ has given us Faith in our own particular creed.I don't know if I can speak exactly for my World Assemblies of God friendI assume he is like me in thisbut if I were convinced that the World Assemblies of God presented the fullness of Jesus Christ's Truthwhich is HimselfI would go there.However, I'm convinced that the Catholic Church presents the fullness of Truth, as my friend is convinced that World Assemblies of...
  • Black Pope: "There can be more Christian Love in An Irregular Pair,...

    10/09/2014 6:02:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Thursday, October 9, 2014 | Giacomo Galeazzi of Vatican Insider
    (Rome) Giacomo Galeazzi of Vatican Insider conducted an interview with Father Adolfo Nicolas, Superior General of the approximately 18,000 Jesuits worldwide. The General of the Jesuits provost is also called "Black Pope" because of the contrast to the white robe of the Pope, while the Jesuits have no habit, but wear the cassock of secular priests. At least that's the theory. But above all, for a fourth vow, the Jesuits owe allegiance to the Pope. "There can be a more Christian love in an irregular pair, than in one that was married in the Church," Nicolas said at the beginning...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BROTHERS INSTITUTES, 10-09-14

    10/09/2014 8:26:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BROTHERS' INSTITUTESReligious institutes of men whose members are either entirely or mainly brothers who are not and do not intend to be ordained. There are more than forty such institutes of pontifical status in the Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why would anyone become Catholic?

    10/08/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2,700 replies ^ | October 2, 2014 | Indiegogo
    Why would intelligent, successful people give up their careers, alienate their friends, and cause havoc in their become Catholic? Indeed, why would anyone become Catholic? As an evangelist and author who recently threw my own life into some turmoil by deciding to enter the Catholic Church, I've faced this question a lot lately. That is one reason I decided to make this documentary; it's part of my attempt to try to explain to those closest to me why I would do such a crazy thing. Convinced isn't just about me, though. The film is built around interviews with some...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KEVELAER, 10-08-14

    10/08/2014 8:16:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KEVELAERPlace of pilgrimage in North Germany, not far from the Dutch border. A Marian shrine where many disabled and sick children have been healed. In 1641 a trader on three successive nights heard a voice telling him, "Build a sanctuary in my honor here." Simultaneously his wife had an apparition of a lovely lady, and recalled an itinerant soldier selling a cheap paper picture of the Madonna. The soldier was found and the picture was bought, but because of the crowds it attracted to her small cottage she gave the picture to the village church....
  • Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day Heres Why and Where

    10/08/2014 5:05:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 7, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to take up numerous state appeals regarding same-sex unions pretty much signals that the secular redefinition is here to stay. This is really no surprise given the rather deep confusion about sexuality and marriage in our culture. The polygamists and any number of other groups demanding recognition for their aberrant notions of marriage are sure to follow with all due haste. And what is to stop them, legally, at this point? The word “marriage” is now largely meaningless since, if marriage can mean anything, marriage means nothing, in the linguistic sense. At my...
  • Every conjugal act should be open to life: Italian bishop (VIDEO)

    10/07/2014 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | John-Henry Westen and Thaddeus Baklinski
    Bishop Domenico Sigalini of Palestrina, Italy, presented a clear explanation of the Church's teaching on conjugal love, the expression of sexuality as instituted by God, and marriage in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews from the Vatican this week. "As regards the mentality of the Church which comes from the teachings of Holy Scriptures and all the teachings of the magisterium of the Church, we say that sexuality in man is an important aspect. But the objective of sexuality is to continue life," said Sigalini, president of Italys Episcopal Commission of Laity in Italy. The bishop said that while couples can...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OIL OF THE SICK, 10-07-14

    10/07/2014 7:11:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
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    Featured Term (selected at random:OIL OF THE SICKThe olive oil blessed by the bishop of a diocese for use in the sacrament of anointing of the sick. Commonly abbreviated O.I. (oleum infirmorum, oil of the sick) on oil stocks used by priests. Until 1874, when Pope Paul VI published the new Order of Anointing the Sick, olive oil was prescribed for the valid administration of the sacrament. This is no longer necessary. Any oil from plants is permissible in case of necessity; and the blessing by a bishop, though ordinarily required, may now be supplied by a duly authorized...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAST GOSPEL, 10-06-14

    10/06/2014 8:55:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LAST GOSPELThe Gospel formerly read in the Latin Rite at the end of Mass, usually from the first chapter of St. John (verses 1-14), except on days in Lent, vigils, and Sundays when a feast of major rank was celebrated, and the third Mass on Christmas Day. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.