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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

    11/22/2017 9:12:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2017 • This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving and rich in mercy. As a closing reflection on Hell and on the Four Last Things, let us ponder a series of questions.1. Does God love the...
  • Images of Hell

    11/21/2017 7:29:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Images of Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 20, 2017 • This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Hell, Fra Angelico, Museo di San Marco, Florence Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing and grinding of teeth. Rather than lingering on philosophical descriptions or on the more subtle aspects of suffering, Jesus goes to the deepest aspects of the...
  • Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J.

    11/20/2017 4:45:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 171 replies
    Church Militant blogspot ^ | unknown | John Andrew Dorsey
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); churchmilitantblog.wordpress.com “Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J. 18-23 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix IIIThe decline of belief and faith among Catholics has been spiraling downward ever since the introduction of Communion in the hand in 1969. What started out as disobedience among a few select bishops in Belgium in the 1960’s, has now been spread like wildfire among the average Catholic worldwide, in...
  • Hell Has to Be

    11/20/2017 7:50:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hell Has to Be Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2017 • This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In contradiction to Scripture, many presume that Hell is an unlikely destination for most. Never mind that Jesus taught just the opposite (e.g., Matt 7:13-14). In my own small way, I have tried to...
  • Cath Cauc: As the Church Drowns in a Sea of Words, the Faith of Our Fathers Is Forgotten

    11/19/2017 7:19:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | November 18, 2017 | Christopher A Ferrara
    One of the symptoms indicating the unprecedented severity of the current ecclesial crisis is the astounding level of prolixity in Church documents as compared with the declarative simplicity of pre-Vatican II Church teaching. Even the very longest pre-conciliar encyclicals (e.g. Pius XIIs Mystici corporis or Saint Pius Xs Pascendi) run to about 20,000 words, including extensive footnotes, and their texts are models of clarity and precision. Today, however, we are routinely burdened with book-length manifestos such as Laudato si, Evangelii Gaudium and, of course, Amoris Laetitia, which are more than twice as long but say little or nothing about the...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/19/2017 8:54:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2017 • The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us.But today’s readings do more than that; they also set forth a virtue that helps us to use God’s gifts well. That virtue is the fear of the Lord....
  • Meaning of 'gospel'

    11/18/2017 8:55:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Meaning of 'gospel' As first books of the New Testament hadn’t been written, how did apostles ‘believe in the gospel’? Msgr. Charles Pope 11/15/2017 Question: In Mark 1:15, Jesus is calling for all to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Clearly, the Gospels were not yet written when Jesus was saying this. What exactly was he talking about?— Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: Your question is rooted in the tendency we have to equate the word “gospel” with a written text — more specifically, four written texts in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the “Gospel” should be...
  • Is Pope Francis a Liberal Protestant?

    11/17/2017 3:03:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 442 replies
    First Things ^ | November 15, 2017 | Gerald McDermott
    As an outsider, I cant help but wonder whether the pope and the USCCB were particularly provoked by Weinandys suggestion that Jesus had allowed this controversy in order to manifest just how weak is the faith of many within the Church, even among too many of her bishops. Catholics will have to make up their own mindsbut Ill admit I have questions about the faith of Pope Francis, which seems, if not weak, at least different from that of the Catholic tradition. Even before the release of Amoris Laetitia in March 2016, Francis had caused many to question his fidelity...
  • What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

    11/17/2017 8:29:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2017 • This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every once in a while, someone poses a unique question, one that I had never...
  • What Is Eternal Life?

    11/16/2017 8:01:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Eternal Life? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many may not consider it all that appealing if the place where we live forever is Heaven. Too often, Heaven is reduced to merely this: a place where I’ll be happy. I’ll have a...
  • Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

    11/15/2017 8:18:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Desire Heaven? Really? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect today. As it becomes easier and easier to satisfy our desire for instant gratification, we find it harder and harder to take the time to ponder a future paradise.Almost no one talks...
  • [Catholic Caucus] British Bishops Abolish Father and Mother

    11/14/2017 6:17:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | November 14, 2017 | Gloria TV
    A British Government education watchdog ordered the Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School in London to remove mother and father in their admission form in order to please separated, step and gay parents. The Bishops Catholic Education Service, known for accommodating to gay ideology, is now drafting a new form for its 2,230 Catholic schools. The form will only refer to the family. Many schools already use parent 1 and parent 2. The Sunday Times cites an expert who called this decision profoundly undemocratic, illiberal and a capitulation to a form of politically correct fascism.
  • U.S. bishop refuses to say if Amoris Laetitia allows adulterers to receive Communion

    11/14/2017 4:02:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 14, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Update at 2:13 p.m. on November 14: The U.S. bishops voted 223 to 12 to develop a formal statement of a Renewed Pastoral Plan for Marriage and Family Life Ministry and Advocacy in light ofAmoris Laetitia.Three bishops abstained from voting. BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) Representing the U.S. bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, refused to say this afternoon whether Amoris Laetitia allows Catholics living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. Thats not an answer Im going to provide for you, Malone said. Hed been asked point-blank by...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Burke Addresses the Dubia One Year After Their Publication

    11/14/2017 12:51:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 14, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Walter Brandmller and Cardinal Raymond Burke pictured at a Pontifical High Mass in St. Peter's basilica to mark the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Sept. 16, 2017. (Edward Pentin photo) Cardinal Burke Addresses the Dubia One Year After Their Publication In wishing to honor two recently deceased cardinals, the American cardinal makes a final plea to the Holy Father for clarity, saying the grave situation is continually worsening and that it is urgent the Pope confirm his brothers in the faith. Edward Pentin One year to the day since the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke has made...
  • How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

    11/14/2017 8:09:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Works of Mercy, Pieter Bruegel In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude today.Scripture says, Always speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. For judgment...
  • Preparing for Judgment

    11/13/2017 7:44:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing for Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we consider something of a plan to prepare for judgment.You are going to die and you don’t get to say when. This should inspire a sober, urgent, and daily preparation for death and judgment. Yet...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What You Need To Know About Priestly Celibacy

    11/12/2017 7:23:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Treaditional Catholic Thoughts ^ | October 16, 2016 | unknown author / St Bridget of Sweden (excerpt)
    But now I shall tell you Gods will in this matterKnow this too: that if some pope concedes to priests a license to contract carnal marriage, God will condemn him to a sentence as great, in a spiritual way, as that which the law justly inflicts in a corporeal way on a man who has transgressed so gravely that he must have his eyes gouged out, his tongue and lips, nose and ears cut off, his hands and feet amputated, all his bodys blood spilled out to grow completely cold, and finally, his whole bloodless corpse cast out to be...
  • Cath Cauc:Former lesbian on why its cruel for Church leaders to go soft on same-sex relationships

    11/12/2017 4:19:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 12, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Robin Teresa Beck, 59, lived through 12 lesbian relationships over the course of 35 years before her dramatic conversion to the Catholic faith and healing from homosexuality, just five years ago. Read LifeSiteNews coverage of Robins dramatic story here. Read the full interview here. Beck spoke with LifeSiteNews over the phone from her home in Michigan in the Detroit area about everything from the impossibility of creating a healthy gay relationship, to why lesbian relationships can never fulfill the emotional needs of women, to how she believes God looks on people struggling with homosexuality, to how the Church should approach...
  • Cultural Marxism and Public Orthodoxy

    11/12/2017 2:19:12 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Fr. John Whiteford's Commentary and Reflections ^ | 11-10-2017 | Fr. John Whiteford
    One could make a career of responding to all of the nonsense that "Public Orthodoxy" spews on a regular basis. Recently, Ashley Purpura has made the unlikely argument that the services of the Church somehow promote gender fluidity, in her [dare I presume her binary gender?] article: "Beyond the Binary: Hymnographic Constructions of Orthodox Gender,"which begins with the manifestly ridiculous assertion: "Much like gender itself, Orthodox understandings of gender span a spectrum of diverse views." Of course, anyone with any concern for the truth who actually knows anything about the Orthodox Church knows that this is not even slightly...
  • Will U.S. Catholic Bishops Choose Life?

    11/12/2017 1:02:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 4, 2017 | John Zmirack
    We dont look to The Wall Street Journal for its religion reporting. But a recent piece stands out. It shows American Catholicism at a crossroads. Its rare that a single decision decides the future of a church in a nation. But we face such a moment now. As the Journal explains, the bishops will vote on a crucial staff post. Who will lead the Churchs pro-life efforts? The vote is down to two candidates Cardinal Blase Cupich, of Chicago, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City who represent the ideological poles of the U.S. church and have articulated...