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  • Pies, damned pies, and statistics: Is the Catholic population growing? (Ecumenical Caucus)

    06/23/2014 7:52:35 PM PDT · by narses · 26 replies
    Pies, damned pies, and statistics: Is the Catholic population growing? Are you Catholic and in need of something to be thankful for this year? The Catholic Church in America is growing and may be primed to grow significantly in the next few decades. What did he just say? All the Catholic-related stories in the news are about parish and school closings, a Church in crisis, and people leaving the faith… First, the news is not always a good reflection of reality. A big part of the problem is that many reporters and commentators on religion seemingly have a limited understanding...
  • Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? [Ecumenical]

    05/22/2014 8:23:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 116 replies ^ | Catholic Answers Staff
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38).  AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • Stamp Your Feet!

    05/14/2014 1:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 14, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    I’ve been following with some bemusement the interchanges between Cardinal Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). For readers unaware of the developments, I'll present them here in abbreviated form:CDF: “Sisters, do you believe and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father, begotten and not made, the second Person of the Holy Trinity?” LCWR: “Why are you asking us that question? What gives you the authority to ask it?”
     CDF: “Again, Sisters, do you believe and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal...
  • The Real Presence: Understanding the Eucharist, The Greatest Need in Church Today

    03/20/2014 9:03:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 2000-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Understanding the EucharistThe Greatest Need in the Church Todayby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.I believe the place to begin this conference is to justify the title. We are using the superlative; the greatest need in the Church today is "Understanding the Eucharist." How can we justify this superlative? On two grounds: On the grounds of the Eucharist and On the grounds of Understanding. What are we saying? We are saying that the most comprehensive mystery of our Catholic faith is in the Holy Eucharist. To believe in the Eucharist is to believe in every other revealed mystery of Christianity....
  • Greg Laurie on Why Bible Prophecy Makes No Mention of America (premillennial caucus)

    03/20/2014 8:01:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 234 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 15, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Bible prophecy related to the end times mentions many nations, including Libya, Iran, Iraq Ethiopia, and possibly even China and Russia, but not the United States of America. In an article on his blog, Pastor Greg Laurie gives three plausible reasons for the nation's exclusion. "Where is the United States? Why are we not in the last-days scenario?" asks Laurie, pastor of Harvest Church in Riverside, Calif. One reason why the United States is not mentioned in Scripture is perhaps because the nation "might be devastated by a nuclear war," the pastor writes. "It is a horrible scenario and one...
  • The Real Presence: The Sacrifice Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

    03/11/2014 5:49:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 2000 - 2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Sacrifice Sacrament of the Holy Eucharistby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. The purpose of our present meditation is to explain how the Mass is the sacrifice sacrament of the Eucharist. Again, we will draw on the church’s teaching on the Mass, especially focusing on definitions from the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century. We will also examine Pope Pius XII’s teachings on the mass, upon which the Second Vatican Council built its base document on Eucharist liturgy.The Council of Trent and the MassWe have been drawing on the church’s teaching at Trent mainly because during the sixteenth century...
  • The Real Presence: The Eucharist as the Living Christ [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/10/2014 9:21:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 1, Feb. 1979 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Eucharist as the Living Christby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The real crisis of faith in Catholic ranks today is the crisis of disbelief in the Eucharist. The most dramatic reason for this is the same as what happened when Christ first announced that He would give us His Body and Blood to eat and drink as described by St. John. You recall that many people who had until then been devoted to Christ began first to wonder, then to murmur, and finally doubting, left His Company. This has always been so since this mystery of faith was first...
  • The Misunderstood Council: Six Myths about Vatican II (Catholic Caucus)

    03/09/2014 6:57:07 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies ^ | May 1, 1989 | Michael Warner
    The second Vatican Council was the most important event of the twentieth century for Catholicism. It has also been the most misunderstood. The Church has seen 21 ecumenical councils; Vatican II was the second to be held in Vatican City. An ecumenical council is a gathering of the bishops, cardinals, abbots, and prelates called by the pope to undertake a solemn exercise of the Church’s teaching authority. Papal cooperation is a sine qua non for the legitimacy of a council; without his assent its teachings have no binding force. Pope Pius IX summoned the First Vatican Council, which met from...
  • Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried - Catholic Caucus

    03/01/2014 10:49:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 54 replies ^ | February 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden, CNS
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, "after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her...
  • Modern church reflects traditional values [Catholic Caucus]

    02/09/2014 5:40:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Catholic Sentinel,org ^ | 02-01-14 | Clarice Keating
    2/1/2014 5:36:00 PMModern church reflects traditional valuesMembers of St. Edward Parish in Keizer gather for dedication of new church Catholic Sentinel photos by Clarice Keating Father Gary Zerr, pastor of St. Edward Parish, (right) leaves new church during dedication wtih visiting priests. Archbishop Alexander Sample holds the Eucharist aloft in the new St. Edward Church in Keizer. Clarice KeatingOf the Catholic SentinelTo see more photos, log on to KEIZER — A key that opens the main entrance to the newly constructed St. Edward Church here was attached to a large white cross. Archbishop Alexander Sample handed the cross to...
  • Even At March For Life, Contraception Is Accepted

    01/23/2014 4:23:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Michael Voris attended the March for Life and some of the pro-life gatherings in the past few days.  He interviewed a number of young people at the Capital Hyatt in Washington.  Just prior to the march, it is filled with pro-life people.  I believe one of the major pro-life groups has a convention there.  At any rate, Voris interviewed a number of the pro-life youth in attendance and obtained some very disturbing replies.  Ladies and gentlemen, please watch the video, then see my comments below it. (video at link) There are those who say that these young people point to...
  • Cardinal Bergoglio wrote to Fr. Gruner about Fatima [Catholic Caucus]

    03/14/2013 8:27:07 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies
    TheFatimaCenter YouTube Channel | Mar 14, 2013 | TheFatimaCenter
    Pope Francis Discussion
  • Recovering Our Musical Memory: Ten Mass Settings [Catholic Caucus]

    01/08/2014 7:33:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | January 8, 2014 • | R. Jared Staudt
    Recovering Our Musical Memory: Ten Mass Settings by R. Jared Staudt on January 8, 2014 ·  We are in urgent need of greater cultural literacy today. Catholics have some of the most profound treasures in human history in its legacy and many of them are not being appreciated. I would like to point to one particular aspect of this legacy, musical settings for the Mass. This follows the great tradition of singing the Mass, which is so prevalent in Catholic history that we could speak of it as normative. Music has a natural power—rooted physically in the power of...
  • SSPX disrupts interfaith service at Buenos Aires cathedral

    11/13/2013 3:34:41 PM PST · by NYer · 209 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | November 13, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the AP: Ultra-traditionalist Catholics have openly challenged Pope Francis by disrupting one of his favorite events, a ceremony that he and Jewish leaders led in the Metropolitan Cathedral each year to promote religious harmony on the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust.The annual ceremony brings together Catholics, Jews and Protestants to mark Kristallnacht, the Nazi-led mob violence in 1938 when about 1,000 Jewish synagogues were burned and thousands of Jews were forced into concentration camps, launching the genocide that killed 6 million Jews.A small group disrupted Tuesday night’s ceremony by shouting the rosary and the “Our Father”...
  • What Is All Souls Day (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed)?

    11/01/2013 9:11:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 2013 | David Bennett
    What Is All Souls Day (Commemoration of the Faithful Departed)? All Souls Day History, Information, Prayers, Meaning, Traditions, & More All Souls Day Definition and Meaning What is All Souls Day? It is when the Church commemorates and prays for the souls in Purgatory, who are undergoing purification before entering heaven. All Souls Day is November 2nd, the day after All Saints Day. Prayers: All Souls Day PrayersBasic Facts About All Souls Day Liturgical Color(s): Black, White, or VioletType of Holiday: A Special Class; Ranked With Solemnities because it takes precedence over a SundayTime of Year: November 2 (West),...
  • Catholic Caucus: Priest sues Obama Admin: No Mass allowed on Naval Base, Church locked

    10/15/2013 1:59:09 PM PDT · by topher · 15 replies ^ | Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:17 EST | by John-Henry Westen
    ANN ARBOR, MI, October 15, 2013 ( – A Catholic priest in Georgia has filed a lawsuit after he was barred from even volunteering to offer Mass at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. Father Ray Leonard, who is contracted to serve as base chaplain, and Fred Naylor, one of Father Leonard’s parishioners and a retired veteran with over 22 years of service, launched the suit Monday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Lourdes and Fatima: True or False?

    09/26/2013 7:08:23 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 10 replies ^ | August 17, 2013 | Archpriest Andrew Phillips
    Lourdes and Fatima: True or False? And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun…Rev. 12, 1We will not dispute the miraculous character of the original appearance of the Mother of God (in Fatima), as we will not cast suspicion on the authenticity of some similar if less striking appearances…Archimandrite Konstantin Zaytsev (1)IntroductionVisions of the Mother of God granted to individuals are characteristic of recent, especially eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century, Roman Catholic piety. Some of these visions can be doubted as spiritual delusion, hallucinations, and others as money-making frauds. Thus, the controversial ‘apparition’ in Knock...
  • The Christ-Centered Pope(Catholic Caucus-Religion Forum)

    09/21/2013 9:39:54 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | George Weigel
    Perhaps the most revealing detail in Pope Francis’s lengthy interview, conducted by the Italian Jesuit Antonio Spadaro and published yesterday in English translation in the Jesuit journal America, is the pontiff’s reflection on one of his favorite Roman walks, prior to his election: When I had to come to to Rome, I always stayed in [the neighborhood of the] Via della Scrofa. From there I often visited the Church of St. Louis of France, and I went there to contemplate the painting of “The Calling of St. Matthew” by Caravaggio. That finger of Jesus, pointing at Matthew. That’s me. I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-08-13, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/07/2013 8:13:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies ^ | 09-08-13 | Revised New American Bible
    September 8, 2013 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Wis 9:13-18b Who can know God’s counsel,or who can conceive what the LORD intends?For the deliberations of mortals are timid,and unsure are our plans.For the corruptible body burdens the souland the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.And scarce do we guess the things on earth,and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdomand sent your holy spirit from on high?And thus were the paths...
  • Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says [Catholic Caucus]

    07/19/2013 8:38:44 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies ^ | July 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock
    Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says Group presents data showing those who go to church weekly have most frequent, enjoyable sex By Elizabeth Flock July 17, 2013Devout, married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group, the Family Research Council said at an event Wednesday, pointing to a collection of studies from the last several decades.The socially conservative Christian group relied heavily on statistics from the University of Chicago's last National Health and Social Life Survey, conducted in 1992, which found the most enjoyable and most frequent sex occurring among married people, those who attended church weekly –...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-13, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest & Martyr

    04/23/2013 9:44:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 04-24-13 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2013   Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 12:24—13:5a The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem,taking with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saulfor the work to which I have called them.”...
  • The Old Testament Foretold that Mary Would Give Birth Without Pain (Catholic Caucus)

    12/23/2012 3:24:52 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Cantaur ^ | December 22, 2012 | DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL
    Painting: Michaelangelo's Prophet Isaiah Dear friends, We are all familiar with Isaiah's well known prophecy of Christmas: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) However, Isaiah made another (lesser known) prophecy of Christmas: "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Manchild" (Isa 66:7) This verse is the basis for the Catholic teaching that Mary experienced no pain when she delivered Christ at Bethlehem. The Roman Catechism teaches that Christ passed through her...
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 77 replies ^ | April 2003 | David M. Bristow
    Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate ConceptionDAVID M. BRISTOWWhy do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception? The belief means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It was Mary's closeness to Christ that made her receive God's "fullness of grace" to be sinless. Without God's grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless, and she too would be like the rest of humanity. However, because of her decision to say, "yes" in giving birth to Christ, she was given a special privilege by having no sin touch her. Catholics believe...
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed (Catholic Caucus)

    11/26/2012 3:38:13 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Currently in the Liturgies of daily Mass we have been reading the Book of Revelation. It is commonly read at the end of the liturgical year, for it bespeaks the end of, and passing qualities of all things of this world.It is also a book of glory, depicting the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a great period of conflict between the doomed kingdom of this world, and the victorious Kingdom of Christ. In this context the Book of Revelation is not a mere tour guide to the last days, but is a book of glory reminding us...
  • Mid East Prophecy Update - October 21st, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    10/24/2012 2:27:28 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 70 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 21, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid East Prophecy Update - October 21st, 2012 Pastor JD talks about how that something significant may happen in the weeks ahead, prior to, and or after, this years elections.
  • Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin [Catholic Caucus]

    10/20/2012 2:30:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | October 17, 2012 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin By Dr. Jeff Mirus | October 17, 2012 1:02 PM The Holy Spirit has urged me to read the inaugural documents for the Year of Faith. Of course while one should seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in all things, one should never claim the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for anything. Those of us who are prone to expose all too clearly our own faults and weaknesses have a special need to heed this advice so as not to give the Holy Spirit a bad name.But...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-19-12, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/18/2012 9:24:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies ^ | 08-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 19, 2012 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house,she has set up her seven columns;she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,yes, she has spread her table.She has sent out her maidens; she callsfrom the heights out over the city:"Let whoever is simple turn in here;To the one who lacks understanding, she says,Come, eat of my food,and drink of the wine I have mixed!Forsake foolishness that you may live;advance in the way of understanding." Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.I will bless...
  • Our Lady of Good Success (Church Approved)

    08/10/2012 5:28:42 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 67 replies
    Our Lady of Good Success Date: very early 17th c., first approved 1611 Place: Quito, Ecuador Visionary: Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres The story of Our Lady of Good Success is a most fascinating one -- and incredibly important and timely, as many of the prophecies of our Lady and our Lord given to Mariana pertain explicitly to the 20th c. and thereafter. Mother Mariana was a Spanish Conceptionist nun, blessed with the charismata of discernment and prophecy, who ran a convent in Quito, Ecuador. First, Our Lady told her to make a life-sized statue of her holding the...
  • The Act of Perfect Contrition [Catholic Caucus]

    06/30/2012 12:05:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 24 July 1884 | Most Rev. James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore
    The Act of Perfect Contrition  The act of contrition as it is found in the Small Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Bishop John Neumann of the Congregation of the most holy Redeemer, Fourth Bishop of Philadelphia, Imprimatur by the Most Rev. James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, given 24 July 1884:  "O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I...
  • On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | June 3, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall.By: Msgr. Charles Pope Recently here in the Archdiocese of Washington there was an issue regarding the denial of Holy Communion to a certain individual, which caused no little debate among the faithful. I am NOT going to reopen that case here, and ask all readers to please recall that, no matter what you may think, you do not have all the facts, and I do not wish to rehearse the (partial) specifics of the whole affair.That said, a number of us priests asked for a review of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-31-12, Feast, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    05/30/2012 8:26:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies ^ | 05-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31, 2012 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against you,he has turned away your enemies;The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;He will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,He will sing joyfully because...
  • Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin [Catholic Caucus]

    05/30/2012 9:20:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 2011 |
    Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which recalls Mary's visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This event is also the second joyful mystery of the rosary -- the first being the Annunciation. Elizabeth had been barren all her life, but in the Annunciation, Mary learned that her kinswoman was miraculously expecting a child in her old age. Upon hearing this good news, Mary fervently desired to share in Elizabeth's joy and serve her during the last part of her pregnancy. So she went "with haste" to...
  • †Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica Pentecostes ~ Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday) †

    05/27/2012 8:48:12 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 62 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 27 May 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Pentecostes ~ Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday † Anno Dómini 27 May 2012 Commemorating The Feast Of † Saint Bede the Venerable, Doctor of His Church † Color: Sanguineus/Red Vestments II Classis ~ Second Class Semi-Double Observance Spíritus Dómini replévit orbem terrárum, allelúja ( "....The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world, alleluia...." ) Et sermónem quem audístis, non est Meus: sed ejus qui misit Me, Patris. Hæc locútus sum vobis, apud vos manens. Paráclitus autem Spíritus Sanctus, quern mittet Pater in nómine Meo, ille vos docébit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-12, Memorial, St. Philip Neri

    05/25/2012 9:15:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 05-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2012   Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest   Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,with the soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.When they had gathered he said to them, "My brothers,although I had done nothing against our peopleor our ancestral customs,I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-12. Opt. Mem. St. Christopher Magallanes/Companions

    05/20/2012 6:19:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 05-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2012   Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8 While Apollos was in Corinth,Paul traveled through the interior of the countryand down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.He said to them,"Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"They answered him,"We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."He said, "How were you baptized?"They replied, "With the baptism of John."Paul then said, "John baptized with a baptism of repentance,telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,that is, in Jesus."When they heard this,they were...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-20-12, Solemnity, Ascension of the Lord

    05/19/2012 3:14:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 61 replies American Bible ^ | 05-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2012 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord   Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for "the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days...
  • † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica Quinta Post Pascha ~ Fifth Sunday After Easter †

    05/16/2012 3:44:34 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 67 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 13 May 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Quinta Post Pascha ~ Fifth Sunday After Easter † Anno Dómini 13 May 2012 Commemorating † The Ascension of Our Lord, Christ Jesus † † The Presence of The Blessed Virgin Mary at Fátima, Portugal † † Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament † Color : Albus/White Vestments II Classis ~ Second Class Semi-Double Observance Vocem jucunditátis annuntiáte, et audiátur, allelúja: annuntiáte usque ad extrémum terræ: liberávit, Dóminus pópulum suum. Allelúja, allelúja.... ( Declare it with the voice of joy, and make it known, alleluia: declare it...
  • The Fifteen Promises Granted to Those Who Recite the Rosary [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 11:30:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | not given | The via prophecy of the BVM
      The Fifteen Promises Granted to those who Recite the Rosary The Fifteen Promises of Mary Granted to those who Recite the RosaryThe Glory of St DominicGuido Reni 1613 A.D. FrescoSan Domenico, Bologna The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that "Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted." She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary. Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. I promise my special protection and the greatest...

    03/13/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 1968 |
    OUR LADY OF ZEITOUN, EGYPT Actual Photos      THE POSITION OF THE CHURCH - APPROVED The Official Statement from the Papal Residence in Cairo on the Apparition of Saint Mary in the Zeitoun Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt Since the evening of Tuesday April 2, 1968 (the 24th of Bramhat, 1684 A.M.), the apparitions of the Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of Light, have continued in the Coptic Orthodox Church named after Her in Zeitoun, Cairo. The apparitions occurred on many different nights and are continuing in different forms. The Holy Virgin Saint Mary appeared sometimes...
  • Confronting the Claim of Eastern Orthodoxy to be the True Church

    02/04/2012 2:26:35 PM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    hprweb ^ | January 1, 2012 | JAMES LIKOUDIS
    Understanding the conflicting claims of Catholicism versus Eastern OrthodoxyAmong the lapsed from the Catholic Church in the turbulent post-conciliar period are those Catholics who became so disenchanted with the liturgical disarray and doctrinal unrest evident in Western Catholicism that they became converts to Eastern Orthodoxy. They found themselves influenced by the Eastern Orthodox claim to preserve the doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical heritage of the ancient Church, and in fact, to be the historical continuation of the true Church of Jesus Christ. Those defecting from the Catholic Church found comforting Eastern Orthodoxy’s professing the doctrine of the first seven ecumenical Councils,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PURGATORY, 01-30-12

    01/30/2012 9:48:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 01-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PURGATORY The place or condition in which the souls of the just are purified after death and before they can enter heaven. They may be purified of the guilt of their venial sins, as in this life, by an act of contrition deriving from charity and performed with the help of grace. This sorrow does not, however, affect the punishment for sins, because in the next world there is no longer any possibility of merit. The souls are certainly purified by atoning for the temporal punishments due to sin by their willing acceptance of suffering imposed...
  • New Movie About the Vatican Sure to Thrill Anti-Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2012 2:19:51 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 26, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    Hollywood will be making a movie about The Vatican. What could go wrong? And it’s even worse than you think. Warner Bros is making a movie called The Vatican, and it’s reportedly some kind of horror/conspiracy movie. Hmmm ... a movie that says the Church is up to something nefarious? Well, a movie like that has never been made, right? But wait. It gets even worse. The director of the movie Devil Inside is directing The Vatican. Here’s the poster for that movie: Yup. That’s a possessed nun with dollar signs in her eyes. The Devil Inside movie opened up...
  • THE MAGNIFICAT (The Canticle of Mary from Luke 1:46-55) [Catholic Caucus]

    01/18/2012 10:30:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 2000+ years ago | BlessedVirginMary/Luke
    THE MAGNIFICAT     The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. It is also known as the Canticle of Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours, a special collection of scripture readings, psalms, and hymns that constitute what is known as the prayer of the church. (Priests and other religious are required to pray sections from the Liturgy of the Hours each day.) Although the Magnificat has had numerous musical settings from such composers as Palestrina, Bach and Mozart, it can be recited as well as sung. Its name...
  • Priests told not to voice dissent (Catholic Caucus)

    01/15/2012 4:59:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    star tribune ^ | January 14, 2012 | Rose French
    Archbishop John Nienstedt is warning Catholic clergy across Minnesota that there should be no "open dissension" of the church's strong backing of a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union only between a man and woman.  In other early signs of the fervent campaign the church intends to wage for the amendment, which will be on every ballot in the state this fall, Nienstedt is appointing priests and married couples to visit archdiocesan high schools to talk about marriage. He has directed parishes to form committees to work for passage of the amendment....
  • Blame Lazy Catholicism for School Closings

    01/11/2012 12:08:33 PM PST · by rzman21 · 37 replies
    Philly Mag ^ | Chris Freind
    If the Church allowed women to be priests, the pews would be as full as mosques are right now. The message from headquarters was sent to field agents worldwide: “This is your mission, if you choose to accept it. Take one of the most powerful institutions in the history of mankind and change it so radically—in all the wrong ways—that in the span of 50 years, it will be a shell of its former self, relegated to a backwater shaped only by the sad ghosts of the past.” Was this a Mission Impossible communiqué sent at the height of the...
  • Musings on Theosis (Divinization) (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 9:59:05 PM PST · by rzman21 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Musings on Theosis (Divinization) Musings on Theosis or Divinization: "God became man so that man might become a god" The Early Church had many battles with those who deny Jesus' divinity. Because they defended His divinity they had the chance to meditate on what it means for the Logos to become man. One of the great riches that came from their meditations was the teaching that "God became man so that man might become a god." (cf. St. Athanasius, De Incarnatione or On the Incarnation 54:3, PG 25:192B; also Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 460) This may sound weird...
  • Life of Blessed St. Xenia of St. Petersburg (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 12:54:18 PM PST · by rzman21 · 2 replies
    Life Of St. Blessed Xenia of Petersburg Compiled By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes Boise, Idaho USA February 26 2002 Icon Of St. Xenia Of Petersburg, Helping To Build A Church Introduction by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes God Bless You! Humbly I am presenting to you the "Life of St. Xenia" (Xenia Grigorievna Petrova) known as the Fool-for- Christ's sake, and a Wonderworker, who is still known among the God loving faithful as St. Blessed Mother Xenia of Petersburg, Russia. The following life of St. Xenia was written for children, and even parents can read this life to their beloved children. It would...
  • Repentance and Confession -- Introduction (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2012 12:13:42 PM PST · by rzman21 · 26 replies
    Repentance and Confession - Introduction Confession is in decline and repentance is misappre­hended. The decline and the misapprehension cannot be easily qualified, but they are unmistakable at least inasmuch as they are considered to be no more than incidental prac­tices in the life of the Church today. The "traditional" way of thinking of sin and forgiveness has collapsed among a growing number of Christians. Nothing less than a theo­logical and pastoral renewal is necessary in order to redis­cover the living meaning of repentance and confession. The degeneration is often attributed to secularization. Yet secularization should not be seen, in a...
  • Sacrificial Language in the Book of Romans

    01/01/2012 7:59:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Paredwka ^ | Fr. Benjamin Hardu
    To be Prosphora Romans 15:15-16, Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister [λειτουργόv] of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering [ἱερουργounta] the gospel of God, that the offering [προσφορά] of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. From Strong's Dictionary and Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon: λειτουργός - a public minister, a servant of the state a minister, servant - so of military labourers - of the temple + of one busied with holy things +...
  • The Sacrament of Holy Orders

    01/01/2012 3:02:56 PM PST · by rzman21 · 235 replies · 1+ views
    HomeAmharicFranćaisDeutschOriental Church MusicPhoto Gallery Discussion / ForumLinksCalendar CHAPTER 7 THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY ORDERS I. Definition. “Holy Orders” is the sacrament through which the clergy are ordained to celebrate the various church services. Some Protestants say that Christ did not distinguish anyone in His church, and that all the members are the same, and that there is no need for separating special persons as ministers. This is utterly wrong, because of the following reasons: (1) Christ set apart special persons as Apostles, and spent a whole night before choosing them. “And it came to pass in those days, that...