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  • Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?

    07/23/2014 7:19:07 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 47 replies
    blog.steveskojec.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | Steve Skojec
    Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis? Steve Skojec7/19/2014   In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening...
  • Moscow Patriarch awards patriarchal honor prize to top Russian Communist leader

    06/28/2014 10:37:17 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 4 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | 6/28/2014 | New Catholic
    Moscow Patriarch awards patriarchal honor prize to top Russian Communist leader Forgiving your persecutors? Yes, a Christian attitude. "Honoring the king"? Yes, certainly (I Pt 2:17). Giving a public prize honoring the leading figure of the organizational successor of the very same unrepentant Atheistic Materialistic Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist political party that martyred as many of your ancestors in the faith as they could and that tried to wipe out any trace of Christianity from your land with cruelty and ferocity unsurpassed since Apostolic times? Well, that is quite unexpected. From the website of the Moscow Patriarchate: Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 30 replies
    Fr. Z/ WDTPRS ^ | 06/13/14 | Fr. Z
    What Did the Imam Really Say? Posted on 13 June 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf You probably know that, during the prayer for peace event in the garden’s behind St. Peter’s basilica, held by Pope Francis with the leaders of Israel, Palestinians and also the Ecumenical Patriarch, one of the invited guests, an Imam, reportedly prayed for Allah to grant victory over infidels.“No, he didn’t!”, say some.  ”Yes, he did!”, say others.I read at Gates of Vienna: In his own words in the end he asked god to assist those in the state of weakness. He said intasar al mustaDaafin fil ArD...
  • Leading Russian Orthodox official says Ukraine’s Eastern Catholics are playing ‘destructive role’

    06/04/2014 3:21:46 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 6 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | June 04, 2014
    Leading Russian Orthodox official says Ukraine’s Eastern Catholics are playing ‘destructive role’Catholic World NewsJune 04, 2014 Speaking in Belarus, the chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department of External Church Relations told the European Orthodox-Catholic Forum that “the Greek Catholics have played a very destructive role” in the current Ukrainian crisis. “Unlike the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has been able during these difficult months to unite people of various political persuasions, including those who have found themselves on both sides of the barricades, the Uniates have ostentatiously associated themselves with only one of the belligerent forces,” said Metropolitan Hilarion,...
  • 'Pardon me sir, can you tell me the name of a dentist whose last name begins with "Mc?"'

    05/26/2014 6:11:40 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 95 replies
    Vanity
    True story: Several years ago I drove home from my office and pulled in front of my house. As I was getting out of my car, a local homeless women was standing right behind me, as if she had materialized out of thin air. Before I could say anything, she stated (in a thick Anglo-Indian accent), "Pardon me sir, can you tell me the name of a dentist whose last name begins with 'Mc'?" I thought for a moment and replied, "No, I'm sorry, I cannot tell you the name of any dentists whose last name begins with 'Mc'. Can...
  • Long Dissidence Phone Calls & An interesting no-comment comment from the Holy See

    04/25/2014 6:54:58 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 12 replies
    CMR ^ | 04/25/14 | Patrick Archbold
    Long Dissidence Phone Calls I have waited to comment on this for a few days to let the facts shake out. It seems that they have shaken out to the maximum degree that the Pope will allow. Is it true that we cannot know for sure what the Pope said on the phone call? Yup, that is true. Does that mean there is nothing to worry about? Well, let's see. So let's stick with what we do know and see if there is anything to worry about. We know that the phone call took place and the topic was divorce/remarriage...
  • Should Cardinal Kasper be admitted to Holy Communion after a brief period of penance?

    04/23/2014 7:31:08 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 2 replies
    The Bones Blog ^ | 04/23/14
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014 The Great Cardinal Kasper Poll Take the poll today in the side bar, then we can send the results to Rome. After all, in the run up to the Synod, the Church is seeking the views of the Faithful. It is so important they are heard. One word answer to a simple question. If the Bishops Conference ever need someone to help them to simplify their survey for the Synod on the Family, then my email's in the sidebar as well. Why make things more complicated than they are? Update: So, this is exciting stuff. So...
  • Divorce and Remarriage, Oikonomia, and the peril of following the Greeks

    03/19/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    Father Dylan's Sermons ^ | 03/17/14 | Fr. Dylan James
    Monday, 17 February 2014 Divorce and Remarriage, Oikonomia, and the peril of following the Greeks The following is a summary of two lectures presented by Rev Dr Dylan James at the Faith Symposium 2014 Recent media reports have focused on the long-standing pastoral problem of Catholics who are divorced and remarried. Christ taught that those who divorce and remarry “commit adultery” (Mk 10:11) and the Church consequently notes that such a serious breach of the moral law bars them from receiving Holy Communion. As Pope Bl. John Paul II said, "their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union...
  • What the pope really meant was... ["Conservative" vs "Trad" interpretations of Pope Francis]

    03/10/2014 8:46:58 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 13 replies
    Orwell's Picnic ^ | 03/08/14 | Hillary White
    Saturday, March 08, 2014 What the pope really meant was... Long post alert! Long post coming... move along... Yes, it's a rare treat here at the Picnic: I'm going to tell you all, at tedious and tendentious length, exactly. what. I. think. (Oh BOY!!) Those who've heard it, or don't care, may watch cat videos on YouTube until the bell rings. ~ * ~ I've written a lot in the past about the difference between "conservative" Catholics and Traditionalists. Perhaps I have failed to mention one of the most recognisable, however; that conservatives tend naturally towards any line that will...
  • Satan is right now shaking the Church to her very foundations over this divorce issue

    03/08/2014 8:49:47 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    Inside the Vatican Magazine, Letter to the Editor ^ | February 2014 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    Dear Dr. Moynihan,       In your latest Letter from Rome, commenting on the new appointments to the College of Cardinals, you report rather nonchalantly that "[Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig] Müller is also known for having said that the Church's position on admitting to divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacrament of Communion is not something that can or will be changed. But other German Church leaders, including Cardinal Walter Kasper, have recently gone on record saying the teaching may and will be changed."      Your brief, matter-of-fact report on this controversy reminds me of the tip of an iceberg. It...
  • Vatican documents on legal recognition of homosexual unions

    03/05/2014 3:32:07 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 18 replies
    CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH ^ | Various | JOSEPH CARDINAL RATZINGER
    CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH SOME CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING THE RESPONSE TO LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS ON THE NON-DISCRIMINATION OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS*  FOREWORD Recently, legislation has been proposed in various places which would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal. In some cities, municipal authorities have made public housing, otherwise reserved for families, available to homosexual (and unmarried heterosexual) couples. Such initiatives, even where they seem more directed toward support of basic civil rights than condonement of homosexual activity or a homosexual lifestyle, may in fact have a negative impact on the family and society. Such things as the...
  • If Contraception, Why Not Gay Marriage?

    02/23/2014 9:52:47 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Howard Kainz
    July 7, 2011If Contraception, Why Not Gay Marriage? by Howard Kainz In his book Heretics, G. K. Chesterton writes,There are some people — and I am one of them — who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. We think that for a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to know his income, but still more important to know his philosophy. We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy’s numbers, but still more important to know the enemy’s...
  • Birth control reconsidered: Protestant film questions contraception, rediscovers Reformation beliefs

    02/17/2014 9:40:55 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 121 replies
    TheChristians.com ^ | Jun 11, 2013 | Celeste McGovern
    Birth control reconsidered A Protestant film questions contraception, and rediscovers Reformation beliefs By Celeste McGovern Jun 11, 2013 The contraception mentality: Despite half a century of contrary evidence, many still believe this. For anyone under 60, birth control is just a fact of life. Those under 50 won’t recall that it was ever controversial. The pharmaceutical separation of sex from babies has been so thoroughly accepted by Western society that any holdouts are seen as fringers: “orthodox” Catholics, Mormons, and health hippies.But questions about contraception are arising from unlikely sources lately: not enough to call it a trend, but significant...
  • Ghostly Figure In Photo A Sign From God? Pastor Thinks So

    02/08/2014 11:22:09 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 89 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 02/06/14
    Ghostly Figure In Photo A Sign From God? Pastor Thinks So February 6, 2014ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — A pastor and his wife believe a ghostly figure that appeared in the background of a photograph is a sign from a higher power.CBS2’s Stacey Butler reports that a man named Radu, who didn’t want to appear on-camera, took a photo of a co-worker two weeks ago at an Irvine warehouse.The picture, which Radu said he did not retouch, showed a veiled woman in the corner behind the co-worker.“I can clearly see the face. I can even see long hair. I can see, like...
  • The Ancient, Biblical Christian Practice of Venerating Relics

    02/03/2014 6:51:46 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 38 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 17.09.2013 | Brantly Millegan
    The Ancient, Biblical Christian Practice of Venerating Relics The veneration of relics is so obviously just a late medieval corruption of the faith, right? Actually, it comes from the Bible and the first Christians. 17.09.2013 Brantly Millegan A speck of bone, their childhood shoes, even a drop of blood? If anything is distinctive of the devotional practices of the Catholic Church compared to Protestant Christians, it’s the Church's practices surrounding relics. Relics are the remains of those recognized as saints, whether it is a part of their body (first degree relic), something they owned (second degree relic), or even, though...
  • Pope says its “absurd to love Christ without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church"

    01/30/2014 2:50:42 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 172 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 01/30/2014
    » 01/30/2014 11:57VATICANPope says its “absurd to love Christ without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church, to be with Christ at the margins of the Church" Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - "It's absurd to love Christ without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church" , because the "first fruit of Baptism is to make you belong to the Church" and that "membership " has three pillars : humility , faithfulness and prayer for the Church.  This is what Pope Francis said today during his homily at Mass celebrated at Casa Santa Marta. The...
  • Satanism & the Eucharist [Satan knows the Truth. Do you?]

    01/30/2014 10:07:37 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 316 replies
    saintfactory.com ^ | Father Andrew Trapp
    Satanism & the EucharistApril 24, 2004 During my parish work last summer in France, one of my responsibilities was participating in a weekly prayer group for young adults who had fallen away from the Church. The last meeting of the summer, one of the guys made a surprising revelation to us all: before his conversion, he had been a full-fledged Satanist.This reflection is the true story of that conversation and what I learned from it. Satanism & the EucharistOne of the most chilling moments in The Passion was during the Lord’s scourging, when Satan appears cradling a baby who slowly...
  • Benedict's Peculiar Record on Pedophile Priests

    01/26/2014 10:58:59 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 23, 2014 | Simcha Fisher
    Benedict's Peculiar Record on Pedophile Priests by Simcha Fisher Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:44 PM Comments (36) Excerpt: ...But here's the fascinating part.  Kellmeyer reprints a chart from the John Jay Report on annual totals of accused priests and incidents of sexual abuse reported by year, from 1950 to 2005: Horrible numbers.  But look at the shape of that chart.  Kellmeyer says: Do you notice anything interesting? Do you see how that red line (number of cases) and that blue line (number of priests committing abuse) both begin a REALLY rapid descent? Well, if you look closely at the year...
  • Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say

    01/25/2014 10:24:13 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 68 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 01/25/14 | Todd Starnes
    Russian teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction, Pennsylvania authorities say By Todd StarnesPublished January 25, 2014FoxNews.com UNDATED: Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, authorities in Pennsylvania said. (Altoona Police Department) A teenage Russian national was arrested late Friday on charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, police in Altoona, Pa. said. Blair County Prison confirmed to Fox News that Vladislav Miftakhov, 19, is in custody. He is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering...
  • #HowProLifeRU

    01/22/2014 10:47:05 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 2 replies
    ChurchMilitantTV ^ | 01/22/14 | Michael Voris
    YouTube Church Militant video today, 1/22/14:#HowProLifeRU
  • The Church Is Israel Now

    01/20/2014 8:15:27 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 82 replies
    bereansdesk.blogspot.com ^ | Friday, June 1, 2012 | Charles D. Provan
    Friday, June 1, 2012 The Church Is Israel Now by Charles D. Provan During this century, Christians have been told over and over that “God has an unconditional love for Old Testament Israel,” by which is meant that God’s love is directed toward persons racially descended from Abraham, regardless of faith or obedience. Membership in Israel, therefore, is viewed as a matter of race, not faith. The Church Is Israel Now demonstrates that the Bible totally repudiates this racialist viewpoint. Being a member of Israel in the Old Testament was dependent upon faith and obedience to God. When the Israelites...
  • Pro-life leaders shocked by removal of Cardinal Burke from important Vatican post

    Pro-life leaders shocked by removal of Cardinal Burke from important Vatican post by John-Henry Westen Mon Dec 16 8:09 PM EST VATICAN CITY, December 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This morning the Vatican announced confirmations and new appointments to the important Congregation for Bishops leaving Cardinal Burke off the list.  The news has shocked pro-life leaders for whom Burke has been the top ally in the Vatican curia in the work to restore a culture of life. Burke has been known for his outspoken championing of the high priority that Popes Benedict and John Paul II gave to the Church’s...
  • Contraception, Abortion, and now Euthanasia: Demographics is Destiny

    11/22/2013 10:55:45 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 7 replies
    Pro-life Healthcare Alliance ^ | 11/22/13 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Contraception, Abortion, and now Euthanasia: Demographics is Destiny.by Brian Kopp, DPM The historical and universal Christian prohibition on contraception, which dates back to the Apostles, was first shaken by the Anglican Church's 1930 Lambeth Conference, the first Christian body ever to condone contraception. Although the Anglicans limited contraception to what they termed exceptional cases, they cracked open a door that had previously been tightly shut. Within three decades, most Protestant denominations had abandoned the universal Christian prohibition against contraception and, by the early 1970s, much of Eastern Orthodoxy had dropped its prohibition on barrier methods.   The connection between the...
  • On the indissolubility of marriage .. and the civilly remarried and the sacraments

    10/22/2013 9:36:26 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 10 replies
    L'Osservatore Romano ^ | October 23, 2013 | Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller
    On the indissolubility of marriage and the debate concerning the civilly remarried and the sacraments The Power of Grace After the announcement of the extraordinary synod that will take place in October of 2014 on the pastoral care of families, some questions have been raised regarding the question of divorced and remarried members of the faithful and their relationship to the sacraments. In order to deepen understanding on this pressing subject so that clergy may accompany their flock more perfectly and instruct them in a manner consistent with the truth of Catholic Doctrine, we are publishing an extensive contribution from...
  • ObamaCare is to Euthanasia What Roe v. Wade was to Abortion

    10/17/2013 8:51:37 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 10 replies
    Pro-life Healthcare Alliance ^ | 10/07/2013 | Brian Kopp, DPM
    ObamaCare is to Euthanasia What Roe v. Wade was to Abortion By Dr. Brian J. Kopp  When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, we were caught off guard. We had to build a pro-life infrastructure almost from scratch to provide alternatives for women with crisis pregnancies. We now find ourselves at a similar point with euthanasia. We know that stealth euthanasia is here, that it is essentially legally protected already, and its prevalence is going to explode. We need to warn and educate the public. We also must identify and network with pro-life healthcare providers who are striving to...
  • Martini, Bernardin, and Pope Francis

    10/17/2013 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 17, 2013 | Russell Shaw
    The CWR Blog Martini, Bernardin, and Pope Francis Never mind the press; the truth is, we're in for an exciting ride. October 17, 2013 01:46 EST By Russell Shaw Among Catholics who've been rattled by remarks by Pope Francis in his famous interviews, some have sought solace in blaming the media. They have a point. Sensationalism, oversimplification, and ignorance (headline writers notwithstanding, "proselytism" and "conversion" are two quite different things) really have marked some of the papal coverage to date. But when you're through criticizing the press, the fact remains that the reporters have gotten it essentially right. Pope Francis...
  • There is something strange going on in the Vatican

    10/09/2013 8:25:55 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 209 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Mon Oct 07, 2013 | Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
    There is something strange going on in the Vatican by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Mon Oct 07, 2013 18:28 EST ROME, October 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – I don’t know if I’m the only one to have noticed, but there seems to be something strange going on in the Vatican. No, I’m not talking about all that, at least not directly. I’m talking about the strange, long, almost awkward and, dare I say it, embarrassed silence, that has reigned from the Vatican’s press office on all of Pope Francis’s extraordinary statements and actions since his election. I’m not going to go...
  • Did Pope Benedict Really Dismiss Evolution as ‘Science Fiction’?

    09/28/2013 12:01:33 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 60 replies
    strangenotions.com ^ | 9/26/13 | Stacy Trasancos
    Did Pope Benedict Really Dismiss Evolution as ‘Science Fiction’? by Stacy Trasancos   Filed under Evolution 29 Comments In a recent letter to Piergiorgio Odifreddi, Italian atheist and mathematician, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI used the term "science fiction." Odifreddi is the author of the 2011 book Dear Pope, I'm Writing to You, a critique of Benedict's theological writings. Benedict's letter is a response to that book, extracts of which were recently published in the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.In Odifreddi's book he referred repeatedly to theology as "science fiction." Benedict pointed out that "science fiction" instead exists in science (English...
  • Vladimir Putin Speaks Like a Christian

    09/27/2013 6:17:17 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 27 replies
    catholicism.org ^ | September 25, 2013 | Brother André Marie
    Vladimir Putin Speaks Like a ChristianPosted By Brother André Marie On September 25, 2013 @ 11:30 am In Columns,Marriage and Family,Politics and Society | 1 Comment Read the comments below by Vladimir Putin, who is constantly berated by Western glitterati (e.g., Madonna, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John) for his stance on unnatural relations. The man speaks like a Christian, nay, like a Catholic (he is a self-professed Russian Orthodox Christian). Imagine an American politician in high office speaking in such a way.On the other hand, some there are who think that the consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of...
  • Billy Graham’s grandson: evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sex abuse

    09/27/2013 2:58:08 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 33 replies
    RNS ^ | 09/26/2013 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Billy Graham’s grandson: evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sex abuse Sarah Pulliam BaileyAUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists.While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference, saying too many evangelicals had “sacrificed the souls” of young victims.“Protestants can be very arrogant when pointing to Catholics,”  said Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE),...
  • Abducted bishops Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi reported living

    09/27/2013 9:39:07 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 3 replies
    vaticaninsider.lastampa.it ^ | 09/27/2013 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    09/27/2013 Abducted bishops Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi reported living Pope Francis has met with Youhanna X, the brother of one of the two bishops who were kidnapped in Aleppo in April. Official sources in Beirut say the bishops are alive Giorgio BernardelliRome The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Youhanna X Yazigi, met Pope Francis today in the Vatican. The patriarch is the brother of Boulos Yazigi, one of the two bishops from Aleppo who were kidnapped in Syria last April. The importance of today’s meeting was therefore not just ecumenical. Youhanna X Yazigi was appointed head of the Patriarchate which...
  • Lourdes and Fatima: True or False?

    09/26/2013 7:08:23 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 10 replies
    orthodoxengland.org ^ | 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...
  • Ask Vladimir Putin to request the consecration of Russia this October 13th [Cath/Orthodox Caucus]

    09/25/2013 12:08:07 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 23 replies
    faithreasonandhealth.blog ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Brian Kopp
    Ask Vladimir Putin to request the consecration of Russia this October 13th As many Catholic readers already know, Pope will consecrate world to Immaculate Heart of Mary CWN - August 21, 2013 Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a Vatican ceremony on October 13. The “Marian Day” ceremony, organized by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, will be held on the anniversary of the final appearance of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. For the occasion, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be brought from the shrine in Portugal to...
  • Woodstock Stoves: Beta Testing CUSTOM WOOD STOVE ART

    09/20/2013 12:28:18 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 15 replies
    Friday, September 20, 2013 Beta Testing CUSTOM STOVE ART with the Kopp Family Click image to enlarge The Woodstove Design Challenge has focused our attention on questions that we hadn’t really addressed before: 1. Can we make a really high performance woodstove that is completely affordable? 2. We don’t have the chutzpah to think we can produce a stove design that will make everyone happy.  So, how do we make a flexible design that can harness our owners’ creativity? 3. How can we have fun with this product? How can our owners have fun too? Part of the answer is...
  • Joel Osteen and Pope Francis

    08/28/2013 11:39:15 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 96 replies
    patheos.com ^ | August 27, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Joel Osteen and Pope Francis August 27, 2013 By Fr. Dwight Longenecker 7 Comments Joel Osteen the prosperity preacher from Houston has just moved up from his $2m mansion to a $10m mansion. Here’s the news.This is one of the things that tickle me about American Protestantism. These are the folks who have traditionally beat the Catholics with a big stick about the Pope living in a palace surrounded by rich art works.The other thing is the way Protestants will beat up on Catholics for having a highly exalted infallible leader who is treated like a celebrity. Duh. The problem...
  • Triumphalism? You better believe it.

    08/24/2013 6:23:05 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 8 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 08/24/13 | Louie Verrecchio
    Triumphalism? You better believe it.Louie Verrecchio 8/24/13www.harvestingthefruit.com/triumphalism/ How often we hear Conciliarized Catholics speak of “triumphalism” as if it refers to some sort of dreadful disease that must, at all costs, be purged from the Body of Christ lest it spread and, God forbid, the Church in our day come to resemble the Holy Catholic Church as the Roman Pontiffs presented her to the world for so many centuries, without apology, prior to the papacy of Pope John XXIII. Before we continue, I should probably explain what I mean by “Conciliarized Catholics,” a phrase being coined in the present moment...
  • Let’s practice MFP - Moral Family Planning

    08/21/2013 1:07:47 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | K.C. Schnitker
    Let’s practice MFP - Moral Family Planning by K.C. Schnitker Mon Aug 19 12:51 PM EST August 19, 2013 (Defend Life) - I am an instructor of NFP—Natural Family Planning—but I’d really like to call it “MFP,” Moral Family Planning. Moral Family Planning is the use of one of the fertility awareness methods (I teach the Ovulation Method); “periodic continence;” to achieve pregnancy; or for a serious reason, to postpone pregnancy. It is also living your married life open to the children God may send; all of these are “moral” family planning. I think MFP makes proper priorities clear—not...
  • Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: “God told me to”

    08/21/2013 6:05:38 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies
    vaticaninsider ^ | August 21, 2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    08/21/2013 Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: “God told me to” During the course of a private meeting Benedict XVI said that a mystical experience led him to resign Andrea Torniellivatican city “God told me to.” This was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s reason for stepping down from the pontificate. An anonymous individual who visited Ratzinger about a week ago gave a statement recounting what was said during the private meeting, Catholic news agency Zenit reports.  Ratzinger’s decision to stay out of the limelight still raises many questions, six months after the shock announcement of his resignation, Zenit says. One person was lucky enough...
  • Maybe If Egypt Promised U.S. Aid Won't Go Towards Killing People...

    08/15/2013 12:23:40 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Thursday, August 15, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    Maybe If Egypt Promised U.S. Aid Won't Go Towards Killing People by Matthew Archbold Thursday, August 15, 2013The United States federal government is continuing to send over a billion dollars in aid to Egypt even as the government kills its own people. That aid reportedly includes jet fighters. Some are concerned that U.S. money is going towards killing innocent civilians. [snip] ...So, once the law is passed by Congress, there should be no worries that we're funding death, right? If this sounds ridiculous to you, then why isn't it just as ridiculous that the federal government sends millions and millions...
  • Mt. Athos Monks Battle Police Over Eviction [tossed Molotov Cocktails and rocks at bailiffs]

    07/29/2013 4:47:24 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 27 replies
    greekreporter.com ^ | Monday 29 July 2013 | Andy Dabilis
    Mt. Athos Monks Battle Police Over Eviction By Andy Dabilis on July 29, 2013 in News  87  16    2  213 An earlier clash between the Mt. Athos monks and police Angry monks at the Esphigmenou Monastery in the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece, refusing to obey an eviction order, tossed Molotov Cocktails and rocks at bailiffs attempting to serve them on July 29, chasing them off the premises of the famed peninsula.“The monks of Esphigmenou Monastery who are in the residential quarters and are in a defense position to defend it, threw some objects from inside...
  • For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict

    07/29/2013 8:12:44 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 88 replies
    chiesa ^ | Jul-29-2013 | by Sandro Magister
    For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict He has touched upon the sore spot of the Mass in the ancient rite. Ratzinger permitted its celebration for all. Bergoglio has prohibited it for one religious order that favored it by Sandro Magister ROME, July 29, 2013 – One point on which Jorge Mario Bergoglio was eagerly expected  to weigh in, after his election as pope, was that of the Mass in the ancient rite. There were those who predicted that Pope Francis would not distance himself from the stance of his predecessor. Who had liberalized the celebration of the Mass in...
  • Pope answers questions about Curia reforms, gay lobby [Catholic Caucus]

    07/29/2013 7:44:05 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 3 replies
    catholicnews.com ^ | Jul-29-2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Jul-29-2013 (1,030 words) With photos. xxxi Pope answers questions about Curia reforms, gay lobby By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BRAZIL (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and the reform of the Roman Curia. The pope also said he knows people have spoken about some kind of "gay lobby" at the Vatican protecting certain priests by threatening to blackmail others. The pope said the "lobbying" is what is worrisome. Pope...
  • Breaking: DOJ releases Zimmerman's gun

    07/23/2013 6:11:50 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 10 replies
    Breaking News | 07/23/13
    The bad news, it is part of a shipment to Mexico. Film at 11.
  • Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Study Says [Catholic Caucus]

    07/19/2013 8:38:44 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 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 –...
  • No Right to Die by Denied Spoon Feeding

    07/11/2013 11:20:28 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/10/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE          www.nationalreview.com           July 10, 2013 2:03 PM No Right to Die by Denied Spoon Feeding By  Wesley J. Smith A Canadian woman directed that she be refused medical treatment, and indeed, that she be euthanized if she had Alzheimer’s and could not recognize her children. She has the disease and is spoon fed.  But the family wants that stopped.. From the National Post story: According to Ms. Hammond, she is lifted into and out of bed with a hoist, spends her time virtually motionless in a wheelchair and is kept alive only through regular spoon-feeding. “She’s not taking...
  • Why the simultaneous rise of homosexuality and Islam? An interview with Peter Kreeft

    07/02/2013 7:29:36 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 30 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/1/13 | John-Henry Westen
    Why the simultaneous rise of homosexuality and Islam?  An interview with Peter Kreeft by John-Henry Westen Mon Jul 01, 2013 08:40 ESTComments ()Tags: faith, homosexuality, islam, peter kreeft TORONTO, June 26 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a recent interview (see the video here) with LifeSiteNews.com co-founder Steve Jalsevac, famed Catholic philosopher and Boston College professor Peter Kreeft noted key similarities in the homosexual activist movement and radical Islam which have led to their ascendency in recent times.  Asked about the simultaneous rise of militant Islam and the homosexual activist movement despite their opposing ideologies, Kreeft replied: “They’re the only two movements in Western civilization that...
  • Italian prosecutors reject claims of Roman clerical-pedophile ring

    06/28/2013 3:48:52 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 13 replies
    CWN ^ | June 27, 2013
    Italian prosecutors reject claims of Roman clerical-pedophile ringCWN - June 28, 2013 Italian prosecutors reject claims of Roman clerical-pedophile ring An Italian ex-priest who claimed that he could expose a ring of clerical pedophiles in Rome has been charged with slander, as prosecutors evidently suspect that he concocted the charges to embarrass the Church. Patrizzio Poggi, who served 5 years of an 8-year sentence on sex-abuse charges, had told reporters that he could identify 20 priests who were involved in child prostitution. But prosecutors said he could not substantiate the claims, and charged that his reports were “motivated by...
  • The tragic reality of 'covert euthanasia'

    06/28/2013 12:12:31 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 1 replies
    American Life League ^ | June 27, 2013 | Matt C. Abbott
    The tragic reality of 'covert euthanasia' Thursday, June 27, 2013 - By Matt C. Abbott Pope Francis has spoken about the tragic reality of “covert euthanasia.”From a May 6, 2013 Catholic News Service :While the fight to preserve life is often centered on abortion and capital punishment, the future Pope Francis also warned against a more subtle form of disregard for human dignity—what he called “covert euthanasia.”“In this consumerist, hedonist and narcissistic society, we are accustomed to the idea that there are people that are disposable,” among them, the elderly, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said in a recently published book.Citing...
  • Is Nancy Pelosi a Satanist?

    06/27/2013 6:17:44 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies
    aleteia.org ^ | 06/27/13 | John Zmirak
    Is Nancy Pelosi a Satanist? There have been plenty of religions in history that'd agree with her that the murder of innocents is sacred - but the Catholic Church is not one of them Jun 27, 2013 John Zmirak A secular radio host called my cell phone while I was busy at a conference, asking me to explain to his non-Catholic listeners whether the Church really considered abortion “sacred.” I was, for a rare moment, speechless. He pointed me to the news piece reporting Nancy Pelosi’s statement to a Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack, summarized as follows by The Blaze...
  • Special Report : Gay Roman Clergy 6/27/13 - homosexual prostitution ring and Satanic groups

    06/27/2013 5:58:10 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 15 replies
    ChurchMilitant.TV ^ | 06/27/13 | Michael Voris
    Special Report – Gay Roman Clergy 06-27-2013 Hello everyone and welcome to this Special Report from Rome with more details on reports of a homosexual prostitution ring involving roman clergy with ties to the Vatican and young teenage boys complete with accusations of Satanism. The Italian media began reporting earlier today on a group of homosexual priests and possibly bishops being investigated by Roman police and prosecutors for their involvement in a network of young teenage male prostitutes. Details are now coming out that one of the recruiters for the ring .. a former Rome policeman .. was also involved...