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  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 250 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex Marriage

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • POLITE FASCISM IN NEW JERSEY (LOGIC OF A STATE LICENSE TO HAVE KIDS)

    01/23/2015 7:06:04 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Matthew J. Franck
    In the pages of the Times of Trenton on January 20, a psychologist named Ronald J. Coughlin published an op-ed titled Fundamental Changes Would Better American Society. Mr. Coughlin is worried about a lot of the right things: alcohol abuse, the divorce rate, childbearing out of wedlock (particularly among teens). But what ideas he has for fundamental changes! The idea, for instance, that because science tells us about the maturing brain we ought to raise the drinking age to twenty-five is going to go over big, with an electorate that can vote at eighteen. (Mr. Coughlin may want to...
  • FEELING DEVASTATED BY WHAT POPE FRANCIS SAYS? TRY THESE 3 HELPFUL KEYS

    01/23/2015 6:35:46 AM PST · by NYer · 108 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 22, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane.The reactions have been visceral at times. For instance, what the Pope said in support of Humanae Vitae caused one feminist commentator at Crux News to declare she was “devastated“.My first reaction to reading the Pope’s comments on free speech and Islam was to throw my hands up in the air and declare...
  • WE SHALL NOT WEARY, WE SHALL NOT REST (March for Life)

    01/22/2015 2:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Richard John Neuhaus
    The following addresswhich Robert P. George has called the greatest pro-life speech ever givenwas delivered on July 5 at the close of the 2008 convention of the National Right to Life Committee.Once again this year, the National Right to Life convention is partly a reunion of veterans from battles past and partly a youth rally of those recruited for the battles to come. And that is just what it should be. The pro-life movement that began in the twentieth century laid the foundation for the pro-life movement of the twenty-first century. We have been at this a long time,...
  • Pope Francis blesses two lambs on the Feast of St. Agnes

    01/21/2015 3:51:08 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | January 21, 2015
    A lamb is wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the Feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make stoles worn by archbishops and known as palliums. The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday where they received...
  • Prophecy and Prediction: Best Left to the Professionals

    01/21/2015 3:13:38 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Some words spring up as the fashion “du jour” and linger longer than others. There are annoyances like the overwrought “awesome” and now the incessant “iconic” which betray a weak understanding of the meaning of those words and a limited vocabulary. A little more irritating a few years ago was “gravitas” which appeared in an election campaign and still is used by pundits unable to identify its declension.On a somewhat loftier plane is misuse of “prophecy” to mean predicting. Columnists, statesmen, stock analysts are “prophetic.” True, Aquinas includes prediction as an aspect of what prophets do, but not exclusively...
  • The Pope Creates a New Sui Juris Church in Eritrea

    01/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | January 20, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    It was announced yesterday on the Bulletin of the Holy See that the Holy Father has erected the Eritrean Catholic Church tosui jurisstatus as a Metropolitan Church, separating its territory from that of the Archeparchy of Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia). The 23rdsui juris Church, which follows the Alexandrian liturgical tradition, will comprise four eparchies, covering the entire territory of the nation of Eritrea: the Archeparchy of Asmara, seat of the new Metropolitan and the national capital, and the Eparchies of Barentu, Keren and Segheneity. The Pope has nominated as the first Metropolitan His Excellency Mons. Menghesteab Tesfamariam, who...
  • A significant study of the worlds disappearing communities

    01/20/2015 2:03:46 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 20, 2015 | Francis Phillips
    A Yazidi man raises his arms in prayer. Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East? We in the West are largely insulated from the turbulence of the Middle East: the civil war in Syria, the regular violent eruptions in Iraq or sporadic persecutions elsewhere, such as in Egypt. Ancient Christian communities in these regions have suffered hugely, without much Western protest or interest on their behalf. For instance, as Michael Coren points out in his article in last week’s Herald, “The war that no-one...
  • German Bishops Support Kaspers Proposals on Remarried Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    01/19/2015 2:41:38 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | January 19, 2015 | MARIE MEANEY
    St John the Baptist gave his life in the defense of marriage. The German bishops, by coming out in favor of Cardinal Kaspers proposals on divorced and remarried Catholics, took the side of Herod. In effect, they concluded that St. Johns position was too antagonistic and decided to issue a letter of congratulations to Herod upon marrying his brothers wife. While some might think this comparison hyperbolic, it is nonetheless what their recent statements regarding the divorced and remarried come down to. Rather than being a witness to the indissolubility of marriage and what it means to sin against...
  • Uh-oh. Secularists Sad to Discover Pope Francis is Catholic

    01/19/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    CreAtive Minority Reporta ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is a breakup letter. But it's worse than that. This is a breakup letter by a junior high schooler who is trying to tell everyone in the hallway outside homeroom that the person they had liked a few days ago is just like kinda' totally awful or something. Some lib in The Inquisitr wrote:Elected in 2013, Pope Francis has since shown us a very convincing image of a bold, refreshing deviant who has adamantly defied the church’s typically iron-fisted conservatism. His stance on LGBT, women’s rights, atheism, and evolution were so mind-blowingly revolutionary that many people saw him as...
  • Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

    01/18/2015 3:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan....
  • What we have come to: teenager announces plans to marry her father

    01/18/2015 1:11:37 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 18, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Details:  A teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years.The unnamed 18-year-old revealed in an interview with New York Magazine her romantic relationship of almost two years with her biological father after being estranged from him for 12 years.In the interview, the girl also said the two also plan on having children.The teenager said her father reached out to her on Facebook when she was in high school and soon after, she went to stay with him for a week.After the week together, the 18-year-old said they...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer; Claim #12

    01/18/2015 12:36:59 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 12. "People's memories of their past lives prove that reincarnation is true...and that the Christian view of Heaven and Hell is...
  • Manila: Biggest gathering of faithful ever for a Pope

    01/18/2015 5:34:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | January 18, 2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    "Between 6 to 7 million" attended the final big mass in the Philippines on the feast of the Santo Nio. In his homily, the Pope said: the devil hides behind the allure of being modern, like everyone else. Francis also met the father of the volunteer who died in Tacloban yesterday God created the world as a beautiful garden, but man has disfigured that natural beauty, creating social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption. Rain poured down on the millions of faithful that gathered in Rizal Park in Manila to attend the mass celebrated by Francis on the final...
  • A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

    01/17/2015 3:41:41 PM PST · by NYer · 124 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a...
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/17/2015 3:22:48 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 17, 2015
    Archbishop: "It's hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage ... consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal" Washington, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) | 192 hits The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision regarding same-sex marriage is expected in June or July.Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and...
  • March For Life 2015 - Planning resources for Catholics who plan to attend

    01/17/2015 1:36:41 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    TLM in Maryland ^ | January 17, 2015 | Deo Volente
    Website: http://marchforlife.org/march-for-life-2015/ March For Life 2015 Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00 noon Rally 12th St., National Mall, Washington, D.C. 1:00 p.m. March 14th St., National Mall Rally & March InfoTrip PlannerConference & ExpoRose DinnerView the March for Life Map The Third Annual Nellie Gray Mass After the 2015 March for Life Mass of the Holy Innocents Thursday, January 22, 2015 Traditional Latin Mass 4 pm at St. Mary Mother of God Church 5th and H Sts. NW in downtown Washington DC Pontifical Solemn High Mass celebrated at the faldstool Celebrant-The Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, S.T.B.,...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #11

    01/17/2015 1:02:36 PM PST · by NYer · 68 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 11. "Someone can be pro-choice and Catholic at the same time." While this may be one of the most common myths Catholics...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #10

    01/16/2015 2:15:44 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 10. "Natural Family Planning is just the Catholic version of birth control." Natural Family Planning (NFP) has enemies on all sides. Some...
  • Talking About Climate Change in 1827

    01/15/2015 2:52:41 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Two Nerdy History Girls ^ | January 15, 2015 | Loretta Chase
    Mail Coach in snow Talking about climate change in the early 1800s?  This was something of a surprise to me at first.  Then I realized that this piece was written only a decade after the Year Without a Summer, during what is known as the Little Ice Age.  In that context, the theories become quite interesting. In the discussion of cold weather in North America and Europe, you’ll notice no mention of a volcanic eruption.  And can you imagine 19th century naval vessels trying to move glaciers?*  Climate change Climate change 15 January entry from William Hone, The Every-day...
  • TALKING ABOUT KILLING JESUS

    01/15/2015 2:21:25 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 15, 2015 | KATE O'HARE
    On Jan. 7, at the biannual Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California, National Geographic Channel offered a press conference for its upcoming three-hour movie version of the bestselling book “Killing Jesus,” written by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard.Click here for a Hollywood Reporter story featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the production.Previously, the cable network dramatized the writing duo’s “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy,” but considering the precarious condition of Christians in the Middle East, “Killing Jesus” is timely, to say the least. It was shot entirely in Morocco (also where History’s “The Bible” was...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #9

    01/15/2015 1:30:30 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 9. "Catholics should follow their conscience in all things...whether it's abortion, birth control, or women's ordination." It's true the Catechism says...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #8

    01/14/2015 2:44:38 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 8. "Properly interpreted, the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Rather, it weighs against promiscuity whether homosexual or heterosexual. Therefore, we...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #7

    01/13/2015 3:49:07 PM PST · by NYer · 59 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 7. "Dissent is actually a positive thing, since we should all keep our minds open to new ideas." You might hear this...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #6

    01/12/2015 11:59:16 AM PST · by NYer · 80 replies
    CERC ^ | 2003 | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 6. "If the Church truly followed Jesus, they'd sell their lavish art, property, and architecture, and give the money to the poor."...
  • DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 5: A CATHOLIC CREATORS COMPLEX WORLD

    01/11/2015 2:33:55 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 10, 2015 | KATE O'HARE
    I’ve been plowing through season five of “Downton Abbey,” the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in early 20th-century Britain, which premieres on Sunday, Jan. 4, on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic,” and a few thoughts have come to mind. They’re not particularly organized, but here goes (warning, if you want to remain utterly spoiler-free, you may want to stop now. I don’t tell, but I do hint).Creator and writer Julian Fellowes is a Catholic, and while not born to British aristocracy, he married into it (meeting his wife while having an affair with someone else’s), and has become...
  • TALKING BACK TO ATHEIST BILLBOARDS

    01/11/2015 2:26:27 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 10, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    As atheistic movements grow more bold, they are putting up monuments and anti-shrines and billboards. Here are some images of atheist billboards and what I would say to them, if they could hear me … Indoctrinate you? As painter George Braque said “Art disturbs; science reassures.” I cannot limit myself to teaching you the reassuring facts of science and the “carpe diem” philosophy of the world — I must introduce you to the truths that challenge: These include beauty, sin, God, the afterlife, and the often difficult necessities of love. I don’t want to indoctrinate you; I want the truth to...
  • Haitian welder turned amputee soccer star: 'It's the best life'

    01/11/2015 1:54:33 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | January 10, 2015 | Elise Harris
    A member of Team Zaryen plays soccer. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / CNA. Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing a leg during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Wilfrid Macena became a prosthetic technician and founded an amputee soccer team--and says his life can’t be topped years after the disaster. “The process has really helped me because I was only welding before the earthquake. I never could have believed that I would be a technician making prosthetics and helping the children in Haiti,” Macena told CNA Jan. 9. “Every time they came to check our prosthetics, I...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #5

    01/11/2015 12:54:31 PM PST · by NYer · 176 replies
    CERC ^ | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 5. "You don't need to confess your sins to a priest. You can go straight to God." As a former Baptist minister,...
  • Did You Know There Are Muslim No-Go Zones In The USA

    01/10/2015 4:22:45 PM PST · by NYer · 104 replies
    Truth Uncensored ^ | June12, 2014 | Lauren Richardson
    Non-Muslim no-entry zones have been multiplying all over Europe, and even popping up in cities here in the U.S. This should heighten every Americans awareness of the imminent danger we as a nation face. Once established, they are unsafe, and proving deadly for non-Muslims to inhabit or even to walk through the neighborhood.< These signs are being placed all over the UKParts of the UK have already become no-go areas for police because minority communities are operating their own justice systems, according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.Honor killings, domestic violence, sexual abuse of children and female genital mutilations are...
  • The real crisis has scarcely begun [Joseph Ratzinger, 1969] (Catholic Caucus)

    01/10/2015 2:40:34 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | January 10, 2015
    “The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints” — Joseph Ratzinger, 1969.Forty–six years ago, Father Joseph Ratzinger gave a series of conferences that were later published in book form under the title Faith and the Future (Ignatius Press). What was the future in 1969 has become the present. Joseph Ratzinger’s words are stunningly prophetic. Read them. The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing...
  • Dear Ms. Walker: You Are Not a Priest (another female ordination)

    01/10/2015 2:18:24 PM PST · by NYer · 95 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | January 5, 2015 | Kathy SCHIFFER
    On Saturday, January 3 in Kansas City, Georgia Walker attempted to do what no woman had done before:  She tried to become a Roman Catholic priest.And she’s got the pictures to prove it:  Georgia smiling, arms raised in triumph, vested in red and white, processing down the aisle at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.  Her friend, “Bishop” Bridget Mary Meehan, smiles proudly at her side.  Attending the ceremony were members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group of similarly deluded women who imagine themselves to be ordained.Here’s the thing, though:  WOMEN CAN’T BE PRIESTS.No, really!  Women...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer; Claim #4

    01/10/2015 2:03:35 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    CERC ^ | DEAL HUDSON
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 4. "I don't need to go to Church. As long as I'm a good person, that's all that really matters." This argument...
  • Fifty Years of the "Great Society" (Catholic Caucus)

    01/09/2015 2:18:28 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 8, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    One of the profound changes wrought by LBJ's landmark program was a huge increase in government-sponsored family planning at home and abroad. President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare Bill at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. [Wikipedia.com] President Lyndon Baines Johnson had spoken the words “Great Society” before, but on January 4, 1965 he brought the pieces together as a legislative package for Congress. His State of the Union message stirred a remarkable flurry of congressional activity that in short order produced major new programs in civil rights, health care, and anti-poverty. In the half-century since then,...
  • What is Islam? Revisited

    01/09/2015 1:38:58 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 8, 2015 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    Within Islam, the world is divided into a zone of war and a zone of peace. Those who are in the zone of war or sympathize with it are enemies who deserve death. Firefighters carry a victim on a stretcher at the scene of a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, Jan. 7. (CNS photo/Jacky Naegelen, Reuters) “An aspect of the attack (in Syria) that was not often reported in the media was the way the Islamist invaders tried to remove not only the Christians but the Christianity from the town, a phenomenon that is...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer: Claim #3

    01/09/2015 11:38:48 AM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    CERC ^ | Deal Hudson
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond. 3. "The Old and New Testaments contradict one another in numerous places. If an omnipotent God inspired the Bible, He would never...
  • Bill Donohue's Moral Equivalence (catholic Caucus)

    01/08/2015 2:50:42 PM PST · by NYer · 62 replies
    CREAtive Minority Reporta ^ | January 8, 2015 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    Increasingly, the Catholic League's Bill Donohue is less a defender of Catholicism and more a defender of the sycophantic whims of his patrons. First was his shameful defense of the St. Patrick's Gay Parade. Now his absurd moral equivalence with regard to yesterday's Islamo-nazi shooting massacre at Charlie Hebdo. Here is the key part of his statement. Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction. While he perfunctorily condemns the killing,...
  • Angry, irony-challenged feminist mocks Cardinal Burkeand merely proves his point (Cath Caucus)

    01/08/2015 2:41:57 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 8, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    Cardinal Raymond Burke at the extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome in October 2014 (CNS photo) Kaya Oakes, a revert to Catholicism after spending time as a self-described pro-choice liberal, has penned a little screed—a veritable bundle of befuddlement!—aimed at the recent New Emangelization interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke (which I posted about on Monday). I've not read Oakes' book about her spiritual, uh, arc, which is titled, Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, but my impression is that she has some—nay, numerous—issues with orthodoxy, or what she apparently calls "Catholic conservatism", which is in...
  • Atlanta's Fire Chief Fired for Espousing Christian Beliefs

    01/08/2015 2:29:30 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 8, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed announced today the firing of the city's fire chief for the crime of being a Christian, according to news reports. It seems the fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, wrote a book for his Bible study group in which he espoused actual Christian beliefs. How dare he? But his firing doesn't infringe on religious freedom at all, so says the mayor. "This is not about religious freedom, this is not about free speech" the mayor reportedly said. "Judgement is the basis of the problem." So there you have it. If you're fired for being a Christian...
  • Time for a Truly Catholic Renovation

    01/08/2015 2:20:39 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | January 8, 2015 | Anthony ESOLEN
    O magnum mysterium,et admirabile sacramentum,ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,iacentem in praesepio:Beata Virgo, cuius viscerameruerunt portare Dominum Christum.What a great mystery,what a wonderful sign,that animals should see the Lord, new-born,lying in a manger!Blessed is the Virgin, whose wombwas privileged to carry Christ the Lord.      ∼  From the Roman Breviary, the Matins of ChristmasWe’re in Rome, in the year 1572. The great Pope Pius V has passed to glory. Just one year before, the naval forces of the Holy League had crushed the superior fleets of the ever-marauding Turks at Lepanto, giving maritime Europe a chance to breathe free...
  • Cardinal Burke on the "man crisis," radical feminism, pornography, liturgical abuse (Cath Caucus)

    01/07/2015 3:21:50 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 5, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    Cardinal Raymond L. Burke leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project has just posted an outstanding interview with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke that focuses on a number of interrelated issues: the state of men in the Church, the "man crisis", evangelization, marriage, the Mass, and the sacrament of Confession. Here are a few excerpts: On the role played by radical feminism in undermining a needed focus on men: Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke:  I think there has...
  • MANIFEST LESSONS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/06/2015 4:36:11 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 6, 2015 | RYAN MAYER
    January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has become overshadowed by Christmas, though in many cultures, either the two are celebrated together (usually on Epiphany), or Epiphany is the more celebrated of the two.So which Nativity scene did you set out this year?  The simple classic version with the Holy Family, or was...
  • CONGRESS, CATHOLICS, AND THE VANISHING PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT

    01/06/2015 4:13:32 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 6, 2015 | STEPHEN WHITE
    Yesterday, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released some statistics on the religious composition of the new 114th Congress, which includes more Catholics (with 164) than any Congress in history. Thats about 31% of Congress that identifies as Catholics, compared with about 22% of American adults. Sadly, while the number of Catholics in Congress reaches an all-time high, pro-life Democrats in Congress are on the verge of extinction.But first, some good news for Catholic Democrats.Given the large margin by which Republicans control the new Congress (301-234, counting both houses) and the fact that the incoming class in a...
  • Tuesday, Jan 6 - The Epiphany [Surprise - No Magi!] (Catholic Caucus)

    01/06/2015 11:13:13 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    maronite heritage ^ | January 6, 2015
    READINGS EPISTLE  Titus 2:11-3:7 - Transformation of Life Brothers and Sisters: The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. Declare these things; exhort and...
  • Possible site of Jesus' trial uncovered in the Holy Land

    01/05/2015 8:36:17 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | January 5, 2015
    Tower of David. Credit: Ricardo Tulio Gandelman via Flickr (CC by 2.0). Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archeologists believe they may have discovered the place where Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate took place in Jerusalem. In an effort to expand The Tower of David Museum, archeologists began excavating an adjacent, abandoned prison building, the Washington Post reports. As they stripped away layers of the prison floor, they realized they were likely uncovering a missing link in the puzzle of the Holy Land’s history. Although the discovery began over a decade ago, the site is just...
  • St. Simeon Stylites Jan. 5th (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    01/05/2015 2:10:09 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    St. Simeon Stylites the Elder From the Catholic EncyclopediaSt. Simeon was the first and probably the most famous of the long succession of stylitoe, or “pillar-hermits”, who during more than six centuries acquired by their strange form of asceticism a great reputation for holiness throughout eastern Christendom. If it were not that our information, in the case of the first St. Simeon and some of his imitators, is based upon very reliable first-hand evidence, we should be disposed to relegate much of what history records to the domain of fable; but no modern critic now ventures to dispute the reality of the...
  • First new church in a century to be built in Turkey

    01/05/2015 9:57:04 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 4, 2015
    Francis met Syriac Christians during his recent visit to Turkey (CNS) Turkish government gives go-ahead to Syriac church in IstanbulTurkey’s government has given the go ahead for the building of the first new church in the country for nearly a century.The Syriac Orthodox church will be built in Yeşilköy on the outskirts of Istanbul, in an area which already has Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic churches.The announcement was made last Friday, after Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Turkey’s religious leaders.He told Turkish media: “It is the first [new church] since the creation of the republic [in 1923]. Churches...
  • 19 Spiritual Resolution Ideas for the New Year (Catholic Caucus)

    01/05/2015 4:26:07 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2015
    So you’ve vowed to up your intake of kale and have signed up for yoga to kick off the New Year. But has your spiritual life been part of your New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few ideas of small, practical steps you can take to get spiritually stronger in 2015.1. Daily Mass. If you don’t go at all, try going one day a week. If you go one day a week, try two. If you go every day….well, good job.“The best way to economize time is to ‘lose’ half an hour each day attending Holy Mass.” - Frederic Ozanam 2....