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  • God's Big Problem with Christians-In-Name-Only

    05/04/2015 3:26:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 4, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    In the book of Revelation, when Jesus catalogues the problems in each of several churches he gives a lot of great advice. Some churches need to “hold fast to what you have” others need to “return to your first love.” But when he comes to the church of Laodicea, he has nothing good to say: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 4:15-16). Jesus prefers bad Christians...
  • Satanic Temple in Missouri Raises Funds for Woman to Have Abortion

    05/04/2015 3:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 4, 2015 | CAROLE NOVIELLI
    We know satanists believe abortion is sacred as we have documented several times. Now, a St Louis, Missouri Satanic Temple is raising funds to get a woman an abortion. According to sources, the Satanic Temple has raised enough money via the GoFundMe crowdsourcing website to pay for a southwest Missouri woman to travel to St. Louis for an abortion. The GoFundMe site has since been removed. The elusive “Mary” for which the fund was created, has, with the help of the Satanists created a “Satanic Religious exemption form” which reads in part: My body is inviolable and subject to...
  • A medieval prayer wheel surfaces, but how it was used is anyone’s guess

    05/04/2015 1:54:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crux Now ^ | May 3, 2015 | David Van Bieman
    NEW YORK — The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Order Of The Diagram Written Here Teaches The Return Home.”Think Parcheesi or Sorry.But then think again. The board is not cardboard or plastic; it’s 1,035-year-old vellum. And there are no dice — just prayers.Care to play?In April, Manhattan’s Les Enluminures Gallery, a dealer in medieval manuscripts, put a book on sale with a first page so rare that only five of its kind are known to exist. In fact, the book itself is rare, with a massive ancient carved-oak cover and sturdy clasps of worked copper. Dating back...
  • Scripture Speaks: “Remain in Me” (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 1:07:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 3, 2015 | GAYLE SOMERS
    On the eve of His death, knowing that He was about to depart from His friends, Jesus said to them: “Remain in Me, as I remain in you.” How would that be possible?Gospel (Read Jn 15:1-8) Our reading today comes from a section of St. John’s Gospel that is often called “the Last Supper discourse.”   After He washed the disciples’ feet, Jesus spoke at length with them in a most serious manner. This was straight talk; no more parables. We should be keenly interested in every word He had to say.He begins with a dramatic statement: “I am the...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

    05/01/2015 4:32:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2015
    Ion Mihai Pacepa on Raul Castro's yacht in Cuba, 1974. Photo courtesy of Ion Mihai Pacepa. Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below are excerpts of the interview....
  • Peter and the Papacy

    05/01/2015 2:36:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 462 replies
    There is ample evidence in the New Testament that Peter was first in authority among the apostles. Whenever they were named, Peter headed the list (Matt. 10:1-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:14-16, Acts 1:13); sometimes the apostles were referred to as "Peter and those who were with him" (Luke 9:32). Peter was the one who generally spoke for the apostles (Matt. 18:21, Mark 8:29, Luke 12:41, John 6:68-69), and he figured in many of the most dramatic scenes (Matt. 14:28-32, Matt. 17:24-27, Mark 10:23-28). On Pentecost it was Peter who first preached to the crowds (Acts 2:14-40), and he worked the...
  • US Denies Visa to Only Christian Set to Testify Before Congress on Persecution (Yazidis approved)

    05/01/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A multi-ethnic, interdenominational delegation from Iraq is expected to visit Washington to plead the case of religious minorities being persecuted by the Islamic State group. But because the visa for an Iraqi nun was denied, there will be no Christian in the group.  Unless the US State Department changes its mind, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, who has worked among the internally displaced persons in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil since tens of thousands of Christians were forced to take refuge there last summer, will be sitting out the mid-May trip. She was invited to join the delegation, which will be testifying...
  • Presidential Contenders Tell a Tale of Two Catholic Churches

    04/30/2015 2:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    As the race for the White House gears up, all eyes are on the presidential contenders, and there has never been a larger crop of Catholics either already in the race, or waiting in the wings. If anyone wants to get a glimpse into the contemporary Catholic Church in the United States, the range of Catholic politicians reflects the amazingly diverse and difficult variety of American Catholics.   The “conservative Catholics” are best represented by Senator Rick Santorum. A life-long Catholic, Santorum became more serious about his faith after marrying. Now a daily mass attendee, Rick Santorum has put...
  • 3 Things We Have In Common With Pagan Rome

    04/30/2015 1:45:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | RUSSELL E. SALTZMAN
    Christianity killed paganism in antiquity; what will kill the new paganism? Western civilization may be swiftly defaulting to functional paganism, and by default paganism I do not mean we shall see the gods and goddesses again dressed out in temples, hungry for sacrifice. Pan, Zeus, or Athena may find niche markets in contemporary neo-paganism, but I don’t think even they will fit into the unfocused spirituality trending today. No, what I mean by default paganism are habits of thought and living that commonly governed life for ordinary Romans, the people. Until roughly the mid-twentieth century, there were three widespread...
  • Nigerian Bishop: Hillary Clinton's Remarks About Religious Beliefs Show She "Thinks She Is a God"

    04/30/2015 1:29:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME—In this far reaching, follow-up interview to a story Aleteia brought you in February, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, who serves as Director of Communications for the African Bishops, discusses with Aleteia the latest developments regarding Boko Haram, and his fellow Nigerian bishop’s claim that he had vision of Jesus Christ, who told him the terrorist organization would be defeated through the power of the rosary.    He also offers his perspective on Hillary Clinton’s statement last week that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health...
  • Beauty will save the world – Gaudi's basilica inspires conversions

    04/30/2015 12:25:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    cna ^ | April 30, 2015 | Elise Harris and Alan Holdren
    Next Barcelona, Catalonia - The Sagrada FamĂ­lia, a Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, Catalonia, designed by Catalan architect Antoni GaudĂ­. Barcelona, Spain, Apr 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the beauty of the Sagrada Familia basilica continues to draw people to Christ. “Almost nothing leads us to the divine, but then people go there,” said JosĂ© Manuel Almuzara PĂ©rez, reflecting on the awe inspired in those who visit the Sagrada Familia. Almuzara told CNA April 18 that “Even the...
  • The Vatican's dangerous embrace of climate-change theory

    04/30/2015 11:49:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 30, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    Imagine—just imagine, for the sake of the argument—that scientists in a future generation discover that the global-warming trend of recent years was not caused by human activity. If that happens, what will be the consequences for the Catholic Church, in light of the Vatican’s apparent embrace of the climate-change hypothesis? This is not-- repeat, not another column about the scientific evidence for or against the reality human-induced climate change. If you are inclined to respond by denouncing either the proponents or the foes of that theory, please stop. My own personal opinion on that theory is of little or no...
  • Supreme Court Justices Zero in on the One Argument that Could Save Traditional Marriage

    04/29/2015 4:30:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Bloomberg via Aleteia ^ | April 29, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    <p>The Supreme Court heard arguments about the legality of same-sex marriage bans yesterday. Both the New York Times and Washington Post described the role of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the member of the court who swings between the liberal and conservative camps on contentious issues. Their stories emphasized that Kennedy showed a slight preference for same-sex marriage supporters, as he said that gay and lesbian couples believe that being allowed to marry will confer dignity on them.</p>
  • Justices Question Redefining Millennia-Old Institution of Marriage

    04/29/2015 11:12:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The attorney arguing for same-sex "marriage" before the Supreme Court Tuesday hopes that the traditional definition of marriage will fall.  Mary Bonauto, answering a question posed by Justice Samuel Alito, also said she believes that "times can blind" people to more open definitions of institutions like marriage. The high court devoted an almost unheard of two hours to oral arguments to help them come to a decision on two questions they are expected to reach by June: does the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States require states to allow marriage between two persons of the same sex,...
  • Masaharu Morimoto's White Houses State Dinner Menu (for Japanese PM)

    04/29/2015 4:56:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 28, 2015
    The White House gave a sneak peek today at the food and dĂ©cor for the Tuesday night State Dinner in honor of Japan’s prime minister and his wife. The guest chef for the evening will be Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef” and the Morimoto restaurants in New York and Philadelphia. The first course for tomorrow’s State Dinner is a toro tartare and Caesar sashimi salad.Morimoto has been working with White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison on the menu, a celebration of American cuisine with Japanese touches. The first course, Toro Tartare and Caesar Sashimi...
  • BALTIMORE IS A DEMOCRAT PROBLEM, NOT AMERICA’S PROBLEM

    04/29/2015 4:23:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 29, 2015 | JOHN NOLTE
    Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools,...
  • Pope Francis’ US envoy rebuffed gay campaign for him to back out of March for Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:11:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    The Human Rights Campaign claimed Archbishop Vigano would 'further politicize differences' between the US and the Vatican by supporting Church teaching on marriage. - Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the days leading up to this past weekend’s March for Marriage, the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign petitioned the Holy Father to keep his ambassador to the US from participating in the annual event supporting natural marriage.To the displeasure of the pro-homosexual group, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was among the special guests at the third annual march in Washington...
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, GoFundMe.com pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • Are You Waiting for the Church to Change Her Teachings?

    04/28/2015 11:45:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 28, 2015 | Leila Miller
    If there is one sentiment that baffles me more than any other, it’s this:The Catholic Church will be changing her teachings, and I only need watch and wait. I am foolish for not seeing the “big picture” of how it’s all going to go down. It’s inevitable. The Church will come around, the Church will conform. It’s just a matter of time.In response, I question how many millennia have to pass without the Church changing before they’ll concede the point?Take a look at what a dissenting Catholic named James said to me just the other day, about the foolishness of...
  • Supreme Ct: Obama Admin Can’t Make Catholic Group Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

    04/27/2015 7:43:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    LifeNews ^ | April 27, 2015
    The Supreme Court issued an order today preventing the Obama administration from forcing a Catholic group in Michigan to obey the HHS mandate that requires them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This is the fifth time the Supreme Court has rebuked the Obama administration and prevented it from making such a mandate. For the sixth time in a row, the Supreme Court took steps to protect another religious objector from the HHS mandate. It ordered a lower court to reconsider its ruling that denied a group of Catholic ministries in Michigan the freedom to follow their faith.  “The government keeps making the same...
  • Dominican sisters walk out of class over LGBT “Day of Silence”

    04/27/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    “We went home because the Catholic school and faith that we love was being compromised.” Image via Wikipedia Five Dominican sisters who teach at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California walked out of class on Friday of last week when it became evident that some students at the school were participating in a national “Day of Silence” for LGBT youth. “We went home on Friday because what happened was inappropriate,” the sisters explained in an email sent to Marin Catholic students over the weekend. “We went home because we were made to feel uncomfortable and used for another’s agenda. We went home because...
  • Hillary and Christian Dhimmis

    04/27/2015 2:45:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Several years ago I visited a synagogue in Istanbul, one of the few remaining in all of Turkey. It had been firebombed a few weeks earlier – in response to some recent incident between Israelis and Palestinians. But because of security and a thick outer wall, it was relatively unharmed. Inside, ten elderly, eccentric Jewish Turks were gathered, the bare number needed for a minyan. We spoke for a short while about what it was to live as a religious minority in a big Muslim country. But I will never forget the atmosphere in that tiny congregation – wary, but...
  • THIS TRIDUUM, PRAY FOR THOSE FOMENTING HATRED AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN INDIANA

    04/27/2015 2:14:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    Honestly, did anyone expect the situation to get this bad in Indiana?Every single day seems to bring worse news.The situation of the O’Connor family in particular has me sick to my stomach. Local news ABC 57 went looking for a restaurant owner that would go on camera to share their beliefs and found an unsuspecting girl behind the counter of a small-town pizzeria who said she would have no problem serving gay people but that they would not cater a gay wedding if asked.Notice, there wasn’t even an act of discrimination — the girl simply answered a hypothetical question.For this...
  • CHARLOTTE BISHOP TO LGBT-ADVOCATE NUN GRAMICK: YOU’RE NOT SPEAKING IN MY DIOCESE

    04/27/2015 2:09:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN WHITE
    Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese.Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.”In announcing Bishop Jugis’ decision to cancel the event as soon as he was made aware of it, diocese spokesman David Hains noted that the Vatican has previously determined that Gramick and New Ways Ministry oppose the Catholic Church’s...
  • More Jesus Movies on the Way

    04/27/2015 11:49:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 27, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Never believe rumors of Jesus’ death. He is alive and well — and coming soon to a theater near you. Sean Bean is one a-list actor listed for a movie about Jesus’ boyhood that will hit theaters in 2016. Hugh Jackman will star as St. Paul in another reported movie due out next year. Pope Francis recently blessed the actor playing Jesus in a new version of Ben Hur. Thus, in 2016, Hollywood will feature at least three movies that more or less affirm the basic Christian understanding of Jesus Christ. Ironically, these three movies will come 10 years...
  • What's at Stake as Supreme Court Considers Marriage Tomorrow?

    04/27/2015 11:00:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Does the United States Constitution require states to allow members of the same sex to marry each other? Does the Constitution require states to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in another state? These are the two questions the Supreme Court of the United States will ponder as it listens to oral arguments Tuesday. It seems simple. But the roads that have led to this point have been anything but. After years of legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage, many of them successful, as well as voter referendums in which the traditional definition of marriage has...
  • For filmmakers, 'Little Boy' moved mountains of its own

    04/27/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Hillary Mast
    Jakob Salvati and Eduardo Verastegui star in 'Little Boy.' Courtesy of Metanoia Films. Hollywood, Calif., Apr 25, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- A new film from award-winning writer and director Alejandro Monteverde proved to not only tell a story of faith, but to strengthen the faith of those working on it as well. “It was going to be a very, very difficult film to produce, but at the same time we were in love with the story which is about believing in the impossible,” said Eduardo Verastegui, one of the film’s producers and stars, known for his role in the...
  • Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

    04/27/2015 7:19:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    cna ^ | April 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.” Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26,...
  • Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"

    04/26/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Adelaide Mena
    Crowds hold signs in defense of traditional marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Credit: Adelaide Mena/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday. “We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA. The Archbishop cautioned that...
  • The Mystery and the Mask of Alfred Hitchcock

    04/25/2015 3:14:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    Left: Alfred Hitchcock directing Family Plot inside Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, in the summer of 1975 (Photo: Stan Osborne | Wikipedia). Right: The cover of the new biography of Hitchcock, written by Peter Ackroyd. Following hard on the heels of last year’s fascinating Charlie Chaplin, Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to yet another ‘Cockney visionary’ with the publication of Alfred Hitchcock (Chatto & Windus). Hitchcock is one of the most written about directors in the history of cinema, certainly in the English-speaking world. What could be left to say of a man about whom it has all been...
  • What Do You Mean You Are a "Maronite" Catholic?

    04/24/2015 4:22:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic 365 ^ | April 23, 2015 | DAVID R. MYERS
    Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church I was raised as a Latin Rite Catholic. I did not hear that there was such a thing as the “Eastern Rite” until I was about 20 years of age. I was attending Christian Brothers College (now Christian Brothers University) in Memphis, Tennessee, and I took a concentration of courses in Religion and Culture (one short of a minor). My father, who was not Catholic, and I were talking about religion one day when he mentioned the Eastern Rite.Like many Catholics I have met since then, I asked what is often the question when someone...
  • Thousands to join March for Marriage in D.C. Sat. under shadow of Supreme Court hearing

    04/24/2015 3:40:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Dustin Siggins
    April 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - On Saturday, thousands of pro-family Americans are expected to flock to Washington, D.C. for the third annual March for Marriage.Organized by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), March-related events will begin at noon, with a rally from 12:00-1:00, and then the march itself at 1:00. Participants will gather at the mall in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex "marriage," or if states should be allowed to make their own marriage policy.The will take place...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibåñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Muslim Delegation Visits Shroud of Turin

    04/24/2015 2:17:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 24, 2015 | L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO
    Imam says linen cloth believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus invites us to be "brothers" TURIN — “We decided to come as a sign, to say that we are citizens of this country and city. The Shroud draws Christians and Muslims, and in a world marked by division, it invites us to be brothers.”  This message of peace and dialogue came Wednesday from a group of Muslims who visited the Holy Shroud of Turin now on display at northern Italian city’s Cathedral. The delegation included the President of the League of Imams and Preachers of Mosques in Italy,...
  • New: "From the Kippah to the Cross: A Jew's Conversion to Catholicism"

    04/24/2015 1:57:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 23, 2015
    A Jewish convert’s remarkable journey to Catholicism recounted in a fascinating new book from Ignatius Press San Francisco, April 23, 2015 – Ignatius Press has published another poignant and astonishing story of a Jew who discovers the truth of the Catholic faith. This latest book, From the Kippah to the Cross tells the moving conversion story of Jean-Marie Élie Setbon. Raised in a non-observant Jewish family, Jean-Marie first encountered Jesus Christ on a crucifix at the age of eight. He felt an inexplicable attraction to Christ on the cross and would spend hours contemplating Him and began to develop a deeply...
  • Gay Activists Target Marin Catholic HS in San Francisco

    04/24/2015 1:48:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    The attacks continue against San Francisco’s archbishop and faithful Catholic teachers in his archdiocese who just want to be free to teach the truth with love in the City of St. Francis. Crisis readers are already aware of petitions to Rome to remove the faithful archbishop for requiring Catholic school teachers to follow Catholic teaching and for allowing a conservative priest to only have altar boys. These critics’ latest target is the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, one of the fastest growing orders of nuns in the United States, who teach in his diocese.The San Francisco...
  • Does the Catholic Church Teach That Adam and Eve Are Myths?

    04/22/2015 11:50:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 204 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 22, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Question: I had a former theology teacher at my parish’s school tell me that Vatican II changed the Church’s teachings on Adam and Eve and that the first few chapters of Genesis are to be considered as myths. Is that true? Answer: No, it is not. Below are nine teachings of the Church regarding the first three chapters of Genesis. These teachings can be found in a document which was issued by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and confirmed by Pope St. Pius X in 1909. These teachings have been the constant teachings of the Church throughout the centuries, and the...
  • Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

    04/21/2015 7:59:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Photo credit: ©M. MIGLIORATO/CPP. Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church's first martyr did. “The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they suffer, they give their lives and we receive the blessing of God for their witness,” Francis told attendees of his April 21 Mass, held in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. “In these days how many Stephens there are in the world!” he said, referring to the first...
  • After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram (Catholic Caucus)

    04/21/2015 7:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 21, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears. “Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told EWTN News April 18. In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at...
  • “There is So much God Wants to Say to this Generation” – An Interview with Michael Chang

    04/21/2015 3:16:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | April 21, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    By now you’ve probably seen the video. Simple text overlaid on sweeping and beautiful natural vistas set to a serene — but determined — instrumental soundtrack. Subtle stylistic choices: the use of lens flare, vintage film effects, and mirroring; the use of just enough motion graphics to make a point without being distracting. Beneath it all, a translation in Arabic script for the intended audience. Together, it forms the most potent and moving message I’ve seen addressing the rise of the Islamic state. It cuts through the noise, and offers the reality of God’s love and the opportunity for salvation to men...
  • Three Things You're Probably Getting Wrong about Praying to the Saints

    04/20/2015 1:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 983 replies
    Shameless popery ^ | April 20, 2015
    As Christianity Today acknowledges, prayers for and to the Saints date back to the early Church (in fact, these practices date back far earlier, even to Old Testament Judaism, but I'll talk more about that tomorrow). Nevertheless, these practices are controversial within Protestantism. Today, I want to look at just one of them -- prayer to the Saints -- and show why the opposition to it is grounded in a faulty view of life after death. Tomorrow, I'll look at the Biblical support for both prayer to the Saints and prayer for the Saints. First, a word on why...
  • Pope appeals to international community as African immigrants flood Italy, perish at sea

    04/20/2015 1:36:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 20, 2015 | Diogenes
    Following his April 19 Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis lamented the deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea and appealed to the international community to offer assistance. The Pope spoke out after a new disaster in which as many as 700 people may have perished in a ship bringing refugees from Libya toward Europe. “I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated,” he said as he requested prayers. He added, “They are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving,...
  • Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Just Faint on the Cross

    04/20/2015 11:51:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    strange Notions ^ | April 20, 2015 | Peter Kreeft
    NOTE: Christians around the world celebrated Good Friday and Easter last week, which commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus we began a six-part series on these events by Dr. Peter Kreeft in which he examines each of the plausible theories attempting to explain what happened to Jesus at the end of his life, particularly whether he rose from the dead.Part 1 - 5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection of JesusPart 2 - Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Faint on the Cross Part 3 - Debunking the Conspiracy Theory: 7 Arguments Why Jesus’ Disciples Did Not...
  • BREAKING: Catholic Relief Services vice-president is in a gay ‘marriage’, promotes gay agenda

    04/20/2015 10:38:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | April 20, 2015
    Update April 20: In keeping with our regular practice, we contacted Catholic Relief Services on Friday morning for a response prior to publication, and gave them a deadline of 4pm. In this case they did not respond. However, by Monday morning, Estridge's LinkedIn and Facebook profiles were taken down.BALTIMORE, MD, April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- As Catholic bishops throughout the U.S. face attacks for requiring Catholic teachers not to support same-sex “marriage,” new evidence shows that a vice-president at the bishops’ own foreign relief agency is himself “married” to another man.Critics say the news confirms Catholic Relief Services’ history of...
  • "Little Boy:" A Movie You Must See!

    04/20/2015 10:05:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tim Staples
    And I say this not just because I am in the movie. But yes, I am in the movie. Don't blink, though, or you might miss me. I have two speaking lines (I play a soldier in a hospital to visit wounded comrades). I say this because it is a magnificent movie. It opens April 24th in theatres across the country.“Little Boy” comes to us from Metanoia Films, the same people who gave us "Bella" back in 2006. Their very first film project, it, and they, took Hollywood by surprise by winning the Toronto Film Festival. There could have been no better title for what...
  • ISIS slaughters 30 Christians on beach in Libya

    04/20/2015 9:19:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 20, 2015
    Terrorists release propaganda video showing two massacres of Christians from Ethiopia ISIS has released another video depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed.Before the executions a masked militant said: “To the nation of the cross, we’re back again
 Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.”“We swear to Allah 
 you will not have safety even in your dreams until you embrace Islam,” he added.Later a militant with a Yemeni accent said: “Those who convert to Islam are safe. Those who...
  • Shroud of Turin goes on public display

    04/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    cns ^ | April 19, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    The Shroud of Turin unveiled yesterday for the media. Now on public display, (CNS/Paul Haring) TURIN, Italy — A thin white cloth draped over the glass–covered Shroud of Turin was pulled down and billowed to the floor, marking the official opening of the venerated icon’s exposition to the public.​The unveiling came during a Mass held in the city’s cathedral of St. John the Baptist today in the presence of a small group of dignitaries, religious and lay faithful. ​“We have put ourselves in the wake of generations of pilgrims” who come to contemplate the shroud and “it will do us good to feel like we are drops in the river that has run through the centuries of a humanity...
  • Pope Benedict, Divorced Catholics, and the Eucharist

    04/19/2015 12:30:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 19, 2015 | George Sim Johnston
    In the course of the Christological meditations collected in Behold the Pierced One (1984), Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) made what might be called a “modest proposal” with regard to twice-married Catholics and the Eucharist.His suggestion has rarely been mentioned during the heated debate over divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. But it may offer a bridge of sorts those Catholics who can’t receive; it might also deepen Eucharistic devotion among all Catholics, which is not exactly robust these days.In his inimitable and scholarly way, Benedict discusses the fathomless gift that is the Eucharist, and then asks: “If...
  • How Benedict XVI vanquished the New Atheists

    04/19/2015 12:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mary O'Regan
    Ten years ago today Benedict began his transformative papacy Ten years ago today Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, taking the name Benedict XVI. One surprise of the papacy that followed was that his visit to Britain was a such resounding success – so successful, in fact, that the benefits are still felt to this day. In the months leading up to the papal visit in September 2010, we had militant atheists, campaigning secularists and many sections of the anti-Catholic lobby doing their worst to cast a shadow over the visit. The National Secular Society launched its (grammatically suspect)...