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  • The Mystery and Power of Personal Prayer

    03/30/2015 4:45:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 12, 2007 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I am continually amazed at how many Catholics forget the power of personal prayer. There are priestly, consecrated and lay apostles who make significant commitments to the active Christian life, including the Church’s liturgical life, but fail to nourish that commitment through personal prayer. There are Catholic parents who take their Faith seriously but seldom remember to pray for their children. And of course there are many relatively casual Catholics who fail to cultivate a personal prayer life of any kind. Personal and Private Prayer There is certainly great power in public prayer, especially the Mass and the Sacraments, by...
  • Must Catholicism Be Patriarchal?

    03/30/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 29, 2015 | FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox cannot have women bishops is because one can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women ministers in non-Catholic denominations raises the question of just how patriarchal the Christian religion must be.  Is it necessary to call priests “Father” and refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”? The title “Abbot” comes from the ancient term “Abba-Father,” and “pope” comes from the Greek word pappas — “daddy.” Are these no more than human traditions? Are these just social constructs? Or is the idea of...
  • Are You Ready for the Blood Moon? (Catholic Caucus)

    03/30/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 30, 2015 | Anabelle Hazard
    With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all that?  Me neither. I’m preoccupied enough paying attention to my present day-to-day duties and will gladly turn over tomorrow to God’s capable hands.             And yet, Jesus taught us to expect that the kingdom of God is coming any day.  Knowing that today could be...
  • Why I'm Catholic: Ex-London Gangster, John Pridmore, Returns to the Faith

    03/29/2015 4:16:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 25, 2015 | JOHN PRIDMORE
    My name is John Pridmore and this is my story. I was born in the East End of London at the Salvation Army Hospital. Though I was baptised as a Catholic I never went to a Catholic school or to church. At the age of ten I came home on a normal night and my parents told me I had to choose who I wanted to live with because they were getting divorced. I loved my parents so much and I couldnt choose because the two people I loved the most had just crushed me. It was then that...
  • A Day-by-Day Guide to Jesus' Last Week

    03/29/2015 2:26:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 29, 2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    At the heart of our faith is the Paschal Mystery: the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus Final week. We call this Holy Week for Jesus public ministry culminates with his suffering, death and resurrection. What follows is a brief description of each day of Holy Week. It is hoped that you might print out the pdf flyer (Walking-with-Jesus-In-Holy-Week) and read it each day of this week. Prayerfully walk with Jesus in his most...
  • A Sunday in Nisan (Fulton J. Sheen)

    03/29/2015 2:18:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 29, 2015 | Fulton J. Sheen
    It was the month of Nisan. The Book of Exodus ordered that in this month the Paschal Lamb was to be selected, and four days later was to be taken to the place where it was to be sacrificed. On Palm Sunday, the Lamb was chosen by popular acclaim in Jerusalem; on Good Friday He was sacrificed.His last Sabbath Our Lord spent in Bethany with Lazarus and his sisters. News was now circulated that Our Lord was coming into Jerusalem. In preparation for His entrance, He sent two of His disciples into the village, where they were told they would...
  • Catholicism and Secular Media: 10 Questions for Bill Donohue

    03/29/2015 11:34:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 9, 2015 | Sean Salai, S.J.
    William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. (Photo courtesy of CL: www.catholicleague.org) William A. Donohue is a New York-based author, sociologist, and political activist who has been president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights since 1993. He holds a PhD in sociology from New York University and is an adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He is the author of several books, including the 2012 best-seller Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century and the just published The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await...
  • Catholic college wont offer federal loans, citing overreaching regs

    03/29/2015 3:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | March 16, 2015 | NATE MADDEN
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Wyoming Catholic College, a Catholic university founded in 2005 in Lander, announced in late February that it “shall not participate in federal student loan programs.”The decision came after months of analysis and deliberations by the college and its board of directors.“While the financial benefits are undeniable,” said a news release, “the increasingly burdensome regulatory requirements are clearly troubling for faith-based institutions.” The decision to forego federal student loan and grant programs was reached in a unanimous vote by the college’s board of directors.“While respecting that some of our peer institutions have reached a different conclusion on this...
  • GERMANWINGS AND EVIL

    03/28/2015 3:34:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    In the days since audio was extracted from the black box recorder of crashed Germanwings flight 4U9525 suggesting that copilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately downed the plane, investigators and journalists have rushed to find an explanation for his actions. Initially, many hypothesized about the possibility of an extremist religious or ideological motive. In his apparently lacking significant religious or ideological commitments, Lubitz is speculated to have been mentally unstable. A concealed health issue has been offered as a clue. Thousands of words pile up in dozens of news sources to make up for Lubitzs silence in the cockpit. The pounding...
  • Iraqi Christian Leader Makes Direct Appeal at UN

    03/28/2015 4:40:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The leader of Iraqs Chaldean Catholics at the United Nations in New York today urged international leaders to support his countrys government in a drive for the liberation of all Iraqi cities." For the first time, the UN Security Council devoted a debate to the persecution of minorities under attack by jihadists, according to ANSAMed, a service of the Italian news agency ANSA. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius chaired the debate, which included Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and, by video-conference from Geneva, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid...
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state,according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-basedCummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • MARTYRS, WITNESSES, AND PUBLIC LIFE: CATHOLICS AT THE CAPITOL

    03/27/2015 4:27:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | BISHOP JAMES D. CONLEY
    Bishop James D. Conley, of the Diocese of Lincoln, gave the following address on March 24, 2015 at “Catholics in the Capitol,” the annual Catholic advocacy day at the state capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.  CatholicVote.org is honored to share his words: Dear friends in Christ,Thank you for the invitation to speak to you, during this day of lobbying and advocacy at the State Capitol.  The “Catholics at the Capitol” initiative has a wonderful history in Nebraska, and I’m glad to see so many of you here.I want to thank each of you for choosing to be here today.  You are here to...
  • A look at Pope Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

    03/27/2015 4:11:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Shroud of Turin negative. Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people. The pontiff's June 21-22 visit to the northern Italian city also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order and patron saint of youth. According to the Vatican, which released the schedule during a March 25 press briefing, the Pope will venerate the...
  • The Prodigal Son: The Parable of Parables (Fr. George Rutler)

    03/27/2015 3:48:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    And he said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. Chartres is the cathedral of cathedrals, and here is the parable of parables. Nothing is wanting in the other parables. All are from the lips of the Lord. As ones taste in a certain mood might prefer Cologne or Siena to Chartres, so one might prefer to make a point with the parable of the lost sheep or...
  • Church of England to have first bishop couple

    03/27/2015 2:48:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 25, 2015
    London (AFP) - The Church of England will have its first husband and wife bishops after nominating Alison White to be the next bishop of Hull on Wednesday. White will become the Church's of England's second female bishop at a ceremony on July 3 in York, the diocese which includes Hull. "This is an adventure I had never imagined setting out on," White said in a statement. "You may have noticed that I am married to a bishop. This may seem excessive! You would think that one in a family is more than enough. "Believe me, this has crossed...
  • The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph

    03/27/2015 2:24:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Graves
    “One of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud,” says Barrie Schwortz, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, “actually came from my Jewish mother.” People view the Shroud of Turin on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in this April 26, 2010, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) This June, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to Turin, Italy, home of the famous Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The pope’s June 21-22 visit will include time venerating the Shroud at the...
  • ASK FATHER: Delaying baptism until after Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    03/27/2015 2:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: The pastoral associate at our NO parish makes a point of insisting every year that we don’t do Baptisms during Lent, supposedly as a way of showing unity with the Catechumens. A couple of years ago, for my daughter that was born in late February, I effectively demanded the sacrament for her based on on CCC 1250, which tasks both the Church and the parents to “confer Baptism shortly after birth” without noting any exception based on the liturgical calendar. Our pastor was on my side and so obviously the Baptism occurred (during Lent, much to the PA’s chagrin). This practice of delaying the sacrament...
  • TOP 10 THINGS CATHOLICS DONT HAVE TO BELIEVE (Catholic Caucus)

    03/26/2015 3:56:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | MATT BOWMAN
    Easter is a time for initiating people into the Church. In many Catholic parishes this happens through RCIA: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.But what do you have to believe to be Catholic? There’s a lot of confusion about this in public discussion. Current popular opinion says that under Pope Francis the Church is more open, more welcoming, more willing to offer full communion to people who diverge from Church teaching.If Pope John Paul II was known for his opening exhortation “Be not afraid!” Pope Francis’s most repeated (and misconstrued) quote is “Who am I to judge?”This supposed openness...
  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/26/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | STEPHEN BASKERVILLE
    When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the...
  • Childrens Book about Abortion: My Sister Is a Happy Ghost!

    03/26/2015 2:09:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | March 26, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is disgusting. I've seen some pro-aborts become enamored with all sorts of pagan oddities such as reincarnation to justify their support of killing the unborn. Thanks to Newsbusters for exposing this icky crazy story:A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a...
  • Notre Dame Bioethicist Foresees Manufactured Sperm and Eggs--Soon

    03/26/2015 1:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 26, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME It won't be long beforetwo women can have a baby of their own, with no biological contribution from a man at all. So says Carter Snead, director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Snead, who once served as general counsel to the President's Council of Bioethics under George W. Bush, said that atthe current rate of developments in reproductive technology, sperm and eggs may soon be created from human skin cells. But it doesnt have to be this way, says Snead, who together with the Center is trying to re-inject...
  • Apologetics 101: Is "Once Saved, Always Saved" in the Bible?

    03/24/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 193 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q: I was talking with an Evangelical co-worker and he said the Bible teaches that once we are “saved,” we can never lose our salvation. Is that true?   A:  Absolutely not.  In fact, the Bible is full of passages that either directly or indirectly contradict this doctrine of “Once Saved, Always Saved.”  For example: Romans 11:17-23, “But if some of the branches were broken off [the Jews], and you, a wild olive shoot [the Gentiles], were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree [Jesus Christ], do not boast over the branches...For if God...
  • You Have a Voice Regarding 3-Parent Embryos

    03/24/2015 3:20:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 24, 2015
    Our health, a precise equilibrium, may be disrupted by any disease at any given time. Scientific progress has moved beyond the realm of diagnoses and care of disease, and has now entered the new arena of prediction and prevention while still in the embryonic stage of life, in spite of unknown factors and risks. With the advancing technology comes challenges of safety and efficacy, along with ethical and social considerations. The 3-parent embryo or mitochondrial transfer technology ultimately raises one of the greatest questions we will perhaps ever face as voting Catholics. Are we willing to genetically modify humans on...
  • Card Burke says manipulation at Synod driven by agenda to undermine teachings on marriage

    03/24/2015 1:52:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 24, 2015
    FULL TITLE: Exclusive: Cardinal Burke says ‘manipulation’ at Synod was driven by agenda to undermine teachings on marriage LifeSiteNews Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits and Cardinal Raymond Burke Olivier Figueras / LifeSiteNews Note: Sign the petition to Pope Francis on the Synod and the future of the family, also signed by Cardinal Burke, here.ROME, March 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In an interview with LifeSiteNews Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits, Cardinal Raymond Burke warns that confusion is spreading among Catholics regarding divorce and homosexuality.In a wide-ranging interview published today in full on LifeSiteNews, the cardinal, who until recently was the head of the Vatican’s highest...
  • Pope Francis condemns gender theory a third time: The family is under attack

    03/23/2015 2:02:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 23, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    NAPLES, Italy, March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- For at least the third time in his pontificate Pope Francis has used very strong language to condemn the gender theory, one of the intellectual underpinnings of the ‘LGBT’ agenda. Speaking Sunday with young people on his voyage to Naples, Italy, Pope Francis spoke of the “ideological colonization” of families seen throughout Europe and the West.“Gender theory is an error of the human mind that leads to so much confusion," he said. “So the family is under attack.” As to how to deal with the “secularization” or the “ideological colonization,” the pope said...
  • Cardinal Nichols prays for repose of Richard IIIs soul

    03/23/2015 1:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 23, 2015
    Richard III's coffin inside Leicester Cathedral (PA) Cardinal gives homily during historic ceremony in Leicester on SundayCardinal Vincent Nichols has prayed for the soul of Richard III during a service for the dead king.At a service he described as “so rich in meaning and symbolism”, the body of the last Plantagenet was taken from the Leicester University to the Leicester Cathedral on Sunday.The remains of the king were found in September 2012 under a car park in Leicester, having been buried under a Greyfiars Friary Church, which was destroyed in the Reformation. Some 35,000 people came yesterday to watch...
  • A rapid surge of interest in priestly vocations in the Diocese of

    03/23/2015 1:28:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 18, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A while back I posted about the surge of vocations in the Diocese of Madison under the influence of the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, the diocesan bishop.  It’s a small diocese, but there are more than 30 outstanding men in formation.  This fact has made liberals quiver with anxiety.I received a note from a friend of mine in New York state who is well situated to hear all manner of news. The vocations office in Albany has gone from zero to 120 inquiries from young men of the area. My first reaction is to say, with Henry,...
  • From Evangelical Protestant to Catholic deacon

    03/21/2015 4:27:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 138 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | March 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From The Salem News in Massachusetts: If the deacon is a different sort of religious figure for the church, then Chuck Hall, 62, is a different sort of deacon. He came of age as an evangelical Protestant. Only slowly did he gravitate toward conversion, drawn by, of all things, the priest abuse scandals.As one damaging headline followed another, he sensed an imbalance in the treatment of the church. Moreover, he saw the Roman church as at the very foundation of Christianity. While he never faulted the press for following the story, the fierce hostility brought on by the scandals seemed...
  • Sad. Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrates a bishop. Both now excommunicated (Catholic)

    03/20/2015 2:38:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 19, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrated another bishop. They both have incurred the late sententiae excommunication foreseen in Canon Law.The SSPX issued an official statement HERE: On March 19, 2015, Bishop Richard Williamson performed the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.Bishop Williamson and Fr. Faure have not been members of the Society of St. Pius X since 2012 and 2014, respectively, [NB] because of their violent criticisms of any relations with the Roman authorities. According to them, such contacts were incompatible with the apostolic work of Archbishop Lefebvre. [I suspect...
  • A Protestant "comes out" (the effects of sola scriptura)

    03/20/2015 10:50:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leila
    For the first ten or fifteen years after my reversion, my main apologetical interest was in debating and discussing with Protestants. These days, I rarely engage the Protestant/Catholic debate, and I focus more on the "culture wars" by debating secularists and atheists. Protestants are fellow Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Church is very clear on that. However, every so often, I revisit the issues that divide Protestants and Catholics because Truth matters, and because the Church is a stronger witness to the world when we are undivided. At the Last Supper, hours before His death, Jesus prayed that his followers all be...
  • What I Wish Id Known About Catholics (And Why Im Becoming One Now That I Do)

    03/20/2015 9:46:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 239 replies
    The Cordial Catholic ^ | March 19, 2015 | Albert Little
    Photo Credit: Michael Caven. This Easter I become a Catholic.It’s been a strange, unexpected journey. Something I often think about, and reflect on, is what I would’ve thought of myself, today, if I’d met me ten years ago. What if, by some miracle of space and time, the twenty year old me was able to visit the thirty year old me, today. What would the younger me think?Becoming a Catholic is something I never could’ve imagined or envisioned.I became a Christian at the age of about fifteen. I found an incredible local Pentecostal church, and incredible youth group, and was welcomed...
  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 1:25:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    On planet earth there are about 70 million Orthodox Christians that are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (centered at Rome) or with the Eastern Orthodox (centered at Constantinople). These are the Oriental Orthodox Christians. They have all seven sacraments, revere the Mother of God and the saints, have a valid Eucharist, pray for the faithful departed, and have preserved a valid line of apostolic succession.Armenian Christians in the Miaphysite Tradition These Oriental Orthodox Christians do not accept the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 which dogmatically defined that Christ is one divine Person with two natures (divine and human).Meet the...
  • The PR Guru Who Wants to Take Down San Francisco's Archbishop Cordileone

    03/19/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 18, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    The battle for San Franciscos Catholic schools has been joined. Will Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone or a public-relations expert survive? Last month, the archbishop called for changes to the staff and faculty handbooks of the archdioceses four high schools in the 2015-2016 school yearSacred Heart and Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco, Marin Catholic in Kentfield, and Junipero Serra in San Mateo. The proposal would add a detailed statement on Church teaching about sexual morality and the sanctity of life. According to Catholic SF Weekly, the archbishop explained his proposals this way: "At the outset, I wish to state clearly...
  • (Pope) Francis: A society without children is sad and bleak

    03/18/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | ACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    Children remind us that we are always children,they bring their way of seeing reality, with a confident and pure gaze (they have not yet learned the science of duplicity which we adults have learned), they can teach us to smile and cry again. Of course they also bring concerns and sometimes many problems, but a society with these concerns and these problems is far better than a society that is sad and gray because it has no children! This was the crux of Francis message at this Wednesdays General Audience in St. Peters Square. After reflecting on the different figures...
  • Michigans Underwater Crucifix Draws Record Crowd for Annual Viewing

    03/18/2015 2:26:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    kathyschiffer ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    Photo courtesy of Sgt. Dennis Jessick For the last 29 years, the faithful and the curious have braved the harsh Michigan winter on one Saturday in February or March to step onto the frozen surface of Little Traverse Bay, near Bayfront Park in Petoskey.There was a record crowd this year:  According to the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, 2,021 viewers made the hike on the frozen lake March 7.  Sgt. Dennis Jessick of the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, who organizes the event each year, reported that many of the locals and international visitors stood in line for two and a half...
  • Speaker at LA Arch conf says Catholic teaching on homosexuality is abusive and gravely evil

    03/18/2015 1:40:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 18, 2015 | Steve Weatherb
    Arthur Fitzmaurice criticized the Church’s 'poor and dangerous theology' on homosexuality. LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A speaker at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles annual conference for religious educators on the weekend denounced the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, saying the Catechism’s language on the issue is “abusive” and “gravely evil.”Speaking at the conference of 800 catechists from the U.S. and Canada, Arthur Fitzmaurice, the resource director for the Oakland-based Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry a former co-chair of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, criticized what he called the...
  • The Two Masks of Catholic Relief Services

    03/18/2015 6:24:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 18, 2015 | STEPHEN PHELAN
    Catholic Relief Services is back in the news, this time for charges related to a sex ed program it implemented for the federal government in Kenya. Since such headlines are no longer surprising, some background may be helpful before considering this most recent case.In trying to understand the ongoing controversy regarding the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, there are two primary ways one might err. The first would be to deny that Catholic Relief Services does an incredible amount of good in bringing aid to the poor around the world. The second...
  • Why Progressives Favor the State Over Society

    03/18/2015 6:14:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 18, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    The New York Times was abuzz March 5. The board of trustees of South Carolina’s Erskine College—a small, liberal arts college historically associated with the Presbyterian church—had issued a statement declaring that the school considered “all sexual activity outside the covenant of marriage [as] sinful and therefore ultimately destructive of the parties involved.” Not only did the trustees affirm what has been standard Christian belief and practice since … well, the beginning of Christianity, but they even stated: “As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the...
  • Major Solar Storm Hits Earth, May Pull Northern Lights South

    03/17/2015 7:48:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2015
    A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt Tuesday, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking while pushing the colorful northern lights farther south, federal forecasters said. So far no damage has been reported. Two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Sunday, combined and arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger than expected, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. This storm ranks a 4, called severe, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 1-to-5 scale for geomagnetic effects. It is the strongest solar storm...
  • Vatican: no papal endorsement for LGBT Catholic video

    03/17/2015 3:14:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | March 16, 2015
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on June 19, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Mar 16, 2015 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican official says there will be no papal endorsement for an LGBT activist video whose backers want it to reach Pope Francis. Father Gil Martinez, C.S.P., a member of the development team for the video “LGBT Catholics: Owning our Faith,” intended to present the video to Pope Francis in a private audience after morning Mass on March 17, according to the website of the St. Philip Neri Parish and Northwest Paulist Center in the Portland, Ore....
  • Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

    03/17/2015 3:07:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kevin J. Jones
    St. Patrick, as seen in C.E. Kempe's stained glass in St. John the Baptist parish, Burford, UK. Credit: Lawrence OP via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Washington D.C., Mar 17, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery. “The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at Catholic University of America’s...
  • Catholic-owned company wins 'final victory' against HHS mandate

    03/17/2015 2:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015
    The Newland family, owners of Hercules Industries, who won a permanent injunction against the HHS mandate March 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Denver, Colo., Mar 17, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.  “Oftentimes businesses can feel that their direction is dictated by market conditions, to which they must be reactive,” William Newland, a co-owner of Hercules Industries, told CNA March 17. “This final...
  • Cardinal Dolan leads NYC St. Patricks Parade as first-ever gay activist group joins

    03/17/2015 2:52:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kirsten Andersen
    NEW YORK, March 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan led Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday as grand marshal, despite backlash from faithful Catholics unhappy with the organizers’ decision to allow an openly homosexual activist group to march in the event.“I’m as radiant as the sun, so thanks be to God for the honor and the joy,” said Cardinal Dolan on Tuesday morning, as he led 250,000 marchers down Fifth Avenue – including a delegation from “Out @ NBC Universal,” a group of gay activists who work for NBC, the network that televises the parade.Catholic...
  • Preparing future officers of the Church Militant and New Evangelization (Catholic Caucus)

    03/17/2015 2:40:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A couple of nice TLM photos.His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, celebrating Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form for seminarians at Mount St. Mary Seminary. The diocese has seminarians in formation there.Preparing future officers of the Church Militant. Readying to continue the New Evangelization with a solid priestly identity.
  • DEMOCRATS FEAR A CATHOLIC APOCALYPSE

    03/16/2015 4:21:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 16, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse, Patricia Millerwarns at Salon.Her article does a good job of marshaling statistics, but when she assesses thereasonsfor the apocalypse she makes a critical error.White Catholics are now identifying as Republicans by historic margins, she says, and lists the evidence. She cites Pew data showing that 53% of white Catholics favor the GOP, versus 39% who favor Democrats. Catholics voted for John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008s presidential race by 5 percentage points, she says but chose Mitt Romney over Obama by 19 points four years later, she says. The U.S....
  • Mans journey of faith benefits (Catholic) parish

    03/16/2015 2:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Texas Catholic ^ | Michael Gresham
    Justin Fivecoat, a parishioner at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, is one of the honorees who will be recognized Feb. 7 during a Mass for the annual Bishops Awards for Service to the Church. (DON JOHNSON/Special Contributor) TERRELL A local diner, some thoughtful questions and a priest willing to listen led Justin Fivecoat to take a leap of faith three years ago that set him on a path to become an impactful parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.One thing Ive always sensed about Justin is that I see him as a man after Gods...
  • Catholicism and the Ideological Temptation

    03/16/2015 2:26:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | James Kalb
    The Church's mission is to proclaim the truth about man and the world—a mission which comes ahead of political alliances for limited goods that are quite obviously intertwined with intrinsic evils. Stubborn differences on political and social issues usually come out of problems regarding basic understandings. It’s not always obvious what the problems are. Most often they have to do with something that goes without saying for at least some of those involved. The result of that situation is that people see their opponents as willful, perverse, or irrational—as people who simply refuse to accept what’s obviously right. Examples include...
  • Famous fashion duo attacked for opposition to gay adoption and IVF

    03/16/2015 1:42:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Mary Jo Anderson
    A screen shot of the website of the Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana, which states, "The family is our point of reference" (www.dolcegabbana.com/dgfamily/) One of the world's most famous and prestigious fashion houses has come under barrage of harsh and angry attacks after stating to the Italian press that, "The only family is the traditional one." Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of the Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana are themselves gay men. All the more surprising, then, that other high profile homosexuals should create a social media tsunami against the pair. Elton John, the English singer and...
  • In a surprise move, Pope Francis declares a Holy Year of Mercy

    03/16/2015 11:45:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Crux Now ^ | March 13, 2015 | Ines San Martin
    ROME Already regarded by many as the Pope of Mercy, Francis offered another motive for the title with the surprise announcement on Friday of an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, saying he wants to make it evident that the Churchs mission is as a witness of compassion.Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always, Francis said, repeating the words he used during his first Angelus as pope, on March 17, 2013. Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.Having already described his entire papacy as a Kairos of mercy, meaning a privileged moment in Gods plan...
  • Sin and the Internet: 4 Frightening Lessons

    03/16/2015 9:02:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 16, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Social media is ubiquitous in a way that the lives of previous generations never had to deal with, and everyone from the high and mighty to the lowly and rowdy are learning hard lessons. Here are some spiritual truths that are reflected in social media scandals. 1. We cannot rid ourselves of sin. To uproot sin and the evil that is so imbedded in our sinning can be done only by divine power, for it is impossible and outside man's competence to uproot sin. St. Macarius, Homily 3.4 Hillary Clintons email system is teaching her a lesson many have...