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  • Beyond Goodbye: Are shared-death experiences real?

    12/27/2014 9:32:14 AM PST · by NYer · 104 replies
    cnn ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Blake
    <p>William Peters was working as a volunteer in a hospice when he had a strange encounter with a dying man that changed his life.</p> <p>The man’s name was Ron, and he was a former Merchant Marine who was afflicted with stomach cancer. Peters says he would spend up to three hours a day at Ron’s bedside, talking to and reading adventure stories to him because few family or friends visited.</p>
  • Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

    12/26/2014 2:08:59 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | December 26, 2014
    Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013. Credit: InterMirifica.net. Vatican City, Dec 26, 2014 / 10:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church saint helps prevent the Christmas season from being reduced to a trivial celebration. “The Gospel of this feast gives a part of Jesus’ discourse to his disciples in the moment in which He sends them on mission. Among other things, He says, 'You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the...
  • Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

    12/26/2014 2:04:51 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | December 26, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Syrian refugee and Caritas Jordan volunteer Amer Fahd Al Naser, his wife Noor, and their sons, at their apartment in Jordan, October 2014. Credit: Kevin Jones/CNA. Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. “The Church is a very big player in the humanitarian efforts,” said Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, the pontifical council’s secretary. “The fact that we are helping the whole population...
  • Archaeologists Are Excavating A Synagogue Where Jesus Likely Preached

    12/26/2014 1:49:47 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    io9 ^ | December 25, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    Since 2009, archaeologists have been slowly excavating the ancient town of Magdala—thought to be the home of Mary Magdalene—near the Sea of Galilee. Among their finds has been a first-century synagogue where, experts say, Jesus likely preached. Image: Israel Antiquities Authority Although Jerusalem and Bethlehem are the sites most commonly associated with Jesus, Father Eamon Kelly—vice president of Israel's Magdala Center and vice chargé of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center—points out that Jesus spent almost his entire life in what is now northern Israel. "Eighty percent of Jesus' public life was here," he tells the Israeli...
  • The Pope's Christmas prayer – deliver children who suffer due to violence

    12/25/2014 6:45:02 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | December 25, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Dec 25, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all who suffer due to war and conflict, asking that the salvation of the infant Jesus be given above all to abused and maltreated children. “The child Jesus. My thoughts go to all children today who are killed and maltreated...deprived of the generous love of their parents and buried in a culture of egoism and in a culture that does not love...
  • Nativity of the Lord

    12/25/2014 5:52:18 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Eparchy of Cyprus ^ | December 25, 2014
    "Behold, a virgin, shall be with a child, and bear a Son and they shall call His name Emmanuel," which is translated, "God with us." (Mt 1:23; Is 7:14) Holy One and Son of the Most High our praises rise before your throne. May we now glorify you with the choirs of heaven on this day of your birth and sing with them: "Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth and good will to men." now and forever. Amen
  • When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas and Marriage

    12/23/2014 3:21:23 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 23, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    For countless Americans, marriage is no longer the goal, and so the America of "White Christmas" and "It’s a Wonderful Life” is long gone. A scene from "White Christmas", the top-grossing film of 1954, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. A few days before Christmas, I checked the schedule for Turner Classic Movies, one of the few TV channels I watch. I was looking for Christmas movies, maybe the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol” or something like that—something for the family. I was pleased to find three favorites back-to-back that I’ve seen with my...
  • The Catholic Weakness (on marriage)

    12/22/2014 4:25:12 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    MaggieGallagher ^ | December 22, 2014 | Maggie Gallagher
    Last week I wrote about one piece of data that jumped out from the Austin Institute’s fascinating new study, Relationships in America: the Mormon advantage in transmitting traditional Christian practice and views on many things, from life after death to sex and marriage. Judging from the comments, many people have a hard time separating a sociological analysis from a theological one. Even many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints understandably believe that their particular strain of theology is the key to their relative success. Maybe so. Certainly there is an obvious reciprocal relationship between orthopraxy and orthodoxy (right action...
  • Pope Francis greets Curia for Christmas, and rips them to shreds

    12/22/2014 2:09:07 PM PST · by NYer · 69 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Each year it is customary for the Roman Pontiff to meet and greet members of the Roman Curia just before Christmas. The Pope gives an address. Often that address is a kind of “State of the Union”, describing things that occurred and prospect for the future. In 2005 Benedict XVI famously used the occasion to deliver one of the most important addresses of many modern pontificates. He spoke of the proper interpretive principles to apply to the Second Vatican Council.Today Pope Francis also addressed the Curia. I just finished watching the video. It seemed to me, frankly, to be more...
  • ASK FATHER: What am I supposed to do during (the TLM) Mass? (Catholic Caucus)

    12/22/2014 1:51:56 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: At the TLM I understand that I, as a layperson, gain the graces simply by being present, but what am I supposed to do during it? I’ve heard that people used to pray the rosary silently. I sometimes follow along in the missal but should I be reading what the priest is saying silently or should I be praying with what the choir is singing? For instance would I meditate on contrition during the Kyrie instead of reading what the priest is saying while the Kyrie is being sung? What are some ideas? What did the common...
  • Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis picked to head Vermont diocese

    12/22/2014 1:10:49 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | December 22, 2014
    Bishop Christopher J. Coyne gives a blessing March 25, 2012 during the Mass of Dedication at the new St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Church in Floyd County, Ind. (Criterion file photo) Burlington, Vt., Dec 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22. In a Dec. 22 statement, Bishop Coyne voiced joy and thanked the Holy Father for his trust. He told the people of Burlington: “I come to you ready to commit myself completely to the work of...
  • Archaeologists Unearth Entryway to King Herod's Palace

    12/22/2014 4:13:15 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 19, 2014 | Alan Boyle
    Workers stand near the newly uncovered monumental entryway to the Herodian Palace in Herodium National Park, outside of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The entry, at right, is a corridor with a complex system of arches on three separate levels. The arches buttressed the corridor's massive side walls, allowing the king and his entourage direct passage into the palace courtyard. Israeli archaeologists are showing off the monumental, many-arched corridor that led to Herod the Great's hilltop palace near Jerusalem in the first century. The corridor in the ancient fortress of Herodium, about 7 miles (12 kilometers) south of Jerusalem,...
  • Dec. 22, 23, 24 - Let us join the special pre-Christmas Fast of the Catholics of Iraq

    12/21/2014 3:25:59 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | December 21, 2014
    Christian refugees in a Chaldean Catholic church in Erbil The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Raphael Louis Sako calls on Iraqi Christians to fast on Christmas Eve in order to implore the Lord for the return of refugees in Mosul and the Nineveh plains. At the same time, he asks the faithful not to organise "any worldly celebration" for Christmas and New Year as "a sign of solidarity with their displaced brothers and sisters, who are going through indescribable suffering." ... For this reason, he urges them to fast from Monday 22 December until night on 24 December, not touching...
  • Is Catholicism the "Babylon Mystery Religion"? (Story of the Magi in Matthew's Gospel)

    12/21/2014 10:40:32 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 20, 2014 | Mark P. Shea
    How the story of the Magi sheds plenty of light on the historical soundness of the Gospel of Matthew and how early Christians viewed paganism. center;">"The Adoration of the Magi" by Matthias Stom (c.1600-c.1652) [http://commons.wikimedia.org/] As we saw last time in this space, the notion that Christianity is "really" warmed-over paganism is contradicted by the fact—abundantly in evidence not only in the New Testament but in the writings of the Fathers and the liturgy of the Church—that, well, early Christians just don't care much about pagan things, while both the New Testament and the Fathers are positively drowning in the...
  • Hail, Mary! Tabernacle of God and the Word! (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    12/20/2014 4:21:32 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 20, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Detail from "The Cestello Annunciation" (1489) by Sandro Botticelli (WikiArt.org) Readings: • 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 • Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29 • Rom 16:25-27 • Lk 1:26-38 “Hail! tabernacle of God and the Word. Hail! holy beyond all holy ones. Hail! ark gilded by the Holy Ghost. Hail! unfailing treasure-house of life.” These words from the ancient Akathist hymn, a great sixth-century song of praise for the mystery of the Incarnation, poetically summarize the Marian themes in today’s readings. The Theotokos—the Mother of God—is the dwelling place of God, the “container of the Uncontainable God,” and “the...
  • The Catholic Con Regroups

    12/19/2014 2:53:33 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 18, 2014
    Gearing up for 2016, left-leaning Catholic political organizations prepare to make the case for the Democratic platform. Promising yet again to “move beyond partisan and ideological divisions,” the George Soros-supported Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has refined its successful strategies of the past in its attempts to convince Catholic voters that the pro-choice Democratic nominees for public office in 2016 will do more to reduce the number of abortions than pro-life Republicans will. The group’s main argument supporting this claim is that Democrats will reduce poverty—a major factor in the choice to abort an unborn child.  It...
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History – Paragon of Liturgical Tradition Caused Unintended Effects

    12/19/2014 1:46:27 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition and a great proponent of what is called today the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)—so much so that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) takes its name from him.And yet things, people, and movements are seldom as simple as we would...
  • The Occidental Tourist: 10 Must-See Attractions in Dante’s Hell

    12/18/2014 3:48:36 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Epicpew ^ | December 17, 2014 | Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
    I’ve been through hell several dozen times, and each time I go I want to take pictures and bring them back to show life-size on my living room wall with my $399 data projector from Microcenter in order to warn my family and friends. I find in the Gospel of Luke my folly in this daydream, for “if they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (16:31).Oh, well. If people won’t heed warnings, the next best thing is to give them a list of 10 must-see...
  • Jane Austen’s Guide to Thomistic Virtue Ethics

    12/18/2014 3:27:19 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    lauramcalister ^ | December 17, 2014
    Everyone knows that good Christian girls love Jane Austen.But perhaps not everyone knows that good Catholic Christian girls also love St. Thomas Aquinas.That is why I had to have mama fetch my smelling salts when the Masked Thomist linked me to a whole series of posts on Austen, Aquinas and Aristotle at the Dominicana blog. In a series of 5 posts, Br. Aquinas Beale argues that, There is something more than romance and drama in the novels of Jane Austen, namely a systematic approach to leading the good and happy life. It’s true you know.Austen’s novels are a perfect education in...
  • Irish priest in Sydney says Australians turned to prayer during siege

    12/18/2014 4:53:20 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 17, 2014
    A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA) Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary's Cathedral, close to where Monday's siege took placeAn Irish priest based in Sydney said he was struck by how people turned to prayer when a gunman took hostages at a cafe.Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, just a five-minute walk from the nearby Lindt Cafe, where Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis took dozens of hostages on Monday morning.Father...
  • Cardinal Burke receives petition signed by 30,000 supporters

    12/17/2014 1:30:18 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Pete Baklinski
    FULL TITLE: Cardinal Burke receives petition signed by 30,000 supporters: says, ‘do not give way to discouragement!’ On Thursday, LifeSiteNews presented Cardinal Raymond Burke with a handsomely bound book signed by over 29,000 people who had expressed their thanks for the cardinal’s Vatican service, and pledged to pray for him and to follow his example.The cardinal expressed his “deepest gratitude” for the show of “support and most of all for your prayers.”An online petition of support for the Cardinal Burke, one of the most unequivocal pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, was launched in November by LifeSiteNews after...
  • In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 4

    12/16/2014 4:26:56 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nick Hardesty
    In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the “woman” from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2 we saw that Mary is the “Ark of the New Covenant.” In Part 3 we saw that Gabriel’s salutation points to Mary as an extraordinarily graced individual. Here in Part 4 I would like to examine what it means that Mary is “blessed among women.”Blessed Are You Among Women Elizabeth’s words to Mary continue to be important here: … [A]nd she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is...
  • In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 3

    12/16/2014 2:30:50 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 15, 2014 | Nick Hardesty
    In Part 1 we saw that Mary is the woman from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. In Part 2, we saw that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. Now I would like to examine the salutation of Gabriel, which I think provides some of the strongest evidence for the Immaculate Conception and the sinlessness of Mary.The Salutation of Gabriel With this section, I am attempting to synthesize information taken from the following articles: Lk 1:28 and the Immaculate Conception: Linguistic and Exegetical ConsiderationsDialogue on the Exegesis of Lk 1:28 and the...
  • The Bishops and the Catholic “man-crisis”

    12/16/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matthew James Christoff
    (Photo: CNS) The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived interim report, Relatio post Disceptationem, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts and that divorced and remarried people who were in a state of perpetual adultery could somehow be accommodated to be able to receive communion. The scandalous nature of these ill-conceived paragraphs created great public confusion. Thankfully, in the final Relatio Synodi, the scandalous language was removed....
  • Card. Burke’s kindness

    12/16/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HEREThis is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.The day came!Here is a piece from...
  • Five hero firehouse dogs of old New York City

    12/15/2014 5:21:56 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    EphemeralNewYork ^ | December 14, 2014
    New York has had firefighters since Dutch colonial days, first in the form of volunteers and then, beginning in 1865, a professional paid force.And in the days of horse-drawn engines and a less-sophisticated alarm system, firehouse dogs played an important role.Often a stray who found his way to the house or an unwanted pup given to the chief, many these canines served their companies heroically, explains 1897 New York Times piece.There was Jack (left), of Hook and Ladder Company 18, on Attorney Street. He’s described as a “large, sober-looking, brown-and-black shaggy full-bred shepherd dog” by the Times.“When the alarm rings,...
  • Nota bene: Apostolic Visitation of US sisters and CDF scrutiny of LCWR are NOT the same

    12/14/2014 3:23:59 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is some speculation about what may be said on 16 December in Rome about the Apostolic Visitation that was conducted of communities of women religious in these USA by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (aka Congregation for Religious).   Some suggest (hopefully, even triumphantly) that a rosy picture, or at least not a black picture, will be painted of religious life in female institutes and orders.  Or, perhaps, there will be the usual positive comments about the many “fruits”, just like all the “fruits” we have obviously been granted since the Second...
  • Sorry, Fido. Pope Francis did NOT say our pets are going to heaven

    12/13/2014 2:52:13 PM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    RNS ^ | December 12, 2014 | David Gibson
    (RNS) When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for — telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said reassuringly.Pope Francis greets a crowd on his way to a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2014. RNS photo by David Gibson It was a sparkling moment on a rainy November day, and the setting in St. Peter’s Square only burnished Francis’ reputation as...
  • The Elephant at the Synod: Contraception

    12/13/2014 5:47:39 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 13, 2014 | Howard Kainz
    At the Extraordinary Synod held at the Vatican in October, several Catholic married couples were invited as “non-voting” auditors to offer some experiences “from the ground up” for consideration by the synod fathers.A Brazilian couple, Arturo and Hermelinda As Zamberline, were exceptional in focusing on contraception as the larger context in which the various problems concerning marriage should be understood. Their experience certainly coincides with the facts of Catholic existence in other parts of the world. As they put it: We must admit without fear that many Catholic couples, even those who seek to live their marriage seriously, do not...
  • Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

    12/13/2014 5:24:46 AM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 12, 2014 | Birgit Jones
    It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward them. What a sad statement about current times, then, that we are forced to look a gift horse in the mouth.No, not the gifts we receive, but the gifts we give.As the giving season continues, as well as the rest of the year, we are often...
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass draws thousands in LA (Catholic Caucus)

    12/12/2014 2:12:24 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 12, 2014
    Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 12, 2014 / 11:52 am (CNA).- More than 25,000 people – including many young people – attended an outdoor Mass in Los Angeles honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Scores of young boys dressed as miniature Juan Diegos and little girls donning multi-colored hair ribbons and traditional Mexican-style dresses marched beside Aztec and Matachines dancers, indigenous drummers, mariachi musicians and everyday Catholics along Cesar Chavez Avenue in East Los Angeles on Dec. 7 during the 83rd annual procession and Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. The mile-long morning trek began at the corner...
  • Catholic "Women Priests": Can There Be a Discussion? (No - here's why)

    12/12/2014 1:05:14 PM PST · by NYer · 64 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 10, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Those Catholics who are seeking and hoping to "ordain" women are working within a hermeneutic of revolution. Rose Marie Dunn Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath kneel before Patricia Fresen, center, during a ceremony in November 2007 "ordaining" them into a group called the Roman Catholic Womenpriests at a St. Louis synagogue called Central Reform Congregation. (CNS photo/Karen Elshout) Eleven years ago Christine Mayr Lumetzberger was excommunicated because she attempted to be ordained as a Catholic priest. A mischievous and misleading article by British journalist Peter Stanford entitled “Meet the Female Priest Defying Catholicism for her Faith" recounts her story.  Ms....
  • Exodus Movie: Promised Land or Golden Bull?

    12/12/2014 5:39:21 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 12, 2014 | K. V. TURLEY
    Hollywood, still wet from the soaking it took from Noah, has headed for the desert with Moses in the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. Surely this time we have a foolproof crowd pleaser filled only with milk and honey? Or, instead, is it going to be a lot of grumbling at bitter herbs?The movie, which opens today, stars Christian Bale, best known for his Batman portrayal, and is directed by Ridley Scott, no stranger to big screen extravaganzas like his film Gladiator. In 3D, and costing an estimated $140, 000,000, this must have appeared a formidable proposition. I mean,...
  • A Response to the Cohabitation Epidemic

    12/11/2014 2:33:45 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    CRisis Magazinei ^ | December 11, 2014 | ARLAND K. NICHOLS
    The proliferation of research and literature about the sexual and marital habits of “Millennials” is staggering. Research indicates a casual or cavalier approach to sexual intimacy and of marriage. Marriage is increasingly postponed or rejected in favor of transitional “trial marriages” or temporary live-in situations glamorized today in popular media as “the next step” in intimate relationships.The intimate relationship choices of young adults today expose a culture that increasingly fails to appreciate moral norms and the inherent value and beauty of marriage. The rapid acceptance of cohabitation and the dissolution of a culture of marriage in the wake of...
  • In Defense of the Immaculate Conception: Part 2

    12/11/2014 2:16:41 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 11, 2014 | Nick Hardesty
    In Part 1 (see below) of my defense of the Immaculate Conception, I presented Mary as the “woman” from Genesis 3:15 and Revelation 12 who is at enmity with the devil. I would like to turn now to the scriptural evidence that points to Mary as the “Ark of the New Covenant.” The Ark of the CovenantAnother indication of Mary’s sinlessness can be found in the parallel between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant from the Old Testament: Luke 1:28,31,42,45,48 (DRB) and Psalms 93:5: Mary was a house of the Lord, and the house of the Lord is forever...
  • Yes, Christ Was Really Born on December 25: a Defense of the Trad Date for Christmas

    12/11/2014 2:01:01 PM PST · by NYer · 266 replies
    taylormarshall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    The Catholic Church, from at least the second century, has claimed that Christ was born on December 25. However, it is commonly alleged that our Lord Jesus Christ was not born on December 25. For the sake of simplicity, let us set out the usual objections to the date of December 25 and counter each of them. Objection 1: December 25 was chosen in order to replace the pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a popular winter festival and so the Catholic Church prudently substituted Christmas in its place. Reply to Objection 1: Saturnalia commemorated the winter solstice. Yet the winter solstice...
  • Peter Stuyvesant's rules for drinking responsibly (NYC opens historical records)

    12/11/2014 5:04:01 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Bowery Boys ^ | December 3, 2014
    From A New and Accurate Map of the Entire New Netherland, engraving believed to be by Carolus Allard, courtesy the Department of Records   Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the New York City Department of Records just blew the minds of history geeks everywhere.  They released the first batch of digitized documents from the first years of the city's existence, back when it was the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. You can find the first batch of released documents at the city's attractive new portal here. This is the equivalent of pulling out old photo albums of you playing with...
  • On Giving Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians

    12/10/2014 9:53:21 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 10, 2014 | BILL MAGUIRE
    It is curious in a non-Catholic country like ours that the question of who should or shouldn’t be allowed to receive communion has become such a hot topic. Seemingly, this kind of question would be considered inside baseball, simply an intra-church matter. Yet, our secular media is dominated by headlines about what this or that bishop (or Synod of bishops) has to say about whether the Church should deny the Eucharist to the divorced and remarried or pro-abortion politicians.In his interview with Face the Nation’s Norah O’Donnell, Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich was asked to comment on the following issue:When...
  • The Return of the Prayer to St. Michael

    12/09/2014 2:09:19 PM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 9, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Modern philosophy is full of all sorts of absurd theories about the illusory nature of existence and the unreliability of everything we know to be true. But the boots on the ground, living, breathing, day to day philosophy of even the most angst-ridden German nihilist or the most wild-eyed French existentialist has to be common sense realism. Even German and French philosophers must eat, sleep and conduct themselves in civil society.There’s great consolation in the reliability of the law of gravity and the fact that it means something specific to me or anyone else when you say dog, cat,...
  • Chesterton’s Islamic England

    12/09/2014 1:54:38 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    G.K. Chesterton had a knack for anticipating future trends but when, in his 1914 novel The Flying Inn, he anticipated the Islamization of England, it seemed so far out of the realm of possibility that it was difficult to take it as anything but a flight of fancy.True enough, the book has a whimsical, Pickwickian quality. It follows the rambling adventures of two British stalwarts, Patrick Dalroy and Humphrey Pump, as they try to stay one step ahead of the law, dispensing free liquor as they go in an England where alcohol has been banned. The “Flying Inn” is...
  • Catholicism’s Latin American Problem

    12/08/2014 2:56:36 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 8, 2014 | Samuel Gregg
    Those interested in reviving Catholicism’s saliency in everyday life in Latin America should consider how they can make Christ front-and-center of their social outreach People hold crosses while standing behind a statue of Christ during a re-enactment of the Crucifixion April 18 near Monterrey, Mexico. (CNS photo/Daniel Becerril, Reuters) It’s hardly surprising that the election of Latin America’s Pope Francis has focused more attention on Latin American Catholicism since the debates about liberation theology which shook global Christianity in the 1970s and 1980s. The sad irony, however, is that this renewed attention is highlighting something long known to many Catholics...
  • The Immaculate Conception: 8 things to know and share . . .

    12/08/2014 2:32:24 PM PST · by NYer · 103 replies
    jimmyakin.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and in most years it is a holy day of obligation.Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way we celebrate it. 1. Who does the Immaculate Conception refer to? There’s a popular idea that it refers to Jesus’ conception by the Virgin Mary.It doesn’t.Instead, it refers to the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived.This conception was not virginal. (That is, she had a human father as well as a human mother.) But it was special...
  • 'It's hard to build peace; but living without peace is an absolute nightmare' (Pope)

    12/08/2014 1:47:12 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Ynet ^ | November 28, 2014 | Henrique Cymerman
    In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, his first to the Israeli media, Pope Francis expresses his sadness at the Jerusalem synagogue attack and the lack of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, voices his hatred for anti-Semitism and talks of his fears for the Christian communities persecuted by the Islamic State. The spiritual father of 1.2 billion people lives in a two-room apartment in Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican City's guesthouse. With its outdated furniture, a 1970s-style sofa, papers scattered on the floor in a work corner, and piles of books that no one dares to tidy, the small and modest abode...
  • Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

    12/08/2014 1:03:52 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2014
    Confessional. Credit: Paul Lowry (CC BY 2.0). Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent talk given by Father Julian Lopez Amozurrutia entitled, “Coming Home.” Although the lines generally...
  • Here’s Why You Hate Round (Catholic) Churches

    12/07/2014 5:36:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY.Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, “I just love that church! It is so inspiring!”.No. Never.Have you ever gone into a “worship space” like this and heard someone say how awed they were to be in the presence of God? I doubt it.  That’s because these buildings were not designed to inspire awe or to remind you about the presence of God. They are people centered, not God centered. They are auditoria not temples.There is a gut level...
  • Family inherit old building and unearth amazing vintage shoe store

    12/07/2014 4:41:47 AM PST · by NYer · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2014
    An American family have unearthed an Aladdin's cave of mint-condition vintage shoes in an old building they inherited from their grandparents.The building operated as a shoe store from the 1940s until the 1960s, but the doors had been locked for decades.Until now.One of the family members posted the rare find to online noticeboard Reddit recently, but stopped short of revealing the location, so as to prevent any break-ins. Treasure trove: A family recently unearthed a shoe store that was opened by their grandparents in the 1940s but that had been closed since the 1960s Rare find: Many of the hundreds...
  • Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

    12/06/2014 12:27:31 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 5, 2014
    Pope Benedict XVI. Photo Credit: Mazur. Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did. But thanks to Sandro Magister and his translator Matthew Sherry, the full text of his “Retractatio” is now available in English. As CNA reported Nov. 25, Joseph Ratzinger published an essay in 1972, while a priest of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising,...
  • ASK FATHER: Fulfilling the Mass Requirement for December 8 2014 (Catholic Caucus)

    12/05/2014 2:33:09 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In these USA Monday, 8 December, is a Holy Day of Obligation because Our Lady under the title of Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of our nation.So, several readers have asked about fulfilling the Mass obligation.  Here’s is one: If I have already fulfilled my Sunday mass obligation for December 7, if I go to mass again on the evening of December 7, will that fulfill my obligation for December 8th even if it is not the “official” anticipated mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception? Ah… my old nemesis!I posted on this scenario in the past and...
  • Eastern Catholicism and the Universal Church

    12/05/2014 2:19:21 PM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | December 3, 2014 | JONATHAN CARIVEAU
    I began life in the broad mainstream of American Evangelicalism, a tradition quite similar in many respects to the Baptists, the notable differences being the contemporary worship style of my denomination and the greater freedom of theological speculation enjoyed by local communities. Later in life and late in my search for more authentic religion, which had previously compelled me to examine the early Church Fathers and afterward ushered me through the annals of ecclesiastical history, I encountered a strange assembly of Christians called the Eastern Orthodox. Strange at least to Western eyes, since they are so seldom heard from or...
  • Solanus Casey: Red-Blooded American Miracle Worker

    12/04/2014 5:03:16 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 4, 2014 | PATRICIA TREECE
    Saint_Mary_Magdalen_Church_(Brighton,_Michigan)_-_Solanus_Casey_Shrine" Sixteen-month-old Elizabeth Fanning lies listlessly in her mother’s arms. Anxiously, drawn-faced Mrs. Fanning coaxes her child to take even a spoonful of the liver soup recommended by doctors. But al­though Elizabeth’s swollen belly and twiglike limbs make her look like a starvation victim, the lethargic baby has no interest in food of any kind. Little Betsy, as her parents call her, has a fatal disease in 1940: the blood cancer known as leukemia. What makes her case especially tragic is that the illness may be the result of new medical technology. Born in August 1938, Elizabeth appeared normal....