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  • Situation Report: What Happened to the Catholic Church

    12/13/2016 4:31:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | December 13, 2016 | John J. Aréchiga
    I am a 73-year-old Catholic – Roman Catholic – and I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. In some circles I am known as Don Quixote de la Santa Fe. They say I joust with windmills – but that I have won my fair share. In days of yore – as a child, teenager, and young adult – we were a Roman Catholic community. We were well schooled in traditional catechism and well formed in our traditional Roman Catholic faith. Today we are a Christian community that is further evolving into a community of the faithful; a community...
  • U.S. Bishop: Catechism uses ‘very destructive’ language on homosexuality [Catholic Church]

    07/07/2016 10:31:28 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 57 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 6, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy celebrated Pope Francis’ call for Christians to apologize to gays and suggested the Catholic Church consider changing how it refers to same-sex attraction and homosexual acts. McElroy’s comments were published June 30 in an interview with the Jesuit magazine America. “I think [the Pope’s call for an apology] opens up a very helpful pathway to dialogue and hopefully healing,” McElroy said. “What we need to project in the life of the church is ‘You are part of us and we are part of you.’ [LGBT Catholics] are part of our families.” After the Orlando terrorist...
  • "Love God, Love Your Neighbor" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments)

    03/09/2016 6:48:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies ^ | March 9, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (The Ten Commandments) “Love God, Love Your Neighbor”: Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And it is. It is simple. And it is good and right and holy. This is how life is meant to work. This is how God created us to live. Love God and love your neighbor. If everybody operated like this, life would go along pretty swimmingly. If I operated like this--in every decision, in every situation, in every thought, word, and deed--being guided by these two principles, loving God and loving my neighbor--well, I suppose I’d have to get a whole...
  • "Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments)

    03/02/2016 6:48:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | March 2, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears” (The Ten Commandments) We started off this series on the Ten Commandments with, obviously, the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods.” There is but one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, namely, the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is no other. We should fear, love, and trust in this God above all things. So this is the First--and foremost--Commandment, the one that encompasses all the commandments and runs through them all. “You shall have no other gods.” That’s what we should not do. But Moses also...
  • "The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments)

    02/17/2016 8:47:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 20 replies ^ | February 17, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods" (The Ten Commandments) "You shall have no other gods." OK, that sounds pretty simple. "Have No Other Gods"? Yeah, I can do that. After all, I don't bow down to any idols of wood or stone. I don't worship the Buddha or that crazy god of the Muslims, Allah. No, I'm a good American! You won't catch me worshiping any other gods than the good old-fashioned American God, you know, the Big Guy upstairs. So I guess I'm good to go. If the rest of these Ten Commandments are as easy as the...
  • For Lent, 2016, The Catechism of the Catholic Church

    02/14/2016 5:28:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 1993 | Magisterium
    Catechism of the Catholic Church A resource for your research
  • PART 2: Theology and Catechesis: What's the Difference? [follows "Beyond Catechesis"]

    12/21/2015 10:57:46 PM PST · by delacoert
    America The National Catholic Review ^ | September 12, 2011 | Thomas H. Groome, Thomas J. Curry, and Vincent J. Miller
    Responses to Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman The editors of America have asked a selection of theologians and bishops to respond to the article, "Beyond Catechesis" (9/12) by Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman. In the coming weeks, we hope to add more responses to this page. We will also continue the conversation on the role of Catholic universities with an article by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, which will appear in the September 26 issue. Our symposium begins with articles by Thomas Groome, Bishop Thomas Curry and Vincent Miller.   'Nothing is more central to the church's...
  • PART 1: Beyond Catechesis [precedes "Theology and Catechesis: What's the Difference?"]

    12/21/2015 10:47:35 PM PST · by delacoert · 1 replies
    America The National Catholic Review ^ | September 12, 2011 | Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman
    What is the proper role of theology? When Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix accused St. Joseph's Hospital of performing a direct abortion to save the life of a mother and withdrew its status as a Catholic hospital, a question was raised: Could any such perceived lack of fidelity to Catholic teaching be applied to Catholic universities as well? The question is especially pertinent because the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is approaching its 10-year review of the application of "Ex Corde Ecclesiae," Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution on the Catholic university. What if the U.S. bishops were to...
  • Why Theology is Not Catechism

    12/20/2015 9:48:03 AM PST · by delacoert · 11 replies
    Faithstreet ^ | June 10, 2008 | Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo
    People cite the Catholic catechism as if its formulations settle all theological reflection. If the faith is to stay relevant to lived Catholicism, it needs the constant exploration of the sources and the "what-ifs?" that arise from actual experience. The rote answers of the catechism are sufficient only for the day, but not enough for the width and breadth of Catholic faith" Catholic Theology is not catechism. The point is made by analogy to a meat processing factory making sausage (theology) and the supermarket with cellophane-wrapped links (catechism). Much to the chagrin of those who would like to reduce Catholic...
  • Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony

    10/16/2014 9:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Back to Basics: A Summary of the Teaching of the Catechism on Holy Matrimony By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old story told about the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. At one point he was so concerned that the players on his team had lost any sense of the basics of the game that he summoned them all into a classroom and had them all sit down at desks. Most of them expected a detailed review of the playbook, with diagrams on the board of X’s, O’s, and arrows. But to their surprise, the blackboard was empty and no playbooks were in sight. Lombardi walked in...
  • 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 ( -- 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...
  • Reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism Together

    02/19/2015 2:11:15 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Liam Ford
    The inspiration for the publication of "The Didache Bible" was an address given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, shown here in an October 2008 photo. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) The Didache Bible (RSV, Second Catholic Edition): Ignatius Bible Edition, recently published by the Midwest Theological Forum with Ignatius Press, is a 1960-page study Bible featuring extensive commentaries, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for each of the books of the Bible. The Didache Bible also includes over 100 apologetical inserts, over two dozen full-color biblical maps, and a 43-page glossary and a topical index. Rev. James...
  • "Amen" (Sermon for Easter Day, on the Lord's Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22)

    04/19/2014 11:17:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | April 20, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Amen” (The Lord’s Prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22)Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, “Alleluia” of course is the word of the day for Easter Day. We’ve been saving it up all Lent, and now today we finally get to let it loose. And what a day to do so! Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on this day, winning the victory for us over death and the grave. If that doesn’t elicit an “Alleluia,” I don’t know what will. “Alleluia” is a Hebrew word originally, and it means “Praise ye the Lord.” And praise is...
  • "But Deliver Us from Evil” (Sermon for Good Friday on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 23:32-49)

    04/18/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49)“But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. For the greatest evil that has ever been perpetrated on this earth is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. I mean, really, Good Friday could just as well be called “Evil Friday,” that is the magnitude of the evil committed against this wholly innocent man, the most innocent man who has ever lived--indeed, the only truly innocent man to have ever...
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46)

    04/17/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” Jesus tells them...
  • "And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . ." (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    04/09/2014 10:54:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer) Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, since this is the last of our Wednesday midweek services, and we’re only up to the Fifth Petition, you may be wondering how we’re going to finish out the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t worry. We’ll do the Sixth Petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” next week on Holy Thursday; the Seventh Petition, “But deliver us from evil,” on Good Friday;...
  • "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    04/02/2014 8:36:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies ^ | April 2, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue with our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Tonight we come to the Fourth Petition, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” So finally we get around to praying for our own needs! Remember, up to this point, the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer all have been about God’s concerns: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.” Those are Jesus’ top priorities for us to pray, and of course rightly so. That at the forefront of our...
  • "Thy Will Be Done" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    03/26/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | March 26, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thy Will Be Done” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And tonight we come to the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, namely, “Thy Will Be Done.” “Thy will be done.” Are we sure we really want to pray this? You know, sometimes we think of “Thy will be done” as just a resigned afterthought, after we’ve prayed for what we really want. “Lord, here are the things I really want you to do for me, but I know you probably won’t answer me the way I would like,...
  • "Thy Kingdom Come" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    03/19/2014 9:18:12 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | March 19, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thy Kingdom Come” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, a series that we’re calling “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” We come now to the Second Petition, “Thy Kingdom Come.” I have three main points to make about this petition: 1) In this petition, our Lord is teaching us to seek first the kingdom of God. 2) In this petition, we are praying that God’s kingdom would come in our midst now. And 3) In this petition, we’re praying that God’s kingdom would come with Christ’s return at the Last Day. We’ll take these points...
  • "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    03/12/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (The Lord’s Prayer)For our midweek Lenten services this year we’re doing a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” because that was the request of the disciples to Jesus, as you heard in the reading from Luke 11. And Jesus responded by giving them the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Notice, by the way, that the request was “Lord, teach us to pray,” not just “Lord, teach us about prayer.” And notice that Jesus’ response starts out, “When you pray, say. . . .” Not “When you think about...
  • "Our Father Who Art in Heaven" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord's Prayer)

    03/05/2014 12:33:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | March 5, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer)You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lord’s Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer. Apparently, Jesus wants his Christians to pray. He thinks it’s important. He gives us instruction...
  • My wife and I are atheists, but our daughter wants to be baptised Catholic

    01/17/2014 4:45:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 January 2014 | James Harrington
    I'm most likely an atheist, leaning to the agnostic side of the spectrum. I know I'm a sceptic, in the true sense of the word. Or shallow. One of the two. [snip] About five years ago, work took me, my fellow-journalist wife and our then three-year-old child from eastern England to southwest France. We enrolled our little girl at a local Catholic school, selected purely on the recommendation of a colleague for the quality of its education. [snip} Being a Catholic school, an hour is set aside each week for catechism. A friend takes the class. She has often told...
  • "A Reformation in Catechesis" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on John 8:31-36)

    10/26/2013 4:02:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies ^ | October 27, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Reformation in Catechesis” (John 8:31-36)“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he spoke in John 8:31-32. His word is truth, and this truth sets us free. Free from all our sins, and from our slavery to sin. Free from the burden of the law, which would crush us with its demands we can never meet. Free from our bondage to death and the grave, free to live forever. Yes, “if the Son...
  • Vatican's new Catechism app aims to spread faith worldwide

    09/20/2013 3:01:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | September 20, 2013 | Elise Harris
    St. Peter's Square. Credit: Camille King (CC BY-SA 2.0). Vatican City, Sep 20, 2013 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pontifical council is preparing to launch a new app on the Catechism of the Catholic Church in order to help promote and better expand Church teaching throughout the world. “Catechesis is important for the church first of all because it is the attempt we had from the beginning of our faith to put together the knowledge, the content of our faith, and the coherent witness that we should have,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the...
  • Pope Francis and Gays: “Loving the Sinner” Is Still Intolerance (Thanks for clarifying that, Time)

    07/30/2013 11:25:09 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 60 replies
    Time ^ | July 30, 2013 | Tim Padgett
    It's hardly surprising that the world, especially Roman Catholics like myself, is breathlessly decoding what Pope Francis told reporters on his flight back to Rome from Brazil on Monday regarding homosexuality: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” The Pope’s remarks... hardly represent a break with Catholic church doctrine, which still condemns homosexuality. The Vatican’s catechismal stance regarding the LGBTs in our midst remains the same: The church may love the sinner, but it hates the sin. And since Francis was referring specifically to gay priests—who like other...

    05/31/2013 2:44:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,928 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | May 31, 2013 | Fr. Allan J. McDonald
    WHY ARE OUR CATHOLIC LAITY SO ILLITERATE WHEN IT COMES TO THE CATHOLIC FAITH--BLAME THE TEXT BOOKS, BLAME THE TEACHING METHODS AND BLAME THE PARENTS, BUT BLAME THE BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND CATECHISTS TOO, BLAME EVERYONE INCLUDING SATAN, EXCEPT NO ONE TEACHES ABOUT HIM ANYMORE OTHER THAN POPE FRANCIS, DON'T BLAME HIM! Do our Catholic children and most adults know what these images teach? All of us know one of the elephants in the room of the Catholic Church. Our religious education programs are not handing on the essence of our Catholic Faith, our parents are befuddled about their role...
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...
  • Catechism's benefits explained for Year of Faith (Catholic Caucus)

    11/02/2012 4:59:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | November 1, 2012
    Washington D.C., Nov 1, 2012 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To encourage believers during the Year of Faith, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a reflection on the Catechism as a faith resource that is universal in nature, as well as a call to prayer. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first book of its kind in 450 years,” said Alissa Thorell, catechism specialist for the conference’s Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis. She described the Catechism as “an effort by the world's bishops to convey the content of the Catholic faith to the whole Church and...
  • "Rooted and Grounded in Love" (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21)

    07/28/2012 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | July 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21)On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in Love.” “Rooted and grounded in love.” This phrase comes to us from our Epistle lesson for today, from Ephesians chapter 3. It describes what it true for all of us who have been baptized into Christ and instructed in the Christian faith. We are rooted and grounded in love, God’s great love for us in Christ, that “love divine, all loves...
  • ‘The Perfect Family’ Mocks Devout Catholics as Unthinking Bigots

    05/03/2012 3:18:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 2, 2012 | Paul Wilson
    Mockery of religion in general and Catholicism in particular is commonplace in Hollywood– from Showtime’s “The Borgias” to the recent “Three Stooges” movie which features Kate Upton wearing a “nun-kini.” The latest installment of Catholic-bashing, “The Perfect Family,” is slated to come out May 4 – and predictably stereotypes Catholics who believe and practice what their Church teaches as unfeeling busybodies. The About section for the “The Perfect Family” declares: “Suburban supermom Eileen Cleary (Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Turner) is the ultimate Catholic.” And indeed, the trailer for the movie perfectly reflects Hollywood’s twisted conception of Catholicism. One quote from...
  • Lesbian demands that Catholic school remove Catechism quote from pamphlet

    03/19/2012 7:26:24 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 21 replies · 1+ views
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 19, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Ann Michelle Tesluk, a lesbian whose children attend a Catholic school, is demanding that the school, which is located in Peterborough, Ontario, remove a Catechism quote from a pamphlet because it refers to the homosexual inclination as "objectively disordered." See here. I wrote a series of posts after the Archdiocese of Boston announced a new policy which says that Catholic schools can partner with homosexual parents. I reminded His Eminence Sean Cardinal O'Malley that, in its Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis), No. 3, the Vatican II Fathers explained that parents "must be recognized as the primary and principal educators"...
  • "Salvation" as defined by the Catholic Catechism

    02/29/2012 8:27:50 AM PST · by fishtank · 60 replies · 2+ views
    Catholic Catechism, - US Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | Leap Day - 2-29-2012 | The Catholic Church
    If you look up "salvation" in a Catholic Catechism, what does one find? I'll show you.... Several years ago, I had an authoritative catechism that didn't even have a glossary entry for "salvation", but the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a catechism that DOES have an entry for "salvation". Let's see what they say:
  • How Not to Become a Catholic

    02/16/2012 6:39:24 AM PST · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 16, 2012 | James Tonkowich
    This is the first installment of how a former Protestant leader crossed the Tiber. [1]James Tonkowich A little over a year ago my status changed. Having been a Presbyterian minister for over twenty years, I became a Catholic layman. How that happened is a long story.In a nutshell, though, reading a Catholic author here, meeting with a priest or two there, befriending groups of faithful Catholics, and attending lectures, meetings, and (occasionally) Mass all added up. At the same time, my questions about the viability of Protestantism in a post-modern environment became more pointed and my answers more frightening....
  • Following The Truth: Parents…Are You Doing Your Job? (Catholic or Open)

    12/31/2011 10:23:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | Dec 30th, 2011 | Gary Zimak
    Parents…Are You Doing Your Job? Dec 30th, 2011by Gary Zimak. Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.  God values family life so highly that He willed that the Savior would be born into an ordinary family.  In fact, Jesus spent the vast majority of His life living an ordinary life with Mary and Joseph.  Rather than go with the obvious “feel good” message about family life, I’m choosing instead to use this opportunity to remind all parents of their responsibilities to their children.  In today’s society, the family is under constant attack and it’s all too easy to...
  • A John Paul II Beatification Catechism

    04/23/2011 6:16:25 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/23/2011 | George Weigel
    1. Has the beatification of John Paul II been a rush job, as some have charged? No one said that the beatification of Mother Teresa was rushed, despite the calumnies against her work and reputation promoted by Christopher Hitchens. This process hasn’t been “rushed” either. The only procedural exception Pope Benedict XVI made was the same exception John Paul II made for Mother Teresa: He allowed the investigation to begin without the normal five-year waiting period. The investigative process produced a massive, four-volume study that offers far more detail into the life and accomplishments of Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul...
  • Lesson 27: On The Sacramentals (Baltimore Catechism) (Catholic Caucus)

    02/16/2011 2:19:08 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies
    Baltimore Catechism #4 ^ | 19th century | n/a
    292. Q. What is a sacramental?A. A sacramental is anything set apart or blessed by the Church to excite good thoughts and to increase devotion, and through these movements of the heart to remit venial sin.It is not the sacramental itself that gives grace, but the devotion, the love of God, or sorrow for sin that it inspires. For example, a person comes into the church and goes around the Stations of the Cross. The stations are a sacramental. In looking at one station he sees Our Lord on trial before Pilate; in another he sees Him crowned with thorns;...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's Preface to YOUCAT (Youth Catechism)

    02/05/2011 7:20:52 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | February 5, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Following up the post below about YOUCAT (Youth Catechism), to be published by Ignatius Press in March—the Preface has been posted by Italian journalist Sandro Magister on his Chiesa site; here is the first part:"I RECOMMEND TO YOU THE READING OF AN EXTRAORDINARY BOOK"by Benedict XVI Dear young friends! Today I recommend to you the reading of an extraordinary book. It is extraordinary for its content, but also for the way in which it was composed, which I would like to explain to you briefly so that you may understand its uniqueness. "YouCat" took its origin, so to speak, from...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Vocations Explained: A Catechism on Vocations

    10/03/2010 9:34:36 AM PDT · by tesbassa · 12 replies
    Lux Occulta ^ | 03/02/1897 | A Vincentian father
    CHAPTER I. DEFINITION. – EVERY PERSON HAS SOME SPECIAL VOCATION. Q. What is a vocation?A. A call from God to some state of life. Q. Which are the principal states of life?A. Matrimony, virginity, the religious state, and the priesthood. Q. Has every person a vocation?A. Yes; God gives a special vocation to each person. Q. How is this doctrine proved?A. St Paul says: “Every one hath his proper gift from God; one after this manner, and another after that. . . . As the Lord hath distributed to every one, as God hath called every one, so let him...
  • Catechism for 80 Thousand Children in Ho Chi Minh City

    09/14/2010 7:59:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/14/10 | J.B. Vu
    In September, 200 courses begin in parishes across the city, with the fundamental contribution of 5 thousand young catechists who bring experience and enthusiasm. The cooperation and participation of parents. Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) - 80 thousand children and young people this year will study the catechism in about 200 parishes of the archdiocese of former Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. In September, with the resumption of the school year, parishes also reopened their courses, with the fundamental contribution of 5 thousand catechists, youth volunteers, enthusiastic and full of experience, who teach the basics of Christianity and human...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Does 'Late Nite Catechism' mock Catholicism?; Anne Rice's 'vampire logic'

    07/30/2010 12:06:34 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Renew America ^ | 7-30-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Although I haven't seen it — and I really have no desire to see it — I think it's safe to say that the play Late Nite Catechism has been at least somewhat popular among Catholics, even being advertised in the Catholic New World, the Archdiocese of Chicago's official newspaper. I wouldn't be surprised if it's advertised in other diocesan newspapers as well. But not all Catholics are pleased with this theatrical attempt at humor. Bill Donohue, president of the despised-by-dissenters Catholic League, has stated: "Late Nite Catechism continues the artistic assault on Roman Catholicism by ridiculing virtually every aspect...
  • I Don’t Need your Catechism! (Catholic Caucus)

    07/22/2010 5:57:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 76 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 22, 2010 | Marlon De La Torre
    A couple of years ago, a Pastor asked me to provide a catechetical training day for teachers in his Catholic school and CCD program. One of my first questions to him was what issues had developed requiring my assistance. The Pastor voiced to me his concern over poor doctrinal formation he suspected the children were receiving. I asked him how he finally came to this point. He said; “I knew things were off when all I saw was glue, crayons, construction paper and scissors during an eighth grade religion class.” Right there and then I realized what I had to...

    04/30/2010 11:56:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 230+ views ^ | not available | Issued by order of Pope Pius V
    CATECHISM OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT FOR PARISH PRIESTS (Preface) Issued by order of Pope Pius V INTRODUCTORY The Necessity Of Religious Instruction Such is the nature of the human mind and intellect that, although by means of diligent and laborious inquiry it has of itself investigated and discovered many other things pertaining to a knowledge of divine truths; yet guided by its natural lights it never could have known or perceived most of those things by which is attained eternal salvation, the principal end of man's creation and formation to the image and likeness of God.It is true...
  • "How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/10/2010 12:01:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 210+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar”Two weeks ago we began this series by establishing “The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar,” asking the question “What Is It?” and hearing Christ’s answer, “This is my body, this is my blood.” Last week we followed that up by asking “What Does It Give?” and Jesus told us, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” We said that this is “The Benefit of the Sacrament” and that “where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.” But...
  • "How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/17/2010 11:45:45 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 170+ views ^ | March 17, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar”During this series on the Sacrament of the Altar, we’ve been following the outline Luther uses in his treatment of this part of the Small Catechism. And so we began by asking, “What is the Sacrament of the Altar?” And we said that the nature of the Sacrament is that it is “the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.” Then in week two we asked, “What is...
  • "Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/24/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies · 140+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently”Tonight we conclude our five-part series on the Sacrament of the Altar. So far we have followed the outline Luther uses for the Sacrament of the Altar in the Small Catechism: the Nature of the Sacrament, what it is; the Benefit of the Sacrament, what it gives; the Power of the Sacrament, how it can do such great things; and the Reception of the Sacrament, how to receive it worthily. But remember what I said right at the outset of this series, about the purpose of this teaching: Our purpose here in...
  • Remaking the Church - Part 3 - VOTF vs. the Catechism - Targeting Priesthood

    03/05/2010 1:19:03 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 104+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 4, 2010 | DEACON THOMAS J. DAVIS JR
    KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. Did Christ ordain Peter and the Apostles? Did he intend to found a Church? If you follow Voice of the Faithful’s study guide, the answer is No. PART III Targeting Priesthood Editor’s note: One year ago this month, Catholics in Connecticut mobilized against a proposed law that would severely restrict a pastor’s authority in his own parish — and the bishop’s as well. In his four-part series, Deacon Thomas Davis, associate director of the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and a practicing attorney, demonstrates how such...
  • "What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/03/2010 1:11:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 257+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar”In this midweek Lenten series, we’re looking at the Sacrament of the Altar--Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, are other names by which we know this sacrament instituted by Christ. Last week we began by focusing on “The Nature of the Sacrament.” We asked the foundational question, “What Is It?” And the answer came, “It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.” Our answer was based on what Jesus...
  • "What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    02/24/2010 8:55:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 278+ views ^ | February 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar”When the Lord God brought the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and led them up to the Promised Land, he provided for them along the way. He gave them food and drink for their journey, to sustain them as they traveled. He gave them bread from heaven. It came in the form of a fine, flake-like thing that fell on the ground in the morning, for them to gather up. The first time the Israelites saw it--they had never seen such a thing before--they were amazed, and...
  • Vanity: Good Catholic Catechism Books For An 11 Year Old

    10/16/2009 2:32:49 PM PDT · by Infidel Heather · 20 replies · 700+ views
    Help, my son is not learning anything about traditional Catholic doctrine in his 6th Grade CCD class. For instance, he does not even know what the Immaculate Conception is. They talk about the Readings and the Gospel verse for Mass that day which is okay, but he needs to learn to the tenets of the Faith. It looks like I will have to do it, not that I mind at all. I contacted Tan Books based on EWTN's recommendation, and I ordered a book but have yet to hear back from them. Is there another good book source I can...
  • Wuerl Writes to Gay & Lesbian Catholics

    10/08/2009 9:49:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 1,006+ views
    nc register ^ | October 8, 2009 | Michael Sean Winters
    Washington’s Archbishop Donald Wuerl has published a letter in his diocesan newspaper, and sent a copy of the statement to all pastors for them to use, stating that his opposition to same-sex union is not rooted in anti-gay prejudices. “Our support for marriage is not meant to discriminate against any individual or family,” Archbishop Wuerl wrote. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church upholds the dignity of every person and condemns any form of unjust discrimination (2358).”The statement articulates the Church’s teaching on the traditional marriage but goes on to say: “For our parishioners who are homosexual, I recognize that the...