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  • [Catholic Caucus]Vatican youth meeting notes that some want changes to Catholic teachings

    03/24/2018 11:36:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 24, 2018 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Vatican City — A Vatican-hosted conference of some 300 young people meant to advise Catholic bishops on the needs of youth today has acknowledged that some in their generation want the church to change its teachings on so-called "polemical issues" such as same-sex marriage and use of contraception. In a final document issued after a weeklong meeting in Rome, the young people also called on the Catholic Church to better include them at all levels of its global community and noted women are "not given an equal place" in church leadership. "The Church must involve young people in its decision-making...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Villanova to Host International Conference Examining Pope Francis’ Pontificate

    03/24/2018 11:07:23 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Villanova University ^ | March 2018 | Villanova University
    Villanova University to Host International Conference Examining Pope Francis’ Pontificate “Francis, a Voice Crying Out in the World: Mercy, Justice, Love and Care for the Earth,” April 12-15, is sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Social Thought at Villanova University International conference features nine prestigious keynote speakers including two Cardinals Special guest of the conference will be the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A.   The pontificate of Pope Francis will be the focus of an April 12-15 international conference sponsored by The Institute for Catholic Social Thought at Villanova University. The on-campus event, titled, “Francis, a Voice Crying Out in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Cracks Down on Critics of Pope Francis

    03/24/2018 10:11:56 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 23, 2018 | Thomas D. Williams
    The Vatican has taken new measures to punish critics of Pope Francis in a move that seems to belie the pope’s earlier calls for greater dialogue and debate within the Church. On Thursday, the Rome-based Sovereign Order of Malta, which reports directly to the Holy See, suspended historian Henry Sire after he was revealed to be the author of the bestselling book The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy, a critical examination of the pontificate of Pope Francis.Meanwhile the Vatican has hired the international law firm of Baker McKenzie to force a small Spanish website called
  • [Catholic Caucus] Teen refuses teacher’s demand to hang LGBT poster at Catholic school

    03/24/2018 9:00:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 23, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    ARMAGH, Northern Ireland, March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A teenage boy at St. Patrick’s Grammar School in Northern Ireland refused a teacher’s request that he hang up a poster promoting an “LGBTQ+ youth forum.” The boy and his parents are complaining that such a poster doesn’t belong in a Catholic school. “We are sending our children to get a Catholic education in a renowned Catholic school,” the boy’s father told the Irish Times, speaking anonymously. The poster his son was asked to hang was “promoting a lifestyle that we vehemently disagree with.” The student’s parents have retained a lawyer (solicitor),...
  • An Even Worse Vatican Deal with China

    03/24/2018 8:34:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2018 | George Wiegel
    Why would the Catholic Church accept a deal in which the Communist Party nominated Catholic bishops? Of all the disturbing and even silly things that have been said in defense of the deal between the Vatican and China reportedly being negotiated, the most offensive is that critics of this proposed arrangement to regularize Catholic life in the PRC don’t understand that the Cold War is over and the world is in a new situation.This is preposterous. Of course we critics know the Cold War of 1945–1991 is over — and we remember that those alleging we don’t know that weren’t...
  • A New Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ

    03/24/2018 6:00:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A New Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • March 23, 2018 • Over a month ago I was blessed to get an early view of the new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. It is indeed wonderful — beautifully filmed and with a moving ending. It is not a simple retelling of the Acts of the Apostles; such films have already been made. Instead, it is a moving portrait of St. Paul (James Faulkner) and St. Luke (Jim Caviezel).The setting is Rome during St. Paul’s last days. Great persecutions are underway, taking a heavy toll on the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Gabriel, the Archangel (Gueranger)

    03/23/2018 9:09:05 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Greater Double SO FAR IN THE CHURCH’S CALENDAR, we have not met with any feast in honor of the holy angels. Amidst the ineffable joys of Christmas night, we mingled our timid but glad voices with the hymns of these heavenly spirits, who sang around the crib of our Emmanuel. The very recollection brings joy to our hearts, saddened as they now are by penitential feelings and by the near approach of the mournful anniversary of our Jesus’ death. Let us, for a moment, interrupt our sadness, and keep the feast of the Archangel Gabriel. Later on, we...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saturday in Passion Week (Gueranger)

    03/23/2018 8:59:18 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple TODAY WE BEGIN, as does the holy Gospel, to number the days which precede the Death, the Sacrifice, of the Lamb of God. St. John, in the 12th Chapter of his Gospel, tells us that this is the Sixth day before the Pasch. Jesus is in Bethania, where a feast is being given in his honor. Lazarus, he whom Jesus has restored to life, was present at this repast, which was given in the house of Simon the Leper. Martha is busy looking after the various arrangements; her sister, Mary Magdalene, has a heavenly presentiment that the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-18

    03/23/2018 8:02:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies ^ | 03-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2018 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • [Catholic Caucus] When bishops don’t fulfill their duties

    03/23/2018 7:58:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 23, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    Year after year the Religious Education Conference (REC) in Los Angeles produces a new raft of horror stories: accounts about speakers who gleefully dismiss the established teachings of the Church, cheered on by an audience composed largely of people who are paid, by one American diocese or another, to instruct young people in the Catholic faith. Why does Archbishop Gomez tolerate this festival of dissent? I don't know. This year, Joseph Sciambra reports, a priest who works in the Los Angeles archdiocese exhorted parochial-school teachers to "affirm" 2nd—and 3rd-graders who announce that they are exploring a different gender identity or...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Democrats Have Abandoned Catholic Voters

    03/23/2018 6:45:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/23/18 | Staff Reporter
    ‘The party that once embraced Catholics now slams the door on us,’ the cardinal wroteThe US Democratic Party has abandoned the many Catholic voters who once supported it, the Archbishop of New York has said. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that by embracing radical pro-abortion ideology and blocking legislation to help poorer families attend Catholic schools, the Democrats has alienated voters who were once loyal to the party. The cardinal highlighted two significant historical figures from the archdiocese’s history: Archbishop John Hughes, the first archbishop, and Dolores Grier an African-American convert who became the archdiocese’s...
  • Japanese Dioceses Celebrate New Priestly Ordinations (photos)

    03/23/2018 6:42:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/22/18 | Jose Gonzalez
    Seminarians and deacons were consecrated yesterday across Japan: Sapporo, Saitama, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. The number of foreign priests is growing.Tokyo (AsiaNews) – For some of Japan’s dioceses, celebrating the ordination of deacons and priests at this time of the year, before Holy Week, has become something of a tradition. Yesterday, various dioceses celebrated the ordination of seminarians to the diaconate, and deacons to the presbyterate. In Sapporo (picture 1), deacon Paul Miki Sakuma Chikara was consecrated priest and seminarian Buonaventura Minoshima Katsuya became a deacon. In the Diocese of Saitama (picture 2), the ordination to the diaconate of Mexican...
  • Catholic Mother Says Vatican Archbishop Should be Fired for Justifying ‘Killing’ of Alfie Evans

    03/23/2018 6:23:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/22/18 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, March 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The mother of a 9-year-old boy who suffers from a severe disability due to a mitochondrial disease has offered the Vatican’s Academy for Life president a “filial correction” following his recent statements on the Alfie Evans case. She has also said if Archbishop Vicenzo Paglia’s recent statements about Alfie Evans are true, he “cannot and should not” remain as head of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Taking a leaf out of the ‘dubia’ cardinals handbook, the Italian mother said she “respectfully” wrote to Archbishop Paglia regarding his recent interview with the Italian agency Tempi,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘Enough debating!’ Vatican archbishop says it’s time to accept Amoris Laetitia

    03/23/2018 6:18:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 23, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    MEXICO, March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Vatican archbishop Vincenzo Paglia expressed his frustration at the widespread controversy caused by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia during a recent stop on a Vatican campaign to secure acceptance of the document among the clergy.  “Enough of debating all of this!” shouted Paglia before an audience gathered in the seminary of the Mexican diocese of Queretaro. “Enough!” he repeated. People are living in an “existential tragedy” in second marriages, and “it’s time to put an end to this discussion” and to “begin to receive people” in such situations into the Church, Paglia said....
  • Pope cancels audience with Papal Foundation donors after objections to $25 million grant

    03/23/2018 6:06:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    John-Henry Westen ^ | March 23, 2018 | LifeSite News
    Pope cancels audience with Papal Foundation donors after objections to $25 million grant John-Henry Westen Follow John-Henry catholic , papal foundation , pope francis WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has cancelled a regular meeting with donors to the Papal Foundation, a US-based charity that contributes to the works of the Pope. The cancellation comes just after the members objected strenuously to a personal request by the Pope for the Foundation to grant $25 million to a Rome hospital plagued with allegations of money laundering and financial corruption. The cancelled meeting is being called “vindictive” by Papal Foundation...
  • Consensus on sexual morality eludes youth advising bishops

    03/23/2018 4:41:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | March 23, 2018 | Inés San Martín
    Some 300 young people from all over the world from different backgrounds and even different religions, gathered this week in Rome to provide advice to an upcoming summit of Catholic bishops on youth, have discussed a wide array of topics, and among other points plan to offer the bishops a frank admission that they simply couldn’t reach consensus on hot-button issues of sexual morality.On Thursday, they debated over a first draft of the document they’re going to present to Pope Francis, who will then pass it on to a Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment that will take place...
  • Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat?

    03/23/2018 9:02:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Your Spiritual Life Like a Sailboat or a Motorboat? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 22, 2018 • When I was about 10 years old I took some sailing lessons and then did so again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of romancing of the wind, wherein one observes it and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, its often subtle and changing signs.Oh, for the great times when the wind was with us! Catching the wind, the boat would speed along making a slick sound in the water. Oh,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Viganň’s resignation: background and unanswered questions

    03/23/2018 7:56:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Vatican Insider / La Stampa ^ | March 22, 2018 | andrea tornielli
    Monsignor Dario Viganň, Vatican communication’s strong man resigned in a letter to Pope Francis dated 19 March. The resignation was accepted yesterday “not without some effort” by the Pope who, in turn wrote to his now former head of communications begging him to remain as “assessor”, an ad hoc position made for the occasion, of the same department. It is the epilogue - for some inevitable, for others surprising - of the “Mystery tied to Benedict XVI’s letter of and its omissis. A “Mystery” still bearing many unanswered questions.    The letter with the omissis  On Monday 12 March, when...
  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘Dictator Pope’ author: My suspension from Knights of Malta is illegal

    03/23/2018 6:50:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 22, 2018 | LifeSite News Staff
    The Knights of Malta say they have suspended historian Henry Sire for allegedly breaching their constitution, following revelations that he is the mysterious author of The Dictator Pope. However, Sire himself maintains the suspension is null and illegal under the Order's rules. According to the Order, Sire was notified of the alleged suspension on Wednesday. Sire’s identity as the author of The Dictator Pope was confirmed on Monday, when Regnery Press posted his name and background on an online description of the book. Sire originally self-published the book under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna, a historical figure best remembered for his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Friday in Passion Week: the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin (Gueranger)

    03/22/2018 9:12:26 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple THE STATION AT ROME is in the Church of Saint Stephen, on Monte Celio. By a sort of prophetic presentiment, this Church of the great Proto-Martyr was chosen as the place where the Faithful were to assemble on the Friday of Passion Week, which was to be, at a future time, the Feast consecrated to the Queen of Martyrs. COLLECT Cordibus nostris, quæsumus, Domine, gratiam tuam benignus infunde: ut peccata nostra castigatione voluntaria cohibentes, temporaliter potius maceremur, quam suppliciis deputemur æternis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Mercifully, O Lord, we beseech thee, pour forth thy grace into...