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  • World headed toward 'suicide' if no climate agreement: pope

    11/30/2015 10:17:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    The U.N. climate conference in Paris is most likely humanity's last chance to thwart global environmental disaster, Pope Francis said on Monday, warning the world was "at the limits of suicide". The pope, who wrote a major document on the environment last June, made the comment in an hour-long news conference aboard the plane returning him to Rome at the end of a six-day trip to Africa. The freewheeling conversations have become a trademark of his papacy and the few times he takes direct questions from journalists....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-15

    11/30/2015 7:36:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2015 Tuesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,A Spirit of counsel and of strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,But he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with the...
  • Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Africa to Rome

    11/30/2015 5:56:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 11/30/15
    In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists from across the world. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa. Please read below for the full English transcription of the Q&A:Fr. Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome to this encounter, which by now is a tradition we all wait for. We are grateful that after such an intense trip you still want to find the time for us. We understand well how available you are to help us. Before beginning with the...
  • Papal shoes join global pre-COP21 rallies for climate action

    11/30/2015 4:59:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 29, 2015 | Brian Roewe
    While Pope Francis left earlier in the week for Africa, a pair of his shoes headed to Paris. The papal shoes -- black Oxfords with a laminated sign above them adorning Francis' signature and the words "Laudato Si'" -- joined thousands of other sneakers, slippers and pumps in a symbolic march at the Place de la Republique in Paris.
  • The Perils of Popularity: Critiquing Bishop Barron

    11/30/2015 4:53:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 11/30/15 | Steve Skojec
    There is an oft-cited quote — attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt — which asserts the following maxim:Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events;  Small minds discuss people.I suppose the quote is popular because it gives off a certain aura of common sense. After all, one can see some truth reflected in the hierarchy of minds as laid out by Mrs. Roosevelt. There’s a big difference between theoretical physicists, philosophers, theologians, and the like, and the salacious rumor-mongers at the tabloids. As for the rest of us, we tend to aspire to the lofty goal of being idea-makers, trip and fall more often than...
  • Pope Francis leaves out the real reason Ugandans were brutally martyred

    11/30/2015 4:23:21 PM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 11/30/15 | Pete Baklinski
    Did anyone notice that during Pope Francis’ trip to Africa in which he commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Canonization of the 22 Ugandan martyrs, not once did he mention — or even hint — that their deaths were occasioned by their refusal to indulge the king in his request for homosexual relations? King Mwanga of Buganda — what is now southern Uganda — began killing the Christians in 1885 after the majordomo of his household, who was a Christian leader, pleaded with him to abandon the homosexual practices he was engaging in with the young men who served...
  • Pope Francis attacks ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics, dismisses condom ban as unimportant

    11/30/2015 3:52:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 30, 2015 | John Henry Westen
    On the plane returning from his journey to Africa today Pope Francis made his clearest remarks in condemnation of ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics. "Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane. "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil." "They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it is my church." "We have to combat it," he...
  • No Impediments Remain to Full Communion, Pope Tells Orthodox Patriarch

    11/30/2015 3:10:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    In a message to the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis wrote that "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." The Pope's message to the Ecumenical Patriarch was timed for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Constantinople see. Each year the Holy See sends a delegation to celebrate that feast with the Ecumenical Patriarch, just as the Orthodox leader sends representatives to Rome for the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. This...
  • Vatican’s liturgy chief contradicts Pope Francis on Communion for non-Catholics

    11/30/2015 11:43:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mon Nov 30, 2015 - 11:12 am EST | John-Henry Westen
    The Vatican's cardinal in charge of liturgy and the sacraments has strongly defended the Church's tradition on reception of Communion in the wake of Pope Francis' comments to a Lutheran woman suggesting she could choose in conscience to receive. Speaking with Aleteia reporter Diane Montagna, Cardinal Robert Sarah said, "Intercommunion is not permitted between Catholics and non-Catholics. You must confess the Catholic Faith. A non-Catholic cannot receive Communion. That is very, very clear. It's not a matter of following your conscience." ...
  • Of Sledgehammers and Subtleties -- Images of Hell

    11/30/2015 7:08:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Sledgehammers and Subtleties – Images of Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 29, 2015 • In the Office of Readings last week we read a letter from St. Paul of the Cross. In it he presents a brief image of Hell, comparing it to the prison life he is enduring. It is a description that helps us to understand that Hell and its sufferings may be about more than just a fire that is never extinguished, worms that die not, and wailing and grinding of teeth. More of his description in a moment.To be sure, eternal fire, undying worms,...
  • French Priest Compares Paris Victims to Terrorists

    11/30/2015 6:22:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Local (Fr) ^ | 11/27/15
    A French priest has been dismissed from his role after comparing those killed in the shootings at the Bataclan concert hall with the Isis extremists who shot them, saying they were "Siamese twins" Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, publicly announced the dismissal in a statement on Friday. "Following the publication of an opinion column by Father Herve Benoit, and after taking the time to meet and listen to him, I have decided, along with his bishop, to relieve him of his pastoral duties in the diocese of Lyon," he said. Barbarin also urged Father Benoit to "withdraw to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-30-15, FEAST, St. Andrew, Apostle

    11/29/2015 7:25:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 30, 2015 Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle Reading 1 Rom 10:9-18 Brothers and sisters:If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lordand believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved.For one believes with the heart and so is justified,and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.The Scripture says,No one who believes in him will be put to shame.There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;the same Lord is Lord of all,enriching all who call upon him.For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But...
  • German Bishops’ Conference Says Church in Africa Growing Only Because of Ignorance and Poverty

    11/29/2015 7:06:15 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 28, 2015 | First Things
    Björn Odendahl, an editor at Katholisch.de, writes the following in the course of commenting on the Pope’s plans for Africa in a piece entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”: So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions(of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result...
  • Catholic Caucus: Our Lady of Ocotlan – “The Lourdes of Mexico”, Tlaxcala, Tlax.

    11/29/2015 5:39:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Madonnas of Mexico ^ | August 1, 2011 | Mary Hansen
    In 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City and left her miraculous image on his cloak. It was a spectacular apparition and resulted in the conversion of millions to the Christian faith. Ten years later—10 th anniversaries are always significant—a second spectacular apparition occurred in Mexico: that of Our Lady of Ocotlán.In 1541, the city of Tlaxcala (an hour and a half east of Mexico City) was devastated by a smallpox epidemic in which 90% of its citizens died. Tlaxcalan Indian Juan Diego Bernardino worked at the nearby Franciscan convent—the first to be established in...
  • The Jesse Tree

    11/29/2015 4:39:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Loyolapress.com ^ | not given | unknown
    The Jesse Tree The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus' birth. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophesies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. The ornaments of the Jesse Tree tell the story of God in the Old Testament, connecting the Advent season with the faithfulness...
  • The Voice of Miss America? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 3:29:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | November 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    Heard any good jokes lately? I saw one online this morning. It's an oldie but goodie; a real side splitter. The Holy See is reporting Pope Francis' diplomatic voyage to Kenya as ... get this: an Apostolic Journey. It's dark humor to be sure, but downright hilarious just the same. The sad thing is, however, the people reporting it seem to be serious.
  • A Call to Terminate Papal Trips: A noisy, expensive counterfeit of Papal Duty [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 2:37:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/27/15 | John Vennari
    In 1761, speaking of the primary duty of the Pope, Clement XIII wrote, “In the Lord’s field, for the tending of which Divine Providence placed us as overseer, there is nothing which demands as much vigilant care and unremitting labor in its cultivation than guarding the good seed of Catholic teaching which the Apostles received from Jesus Christ and handed on to Us. If in laziness this is neglected, the enemy of the human race will sow weeds while the workers sleep.”[1] Likewise Pope St. Pius X, the greatest Pope of modern times, noted that one of the “primary obligations...
  • Dangerous Compassion in the Syrian Refugee Debate? (without prudence = disaster)

    11/29/2015 2:22:33 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    G.K. Chesterton wrote that “the modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone.” His observation seems applicable to the current debate about taking in Syrian refugees. The “modern world” in this case is made up of the European elites, the Obama administration and Christian clerics who follow their lead. The virtue gone mad is compassion. What Chesterton probably had in mind when he wrote about “mad” virtues was Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean (which was later adopted by Aquinas). According...
  • Will Peter Refuse to Eat with the Gentiles Again? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 1:56:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The Church is currently awaiting the 'official' decision of Pope Francis on the Kasper Proposal (a proposal allowing obstinate adulterers to receive Holy Communion). In anticipation of his decision, there is a point from the Book of Galatians that I believe should be considered. In the Book of Galatians, we read about the Apostle Paul who rebuked the Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, saying: “When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began...
  • A Recipe for Readiness -- Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/29/2015 7:08:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Recipe for Readiness - - Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2015 • As the Advent season begins, we are immediately drawn into its principle theme of preparation and readiness for the coming of the Lord. The first coming of the Lord has already been fulfilled at Bethlehem. And while we should prepare spiritually for the coming Christmas Feast, these first weeks of Advent bid us to focus even more on the Second Coming of the Lord in glory.Thus, as the curtains draw back on the opening scenes of Advent, we are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-29-15, First Sunday of Advent

    11/28/2015 7:22:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2015 First Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Jer 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and just in the land.In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: "The LORD our justice." Responsorial Psalm Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.Your ways,...
  • BBC 100 Women: The fearless nun inside 'hell on earth' [Nun in Venezuelan prison]

    11/28/2015 4:38:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    BBC Mundo ^ | 27 November 2015 | Margarita Rodriguez
    For more than 17 years, a Catholic nun named Neyda Rojas has been serving God in a place that many describe as hell on earth - a Venezuelan prison. For decades, penitentiaries here have been criticised by human rights organisations for allowing serious human rights violations to take place behind their walls. Venezuelan prisons are among the most violent and overcrowded in Latin America. None of that has stopped this missionary, who belongs to the Mercedarian Order, help teach inmates some of the basics of life, like literacy. "I'm very happy when they learn to read and write. I...
  • [In Africa] Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “Resist Practices That Threaten the Innocent Unborn”

    11/28/2015 3:52:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Africa to reject abortion and treat children as a blessing on Thursday in Kenya. "We are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn," the pontiff said during a Mass at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, according to the BBC. He encouraged young people to stand up for the sanctity of every human life by shaping "a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity." He added that they "should reject everything that leads to prejudice...
  • 'Chopped'-winning sister on a mission

    11/28/2015 2:33:28 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    osv ^ | November 24, 2015 | Michelle Martin
    Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres gathered about three dozen volunteers in the hall of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Chicago on Nov. 21, having them count off into groups to form teams to serve the roughly 600 guests who would be seated just an hour later. Sister Alicia, 30, spoke clearly and loudly enough to be heard without yelling. As she spoke, more volunteers were busy finishing the cooking for a Thanksgiving brunch that included baked frittata, roast pork, potatoes, fruit and pastries. Through it all, Sister Alicia maintained her good humor, greeting friends and volunteers with smiles...
  • The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial

    11/28/2015 1:08:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Truer Gift at Christmas – As Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2015 • There is an old saying that the greatest things in life aren't things. Our greatest gifts are those we love, beginning with God and extending to one another.One of the great dangers at Christmastime (and with life in general) is that we maximize the minimum and minimize the maximum, or, as Jesus puts it, we strain out gnats and swallow camels (Matt 23:24). He said this about the religiously observant of His day, who meticulously followed small, technical rules about cleanliness...
  • Rarity of exorcisms

    11/28/2015 8:50:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-20-15 | Msgr.Charles Pope
    Rarity of exorcisms Msgr. Charles Pope 11/20/2015 Q. In our diocese, it is very hard to get an exorcism performed. I thought that Rome had insisted that this ancient rite be restored and more available.A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: Your summation of Rome’s stance is correct but incomplete. The faithful do have a right to pastoral care when possession is suspected and each diocese ought to have some way of addressing the concerns. But the first step is always to assess each case to determine if there is true possession or perhaps a lesser form of demonic oppression....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-28-15

    11/27/2015 9:32:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 28, 2015 Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 7:15-27 I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh,and I was terrified by the visions of my mind.I approached one of those presentand asked him what all this meant in truth;in answer, he made known to me the meaning of the things:"These four great beasts stand for four kingdomswhich shall arise on the earth.But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingship,to possess it forever and ever." But I wished to make certain about the fourth beast,so very terrible and...
  • Pope Francis to German Bishops: Your Church is a mess! Fix it and … GO TO CONFESSION!

    11/27/2015 5:46:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Fr. Z ^ | 20 November 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The German bishops are making their ad limina visit. Every few years diocesan bishops have to go to Rome to meet with offices of the Roman Curia and, usually, the Pope. Pope Francis gave an address to the German bishops that was clear, coherent, well-crafted and, in many respects, stinging. He painted a dire portrait of the Church in Germany. At one point he said: One notes in particular in traditionally Catholic regions a very strong decline in participation at Sunday Mass, not to mention the sacramental life. Where in the 1960's everywhere just about all the faithful still participated...
  • Zombieland: Convert or Die!

    11/27/2015 4:12:00 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/27/15 | Patrick Archbold
    Many social commentators have noticed the rise and staying power of zombie lore in our current storytelling. Zombies became all the rage, pardon the pun, many years ago and their popularity shows no sign of waning. We may be getting sick of superheroes, but zombies are ever fresh. Those social commentators suspect that there is something about zombie lore that speaks to us in the modern era, that somehow amidst our comfort and prosperity, we have never been more fragile. They posit that somehow our golden lives, compared to every generation that came before, are more fragile, that something isn’t...
  • Bishop Schneider: Real Compassion Doesn't Mean Concealing the Moral Truth

    11/27/2015 3:58:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/27/15 | Edward Pentin
    Clergy who call for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion are effectively lying because they convey the message that a “continuous violation” of their “sacramental bonds” can become “ultimately a positive reality," Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said. Speaking last night at the Lepanto Foundation in Rome on the theme of the “unchangeable truth about marriage and sexuality,” the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, said that in order to “cover their evident lie and contradiction to the Word of God,” these clergy “protect themselves with the masque of using the concept of ‘Divine mercy’ and sentimental expressions like: ‘to open a...
  • 10 Handmade Christmas Gifts From Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2015 1:42:29 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 26, 2015 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    We've never been keen on Black Friday—however … there is something to be said for getting shopping done this week so you can get the most out of Advent, as Zoe Romanowsky wrote here last week.Perhaps we could spare a few minutes to Christmas shop—online—for these lovely gifts, handmade by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities. These are a few of the Aleteia staffs’ favorites:1. Brandy-dipped fruitcake from the New Camaldolese Monks of Big Sur, California. This cake is unforgettable ($22 for a one-pound cake) as is the New Camaldoli Hermitage itself. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the...
  • Church in Syria faces ‘suicidal choice’, says archbishop

    11/27/2015 8:25:10 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 27, 2015
    Damascus, 2015. Syria approaches its fifth Christmas at war (Kyodo) ==Kyodo Christians face exile or 'living under the shadow of Islam', says Damascus clericThe Church in Syria faces a “suicidal choice” of either exile or “living under the shadow of Islam”, one of Syria’s leading clerics has said.In his pre-Christmas letter Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus spoke of the exodus of Christians from the country, much of which is under the control of Islamist groups like ISIS and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. He also spoke about the sense of hopelessness that pervades the country as it approaches its fifth...
  • Vatican II is policy, not doctrine: Catholicism and Americanism

    11/27/2015 8:01:50 AM PST · by NRx · 23 replies
    A conservative blog for peace ^ | 11-26-2015 | The Young Fogey
    Vatican II is policy, not doctrine: Catholicism and Americanism America can work for us: by the '50s the Northeast was almost a Catholic country. Francis is bad but this was one of our worst Popes, the vacillating one who let the Sixties in. Paul VI: Vatican II is not binding on Catholics.Vatican II didn't define doctrine and nothing can change doctrine. The vernacular in worship, religious liberty American style, and ecumenical and interfaith studies and talks are fine, rightly understood, but we're better off ignoring this council. Thomas Case in 1992: "A contention between American patriots and European fascists is...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death - A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/27/2015 5:58:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2015 • As November winds down and Advent approaches, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things awaiting us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In writing this meditation, St. Cyprian had in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-27-15

    11/26/2015 7:40:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 27, 2015 Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 7:2-14 In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night,the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea,from which emerged four immense beasts,each different from the others.The first was like a lion, but with eagle's wings.While I watched, the wings were plucked;it was raised from the ground to stand on two feetlike a man, and given a human mind. The second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side,and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks.It was given the...
  • Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

    11/26/2015 6:16:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    CatholicExhcange.com ^ | 11-26-15 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    November 26, 2015Thanksgiving and the EucharistMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. For Americans, the term "Thanksgiving" conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games. These "traditions" have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln.But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday? Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, family, and freedom enjoyed by Americans are all gifts from the Creator. But Americans, he realized, had forgotten this. A special day was needed for us to forget our differences and...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Bishop Barron

    11/26/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 11/23/15 | Maureen Mullarkey
    I have never been more than an occasional viewer of Fr. Robert Barron's Word on Fire chats. His recent televised interview with EWTN's Catherine Szeltner put paid to whatever interest I had. Newly elevated to an auxiliary bishop in the sprawling L.A. diocese, now-Bp. Barron was in Baltimore for his initial appearance among the USCCB. Ms. Szeltner was on hand to ask how Catholics should respond to the slaughter in Paris. "How should they react?" she wondered, as if Catholics were dependent on guidance in their attitude toward carnage. This was hardly a spontaneous interview. Chairs had been set. The...
  • German Bishops’ Site Accused of 'Lazy Slander' Against Church in Africa

    11/26/2015 3:04:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    African Catholics 'accept simple answers to difficult questions', says editor of bishops' websiteThe editor of the German bishops' website has said that the Catholic Church continues to grow in Africa because of a lack of education and because Africans have nothing else in their life, according to First Things. Bjorn Odendahl, writing at Katholisch.de in an article entitled "The Romantic, Poor Church", said: "So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. "It grows because the educational situation there is on average...
  • Some Thoughts to Help Deepen Gratitude

    11/26/2015 6:34:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 00-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Thoughts to Help Deepen Gratitude Msgr. Charles Pope • November 25, 2015 • True gratitude is a grace, or gift, from God. It proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. In such a case we do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected, or because God commands it, but because it naturally flows from a profound experience of gratitude. The “command” of Scripture to give thanks is not a moralism, but a truth and a description of what flows from a transformed heart.Thus, an anointing to seek from God is the powerful transformation of our intellect...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-26-15, Thanksgiving Day

    11/25/2015 9:13:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving Day The following are a selection of the readings that may be used on this day. Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all,who has done wondrous things on earth;Who fosters people's growth from their mother's womb,and fashions them according to his will!May he grant you joy of heartand may peace abide among you;May his goodness toward us endure in Israelto deliver us in our days. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 R. (see 1) I will praise your name for ever, Lord.Every day will I bless you,and I will...
  • Papal Preacher Praises 'Theological and Spiritual Enrichment' of Reformation

    11/25/2015 2:53:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/25/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey The Pope's personal preacher has praised the Reformation and said that moral issues such as sexuality, should not "divide us more than Jesus unites us." Speaking at Wesminster Abbey, during the inauguration of the Church of England's Tenth General Synod, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, who has served as Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, praised the "theological and spiritual enrichment" of the Reformation. He said: "We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing...
  • Pope Francis Confirms Mexico Trip, Including Stop at US Border

    11/25/2015 2:46:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/25/15 | Inés San Martín
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis confirmed on Wednesday that he plans to visit Mexico in February 2016, including a stop at Ciudad Juarez on the US/Mexican border, a gesture clearly intended to express the pontiff's solidarity with immigrants making their way to America in search of opportunity. "I'm going to leave through [Ciudad Juarez] because I wanted to enter the United States from this city," the pontiff said to reporters traveling with him on a six-day swing through Africa. He was referring to his trip to the US last September, when Francis had originally hoped to make a...
  • On Syrian refugees, bishops say: Welcome all to the table

    11/25/2015 1:51:54 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/25/15 | Vinnie Rotondaro
    As the United States prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving - a holiday that American legend traces back to a dinner between Native Americans and bedraggled, immigrant pilgrims - some of the country's top political leaders are calling to block the arrival of Syrian refugees, would-be immigrants fleeing chaos and possible death in the Middle East, a situation some think the U.S. may have helped create. In the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the U.S. government needs to "balance our compassion and our safety," when it comes to processing refugees...
  • Pray for Mother Angelica. She is on a Feeding Tube [Prayer thread]

    11/25/2015 10:32:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Sacerdotus ^ | 11/24/15
    Mother Angelica, the Franciscan nun known for her zeal and feistiness in regards to spreading the faith is on a feeding tube and her overall health is declining according to the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery Family Newsletter, see link below in the sources. Mother founded the Eternal World Television Network in 1981 which has helped millions around the world learn the faith and brought many more back to the Catholic Church. She has been a blessing for the Church despite being attacked by Cardinal Mahony and others who felt she overstepped her role as a religious nun.
  • The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice"

    11/25/2015 7:02:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice" Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2015 • Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, "manufactured" originally meant "handmade" (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word "decimate" used to mean "to reduce by a tenth" (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean "to wipe out completely." The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change meaning over time.One word that has changed meaning dramatically over time is "nice." Today it is an overused word that usually means pleasant, kind, or easygoing. In our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-25-15, OM, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

    11/24/2015 9:41:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2015 Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,with whom he drank.Under the influence of the wine,he ordered the gold and silver vesselswhich Nebuchadnezzar, his father,had taken from the temple in Jerusalem,to be brought in so that the king, his lords,his wives and his entertainers might drink from them.When the gold and silver vesselstaken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in,and while the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainerswere drinking wine from them,they...
  • Archbishop Ganswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

    11/24/2015 7:15:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/21/5 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Robert Sarah's boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Ganswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book 'God or Nothing' - an interview with Cardinal Sarah by Nicolas Diat - the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI compared the cardinal favorably to Pope Galasius I whom the Church, by coincidence, commemorated on Nov. 20. Gelasius' letter to the Emperor Anastasius I...
  • Pope Names First Catholic Bishop to Oversee Anglican Ordinariate

    11/24/2015 7:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/24/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 24, 2015 / 07:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. Bishop-elect Lopes, 40, is originally from the Archdiocese of San Francisco in the United States, and currently serves as an official for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the FaithHe will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012 to shepherd the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Personal...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/24/2015 6:42:11 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 03/19/2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades—misconceptions are all too common. For them, current interest is an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bill Donohue vs. Michael Voris

    11/24/2015 3:22:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Sancte Pater ^ | 11/24/15 | Vicenzo
    From Bill Donohue at the Catholic League followed by Michael Voris' response: Bill Donohue addresses recent attacks on Cardinal Donald Wuerl: The crazies on the Catholic right have set their sights on Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. Why? Because he is close to Pope Francis, and they hate the pope. The attacks are coming from The Church Militant, a loose gang of angry right-wingers who specialize in character assassination, and American Spectator hater George Neumayr. Three recent hit pieces by Church Militant author Christine Niles set the agenda. She says “today’s archbishop of Washington owns a penthouse in a...