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  • Fontgombault Sermon: Midnight Mass -Why Do Nativity Scenes Cause Such Scandal and Hatred?

    12/25/2014 7:36:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/25/14 | Dom Jean Pateau
    Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean PateauAbbot of Our Lady of FontgombaultFontgombault, December 25, 2014 Natus est vobis hodie Salvator. For unto you is born this day a Saviour. (Lk 2:11) Dear Brothers and Sisters, My dearly beloved Sons, On this holy night, let us greet anew the divine Child Who has come to bring on our earth the fire of uncreated Love. Let us hasten towards the Crib where the Word of God, the Almighty Word, is born to us from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us not forget that today in the Holy Land which was in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-26-14, FEAST, St. Stephen, First Martyr

    12/25/2014 7:28:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 26, 2014Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr    Reading 1 Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59 Stephen, filled with grace and power,was working great wonders and signs among the people.Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen,Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,and people from Cilicia and Asia,came forward and debated with Stephen,but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked up intently to heavenand saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,and he said,“Behold,...
  • The Pope's Christmas prayer deliver children who suffer due to violence

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

    12/25/2014 6:02:50 AM PST · by piusv · 2 replies
    EPISTLE Heb. 1:1-12 God, who, at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all, in these days, hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world. Who being the brightness of his glory and the figure of his substance and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels as he hath inherited a...
  • Nativity of the Lord

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

    12/25/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.
  • Hope for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast [Uplifting Article For Christmas!]

    12/24/2014 7:19:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | December 24, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    DECEMBER 24, 2014 Hope for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast After two millennia of attempts to stamp out the Church, it has proved its resilience. By Andrew Doran If recent Christmases provide any indication of things to come, somewhere in the Middle East terrorists are constructing, as I write, bombs intended to kill Christians attending Christmas liturgies. The terrorists know that their targets will include the defenseless. They know that they will kill women, children, and the elderly but will carry out their attacks nonetheless. For some Christians in the Middle East, this Christmas liturgy be their last. They know...
  • I Hear Music in the Air! A Homily for Christmas

    12/24/2014 7:08:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Hear Music in the Air! – A Homily for Christmas By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and creation takes it up as a song. But why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is it merely for us, or do the angels also have need of the declaration?As always with the things of God, there are realities far deeper than most of us imagine. But tonight’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-14, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord, Mass During the Day

    12/24/2014 6:28:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2014The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass During the Day    Reading 1 Is 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of him who brings glad tidings,announcing peace, bearing good news,announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,“Your God is King!” Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry,together they shout for joy,for they see directly, before their eyes,the LORD restoring Zion.Break out together in song,O ruins of Jerusalem!For the LORD comforts his people,he redeems Jerusalem.The LORD has bared his holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will beholdthe salvation of our God. Responsorial Psalm...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-14, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord, Dawn

    12/24/2014 6:15:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2014The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass at Dawn    Reading 1 Is 62:11-12 See, the LORD proclaimsto the ends of the earth:say to daughter Zion,your savior comes!Here is his reward with him,his recompense before him.They shall be called the holy people,the redeemed of the LORD,and you shall be called “Frequented,”a city that is not forsaken. Responsorial Psalm Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12 R/ A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;let the many isles be glad.The heavens proclaim his justice,and all peoples see his glory.R/...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-25-14, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord, Midnight

    12/24/2014 2:52:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 25, 2014The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Mass During the Night Reading 1 Is 9:1-6 The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;upon those who dwelt in the land of glooma light has shone.You have brought them abundant joyand great rejoicing,as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,as people make merry when dividing spoils.For the yoke that burdened them,the pole on their shoulder,and the rod of their taskmasteryou have smashed, as on the day of Midian.For every boot that tramped in battle,every cloak rolled in blood,will be burned as fuel for flames.For a child is born...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-14, SOL, The Nativity of the Lord, Vigil

    12/24/2014 1:42:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2014The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)Vigil Mass    Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,until her vindication shines forth like the dawnand her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication,and all the kings your glory;you shall be called by a new namepronounced by the mouth of the LORD.You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,a royal diadem held by your God.No more shall people call you “Forsaken,”or your land “Desolate,”but you shall be called “My Delight,”and your land...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRILEGE,12-24-14

    12/24/2014 9:39:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SACRILEGEThe deliberate violation of sacred things. Sacred things are persons, places, and objects set aside publicly and by the Church's authority for the worship of God. The violation implies that a sacred thing is desecrated precisely in its sacred character. It is a sin against the virtue of religion. Personal sacrilege is committed by laying violent hands on clerics or religious of either sex; by unlawfully citing them before secular courts, i.e., without just cause and without express permission of their ecclesiastical superiors; by unlawfully demanding of them the payment of civil taxes or military...
  • UK Bishops Compare Defenders of Catholic Moral Discipline to Ancient Rigorist Heretics

    12/24/2014 9:27:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/23/14 | Hilary White
    At almost the same moment that Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview that those defending Catholic moral teaching and the practice of barring people in irregular sexual unions from receiving Communion are being marginalized within the Church, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a document for clergy that all but accuses such Catholics of the ancient Donatist heresy. In a Reflection Document for Clergy, the English bishops appear to follow the line of Cardinal Walter Kasper and his followers, saying, It is not for us to make rash or premature conclusions about people living...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • The Pope Is Catholic, Not an American Politician

    12/24/2014 8:37:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2014 | Michael Walsh
    Pope in Rome, not in WashingtonAlmost from the beginning of his papacy, there has been a lot of nonsense written about Pope Francis. On the Left, there has been much wishful thinking about how the former Cardinal Bergoglio is really a man of progressive sympathies, while on the Right, there is a deep suspicion that the first Jesuit pope is basically a “liberation theologian” who is not a particular fan of capitalism and may in fact be a sneak commie symp. Much of what the pope is said to have said turns out to be either a mistranslation or...
  • Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event?

    12/24/2014 7:26:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Christmas a Nighttime Event? By: Msgr. Charles PopeO Holy night! Yes, a silent night! And it came upon a midnight clear. Christmas, it would seem, is a festival of the middle of the night. Jesus is born when it is dark, dark midnight. We are sure of it. And why not?Even though we are not told the exact hour of His birth, we are sure it must have been at night. Scripture does say that the shepherds who heard the glad tidings were keeping watch over their flock “by night” (cf Luke 2:9). Further, the Magi sought him...
  • German Journalist Reports ISIS Planning the "Largest Religious Cleansing Strategy in History"

    12/24/2014 6:52:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/23/14 | John Burger
    "It is not a question of if we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain ... For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines.These were the chilling words German journalist Jrgen Todenhfer heard from an Islamic State militant during his recent, stunning visit behind those front lines, in Iraq and Syria. The militant was himself a German, one of hundreds of sympathizers joining the Islamic States ranks from Europe and the United States. Todenhfer, 74, who has been reporting from war zones for 50 years, got...
  • Midnight Mass Tradition Under Threat Amid Fears Of Drunken Disruptions [Bricks Thrown]

    12/23/2014 7:27:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 23, 2014 | Andrew Brow
    Midnight Mass Tradition Under Threat Amid Fears Of Drunken Disruptions Catholic newspaper finds many parishes have had problems with drunk people interrupting services on way home from pub Andrew Brown 23 December 2014 It is a night-time event that is considered to be at the core of a traditional Christmas. But the Christmas Eve celebration of midnight mass is at risk of dying out, partly because of worries about the growing number of Yuletide drunks stumbling through church doors. A recent survey by Catholic newspaper the Tablet found that several of the parishes they contacted reported problems with drunk people...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-14

    12/23/2014 7:10:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2014Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,“Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” Nathan answered the king,“Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you.” But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell...
  • For Advent: Away in a Manger: St Francis and the Nativity

    12/23/2014 6:06:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Away in a Manger: St Francis and the Nativity Fr. William SaundersAs we learn each week from the saints, one must wonder, “How did the saints celebrate Christmas?” One of the best examples whose celebration lives on in our own is St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). Thomas of Celano, one of the first biographers of St. Francis, wrote, “More than any other feast, he celebrated Christmas with an indescribable joy. He said that this was the feast of feasts, for on this day God became a little child and sucked milk like all human children. Francis embraced with great...
  • What are the Messianic Prophecies?

    12/23/2014 11:33:06 AM PST · by redleghunter · 18 replies
    The Divine Evidence.com ^ | The Divine Evidence
    The Messianic prophecies were written over the span of a millennium by several Old Testament prophets. They spoke of a Messiah who would one day come to earth and walk among mankind. These prophecies mentioned specific names, locations, and even the timing surrounding His appearance. The known date of completion for the Old Testament writings is 430 B.C., so these prophecies were in circulation at least 430 years before the time of Christ. ************ The outline we will be following for this discussion is as follows: 1) Introduction: What are the Messianic Prophecies? 2) The Messianic Lineage 3) The Messianic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAW OF NATIONS (jus gentium), 12-23-14

    12/23/2014 9:46:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAW OF NATIONS (jus gentium)The common element, even though unwritten, in the actual laws of various peoples. Based on the natural law, the jus gentium is a synthesis of the legislation enacted by different countries which reflects a basic similarity in spite of the differences of culture and political structure. First clearly distinguished from natural law by St. Isidore of Seville (560-636), the law of nations is not the same as international law. The latter aims to regulate the mutual relations of states as states. The jus gentium is a general law within all nations,...
  • A New Federal Test for Discerning Religious Identity at Catholic Universities

    12/23/2014 8:49:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a Virginia-based group that works to protect Catholic identity in Catholic colleges and universities, has warmly welcomed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which ruled last week that a colleges claim to religious identity should be judged according to whether individual employees perform religious functions. In recent years the NLRB has involved itself in the hiring decisions of faith-based schools, devising complicated criteria to judge whether a particular hiring decision is protected by religious-freedom claims. But in a noteworthy decision last week the NLRB said that the relevant criterion should be whether...
  • Gods Plan will Stand A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted

    12/23/2014 8:44:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-22-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Plan will Stand – A Word of Encouragement to the Fainthearted By: Msgr. Charles PopeAdvent is a season of waiting, waiting for God to fulfill his promises. We know that most of His promises from the Old Testament were fulfilled magnificently by Jesus. But as St. Paul reminds, we have received but the first fruits of his work in our soul (cf Rom 8:23). The created world and our physical bodies still await the full implications of what He has done. We still await a new Heaven and a new earth where the justice of God will reside...
  • BREAKING: ThinkProgress Uncovers Catholic Group Acting Catholic

    12/22/2014 9:00:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    NEWSBUSTERS ^ | December 22, 2014 | Matthew Philbin
    Those intrepid newshounds at ThinkProgress have uncovered nefarious doings in the dark, secretive world of the Knights of Columbus. You thought the Catholic fraternal organization was all funny hats, ceremonial swords and Special Olympics donations. If only! It turns out the Knights Bankroll Americas Social Conservative Movement, according to ThinkProgresss headline. Besides casting a sleazy aspersion about the compensation of the Supreme Knight, the nearly 1,900-word article is utterly, well, stupid. Can liberals reading ThinkProgress be so cut off from religious culture that theyre shocked a Catholic organization believes Church teaching? Perhaps they can. Among the revelations: The Knights...
  • Cardinal Marx: German Bishops Favor Allowing Communion for Divorced/Remarried

    12/22/2014 8:58:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The president of the German bishops' conference has said that the bishops favor allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to share in the Eucharist. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that most bishops support 'differentiated solutions that do justice to the individual case and under certain conditions allow admission to the sacraments. Cardinal Marx-- who is also a member of the Council of Cardinals-- had signaled his own support for the "Kasper proposal" during October's meeting of the Synod of Bishops. But he took an additional step by saying that the German episcopal conference as a body would back the proposal.
  • For Advent: Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden

    12/22/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 149 replies
    SalvationHistory.com ^ | not given | SalvationHistory.com
    Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden Lesson Goals:1. To appreciate the Old Testament symbolism that forms the deep background to the Gospel account of the wedding feast at Cana.2. To understand how Mary is depicted as a “New Eve” in this account.3. To appreciate the importance of the Old Testament marriage symbolism for John’s recounting of the “sign” at Cana. Lesson Outline:        I.        Mary in the Gospel of John                      A.        First Reading                      B.        Sign of a New Creation      II.        The Mother of Jesus                      A.        Scolding Mary?                      B.        Woman of Revelation      III.        The New Eve                      A.        Mother of All...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-23-14, OM, St. John of Kanty

    12/22/2014 7:25:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2014Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner’s fire,or like the fuller’s lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like...
  • The Catholic Weakness (on marriage)

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

    12/22/2014 2:09:07 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Each year it is customary for the Roman Pontiff to meet and greet members of the Roman Curia just before Christmas. The Pope gives an address. Often that address is a kind of “State of the Union”, describing things that occurred and prospect for the future. In 2005 Benedict XVI famously used the occasion to deliver one of the most important addresses of many modern pontificates. He spoke of the proper interpretive principles to apply to the Second Vatican Council.Today Pope Francis also addressed the Curia. I just finished watching the video. It seemed to me, frankly, to be more...
  • ASK FATHER: What am I supposed to do during (the TLM) Mass? (Catholic Caucus)

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

    12/22/2014 1:10:49 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | December 22, 2014
    Bishop Christopher J. Coyne gives a blessing March 25, 2012 during the Mass of Dedication at the new St. Mary-of-the-Knobs Church in Floyd County, Ind. (Criterion file photo) Burlington, Vt., Dec 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22. In a Dec. 22 statement, Bishop Coyne voiced joy and thanked the Holy Father for his trust. He told the people of Burlington: “I come to you ready to commit myself completely to the work of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INTERCESSION, 12-22-14

    12/22/2014 9:13:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:INTERCESSIONEntreaty in favor of another person; hence mediation. In biblical language, "there is only one mediator between God and mankind, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for them all" (I Timothy 2:5-6). The Blessed Virgin, Mediatrix of all graces, the angels, saints in heaven, souls in purgatory, and the faithful on earth intercede for mankind by their merits and prayers. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for Synod on Family-Refocus ON the Family

    12/22/2014 7:55:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-21-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family By: Msgr. Charles PopeMany breathed a sigh of relief when the summary document of the extraordinary Synod on the Family was much improved and the seriously flawed sections (which no one seems to know who wrote!) were removed.  But in this case we cannot allow the better to become the enemy of the best. And frankly the relatio, though improved, ought not escape sober scrutiny by those who seek to allow the upcoming (Ordinary) Synod to become what it really...
  • Latin Mass Society Asks Bishops to Embrace Traditionalists as Spiritual Children [UK]

    12/22/2014 6:23:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/22/14 | Mark Greaves
    Open letter makes an appeal for an end to 'marginalisation' of those attached to Extraordinary FormThe Latin Mass Society has written to all the bishops of England and Wales asking them to reach out to Catholics attached to the traditional Mass. Joseph Shaw, chairman of the LMS, invited bishops to visit Extraordinary Form congregations to see that they were not a source of division, but a demonstration of a truly Catholic unity in diversity. He began the letter, published in the Mass of Ages, the LMS quarterly magazine, by expressing gratitude for the almost complete disappearance of the hostility towards...
  • Epoch-Making Turning Point from Conflict to Communion: LWF, Vatican Announce Common Liturgical..

    12/22/2014 6:17:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 147 replies
    (LWI) Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point. Speaking during a panel discussion, held 18 December, in the Lutheran church in Rome, Junge emphasized that the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics was being transformed from conflict to communion. Precisely in a world in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers, he said it was a phenomenal testimony that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches continued to move towards a profound communion that frees us to serve God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-14

    12/21/2014 10:30:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2014Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent    Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:“Pardon, my lord!As you live, my lord,I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;as long as...
  • For Advent: Yes, Virginia, there is a God

    12/21/2014 9:53:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Return to Order.org ^ | 12-19-14 | Norman Fulkerson
    Yes, Virginia, there is a God Posted on December 19, 2014 by Guest WriterWritten by Norman FulkersonIt is has become a custom for practically every newspaper in America to reprint, during the Christmas season, the marvelous editorial, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Since it first appeared in 1897, it has become an indelible part of Christmas tradition in our country. It is no secret why.Virginia’s Letter: A Priceless RelicThe central figure in the story is an innocent girl named Virginia O’Hanlon who is told by her “little friends” that Santa does not exist. She writes a letter...
  • Cuban-Americans Denounce Pope Francis: I Am a Catholic Without a Pope

    12/21/2014 5:09:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 21, 2014 | Matt Sedensky
    <p>MIAMI (AP) The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.</p> <p>Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, but some Cuban-Americans say their spiritual leader betrayed them.</p>
  • Dec. 22, 23, 24 - Let us join the special pre-Christmas Fast of the Catholics of Iraq

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

    12/21/2014 1:30:57 PM PST · by Diago · 4 replies
    CatholicIreland.Net ^ | 12-21-2014 | Sarah MacDonald
    Fundraising deadline looms for Silverstream priory By Sarah Mac Donald - 21 December, 2014 Ireland’s newest monastery - the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory in Co Meath - need €150,000. Benedictine monks of Silverstream priory (l to r) Dom Elijah, Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, Dom Finian and Dom Benedict Andersen.The fundraising deadline for Ireland’s newest monastery is just four days away and the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory still need €150,000.The community of five was founded from its parent community in the diocese of Tulsa in Oklahoma in the US and ended up coming to Ireland when the house...
  • After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass With Cardinal Dolan

    12/21/2014 11:04:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray and Cardinal Timothy Dolan leave St. Patricks Cathedral this morning.For a mass at St. Patricks Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew. As he took to the pulpit, Mr. Dolan spoke about the good news the church is set to deliver on Christmas. Now, some days thats...
  • Is Catholicism the "Babylon Mystery Religion"? (Story of the Magi in Matthew's Gospel)

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

    12/21/2014 9:34:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/17/14 | Anonymous
    At noon I have to be at the local Catholic schoollets call it St. Dismasto train altar servers. I will arrive a few minutes early, and by 12:05 most of the kids will have trickled in. We are in Southern California, so most of the boys at St. Dismas wear short pants year-round. Students are required to attend one Mass per month with the school, but it has never occurred to anyone, not their parents, not the pastor, not the teachers, and certainly not the students, that they should wear pants to Mass. The girls wear skirts that in 1966...
  • See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

    12/21/2014 6:51:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    See What the End Shall Be: A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Gospel we step back nine months to March 25th, the feast of the Annunciation, an event all but hidden, but which changed the world.God, whose focal presence had departed the Temple just prior to the Babylonian invasion (cf Ez 10:18) and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now returns to the Ark of Mary’s womb. The glorious presence of God returns now to His people in an obscure town of fewer than three hundred, a town so small...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-21-14, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/20/2014 6:08:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 55 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    December 21, 2014Fourth Sunday of Advent    Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,“Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!”Nathan answered the king,“Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you.”But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell in?’ “It was I who...
  • For Advent: The Meaning of Christmas: Look Deeper [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    12/20/2014 5:22:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 1986 | PETER KREEFT
    The Meaning of Christmas: Look Deeper PETER KREEFT While Christmas is so familiar that we sometimes wonder whether anything fresh and true can be said about it, there is a way to explore its meaning that may seem new to us today, yet is in fact quite traditional, dating back to the Middle Ages and the ancient Fathers of the Church.Modern interpreters often argue about whether a given Scripture passage should be interpreted literally or symbolically. Medieval writers would question the either/or approach. They thought a passage could have as many as four right interpretations, one literal...
  • Papal "Diplomacy" with Herod and Hitler

    12/20/2014 4:46:28 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 12/20/14 | The Tenth Crusade
    I have not had the time to put together a post on Pope Francis political move to turn a blind eye and give the nudge and the wink to the ruthless and murdering regime in Cuba and help Obama and the commies in the United States spread communism here. I probably won't get to it until after Christmas but I did want to point out that local commie Jackie Connors was spearheading the arrangement: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/12/17/pope-francis-helped-broker-the-restoration-of-us-cuban-relations/ I bet money was funneled into Church coffers somewhere. More on how Connors took control of the Boston diocese and castrated the Cardinal with money,...
  • Hail, Mary! Tabernacle of God and the Word! (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    12/20/2014 4:21:32 PM PST · by NYer · 57 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 20, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Detail from "The Cestello Annunciation" (1489) by Sandro Botticelli (WikiArt.org) Readings: • 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 • Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29 • Rom 16:25-27 • Lk 1:26-38 “Hail! tabernacle of God and the Word. Hail! holy beyond all holy ones. Hail! ark gilded by the Holy Ghost. Hail! unfailing treasure-house of life.” These words from the ancient Akathist hymn, a great sixth-century song of praise for the mystery of the Incarnation, poetically summarize the Marian themes in today’s readings. The Theotokos—the Mother of God—is the dwelling place of God, the “container of the Uncontainable God,” and “the...