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  • Mexican Gvmt in Greatest Clash with Church Since Persecution that Ignited Cristero War..

    08/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.” “There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since...
  • Irish Bishops Recognize Problems at Maynooth Seminary, Seek to End Anonymous Complaints

    08/26/2016 6:10:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The bishops who oversee Ireland's national seminary have acknowledged serious concerns about St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth, and announced a review of policies and an independent audit of seminary administration. The trustees met at Maynooth on August 24, in a special session called to address rampant criticism of the seminary, arising from charges of an aggressive homosexual subculture. In a public statement released after their meeting, the bishops did not directly address the question of homosexuality, concentrating instead on the damage done by anonymous accusations. However, they did ask seminary officials to review their policies regarding internet use: an apparent...
  • Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of JPII on life and marriage?

    08/26/2016 5:42:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 26, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Yesterday’s top CWN headline story, about problems with the sex-education guide issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, sheds more light—or perhaps I should say, casts a darker shadow—on a story that appeared earlier this month, about new appointments to the Roman Curia. The problematical sex-ed program was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. On August 14, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Paglia to become president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In...
  • Day 12- 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/26/2016 7:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 12 – MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GOD’S WORD “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4) “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-16

    08/25/2016 9:32:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is “not ready” for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission “to promote and protect faithful...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is Authoritative Church Teaching

    08/25/2016 6:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/23/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."...
  • Two Catholic nuns found murdered in Mississippi home

    08/25/2016 4:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2016
    Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found murdered in their home Thursday, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, according to officials. The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they were shot, according to Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies. The two women, both nurse practitioners, were found Thursday morning...
  • Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2016 4:24:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 8/25/2016
    When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
  • If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 107 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • Day 11 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2016 6:34:47 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 11 – MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COUNSEL GOD’S WORD “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” (Romans 8:7) “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the...
  • Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

    08/25/2016 5:00:50 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 21, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom. It is long past dark in our culture, but in most...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 8:49:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed on you...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Reaction to My Ad Orientem Speech Was ‘Not Always Very Accurate’

    08/24/2016 5:44:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/24/16 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said that his comments about the liturgy at a conference in London last month were misinterpretedCardinal Robert Sarah has said that comments he made during a conference in London earlier this year were not always interpreted accurately. During his address to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on ‘Liturgical Life and the Priesthood’, the Vatican’s liturgy chief said: “Last month, in London, I gave a presentation ‘Towards an authentic implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium’..... This talk received a lot of attention — some of it not always very accurate!” During his address in July at the...
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Pope’s US Visit

    08/24/2016 5:36:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/16 | John-Henry Westen
    August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros - one of Hilary Clinton's top donors - paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to "shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign." The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with...
  • Ratzinger’s “Deep Communion and Friendship with Pope Francis”

    08/24/2016 5:30:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/24/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Pope Emeritus talks to Elio Guerriero: “What [Francis] says about being close to other people are not just words. He puts them into practice with me”. Razinger says the fact he did not feel up to the visit to Rio for WYD was a decisive factor in his resignation“Obedience to my successor has always been unquestionable. Then there is a sense of deep communion and friendship,” the Pope Emeritus said ahead of the publication of Peter Seewald’s book-length interview with Benedict XVI in a few days time. The conversations in this book, titled “Latest conversations”, took place after Benedict...
  • A Look at the Crisis of the Church in Germany

    08/24/2016 4:57:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/23/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Berlin, Germany, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plummeting number of priestly vocations in the Catholic Church in Germany is raising questions about the roots of the problem, and whether the situation has been manufactured to promote non-priestly ministry. According to figures published by the German bishops' conference, never before have so few priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men became priests in the country in 2015. Within the last decade, the number of ordinations has dropped by half: In 2005, a total of 122 diocesan priests were ordained. And five...
  • “Reconciliation among China’s Catholics is close to Pope’s heart” [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa ^ | August 24, 2016 | GIANNI VALENTE
    Communication between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China “continues with a spirit of goodwill on both parts” and aims to seek “realistic solutions for the good of everyone”. Watertight confirmation of the important step in the dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See is given by His Holiness’s Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, himself. In a wide-spanning interview with Stefania Falasca of Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire, the cardinal from Vicenza who is head of Vatican diplomacy, outlines the criteria and objectives of the Holy See in its present relations with representatives of the Chinese government....
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Church’s constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and “remarried”) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and “remarried” sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vatican’s marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • "Offering it up”: Is that still a thing? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 3:52:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | August 24. 2016 | Elizabeth Scalia
    We Catholics who grew up straddling the cusp of the conciliar divide may have a vague memory of the phrase “offer it up.” It was advice frequently given by the sisters who taught us our catechisms: “When you are in pain, when you are disappointed, when your feelings have been hurt, offer these things up to the Lord and ask him to use your suffering — that He join it to His own pain on the cross, for the good of others. Offer it as penance for your own sins, or the sins of those who cannot or will not...
  • Witch Who Smeared Church With Feces Commits Suicid

    08/24/2016 2:52:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Richard Ducayne
    BOWLING GREEN, MO (ChurchMilitant.com) - In early August, a self-proclaimed Wiccan Catholic smeared a local Bowling Green Catholic church with her own feces. On Monday, August 22, she was found dead in her apartment from an apparent suicide. The local coroner, Jim Turner, has withheld the details of 54-year-old Linda Howard's death, only saying it looked like a suicide and that he would release details at a later date. Howard, who vandalized St. Clement Catholic Church, told police she committed the act because she was angry with God. The parish priest, Fr. Bill Peckmen, posted a message on his Facebook...
  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent — almost two out of every three American Catholics — was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

    08/24/2016 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Religion News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Stop being judgmental hypocrites and take a look at yourself in the mirror — without covering up your wrinkles — Pope Francis advised Catholics in a sermon that reprised one of his favorite themes. In his last homily at morning Mass before taking a break for the summer, Francis on Monday (June 20) said those who constantly judge people should instead reflect on their own behavior. “Look in the mirror, but not to put on makeup to hide the wrinkles. No, no, no, that’s not the advice! Look in the mirror to look at yourself as you...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • Day 10 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 10 – MOTHER MOST AMIABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING! GOD’S WORD “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints …” (Ephesians 1:18) HEROES’ WORDS “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” -St. Augustine “Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-24-16, FEAST, St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    08/24/2016 1:39:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2016 Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rev 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,“Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,like jasper, clear as crystal.It had a massive, high wall,with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationedand on which names were inscribed,the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.There were three gates facing...
  • New Aide Says Francis Wants to Hear Laity, Not Just Bishops and Priests

    08/23/2016 5:10:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/22/16
    Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.Sometimes when new Vatican appointments are announced, it’s a bit opaque who actually called the shot. That’s definitely not the situation, however, with Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, named last week to be the first-ever head of a...
  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • [Ayatoallah] Makarem-Shirazi Thanks Pope for His Stance on Islam

    08/23/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    TEHRAN – A senior Iranian religious scholar on Saturday wrote to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, thanking him for his recent remarks that Islam is free of violence.
  • The First Commandment: Love the Lord your God…or practice ecumenism… above all things?

    08/23/2016 11:11:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | August 23, 2016 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    In his second epistle, Saint John teaches. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him” (2Jn 10). But Francis dictates other norms of conduct for our times – if not with words, at least with his notorious gestures and, above all, in everyday life. Everyone must be received, regardless of the doctrines they profess, even if they are overtly rebellious, or even hostile, toward the Faith of the Church of Christ. Everyone must be greeted, and special attention must be paid to those who lead a...
  • The Service for the Burial of the Theotokos [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    08/23/2016 10:26:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Melkite Greek Catholic Church ^ | 08-21-2016 | Eparchy of Newton
    AN INCREASING NUMBER of Byzantine churches are observing the Feast of the Dormition by conducting the Burial Service of the Theotokos. This observance comes to us from the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the traditional site of her death and burial.On the morning of August 14 a procession sets out from the Patriarchate, bearing the icon of the Dormition. They leave the Old City and cross the Kedron Valley, arriving at Gethsemane and the tomb of the Theotokos. There the people, passing beneath the icon, enter the church where the burial shroud of the Theotokos has been displayed for veneration. On the...
  • Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

    08/23/2016 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2016 • We are currently reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians in daily Mass, and given the focus of on the “end times,” it might be good to review certain basic Catholic teachings on this matter, the theology of which is called eschatology.The Catholic approach to the end times is different from that in certain (but not all) Protestant circles, especially the Evangelicals, who have a strong and often vivid preoccupation with signs of the Second Coming of Christ. Many of the notions...
  • Day 9 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/23/2016 6:09:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 9 – MOTHER UNDEFILED, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF WISDOM GOD’S WORD “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.” (Psalm 25:8-10). HEROES’ WORDS “Dost thou hold wisdom to be anything other than truth, wherein we behold and embrace the supreme good?” -St. Augustine “Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-23-16, OM, St. Rose of Lima, Virgin

    08/22/2016 10:21:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2016 Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17 We ask you, brothers and sisters,with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christand our assembling with him,not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,or by a letter allegedly from usto the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.Let no one deceive you in any way. To this end he has also called you through our Gospelto possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore,...
  • Is the Priest Shortage in Germany Intentional?

    08/22/2016 6:06:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/22/16 | Maike Hickson
    Alexander Kissler – the well-respected, often subtly ironic, conservative German journalist and editor of the culture section of the German journal Cicero who recently wrote a piercing critique of Pope Francis – has now written another important article on Catholic matters. This time, he reports on the fact that, last year, “in 2015, only 58 men have been ordained as priests in the whole of Germany [with 23,8 million Catholics].” Kissler makes the strong claim that this standing shortage of priests is actually wanted by the guiding progressives of the German Church. “The priests,” says the German journalist, “are in...
  • Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis’s Argentina

    08/22/2016 5:58:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/21/16 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process? Before Jorge Bergoglio’s election as the first Latin American pope in 2013, Argentina was famous for many things: tango, its magnificent pampas, the beautiful late-nineteenth century architecture that marks much of Buenos Aires, to name just a few. Unfortunately, other things also come to mind: rampant and persistent corruption, extreme political instability, and, above all, the fact that Argentina is the twentieth century’s textbook-case of largely self-inflicted economic...
  • Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

    08/22/2016 5:58:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 136 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    "The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear! Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a...
  • New Interview: Cardinal Burke Says ‘I will Never be Part of a Schism’

    08/22/2016 5:54:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/22/16 | Patrick B. Craine
    August 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has revealed that he and other “serious-minded” Church leaders are calling on Pope Francis to release a document correcting the confusion emanating from his recent apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. He also decried characterizations that he is an "enemy" of Pope Francis. The cardinal says clarification of Amoris Laetitia is essential “for the sake of souls” because of the rampant confusion right now. “I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will...
  • The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved

    08/22/2016 4:15:11 PM PDT · by jafojeffsurf · 27 replies
    Our Lady of the Rosary Library ^ | ~1745 | St. Leonard of Port Maurice
    Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in the history of the Church. He used to preach to thousands in the open square of every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks' mission in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the...
  • Foxes in the Chicken House! [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 4:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Torch of the Faith ^ | August19, 2016 | admin
    A Crisis of Some Depth When one studies the Catholic news this week, it is easy to see that the foxes are abroad in the chicken house. Indeed, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that they have been deliberately placed in control of the chickens. At this stage in the game, only those who are willfully blind can deny this. One of the things that helped me to discover more of the real depth of the crisis facing the Church, was studying the life and times of the great Cardinal Josef Mindszenty of Hungary, about 10 years...
  • “I am Sending Timothy” - A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians

    08/22/2016 8:12:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I am Sending Timothy” - A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2016 • In daily Mass this week (21st Week of the Year) we are reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. I thought it might be helpful to present some notes I have assembled over the years from various sources. My goal is to bring the text a bit more alive and to provide some context.Overall context – St. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was cut short due to persecution, and after he left he had...
  • Notre Charge Apostolique [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 8:07:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 15, 1910 | Pope St. Pius X
    Excerpts from: Notre Charge Apostolique "Our Apostolic Mandate" Given by Pope Pius X to the French Bishops August 15, 1910 “We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men to become brothers and comrades at last in the ‘Kingdom of God’. We do not work for the Church, we work...
  • Day 8 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/22/2016 7:12:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 8 – MOTHER INVIOLATE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF TEMPERANCE GOD’S WORD “Do you not know that, of those who run in a race, all of them, certainly, are runners, but only one achieves the prize? Similarly, you must run, so that you may achieve. And one who competes in a contest abstains from all things. And they do this, of course, so that they may achieve a corruptible crown. But we do this, so that we may achieve what is incorruptible.” (1 Cor 9:24-25) HEROES’ WORDS “Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-16, M, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2016 9:43:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2016 Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more,and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of Godregarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutionsand the...
  • ISIS Responds to Pope Francis: This IS a Religious War and WE HATE YOU

    08/21/2016 7:25:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 20, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Islamic State responded to statements by Pope Francis that their war is not religious in nature. ISIS disagrees. ISIS tells the Socialist Pope that the Islamic State is in a war against the infidels approved by Allah. Translated from FDESouche, Via Vlad Tepes: The Islamic State has publicly responded to statements by Pope Francis that the war waged by the Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature. The article answers the pontiff that their only motivation is religious and approved by Allah in the Qur’an. Highlights of the latest issue of Dabiq – the official propaganda magazine of the...
  • [Irish Senator] Jerry Buttimer: It’s Time for Gay Priests

    08/21/2016 5:10:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Evening Echo ^ | 8/9/16 | Alan Healy
    THE Catholic Church needs to have an open discussion on celibacy and welcome LGBTQ people as priests in the fallout from the Maynooth affair. That is according to Cork senator and former Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, who trained for the priesthood for five years in Maynooth before returning to lay life. Mr Buttimer became the first openly gay Fine Gael TD in advance of the fight for marriage equality in last year’s historic referendum. He is a committed Catholic, despite the opposition within the faith to homosexuality, which is regarded as sinful. He was speaking...
  • Day 7 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/21/2016 7:00:35 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 21, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 7, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – COURAGE GOD’S WORD “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14) HEROES’ WORDS “Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.” -St. Augustine “I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.” -St. Faustina “Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: ‘Have confidence;...
  • Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/21/2016 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2016 • In the readings today the Lord describes a danger: our tendency to make light of judgment and not be sober that one day we must account for our actions. In the first reading the Lord sets forth His desire to save us, but we must understand that our will, our yes, is essential to our salvation. In the second reading (from the Letter to the Hebrews) Our Lord sets forth a plan whereby, having accepting Jesus,...
  • Catholic Caucus: To Whom Shall we go? A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John J. Myers

    08/20/2016 9:02:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    rcan ^ | 07.07.16 | Archbishop John Joseph Myers
    Today the Archdiocese of Newark released To Whom Shall We Go?, a new pastoral by Archbishop John J. Myers reflecting on the spiritual nature of the human person and the role of God’s grace in guiding us to live in today’s world according to His plan.From the Scriptural accounts of Jesus preaching to the disciples at Capernaum (John 6) and St. Paul preaching to the people of Athens (Acts 17), to reactions of everyday people following the sudden and massive experience of terror in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to the exhortation of St. John...