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  • Born Again - The Bible Way

    02/01/2015 2:15:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    catholic.com ^ | October 4, 2013 | Tim Staples
    “Have you been born again, my friend?” Thousands of Catholics have been asked this question by well-meaning Fundamentalists or Evangelicals. Of course, by “born again” the Protestant usually means: “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior through the recitation of ‘the sinner’s prayer?”” How is a Catholic to respond? The simple Catholic response is: “Yes, I have been born again—when I was baptized.” In fact, Jesus’ famous “born again” discourse of John 3:3-5, which is where we find the words “born again” in Scripture, teaches us about the essential nature of baptism: Jesus answered him, "Truly,...
  • The Protestant's Dilemma: A Review (Part Three): The Papacy

    02/01/2015 1:23:06 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    Beggers All ^ | Jan.17, 2015 | james Swan
    This is a continuation of my review of The Protestant’s Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2014, Kindle edition) by Rome's defender, Devin Rose. The book throughout presents caricatures of Protestant positions, illogical conclusions, shoddy documentation, assumes the truth of the Roman Catholic worldview without proving it, and demonstrates that the author did not apply his own criteria to his own position. Section 2 of TPD  is entitled, "The Papacy." It's a short chapter, under 1000 words. The temptation in reviewing it is is to respond at a much...
  • The Protestant's Dilemma: A Review (Part Two): Divine Authority, Church Corruption

    02/01/2015 1:16:15 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 8 replies
    Beggers All ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | James Swan
    This is a continuation of my review of The Protestant’s Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2014, Kindle edition) by Rome's defender, Devin Rose. Part one can be found here (and also at the Aomin blog). The first part of the review examined the conversion story of the author. This current installment will deal with the author's notion of authority and church corruption. The book throughout presents caricatures of Protestant positions, illogical conclusions, shoddy documentation, assumes the truth of the Roman Catholic worldview without proving it, and demonstrates that the...
  • Is Confession in Scripture?

    02/01/2015 10:02:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    catholic.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25: I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Psalm 103:2-3 adds: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases… Many will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, “the… high priest of our confession” and that there are...
  • >A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    02/01/2015 4:34:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles Pope There are four aspects of powerful preaching displayed by Jesus in this passage. Jesus is not just a powerful preacher Himself, but also models what it means to be a powerful and effective preacher.In using the word “preacher” here we ought to be careful not to reduce preaching merely to what takes place in a church. For surely the clergy have churches in which to preach. But all Catholic parents ought also to learn from Jesus here, for they have...
  • Justification: Process or One-Time Deal?

    01/31/2015 11:27:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    catholic.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Romans 5:1 is a favorite verse for Calvinists and those who hold to the doctrine commonly known as “once saved, always saved:” Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This text is believed to indicate that the justification of the believer in Christ at the point of faith is a one-time completed action. All sins are forgiven immediately—past, present and future. The believer then has, or at least, can have, absolute assurance of his justification regardless of what may happen in the future. There is nothing that can separate the...
  • Why Catholicism Is Preferable to Protestantism

    01/31/2015 8:43:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 169 replies
    catholic.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | | Devin Rose
    My new book, The Protestant's Dilemma, shows in a myriad of ways why Protestantism is implausible. We sifted through many arguments to boil the book down to the most essential. A few chapters didn't make the cut but are still good enough to share. Here's one of them. If Protestantism is true, There's no way to know whether you're assenting to divine revelation or to mere human opinion about divine revelation. Protestants and Catholics both believe that God has revealed himself to man over the course of human history, culminating in his ultimate self-revelation in Jesus Christ. But whereas Catholics...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-01-15, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/31/2015 8:30:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2015Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Dt 18:15-20 Moses spoke to all the people, saying:“A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for youfrom among your own kin;to him you shall listen.This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horebon the day of the assembly, when you said,‘Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God,nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’And the LORD said to me, ‘This was well said.I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among...
  • Rabbitgate: Could This Be a Good Thing?

    01/31/2015 7:47:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    The Remnat Newspaper ^ | January 28, 2015 | Christopher A Ferrara
    This article is my take on the impact of the latest scandal caused by the latest papal press conference at the back of an airplane: the one during the flight from Manila to Rome, reported around the world under the eminently predictable headline: “Pope Francis: Catholics Don’t Have to Breed Like Rabbits.” Objectors need not pester me or this newspaper with complaints about “bad translation” or the “whole context” of the Pope’s remarks, nor with such quibbles as “the Pope said be like rabbits, not breed like rabbits.” I have watched the entire interview in Italian and compared it with...
  • Controversial Koch Brothers Give Big (Again) to Catholic University

    01/31/2015 5:56:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/30/15 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch recently made headlines by pledging nearly $900 million to help elect candidates who support their libertarian strain of economic conservatism, but the industrialists are also nearly doubling their investment in the business school of Catholic University of America, which is overseen by the U.S. bishops. That’s despite the fact that many Catholics—including Pope Francis—say the kind of unregulated capitalism that the Kochs promote runs counter to church teaching. The $1.75 million dollar grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, one of several nonprofits with ties to the industrialist brothers, is part of a $3...
  • Authority over Demons

    01/31/2015 3:50:39 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 31, 2015 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    I’ve read many term papers in my day.  Most of them are no more than a patchwork of quotes.  That’s because college students are smart enough to know that they really can’t say much on their own authority–to make their case, they have to lean on the authority of others more learned than themselves.That’s exactly how the scribes and Pharisee’s taught in Jesus’ day. “Rabbi Abraham says this. . . Rabbi Gamaliel says that . . .So when a new young rabbi appears in Capernaum, this is what people expect.  They are in for a surprise: he quotes no one...
  • Needed: A New (Catholic) Church Policy toward Islam [Pt. 1]

    01/31/2015 3:42:00 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 30, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    In a speech to Egypt’s top Islamic authorities, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a “religious revolution.” Why? Because he believes that Islam has problems: “That corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries … is antagonizing the entire world.” He continued: “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants…?” He then warned the assembled imams not to “remain trapped within this mindset” but to “reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.”However you interpret el-Sisi’s remarks, it’s clear that he believes the problems of Islam...
  • Wrecking (Catholic) Churches: Iconoclasm or Continuity?

    01/31/2015 2:22:51 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 30, 2015 | REV. DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    There are few better illustrations of the clash between conservative values and progressive ideologies than the church architecture wars of the last fifty years. Although traditional architecture was dismissed by most Christian denominations, the conflict comes into focus most clearly within the Catholic Church.The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s ushered in the most iconoclastic ideology since the Protestant revolution. Across the Western world, in a spirit of enthusiastic reform, Catholic churches were erected with no reference to the past. A new wave of ideologically driven priests teamed up with modernist architects to create round churches, fan-shaped mass centers,...
  • Is the Pope Going to Dismiss the Swiss Guard?

    01/31/2015 2:17:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 87 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | January 30, 2015
    For months, there have been rumors that the Argentine Pope could abolish the Pontifical Swiss Guard. In recent days, the speculation has intensified. This is due to the dismissal of Colonel Daniel Rudolf Anrig, commander of the Swiss Guard.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ILLUMINATIVE WAY, 01-31-15

    01/31/2015 10:11:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-31-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ILLUMINATIVE WAY The intermediary stage between purification and union of the path to Christian perfection. Also called the "Way of the Proficients," the main feature of the Illuminative Way is an enlightenment of the mind in the ways of God and a clear understanding of his will in one's state of life. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • St. John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2015 9:43:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-30-15 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    St. John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ Sean FitzpatrickThe boy entered the strange courtyard. He saw a knot of boys gathered by the far corner. As he approached, wondering where he was, he overheard them talking, laughing, and cursing. The boy became enraged at the foul language and rushed into their midst, striking them to silence their blasphemies. He froze suddenly under the gaze of a man with a face like the sun.“John,” the man said, “come here.”The boy lowered his fists, standing before the group he had been belaboring.“Conquer the hearts of these, your friends, not with violence...
  • Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish {Catholic Caucus}

    01/31/2015 1:57:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    catholicworldreport.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Current Issue: Interview Interview 8 Fr. Joseph Illo Explains Altar Boys-Only Policy at San Francisco Parish January 29, 2015 The pastor of Star of the Sea Church notes that “altar service is intrinsically tied to the priesthood"; says media furor over decision is "biased" Jim Graves Fr. Joseph Illo, pictured celebrating Mass in an undated photo, has been pastor of Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco since last year. (Photo courtesy of Fr. Illo) Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco made national news recently when its priests announced that female altar servers were being phased out...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-15, M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2015 8:21:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2015Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest    Reading 1 Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a placethat he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the...
  • Bergoglio’s List: An Unexpected Discovery

    01/30/2015 4:05:21 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 30, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    The story of the Pope’s actions during Argentina’s Dirty War is as riveting as it is inspiring. Pope Francis is pictured in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a undated file photo. (CNS photo/courtesy of Maria Elena Bergoglio via Reuters) There is so much being written and said about Pope Francis that one is left trying to separate what is real from the hyperbole, the accurate from what is manipulated. It appears the more that is published, the more the man himself becomes an enigma. Nevertheless, a new book from St. Benedict Press, titled Bergoglio’s List: How a Young Francis Defied a...
  • Making Islam “As Banal as Catholicism”

    01/30/2015 3:52:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 30, 2015 | Robert Royal
    I was once in Istanbul speaking at a conference on “The Coming Dialogue of Civilizations.” The Turks know (or knew before recent re-Islamization) that if Samuel Huntington’s “clash” of civilizations arrives, they’ll be caught in the middle.Because I had to visit other Turkish cities, I missed participating in a call-in (actually FAX-in) show arranged for the non-Turkish speakers. The FAX machine spat out the first viewer comment: “You are all infidels and shall die tonight.”A conference colleague, a Brit with much experience in the Middle East, related this to me later. None of the panelists were surprised. They knew it...
  • EPA to Pope Francis: Deliver the Credibility. We Know You Can!

    01/30/2015 2:54:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    PewSitter.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Frank Walker
    Why is it that both the Vatican and the Obama White House feel they can be so open and candid about their close collaboration? Is the Administration part of the Catholic Church or is the Church a mouthpiece for the Administration... or is Communism just a modern word for the Gospel, like Pope Francis says? Why do we keep hearing the same ugly messages wherever we look? In a bid to bolster the Obama administration's "moral" case for combating climate change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency will meet senior Vatican officials Friday to enlist papal support for its...
  • Priests Hold Inaugural Ceremony for ‘Ice Church’ in Mountains of Romania

    01/30/2015 2:42:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The ceremony was attended by Catholic and Orthodox priestsA group of priests celebrated the inauguration of a church made entirely from ice at the Balea Lac resort in the Fagaras mountains of Romania this week. Romanian Orthodox and Catholic priests as well as Protestant ministers took part in the ceremony.
  • For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History...

    01/30/2015 7:04:38 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 51 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/30/15 | New Catholic
    "For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History of the Church of Rome" It was what Italians call a "segreto di Pulcinella", that is, not a secret at all: the Pope was personally aware and personally approved the relatio post disceptationem, the "midterm" report released on Monday following the first week of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "on the Family". What has been called by many prelates a "disaster" or "unacceptable", the first official document of the Church of Rome ever accepting of very curious notions (including the "positive" aspects...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-15

    01/30/2015 4:53:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2015Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 10:32-39 Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what...
  • 7 History-Making Breakthroughs of Pope Francis that Weren’t

    01/29/2015 9:18:44 PM PST · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    Pope Francis has not been re-inventing the Church as much as the media would like people to believe. To say this isn’t to detract from Francis’ pontificate. He has certainly been a unique pope in many respects. As the first bishop of Rome to hail from South America, he has his own personality, style, and priorities – as does every pope. And it’s not his job to re-invent the faith anyway. As the bishop of Rome, it’s his job to simply defend and preach the faith that was passed on to him. Yet time and time again, we’ve seen headlines...
  • Confraternity of Cath. Clergy: "No Religious Leader, No Synod Can Change Teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 8:08:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/19/15
    Statement on Marriage by the Confraternity of Catholic ClergyMarriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death...
  • Woman Who Was Confidante to Popes Now a Sainthood Candidate

    01/29/2015 7:59:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/28/15 | Inés San Martín
    ROME — Arguably the most powerful laywoman in the Catholic Church in the late 20th century is now a candidate for sainthood, after the launch of a beatification process on Tuesday in Italy followed by 18,000 people around the world via live streaming. Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, died in 2008 at the age of 88. The bid to declare her a saint comes shortly after a mandatory five-year waiting period in Church law to open a beatification process expired. Bishop Raffaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, officiated at Tuesday’s launch of the process. Frascati is the diocese where...
  • Iraqi Priests Work to Save Historic Christian Writings from Islamic State

    01/29/2015 7:44:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/29/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Effectively exiled from his friary in Mosul by the Islamic State last year, Fr. Najeeb Michaeel, O.P. is working to preserve Christian manuscripts through digitization, recording a memory of Iraq's Christian past. Najeeb Michaeel is an Iraqi native who studied in the U.S., and founded in 1990 the Center for the Digitization of Oriental Manuscripts to foster the collection and recording of ancient manuscripts which he had started in the 1980s. Over the years, Fr. Michaeel has collected some 750 Christian manuscripts in order to preserve them and to make them available for study by making digital copies. The archives...
  • Should Girls Serve at the Altar? A Former Altar Girl Weighs In {Catholic Caucus}

    01/29/2015 7:31:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    onepeterfive.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Rebecca DeVendra
    While working a summer job in high school, one of my Catholic, male co-workers and I were leaving a building. I was ahead of him, so opened the door and stepped aside so he could pass. “Oh no!” He cried sarcastically, “You just emasculated me!” We then joked that a woman’s real role was obviously to be in the kitchen, and after a good laugh we went our separate ways. Our changing attitudes towards gender roles don’t stop at held doors and pulled out chairs. Obviously, if feminism is to have any value at all, and if Catholicism has any...
  • Pope Francis approved family synod’s controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

    01/29/2015 6:06:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Hillary White and Patric B Craine
    The lead organizer of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis’ role in the document’s publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synod’s first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it...
  • Pretend Pro-Life Congressman Stops Pretending

    01/29/2015 1:49:40 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | January 29, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has pretended to be a pro-life Catholic for years but now he says that talking to women helped change his mind into becoming pro-choice. This, of course, is malarkey. I don't understand how talking to anyone could convince anyone that a baby is not a human being. I'm thinking he wanted to cash those fat checks from EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood. Hey, baby killers' checks don't bounce. He wrote in an op-ed, "These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good...
  • Call No Man Your "Father," Especially on Facebook

    01/29/2015 1:14:31 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Father Peter West has been a priest for almost 25 years, but this week he became simply “Peter West” again. At least on Facebook. Father West, if we may call him that, said he went to log on to the social media site Tuesday and was blocked because his user name included the title “Father.” In truth, Facebook has long had a policy restricting members from using professional titles. “Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities,” its policy explains. “We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know...
  • The numbers behind our life expectancy and awareness of the present moment

    01/29/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by Teófilo · 3 replies
    Vivificat: From Contemplation to Action ^ | 29 January 2015 | TDJ (@vivificat)
      Brethren: Peace be with you! As I approach my half century of life I began thinking about the lifespan for an American male like me. I've begun to reflect in all seriousness about my mortality. The Bible tells us that the typical lifespan for a man is 70 years, or 80 for "those who are strong" (Psalm 90:10). Contemporary scientific estimates fall within this ballpark for those of us who live in developed societies: between 75 and 80 years old. What does that mean? 75 years are almost 27,394 days; 657,450 hours; 39,447,000 minutes; or 2,366,820,000 seconds.80 years...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUESNELLIANISM, 01-29-15

    01/29/2015 9:02:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:QUESNELLIANISM A theory of grace taught by Pasquier Quesnel z91634-1719) which popularized the views of Michael Baius (1513-1638). Among his doctrines condemned by Pope Clement XI in 1713 were the claims that no grace is given outside the Church, that grace is irresistible, that without grace human beings are incapable of any good, and that all acts of a sinner, even prayer and attendance at Mass, are sinful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

    01/29/2015 7:46:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican...
  • Archbishops Will No Longer Receive The Pallium in Rome

    01/29/2015 5:16:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Metropolitan archbishops will no longer receive the pallium at a formal ceremony in Rome following a decision by Pope Francis. The Pope has decided that each newly-appointed metropolitan archbishops should be formally vested at a cermony held in their own archdiocese, by the Apostolic Nuncio, replacing the tradition of the pontiff presenting the pallium on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul in Rome. Mgr Guido Marini, the master of liturgical cermonies, wrote in a letter to new archbishops that Pope Francis thought this new initiative would “greatly favour the participation of the local Church.”
  • CITY OF GOD BY VENERABLE MARY AGREDA - POPULAR ABRIDGEMENT A REVIEW

    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, This is an excellent Catholic Classic in more ways than one. This is a Popular Abridgement of 4 Volumes which exists. There are several books written on "Our Blessed Mother" - based on Scripture, Her Apparitions, Private Revelations by the Fathers of the Church, the Saints etc but none has been beautifully revealed as that by the Venerable Mary of Agreda titled : "CITY OF GOD". Few have heard about her and still fewer know about this book :"CITY OF GOD". The Divine History and Life of the Virgin Mother of God. It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-29-15

    01/28/2015 8:36:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 29, 2015Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 10:19-25 Brothers and sisters: Since through the Blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he...
  • Cause of St Thérèse of Lisieux’s Sister is Opened

    01/28/2015 6:54:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Léonie Martin had a troubled childhood and was almost forgotten after her deathA French bishop has officially opened the beatification Cause of Léonie Martin, the sister of St Thérèse of Lisieux. Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux opened the diocesan stage of the Cause on Saturday at a Mass at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, north-west France, where Léonie lived from 1899 until her death in 1941, aged 78. Léonie, who took the name Sister Françoise-Thérèse when she entered religious life, now has the title “Servant of God”. Léonie, the third of the five surviving children of the Martin...
  • Top Official of Synod on the Family Counters Conservatives' Arguments

    01/28/2015 6:32:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 1/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    Cardinal Baldisseri joins the debateROME: Last week, the debate about next October’s Synod on the Family came into view once again as the Secretary General of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, opened a three-day (January 22 -25) international conference of lay and family movements in Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri called the 300 conference participants, representing 80 different organizations, to enter into the synod process by reflecting on the preparatory document, called the Lineamenta. The document contains the final report from last October’s preparatory assembly (the Extraordinary Synod of 2014), together with 46 questions intended to facilitate its reception and examine the...
  • Blase Cupich – Poster Priest of Newchurch

    01/28/2015 5:24:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | January 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    In his recent interview Commonweal Magazine, Archbishop Blase Cupich provides an interesting glimpse into the activities of the Extraordinary Synod. When confronted with the idea that the media’s coverage of the event may have contributed to a certain “confusion” among some of the bishops, Cupich answered rather candidly: >>The media is not to blame at all. I think the media reported what actually took place. What really took place at the synod was that a majority of the bishops voted for all the proposals that were there in the final summary document ...<< >>It’s true that three of the paragraphs...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-15, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2015 9:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
     January 28, 2015Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the...
  • No Compromise' – Catholics, Evangelicals Unite on Marriage

    01/27/2015 7:43:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith. (W)e affirm strongly and without qualification, following the clear testimony of Holy Scripture, that marriage is a unique and privileged sign of the union of Christ with his people and of God with his Creation – and it can only serve as that sign when a man and a woman are solemnly joined together in a permanent union,” reads a joint...
  • Marquette and L’affaire McAdams

    01/27/2015 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/27/15 | Howard Kainz
    With the ongoing advocacy of gay marriage and mandatory attendance at “sensitivity” classes, pressures on faculty at universities to avoid doing or saying anything “politically incorrect” have significantly increased. A recent example, which has entered into national headlines, arose when a graduate student in philosophy, Cheryl Abbate, teaching a course on ethics at Marquette University, was discussing John Rawls’ “Equal Liberty” principle, which affirms individual freedom unless the rights of others are impugned. When Abbate asked in class for examples where this principle might be employed, one student offered the example of bans on same-sex marriage as flouting the principle....
  • 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers

    01/27/2015 7:20:38 PM PST · by millegan · 166 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | January 27, 2015
    God acts in mysterious ways. That truth is made particularly evident in the types of things he does with those who are especially close to him. Here are a few saints who totally had superpowers:
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 29 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe  |  Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Francis’s 2015 Lenten message. Entitled “Make Your Hearts Firm”-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront “the globalization of indifference.” “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians,” the Pope wrote. “Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • What’s Going on at the USCCB? More trouble at CCHD and CRS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2015 2:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | January 27, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    As a publisher of a Catholic website, I receive lots of information that may be of interest to readers. Lately, that has included press releases about the activities of USCCB-related organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The CCHD has been under scrutiny by pro-life Catholics for about as long as I can remember. The reason? For appropriating funds to groups with records incompatible with the Church’s pro-life teachings. In 2011, 1P5 contributor Pat Archbold revealed that CCHD head Ralph McCloud had, during his first year working for the US bishops, simultaneously served as Treasurer for the campaign of Wendy Davis...
  • Salon.com proclaims supposed death of pro-life Catholicism

    01/27/2015 2:14:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 27, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Andrew Juodawlkis prays the rosary with fellow members of Students for Life of Michigan outside the Supreme Court during the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Tens of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd ann iversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) The Reports of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, who first penned a version of those words in a note to a friend on November 4, 1897, Salon readers were recently...