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  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • Reigning and “Emeritus.” The Enigma of the Two Popes

    09/16/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 9/15/14 | Sandro Magister
    It is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church. With many unknowns still unresolved, and with serious risks already in play. An analysis by Roberto de MatteiROME, September 15, 2014 – That the figure of “pope emeritus” is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church, “instituted” by Benedict XVI himself in his act of resignation, has been recognized by Pope Francis himself, during the press conference on the airplane that brought him back from Korea to Rome last August I8. This does not change the fact that from both the juridical and the doctrinal point of...
  • Premarital Sex is a Mortal Sin – Of this we must be clear and insist on repentance as the...

    09/16/2014 2:24:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/15/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in times when many call good or “no big deal” what God calls sin. This is especially true in the area of sexuality where whole sectors of our society not only tolerate, but even celebrate sexual practices that the Scriptures call gravely sinful, and which will lead to hell if not repented of. Acts of fornication (pre-marital sex) and homosexual acts cannot be considered acceptable by any Catholic, or any person who sincerely accepts the Scripture as the Word of God. And even for those who do not share our faith, acts of fornication, and homosexual acts can...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-14, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    09/15/2014 7:12:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2014Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Vatican weddings a signal of “progressivism” at upcoming synod?

    09/15/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With the Vatican’s Synod on the Family fast approaching and Pope Francis’ call to the Catholic Church to be a “field hospital for sinners” more focused on mercy than rules, lots of people are looking for hints at what the gathering of bishops will urge at the extraordinary synod next month. A wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Square, some of whom cohabited prior to marriage, has CBS News hailing the “progressive Pope,” who’s progressively progressive. Or something: Many had been living together prior to getting married, which is forbidden in Catholicism. Some even have children.But none of...
  • What To Expect When You Are Expecting (Synodal Disaster)

    09/15/2014 2:00:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | September 15, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    We are now just weeks aways from the commencement of the Synod on the Family. Due to the words of a Cardinal Kasper earlier this year during a speech in preparation for the synod, and the praise it received from the Pope, many have begun to suspect that the Synod on the Family will introduce novelties that will contradict the Church's (and Jesus') clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Some even think that such an event could provoke a schism. I want to go on record that I do not expect that. Actually, what I expect is that the...
  • Those zany Satanists!

    09/15/2014 12:19:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/15/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In case you were wondering, the satanic event scheduled to be held in an Oklahoma City civic center (thus, state operated), is still on and has sold out. HEREBut, hey! Don’t worry. These are just benign people doing their thing. Right? No consecrated Host, no harm, no foul, right?In other news, we read at The Mail: Terrified five-year-old boy has his eyes gouged out with spoon by his mother and five relatives in satanic ritualA Mexican family has been jailed for gouging out the eyes of their five-year-old relative with a spoon during a satanic ritual to bring about the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIAT CHURCHES, 09-15-14

    09/15/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNIAT CHURCHES Eastern Christians who profess the same doctrines as the rest of the Roman Catholic Church. Their rites and discipline, however, vary greatly from those of the Latin Rite. Their liturgies originated in Antioch, Alexandria, and Byzantium, and they usually have a married clergy. Nearly all Non-Uniat churches possess corresponding Uniat groups who have reacknowledged their allegiance to the Pope. the expression "Uniat," though found in theological literature, is seldom used by Eastern Catholics. They feel that it implies something less than complete allegiance to the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from...
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrine—said to come from God, but itself man-made—that becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is. No, if “true” means anything, it must mean “true to some principles.” As far as I...
  • Can Atheists be Moral? How can we (or they) know?

    09/15/2014 1:18:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/14/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more misunderstood the debates between believers an atheists is the question of whether an atheist you can have morality. Some among atheists, and others as well, incorrectly understand believers to mean that atheist are immoral, or live lives that are not sinful by our account. But this is not what is meant by wondering whether an atheist can have a morality.It will be stipulated that many atheists and agnostics can and do live morally upright lives. For example many among them get married, stay married, do not beat their wife, they pay taxes, and may volunteer and...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-14, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2014Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows    Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that also those who are approved among youmay become known.When you meet in one place, then,it is not to eat the Lord’s supper,for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper,and one goes hungry...
  • What Does Opposition to the Traditional Mass Really Signify?

    09/14/2014 9:31:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 9/24/14 | Peter Kwasniewski
    In the post-Summorum world, the ancient Roman Rite can no longer be considered forbidden, dubious, marginal, or obsolete. It enjoys equal rights of citizenship with the Novus Ordo: two forms of the Roman Rite—one called Ordinary because most recently promulgated and more widely used, the other called Extraordinary, the usus antiquior, deserving respect for its venerable use—with each able to be freely celebrated by any priest of the Roman Rite, no special permission needed. One would think that, as a gesture of reconciliation at the heart of the Church, the two forms would be flourishing side by side, with Catholics...
  • A Cross in One Hand, a Gun in the Other

    09/14/2014 7:44:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. Like many Christian villagers, he spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.
  • Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

    09/14/2014 5:44:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | September 12, 2014 | Marta Jiménez
    Marco Purcaro and Laura Capurso speak to CNA in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2014. The couple will be married by Pope Francis. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman...
  • Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (Fr. George Rutler)

    09/14/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | September 12, 2014 | Francis Phillips |
    Fr Rutler, a parish priest in Manhattan, New York and a well-known essayist, has taken his title from the famous quotation in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is in part because of he wishes to show the larger forces at work during WWII and also because an old friend and fellow priest had bequeathed to him a pile of newspapers, journals and radio transcripts for this particular year. Growing up after the war, Rutler sees his book as “a feeble act of thanks from my generation” for the previous one that had endured so many sacrifices on behalf...
  • Former Imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

    09/12/2014 6:05:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | CNA
    Kerala, India, Sep 11, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members. “The holy Quran converted me to Christianity,” said Mario Joseph, a former imam who shared the story of his conversion and subsequent persecution with the HM Television program “Changing Tracks,” broadcast by the EUK Mamie Foundation run by the Home of the Mother religious community. The English-language interview, first posted in April 2014, now has more than 250,000 views on YouTube. Mario Joseph grew up in...
  • The Wisdom and Power of the Cross – A Homily for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/14/2014 2:05:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/13/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Readings for today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross provide a rich teaching on the Cross. Let’s look at five themes, each in turn.I. The Pattern of the Cross - One of the stranger passages in the Old Testament is one describing a command Moses received from God to mount a bronze snake on a pole. The people had grumbled against God and Moses for the “wretched” manna they had to consume (Numbers 21:5). They were sick of its bland quality even though it was the miracle food, the bread from Heaven that had sustained them in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-14-14, FEAST, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2014 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2014Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross    Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!” In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”So Moses prayed for...
  • Virginia delegate slams Dolan in letter to Apostolic Nuncio

    09/13/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9-12-14 | Tantumblogo
    Reader TM sent me a link to the following letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States. Who knows how that letter will be received, what with the new focus on “mercy” cum indifference, but the author has requested that this letter be shared as widely as possible, and I agree with the concerns expressed therein. Some excerpts: New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s...
  • Cardinal O'Malley Reveals More of Pope Francis Plans for Catechesis (or lack thereof)

    09/13/2014 12:23:08 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 30 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 9/12/14 | The Tenth Crusade
    I reviewed several articles describing last night's Crux kickoff. Cardinal O'Malley hasn't been this gaga in a room full of powerbrokers moral relativism since Ted Kennedy's funeral. He made several startling revelations. First of all, he and Pope Francis are in constant communication by fax around the clock. Whooh-boy. Carol is calling in some chits to get her hands on that number! Cardinal O'Malley indicated that Pope Francis is looking in every corner of the world to find voices of cafeteria Catholics who discredit 2000 years of Catholic saints and theologians and help put them in charge of the Vatican....
  • Grace, Faith, and Works

    09/13/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 315 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | not given | FishEaters.com
    Grace, Faith, and Works    Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Justification by Faith Alone? IJustification by Faith Alone? IIJustification by Faith Alone? IIIJustification by Faith Alone? IVWhat it means to be born againAre you saved? The Catholic position on salvation can be summed up thus: We are saved by Christ's grace alone, through faith and works done in charity inspired by the Holy Spirit.Sola gratia! Grace alone -- but a grace we have to co-operate with. Thinking that all one has to do is pray the "Sinner's Prayer" once to be saved is wrong. Thinking that all one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHOLE CHRIST, 09-13-14

    09/13/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WHOLE CHRIST Christ in the fullness of his human and divine natures present in the Holy Eucharist. This means that the same Christ numerically is now present in heaven and in the Blessed Sacrament. There is nothing objectively lacking in the Eucharist of what constitutes Christ. He is there entirely. The only deficiency is the subjective one on the part of the believer, who cannot perceive him with the senses or even reason to his presence, but can only assent on faith that what seems to be bread and wine is really Jesus Christ. Moreover, Christ...
  • Santa Rosa Diocese: Teacher Contract Update Affirming Catholic Teaching Will Happen

    09/13/2014 4:14:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/11/2014 | Kimberly Scharfenberger
    The Santa Rosa Diocese’s contract addendum by which teachers at Catholic schools will affirm their acceptance of Catholic teaching is reportedly still on track for implementation.“There is no intention not to do this [and] it will happen at some point,” said the communications director for the Santa Rosa diocese, Brian O’Neel, according to Petaluma 360.Last year, diocesan Bishop Robert Vasa announced plans to have all parochial elementary and high school teachers within the diocese sign an agreement in their revised contracts to “bear witness” and affirm Church teaching. The moral addendum will reportedly include acknowledgement that contraception, abortion, homosexual marriage,...
  • [Retired DC] Catholic Cardinal McCarrick Embraces Islam

    09/13/2014 4:06:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/11/2014 | Neil Munro
    Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C.“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-13-14, M, St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/12/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 13, 2014Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So...
  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/12/2014 6:28:11 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 254 replies
    Answering Protestants Blog ^ | 12 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    According to Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon) President Orson Hyde, Jesus was married to several women, including Mary Magdalene, and had biological children. "..[In John 2,] Jesus was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana of Galilee, and he told them what to do. Now there was actually a marriage; and if Jesus was not the bridegroom on that occasion, please tell who was. ... We say it was Jesus Christ who was married, to be brought into the relation whereby he could see his seed, before he was crucified. ... I do not despise to be called a son of...
  • Nun says misery of Iraqis ‘pierced my heart like a knife’

    09/12/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | DOREEN ABI RAAD
    Displaced Iraqi Christians pray at a refugee camp in Irbil (Photo: CNS) Sister Marie Claude Naddaf, provincial leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria, is still shaken by what she witnessed visiting Irbil, Iraq.Sister Marie Claude accompanied Catholic Near East Welfare Association on its mission to the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq last week.More than 100,000 Christians and other minorities sought refuge in the region following attacks by Islamic State militants. Many were given less than half an hour to flee their houses.“I was not at all expecting to see that much misery,...
  • “When Will the Catholic Church Come into the 21st Century?”

    09/12/2014 2:31:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014 | STUART SQUIRES
    “When will the Catholic Church come into the twenty-first century?” As a Catholic theologian, I often hear this question posed by non-Catholics and Catholics alike. One of the most important questions facing the Church today, it implies a set of issues that are known to all: same-sex “marriage,” contraception, and divorce (to name only a few), which Pope Benedict XVI has called “the canon of issues.” Because the teachings of the Church on these issues are at odds with our modern secular culture, non-Catholics—and even many Catholics—are left scratching their heads and wonder why the Church doesn’t finally come...
  • "Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest

    09/12/2014 2:13:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 12, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    Brendan Gleeson stars in a scene from the movie "Calvary." (CNS photo/Patrick Redmond, Twentieth Century Fox) St. Pope John Paul II said that a priest should have the heart of Christ the Good Shepherd. Far too many saccharine paintings of effeminate Jesuses in the midst of delicate lambs are conducive to a misconstrual of the image as something sentimental and harmless. But shepherds not only had the smell of their sheep (to use Pope Francis’ language), but they also wielded a stick, meant to bring back strays and to fend off threats. Real shepherding was, and is, a dirty...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUBAL, 09-12-14

    09/12/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUBAL The son of Lamech and Adah in the line descended from Cain. He is described in Genesis as "the ancestor of the lyre and the flute." In modern parlance he might be called the Patron of the Musical Arts (Genesis 4:21). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Bishop to Travel to White House, Ask for Visas for Persecuted Iraqi Catholics

    09/12/2014 6:22:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, the head of a Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in San Diego, will travel to the White House with a list of 25,000 Iraqi Catholics who seek entry into the United States. “Requests have been made to White House for an increase in the number of visas issued, to be granted to those who wish and desire to leave Iraq,” reported a California-based Chaldean news site. “In response to a request from the White House, St. Peter's Diocese has been compiling a list of names for our brothers and sisters in Iraq that want to escape persecution.”...
  • Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma 'Black Mass' Event, Will Stage Exorcism

    09/12/2014 6:03:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 11, 2014 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    FULL TITLE: Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma 'Black Mass' Event, Will Stage Exorcism Despite Christian Protests (Photo: Facebook/The Satanic Temple) Satanic rights activists outside Harvard Square, after the "black mass" was cancelled by Harvard.The Satanist group that will stage a controversial "black mass" at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will go ahead despite strong Christian protests and will feature a satanic exorcism, but will be "toned down" to comply with state health laws."One of the dictates of...
  • Nothing Between My Soul and the Savior! Really? Help us, Lord!

    09/12/2014 1:46:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/11/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Back in my seminary days my liturgy teacher, Fr. Quinn, often reminded us that we prayed many of the psalms more in hope than as true claims about ourselves. For indeed many of the psalms make almost boastful claims: LORD, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty (Psalm 131:1).They have almost made an end of me on earth; but I have not forsaken thy precepts (Psalm 119:88).The deceitful and bloodthirsty man the Lord detests. But I through the greatness of your love have access to your house. I bow down before your holy temple, filled with awe...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-12-14, OM, Most Holy Name of Mary

    09/11/2014 10:01:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 12, 2014Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27 Brothers and sisters:If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,for an obligation has been imposed on me,and woe to me if I do not preach it!If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.What then is my recompense?That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of chargeso as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel. Although I am free in regard to...
  • Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

    09/11/2014 1:59:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | September 10, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets Salvatore D'argento on Sept. 10, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky move because he wanted to experience for himself the pontiff's uniqueness. Salvatore D'argento spoke with CNA Sept. 10 saying that he came to the audience because of “the personality of Pope Francis. He's not a common pope.” Confined to a bed from the age of 24 due to an accident while practicing judo, the now 42 year-old...
  • Cardinal O'Malley Attending Event to Support John Allen/Margery Egan Apostate Website

    09/11/2014 12:27:41 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 9/10/14 | The Tenth Crusade
    For out of town readers unfamiliar with Boston media publications, Margery Egan is a Boston Herald journalist who has spent the last few decades publishing articles that encourage Catholic women to sleep around, take contraception and kill their own children. Over the last decade, she added encouraging sexual activity and promiscuity to same sex attracted Catholics. Anytime there was an opportunity trash Church teaching, bash Catholics striving to practice their religion with fidelity or paint every priest as a pedophile, Mags was all over it. God only knows how many souls died in their sin, empowered by articles written by...
  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/11/2014 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 240 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | David Wells
    There are one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, one billion people who are subject to the Pope’s authority. How, one might ask, did all of this happen? The answer, I believe, is far more complex and untidy than Catholics have argued. First, I will give a brief explanation of what the Catholic position is, and then, second, I will suggest what I think actually took place. The Catholic Explanation The traditional Catholic understanding is that Jesus said that it was upon Peter the church was to be built (Matt. 16:18−19; see also John 21:15−17; Luke 22:32). Following this, Peter spent a...
  • Shock with the appointment of Danneels to a Synod on the Family - and the memories of a 2010 tape

    09/11/2014 11:56:03 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/11/14 | New Catholic
    It is a relief to see that the Liberal Supremo of the Americanist Church, Jesuit Thomas Reese, is "disappointed" with the "composition" of members of the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The problem, of course, is that, since "Progressives" are unimpeded by shame or any qualms of conscience (let us call it the Modernist Taqiyya*), we never know if they mean what they say, or if they mean something quite different and just wish to gain new ground. For instance, Reese's ideas are certainly over-represented in the Synod by such luminaries as Kasper or Danneels, but...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    09/11/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Brother André Marie’s Weblog ^ | September 6, 2007 | Brother André Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papautĂ© princiĂšre, “the papacy of princes.”[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan’s meaning when he says “these popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.”[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that “they had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.”[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • Islam,Violence,and the Nature of God

    09/11/2014 9:23:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 11,2014 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    Although the topic of violence in Islam is a controversial one, Benedict XVI placed it at the center of his treatment of our knowledge of God within his often misunderstood and misrepresented Regensburg Lecture, given eight years ago, on September 12, 2006. Put simply, false views of God’s nature can lead to religiously motivated actions, such as terrorism and violent persecution, which are contrary to the nature and will of God.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATALISM, 09-11-14

    09/11/2014 9:03:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FATALISM Belief in the inevitability of all events, whether caused or uncaused. It differs from fate in that it provides for the inevitability on the basis of cause and effect relationship. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What is it That Most Distracts Us? You Don’t Have to Look Very Far!

    09/11/2014 4:14:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/10/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We usually think of distractions or interruptions as coming form the world around us. But is that really the most common source? Consider the following parable drawn from the stories of the early Desert Fathers and from monastic experience: Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered.This would upset the disciples; not the Master, who seemed just as content with the noise as with the silence.To his protesting disciples he said one day, “Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.” The fact is, our greatest...
  • John Paul II Institute Scholars Notably Absent from Synod

    09/11/2014 4:05:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/10/14 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican yesterday published the names of participants for the upcoming Synod on the Family, but strangely absent from the list are experts from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, despite the organisation having a faculty in Rome. Professors from the Institute have been some of the most vocal in criticising the possibility of changing pastoral practice regarding Holy Communion for divorced and “remarried” Catholics. Family life will be the focus of the extraordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. The 150...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-11-14

    09/10/2014 8:30:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 11, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.If anyone supposes he knows something,he does not yet know as he ought to know.But if one loves God, one is known by him. So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols:we know that there is no idol in the world,and that there is no God but one.Indeed, even though there are so-called gods in heaven and on earth(there are, to be sure, many “gods” and many “lords”),yet for us there is...
  • Belgian bishop urges synod on family to hold real dialogue on moral issues

    09/10/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 9/10/14 | Tom Heneghan
    Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity. "The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue" on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese’s website in five languages. More Read the letter in full "It must dare once again to start with 'life' and then move on to 'teaching'. The Church has nothing to lose in...
  • Liberation Theology Triumphant as Work of John Paul II & Benedict XVI is Completely Wiped Out."

    09/10/2014 6:08:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 9/07/14 | Antonio Socci
    THE “D’ESCOTO CASE” AND THOSE WHO WANT TO WIPE OUT THE WORK DONE BY JOHN PAUL II AND BENEDICT XVI Antonio Socci Libero September 7, 2014 In the era of Bergoglio, the Vatican has practically rehabilitated Liberation Theology, which came into existence in the 1960s and has caused untold disasters, mainly in Latin America, by fostering the Church’s subordination to Marxist thought. Over the past months there have been startling occurrences, such as the “landing” of Gustavo Gutierrez (“the father” of Liberation Theology) in the Vatican itself. A year ago, “L'Osservatore Romano” published large extracts from one of his books...
  • The Old Debate on Divorce and Communion Has a New Wildcard: Francis

    09/10/2014 6:06:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/10/14 | John L. Allen Jr
    As summer turns to autumn, the most compelling storyline in Rome is a highly anticipated summit of Catholic bishops from around the world, which shapes up as a key test of how much the status quo in the Church has been upended by a charismatic pope from a foreign land who’s taken the world by storm. Called a “Synod of Bishops”, the meeting seems destined to grapple with the contentious issue of the Church’s ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Although the Vatican’s German doctrinal czar warns no change is possible, his admonition does little to stifle the...