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  • Francis’ “God Of Surprises” Is A God Of Blasphemy And Heresy

    10/25/2014 4:12:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | October 25, 2014 | Munabor
    The way in which this heretical nonsense of the “god of surprises” has been swallowed by the obedient Pollyannas is a very good indication of the decay of Christian thinking among people who tell themselves Catholics, and of the inability to even understand that this disgraceful Pope is indicating to them the perfect path to hell. As so very much that Francis keeps saying, these words contain some emotional appeal meant to please the stupid; as if God’s Law were a vegetable, for which “freshness” is a quality attribute. The contrary is the case. Our God is a God of...
  • The Bad Breath of Corruption

    10/25/2014 4:09:34 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/25/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    So tightly did things appear to be controlled, so lacking in clarity during the Synod, I had a dream that chained and dressed in their blue-grey habits emaciated and pale from their months in prison would be brought into the Synod Hall singing Nebucco a coffle of Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate. They were an example of justice in the Church to anyone who might have the temerity to go against the predetermined plan. Their crime after all these months has not been disclosed, either to the the Church at large or to them themselves. Their suffering appear...
  • 88 [Catholic] Church Abuse Victims to Split $8M

    10/25/2014 12:57:30 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 56 replies
    The Ledger (Pittsburgh) ^ | 10/21/2014 | Joe Mandak
    PITTSBURGH Eighty-eight former students who were sexually molested by a Franciscan friar who worked as an athletic trainer at a Catholic high school have settled their legal claims for $8 million, according to two attorneys who represent more than half the victims.
  • Cardinals Blocking Pope Francis Move on Gay and Divorced Catholics 'Unaware' of Real Life – Bishop

    10/25/2014 11:33:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/24/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinals based in Rome showed ‘lack of awareness’ of what life is really like over homosexuality and divorce, says Anglican delegate at the Catholic Synod of Bishops Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman Catholics invited to take part in a global gathering of bishops in Rome to discuss family issues, said...
  • Amazing Story: The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/25/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT · by millegan · 5 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • Pope Francis: 'Corruption Is a Greater Evil than Sin'

    10/25/2014 10:07:01 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/2014 | Thomas D. Williams
    Corruption is like “bad breath,” says Pope Francis, “it is hard for the one who has it to realize it; others realize it and have to tell him.” In an address to a delegation of the International Association of Penal Law this morning, Francis commented on a variety of troubling international legal issues, including the widespread problem of corruption, which he called “a greater evil than sin.”
  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEORTOLOGY, 10-25-14

    10/25/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionaary ^ | 10-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEORTOLOGY The study of religious calendars. More specifically, the science of the history and meaning of the seasons and festivals of the Christian Church year. (Etym. Greek heorte, feast + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer

    10/24/2014 9:38:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).
    Nina Pham after her release from care. Screenshot. Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said in a press conference Oct. 24. “I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and...
  • Bishop Lynch optimistic after Vatican meeting on divorced and gay Catholics

    10/24/2014 9:04:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/23/14 | Waveney Ann Moore
    ST. PETERSBURG — For more than a year, Susan Portal and her husband, Paul, attended Sunday Mass, but were not allowed to receive communion, the central sacrament of the Catholic Church. The couple had been waiting for his marriage to be annulled by a church tribunal and they married in a civil ceremony so they could bring his son, Luke, then 9, into their home. But marrying outside the church after a divorce barred them from the sacrament. "It was hard," she recalled. "That is such an important part of the Mass for us and here we had a son...
  • Abp Kurtz Synod was Characterized by Discernment and Unanimity

    10/24/2014 8:37:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 24, 2014 | Jim Graves
    Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was an active participant in this month’s Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The synod’s purpose was to examine challenges to the family today, and ultimately to develop a more effective pastoral approach for the Church in addressing those challenges. In addition to speaking out in defense of the unborn, Archbishop Kurtz has been a vocal supporter of the traditional family against legal recognition of same-sex marriage. During the two-week-long...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-25-14

    10/24/2014 8:20:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 25, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Cardinal: see the goodness in lives of people who cohabit

    10/24/2014 3:58:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 24, 2014 | Madeleine Teahan
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that the lives of Catholics who cohabitate outside of marriage are “marked by real goodness”. In a pastoral letter to the Diocese of Westminster reflecting on the family synod, Cardinal Nichols said: “A central principle for this pastoral care emerged clearly: that in trying to walk alongside people in difficult or exceptional situations, it is important to see clearly and with humility all the good aspects of their lives. That is what comes first. From this point, we learn to move together towards conversion and towards the goodness of life that God has for us...
  • From Bishop Tobin: Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family

    10/24/2014 2:26:22 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence ^ | October 21, 2014 | Bishop Thomas Tobin
    – It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and children awaiting God’s grace. — In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear. — The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as...
  • West Chester priest arrested on child pornography charges

    10/24/2014 2:05:45 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 11 replies
    CatholicPhilly.com ^ | 10/24/2014 | Matthew Gambino
    Father Mark J. Haynes, 55, an archdiocesan priest and parochial vicar at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, was arrested late Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, by Chester County police and charged with six counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia called the charges “serious and disturbing” in a statement Oct. 24. It said Father Haynes has been placed on administrative leave immediately and he no longer resides at SS. Simon and Jude rectory.
  • Professor Roberto de Mattei and Papal Authority

    10/24/2014 12:44:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Father Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 10/24/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Writing in the aftermath of "the Synod", Professor Roberto de Mattei, perhaps the greatest Church historian of our time, wrote "Judgement, with its resulting definition of truths and condemnation of errors, is the jurisdiction par excellence of the Vicar of Christ, supreme guardian and judge of faith and morality". These wise observations instantly put me in mind of some words of a man who had soaked himself in the history of the first Christian centuries, our own Blessed John Henry Newman: "[I]t is one of the reproaches urged against the Church of Rome, that it has originated nothing, and has...
  • Francis’ Patient Revolution

    10/24/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 10/24/14 | Sandro Magister
    There was no agreement at the synod on homosexuality and divorce, but in the end it will be the pope who decides. And he already has in mind the changes he wants to introduce, or rather is already putting them into practice. A commentary by Paul Anthony McGavin ROME, October 24, 2014 – It is not true that Francis was silent during the two weeks of the synod. In the morning homilies at Saint Martha’s, he hammered away every day at the zealots of tradition, those who load unbearable burdens onto men, those who have only certainties and no doubts,...
  • St. John Paul II Was a Marvel Comic Book Hero In the ’80s

    10/24/2014 9:31:52 AM PDT · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    <p>New York City’s subways had five days of record ridership last month, and those in charge of the public transportation system have seized on the increased usage to push their multi-billion dollar capital plan.</p> <p>The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that the subway system broke its single-day ridership record on five days last month.</p>
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUEEN OF VIRTUES, 10-24-14

    10/24/2014 9:43:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUEEN OF VIRTUES The virtue of prudence. It gently controls all other virtues and guides all human actions, since it considers not merely generalities--for these do not really move us to achieve--but also the singular and particular things that are the objects of action. Prudence is practical, that is to say, it is the principle of acting. Because they are more experienced, some people who lack a scientific theory can be more successful with practical issues than those who possess a large fund of speculative knowledge; thus a doctor who knows what is in fact the...
  • Pat Buchanan’s Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 5:08:18 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    David Mills at Patheos ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Mills
    Not unsurprisingly, Pat Buchanan has teed off on Pope Francis, and he has done so dishonestly. His latest column will stand for many others of the same sort that mix distortion, assertion, misleading rhetorical questions, dishonest extrapolations, and selective quotation to attack the pope. These writers want to hit him and they donÂ’t seem concerned to hit fairly. People who complained of how the media misrepresented Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have no problem using the same methods on Francis. And sadly, many conservative Catholics revel in watching the Holy Father get hit. IÂ’ll give two examples from...
  • Turin Shroud Was Made For Medieval Easter Ritual, Historian Says

    10/23/2014 8:22:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 23, 2014 | Charlotte Higgins
    Turin Shroud Was Made For Medieval Easter Ritual, Historian Says Charles Freeman believes relic venerated as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth dates from 14th century and was used as a prop Charlotte Higgins 23 October 2014. The Turin shroud, revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, dates from the middle ages, historian says. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP When it is exhibited next year in Turin, for the first time in five years, 2 million people are expected to pour into the city to venerate a four-metre length of woven cloth as the shroud in which Jesus Christ was wrapped after...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-14, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2014 8:13:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2014Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6...
  • Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod

    10/23/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeDeep concerns remain in the hearts of many Catholics regarding the just-closed Extraordinary Synod on the Family. I have written much in the past two weeks and you know my own concerns, especially the need for clarity on Catholic doctrine in those teachings most disputed by the western world: marriage, family, sexuality, and the dignity of human life. We need to keep praying, a lot!I must say, there are words in the Pope’s concluding address that I take to heart and hope will guide us going forward....
  • The Color of Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/23/2014 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    The Color of Vestments Fr. William Saunders Q: Would you please explain the different colors used at Mass and the vestments? In my travels, I have even seen blue and black vestments which I have never seen before.The Church’s liturgical norms do prescribe specific vestment colors for various celebrations. The purpose of utilizing different colors for vestments is twofold: first, the colors highlight the particular liturgical season and the faithful’s journey through these seasons. Second, the colors punctuate the liturgical season by highlighting a particular event or particular mystery of faith. The following explanation is based on the norms of...
  • The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis

    10/23/2014 6:54:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | October23, 2014 | Paul Vallely
    He was not what she was expecting, in several ways. The man who would one day be Pope Francis had come to hold a service far from the grandeur of the great cathedral of Buenos Aires
  • A MUST SEE TAP DANCE DUEL BY US SEMINARIANS!!

    10/23/2014 6:36:50 PM PDT · by mkmensinger · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4-30-14 | YouTube
    These guys are really talented!
  • "Over half the Bishops (in the Synod) have already switched religion"

    10/23/2014 6:23:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/23/14 | Alessandro Gnocchi,
    Alessandro Gnocchi, in his weekly piece for La Riscossa Cristiana in which he responds to letters he has received, calls our attention to this truly lamentable event that clearly shows where most of the Bishops and Cardinals are in terms of their understanding of the Catholic Faith and the immutability of doctrine.
  • Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

    10/23/2014 5:30:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic News Service via The Catholic Register ^ | October 23, 2014 | FRANCIS X. ROCCA
    VATICAN CITY - Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as "lethal to faith." He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church's size but to share the joy of knowing Christ. The retired pope's words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome's Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope...
  • The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/23/2014 11:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 15 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOY, 10-23-14

    10/23/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JOY In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Differs from pleasure, which may affect the human spirit but originates in some bodily sensation. Thus joy is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The German Position

    10/23/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/22/14 | Matthew Schmitz
    In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt published today, Cardinal Walter Kasper reiterates in a less controversial form his comments on Africa. He says: It’s different in Africa than it often is in Europe. Everyone knows that. What I wanted to say was: I would never involve myself in Africa, and conversely African bishops are not able to judge the situation in Europe as we ourselves are.Kasper’s viewpoint was also taken up by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who said in the Synod: What the Catholic Church is trying to do is a sociological adventure. . . Finding...
  • Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Suspends 10 Priests, Including 1 From El Cajon

    10/23/2014 8:20:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    ABC News Channel 10 San Diego ^ | 10/23/14 | Preston Phillips
    Patriarch says moves to the US were never approvedSAN DIEGO - The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline. The priests, though, are refusing to leave and are now waiting on Pope Francis to tell them what to do next. Dozens of devout Chaldean Catholics attended an emergency mass Wednesday at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in Rancho San Diego, to pray for the 10 priests who have...
  • A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great

    10/23/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archidocese of Washington ^ | 1023-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great By: Msgr. Charles PopeA former Archbishop of Washington was known to often remark, “There’s nothing deader than a dead priest.” Some wondered as to the meaning of this expression, and those who knew him the best explained that it was a sort of version of the old Latin expression Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the worst thing of all).Of all the men on the planet who need to be alive, vocal, clear, and active, the priest is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-23-14, OM, St. John of Capistrano, Priest

    10/22/2014 9:13:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • The Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day is up for Sainthood? Excuse me?

    10/22/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 23 replies
    The Catholic American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2011 | Vic Biorseth
    The mental image of a thoroughly Communist Dorothy Day, who remained committed to Marxist notions of the overthrow of government, might be shocking.... [Yet] she maintained her Communist and anarchist views, promoted them, and brought them into the Church Christ founded.... Her goal... was to contribute to the eventual overthrow of the American government, and ... of the Catholic Church hierarchy..... I still remember trying to understand how [Day’s periodical, "The Catholic Worker"] could be both Communist and Catholic.... by the 1970s the FBI dossier on the Catholic Worker Movement was some 581 pages long. The list of Communist revolutionaries,...
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate On Family, Says ‘Confusion Is Of The Devil’

    10/22/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 21, 2014
    Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate On Family, Says ‘Confusion Is Of The Devil’ David Gibson | October 21, 2014 NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic...
  • RI Bishop: Synod Process is 'Rather Protestant'

    10/22/2014 9:35:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island has called on Catholics to “relax” following the tumultuous synod on the family, but nonetheless expressed concern over how bishops, cardinals, and even the pope conducted themselves earlier this month. “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas?” Tobin wrote on the Diocese of Providence website. In a piece entitled “Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family,” Tobin said that “it’s an enormous...
  • When Catholics Are Less Catholic Than Non-Catholics

    10/22/2014 9:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/22/14 | Phil Lawler
    A new poll shows the Catholic "faithful" are far from itThe Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we don’t have many reliable indications of what faithful, practicing Catholics think, anyway. Nevertheless, sometimes a poll provides results that are interesting in themselves, even if they don’t offer an accurate measure of authentic Catholic opinion. This survey from the Saint Leo College Polling Institute is one example. According to the Saint Leo poll, Catholic Americans believe, by a whopping 68-18%...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORTIFICATION, 10-22-14

    10/22/2014 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MORTIFICATION The practice of Christian asceticism in order to overcome sin and master one's sinful tendencies, and through penance and austerity to strengthen the will in the practice of virtue and grow in the likeness of Christ. Natural mortification is a normal part of self-discipline; supernatural mortification, based on faith, seeks to grow in holiness through merit gained by cooperating with the grace of God. (Etym. Latin mortificatio, a killing, a putting to death.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • More Revelations asbout the Germans and Kasper's elevation

    10/22/2014 9:12:31 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/22/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    Apparently Cdl Bertone the former Secretary of State is feeling a little hurt, his predecessor Cdl Sodano was invited to the Synod but he wasn't. Anyhow his auto-biography is soon to hit the bookshops, and for those of you shocked by the horse trading and manipulation that was brought to the fore at the Synod be prepared for more! And just in case you don't read comments on this blog have a look at this exchange from the post about Cardinal Kasper Deacon Augustine said... "Kasper makes more threats." True to form then because that is how he was appointed...
  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/22/2014 9:11:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Marko sends in this FiveThirtyEight analysis showing that on social issues, especially homosexuality, Catholics are far more likely to be liberal than other Christians, and even Americans in general Excerpts: In the U.S, the General Social Survey, which is conducted by the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been asking about divorce and gay rights since the early 1970s, and about cohabitation since 1994 (typically at least every two years). At my request, GSS director Tom W. Smith sent data, broken down by religion, for half a dozen questions. In their answers, American Catholics consistently have shown themselves...
  • There's a Real Sword in the Stone, & It Belonged to the RCC’s First Official Saint

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by millegan · 19 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate on Family, Says ‘Confusion is of the Devil’

    10/22/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10.21.14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as a sign of “principled resistance.” Chaput is expected to...
  • Justin Bieber Posts Bathtub Selfie, Reportedly Gets in Trouble at Vatican

    10/22/2014 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    PopCrush ^ | October 22, 2014 | Michelle McGahan
    [SNIP] ...he reportedly got in trouble while visiting the Vatican earlier this month, CTV reports. While on a private after-hours tour, the Biebs allegedly kicked a soccer ball around the halls and was promptly yelled at by the staff. While the Vatican reportedly will not comment on the incident — and Bieber hasn’t mentioned it either — he did Instagram a picture of himself holding a soccer ball outside of the historic site. Yikes. Beliebers, what do you think of Justin Bieber’s ... reported Vatican mishap?
  • Catholics, Protestants Honor Paisley in Belfast

    10/22/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Ian Paisley often divided Northern Ireland in life. But a memorial to the Protestant evangelist who struck a twilight peace with Catholics united the British territory's fractious leaders in hymns and prayers Sunday. More than 800 dignitaries from across Britain and Ireland, among them former prime ministers and paramilitary enemies, packed the Ulster Hall in Belfast to eulogize Paisley, who died last month at age 88. Paisley's widow and two sons led the service. [SNIP] The service featured a massive oil portrait of Paisley on stage and, at the end, a recording of him reading a passage from "Amazing Grace."...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-14, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2014 9:57:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-22-14 | Revised New American Bibl
    October 22, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God’s gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus...
  • Kasper Makes More Threats

    10/21/2014 7:48:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/21/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    There are wicked journalists who for a few pence will lie their heads off and distort the truth, who like the unscrupulous Bill Gardner, who after his time in Brighton got a job working for the Daily Telegraph - though I did hear he might be sacked. Fortunately there are also brave courageous journalists like Edward Pentin who hearing a Cardinal make statements which are horrendous publishes them. If journalism is not to be left to the plain wicked, journalists, like theologians and bishops and priests, have to be on the side of truth. Sometimes reporting the truth they have...
  • The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naďveté or Shrewd Calculation?

    10/21/2014 7:31:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/20/14 | Russell Shaw
    The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naďve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate the process to get the story told as they wished. They were wrong of course, and eventually they learned that. But in the interim their attempts at manipulation were a continuing source of...
  • Pope Francis, Barack Obama & The Rise of the Beta Male

    10/21/2014 6:55:08 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 9 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 10/21/2014 | David L. Gray
    After Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which, in part, attempted to highlight the concern that the rich should have for the poor and the marginalized, he became known in conservative circles as the Pope of the Redistribution of Wealth; to which, liberals would have preferred a more fun title – Pope of Economic Justice. Nevertheless, due to the Pope’s interest in governments and corporations sharing their booty he was compared to President Barack Obama. Perhaps, to a very limited degree, Pope Francis and Barack Obama do have a common interest in economic justice, but what everyone has...
  • Summary of how conservative Catholics made sure the leftists were stopped

    10/21/2014 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    This is a nice summary of how conservative Catholics made sure that the leftists were stopped dead in their tracks in the past synod. http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/index.php?ssnID=305&vidID=vort-2014-10-21