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  • Pope Francis Says Women Can Have Abortions During Year Of Mercy, MSNBC Reports [Satire]

    09/02/2015 2:03:10 AM PDT · by markomalley
    MSNBC ^ | 9/1/15
    Pope Francis announced Tuesday that he will allow Roman Catholic women to have as many abortions as they want during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, MSNBC is reporting. According to MSNBC, Francis said that he will allow women the “discretion to absolve themselves of the venial sin of abortion if they had already procured one and had a contrite heart.” They also went on to report that Francis urged women who were wanting to procure an abortion to wait until the beginning of the Year of Mercy beginning December 8 so that they would “not need a contrite heart...
  • Catholc Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-15

    09/01/2015 8:51:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Col 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,when we pray for you,for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesusand the love that you have for all the holy onesbecause of the hope reserved for you in heaven.Of this you have already...
  • Belgian priest suggests ‘celebration’ when Catholics die from euthanasia [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2015 5:14:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    LifeSite ^ | 8/31/15
    A Belgian priest, Fr. Gabriel Ringlet, has suggested that a “celebration” should mark the moment of death for Roman catholics who choose euthanasia. He also promotes the “spiritual accompaniment” of such Catholics in such glowing terms that they read like support for euthanasia itself. While Fr Ringlet says he does not aim to justify “mercy killing,” his approach is a boon to euthanasia proponents. His book, written in French, Vous me coucherez nu sur la terre nue (“Put me out naked on the naked ground”), is coming out on Thursday. Its publication by a major French publisher, Albin Michel, rather...
  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:33:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/31/2015 | Rorate Caeli
    [Translator's Note: Kath.ch, the official website of the Swiss Bishops' Conference, recently published on 21 August 2015 (http://www.kath.ch/newsd/zitat-sich-der-kirche-zuliebe-ueber-die-kirche-hinwegsetzen/) a short comment and summary of an objectively scandalous interview with Dr. Markus Arnold, a Swiss Catholic lay theologian and a professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Lucerne (https://www.unilu.ch/fakultaeten/tf/institute/religionspaedagogisches-institut-rpi/mitarbeitende/markus-arnold/) After this comment, the Swiss Bishops' Conference's website permissively gives the link to the entire original interview.] Excerpts below: Question: The Catechism [of the Catholic Church] says one should treat homosexuals with compassion. Dr. Arnold: The Roman moral teaching on sexuality was created in the 19th century because of an ideologized...
  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 1:55:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 1, 2015 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    In many ways, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput should be a darling of the media: He lives simply; he engages with the culture; he’s among the most supportive bishops of the laity in modern history, he communicates in a straight-forward manner, and he makes himself exceptionally accessible to the public.   None of that seems to be enough, however. Recently, Philadelphia magazine ran piece called "Archbishop Charles Chaput: The Hardliner." Even the photo they chose appears to be designed to portray the archbishop as uptight, stern, and removed from his people’s concerns. Less than a month before Pope Francis arrives...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 7:13:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • August 31, 2015 • As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love but in a very fuzzy and “anything goes” manner. But absent...
  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    08/31/2015 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11 Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,you have no need for anything to be written to you.For you yourselves know very wellthat the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.When people are saying, “Peace and security,”then sudden disaster comes upon them,like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,for that day to overtake you like a thief.For all of you are children of the light...
  • Hong Kong Cardinal Tong Says He Was Not Invited to Synod on Family

    08/31/2015 6:30:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    UCA News ^ | 8/31/15
    Largest Chinese diocese may not be represented at Vatican gatheringThe head of the largest Chinese Catholic diocese in the world will be absent from the World Synod of Bishops in October because he has been deemed to be too old. Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong was not invited to participate in this year’s synod, which will focus on the family, because he is older than 75. “Now I know that I am not going to the synod," the 76-year-old cardinal told ucanews.com in a late August interview. The cardinal said he was told by a Vatican representative that...
  • Is the (Catholic) Church Prepared to Confront the Secular Culture?

    08/31/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 31, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The Catholic Church in America (CCA) seems to be unable to play a leading role in fighting the damaging socio-cultural trends of our time and now, for the first time since the colonial era, even faces serious threats to religious liberty. Why is the Church in such a weakened state? Some commentators would single out the priest sexual abuse scandal, but that’s only one small part of the picture. The answer lies in longer-run trends, which have been discussed by faithful Catholic commentators and scholars for some time but now come into sharp relief. Most of these, but not...
  • Feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage

    08/31/2015 1:03:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    The Hieromartyr Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was born in about the year 200 in the city of Carthage (Northern Africa), where all his life and work took place. Thascius Cyprianus was the son of a rich pagan senator, and received a fine secular education becoming a splendid orator, and a teacher of rhetoric and philosophy in the school of Carthage. He often appeared in the courts to defend his fellow citizens. Cyprian afterwards recalled that for a long time “he remained in a deep dark mist.., far from the light of Truth.” His fortune, received from his parents and from...
  • Healing Medicine for Strident Times – Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger

    08/31/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Healing Medicine for Strident Times – A Reflection on a Teaching on the Liturgy from Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2015 • One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have recently been republished in a larger compendium of his works: Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2014, Vol 11).It hard to describe our times...
  • The Shroud of Turin: A Mystery Across the Ages

    08/30/2015 11:58:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 56 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-29-2015 | Fr. Alexey Young
    On this day, the Church celebrates the icon of the Savior "Made Without Hands"—the prototype of which is believed to be an image of Jesus Christ's holy face, left on a cloth used to cover His face at burial after the crucifixion. An exhaustively researched and highly interesting article by Fr. Alexy Young, Nun Michaila, and Mary Mansur was published a number of years ago in the periodical, "Orthodox America" on the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Napkin. We present it today in the spirit of the present feast.      The truth of God has to be comprehended...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-31-15

    08/30/2015 8:25:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 4:13-18 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,about those who have fallen asleep,so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,so too will God, through Jesus,bring with him those who have fallen asleep.Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.For the Lord himself,...
  • Diocese of Portsmouth [UK] on ‘Environmental Alert’ in Response to Papal Encyclical

    08/30/2015 11:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/28/15 | Jo-Anne Rowney
    Bishop Philip Egan said the 'alert' is for everyone in the diocese to help put Laudato Si into action The Bishop of Portsmouth has placed his diocese on “environmental alert” as well as directing people to examine their lifestyles in confession, after reading Pope Francis’ encyclical. Bishop Egan called Laudato Si one of the most “challenging” papal encyclicals of our time, adding it prompted him to look at how his diocese should respond. In a pastoral letter Bishop Egan said the alert should impact the way the diocese, acts, pray and thinks “leading [it to a conversion of mind, will...
  • This Pope Does Not “Do” Doctrine

    08/30/2015 10:06:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dr. William Oddie
    If you are puzzled, even disoriented by the Holy Father’s conduct of his pontificate (and I stress at the outset that what follows is not intended as an attack on it) you may be reassured by an article in this month’s National Geographic magazine, which contains some possibly indiscreet remarks by the Pope’s spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, which indicate that you are not alone. I say “possibly” indiscreet, since as he is the Pope’s director of communications, maybe what he says is something the Holy Father doesn’t mind us knowing. This is from an account of a conversation between the...
  • The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/30/2015 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Love of the Law and the Law of Love – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2015 • Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-30-15, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/29/2015 7:23:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2015   Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses said to the people:“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the landwhich the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin upon you,you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will hear of...
  • The Consistent Ethic of Life and Archbishop Blase Cupich

    08/29/2015 1:42:15 PM PDT · by yongin · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 28, 2015 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    In response to the series of Planned Parenthood videos that clearly reflect the utilitarian ethos of the global abortion organization, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago advanced an extreme application of the “consistent ethic of life.” Yet his own interventions on social teaching indicate that the principal criticism of the “consistent ethic” approach, namely that it serves to marginalize abortion in the Church’s public witness, is valid in Archbishop Cupich’s case. ‘No Less Appalled’ “The widespread revulsion over the tapes arose because they unmasked the fact that, in our public conversation about abortion, we have so muted the humanity of the...
  • Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video

    08/29/2015 7:38:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Every Life is a Story, Only Known Fully by God – A Meditation on a Moving Video Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2015 • When my father lay dying, I remember that one of the losses I began to grieve was that he was the keeper of so many family stories. He was the one who could look at an old family photograph, identify all the people, and tell you something about each one. As I saw him lying there, no longer able to talk much, I thought of all the memories stored up in his mind, all the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-15, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2015 9:09:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2015 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Thes 4:9-11 Brothers and sisters:On the subject of fraternal charityyou have no need for anyone to write you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,and to aspire to live a tranquil life,to mind your own affairs,and to work with your own hands,as we instructed you. Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 7-8, 9 R. (9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with...
  • Seminar Speakers Advocate Change on Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried

    08/28/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/28/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October. The lectures at these seminars were published June 2 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian as Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond), and feature a preface written by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. On the whole, the book suggests a “penitential path” that would...
  • Near Death, Nearer to God: A Catholic Author's Recent Experience of Almost Dying

    08/28/2015 2:30:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOSEPH PEARCE
    I would not describe myself as a mystic, nor would I say that I am particularly attracted to mysticism. On the contrary, I tend to shy away from such things. I would even go so far as to say that I have a sneaking sympathy for Ronald Knox’s quip (or was it Newman’s) that mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism. It’s not that I don’t respect mysticism—as long as it is grounded in orthodoxy. I have a great love for the mystical meanderings of St. John of the Cross, and who but a fool does not have...
  • Swiss Catholic bishops enlist pro-gay activist to author their report for Synod

    08/28/2015 10:30:00 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/15 | Maike Hickson
    While the Swiss Bishop Vitus Huonder of the Diocese of Chur is still under public criticism for upholding the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, the Swiss Bishops' Conference is coming under pressure because of its alliance with a man who has been himself promoting the homosexual and gender agenda for many years. Dr. Arnd Bünker is the head of the Swiss Institute for Pastoral Sociology, which wrote the Swiss Bishops' Conference much-criticized report in preparation for the upcoming 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome. The report explicitly and insistently requests that the Church cease...
  • Pope Francis' Vatican Sends “Blessing” to Publisher of Homosexual-Friendly Books for Children

    08/28/2015 10:23:45 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 64 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 8/28/15 | John Vennari
    August 28: Pope Francis reportedly sent an encouraging letter to lesbian founder of publishing house for children’s books. Today’s Il Giornale reports, “The Pope blesses gender ideology books. To the author he writes: “Go ahead.” The report continues, “Pope Francis still amazes, writing a long letter to the author of the books that the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, wanted to ban from its schools. After the Synod on the family that threatens to split the church, the Pope again lines up in defense of the same-sex couples.” Francesca Pardi, founder with her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo of the publishing...
  • Lost merely in translation?

    08/28/2015 8:40:43 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 8/28/15 | Fr. José Miguel Marqués Campo
    There is an old Italian adagium which says: Traduttore, traditore, in Castilian (Spanish): Traductor, traidor, in English: Translator, traitor. It’s one of those brief proverbs that say so much in so few words, graced with common sense, popular wisdom, and not without reason! For indeed in just two words, this proverb sums up a fact, proven beyond any reasonable doubt: that translations oftentimes are so lacking, are so bad, as to provoke a traitorous assault on the original meaning. Be that as it may, translation is fascinating work, but it certainly has its shortcomings. It can be very easy sometimes,...
  • Pope Under Pressure As Half A Million Catholics Urge Him To Reaffirm Traditional Marriage

    08/28/2015 8:06:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    More than 500,000 Catholics, including many senior clerics, have signed a petition calling on Pope Francis to reaffirm traditional teaching on marriage and the family after months of confusion over his supposed liberal stance on the issue.
  • St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

    08/28/2015 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2015 • On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers.Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. This is why Satan hates priests and seeks to topple them. Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-15, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2015 10:21:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2015   Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 1 Thes 4:1-8 Brothers and sisters,we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,as you received from ushow you should conduct yourselves to please God– and as you are conducting yourselves– you do so even more.For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. This is the will of God, your holiness:that you refrain from immorality,that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himselfin holiness and honor, not in lustful passionas do the Gentiles who...
  • Planned Parenthood Travesty - The Archdiocese Of Washington Makes Its Mind Known

    08/27/2015 7:18:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Archdiocese of Washington has made a statement regarding Planned Parenthood's sale of babies whom they have murdered. Click on the player to hear one of their spokespeople speak of the concern that the chancery has regarding this matter. (audio at link) That's about the size of it! Two weeks ago the Catholic Standard buried this blurb towards the back of the print edition when the first few videos were released. Today I received the August 27th edition. Bearing in mind that this is the first edition out since the massive Planned Parenthood protests this past Saturday, with 70 thousand...
  • Archbishop Chaput Chastises Critics of Organizing Team for World Meeting of Families

    08/27/2015 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians who support legal abortion. The WMOF will be held in Philadelphia in September, with an appearance by Pope Francis as the highlight. In preparation for the event, the Philadelphia archdiocese assembled a team of organizers, including both full-time executives to arrange the events and community leaders to serve in advisory or honorary roles. The Lepanto Institute and ChurchMilitant.com issued reports earlier this week, revealing that Robert Ciarrufoli, the head of the WMOF leadership...
  • ‘No Shaking’ on Sodomy [Nigerian bishops: "The culture of same-sex marriage is alien...]

    08/27/2015 5:53:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/27/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The Nigerian bishops won't budge in their firm stance against same-sex "marriage." That's the latest word from Abp. Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria and leader of the Jos archdiocese. He told a recent Catholic assembly in his archdiocese, "The culture of same-sex marriage is alien to our understanding of the family and should not be imposed on Nigerians." These words were met with heavy applause. The archbishop then shifted to Nigeria's Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which took effect in 2014. He is an ardent supporter of it, and at the time he lauded Nigeria's president,...
  • Pope Francis' (mis)citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas

    08/27/2015 5:13:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The "Denziger-Bergoglio" ^ | August 27, 2015
    In this sense, the citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium have drawn our attention. So it’s a good idea to examine each one of the affirmations of Aquinas in their original context, with the objective of analyzing the fidelity and concordance of this application to his line of thought.
  • German Bishops’ Conference website promotes homosexual unions as sacrament

    08/27/2015 4:47:39 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/27/15 | Maike Hickson
    On August 25, Katholisch.de, the official website of the German Bishops' Conference, published an interview with the German moral theologian Stephan Goertz concerning his new book, Who Am I to Judge? Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. In the interview, Goertz makes the claim that homosexuality should no longer be condemned because the times have changed. In biblical times, says the theologian, "procreation was the first God-given purpose of sexuality." At that time, "sexuality had as its first purpose to secure the survival of the people"; however, "that is obviously not any more our situation, and that is since the [Second...
  • Papal visit organizers unveil marketing campaign

    08/27/2015 4:37:51 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    phillyvoice.com ^ | 8/26/15 | John Kopp
    Organizers for the World Meeting of Families announced Wednesday a grassroots marketing campaign aimed at encouraging business and residential participation during the papal events in late September. Standing outside Jack's Firehouse in Fairmount, WMOF Executive Director Donna Crilley Farrell unveiled window signage and buttons depicting Pope Francis alongside the marketing slogan #OpenInPHL. The signage and buttons will be distributed to businesses throughout Center City as part of the "I'll Be There" campaign. Businesses that will be open during the papal visit are being asked to use the window signs. The marketing campaign comes amidst residential grumbling regarding the massive street...
  • Pope's Visit May Bring Out the Best, or Worst, in Washingtonians

    08/27/2015 3:20:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Jostling for tickets, preparing to introduce special legislation, pushing pet causes, and gearing up for the kinds of crowds that could rival those of a presidential inauguration day are some of the ways Washington, D.C., is getting ready for Pope Francis. Yep, that sounds just like Washington.  The Pope will be in the nation's capital Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24, and the coveting of papal event tickets might be just as strong in Congress as it is in parishes.  Previous popes have celebrated public Masses in Washington—the last was Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium in 2008—and visited the White...
  • Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population, Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It

    08/27/2015 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/27/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. A profile on American Catholics shared by PRRI noted that they make up roughly one in five, or 22 percent of all American adults, with 59 percent of Catholics categorized as white non-Hispanic, while 34 percent identifying as Hispanic. When asked about whether gay and lesbian...
  • Church Inquiry May Pit Pope Against a Popular Bosnian Shrine

    08/27/2015 11:20:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08-26-2015 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    MEDJUGORJE, Bosnia and Herzegovina — At exactly 6:40 p.m. one sultry day this month, the peal of church bells rang though the main square of this town, bringing countless pilgrims instantly to their knees. The ringing marked the moment, 34 years ago, when a group of six youths say the Virgin Mary appeared to them. Three of them say she has continued to do so, usually at the same time, every day since. Over that period, the scheduled apparitions have drawn millions of believers to this small town, and a good dose of suspicion from skeptics, including, perhaps, Pope Francis....
  • Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

    08/27/2015 7:08:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church Msgr. Charles Pope • August 26, 2015 • There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes.But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for the way forward: confidence, courage, boldness, and love—even for our enemies. Let’s look at some texts.Earlier this week we read from St....
  • A CHILD SAVED BY MOTHER MARY

    Introduction : In the first centuries of the Church it was the custom to give to little children who had not yet lost the innocence of their baptism the "Consecrated Species" which remained after the Communion of the Faithful. One day, a child the son of a Jewish Glass Founder of Constantinople while going to school with other "Christian Children" had followed them to the Church and innocently presented himself like the others and received the fragments of the "Holy Eucharist". A Frightful Ordeal : Having returned home, he narrated simply to his Father what he had done. The Father,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-15, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2015 7:46:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2015   Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Thes 3:7-13 We have been reassured about you, brothers and sisters,in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord. What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you,for all the joy we feel on your account before our God?Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in personand to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesusdirect our way to you, and may the Lord make you increaseand...
  • Syriac Catholic Bishop to Be Beatified

    08/26/2015 6:35:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki Was Killed in Hatred of the FaithSyriac Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki, martyred during the "Assyrian Genocide," will soon be called 'blessed.' According to Fides, the bishop will be beatified at the Patriarchal convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon, on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 29, during a solemn liturgy. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III will preside over the beatification while numerous Patriarchs and heads of Christian churches of the East from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are expected to attend. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,...
  • At Pallium Mass, Cupich Calls for Mercy Toward Nontraditional Families

    08/26/2015 6:27:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/23/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    CHICAGO – Catholics must avoid being rigid, embrace change, and show mercy, not harsh judgment, toward nontraditional families. That was the message from Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich Sunday afternoon after receiving his pallium, a wool stole that is a piece of liturgical regalia symbolizing his connection to the pope, from the papal ambassador to the United States. In a 15-minute homily, Cupich said bishops and other Catholics should avoid “absolutizing one particular era” by remembering the richness and diversity of their faith. At the same time, the Church should be “open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to...
  • USCCB Approves Initiative To Round All Traditionally Built Churches By End Of Next Year [Satire]

    08/26/2015 6:26:57 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that they have approved an initiative to “round out” all remaining traditionally built churches by the end of next year, USCCB secretary to the president bishop Jonathon Garner announced early this morning.“This is a long time coming,” an ecstatic Garner told EOTT. “We’re excited to finally give all parishioners the opportunity to finally get more involved in the Mass.”Garner also said that during the renovation, parishioners would be invited to “come together as one family by sitting around the altar,” which, he emphasized, was one of the most essential aspects...
  • 'Hand of God' untangles Philippine traffic mess [not my headline]

    08/26/2015 6:01:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/25/15
    An 83-year-old Catholic cardinal in the Philippines came to the rescue of thousands of stranded motorists over the weekend after single-handedly untangling a traffic jam in Manila during a typhoon. Gaudencio Rosales took matters into his own hands on Sunday as he traversed a typhoon-lashed Philippine highway on the outskirts of the capital to help settle a traffic dispute. "We were trapped for over an hour and we were rushing to another engagement. I said to myself: 'we cannot take this anymore,'" the retired Manila cardinal told AFP on Tuesday. With no traffic policemen in sight amid the onslaught of...
  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 4:32:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 26, 2015 | George Weigel
    View of interior of the catacombs of Saint Gennaro in Naples. (us.fotolia.com | dudlajzov) At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs was destined to become perhaps the most quoted excerpt from Ratzinger’s extensive bibliography, when Professor Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI: “From the crisis of today a new Church of tomorrow will emerge – a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have...
  • Iowa bishop bans Mass at chapel where female 'priest' led services

    08/26/2015 4:25:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, has revoked permission for the celebration of Mass at a Catholic Worker house, after a woman claiming to be a Catholic priest led services there. Janice Sevre-Duszynska, a representative of Roman Catholic WomanPriests, presided at a ceremony in the Catholic Worker house last December. Bishop Pates took disciplinary action against the group after consulting the presbyteral council of his diocese, which gave his move unanimous approval. The bishop’s decision was conveyed to the Catholic Worker house in May; the diocese made it public in August. Additional sources for this storySome links will take...
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

    08/26/2015 7:09:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2015 • One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom it gives. I. Fundamental Meaning – While the words “pure” and “clean,” are not inauthentic translations of the Greek word καθαρός (katharos), a more literal...
  • World Meeting of Families president supported pro-abortion, gay ‘marriage’ candidates: report

    08/26/2015 4:08:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews | 8/25/15 | Lisa Bourne
    The president of the upcoming papal event in Philadelphia backed political candidates who support homosexual “marriage” and abortion, including a former Planned Parenthood director, a new report says. World Meeting of Families President Robert Ciaruffoli gave thousands of dollars to several pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidates over the last 16 years, according to the Lepanto Institute, one that founded a Philadelphia Planned Parenthood facility and opposed restriction of interstate transportation of minors for abortion. While Ciaruffoli did contribute to a number of candidates who uphold life and marriage, the report says, his record of support for those promoting abortion and homosexuality...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-15

    08/25/2015 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2015   Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13 You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.You are witnesses, and so is God,how devoutly and justly and blamelesslywe behaved toward you believers.As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,exhorting and encouraging you and insistingthat you walk in a manner worthy of the Godwho calls you into his Kingdom and glory. And for this reason we...