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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-06-15

    05/05/2015 9:24:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 6, 2015Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • Archbishop Blase Cupich: Democrat Shill

    05/05/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 5/5/15 | Stumbling Block
    Truth Revolt asks why the new Archbishop of Chicago has the nerve to speak of illegal immigration as if it were Gods agenda. Where are truth-loving Catholics supposed to look for a Church that isnt in the pocket of anti-Catholic hate today? Either it is evil to be conservative or these bishops are pretenders. Is it love to hand political power to the true enemies of God and man? True to his claim that immigration reform is Gods agenda, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been cozying up to pro-abortion Democrats to get his social justice initiatives underway. On Sunday, the...
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • Turkey: Investigation over 'ruined' Roman mosaics

    05/05/2015 1:12:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/05/2015
    Authorities are looking into the claims of a local craftsman who raised concerns over the condition of at least 10 mosaics at the Hatay Archaeology Museum, the Hurriyet Daily News website reports. Mehmet Daskapan first spoke out in an interview with a local paper in February, but the news was only picked up by mainstream Turkish media on Monday. "Valuable pieces from the Roman period have been ruined," Mr Daskapan told the Antakya Gazetesi website at the time. "They have become caricatures of their former selves. Some are in an especially poor condition and have lost their originality and value."...
  • A Mathematical Proof for the Existence of the One God

    05/05/2015 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 45 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 5 May 2015 | ن Tefilo de Jess ن (@vivificat)
    Brothers and Sisters: Peace be with you. Frequently, Internet atheistic aces challenge me to provide evidence and/or proof for the existence of God. Almost all the time the proof they demand is, on its face, absurd because it is empirical in way or the other and God, if they only knew what the word "God" is, lies beyond any empirical proof. No matter, they keep insisting and the silence of the impossible experiment is proof enough for them. This post is not address to those narrow, sterile minds because they've closed themselves within and become impermeable to any argument....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITURGICAL KISS, 05-05-15

    05/05/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-05-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LITURGICAL KISSTouching with the lips as a mark of reverence during ceremonies of public worship. The frequency of this gesture has been reduced since the Second Vatican Council, but it is still prescribed. The priest must kiss the altar as he begins and concludes the Mass, and he is to kiss the lectionary after reading the Gospel. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/05/2015 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe second reading from today’s Mass is very Catholic and too informative to let pass without comment. It presents a highly organized Church, possessing some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church. The soft, cross-less Christianity of many today, who replace the cross with a pillow and...
  • S Pius V: the BIG MISTAKE, THE UNIVERSAL MYTH

    05/05/2015 6:49:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 05-05-2015 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    There is a myth which is endlessly repeated ... I groan every time I read it ... about the liturgical reforms of S Pius V. It goes like this: (1) He wished to standardise and centralise. So he ordered everybody to use his new edition of the Roman Missal (but he did permit those with rites more than 200 years old to keep them). This is pretty well the opposite of what his legislation ordered. He: (2) Ordered those with such old rites to keep them. But, if they positively wanted to adopt his new edition instead, he permitted them...
  • The Popes Against Slavery

    05/05/2015 12:34:24 AM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 6 replies
    Papal Efforts against Slavery:How the popes combated slaveryIntroduction There has not been an institution that has done more for the abolition of slavery as we know it than the Catholic Church. This is specifically true in regards to the constant efforts and admonitions against what is known today as chattel slavery, the unjust form of servitude which has existed ever since the time of the Age of Exploration, and which Pope Pius III once called a slavery never before heard of.1 Ever since the Early Church, the Catholic Church has done a great deal for the cause for human dignity,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-05-15

    05/04/2015 10:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 5, 2015Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Antonio Socci: "Dear Pope Francis, we adore God, not men"

    05/04/2015 7:44:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caelie ^ | April 28, 2015 | Antonio Socci
    April 28, 2015 In a message today, Pope Bergoglio said precisely the following: How much I would like us to kneel in veneration before the poor in church. Quite frankly, Id like us to kneel before Jesus Christ, Our Saviour, particularly in front of Our Eucharistic Jesus, SEEING THAT POPE BERGOGLIO DOESNT KNEEL AT THE CONSECRATION, AS HE SHOULD DO, AND, HE DOESNT KNEEL AT EUCHARISTIC ADORATION EITHER!!! I say this specifically, as I have had to deal every day with gravely ill and suffering dear ones, in whom I am aware of the presence of Our Lord. And I...
  • A.D. The Bible Continues season one, episode three

    05/04/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 26, 2015 | Peter T. Chattaway
    Season 1, Episode 3 The Spirit ArrivesActs 2-4Editing Acts. The third episode of A.D. The Bible Continues is the first one that takes place entirely within the timeframe of the book of Acts, and it zips through the first few chapters so quickly that the final scenes are taken from Acts 4. This is remarkable, when you consider that there are still nine episodes to go and the season as a whole is only supposed to get as far as Acts 10. How does this episode get through the first few chapters of Acts so quickly? Partly by...
  • God's Big Problem with Christians-In-Name-Only

    05/04/2015 3:26:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 4, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    In the book of Revelation, when Jesus catalogues the problems in each of several churches he gives a lot of great advice. Some churches need to hold fast to what you have others need to return to your first love. But when he comes to the church of Laodicea, he has nothing good to say: I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 4:15-16). Jesus prefers bad Christians...
  • Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2015 2:00:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    News.va ^ | 05-02-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College 2015-05-02 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday made the short trip to Rome’s Janiculum Hill to the Pontifical North American College, the national seminary for the United States.The College was hosting a day of reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary to California who will canonized by Pope Francis during his trip to Washington, DC, in September.Pope Francis said during his homily he wanted to discuss three aspect of the life of Blessed Serra – his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion, and his witness of holiness.Pope Francis said...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VENI SANCTAE SPIRITUS, 05-04-15

    05/04/2015 8:56:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-04-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VENI SANCTAE SPIRITUSThe Golden Sequence, for the Pentecost Eucharistic liturgy. From its opening lines, "Come, Holy Spirit," the hymn sustains the theme of asking for an increase of the seven gifts. Its author was most probably Stephen Langton (d. 1228), Archbishop of Canterbury. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Reformation is over. Catholics 0, Protestants 1

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 571 replies
    triablogue ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jerry Walls
    I'm going to transcribe an article that Jerry Walls wrote when he was a grad student at Notre Dame: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am nearing the end of three very happy (with a brief interlude) years as a graduate student in the philosophy department at Notre Dame. The philosophy department is quite lively and stimulating and I have learned a great deal about my discipline. Along the way, I have also acquired an education of another sortnamely in the ways of the Roman Catholic Church. My education in this regard has been informal and piecemeal, to be sure. My insights have been...
  • Blind Followers, Inconsistencies, Double Standards and More Confusion

    04/26/2015 1:05:20 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 177 replies
    Reformed Apologist ^ | December 17, 2012 | Reformed Apologist
    Roman Catholics often assert that Protestantism operates under the principle that Scripture is open to private interpretation because Protestants deny theneed for an infallible magisterium to interpret Scripture. Is historic Protestantism really a religion of "me and my Bible?" Do the tenets of historical Protestantism really deny 2 Peter 1:20, which informs that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation? An honest and informed Roman Catholic understands that Protestants do not think that Scripture has no need for an interpreter. 1. An honest and informed Roman Catholic understands and willgladly concedethat historic Protestantism affirms that Scripture is the interpreter...
  • Roman Catholic presuppositions on the early papacy are in retreat

    04/30/2015 10:26:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Bugay
    Roman Catholic presuppositions on the early papacy are in retreat Galileo: If I can do it, Bergoglio can do it A presupposition is an elementary assumption in ones reasoning or in the process by which opinions are formed [In the case of Protestant/Catholic discussions], a presupposition is not just any assumption in an argument, but a personal commitment that is held at the most basic level of ones network of beliefs. Presuppositions form a wide-ranging foundational perspective (or starting point) in terms of which everything else is interpreted and evaluated. As such, presuppositions have the greatest authority in ones thinking,...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1)

    05/01/2015 11:05:57 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1) For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    05/02/2015 12:50:12 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 37 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned in...
  • Rome's Meaningless Claim to "Unbroken Chain Of Succession"

    05/03/2015 12:05:34 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 198 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turrretin ^ | November 26, 2010 | TurretinFan
    The following is an example of Rome's claim of "unbroken succession" - provided by pope John Paul II:Nevertheless, the Roman Pontiffs have exercised their authority in Rome and, according to the conditions and opportunities of the times, have done so in wider and even universal areas, by virtue of their succeeding Peter. Written documents do not tell us how this succession occurred in the first link connecting Peter with the series of the bishops of Rome. It can be deduced, however, by considering everything that Pope Clement states in the letter cited above regarding the appointment of the first bishops...
  • Pondering Pruning A Meditation on This Necessary Work of God in Our Lives

    05/04/2015 7:05:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Pruning – A Meditation on This Necessary Work of God in Our Lives By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe gospel from Sunday (John 15:1-8) presents us with an important meditation on the difference between love and kindness. Perhaps some further reflections from this gospel are in order today.There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to reduce love to kindness. Kindness is an aspect of love, but so is rebuke. It is an immature notion of love that reduces it merely to affirming, or that refers to proper correction as a form of “hate.”We saw in yesterday’s gospel that proper care...
  • We've Already Redefined Marriage, by Accepting Contraception

    05/04/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/1/15 | Phil Lawler
    In a must-read column for the Wall Street Journal, Rev. Donald Sensing, a Methodist minister from Tennessee, argues that acceptance of same-sex marriage will not cause the degeneration of the institution of marriage; it is the result of it. Understand that Rev. Sensing is not happy with the situation as he sees it. I believe that this state of affairs is contrary to the will of God, he writes. But he argues persuasively that the public understanding of marriage was doomed when society accepted the Pill, and thereby severed the link between marriage and procreation. Marriage, he observes, had traditionally...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-15

    05/03/2015 7:45:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 4, 2015Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 14:5-18 There was an attempt in Iconiumby both the Gentiles and the Jews,together with their leaders,to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.They realized it,and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbeand to the surrounding countryside,where they continued to proclaim the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,saw that he had the faith to be healed,and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your...
  • Scripture Speaks: Remain in Me (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 1:07:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 3, 2015 | GAYLE SOMERS
    On the eve of His death, knowing that He was about to depart from His friends, Jesus said to them: Remain in Me, as I remain in you. How would that be possible?Gospel (Read Jn 15:1-8) Our reading today comes from a section of St. Johns Gospel that is often called the Last Supper discourse. After He washed the disciples feet, Jesus spoke at length with them in a most serious manner. This was straight talk; no more parables. We should be keenly interested in every word He had to say.He begins with a dramatic statement: I am the...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • Stains on the Sudarium of Oviedo Coincide with Those on the Shroud

    05/03/2015 10:03:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/2/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    Alfonso Snchez Hermosilla, Spanish doctor in forensic medicine, stated this at the annual conference of the International Centre of Syndonology, which took place in Turin todayAll the information obtained from the studies and research carried out on the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo is in tune with what one would expect - from a forensic medicine point of view - to happen to cloths with these characteristics were they to cover the head of a body featuring the kind of lesions Jesus of Nazareth suffered, just as the Gospels tell us. Alfonso Snchez Hermosilla, Doctor in Forensic...
  • With Malice Toward Nun

    05/03/2015 9:56:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 2/30/15 | Nina Shea
    Sister Diana wants to tell Americans about ISIS persecution of Christians in Iraq, but the State Department wont let her in.Why is the United States barring a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe? Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington save one. The...
  • The Family in Gods Plan (William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore)

    05/03/2015 9:42:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    WAU.org ^ | May 2015 | William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
    The Family in God’s Plan The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society By: Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of BaltimoreArticle Tools The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life.The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters...
  • A Crisis in the German Church? Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

    05/03/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German bishops conference,...
  • If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/03/2015 8:12:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington` ^ | 05-02-15 | Msgr. Charlles Pope
    If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the risen Lord Jesus ministers to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches on the vine, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how he cares for us as his disciples, we need to rescue the word “care” from its rather sentimental modern sense. True care does not...
  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Becks The Blaze, and the founder of WNDs Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...
  • If You Ever Leave Me, Im Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/03/2015 4:07:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://blog.adw.org/ ^ | May 3, 2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the risen Lord Jesus minsters to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches on the vine, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how he cares for us as his disciples, we need to rescue the word “care” from its rather sentimental modern sense. True care does not merely include more pleasant things such as giving food and shelter and other basic needs. Sometimes care involves difficult things necessary...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-03-15, Fifth Sunday of Easter

    05/02/2015 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 3, 2015Fifth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:26-31 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples,but they were all afraid of him,not believing that he was a disciple.Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles,and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord,and that he had spoken to him,and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem,and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists,but they tried...
  • Will the Pope declare that the Earth has rights this year?

    05/02/2015 4:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 2, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Wesley Smith at National Review Online caught my attention while I was down here at Right Online with this piece on the question of nature rights. The nature rights movement is real and extremely subversive to human freedom and thriving. Most people think such a thing can never happen. But it already is happening. Bolivia and Ecuador have legalized the rights of nature, as have more than 30 U.S. cities, including Santa Monica. Moreover, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban-ki Moon has declared his support. Smith is referring to an article at Commonweal which discusses the Popes upcoming encyclical...
  • Junpero and the Others: The Pope Praises the Courage of Americas Missionaries

    05/02/2015 10:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/2/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    Today Pope Francis celebrated a mass at the North American College on the Janiculum, as part of a special day dedicated to Junpero Serra, "one of the founding fathers of the United States". Sometimes we stop and thoughtfully examine their weaknesses and their shortcomings. But I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and courage to the call of GodAlthough he will be canonizing Friar Junpero Serra himself on 23 September, in preparation for this ceremony, Pope Francis wished to pay tribute to the Apostole of California and one of the founding fathers of the...
  • Catholic Church never works for conversions: Syro Malabar Major Arch Bishop

    05/02/2015 9:53:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 92 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 1, 2015 | Stanley Pinto
    The Catholic church never works for conversions. There are people who misunderstand the mission of Christians, especially of the Catholic church, said Cardinal Mar George Alenchery, the major archbishop of Syro Malabar Church. The major archbishop, who is on a pastoral visit to the diocese of Belthangady till May 5, said, "Conversion is a personal response of a person to God. Nobody can force or coerce a person. The church witnesses the charity of Christ and proclaims Christian valuestruth, justice, love and harmonyto others. This attracts people. It is not something which we create, it is something they (people) request....
  • She has been a priest for 25 years

    05/02/2015 9:10:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 05-01-2015 | Sr. Maureen Fiedler
    No, that headline is not a mistake. "She" is the Rev. Ana Langerak, who was ordained a priest 25 years ago in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but who now serves St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, Md. (ELCA is in communion with the Episcopal church, and they share clergy.) I just returned from the liturgy and luncheon that celebrated Ana's quarter-century of priestly service, much of which was in Central America and some at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. As a Roman Catholic, it is truly heartening to see a parish accept Ana fully --...
  • Synod. The Proposal of a Third Way

    05/02/2015 8:28:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Chiesa ^ | May 1, 2015 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, May 1, 2015 Responses have come streaming into Rome from all over the world, answering the preparatory questionnaire for the second and final session of the synod on the family, scheduled for October 4-25. One widespread impression - sometimes deliberately fostered - is that the pre-synodal discussion is polarized between two extreme positions: on one side, those who would like to introduce radical changes into the Catholic doctrine and practice of marriage, allowing the dissolution of the bond and second marriages; on the other, those who are adamant in punishing with de facto excommunication anyone who violates the...
  • Mamma Mia Perfectly in Gods Design, as Seen in a Short Video (Think Mother's Day)

    05/02/2015 6:58:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mamma Mia – Perfectly in God’s Design, as Seen in a Short Video By: Msgr. Charles PopeNancy Pope and Charlie Pope 1961My mother died a little more than ten years ago, quite tragically and suddenly. At first her presence seemed so far away, her soothing voice with its gentle mid-western accent, gone. But then about six months ago, in my heart and deep in my thoughts, I had a sense that suddenly she moved closer to me. Perhaps her purgation was at an end, or perhaps some roadblock in my own heart moved. But there she was, and once...
  • Archbishop Cordileone Sends Back-Up to Priest Under Attack

    05/01/2015 8:21:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/1/2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A solid new school chaplain takes over today at a San Francisco Catholic community that's recently been targeted by the media for its pastor's altar boys-only policy. Star of the Sea School, part of the same community as Star of the Sea parish, will now be ministered by Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, who's described as "a priest of impeccable orthodoxy." The parish's pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, co-founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, has been under attack since last November, when he announced the parish will only be training boys to serve at the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-15, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2015 8:19:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2015Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Acts 13:44-52 On the following sabbathalmost the whole citygathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,but since you reject itand condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,I have made you a light to...
  • Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama's 'common ground' claim questioned

    05/01/2015 6:00:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 5/1/2015
    Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson questioned the Obama Administrations policies in a speech at Notre Dame University, six years after the president promised conscience protections and common ground on issues such as abortion. If there is at the core of the American understanding of freedom a principal that can neither be negotiated nor compromised away, it is this recognition that freedom is a reflection of the divine image in every human being, stated Anderson. The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture honored the Knights of Columbus on April 26 with the Evangelium Award, which recognizes individuals...
  • If the Supreme Court Imposes Same Sex Marriage, You Could Lose Your Church

    05/01/2015 4:56:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Stream ^ | 4/30/15 | JOHN ZMIRAK
    If you arent following the arguments over same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court, you should be. Even if you dont cater weddings or sell pizza in Indiana, your religious freedom is in danger. For detailed accounts of the debate and the questions asked by justices that might be readable tea leaves, see Ryan Andersons analysis and the capsule summary provided by Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker.The outcome of this weeks debate will determine whether orthodox American Christians will fall to the status of dhimmis, the third-class Christian citizens of sharia Muslim states. (Dhimmis have bare freedom of worship, but...
  • Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

    05/01/2015 4:32:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2015
    Ion Mihai Pacepa on Raul Castro's yacht in Cuba, 1974. Photo courtesy of Ion Mihai Pacepa. Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below are excerpts of the interview....
  • Peter and the Papacy

    05/01/2015 2:36:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 516 replies
    There is ample evidence in the New Testament that Peter was first in authority among the apostles. Whenever they were named, Peter headed the list (Matt. 10:1-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:14-16, Acts 1:13); sometimes the apostles were referred to as "Peter and those who were with him" (Luke 9:32). Peter was the one who generally spoke for the apostles (Matt. 18:21, Mark 8:29, Luke 12:41, John 6:68-69), and he figured in many of the most dramatic scenes (Matt. 14:28-32, Matt. 17:24-27, Mark 10:23-28). On Pentecost it was Peter who first preached to the crowds (Acts 2:14-40), and he worked the...
  • Father Paul Nicholson Blasts Father Gruner on the Day of His Death

    05/01/2015 2:31:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 30, 2015 | Michael Matt
    Father Paul Nicholsonthe Canadian 'missionary priest of the New Evangelization'has done a lot of unpriestly things, but this tops the list and of course does precisely nothing to minimize the perverse, predatory image of the modern Catholic priest in the eyes of so many scandalized Catholics. One priest savaging another, just moments after his sudden death? Who behaves this way!
  • US Denies Visa to Only Christian Set to Testify Before Congress on Persecution (Yazidis approved)

    05/01/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A multi-ethnic, interdenominational delegation from Iraq is expected to visit Washington to plead the case of religious minorities being persecuted by the Islamic State group.But because the visa for an Iraqi nun was denied, there will be no Christian in the group. Unless the US State Department changes its mind, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, who has worked among the internally displaced persons in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil since tens of thousands of Christians were forced to take refuge there last summer, will be sitting out the mid-Maytrip. She was invited to join the delegation, which will be testifying...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS, 05-01-15

    05/01/2015 8:31:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-01-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCISAlso called Fioretti. A collection of stories about the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his companions. It cannot be traced to a single author, but one part at least has been attributed to a provincial of the Friars Minor, Fra. Ugolino Brunforte. The earliest manuscript dated 1390 is in Berlin. First printed at Vicenza in 1476, the vernacular translation was widely circulated and is considered a masterpiece of Italian literature. There are several English versions. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • God on His Terms, Not Ours

    05/01/2015 7:02:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God on His Terms, Not Ours By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a brief interaction between Jesus and certain unbelieving Jews on the Temple Mount which illustrates the rather common human tendency to demand that God be God on our terms, not His. Here is that dialogue:And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.The works I do in my Father’s...