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  • Vatican responds to Francis’ call to Argentinian woman; more details emerge

    04/24/2014 1:48:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    CNS photo After yesterday’s media confusion about a phone call Pope Francis made to a woman in Argentina regarding her reception of Communion, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi today made a statement confirming that the phone call did take place, but indicating that reports about what was said may not be reliable and have no bearing on Church teaching. It has been widely reported that Pope Francis called Jaquelina Lisbona of San Lorenzo, Argentina on Easter Monday in response to a letter she sent him last fall. The Holy Father allegedly told her that she may receive Communion despite...
  • Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

    04/24/2014 1:42:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2014
    Father Federico Lombardi. Credit: CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.” Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's “personal pastoral” relationships “do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities.”...
  • John Paul II and The Blessed Sacrament

    04/24/2014 1:32:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | JASON EVERT
    Between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. — and sometimes as early as 4:00 — Pope John Paul II would arise each morning, keeping virtually the same schedule he had as the bishop of Kraków. Although he enjoyed watching the sunrise, the main reason for his early start was to make time for prayer. He prayed the Rosary prostrate on the floor or kneeling, followed by his personal prayers, and would then go to the chapel in order to prepare for 7:30 Mass. According to his press secretary, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, his sixty to ninety minutes of private prayer before Mass were the...
  • Giant Pope John Paul II Crucifix Collapses And Kills Young Man In Italy

    04/24/2014 12:34:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 4/24/14 | Yasmine Hafiz
    <p>Just two days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, a giant crucifix erected in his honor collapsed in Italy, crushing a young man and killing him, according to ANSA.</p> <p>A piece of the 30-meter (98-foot) high wooden crucifix fell down during an event near the village of Cevo, in northern Italy, instantly killing the 21-year-old man. The Jesus Christ figure attached to the cross is six meters high and weighs 600 kg, according to AFP.</p>
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABBA, 04-24-14

    04/24/2014 8:17:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ABBA Father, transliterated from the Aramaic. St. Paul says, "It is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out 'Abba, Father'" (Romans 8:15). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Perverting the Resurrection

    04/24/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 4/22/14 | Louie Verrecchio
    It is precisely the Holy Father’s unwillingness to embrace the “majestic” Resurrection of Christ the Most Benevolent King that gives rise to his twisted understanding of the Church’s hierarchical authority, even as it resides in the Successor of Peter as evidenced over the last year by his “regular Joe” comportment. Once the Risen Lord is effectively stripped of His Kingly dignity, power and authority, as in the minds of modernist thinkers like Pope Francis, to whom is the priest thus configured? According to Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga: Jesus’ entire life was a priestly life, in the sense that He...
  • Confusion in Telegraph story about Francis and divorce/remarriage

    04/24/2014 5:40:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/23/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the writer gets it wrong because he doesn’t know better or whether their mistakes are on purpose.Perhaps you can chime in.From The Telegraph: Pope Francis tells divorced woman she should be allowed Communion [This is news?  No.  That was a trick question.  Is there more?]In what would be a break from Catholic teaching, Pope said to have phoned remarried [That adds new information, doesn't it?   You would think that something this important would in the headline, no?] Argentine woman Jacquelina Sabetta telling her ‘nothing wrong’ in her taking Holy Communion  [Next question: Who says?...
  • Why Silencing Christians will Continue

    04/24/2014 5:02:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2013 | Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The number of subjects we cannot talk about in public discourse are rapidly multiplying. The older notion of “free speech” as a search for the truth through reasonable argument is being replaced. We no longer want to hear speech if it “offends” someone’s feelings or self-defined identity. We would rather “just get along” than to have to decide about the truth of any issue or confront the consequences of its violation.We thus have become infinitely “tolerant” of anything but truth itself. Speech is not directed to truth or falsity of an issue but to the “sensitivity” and “compassion” of...
  • Cincinnati Catholics pound pavement in protest [over teacher morality clause]

    04/24/2014 2:45:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    WLWT ^ | 4/22/2014 | Adrianne Kelly
    Cincinnati Catholics said a revised morality clause in the contract for teachers in the archdiocese is unfair and limits free speech. Some teachers are now refusing to sign it. At least a hundred Catholic teachers, parents and students protested at Fountain Square on Tuesday. Their message to the archdiocese: is fix the contract. Protestors are calling on the archdiocese to fix the morality clause in the teacher-ministry contract. The revised contract for this coming year is very specific. It has a laundry list of violations teachers must stay away from. This includes public support of homosexuality, sexual activity out of...
  • Why Was the Resurrection Such a Hidden Event?

    04/24/2014 1:36:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is something of a hidden quality to the resurrection appearances that has always puzzled me. St. Peter gives voice to this hidden quality in Acts Chapter 10 when he says to Cornelius, “ God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commissioned us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-14, SOL, Thursday in the Octave of Easter

    04/23/2014 8:30:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2014Thursday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:11-26 As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John,all the people hurried in amazement toward themin the portico called “Solomon’s Portico.”When Peter saw this, he addressed the people,“You children of Israel, why are you amazed at this,and why do you look so intently at usas if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesuswhom you handed over and...
  • Meet the SAINTS! [Catholic and Open]

    04/23/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicBible101.com ^ | not given | CatholicBible101
    Meet the SAINTS ! The saints of the Holy Catholic Church lived exemplary lives, giving up the temporary pleasures of earth for the eternal joy of Heaven. Their lives were marked by a sincere wish to imitate the life of Christ.  St. Paul says in Hebrews 13:7 to imitate them.  It is important to understand what "the communion of saints" means to us as Catholics. Most Protestants don't know anything about what it means, but as Catholics, it is a very important component of our faith.  A lot of people think that they are dead and gone, but that...
  • Should Cardinal Kasper be admitted to Holy Communion after a brief period of penance?

    04/23/2014 7:31:08 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 2 replies
    The Bones Blog ^ | 04/23/14
    Tuesday, 22 April 2014 The Great Cardinal Kasper Poll Take the poll today in the side bar, then we can send the results to Rome. After all, in the run up to the Synod, the Church is seeking the views of the Faithful. It is so important they are heard. One word answer to a simple question. If the Bishops Conference ever need someone to help them to simplify their survey for the Synod on the Family, then my email's in the sidebar as well. Why make things more complicated than they are? Update: So, this is exciting stuff. So...
  • UPDATED: Did Pope Francis Really Tell a Divorced Woman to Take Communion?

    04/23/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/23/14 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and remarried woman that it was okay to take Communion even though her parish priest denied her the host? That’s the latest kerfuffle created by the “cold-call” pope who on Monday, the day after Easter, called an Argentine woman who had written to him about whether she should receive communion at Mass even though she was divorced and remarried. “There are priests who are more papist than the pope,” the pope himself reportedly told Jacquelina Lisbona. Great line, great story — but is any of it true? The details have been shifting. The...
  • Arabic iBreviary a 'gateway' to religious freedom, creator says

    04/23/2014 3:26:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 23, 2013 | Elise Harris
    Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 04:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Paolo Padrini, creator of the iBreviary application, said that part of his goal for the recent release of the program in Arabic is fostering religious freedom in countries persecuted for their faith. “This, I feel, is a very useful service. It’s a gateway to religious freedom. An instrument of religious freedom, or an instrument of prayer and also an instrument of peace,” Fr. Padrini told CNA on April 15. Fr. Padrini is a parish priest in Tortona, northern Italy, and is a consultant with the Pontifical...
  • Pope Francis 'Phones Divorced Woman' to Say She Can Receive Communion. This is Potentially....

    04/23/2014 9:41:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 85 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/23/14 | Damian Thompson
    Pope Francis has phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could "safely receive Communion", according to an extraordinary report in La Stampa.The woman's husband, writing on Facebook, claims that the Pope – introducing himself as "Father Bergoglio" – spoke to his wife, who'd been divorced before marrying him and told her that men or women who were divorced and received Communion weren't doing anything wrong. He apparently added that this matter is under discussion at the Vatican. (Quick health warning: given the complexity of this subject, we need much more clarity on what...
  • Why is Shakespeare so mysterious? Because he was a Catholic in an age of vicious persecution

    04/23/2014 8:09:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/ ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    Today is St George’s Day. It is also Shakespeare’s birthday and, believe it or not, it is the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday, it is also singularly appropriate that England’s greatest poet should have been born and should have died on the feast day of her patron saint. It seems appropriate, therefore, that we should celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday with a reference to cricket, that most quintessential of all English sports. Shakespeare is “450, Not Out”, continuing to hit his audiences for six after reaching...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting.Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, “The priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Church’s teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Joint Anglican-Catholic Statement on Moral Teaching Highlights Differences

    04/23/2014 5:58:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States has released a document, “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness,” that acknowledges “how differently our two communions structure and exercise authority, not only with respect to moral teaching but all forms of teaching. Our teachings do differ in content, specificity, and detail.” “The absence of an authoritative universal magisterium among the churches of the Anglican Communion marks a signal difference in the structure of teaching authority,” the statement added. “Without such a universal teaching authority it is difficult to state definitively the teaching Anglicans hold on many specific matters,...
  • Why Divine Mercy Sunday is the most fitting day for John Paul II’s canonization

    04/23/2014 5:47:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2014 | Carrie Gress
    John Paul II will be canonized Sunday on the Feast of Divine Mercy. While the date chosen is of little surprise, the fullness of how fitting it really is can be easily overlooked. A survey of his biography reveals that Divine Mercy was something of a spiritual touchstone to which he returned again and again throughout his life.
  • Mary Magdalene’s Journey out of Fear to Easter Faith

    04/23/2014 2:58:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/22/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As I have commented before, all the resurrection stories depict the Apostles and other disciples on a “journey” or sorts to understand the resurrection. A completely new reality was breaking into their world and challenging their understanding. Far from depicting the disciples as credulous, the texts describe them as shocked, troubled, and even quite dubious. These were not men and women prone to naivete and concocting stories to assuage their grief. These are stories of men and women who are quite stunned by a new reality and struggling to get their minds around something they do not fully understand.A beautiful...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-14, SOL. Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/22/2014 8:49:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2014Wednesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o’clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, “Look at us.”He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, “I have...
  • Jokes, quips, wisecracks: John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

    04/22/2014 5:07:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | March 24, 2014 | Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John XXIII, who will be made a saint April 27, is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor. Pope Francis, who will canonize "the Good Pope," recalled his predecessor as being holy, patient and a man of courage, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council. "He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord," Pope Francis has said. But the Italian Pope John was also guided by his cheerful disposition, his simple, peasant background and tongue-in-cheek, wisecracking Italian culture. Blessed John XXIII pictured in the Vatican...
  • The “Green Pope” and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • Hundreds of pro-life Catholics give public witness in San Diego on Good Friday

    04/22/2014 1:26:26 PM PDT · by topher · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:07 EST | by Thomas J. McKenna
    SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For the ninth year in a row faithful from San Diego marched through the streets of downtown on Good Friday and prayed the pro-life Stations of the Cross in front of the Federal Building to protest the killing of innocent children by abortion and offer reparation. More than four hundred Catholics carried signs, sang songs, and prayed as police stopped traffic for the procession, which stretched over several city blocks. Led by a local priest, Fr. Anthony Saroki, and a team of acolytes, the manifestation began at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: URIM AND THUMMIM, 04-22-14

    04/22/2014 8:44:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:URIM AND THUMMIM Small objects, possibly stones, mentioned several times in the Old Testament but never described or explained. They were worn on the breast of a religious official, possibly designating his status, as he sought divine help (Exodus 28:30). Some believe that they were sacred lots that would evoke advice or instructions from Yahweh (Leviticus 8:9). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Chiara Corbella: A Witness to Joy

    04/22/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/14 | Marie Meaney
    In worldly terms, Chiara Corbella’s life was not a success story: two children dying shortly after birth, herself ravaged by an aggressive cancer, which killed her at the young age of 28, leaving a beloved husband and a small son behind. This is not the kind of material dreams are made of. Yet when one listens to the testimonies of her friends, husband, and spiritual director, and hears more about her story and looks at her radiating, beautiful face on photographs and in video clips, one can’t help but feel that hers was an extraordinary life. Each saint has a...
  • Francis Encountering Curial Opposition, Cardinal Says ("We Made a Mistake")

    04/22/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/21/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis is seeking to build a "new way of being church" for Roman Catholics in a similar way to how St. Francis of Assisi reported being told by God to repair the church during the 13th century, a cardinal who is one of the pontiff's closest advisers said. "There is a new concept of church here" in how the pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, speaking April 8 in St. Petersburg, Fla. "There is a new way of thinking, including the way of governing in the church, here." However, Rodríguez said, while Francis is...
  • Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith Withdraws Negative Evaluation of 1958 Book

    04/22/2014 6:02:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Cardinal Giuseppe Betori of Florence said in an interview that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has withdrawn its negative evaluation of the late Father Lorenzo Milani’s Pastoral Experiences. In 1958, the Holy Office, without condemning the author or the work, asked that it be withdrawn from circulation, Cardinal Betori told Toscana Oggi. “The intervention had a clearly prudential character and was motivated by contingent situations,” said Cardinal Bertori, who added he had sent a dossier to Pope Francis in November about the book and that the Pope had referred the matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine...
  • Coptic priest appointed personal secretary to Pope Francis

    04/22/2014 4:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 22, 2013
    Vatican City, Apr 22, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It was made known Thursday that Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, a priest of the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria, has been made second personal secretary to Pope Francis. The position is among the Pope’s closest collaborators, and this marks the first time that an Eastern Catholic priest has been appointed to the position. The vacancy filled by Msgr. Lahzi Gaid March 17 was created when Msgr. Alfred Xuereb was transferred from his position as Pope Francis’ personal secretary to being prelate secretary general of the Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr....
  • Ads bring Church's message to mainstream NY radio

    04/22/2014 4:44:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA. New York City, N.Y., Apr 21, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio media hear a message that gives very tangible examples of the good in the Catholic Church – what it has been doing, what it is doing, and what it will continue to do,”...
  • In Holy Land, it's 'I am Christian'; denominations aren't so important

    04/22/2014 4:18:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | April 21, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JIFNA, West Bank (CNS) -- Suheir Saliba was running late as she prepared to go to the Easter Divine Liturgy with her husband, Aimad Kamal, and his family. Saliba, a Catholic, had a late night. She, along with other Catholic and Greek Orthodox residents of the village, had attended the ceremony welcoming the holy fire at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Father Firas Aridah of St. Joseph Catholic Church was also at St. George, where Greek Orthodox Father George Awad lit his candle with the holy fire. Later, after the Greek Orthodox reception, Father Aridah celebrated Mass at St. Joseph....
  • [Ecumenical] Some Keys to Evangelization as Seen in a Record Number of Converts this Year in The...

    04/22/2014 1:37:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There was an informative and helpful article in the Washington Post this Easter Sunday that demonstrates certain keys to success in evangelization. The focus of the article is the happy fact that the Archdiocese of Washington welcomed a record number of converts this year at the Easter Vigil. But the article also documents important factors that helped that number. Let’s review excerpts of the article and consider some important keys for evangelization. My remarks are in red text. (The Full Article is here: Record Number of Catholic Converts for DC)Austin Russell [a] University of Maryland sophomore…started dating a Catholic woman...
  • How to Become a Catholic (Explanation of the Inquiry and RCIA process)

    04/21/2014 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 180 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    How to Become a Catholic Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic. A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-22-14, SOL, Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

    04/21/2014 8:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org.RNAB ^ | 04-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2014Tuesday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:36-41 On the day of Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people,“Let the whole house of Israel know for certainthat God has made him both Lord and Christ,this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,and they asked Peter and the other Apostles,“What are we to do, my brothers?”Peter said to them,“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.For the...
  • Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Mocks Catholic Church With “Queer Nuns”

    04/21/2014 6:39:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Seattle, Washington is taking a page out o the religious bigotry book in order to raise funds for itself. Tomorrow night, the abortion corporation will stage “Bar Nun Bingo” at and, two days later, with hold another “Bar Nun Bingo” — fundraising events that, as Bill Donohue of the Catholic League tells LifeNews in an email, are aimed squarely at Catholics: barnunbingoBoth fund-raising events will bash nuns, and will be led by the demonstrably anti-Catholic gay group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Pictures of previous “Bar Nun Bingo” affairs show how sick it is. Planned...
  • Cardinal Dolan Defends Hobby Lobby: You Can Buy Contraceptives At 7-11

    04/21/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | April 21, 2013 | IGOR BOBIC
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Sunday unsurprisingly defended Hobby Lobby, the company challenging the rule under Obamacare that for-profit employers' health plans must cover contraceptives for female employees at no extra cost. But in his defense of religious liberty, Dolan incorrectly claimed that women already have access to widely available contraceptives at "any shop on any street in America," namely 7-Eleven. “I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby,” Dolan said on Sunday's "Face The Nation." “I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way...
  • ASK FATHER: Godparents must be confirmed, married properly

    04/21/2014 3:56:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: I have been asked to be my nieces godmother but I have to make my confirmation. The lady at the church [?] told me I can not do so until I have my marriage convalidated by the church. I have talked to several people and they find that odd. My husband (who is Methodist) is going to be the godfather is weary about it finds it extremely odd as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. I’m not sure who the “lady at the church” is – and sometimes these nameless and titleless people can...
  • Are There Souls in Hell Right Now?

    04/21/2014 11:30:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Tim Staples
    It has become fashionable in some Catholic quarters these days to question where there are now or will ever be any souls populating hell. Hell, it is taught, is a "real possibility," but whether there are any souls actually there, or whether there will ever be any souls there, is unknown to us.It is, of course, true that hell is a "real possibility" for each of us. And that is a sobering thought. But it is also true that souls are actually in hell now, and will be for all eternity. This is a teaching of our Catholic Faith.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA, 04-21-14

    04/21/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-21-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA The churches in Asia Minor mentioned by St. John in the Book of Revelation. They are Ephesus, Smyrnna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (Revelation 1:11). While on the island of Patmos, St. John was ordered by the Lord to instruct and admonish their bishops, either praising or blaming them for the way they were administering their dioceses. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Syria's Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village

    04/21/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/20/14 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches. Rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December. Government troops swept through the village on Monday,...
  • The Normal Christian Life – A Meditation on what the Resurrection does to change our lives.

    04/21/2014 2:01:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the Great Easter Vigil, after a lengthy series of Old Testament readings, The lights come on full, the Gloria is intoned and the opening prayer is sung. Then all are seated for the first reading from the New Testament proclaimed in the new light of Easter glory. It is Romans 6, the opening text from the New Testament proclaimed by the Church as Christ steps forth from the tomb! It would seem the Church considers this an important reading for our consideration, given it’s placement.Romans 6 is a kind of mini-Gospel where in the fact of our new status...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-21-14, SOL, Monday in the Octave of Easter

    04/20/2014 8:46:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 21, 2014Monday in the Octave of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,raised his voice, and proclaimed:“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. “You who are children of Israel, hear these words.Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by Godwith mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,you killed, using lawless men...
  • VANITY - I hear people talking about the Bible says, "not to judge" - what say you?

    04/20/2014 12:15:02 PM PDT · by stockpirate · 104 replies
    Did I say this is a vanity? | 4/20/2014 | STOCKPIRATE - vanity
    I am hearing a lot of people say that the Bible teaches that we are not to judge someone over any issue, they say "God will judge".... I don't think the Bible teaches it the they are saying and they also say that this is what their preacher teaches.... I'd like to hear from my fellow freepers on this... Have a blessed Easter...
  • Release My Breath of Resurrection life

    04/20/2014 10:24:03 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-20-14 | Jedediah
    Do you see my children my day has already come but I have breathed my Resurrection Breath of Life in you now for others to receive and so it is as you share Me( JESUS) " The Spring Of Life " that these waters are imparted by the Breath of My Spirit in you ! So "BE" My LIVING WATERS and nourish the seeds of those I have placed in your lives for you are the Dippers and Cups I have ~ RELEASED ~ ~ ~ to those that have come to Jacob's Well for truly My Glory is eternally...
  • This Easter a growing number of Catholic converts are joining the flock

    04/20/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 64 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 20, 2014 | Lilly Fowler
    FARMINGTON, Mo. • It is a special Easter for Wilma Whitworth, who is undergoing a spiritual rebirth, just a week before her 78th birthday. Whitworth is celebrating her first day as a full-fledged Catholic this holiday. And she’s doing so in a largely Protestant town that is undergoing a kind of Catholic revival. St. Joseph Catholic Church, or St. Joe’s as the locals call it, has had 24 children and adults, ages 7 and above, convert to the faith in the past year. There is no one answer for the rise in Catholic conversion in this town of 17,000 an...
  • Happy Easter to all.

    04/20/2014 7:04:06 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 9 replies
    Missale Romanun | 20 April 2014 | Me
    Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, alleluia! Introit, Easter Sunday.
  • Jesus is Real to Me – A Meditation on the Easter Gospel

    04/20/2014 5:11:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Just about all of the Resurrection Accounts in the Gospels present the apostles and disciples on a journey to deeper faith. In stages they come out of the darkness of despair and this world into the light of faith. Matthew’s (28:1-10) account that is read at the Easter Vigil this year, and which can also be read at Masses during the day, is no exception. I have also commented on the Johanine Gospel that is often read on Easter Morning Here: From Fear to FaithLet’s look at the Easter journey that Mary Magdalene and Mary, (likely, Mary the Mother of...
  • The Earth’s Most Serious Wound

    04/20/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising: that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the Dead walk, the Silent speak, and the Pierced Heart quicken to the throb of life.The King lay in state with His guard about Him. The most astounding fact about this spectacle of...
  • For All the Newly Baptized

    04/20/2014 4:28:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | MARK SHEA
    The Convert G.K. Chesterton After one moment when I bowed my head And the whole world turned over and came upright, And I came out where the old road shone white. I walked the ways and heard what all men said, Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed, Being not unlovable but strange and light; Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite But softly, as men smile about the dead. The sages have a hundred maps to give That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree, They rattle reason out through many a sieve That stores the sand and...