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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-15, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2015 9:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
     January 28, 2015Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the...
  • No Compromise' Catholics, Evangelicals Unite on Marriage

    01/27/2015 7:43:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith. (W)e affirm strongly and without qualification, following the clear testimony of Holy Scripture, that marriage is a unique and privileged sign of the union of Christ with his people and of God with his Creation and it can only serve as that sign when a man and a woman are solemnly joined together in a permanent union, reads a joint...
  • Marquette and Laffaire McAdams

    01/27/2015 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/27/15 | Howard Kainz
    With the ongoing advocacy of gay marriage and mandatory attendance at sensitivity classes, pressures on faculty at universities to avoid doing or saying anything politically incorrect have significantly increased. A recent example, which has entered into national headlines, arose when a graduate student in philosophy, Cheryl Abbate, teaching a course on ethics at Marquette University, was discussing John Rawls Equal Liberty principle, which affirms individual freedom unless the rights of others are impugned. When Abbate asked in class for examples where this principle might be employed, one student offered the example of bans on same-sex marriage as flouting the principle....
  • 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers

    01/27/2015 7:20:38 PM PST · by millegan · 57 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    God acts in mysterious ways. That truth is made particularly evident in the types of things he does with those who are especially close to him. Here are a few saints who totally had superpowers:
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe | Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Franciss 2015 Lenten message. Entitled Make Your Hearts Firm-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront the globalization of indifference. Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians, the Pope wrote. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • Whats Going on at the USCCB? More trouble at CCHD and CRS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2015 2:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | January 27, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    As a publisher of a Catholic website, I receive lots of information that may be of interest to readers. Lately, that has included press releases about the activities of USCCB-related organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The CCHD has been under scrutiny by pro-life Catholics for about as long as I can remember. The reason? For appropriating funds to groups with records incompatible with the Church’s pro-life teachings. In 2011, 1P5 contributor Pat Archbold revealed that CCHD head Ralph McCloud had, during his first year working for the US bishops, simultaneously served as Treasurer for the campaign of Wendy Davis...
  • Salon.com proclaims supposed death of pro-life Catholicism

    01/27/2015 2:14:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 27, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Andrew Juodawlkis prays the rosary with fellow members of Students for Life of Michigan outside the Supreme Court during the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Tens of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd ann iversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) The Reports of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, who first penned a version of those words in a note to a friend on November 4, 1897, Salon readers were recently...
  • Archbp. Cordileone to Nancy Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion

    01/27/2015 10:02:53 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Abortion Absolutist Democrat Canon 915!From CNS: SF Archbishop on Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion(CNSNews.com) – Responding to statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy [the Theologian] Pelosi [more HERE] — who would not say at her press briefing last week if a 20-week-old unborn child is a “human being”–Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that it is a “scientific fact that human life begins at conception” and that “no Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from Church teaching on the sanctity of life.[…]CNSNews.com asked Archbishop Cordileone about Pelosi’s comments on human life, particularly in...
  • Spanish judge charges 10 Catholic priests with child sexual abuse

    01/27/2015 9:51:24 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/2015 | Sonya Dowsett
    MADRID (Reuters) - Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church's apology, court documents showed. The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy. The pope called the man in August to apologize, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported in November, a report later confirmed by the pope himself.
  • Cardinal Baldisseri furthers post-Synod confusion

    01/27/2015 9:31:41 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    ROME, 25 January 2015: Comments made by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri have further undermined Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage says Voice of the Family, an international coalition of pro-family groups. An international conference, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family from 22-24 January, was addressed by Cardinal Baldisseri, organiser of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The expressed purpose of the conference was to provide opportunity for around 80 lay groups to assist the PCF provide input into the synod to be held in October 2015. Baldisseri defended the right of Walter Cardinal Kasper to assert that divorced...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GIFT OF FEAR, 01-27-15

    01/27/2015 8:45:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GIFT OF FEARInfused gift of the Holy Spirit that confirms the virtue of hope and inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of his help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial. It is based on the selfless love of God, whom it shrinks from offending. Whereas in servile fear the evil dreaded is punishment; in filial fear it is the fear of doing anything contrary to the...
  • Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust

    01/27/2015 7:28:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a marvelous chapter in the Book of Proverbs that ought to be studied by every young person who must live in this lustful world. Its sets forth plainly the stance that any son or daughter of God should have regarding the lust so often celebrated by this age.Many preachers and teachers wince at the Book of Proverbs on this topic since it tends to portray seduction and lust as coming from women.However it must be recalled that Proverbs features a father speaking to his son....
  • Increased Religious Repression Reported in Cuba

    01/27/2015 7:06:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Violations of religious freedom in Cuba increased in 2014, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a UK-based organization that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians. Week after week, scores of women affiliated with the Ladies in White dissident group, most of whom are Roman Catholic, were violently dragged away by state security agents to stop them from attending Sunday morning Mass, the organization reported. Many were beaten in the process and most were arbitrarily detained until after the conclusion of religious services.
  • Christian unity demands encounter not theory, says Pope

    01/27/2015 1:24:04 AM PST · by Grateful2God · 80 replies
    EWTN News/CNA ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    More than theoretical discussions, what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to challenge one another, said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions, the Pope said during vespers at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on Jan. 25. To plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-27-15, OM, St. Angela Merici, Virgin

    01/26/2015 7:33:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 27, 2015Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 10:1-10 Brothers and sisters:Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year.Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins?But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, for it is impossible that the blood of...
  • Francis welcomes in private audience same-sex "couple": transexual "former woman" and "wife"

    01/26/2015 6:13:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    Rorate Cael ^ | 1/26/15 | New Catholic
    Spanish periodical Hoy reveals the private meeting in the Vatican of "Diego" Neria Lejrraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, and her "wife". Excerpts: The Blessed Encounter between Francis and Diego The Pope welcomed Saturday in the Vatican a Plasencia native who has felt outside the Church since he [sic] was submitted to a gender-reassignment surgery ... "I would have never dared before, but with Pope Francis, yes; after hearing him in so many interventions, I felt that he would listen to me." Diego Neria Lejrraga is a 48-yearold native of Plasencia [Western Spain], who was received on Saturday [January 24]...
  • The Conversion We Think We Want

    01/26/2015 6:04:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-26-15 | Stephen Beale
    The Conversion We Think We Want Stephen BealeLet’s face it. Given a choice, most of us would choose to have the conversion experienced by St. Paul.Here’s how Acts 22 describes the sudden conversion of the great apostle, which we celebrated on Sunday:On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you...
  • SF Archbishop to Pelosi: 'No Catholic Can Dissent' on Abortion

    01/26/2015 5:35:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 25, 2015 | Courtney Coren
    SF Archbishop to Pelosi: 'No Catholic Can Dissent' on Abortion 26 Jan 2015 By Courtney Coren San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, responding to recent statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, says there is no debate in the Catholic Church about life beginning at conception and no room for Catholics to "dissent" on the principle. During a press conference on Jan. 22, the same day the pro-life group "March for Life" was holding its annual rally in Washington, Pelosi would not answer whether she believes life begins at 20 weeks, saying that "it's not up to politicians to" make...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    01/26/2015 5:06:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    catholicgentleman.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Sam Guzman
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELIQUARY, 01-26-15

    01/26/2015 11:41:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:RELIQUARYAny repository in which a relic is sealed and kept. Reliquaries vary in size, according to the relic, from very small ones that can be easily carried to larger caskets for whole parts of a saint's body. Relics are never exposed for public veneration unless enclosed in a reliquary. Some reliquaries are famous for their exquisite design and value. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts...Meditation on-Jonah.

    01/26/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-2515 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me. A Meditation on the Story of Jonah. By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a followup to yesterday’s (Sunday 3rd Week) reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. God keeps calling until we are ready, until our last...
  • Fr. Richard McBrien, theologian, has died [NCR, aka Fishwrap, aka National Schismatic Distorter]

    01/25/2015 10:09:40 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    Fr. McBrien was an able and indefatigable proponent of the Catholic revolution that never was and, now, never will be, said George Weigel, widely seen as Americas leading conservative Catholic commentator.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-15, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2015Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops    Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your grandmother...
  • Notre Dame Theologian Rev. Richard McBrien Dies at 78.

    01/25/2015 7:17:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    WTHR News ^ | 1/25/15 | AP
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theology professor known for his popular books on Catholicism and unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings, has died. He was 78. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown says McBrien died Sunday in Connecticut after a lengthy illness. McBrien was often a critic of the church, speaking in favor of the ordination of female priests and optional celibacy for priests. He also had liberal stands on artificial contraception.
  • Rabbitgate: Video Witness Shames The Pope

    01/25/2015 4:42:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Muddabor's Blog ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mundabor
    He (Francis) has backpedaled, I know. He has backpedaled in pretty much as much of a clear and unmistakeable way as can be normally expected by a Pope. But there is no doubt in my mind that this backpedaling is not the fruit of him realising that he has inadvertently expressed himself in, say, an unlucky way. On the contrary: he says very clearly what he means, and his body language makes the point all the way. The backpedaling is therefore, without the shadow of a doubt, an exercise in damage control meant to distract the faithful from what the...
  • Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: ...

    01/25/2015 4:32:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/25/15 | Augustinus
    On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written, The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.) We walk as...
  • Drawn to God's design Cath converts share how Churchs teaching on contraception led them to Faith

    01/25/2015 3:32:09 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    OSV ^ | January 22, 2015 | Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
    Both in anecdotes and “exit polls,” former Catholics frequently cite the Church’s teachings on sexuality as a reason for leaving the Faith. But these same countercultural teachings have also been the door into the Catholic Church for believers seeking a consistent morality grounded in the Gospel. Converts have benefited from both the gift of the teaching as well as their entry into the Catholic Church.Krista Millegan is one such convert. She read Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) with her then-fiancé, Brantly, while they were undergraduates at the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. “The...
  • Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?

    01/25/2015 1:52:55 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel.Today we’ll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord. Is he are isn’t the Pre-Incarnate Son of God? There are various positions in early Christianity.The Greek Church Fathers (for example, Saint Athanasius) are convinced that “the Angel of the Lord” is the pre-incarnate Christ. They posit that the Angel of the Lord is categorically different from lower...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • American Priest Among Saints Causes Advanced by Pope Francis

    01/25/2015 6:33:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/23/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title Venerable with the pontiffs recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In addition to Fr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a...
  • Between Magisterium and Magistrate: Notre Dame's Choice on Marriage's Meaning

    01/25/2015 6:27:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Guardian of the Grotto ^ | 1/23/15 | Michael Bradley
    Notre Dame's acceptance of the same-sex marriage movement's rhetorical paradigm has made our nation's flagship Catholic institution impotent. Yet there is an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to model ways to promote the good amid the crumbling ruins of institutional integrity.When I entered the University of Notre Dame in August of 2010, same-sex marriage was an invisible issue. Three weeks ago, the university announced that it had decided to extend employment benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The university did so willingly and without coercion of civil law. Notre Dame's president has even hailed the decision as one that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-25-15, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/24/2015 10:49:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2015Third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’S bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them, great and...
  • Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriages Validity

    01/24/2015 9:42:05 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith ... Francis stressed the crisis of values in society is not a recent phenomenon, quoting Blessed Paul VIs 1974 address opening the Rotas judicial year, modern man at times, wounded by a systematic relativism that bends to the easiest choices of circumstance, of demagogy, of fashion, of passion, of hedonism, of selfishness, so that externally he attempts to dispute the mastery of the law, and internally, almost without realizing, substitutes the empire of moral conscience...
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1,320 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Belgian Bishop Distances Himself from Gay Rights Award

    01/24/2015 12:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 1/19/15 | AFP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to respect divorced people and homosexuals. Bishop Johan Bonny of the city of Antwerp said he wished to preserve his independence and did not need to be honored for a stance he considered part of his mission and responsibility, Belgian news agency Belga reported Sunday. Flemish gay rights umbrella group Cavaria had bestowed an award on Bonny over an open letter he published ahead of a major synod on family issues hosted by Pope Francis...
  • Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers

    01/24/2015 12:45:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 1/23/15 | Dan Lin
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since the 70s, theyve used altar girls during masses. The well-known Richmond District church also has a school serving about 230 kids. When the new priest banned girls from being altar servers, it generated outrage among parents and parishioners alike. The priest admits some parishioners even left the church. Its disturbing, said churchgoer Connie Porciuncula. Star of the Sea School...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMMAUS, 01-24-15

    01/24/2015 9:04:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMMAUSA village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that two disciples met the risen Jesus and accompanied him to the village (Luke 24:13-35). Not until he broke bread at supper did they recognize him. then he disappeared and they hastened back to Jerusalem to tell the Apostles of the encounter. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-15, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop/Doctor of the Church

    01/23/2015 8:19:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2015Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not...
  • Kasperite Indoctrination for the Archdiocese of Chicago? Cupich on the 2014 Synod...

    01/23/2015 3:45:50 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/23/15 | Augustinus
    Unabridged title: "Kasperite Indoctrination for the Archdiocese of Chicago? Cupich on the 2014 Synod: "the media reported what actually took place"" Yesterday, Commonweal published a long interview (A Listening Church) with Archbishop Blaise Cupich, without doubt Pope Francis' most important appointment (so far) to the United States' episcopate. After reading this, there is only one thing we can say to our friends in Chicago: we will keep you in our prayers. Archbishop Cupich during the first Sunday Mass after his installation. Four of the most important passages in the interview ("GG" is the interviewer, Grant Gallicho, while "BC" is "Bishop...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex Marriage

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexicos three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Snchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first window of opportunity in years to end late-term abortions in the state. For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governors desk, Snchez said. We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    newspressnow.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine, said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. I got a call from a...
  • Rabbits and NFP

    01/23/2015 10:57:36 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 67 replies
    Faith, Reason and Health blog ^ | 01/23/15 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Friday, January 23, 2015 Rabbits and NFP My wife and and I taught NFP for ten years. We heard all the jokes (i.e., half truths and outright lies) about NFP, typified by this perennial favorite: "What do you call couples who use NPF? 'Parents.'" We heard the continual disparagement about "breeding like rabbits." We had couples who walked out of our class after my presentation on the necessity of having "grave reason" for recourse to NFP. We also had couples who, after hearing the Church's teaching on the necessity of having "grave reason" for having recourse NFP, realized they had...
  • Cardinal Marx on Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships

    01/23/2015 10:44:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    America Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Luke Hansen S.J.
    It is very important that the synod does not have the spirit of all or nothing. It is not a good way. The synod cannot have winners and losers. That is not the spirit of the synod. The spirit of the synod is to find a way together, not to say, How can I find a way to bring my position through? Rather: How can I understand the other position, and how can we together find a new position? That is the spirit of the synod.
  • About those catholic-rabbits criticized by the Pope

    01/23/2015 10:35:37 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fratres in Unum.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Patricia Medina
    I have been blessed with six children. Children I had by six C-sections. My C-sections were never because of convenience or fear of labor pains. Quite the contrary. I have always wanted to give birth naturally, but my firstborn went into fetal distress after 13 hours of labor. Meconium[1] and blood made his birth a medical emergency and the C-section inevitable to save his life. Thank God I gave birth in a time when the C-section is an option. Some decades before, and me and my boy would both be dead. Even though he had a very low initial APGAR[2],...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMAThe systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Priest: Claims I attacked another priest with a crucifix cost me my job

    01/23/2015 6:56:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Ben Horowitz
    A priest is suing a former colleague at a Florham Park retreat, accusing him of thefts and of making a false criminal allegation. In a lawsuit made public Wednesday in Superior Court in Morristown, the Rev. Frank Hreno accused the Rev. Emeka Okwuosa of spitting in his face; pinning him against the wall; taking Hreno's checkbook and writing checks to himself; damaging cars Hreno was authorized to use; taking Hreno's van without authorization and using Hreno's credit card without authorization. Florham Park Police say Hreno attacked Okwuosa with a four-foot crucifix that he swung through a glass door. Both priests...