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  • Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says

    08/29/2016 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says. Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2016 • We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness? St. Thomas Aquinas and others say that there is not.On one level, this is because...
  • Day 15 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/29/2016 7:51:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 15, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION FEAR OF THE LORD Richard Heilman 0 Comment DAY 15 VIRGIN MOST PRUDENT, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FEAR OF THE LORD! GODS WORD Serve the Lord in fear, and exult in him with trembling. (Psalm 2:11) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holiness is prudence. (Proverbs 9:10) His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. (Luke 1:50) HEROES WORDS For I have learnt for a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains, and regains grace, as that we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-16, M, The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

    08/28/2016 9:48:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2016 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Cor 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers and sisters,proclaiming the mystery of God,I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.For I resolved to know nothing while I was with youexcept Jesus Christ, and him crucified.I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,and my message and my proclamationwere not with persuasive words of wisdom,but with a demonstration of spirit and power,so that your faith might rest not on human wisdombut on the power of God. Responsorial Psalm Ps...
  • Pope Francis to Canonize Hillary Clinton Nemesis Mother Teresa

    08/28/2016 6:29:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Aug 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    Next Sunday Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint, the very woman who fought Hillary Clinton tooth and nail for her abortion advocacy. Before some 3,000 people at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington DC Hilton Hotel in 1994including pro-abortion Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Al and Tipper GoreMother Teresa spoke passionately about abortion, calling it the greatest destroyer of peace today, war against the child, and murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? the nun...
  • Mongolias First Catholic Priest to be Ordained in Ulaanbaatar

    08/28/2016 6:13:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/27/16
    Joseph Enkh will be ordained to priesthood by His Exc. Mgr. Wenceslao Padilla, CICM, Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar on August 28. The new priest has chosen for his ordination the motto: "Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9, 23). According to Fides, "More than 1,500 people have confirmed that they will participate in the celebration, which will be a very special moment for the Catholic Church in Mongolia and for the whole society", says Fr. Prosper Mbumba, CICM a Congolese missionary in the Asian country. Don Joseph Enkh was ordained a deacon on 11 December...
  • Firing of Gay Dean Perpetuates Hate, Catholic High School Alumni Write

    08/28/2016 6:09:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 8/25/16 | Anthony G. Attrino
    PARAMUS Thousands of alumni of Paramus Catholic High School and their friends and family have signed an impassioned open letter to school officials chastising the school for firing a female dean who married a woman. The letter, written to President James P. Vail and school administrators, was issued days after a judge refused to throw out the suit brought against the school by former Dean Kate Drumgoole, who was terminated because she is in a same-sex marriage. It demands the school apologize and enact policies against sex and gender discrimination following the firing of a gay woman who has...
  • Don Marios Moral Mafia [Catholic Caucus]

    08/28/2016 5:55:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | August 28, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    More than three years into the Bergoglian pontificate there is no mistaking its principal line of development, which is Franciss grand obsession: the admission of unrepentant public adulterers in second marriages to Holy Communion, the Kasper proposal he has been promoting almost from the moment of his election. To that end, Francis has relentlessly put in place a kind of moral mafia to carry out his design. Let us meet some of its soldiers. chris phot 1.tifIt was Paglia who oversaw the pontifical councils production of the first Vatican-approved sex-ed program in Church historya document so disgustingly immoral that it...
  • The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To Church

    08/28/2016 2:41:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 301 replies
    The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To ChurchThe standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinkingnot just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.Of course,...
  • U.S. Diocese Upholds Marriage Against Abandonment

    08/28/2016 2:09:36 PM PDT · by Bai Macfarlane · 3 replies
    Mary's Advocates' Blog ^ | August 27, 2016 | Bai Macfarlane
    Sentence Issued in Canon Law Legal Case - Catholics appear hypocritical when the Church teaches about the indissolubility of marriage, but remains silent when professed Catholic spouses abandon marriage Marys Advocates has been given access by an abandoned husband to a formal decree issued by his Catholic diocese which defended the husbands marriage against marital abandonment.
  • Day 14 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/28/2016 7:05:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 28, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 14 MOTHER OF OUR SAVIOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF PIETY! GODS WORD The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out Abba, Father! (Romans 8:14-15) HEROES WORDS In so far as divine love beautifies our souls and makes us pleasing to his divine Majesty, it is called grace; in so far as it gives us strength to do good, it is called charity; but when it reaches such a degree of perfection, that it makes us...
  • You Have to Serve Before You Sit A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/28/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2016 • In the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for what makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world considers great and honorable is rather different from what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel in three parts and discover its paradoxical vision. I. THE PERSON who HONORS – The Lord is at a banquet and notices...
  • Polish Parishes Renew Consecration on Today Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa

    08/27/2016 9:37:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | August 26, 2016 | Zenit.org
    Polish Parishes Renew Consecration on Today Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa Continue festivities for 1,050th anniversary of nation’s baptism August 26, 2016ZENIT StaffMary and Mariology L'Osservatore Romano Poland’s Primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, presided over today’s celebrations of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Czestochowa at Jasna Gora. In his homily, the Primate noted that, with this celebration, we are, in a certain way, prolonging the joy of May’s Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Poland, when, on the occasion of the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, we renewed our consecration to the Mother of the Redeemer.“Today’s Solemnity of Our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-28-16, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/27/2016 8:51:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2016 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility,and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,and you will find favor with God.What is too sublime for you, seek not,into things beyond your strength search not.The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.Water quenches a flaming fire,and alms atone for sins. Responsorial Psalm Ps 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 R. (cf. 11b) God, in your goodness, you have made a home for...
  • Interview With an Exorcist

    08/27/2016 7:02:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies
    beliefnet ^ | Wesley Baines
    We take a lot for granted, we humans. Gravity keeps us comfortably in our seats. Light comes in the morning, only to wane in the night, fading into pale starlight. The Earth spins on its axis in the darkness of space, making its way around the sun in a solar system that sits on a safe and quiet arm of the Milky Way galaxy. We know how all these things work. We do not fret, because we can comfortably explain, quantify, and catalog every phenomenon to ourselves, and those natural systems we have yet to understand will no doubt...
  • Catholic Caucus: In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

    08/27/2016 6:52:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    cna ^ | 08.26.16 | Elise Harris
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2005. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who've accompanied him throughout his life. In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation,and that while there were smaller and larger difficulties in his pontificate,there were also many graces that...
  • Francis Says the People Have Spoken: Two Popes Are Just Fine

    08/27/2016 6:50:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/27/16 | John Allen Jr
    Sometimes leaders learn more from crowds than from polls about how passionately people are feeling something, and in his preface to a new biography of Benedict XVI, Francis suggests crowds have taught him that ordinary Catholics are just fine with the two-pope arrangement.Arthur Schlesinger once said that President John F. Kennedy could look at all the polling numbers he wanted, but he didnt really grasp how deep public support was for a nuclear test ban treaty until he hit the road and heard from the crowds. Surveys are useful for assessing opinion, but to gauge intensity and depth of feeling,...
  • Obligation to vote?

    08/27/2016 9:36:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Obligation to vote? The Catechism states we must exercise the right to vote, but there are valid reasons to excuse this duty Msgr. Charles Pope 8/24/2016 Question: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote. But this seems false since for most of history there have been no systems of voting and, even today, there are many who cannot vote. How can the Catechism claim that voting is a moral obligation?— Jenna O’Neil, via email Answer: The Catechism reads as follows: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good...
  • Day 13 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/27/2016 7:37:34 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 13 MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE! GODS WORD An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7) HEROES WORDS We judge all things according to the divine truth. -St. Augustine A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. -St. Thomas Aquinas There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-16, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2016 8:41:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2016 Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.Not many of you were wise by human standards,not many were powerful,not many were of noble birth.Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,those who count for nothing,to reduce to nothing those who are something,so that no human being might boast before God.It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,who became for us wisdom...
  • Mexican Gvmt in Greatest Clash with Church Since Persecution that Ignited Cristero War..

    08/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto to impose homosexual marriage on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexicos Proceso magazine that the presidents attempt to pass a homosexual marriage amendment has caused a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative. There hasnt been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since...
  • Irish Bishops Recognize Problems at Maynooth Seminary, Seek to End Anonymous Complaints

    08/26/2016 6:10:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The bishops who oversee Ireland's national seminary have acknowledged serious concerns about St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth, and announced a review of policies and an independent audit of seminary administration. The trustees met at Maynooth on August 24, in a special session called to address rampant criticism of the seminary, arising from charges of an aggressive homosexual subculture. In a public statement released after their meeting, the bishops did not directly address the question of homosexuality, concentrating instead on the damage done by anonymous accusations. However, they did ask seminary officials to review their policies regarding internet use: an apparent...
  • Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of JPII on life and marriage?

    08/26/2016 5:42:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 26, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Yesterdays top CWN headline story, about problems with the sex-education guide issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, sheds more lightor perhaps I should say, casts a darker shadowon a story that appeared earlier this month, about new appointments to the Roman Curia. The problematical sex-ed program was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. On August 14, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Paglia to become president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In...
  • Day 12- 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/26/2016 7:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 12 MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GODS WORD The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-16

    08/25/2016 9:32:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is not ready for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission to promote and protect faithful...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is Authoritative Church Teaching

    08/25/2016 6:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/23/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."...
  • Two Catholic nuns found murdered in Mississippi home

    08/25/2016 4:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2016
    Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found murdered in their home Thursday, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, according to officials. The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they were shot, according to Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies. The two women, both nurse practitioners, were found Thursday morning...
  • Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2016 4:24:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 8/25/2016
    When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
  • If Youre Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • Day 11 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2016 6:34:47 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 11 MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COUNSEL GODS WORD Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105) For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to Gods law; indeed, it cannot. (Romans 8:7) The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14) Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the...
  • Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

    08/25/2016 5:00:50 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 21, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom. It is long past dark in our culture, but in most...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 8:49:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed on you...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Reaction to My Ad Orientem Speech Was Not Always Very Accurate

    08/24/2016 5:44:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/24/16 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said that his comments about the liturgy at a conference in London last month were misinterpretedCardinal Robert Sarah has said that comments he made during a conference in London earlier this year were not always interpreted accurately. During his address to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Liturgical Life and the Priesthood, the Vaticans liturgy chief said: Last month, in London, I gave a presentation Towards an authentic implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium..... This talk received a lot of attention some of it not always very accurate! During his address in July at the...
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Popes US Visit

    08/24/2016 5:36:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/16 | John-Henry Westen
    August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros - one of Hilary Clinton's top donors - paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to "shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign." The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with...
  • Ratzingers Deep Communion and Friendship with Pope Francis

    08/24/2016 5:30:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/24/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Pope Emeritus talks to Elio Guerriero: What [Francis] says about being close to other people are not just words. He puts them into practice with me. Razinger says the fact he did not feel up to the visit to Rio for WYD was a decisive factor in his resignationObedience to my successor has always been unquestionable. Then there is a sense of deep communion and friendship, the Pope Emeritus said ahead of the publication of Peter Seewalds book-length interview with Benedict XVI in a few days time. The conversations in this book, titled Latest conversations, took place after Benedict...
  • A Look at the Crisis of the Church in Germany

    08/24/2016 4:57:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/23/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Berlin, Germany, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plummeting number of priestly vocations in the Catholic Church in Germany is raising questions about the roots of the problem, and whether the situation has been manufactured to promote non-priestly ministry. According to figures published by the German bishops' conference, never before have so few priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men became priests in the country in 2015. Within the last decade, the number of ordinations has dropped by half: In 2005, a total of 122 diocesan priests were ordained. And five...
  • Reconciliation among Chinas Catholics is close to Popes heart [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa ^ | August 24, 2016 | GIANNI VALENTE
    Communication between the Holy See and the Peoples Republic of China continues with a spirit of goodwill on both parts and aims to seek realistic solutions for the good of everyone. Watertight confirmation of the important step in the dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See is given by His Holinesss Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, himself. In a wide-spanning interview with Stefania Falasca of Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire, the cardinal from Vicenza who is head of Vatican diplomacy, outlines the criteria and objectives of the Holy See in its present relations with representatives of the Chinese government....
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family, she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Churchs constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and remarried) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and remarried sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vaticans marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • "Offering it up: Is that still a thing? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 3:52:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | August 24. 2016 | Elizabeth Scalia
    We Catholics who grew up straddling the cusp of the conciliar divide may have a vague memory of the phrase “offer it up.” It was advice frequently given by the sisters who taught us our catechisms: “When you are in pain, when you are disappointed, when your feelings have been hurt, offer these things up to the Lord and ask him to use your suffering — that He join it to His own pain on the cross, for the good of others. Offer it as penance for your own sins, or the sins of those who cannot or will not...
  • Witch Who Smeared Church With Feces Commits Suicid

    08/24/2016 2:52:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Richard Ducayne
    BOWLING GREEN, MO (ChurchMilitant.com) - In early August, a self-proclaimed Wiccan Catholic smeared a local Bowling Green Catholic church with her own feces. On Monday, August 22, she was found dead in her apartment from an apparent suicide. The local coroner, Jim Turner, has withheld the details of 54-year-old Linda Howard's death, only saying it looked like a suicide and that he would release details at a later date. Howard, who vandalized St. Clement Catholic Church, told police she committed the act because she was angry with God. The parish priest, Fr. Bill Peckmen, posted a message on his Facebook...
  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent almost two out of every three American Catholics was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • Pope Francis to Catholics: Who are you to judge others?

    08/24/2016 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Religion News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Stop being judgmental hypocrites and take a look at yourself in the mirror without covering up your wrinkles Pope Francis advised Catholics in a sermon that reprised one of his favorite themes. In his last homily at morning Mass before taking a break for the summer, Francis on Monday (June 20) said those who constantly judge people should instead reflect on their own behavior. Look in the mirror, but not to put on makeup to hide the wrinkles. No, no, no, thats not the advice! Look in the mirror to look at yourself as you...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • Day 10 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 10 MOTHER MOST AMIABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING! GODS WORD The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130) Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18) HEROES WORDS Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand. -St. Augustine Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-24-16, FEAST, St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    08/24/2016 1:39:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2016 Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rev 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,like jasper, clear as crystal.It had a massive, high wall,with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationedand on which names were inscribed,the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.There were three gates facing...
  • New Aide Says Francis Wants to Hear Laity, Not Just Bishops and Priests

    08/23/2016 5:10:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/22/16
    Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.Sometimes when new Vatican appointments are announced, its a bit opaque who actually called the shot. Thats definitely not the situation, however, with Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, named last week to be the first-ever head of a...
  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • [Ayatoallah] Makarem-Shirazi Thanks Pope for His Stance on Islam

    08/23/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    TEHRAN A senior Iranian religious scholar on Saturday wrote to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, thanking him for his recent remarks that Islam is free of violence.
  • The First Commandment: Love the Lord your Godor practice ecumenism above all things?

    08/23/2016 11:11:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | August 23, 2016 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    In his second epistle, Saint John teaches. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him (2Jn 10). But Francis dictates other norms of conduct for our times if not with words, at least with his notorious gestures and, above all, in everyday life. Everyone must be received, regardless of the doctrines they profess, even if they are overtly rebellious, or even hostile, toward the Faith of the Church of Christ. Everyone must be greeted, and special attention must be paid to those who lead a...