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  • Australian Catholic Priest Spat On, Cursed at for Opposing Gay ‘Marriage’

    10/03/2017 6:29:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/29/17 | Claire Chretien
    BRISBANE, Australia, September 29, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian priest was spat on and cursed at based on the assumption he won’t be voting for same-sex “marriage.” Father Morgan Batt posted on Facebook that as he was walking down Queen Street Mall, someone stopped him and then spat on him and called him a “f***ing no voter.” He was identifiable as a priest because he was wearing his Roman collar. “Smile and move on was all I could do,” Batt recounted. “Let’s pray for healing. Australia(,) this is really not us.” Batt is the vocations director for the Archdiocese of...
  • Iraqi Nun: We Pray for ISIS Militants. It Helps Us Forgive.

    10/03/2017 6:23:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/3/17 | Alvaro de Juana
    Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2017 / 03:11 am (ACI Prensa).- Three years ago, there were 73 nuns with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena living in Kurdistan. Since the Islamic State captured the Plain of Nineveh in 2014, one-third of them have died. Sister Silvia is one of the survivors. Surrounded by devastation, she said that she is praying for those who persecute her community, and learning how to forgive them. “We pray for them every day as sisters. We pray for them, for those bringing peace, for our soldiers, for those who help people have a better...
  • Lessons from the Life of St. Francis

    10/03/2017 8:09:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lessons from the Life of St. Francis Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2017 • Many fine histories exist on the life of St. Francis of Assisi so there is no need to replicate that information in this post. (Here is a recently published one that is particularly good.) As we prepare for the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4), let’s reflect on a few lessons from his life.1. On the possibility of radical conversion and the role of affliction and humiliation – The son of a successful cloth merchant, St. Francis enjoyed a very affluent, easy...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-17

    10/02/2017 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-03-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 3, 2017 Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 8:20-23Thus says the LORD of hosts:There shall yet come peoples,the inhabitants of many cities;and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another,and say, "Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD";and, "I too will go to seek the LORD."Many peoples and strong nations shall cometo seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalemand to implore the favor of the LORD.Thus says the LORD of hosts:In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold,yes, take hold of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, Virgin (Gueranger)

    10/02/2017 10:19:21 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Double WONDER-WORKER as is the saint of today, fulfilling her dying prophecy, “After my death I will let fall a shower of roses,” she is her own greatest miracle. Her world-wide popularity, to which is united in most cases a devotion which has reorientated many a life, and in all has been a stimulus and an encouragement, is recognized to be phenomenal. It has been said with respect to doctrinal definitions that the faithful have a passive “infallibility,” whereby their need answers exactly to the definition; the same would seem to be true in the case of devotions...
  • The Quiet Islamic Conquest of Spain

    10/02/2017 5:37:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 119 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 9/30/17 | Giulio Meotti
    * Evicted five centuries ago by crusading Christians, the Arabs are back in Spain, using their oil dollars to buy land that was seized from their ancestors by the sword". — James M. Markham, The New York Times, 1981. * The Madrid daily ABC wrote that 800 mosques in Spain are out of control. The Spanish daily La Razon charged that Gulf donors, such as Qatar, were a source of Spain's Islamization. The Saudis also launched a new Spanish television channel, Córdoba TV, as did Iran.* They dream of, and work to, regain the "lost Caliphate" of Spain. Some Islamists...
  • Vatican 'too Optimistic' in Talks with China Says Visiting Hong Kong Cardinal

    10/02/2017 5:29:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Boston Pilot ^ | 9/29/17 | Mark Labbe
    OUTH BOSTON -- At 85, said Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, "I do two things only: talking and rest, rest and talking." He laughed. It has been several years since the cardinal last visited Boston, but he seemed at home sitting at a meeting table in St. James the Greater Church, Sept. 25, drinking hot tea that parochial vicar Father Peter Shen had just prepared. Much has changed since he was last in the area: a new pope was elected, as was a new U.S. president. Cultural trends have come and gone, and some of the...
  • Cardinal: Muslims Must Adapt Their Faith to the World of Today

    10/02/2017 5:22:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx has asked the Muslims to adapt their faith to the world today. And they must renounce terror. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Germany, has called on the Muslims to "reinterpret their sacred traditions in the light of contemporary life". In this way, Islam would "be further developed and opened up to the principle of civic justice and modern democracy", says Marx on the conclusion of the General Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference on Thursday in Fulda. Marx spoke of a "return of many Muslims, which can also be felt with...
  • Cardinal Müller: There is a Climate of ‘Fear’ in the Curia

    10/02/2017 5:19:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/29/17 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said the Pope was surrounded by 'spies' and 'false friends'There is a climate of fear in the Curia as people worry “spies” will bad-mouth them to the Pope, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said. In an extensive interview with National Catholic Register, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said Pope Francis is surrounded by “false friends” who are acting like children in a boarding school by privately denouncing people they disagree with. “I heard it from some houses here, that people working in the Curia are living in great fear: If they say...
  • The Human Tendency Toward Acquired Deafness

    10/02/2017 8:00:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Human Tendency Toward Acquired Deafness Msgr. Charles Pope • October 1, 2017 • There was an important passage in the Gospel for Saturday’s Mass (Saturday of the 25th Week of the Year). It displays the human tendency to filter out or ignore what we do not want to hear.Jesus had been casting out demons. We then read,While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Holy Guardian Angels (Gueranger)

    10/01/2017 10:47:42 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    White Greater Double Although the solemnity of the 27th of September celebrates the praises of all the nine glorious choirs, yet the piety of the faithful, in the latter ages, desired to have a special day consecrated to the Guardian Angels. Several churches having taken the initiative, and kept the Feast under various rites and on different days, Paul V (1608) authorized its celebration ad libitum. Clement X (1670) established it by precept as a Feast of double rite on the 2nd of October, the first free day after Michaelmas, on which it thus remains in some way dependent....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Begin Novena in Honor of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady

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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-17, M, The Guardian Angels

    10/01/2017 10:14:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-02-17 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2017 Memorial of the Guardian Angels Reading 1 Zec 8:1-8This word of the LORD of hosts came: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am intensely jealous for Zion,stirred to jealous wrath for her.Thus says the LORD:I will return to Zion,and I will dwell within Jerusalem;Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,and the mountain of the LORD of hosts,the holy mountain. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women,each with staff in hand because of old age,shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem.The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in...
  • New Archbishop of Lodz, Poland, Focuses on Traditional Spirituality, Re-Evangelization

    10/01/2017 5:06:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/27/17 | Filip Mazurczak
    Few bishops have done as much to advance the new evangelization as Bishop Grzegorz RyĹ›, now the head of the Archdiocese of Lodz.Earlier this year, I was in a large building overflowing with people, mostly in their twenties, who had come from all over the city to see a man they adore. Getting a seat was out of the question; most in attendance were standing, squeezed together like sardines. I was not, however, at a rock concert or sporting event. I was at the Franciscan church in Krakow, Poland, at a Lenten retreat preached by Bishop Grzegorz RyĹ›, then the...
  • Baptist Theologian: Fr. Martin's Ideas 'Require a Total Redefinition of Doctrine'

    10/01/2017 4:58:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Adelaide Mena
    Washington D.C., Sep 28, 2017 / 05:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Baptist theologian, Dr. Albert Mohler, has claimed that Fr. James Martin’s teaching on sexuality is “an entire re-orientation of the Catholic faith.” Mohler’s comments refer to Martin’s suggestion that Catholics should refer to same sex attraction or an LGBT identity as “differently ordered” rather than the Catechism’s use of “intrinsically disordered.” Mohler says the suggestion fundamentally changes Catholic teaching on sexuality, and on creation itself. In comments to CNA, Martin rebuffed Mohler's comments, calling them “obtuse,” and stating that those who identify as LGBT, or those who are not...
  • The Latin Mass, Thriving in Southeastern Nigeria

    10/01/2017 3:35:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-30-2017 | MATTHEW SCHMITZ
    UMUAKA, Nigeria — In August, under a bright blue sky and in front of 2,500 worshipers, Bishop Gregory Ochiagha performed the first traditional Latin ordination in Nigeria since the vernacular liturgy was introduced after Vatican II in the 1960s. Near the end of the Mass, the 86-year-old bishop nearly fainted. “I am so happy, I am so happy,” he whispered as he was led to a chair. Catholics attached to the Latin Mass have suffered a great deal since the introduction of the vernacular liturgy after Vatican II. But 10 years ago, they enjoyed a sublime vindication. Pope Benedict XVI...
  • God Can Use Anything, but He Shouldn’t Have to - A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    10/01/2017 6:55:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God Can Use Anything, but He Shouldn’t Have to - A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2017 • In understanding Sunday’s Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people …. In other words, He was addressing the religious leaders and religiously observant of His day. He calls at least three things to their attention, three common sins of the pious, if you will: lost connections, leaping to conclusions and lip service.Let’s look at each of...
  • Breaking: Cardinal Burke Slams FSSPX

    A few months ago, a kind reader reported that Cardinal Raymond Burke, at the Sacred Liturgy Conference that was held in Medford, OR, in July, had publicly declared that the FSSPX is “in schism” while advising the faithful to neither attend their liturgies nor receive their sacraments. If true, I understood that this would be important information to share for obvious reasons, but I decided that it was first necessary to obtain irrefutable confirmation as to what was actually said. Today I received an audio recording of Cardinal Burke’s condemnation of the FSSPX as given during the Q&A Session that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    10/01/2017 3:29:48 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Green Double THE Gospel, which is now assigned to the Mass of the seventeenth Sunday, has given it the name of the Sunday of the love of God, dating, that is, from the time when the Gospel of the cure of the dropsy and of the invitation to the wedding-feast, was anticipated by eight days. Previously, even, to that change, and from the very first, there used to be read on this seventeenth Sunday, another passage from the New Testament which is no longer found in this serial of Sundays: it was the Gospel which mentions the difficulty regarding...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Remigius, Bishop and Confessor, Apostle of the Franks (Gueranger)

    10/01/2017 3:26:49 AM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Simple SCARCELY had two centuries elapsed since the triumph of the Cross over Roman idolatry, when Satan began to cry victory once more. While Eutychianism was crowned at Byzantium in the person of Anastasius the Silent, Arianism was rife in the West. Throughout the whole ancient territory of the empire, heresy was supreme, and almost everywhere was persecuting the Church, who had now none but the vanquished for her sons. “But fear not; rather rejoice,” says Baronius at this point in his Annals; “it is Divine Wisdom still delighting to play in the world. The thoughts of men...