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  • Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics

    03/07/2012 7:50:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/12 | Dan Gilgoff
    (CNN) - Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state. According to CNN’s exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum, and Romney beat Santorum overall by 38% to 37%. Catholic voters accounted for a third of Ohio’s Republican electorate, the largest share of Catholics in any Super Tuesday state. “The margin of Romney's win among Ohio Catholics...
  • “Derided as Simple-Minded” [Justice Scalia to Catholics: "Brave the Scorn of the Worldly"]

    03/07/2012 7:39:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Justice Scalia: Elite scorns traditional CatholicsThe following are excerpts from a March 3 story in The Denver Post. A link to the full story is provided below.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia today told a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 Catholics to have "the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity" by society's sophisticates. Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the high court and one of its most conservative, received a rousing welcome from a throng sprawled across several adjoining rooms of the Denver Convention Center… The 75-year-old Scalia said that today one can believe in a creator and...
  • Faithful Commitment

    03/07/2012 7:13:18 AM PST · by hawkins · 1 replies
    Church of Christ Articles ^ | 3/07/2012 | Travis Main
    Jesus, the messiah of mankind, lived a life in the flesh like no other man. His words and his actions perfectly fit the pattern prescribed by God the Father (John 5:30, John 12:49-50). That all men save Jesus fall short of the Glory of God is factual (Romans 3:23). Yet, many who declare themselves prepared for faithful commitment to God soon find themselves transgressing against their vows to serve him. Their declaration of service comes before considering the cost – their life (Galatians 2:20). Jesus spoke about this in the parable of the sower. Matthew 13:20-21 – And he that...
  • Obama Admin lectures Card. Dolan and USCCB. Dolan responds. (Fr Z Fisking of Article)

    03/07/2012 3:55:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 3/6/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    “We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it.” Thus, Card. Dolan about the latest insult tossed our way by the Obama Administration.From LifeSite: Cardinal: Obama Admin Lectured Bishops on Catholic Teaching by Steven ErteltCardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops, has released a public letter today detailing a stunning conversation he and other bishops had with top White House officials about the controversial Obama mandate.In the letter, Cardinal Dolan relates a shocking meeting in which top Obama Administration asked to meet with the bishops to “work out the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-11-12, Third Sunday of Lent

    03/06/2012 10:54:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 11, 2012 Third Sunday of Lent   Reading 1 Ex 20:1-17 In those days, God delivered all these commandments:"I, the LORD, am your God,who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.You shall not have other gods besides me.You shall not carve idols for yourselvesin the shape of anything in the sky aboveor on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth;you shall not bow down before them or worship them.For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God,inflicting punishment for their fathers' wickednesson the children of those who hate me,down to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-10-12

    03/06/2012 10:42:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 03-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 10, 2012   Saturday of the Second Week of Lent   Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-09-12, Opt. Mem. St. Frances of Rome, Religious

    03/06/2012 10:31:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 26 replies ^ | 03-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 9, 2012   Friday of the Second Week in Lent   Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,for he was the child of his old age;and he had made him a long tunic.When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had goneto pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.Get ready; I will send you to them." So Joseph...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-08-12, Opt. Mem. St. John of God, Religious

    03/06/2012 10:06:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 03-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 8, 2012 Thursday of the Second Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10 Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-07-12, Opt. Mem. Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs

    03/06/2012 9:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 03-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 7, 2012 Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jer 18:18-20 The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,"Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word." Heed me, O LORD,and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evilthat they should dig a pit to take my life?Remember that I stood before youto speak in their...
  • Essays for Lent: The Canon of Scripture

    03/06/2012 9:27:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
     The Canon of Scriptureby Sebastian R. FamaThere is a significant difference between Catholic and Protestant Bibles. Catholic Bibles contain seven more books than Protestant Bibles do. The seven books, all in the Old Testament, are Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch and 1 and 2 Maccabees. Catholics call the disputed books Deuterocanonical and consider them to be inspired. Bible Christians call them Apocryphal and consider them to be spurious.The list of books that comprise the Bible is referred to as the canon. During Jesus' time there were two Old Testament canons in use. There was the Palestinian canon, which is identical...
  • Christian Scriptures, Jewish Commentary

    03/06/2012 3:23:10 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 6, 2012 | Carl Olson
    The recently published Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2011), marks the first time, as the volume’s Preface states, “that Jewish scholars have annotated and written essays on the complete New Testament.” It is co-edited by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler, who is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. I recently interviewed the two by e-mail about the volume: how it came about, what is unique about it, and how it might contribute to Catholic-Jewish dialogue. (My review of the Jewish...
  • UNC-Greensboro Declares Christianity Not a Religion

    03/06/2012 12:18:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Jay Schalin
    A 2010 Supreme Court case, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, is beginning to wreak havoc with the accepted standard (and the First Amendment right to free assembly) that student organizations can restrict membership and leadership roles to those who accept their basic beliefs. Just a few weeks after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened a task force to explore eliminating the right to exclude non-believers, a second UNC school has started down that path. At UNC-Greensboro, the administration has determined that a Christian student club isn’t really religious and “therefore must allow students of other religions and...
  • Santorum Gets Prayer at Baptist church

    03/06/2012 11:27:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/5/12 | Bob Allen
    CORDOVA, Tenn. (ABP) – A Catholic presidential candidate received a prayer of blessing from a Southern Baptist mega-church during a campaign visit to Memphis. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., invited GOP hopeful Rick Santorum to the platform for prayer during the church’s 9:20 a.m. worship service March 4. “Lord, give us the president we need, but Lord we also know that our troubles as a nation are beyond what the White House alone can help us with,” Gaines prayed. He sought God’s forgiveness for sins including racism, abortion and “sins of immorality.”
  • HHS mandate could close 13 percent of the nation’s hospitals

    03/06/2012 11:15:27 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-5-12 | Ben Johnson
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have vowed to close their religious institutions rather than comply with the HHS mandate that they provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. In a column printed on CatholicNewWorld, Francis Cardinal George urged people to purchase a copy of the Archdiocesan directory “as a souvenir,” because in two years the page containing a list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions “will be blank.” Ed Morrissey of the Hot Air blog calculated what it would mean if the Catholic bishops shut down all religious institutions that are ineligible for the conscience clause under the...
  • Atheists Step Up 'It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church' Campaign

    03/06/2012 9:45:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | By Alex Murashko
    An atheist activist group is fighting the Catholic Church's "war against contraception" by stepping up its campaign that suggests believers should end their faithfulness to their religion. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to run a full-page ad in The New York Times that states, "It's Time to Quit the Catholic Church." FFRF is conducting a fundraiser to pay for the $52,000 ad and has collected $45,000 so far, according to a chart on the group's website. The FFRF campaign began last month in light of opposition from the Catholic Church to the Obama administration's decision that seeks...
  • Smashing Icons

    03/06/2012 9:04:36 AM PST · by Teófilo · 6 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | Feb 29, 2012 | Fr. Stephen
    The first Sunday of Great Lent, on the Orthodox calendar, is set aside to remember the restoration of icons to the Churches during the reign of the holy Empress Theodora (9th century). It commemorates as well the gift of the entirety of the Orthodox faith. I offer these thoughts in honor of the day. The opening quote is from an earlier posting. We have to renounce iconoclasm. In so doing, we inherently set ourselves against certain forces within modernity. The truth is eschatological, that is, it lies in the future, but we also believe that this eschatological reality was incarnate...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DIVINE GENERATION, 03-06-12

    03/06/2012 8:47:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DIVINE GENERATION The procession of the Second Person of the Trinity from the First, i.e., the generation of the Son by the Father. As explained by the Church, this generation is eternal and takes place in a manner similar to the intellectual activity of the human soul. "Just as our spirit knowing itself, produces an image of itself, which theologians call a 'word,' so God also, insofar as human can be compared to Divine, knowing Himself, generates the Eternal Word" (Roman Catechism, III, 9). Thus the generation of the Son from the Father is to be...
  • Rick Santorum and the Kingship of Christ, (Part One)

    03/06/2012 7:45:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/5/12 | William Fahey
    Let’s have Christ our President Let us have him for our King Cast your vote for the Carpenter That you call the NazareneThe only way we can ever beat These crooked politician men Is to run the money changers out of the temple Put the Carpenter in.—Woody Guthrie In his Rick’s Degrees of Separation, Stephen Klugewicz draws our attention to the latest attempt of an American politician to speak on matters of Church and State. His article rightly demonstrates the shallowness of the media in their manner of reporting Senator Santorum’s recent remarks on Kennedy’s address to the Greater Houston...
  • Who Is Sister Carol Keehan?

    03/06/2012 5:49:42 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 5, 2012 | Ann Carey
    >She has been photographed with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. She is frequently cited by the mainstream media as the ultimate authority on Catholic health care. She has consistently been in the top tier of “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.” And she is credited with capturing the “Catholic vote” needed to pass the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.So, who is Sister Carol Keehan? And how did the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul come to wield such power? Sister Carol did not respond to repeated requests for an...
  • Following the Truth: Spiritual Exercises – Week One [of Lent] In Review

    03/05/2012 9:06:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 03-03-12 | Gary Zimak
    Spiritual Exercises – Week One In Review Mar 3rd, 2012by Gary Zimak. Congratulations! We just completed the first week (5 days) of our retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola! Judging from the emails that I’ve received (and there have been MANY!), I think you are all doing great! How are you feeling? Discouraged (because you’ve recalled the many sins you’ve overlooked)?Discouraged (because this is HARD work)?Discouraged (because you find the Spiritual Exercises to be difficult to understand)?Discouraged (because you don’t know how you’ll endure this for the entire Lenten season)?Happy (because you realize that the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-06-12

    03/05/2012 8:49:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 6, 2012   Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent   Reading 1 Is 1:10, 16-20 Hear the word of the LORD,princes of Sodom!Listen to the instruction of our God,people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves clean!Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;cease doing evil; learn to do good.Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right,says the LORD:Though your sins be like scarlet,they may become white as snow;Though they be crimson red,they may become white as wool.If you are willing, and obey,you shall eat the good things of...
  • Essays for Lent: Papal Infallibility

    03/05/2012 7:52:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Papal Infallibilityby Sebastian R. FamaThe issue of Papal Infallibility evokes strong reactions from those who oppose it. This is usually due to a misunderstanding of what the Church means by "Papal Infallibility." The most common misconception is that the Church claims that the pope himself is infallible, that in all things he is incapable of error. This, of course, is not true!It is a necessity of Christian theology that every person be allowed the exercise of free will. Everyone, the pope included, must be free to accept or reject Christ for himself. If God were to make the pope infallible...
  • Catholic school suspends student for distributing letter supporting modesty

    AJAX, Ontario, March 5, 2012 ( – A grade 12 student at a Catholic high school in Ontario was suspended in February after handing out a letter containing his thoughts on the need for greater modesty in his school. “[R]eal attractiveness doesn’t come from wearing the latest fashion, and it doesn’t come from being scantily clad in public, or putting on make-up, or having a pretty face, or a nice body,” wrote Paul Gomille, 17, in his Valentine’s Day letter addressed to all women, which he handed out at Archbishop Denis O’Connor high school in Ajax, Ontario during lunch hour....
  • Exclusive: Inside sources provide new info on priest censured for denying lesbian Communion

    (Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story identified Barbara Johnson as the partner of Kathleen DeBold and written up in Metro Weekly. A homosexual activist organization contacted LSN to note that it is a different Barbara Johnson identified in the newspaper. We are investigating the matter.) GAITHERSBURG, MD, March 1, 2012 ( - In the wake of international press coverage of a priest’s decision to deny a lesbian communion, and the woman’s subsequent demands that he be removed from the parish, a source close to the incident contacted LifeSiteNews with new information that he says will set the record...
  • Is Nothing Sacred? Apparently Not. Reflecting on Another Absurdity in the News

    03/05/2012 11:49:54 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in a culture where, increasingly, any sense of the sacred is being lost. The thought that something could be sacred, special, holy, or somehow “off-limits” is bewildering to many. Indeed many secularists consider those who do see some things as sacred, to be stuffy and somehow arrogant. There are many in our culture who defend the rights of others to burn the flag, ridicule religious symbols (e.g. the cross submerged in urine some years back in a noted “art” museum), and even applaud when, a couple years back, homosexual activists desecrated the Body of Christ by stomping on...
  • Bishop Lori rips America editorial on HHS mandate

    03/05/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 5, 2012
    Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport has joined Cardinal Timothy Dolan in criticizing an America Magazine editorial on the Obama administration’s mandate that contraceptives, sterilization, and some abortion-inducing drugs be provided free of charge under most insurance plans. Cardinal Dolan has called the editorial in the Jesuit publication “hardly surprising but terribly unfortunate.” “The March 5th Americaeditorial takes the United States Bishops to task for entering too deeply into the finer points of health care policy as they ponder what the slightly revised Obama Administration mandate might mean for the Catholic Church in the United States,” Bishop Lori said in a...
  • TAC Votes out Archbishop Hepworth, Rejects Union with Catholic Church

    03/05/2012 9:47:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Cath News ^ | 3/4/12
    Anglican breakaway Archbishop John Hepworth has been removed from his post as the global primate of the church at a meeting of bishops in South Africa, reports The Australian. A statement issued by the TAC's College of Bishops after the meeting in Johannesburg late on Thursday night also revealed the body voted to remain completely Anglican, despite Archbishop Hepworth's successful attempts to reconcile the TAC with the Catholic Church in Rome last year. "The TAC will remain fully Anglican," the statement said. "While it receives, with thanks, the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus from the Holy See, the TAC College of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIMBO, 03-05-012

    03/05/2012 8:34:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 03-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): LIMBO The abode of souls excluded from the full blessedness of the beatific vision, but not suffering any other punishment. They enjoy the happiness that would have been human destiny if humans had not been elevated to the supernatural order. Catholic theology distinguishes two kinds of limbo. The limbo of the Fathers (limbus patrum) was the place where the saints of the Old Testament remained until Christ's coming and redemption of the world. The limbo of infants (limbus infantium) is the permanent state of those who die in original sin but are innocent of any...
  • Santorum is a “Wafer” Madness Believer!

    03/05/2012 6:31:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Get ^ | 3/4/12 | Terry Mattingly
    There is much to discuss in the feature story on Rick Santorum’s faith that has been served up by The New York Times. There is lots of interesting information, some questionable information and then a pretty large chunk of missing information. However, I think many traditional Catholic believers will start reading this piece — after all, it’s the story of how one normal American Catholic turned into a traditional Roman Catholic — and then find themselves stuck right about here. As members of St. Catherine of Siena, a parish here in the wealthy Northern Virginia suburb of Great Falls, the...
  • After the Sex Abuse Crisis and Returning to a “Fish on Friday” Ascetism

    03/05/2012 6:23:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 3/3/12 | Dr. Pat Guinan
    There is a human need for discipline, which is another word for asceticism.After almost a decade (if you date the modern priest sex abuse crisis from Boston in 2002 1), the Church seems to be on the defensive. Its response has been limited to reacting to each new revelation, which appears to be unending—with most recent incidences in Ireland, 2 Belgium,3 and Austria. 4 Where to next? There are forces in our modern culture that seem bent on damaging the hierarchical Church. These include, hopefully, well-meaning groups, such as Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Voice of...
  • A History Lesson: Guess Who Wins?

    03/05/2012 6:11:27 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 2 replies
    CatholicVote ^ | 03-02-2012 | Patrick Thornton
    In the last few weeks of HHS influenced dead-horse beating and extended discussions on Women’s Health™, I consistently find myself coming back to the idea that President Obama and his administration really think they can take on the Catholics and win. They are obviously trying to win at all costs. After all, at Notre Dame the President of the United States LIED about respecting conscience. Then he LIED about accommodating us Catholics (last time I had an accommodation like that was when I had my prostate checked). The Church has a pretty good track record of outlasting other empires. So,...
  • Santorum’s Political Martyrdom

    03/05/2012 5:51:29 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 5, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Rick Santorum was defending himself when he responded to George Stephonopoulus on ABC’s This Week: “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes (me) throw up.”Stephonopoulus had given Santorum an opportunity to renounce an old statement about Kennedy; instead Santorum doubled down. It was the culmination of a week of media scrutiny of religious statements made throughout his political career.On election night, tongue-wagging pundits suggested that Santorum’s attack on Kennedy caused him to lose the Catholic vote to Mitt Romney in Michigan.“Rick Santorum has to be wondering where he would be...
  • Do Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God?

    03/05/2012 5:34:39 AM PST · by NYer · 64 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 5, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    It certainly seems as if we worship the same God. After all, we call God by the same name. Arabic-speaking Christians, including Eastern Catholics such as Maronites and Melkites, use the word “Allah” for the God of the Bible.But are they the same God?The question is not answered by simple linguistic identity, as evidenced by St. Paul’s complaint to the Corinthians: “For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you...
  • Why A Religious Model for the State Is Not Good

    03/05/2012 3:42:01 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 3/4/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Ask everybody and they’ll all agree it’s a good thing priests don’t run the world.I agree with this view.I also believe it’s even better that members of religious orders don’t run the world, whether they are Sisters of Mercy or, lemme think, Jesuits … or some other kind of religious.Why?Religious don’t live in the real world.Don’t get me wrong; I believe firmly that many religious do alot of good for the world, but they don’t live in it.Sure there are exceptions of savvy religious who know the score, especially those who may have had a career before entering religious life....
  • Priest warns Obama: Better knock the Catholic Church out now - you’ve awakened the giant

    03/04/2012 7:20:50 PM PST · by Domestic Church · 92 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 03/02/2012 | John-Henry Westen
    Fr. John Hollowell’s truly amazing monologue needs to be spread far and wide. It’s a wake up call, and one of the most encouraging statements I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a Divine battle cry! The talk heats up after minute 2 where he notes in this talk addressed to Planned Parenthood Pres. Cecile Richards that “we have not doubt” that in the future Planned Parenthood will be seen as the “slave traders, the Nazis, the Communists and all those groups that seek to oppress people.” He then warns PP and President Obama: “You better knock us out now....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-05-12

    03/04/2012 7:14:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 03-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 5, 2012 Monday in the Second Week in Lent   Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 "Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in all...
  • Irony - Bar Boots Denver Bishop giving private talk on threats to religious liberty

    03/04/2012 7:08:02 PM PST · by Domestic Church · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/2/2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    DENVER, March 2, 2012 ( - Just after speaking about society’s slow descent into adversity against religious freedom, the bishop administering the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver found himself in a closer encounter with the subject than he’d anticipated. Bishop James Conley was speaking to a Theology on Tap group on Jan. 26 about how America is turning into an “atheocracy” at Stoney’s Bar and Grill of Denver when trouble began brewing. “America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy—a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add, the faith that our...
  • 60 Minutes does a hatchet job on the Roman Catholic Church

    03/04/2012 5:56:05 PM PST · by TWohlford · 33 replies | 4 Mar 2012 | Tim Wohlford
    An Irishman named Diarmuid Martin says the Catholic Church in Ireland has reached a breaking point, a crisis that he says results from the sexual abuse of children by priests and the cover-up by the Church. Martin has provided tens of thousands of pages of evidence against specific priests, and his words and actions carry extraordinary weight. That's because Diarmuid Martin is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Bob Simon reports.
  • America's 12 Most Influential Catholics

    03/04/2012 4:58:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN Belief ^ | 03/03/2012 | Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
    Anyone who is old enough to remember Sen. John F. Kennedy’s run for president in 1960 knows that this used to be not just a Christian country, but a Protestant one. Admittedly, the Constitution makes the United States secular by law, but for most of our history, we have been Protestant by choice. All that has changed in recent years. We now have a Catholic speaker of the House (John Boehner), a Catholic House minority leader (Nancy Pelosi) and a Catholic vice president (Joe Biden). Six of the nine justices on the Supreme Court are Catholics. And that guy duking...
  • Mitt Romney trouncing Rick Santorum even among Catholics

    03/04/2012 4:44:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 03/04/2012 | Daniel Burke
    (RNS) Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney's support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis of exit poll data. Though he won evangelicals in two states, in general Romney has performed 15 percentage points better among non-evangelicals, according to an analysis released Friday (March 2) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Exit poll data is available in seven of the 11 states that have held primary contests to date, according to the Pew Forum. More detailed religious affiliations are available...
  • † Traditional True Mass Propers : Dominica Secunda in Quadragesima ~ Second Sunday In Lent †

    03/04/2012 2:23:30 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 51 replies
    Robert Drobot | Anno Dómini 4 March 2012 | Most Holy Trinity
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Traditional True Holy Mass Propers † Dominica Secunda in Quadragesima ~ Second Sunday In Lent † Anno Dómini 4 March 2012 † Statio ad S. Mariam in Dominica ~ Station at Saint Mary's in Dominica † Commemorating† The Feast of Prince Saint Casimir, Patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania † Color: Violaceus ~ Violet Vestments I Classis ~ First Class Observance Reminiscere miserationum tuarum, Domine, et misericordiae tuae, quae a saeculo sunt.... ( Remember, o Lord, Thy bowels of compassion, and Thy mercies that are from the beginning of the world, lest at any time...
  • The Historical Reality of the Muslim Conquests

    03/04/2012 2:05:37 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | March 3, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be useful to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (632) and tapered off circa 750. Large swathes of the Old World—from the India in the east, to Spain in the west—were conquered and consolidated by the sword of Islam during this time.By the standards of history, the reality...
  • No Cooperation with Evil ( “formal” vs “material” cooperation in evil)

    03/04/2012 12:58:20 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 4, 2012 | Randall Smith
    A teaching of the Church getting some ill-use recently is the distinction between “formal” and “material” cooperation in evil, with some commentators trying mightily to convince Catholics they have a “free pass” on the HHS mandates because paying for contraceptive services would only be “material” cooperation with evil, and “material” cooperation, they say, isn’t a problem. So, for example, Religion News Service’s David Gibson, writing in USA Today, scolds the bishops on these grounds for their continued opposition to the HHS mandate. “This is Moral Theology 101,” he quotes one unnamed moral theologian as saying. “I do not think the bishops and their...
  • Top U.S. Bishop to All Bishops: ‘We Did Not Ask for This Fight, But We Will Not Run From It’

    03/04/2012 12:44:57 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Pope Benedict XVI makes Archbishop Timothy Dolan a cardinal of the Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 2012 at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) ( - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administration’s command—issued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the president’s health-care plan--that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings...
  • Latin Mass Novena [Catholic caucus]

    03/04/2012 3:33:05 AM PST · by koinonia · 2 replies
    Website ^ | February 6, 1012 | Franciscans of the Immaculate
    A Novena of Latin Masses will be offered by the contemplative branch of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate at their Ritiro Mariano Friary in Amandola, Italy. The intention of the Novena is for THE SANCTIFICATION OF ALL FAMILIES (or persons) enrolled in the Novena. The nine Masses will begin at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 7th and will conclude on Divine Mercy Sunday April 15th...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-04-12, Second Sunday of Lent

    03/03/2012 8:57:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 03-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 4, 2012   Second Sunday of Lent   Reading 1 Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test.He called to him, "Abraham!""Here I am!" he replied.Then God said:"Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,and go to the land of Moriah.There you shall offer him up as a holocauston a height that I will point out to you." When they came to the place of which God had told him,Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.But the LORD's messenger...
  • Essays for Lent: The Pope

    03/03/2012 8:07:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    The Popeby Sebastian R. Fama"But who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and...
  • Catholic bishops exhort faithful to oppose Obamacare in a Sunday message

    03/03/2012 3:00:03 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Speroforum ^ | March 2, 2012 | Martin Barillas
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops is issuing a flyer to be distributed at Masses over the March 3-4 weekend that asks their congregation to voice their opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that all employers pay for their employees' contraceptives. The mandate, which President Obama has given just one year for compliance, would force Catholic hospitals - for instance - to pay for contraceptives, even though contrary to Catholic teachings. Besides the Catholic bishops, other religious groups, including non-Christians and secular people, have criticized the Obama administration's move as an unconstitutional intromission into religious freedoms and the freedom of association. The bishops ask their congregations to contact their Members of Congress to voice their opposition...
  • Larry Doyle’s “Jesus-Eating Cult” (Larry in conversation with Catholic Exchange)

    03/03/2012 2:46:05 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 2, 2012 | Harold Fickett
    [1]Larry Doyle The reaction of Catholic leaders to Larry Doyle’s satiric piece at HuffPo this week, “The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,” has been exactly the wrong reaction. We have taken offense, demanded apologies of Arianna Huffington, and asked that we please not be exposed through satire to the virulently-anti Catholic opinions of the Church’s opponents. Doyle’s piece, like the shows for which he has written, “Beavis and Butthead,” and “The Simpsons,” was crude. There’s no doubt about that.He led off“It’s time to take a good hard look at Rick Santorum’s faith.“Many of you will be shocked to learn...
  • What they have wrought: a "culture" built on the "license of base fornicating women"

    03/03/2012 2:44:56 PM PST · by narses · 9 replies
    CASTI CONNUBII ^ | 1930 | Pius XI
    [S]ince, in order that the deceits of the enemy may be avoided, it is necessary first of all that they be laid bare; since much is to be gained by denouncing these fallacies for the sake of the unwary, even though We prefer not to name these iniquities "as becometh saints," yet for the welfare of souls We cannot remain altogether silent. To begin at the very source of these evils, their basic principle lies in this, that matrimony is repeatedly declared to be not instituted by the Author of nature nor raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity...