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  • Extraordinary Discovery of 12th Century Abbot's Grave: 2012 Technology Could Unmask his Identity

    04/19/2012 11:38:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4/18/12 | Paul Harris
    Carbon dating and pathology to be used on skeleton Abbot reckoned to be 'portly' because of curvature of the spine Cistercian monastery supposedly 'haunted' by several ghostsFor something like seven centuries he had lain undisturbed. He – or at least his remains – survived Henry VIII’s destruction of his abbey in 1537, eluded the grave-robbers that followed, and avoided discovery by Victorian archaeologists. Even deep excavations and the underpinning of the crumbling building in the 1930s failed to unearth him. But the abbot who headed Britain’s second richest and most powerful Cistercian monastery may soon be unmasked – along with...
  • Top US Republican Rejects Criticism by Catholic Bishops

    04/19/2012 1:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/18/12 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday defended his party's proposed deficit-cutting federal budget plan against complaints by Roman Catholic bishops that it would hurt the poor and violate certain "moral criteria." House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner argued that matters would worsen, with the government eventually unable to afford programs for the needy, unless it stops spending more money than it takes in. Boehner, who is Catholic, acknowledged that the bishops have a "moral argument," but said, "I want them to take a bigger look." "The bigger look is if we don't...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-19-12

    04/18/2012 6:29:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 04-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 19, 2012   Thursday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33 When the court officers had brought the Apostles inand made them stand before the Sanhedrin,the high priest questioned them,"We gave you strict orders did we not,to stop teaching in that name.Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teachingand want to bring this man's blood upon us."But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,"We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.God exalted him at his right hand as leader...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: The Words of Consecration

    04/18/2012 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Words of Consecrationby Sebastian R. FamaThe Traditionalist movement’s greatest complaint against the Church has to do with the new mass (post Vatican II). Their biggest objection is to the change in the words of consecration. This, they claim, renders the new mass invalid. They specifically object to the words used in the consecration of the wine. In the Tridentine Mass (pre Vatican II) the wording is as follows: For this is the chalice of my blood of the New and Eternal Covenant: the mystery of faith: which shall be shed for you and for many unto the forgiveness of...
  • Walk in love. Love all people. Jesus love is love.

    04/18/2012 5:20:19 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love is the highest form of human existence. We must love one another in order to come together, live together, and grow together. As JESUS loved and loves us.
  • Witness implicates a bishop in sex abuse scandal

    04/18/2012 3:32:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4/18/2012 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    A Philadelphia man told a jury today that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest who allegedly sexually abused him for years starting the late 1970s had said a colleague who is now a bishop in West Virginia also had sex with teenage boys. The 48-year-old witness, identified only as "John" in the 2005 report of the Philadelphia County grand jury, described a meeting one summer in high school where he spent summers at the Rev. Stanley Gana's 110-acre farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He said he was building a flagstone wall when a car pulled up driven by then-Rev. Michael J. Bransfield...
  • April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy

    04/18/2012 2:17:36 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 16, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy "Sadness and the wounds themselves become sources of joy" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, April 11. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the solemn celebrations of Easter, our meeting today is pervaded by spiritual joy; even if the skies above are grey, in our hearts we carry the joy of Easter and the certainty of the Resurrection of Christ, who has definitively triumphed over death. First, I wish...
  • In hard-hitting document Vatican launches clean-up of feminist nuns in United States

    04/18/2012 2:14:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/18/2012 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has launched a 5-year reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States representing more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious (nuns) in the country. Based on a 2008 investigation into the nuns, the Vatican evaluation was candid, noting, “The current doctrinal and pastoral situation of the LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern.” The CDF doctrinal assessment, released today, criticized positions espoused at LCWR...
  • LCWR Having a Bad Day. Vatican Names Archbishop Delegate to Continue Watching LCWR and Network

    04/18/2012 11:52:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/18/12 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It is a bad day for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR… subsidiary of The Magisterium of Nuns). If the SSPX gets chilled Veuve, this one might get … dunno… a big chocolate cake? Popcorn? I save some milkfat from my clarified butter and it is fantastic on popcorn. That seems appropriate. From the USCCB: Vatican Names Archbishop Sartain To Lead Renewal Of LCWR April 18, 2012 Critiques doctrinal aspects of LCWR assemblies, publicationsFaults work with Network social justice lobby, financial, legal Resource CenterCalls for advisory group of bishops, sisters and other experts to assist in renewalWASHINGTON—The Vatican Congregation...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHRISM, 04-18-12

    04/18/2012 10:42:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CHRISM A consecrated mixture of olive oil and balsam. Blessed by a bishop, it is used in the public administration of baptism, confirmation, and holy orders; in the blessing of tower bells, baptismal water, and in the consecration of churches, altars, chalices, and patens. (Etym. Middle English chrisom, short for chrism cloth.) See Also: HOLY CHRISM All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Pastor Applauded for Shunning Anti-gay Marriage Drive

    04/18/2012 8:32:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/17/12 | Joel Connelly
    The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. “I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parish-oners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this...
  • South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

    04/18/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 4/18/12 | Sandro Magister
    The number of Catholics there is growing at a staggering pace. With many thousands of new baptized adults every year. The report of a great missionaryROME, April 18, 2012 – The seven years of pontificate that Benedict XVI will mark tomorrow are associated, in common opinion, with the general decline of the Church. But this opinion is nurtured by a view restricted to the Christianity of the Old Continent: to a Europe that in effect has suffered the blows of a growing secularization. If one simply widens the perspective, in fact, the reality appears different. In the past century the...
  • Vatican Says Traditionalists' Response Marks 'Step Forward' in Talks

    04/18/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/18/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In what the Vatican described as an encouraging "step forward," the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has revised its response to a Vatican document laying out certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting church teaching. The latest response submitted by Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, arrived at the Vatican April 17. It will be examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then "placed under the judgment of the Holy Father," said a brief communique from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," which is handling the Vatican's discussions with...
  • Ukraine abortion ban proposal sparks topless feminist protest at cathedral

    04/18/2012 5:02:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 17, 2012 | Hilary White
    KIEV, April 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Feminists and pro-aborts in Ukraine have staged a topless protest against government plans to outlaw abortion in some circumstances. The protest comes as the country has been plunged into a debate over the abortion law, which allows abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, while the country faces a looming demographic crisis with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The feminist group ‘Femen’ angered Ukrainian Catholics by staging a protest in which a group of women exposed themselves after climbing to the top of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in...
  • St. Pius X Society gives mixed response to Vatican

    04/18/2012 4:39:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Bernard Fellay. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The breakaway Society of St. Pius X has given its assent to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Vatican, but with some suggested amendments to the text.It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to permit them back into full communion the Catholic Church.  Weekend media speculation suggested that there has been behind-the-scene dialogue between both sides in recent weeks trying to smooth reconciliation. “Unofficially and in the utmost...
  • Communiqué of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"

    04/18/2012 4:26:54 AM PDT · by monkapotamus
    RORATE CÆLI ^ | April 18, 2012 | Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
    Communiqué of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" The text of the response of His Excellency Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, requested during the meeting in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of March 16, 2012, was delivered on April 17, 2012. This text will be examined by the Dicastery and submitted afterwards to the judgment of the Holy Father. [Source: original texts in Italian and French]
  • Scottish priest dies one week after ordination

    04/18/2012 4:26:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Fr. Graham Turner at his ordination to the priesthood. Credit: Msgr. Michael Regan. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Graham Turner, 48, was a priest for only one week when he passed away from leukemia. “There is a great wave of sadness here at the moment but it was important that Graham was ordained,” said Monsignor Roderick Strange, Rector of the Beda College in Rome, where Fr. Turner studied for the priesthood. “Although we are ordained for active ministry this was also a completion of a significant period in Graham’s life of discernment and...
  • On a day like today: conference to mark the battle of Milvian Bridge

    04/18/2012 2:23:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Spero News ^ | April 17, 2012 | Martin Barillas
    "Constantine the Great. The Roots of Europe" is the title of an international academic congress to be held in the Vatican from, April 18-21. The event has been organized by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences to mark the 1700th anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge and role the Emperor Constantine played in bringing about tolerance for Christians. It was at the Milvian Bridge, which spans the Tiber river near Rome, where Constantine I defeated Maxentius as they contested the control of the Roman Empire on October 28, 312 AD. While marching to engage Maxentius, Constantine may or...
  • Healing a Schism: Vatican and Breakaway SSPX Seek Common Ground

    04/18/2012 12:30:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 04/16/2012 | Peter Wensierski
    For the pope's 85th birthday on Monday, his own brother showed up in Rome empty-handed. But the brothers of the controversial Catholic splinter group Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) were more generous. They sent a letter—and its contents may be the greatest gift yet to the papacy of Benedict XVI. The pope has long wanted to heal the schism with the SSPX and bring the conservative followers of the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre back into the fold. That hope may now become reality. The Catholic traditionalist Lefebvre founded the SSPX in 1969 in answer to the reforms pushed...
  • For the record - Latest Tornielli: "Fellay's response has arrived; it is positive"

    04/17/2012 10:01:38 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Just mentioned by Andrea Tornielli for La Stampa: Lefebvrists: the positive response has arrived 17.09.2012 (1900 GMT - 2100 Rome) The Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X has signed the doctrinal preamble proposed by the Holy See, even if with some slight modifications ANDREA TORNIELLI CITTÀ DEL VATICANO The response of the Society of Saint Pius X has arrived in the Vatican and it is positive: according to the informal information gathered by Vatican Insider, Bishop Bernard Fellay would have signed the doctrinal preamble that the Holy See had proposed last September as a condition to reach full...
  • GOD loves us and orders our steps. We must love each other and be strong as GOD orders.

    04/17/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love to all people. As we are created by GOD, we are all given a mission that fulfill what HE wants. Whether we are believers, non-believers, sick, brave, weak, courageous, bold, shy, lost, and other characteristics or gifts. We are all the same. We are need one another. No one can post. If everyone was righteous, there would be no one to minister to. If no one was wicked, we would not know what righteousness is. If there was no one lost, then, there would be no one to minister to. If there was no sick, then there would be...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Traditionalists [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2012 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Traditionalistsby Sebastian R. FamaThere are a number of Traditionalist groups who reject the Second Vatican Council and the changes that followed. They consider those who have accepted the changes to be what they call "The Conciliar Church." They somehow imagine that members of this "Conciliar Church" are no longer Catholic and that they themselves are the loyal remnant. Traditionalists are well aware that ecumenical councils have always spoken with authority. They try to get around this by claiming that Vatican II was a pastoral and not a doctrinal council. A pastoral council, they contend, can teach error and thus does...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-12

    04/17/2012 7:52:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2012 Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26 The high priest rose up and all his companions,that is, the party of the Sadducees,and, filled with jealousy,laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,led them out, and said,"Go and take your place in the temple area,and tell the people everything about this life."When they heard this,they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.When the high priest and his companions arrived,they convened the Sanhedrin,the...
  • Following the Truth: Recognizing Jesus In The Eucharist [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2012 7:12:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 11th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Recognizing Jesus In The Eucharist Apr 11th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  And it happened that, while He was with them at table, He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him… (Luke 24:30-31)For the second consecutive day, the gospel reading from daily Mass presents a story of someone who was dejected…and shouldn’t have been! Just as we saw yesterday with Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb, the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus were sad about the Lord’s death and didn’t realize that He was right...
  • The Pope Told You So [Ecumenical]

    04/17/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 17th, 2012 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    The Pope Told You So Media & CultureApril 17th, 2012 Rev. George W. Rutler Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself?A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran  Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom by interfering with the hiring of ministerial personnel. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the Administration’s argument...
  • US Bishops Issue Document on New Evangelization

    04/17/2012 4:23:59 PM PDT · by eastsider · 2 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | April 17, 2012 | Staff
    As the Church throughout the world prepares for the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, led by Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, has issued a 31-page statement entitled “Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization.” “The New Evangelization seeks to invite modern man and culture into a relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church,” the document states. “The New Evangelization strives to engage our culture and to help us draw our inspiration from the Gospel. The New Evangelization calls all Catholics first to be evangelized and...
  • Obama taking ‘similar path’ as Hitler and Stalin: Illinois bishop

    04/17/2012 1:26:26 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | by Patrick B. Craine
    PEORIA, Illinois, April 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a stunning homily on the weekend, an Illinois bishop slammed President Obama for his “radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda” and said Catholics must line up against that agenda at the ballot box in November or else lose all her dearly-held institutions. “This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries—only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down,” said Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria at a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DIOCESAN CHANCERY, 04-17-12

    04/17/2012 11:00:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DIOCESAN CHANCERY The administrative branch of a diocese under the authority of the local ordinary; it handles the official documents pertaining to the ecclesiastical affairs of the diocese. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Bishop Calls for ‘Heroic Catholicism,’ Rips Obama’s ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’

    04/17/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.” “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work--like that very first apostolic generation--we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Church and Peace

    04/17/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Church and Peace 1204. Your Church seems to be "anti" every effort to give peace on earth and good will towards men in practice. No one could write those words save one who has little or no knowledge of the attitude of the Catholic Church towards the problem of peace. 1205. Your Church is in a wonderful position to bring about peace, if it liked. The Catholic Church could be in a wonderful position to do so, if only the nations would accept her advice and submit to her rulings. Don't forget that, at the beginning of the last...
  • Recognition Finally for a Warrior Priest's Heroics

    04/17/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/16/12 | Daniel Nasaw
    US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp. Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor - and sainthood. On 2 November 1950, Father Kapaun made the decision that led to his death. The Korean war chaplain was in the middle of a firefight, with the American forces overrun by Chinese soldiers outside a crossroads town called Unsan in North Korea. Lighting forest fires to frustrate US reconnaissance planes, the Chinese surrounded the Americans and pressed in, attacking with small...
  • British Library Acquires St Cuthbert Gospel

    04/17/2012 7:17:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/16/12
    The oldest intact European book - the St Cuthbert Gospel - is to remain in the UK after the British Library raised £9m to buy it. The acquisition of the 7th Century copy of the Gospel of St John follows the library's largest fundraising campaign. The National Heritage Memorial Fund gave £4.5m but charitable foundations, trusts and the public also contributed. The book was sold by the Society of Jesus (British Province) to raise money for education and restoration work. The manuscript, produced in the north-east of England, was buried with the early English Christian leader on Lindisfarne in about...
  • A Transitional Papacy?

    04/17/2012 7:08:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/13/12 | Marco Tosatti
    Many of those who voted for Benedict XVI in April 2005 believed his would be a transitional papacy. They were wrong. Here is a review of Joseph Ratzinger’s seven years on the Chair of PeterI am curious, in a way that might come across as slightly malicious, about one thing. I wonder how many of those who voted for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 expected the Bavarian Pope to still be here among us seven years on. Despite his brisk baby steps which are made all the more uncertain by the problems he has with his hip and his...
  • ‘I Don’t Know What is Awaiting Me,’ Says Pope on 85th Birthday

    04/17/2012 7:04:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/16/12 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 85th birthday today with guests who treated him to Bavarian “oompah” music and folk dancing in the apostolic palace. Earlier in the day, in an impromptu homily, the Pope had said: “I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.” “I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty,” he said. Later...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Women's Ordination

    04/16/2012 9:21:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Women's Ordinationby Sebastian R. FamaWhile there are Catholics who favor ordaining women to the priesthood, it is important to note that the driving force behind this movement comes from the more radical elements in the Church. These individuals usually challenge the Church on a wide range of issues. They reject the authority of the Church and yet they demand that women be allowed to be a part of the authority they reject. If the Church has no divine authority, what purpose would it serve to be a part of it? Such an obvious contradiction discredits their argument. Their real goal...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-12

    04/16/2012 8:38:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2012   Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the Apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the Apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Thus Joseph, also named...
  • Life after lesbianism

    04/16/2012 8:28:30 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-16-12 | Dawn Wilde
    Editor’s note: This article is a follow-up to Dawn Wilde’s Confessions of a Recovering Lesbian. It was first printed at Catholicsistas.com and is reprinted with permission. In January, I wrote about my struggles with same-sex attraction (SSA), while living out my vocation as a Catholic wife and mother. The article was picked up by several Catholic websites and secular blogs. I wrote the article anonymously and considering the vitriol of the comments that followed, I’m glad I did. Especially after reading one man’s enraged, sentence-by-sentence dissection of the piece on a site called Face Punch. There seemed to be three...
  • Seven years of purification

    04/16/2012 7:41:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 4/16/12 | http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/the-vatican/detail/articolo/papa-ratzinger-el-papa-pop
    "The greatest persecution of the church is born from sin inside the church." On his flight to the Portuguese city of Fátima, all it took was a sentence spoken by Benedict XVI to sweep away self-justifying conspiracy theories on ecclesiastical scandals and afflictions. This sentence has become the slogan of a "purifying" papacy. Three dates act as milestones for judging his leadership: his 85th birthday on Monday 16th, the seventh anniversary of his election as successor of the apostle Peter on Thursday 19th and the date marking the solemn beginning of his papacy on Tuesday 24th. No one has done more...
  • Vatican Hoping to Make SSPX Announcement Early Next Week [Cath/Orth Caucus]

    04/16/2012 7:12:59 PM PDT · by annalex · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Saturday, April 14, 2012 8:21 AM | Edward Pentin
    [...] the fraternity have “preannounced they will arrive at a final clarification, therefore I am hoping that at the beginning of next week we’ll be able to know their position and then take consequent positions.” [...]Msgr. Pozzo said “certain press reports, certain information, have been encouraging but we cannot predict their response until they give it to us.” [...] if the society “does not accept the offer of a pope like Benedict XVI, who has already made possible the gestures to meet them halfway, a historic opportunity would be lost, and, above all, there would be a further injury to...
  • Pope Benedict Celebrates 85th Birthday, Squashes Resignation Rumors

    04/16/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 16, 2012
    Pope Benedict Celebrates 85th Birthday, Squashes Resignation Rumors April 16, 2012 Fox News Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the Pontiff's 85th birthday celebrations in the Clementine hall at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a very Bavarian birthday Monday, marking his 85 years with his brother, German bishops and a musical band from his native land -- all while squashing speculation of a possible resignation despite his age and frailty. Benedict began the day with a Mass in which he alluded to his own mortality, saying he would carry on...
  • [Why I Am Catholic]: Because I Love the Bible [Catholic and Open]

    04/16/2012 4:21:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 119 replies
    Patheos.comYIMCatholic ^ | August 30, 2010 | Frank Weathers
    Because I Love the Bible Posted on August 30, 2010 by Frank Weathers   Here is a reason that answers the question posed by this blog daily that I’ve never written about yet. So here goes: I love the Bible. Well, duh, Frank you may be thinking, of course you do. Well, let me be more specific. I love the entire Bible and every single book therein, including all the books that Martin Luther tossed out during the Protestant Reformation.I have some mechanical ability, which I have written about in this space once or twice. And I know a...
  • Stay strong in HIM!! Speak of HIS goodness, and not of sin.

    04/16/2012 12:36:30 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Faith
    Focus on HIM
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APPELLANTS, 04-16-12

    04/16/2012 9:17:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APPELLANTS Various groups who appealed against certain decisions or doctrines of the Holy See. The best known were the appellants in Elizabethan England who protested the alleged use of political means to bring the country back to the Catholic faith; and the appellants in France, led by the Archbishop of Paris, who opposed Pope Clement XI's condemnation of Jansenism in 1713. (Etym. Latin appellare, to address, call upon, appeal to one.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary

    04/16/2012 8:01:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/12 | Samuel Gregg
    “Revolution” – it’s a word that conjures up images of winter palaces being stormed and the leveling of Bastilles. But if a true revolutionary is someone who regularly turns conventional thinking upside-down, then one of the world’s most prominent status-quo challengers may well be a quietly-spoken Catholic theologian who turns 85 today. While regularly derided by his critics as “decrepit” and “out-of-touch,” Benedict XVI continues to do what he’s done since his election as pope seven years ago: which is to shake up not just the Catholic Church but also the world it’s called upon to evangelize. His means of...
  • Parishioners join vicar in protest conversion {to Catholicism} - Ecumenical

    04/16/2012 5:59:08 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 April 2012 | Telegraph
    The Rev Donald Minchew left his Anglican church of nearly two decades to join a Catholic church just up the road in Croydon, south London. ...after he resigned from St Michael's and All Angels parish following 16 and-a-half-years, 70 of his flock decided to join him in an extraordinary leap of faith. The vicar together with almost half of his previous congregation as well as three new members, were received into the full communion at St Mary's Church earlier this month. Former Anglican bishop Monsignor John Broadhurst received and confirmed the group, who will now form the Croydon Ordinariate. "These...
  • + the BEGGAR KING: Answer to an Anti-Catholic + Part I

    04/16/2012 4:33:07 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 83 replies
    Beggar King ^ | Oct 28, 1999 | Larry Nolte
    + the BEGGAR KING: Answer to an Anti-Catholic + Catholics are accustomed to being the favorite target of bigots. The Catholic Church is attacked and ridiculed by both the left and the right, by both Secularists and Fundamentalists. Their points might be different but the methods are universally the same; disinformation and willful misrepresentation. What follows is an exchange of views. I am presenting the text of an anonymous tract which I've frequently found on-line. It is a pretty good example of an attack on the Church from the "fundamentalist" perspective. I present it here in its entirety, unedited. I've added...
  • Bible Burning and other Allegations

    04/16/2012 2:13:08 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    A Catholic Response, Inc. ^ | February 11, 1993 | A Catholic Response, Inc.
    Bible Burning and other Allegations There are some things in them (Epistles of St. Paul) hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.2 Peter 3:16 Ever since the Protestant Revolt in the 16th century, the Catholic Church has been accused of ignoring, opposing, hiding and even destroying the Bible in order to keep it from the people. Allegedly, copies of the Bible were chained to the walls of churches during the Middle Ages so that people could not take them home to read. Supposedly the Church during the Middle...
  • Holy Mass is encounter with risen Jesus, Pope says

    04/16/2012 1:28:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | Vatican City, Apr 15, 2012 | Holy Mass is encounter with risen Jesus, Pope says
    Vatican City, Apr 15, 2012 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Holy Mass is more than a historical re-enactment, Pope Benedict XVI said on April 15, Divine Mercy Sunday. “Christian worship is not just a commemoration of past events, or even a particular mystical, interior experience, but essentially an encounter with the Risen Lord,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square prior to the midday recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer. For while Christ now “lives in the dimension of God, beyond space and time” he is still truly present in the midst of his creation as “he speaks to us...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-12

    04/15/2012 9:13:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2012 Monday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31 After their release Peter and John went back to their own peopleand reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.And when they heard it,they raised their voices to God with one accordand said, "Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earthand the sea and all that is in them,you said by the Holy Spiritthrough the mouth of our father David, your servant: Why did the Gentiles rageand the peoples entertain folly?The kings of the earth took their standand the princes gathered togetheragainst the Lord...
  • Unlikely Spiritual Pilgrim Walks 70 Miles From Frat House to Shrine

    04/15/2012 7:29:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/14/12 | Jen Christensen
    Andrew Domini’s feet were blistered and bloodied. He could barely walk by the time he finally made it to a pink marble church and crawled the last 90 feet to a quiet shrine tucked into the corner. As he paused a couple of weeks ago in front of the wooden coffin that held the remains of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and prayed, the 19-year-old said he finally felt at peace. Domini had walked nearly 70 miles, becoming an unlikely spiritual pilgrim. But the religious shrine wasn’t in Rome, Jerusalem or some other officially holy city. It was in St. Mary-of-the-Woods,...