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  • Nun Who Leads Network Disparages Bishops, Hesitant to Call Herself Pro-Life

    06/13/2012 6:18:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Speaking at a Jesuit parish in Charlotte, the executive director of the social justice lobby Network disparaged Vatican officials and US bishops as “inexperienced” in pastoral work and revealed that she is uncomfortable describing herself as pro-life “because of my pride.” After speaking on the importance of civility in political discourse, Sister Simone Campbell dismissed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s efforts to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) as a “Vatican kerfuffle” and, in the words of the Charlotte diocesan newspaper, “scorned the US bishops for their continued opposition to the health insurance law.” In...
  • Catholic Bishops Gather With Focus on Obama Birth-Control Measure

    06/13/2012 6:12:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Time via Kansas City Star ^ | 6/12/12 | Mitchell Landsberg
    ATLANTA -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops have long prided themselves on being political without being partisan, throwing themselves into the scrum of public affairs without aligning themselves with one party or the other. Now, some Catholics are beginning to wonder out loud whether the bishops have abandoned their historic non-partisanship - or, at least, are at risk of being seen that way - as they press forward with a vigorous campaign against contraception provisions in President Barack Obama's health care plan. Led by the indomitable Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the bishops are arriving in Atlanta for their...
  • Bishops, That is a Pretty Nice Tax Exemption You Have There. Wouldn’t Want Anything Bad ...

    06/13/2012 3:47:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | June 13, 2012 | Donald R. McClarey
    Modern liberals are not noted for their subtlety.  Case in point is Melinda Henneberger.  A writer for the Washington Post, she is a liberal in good standing and a Catholic, a graduate from Notre Dame in 1980, who has written for the New York Times, Commonweal, a Catholic journal for those who like a dollop of incense with their leftism, and was a contributing editor for Newsweek, the magazine that is almost worth the buck its latest owner paid for it.  Henneberger is pretty ticked at the Church in regard to what she perceives as political attacks on the South...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-13-12, Mem. St. Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor/Church

    06/12/2012 8:22:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 13, 2012   Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 1 Kgs 18:20-39 Ahab sent to all the children of Israeland had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel. Elijah appealed to all the people and said,"How long will you straddle the issue?If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him."The people, however, did not answer him.So Elijah said to the people,"I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.Give us two young bulls.Let them choose one, cut it into pieces,...
  • Following the Truth: Empty Churches – Where Should We Draw The Line?

    06/12/2012 6:03:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 85 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | May 9th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
      Empty Churches – Where Should We Draw The Line? May 9th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  “Religion is popular only when it ceases to be truly religious. Religion by its very nature is unpopular – certainly unpopular with the ego.” (Archbishop Fulton J Sheen)Recently, an interesting article was brought to my attention. Appearing in The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), the point was raised that organized religion was on the decline throughout the area. More and more, organized religion is coming under attack, as evidenced by the recent YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”. While the idea of individuals...
  • Church welcomes Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

    06/12/2012 2:02:51 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 5 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 12 June 2012 | Cathcon
    Members of all denominations were invited to the service. Mayor Gerd Schwandner read from the Gospel. A service, which was characterized by tolerance: True to the psalm, "God, I thank thee, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made" members of all denominations and any sexual orientation were invited on Sunday to the Lamberti Church. Together they celebrated an enjoyable worship which is part of the supporting program for the Christopher Street Day Parade (CSD) on the following Saturday. With a rainbow flag - a symbol of lesbian and gay movement – six participants entered the Lamberti church and placed it...
  • For disbelievers. Father Barron on the mystery of eating Jesus' flesh

    I love this video. You go there, you see history, Our Lord's and St. Thomas Aquinas. Please take a moment and listen to Father Barron explain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDVLBUK5FGw
  • Analysis: Dispute With US Nuns Began Decades Ago

    06/12/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    NEW YORK — A conflict that has entangled the Vatican, American bishops and the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns may seem to have erupted suddenly, but it actually has its roots in decades-old disputes over Roman Catholic teaching. The headlines came in April, when the Vatican orthodoxy watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concluded that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had strayed far from authentic doctrine and gave three American bishops the authority to overhaul the organization. The board for the nuns' group responded by calling the Vatican's investigation flawed and its conclusions unsubstantiated. Top...
  • Orthodox and Catholics Pursuing New Approaches Together

    06/12/2012 10:21:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Metropolitan Hilarion, responsible for the external relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, pointed out the joint tasks of members of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in a world characterized by materialism and consumerism at a meeting on Pentecost with the Executive President of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). “We must not wait for unity of the churches to take action,” stated Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, who is Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow. “The Eucharistic union will not come about within a few years.” Today, however, there...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TEMPORAL, 06-12-12

    06/12/2012 9:02:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TEMPORAL Anything that lasts only for a time, whose existence or activity will cease. In this sense, temporal is the opposite of eternal, which lasts forever. Also applied to what is of this world, or secular, as opposed to the heavenly. Or again it may refer to the material, in contrast with the spiritual. Or finally, the temporal is commonly applied to the lay or civil, as temporal power or authority; and then the opposite is ecclesiastical. In general, the temporal is everything belonging to the limited by, or characterized by time and change. (Etym. Latin...
  • Believe in HIM. Eternal life.

    06/12/2012 8:32:20 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    All those that believe in HIM will not perish but have eternal life.
  • Vatican: LCWR under direction of the Holy See; must promote doctrine "taught through the ages"

    06/12/2012 7:02:10 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 6, 2012
    Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the President and Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. Peter J. Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting. The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal Assessment in an atmosphere of openness and cordiality. According to Canon Law, a Conference of Major Superiors such as the...
  • Priest Given Community Service for Ringing Church Bells [Poland]

    06/12/2012 6:39:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/11 | Matthew Day
    A parish priest has been sentenced to 30 hours community service for disturbing parishioners with his church bells. Locals living near the church in the Polish town of Lewin said they has been plagued by the bells since 2009 when Father Andrzej Wrobel installed an automatic system that rang the bells every hour and half-hour through the night, and could also play hymns as dawn broke. "The noise was so loud you couldn't sleep," one Lewin resident told Polish radio, while another said the bells frightened children and made dogs howl.
  • Chaldean Archbishop: True Christianity Is a Persecuted Christianity

    06/12/2012 6:34:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/12/12 | Tim Drake
    Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil discusses the plight of the faithful in the Middle East.Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1993 and joined the Redemptorist order. He became archbishop in 2010. He recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the violence facing Christians in the Middle East and the primary concerns of Catholics in Iraq. Where are you from originally? Has your family always been Catholic?I grew up as a Chaldean Catholic in Baghdad. The Christian roots of my family go very...
  • Pope: Reject a culture where truth does not matter

    06/12/2012 2:38:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Pope Benedict XVI on Monday night met with the people of his Diocese in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint John Lateran. The annual ecclesial conference of the Diocese of Rome is discussing the Sacrament of Baptism in the Church “Renouncing the glamour of Satan in today’s age means rejecting a culture where truth does not matter,” the Pope said, referring to a part of the Baptismal Rite. The Holy Father began his remarks by reflecting on the fact the Baptismal formula is “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” as opposed to “on the behalf of.” He...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-12-12

    06/11/2012 9:23:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-12-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 12, 2012 Tuesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Kgs 17:7-16 The brook near where Elijah was hiding ran dry,because no rain had fallen in the land.So the LORD said to Elijah:"Move on to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.I have designated a widow there to provide for you."He left and went to Zarephath.As he arrived at the entrance of the city,a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,"Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink."She left to get it, and he called out after her,"Please bring along a...
  • New 'Mobile Politics' App May Stop Obama

    06/11/2012 8:17:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | June 11, 2012
    But will Republicans adopt it in time? Last year, Catholic Online reported on Obama's secret edge in the upcoming 2012 election. Now, according to Politico, the depth of that advantage is being brought to light. The advantage is so great that despite sagging poll numbers, Obama just may have the advantage he needs to win the election. No politician before Obama has ever delved so deeply into your personal life to earn your vote. According to Politico, the Obama camp even "knows who your mother voted for in the last election." It's not quite an exaggeration either. In a Chicago...
  • The Cristeros and Us (George Weigel)

    06/11/2012 3:11:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 11, 2012 | George Weigel
    Most Americans haven’t the foggiest idea that a quasi-Stalinist, violently anti-Catholic regime once existed on our southern borders. Those who don’t know how bad Mexico was in the late 1920s are about to learn, though: at least those who see For Greater Glory, a recently-released movie about the Cristero War, a passionate (and bloody) defense of Catholicism that’s remembered today, if at all, because of Graham Greene’s novel, The Power and the Glory.There’s been a strange silence about all this for almost a century. Even Catholics aware of the extent of twentieth-century martyrdom seem to have little sense of...
  • Test of Fire: Election 2012 (Official HD Version - Catholic)

    06/11/2012 1:15:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www/youtube.com ^ | March 10, 1012 | creativelab7
    Not only Catholics, but all people of faith who believe in religious liberty should send Obama packing in November!
  • Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

    06/11/2012 10:51:01 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love the LORD with all our hearts, and what we ask for will be what HE wants; then believe and receive.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ERASTIANISM, 06-11-12

    06/11/2012 8:09:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ERASTIANISM The system of Church-State relations named after Thomas Erastus (1524-83), who was a follower of Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) and whose real name was Thomas Lieber. Its main thesis is the supremacy of civil rulers in matters of religion. The basis for this theory is the alleged analogy between the Jewish and the Christian dispensations. Erastianism became the theological justification for the established churches in England and elsewhere. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • “The Biggest Distortion of All” [LCWR vs CDF]

    06/11/2012 7:21:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/9/12 | Ann Carey
    Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo responds to distortions about the CDF assessment of the LCWR.Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo has issued a letter, “Reality check: The LCWR, CDF and the doctrinal assessment” (Catholic Chronicle, June 8, 2012), responding to public “distortions and misrepresentations of the facts” related to the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Bishop Blair’s letter comes in response to an avalanche of highly critical and often grossly erroneous reports and articles about the assessment that have appeared in the mass media. Bishop...
  • Ultimatum to Christians: "Leave Qusayr" [Syria]

    06/11/2012 7:12:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Qusayr (Agenzia Fides) - Exodus of Christians in the west of Syria: the Christian population has left the town of Qusayr, near Homs, following an ultimatum from the military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba. This is what local sources of Fides report, indicating that, following the outbreak of the conflict, out of the ten thousand faithful who lived in the town, only a thousand have remained, who have now been forced to flee in haste to fury. Some mosques in the city have re-launched the message, announcing from the minarets: "Christians must leave Qusayr within six days,...
  • Nuns Brace for Vatican Meeting

    06/11/2012 6:49:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/12 | Jim Roope
    Los Angeles (CNN) – The leadership of America's largest group of Catholic nuns will head to the Vatican on Tuesday to address accusations that it strayed from church doctrine. “I don’t know why Rome is not happy,” said Sister Vickey Haran, a nun from the Los Angeles area. “All of our energies have gone into making ourselves better so that we can serve the poor people of God." Originally from Sligo, Ireland, Haran has been a nun for 50 years in the Holy Faith religious order, and she's been in the United States since 1967. She said she is heartbroken...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-11-12, Memorial, St. Barnabas, apostle

    06/10/2012 7:38:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-11-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 11, 2012   Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle Reading 1 Acts 11:21b-26; 12:1-3 In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When he arrived and saw the grace of God,he rejoiced and encouraged them allto remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.And a large number of people was added to the Lord.Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul,and when he had found...
  • Christians Pay Consequences for Opposing Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    06/10/2012 2:51:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Zenit ^ | JUNE 8, 2012 | Father John Flynn, LC
    Christians are finding it increasingly difficult to practice their faith in the public sphere, as a number of recent cases demonstrate. In New Mexico the Court of Appeals ruled that the refusal by a photo studio to photograph a same-sex couple is a breach of the state’s Human Rights Act, the Albuquerque Journal reported, June 5. In 2006 Vanessa Willock asked Elaine Huguenin of Elane Photography if she would take pictures of a “same-gender ceremony.” She was told the studio only handled “traditional weddings.” The studio also lost previous rulings by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission in 2008 and...
  • With Eyes Wide Open -- Encountering the Lord in Adoration [Catholic Caucus]

    06/10/2012 2:00:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    WAU.org ^ | June 2012 | WAU staff
    With Eyes Wide Open Encountering the Lord in Adoration Which of the following people actually encountered Jesus when they came to their church and sat before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration? The young boy who stopped in on his way home from school just to say, “Hi,” to Jesus. The man who slipped into the back of the church and repented over and over again for the way he had sinned against the Lord. The teenager who said the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be three times. The woman who said four rosaries, one for each...
  • Diocese of Orange Renames Crystal Cathedral

    06/10/2012 9:49:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/912 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    The name Christ Cathedral was selected from 4,129 submissions received from around the world. Father Christopher H. Smith is named to the top post at the cathedral, which the diocese bought for $57.5 million.When Father Christopher H. Smith was a child, he'd peek through the eucalyptus trees in his grandparents' yard on Sunday mornings at the drive-in theater next door to watch a man give a sermon on the top of a tar-papered snack bar, the same place where he'd grab his popcorn on movie evenings. The man atop the snack bar was the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, preaching from...
  • Be obedient. Love one another.

    06/10/2012 7:56:52 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 2 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Do service unto the LORD
  • Catholic Schools in Some Cities Show Signs of Life, Helped by Voucher Program

    06/10/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/9/12 | The Wall Street Jouranl
    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – It had been years since Principal Kathleen Lowry pulled extra desks from the dusty attic of St. Stanislaus, the only Catholic school left in this port city. But after Indiana began offering parents vouchers in the spring of 2011 to pay for private tuition, she had to bring down 30 spare desks and hire three teachers' aides. Thanks to vouchers, St. Stanislaus, which was $140,000 in debt to the Catholic Diocese of Gary at the end of 2010, picked up 72 new students, boosting enrollment by 38%. "God has been good to us," says Ms. Lowry....
  • WDTPRS: Corpus Christi – I affirm my subjugation to Christ vanquisher of hell and my sins.

    06/10/2012 3:44:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 6/9/2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here is a photo I took a few years ago in the Vatican Gardens during a Corpus Christi procession.  That great edifice in the background is back of St. Peter’s Basilica.  It isn’t often you get Swiss Guards to carry the canopy.I noted that His Eminence Marc Card. Ouellet said the other day that adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Cardinal “must not be belittled as a pious but now outdated custom.” It is, instead, “a development of the living tradition, which felt the need to express faith in Christ’s real presence in the sacrament in this way.”In our efforts for any...
  • Catholic Identity Once Again

    06/10/2012 3:26:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | 6/9/2012 | Robert Araujo
    As the Mirror of Justice is a web log dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory, it is probably a good idea to take stock of what being Catholic means from time to time. As a contributor to this page for seven years, I am confident that my fellow contributors and I consider the meaning of Catholic identity on a regular basis. This does not mean that we always agree on every point, but for the most part we are united in the central role this identity must exercise in our common enterprise.Of course, not everyone who uses the...
  • Germany: Catholic Priests Administer Communion to Divorcees

    06/09/2012 8:24:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/7/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    In Germany, 160 parish priests in the Archdiocese of Freiburg have openly stated on the web that they administer the Eucharist to divorcees who have remarriedThe wait is over. It is now time for action: this is what the more than 150 priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Freiburg, in Germany (161 at the time this article was written) must have thought, as they issued an open declaration on the internet, stating that they regularly administered communion to divorced couples who had remarried. In their manifesto, the priests – who account for approximately a seventh of the clergy in...
  • Pope Has 'Pruned Dead Branches' in Vatican: Secretary

    06/09/2012 8:15:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Asia One ^ | 6/8/12 | AFP
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary on Friday defended the pontiff's leadership against revelations in leaks of Vatican papers, saying he had "pruned dead branches' in the Holy See. "He has succeeded in doing what few people believed possible in such a short period of time: revitalise the Church at a difficult time," Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said in a text published by the Catholic weekly Avvenire. "He has given life to ancient traditions in the Curia (papal court at the Vatican by which the church is governed) and at the same time he has pruned dead branches," the...
  • The “Catholics for Obama” Syndrome

    06/09/2012 4:00:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 7, 2012 | Howard Kainz
    In 2010, I wrote in TCT on The “Catholics for Obama” Syndrome – a phenomenon that prevailed in the 2008 election, in which 54 percent of Catholics voted for Barak Obama – and that still prevails as we ready ourselves for the November 2012 election.In that column, I discussed long-standing inclinations of  Catholics to vote Democratic. Even if a mobster or dictator were the Democratic candidate, some Catholics would still not vote Republican. A major reason for this is that many Catholics view the Democrats as the political party closest to Catholic principles of social justice. Abortion, strangely, is not considered...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-10-12, Solemnity, Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

    06/09/2012 2:43:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-10-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 10, 2012   The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   Reading 1 Ex 24:3-8 When Moses came to the peopleand related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,they all answered with one voice,"We will do everything that the LORD has told us."Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,rising early the next day,he erected at the foot of the mountain an altarand twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelitesto offer holocausts and sacrifice young bullsas peace offerings to the LORD,Moses took...
  • Crisis of sisterhood: ‘Radical’ U.S. nuns clash with Vatican doctrine guardians

    06/09/2012 2:41:42 PM PDT · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 12 replies
    National Pos ^ | Jun 9, 2012 | Charles Lewis
    The United States is in the midst of a major investigation by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) into the group that represents 80% of the country’s 57,000 nuns. “The problem is that it is now hard to distinguish between what the nuns do and what lay social workers do,” said Ann Carey, a Catholic journalist and author of Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities. “This is not about one or two specific incidents but a general drift away from Catholic belief.” The CDF is the Vatican’s toughest office, the group charged...
  • Course on Grace: Grace Considered Extensively, Grace to the Angels [Catholic and Open]

    06/09/2012 10:52:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Course on Grace by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.CONTENTS INTRODUCTION PART ONE: GRACE CONSIDERED EXTENSIVELY I.  Why Grace? II.  What Is Grace? III.  Grace to the Angels IV.  Grace to Adam V.  Grace in the Old Testament VI.  Grace to Christ VII.  Justification in the New Testament Chapter III. Grace to the Angels We might ask many questions about the angels. Did all angels have grace? Did they have these “big” graces we have mentioned? Which graces do the angels in heaven have now? This last question is perhaps most easily answered. For if they have the Beatific Vision it...
  • THE SNEEZE! A true story of faith. Enjoy.

    06/09/2012 7:07:42 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Look not into our own understanding, but only to GOD's. Because GOD can use things we look down on or people we look down on in order to show HIS wisdom and power. Be humble. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:25-31 25 God's folly is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. 26 Consider, brothers, how you were called; not many of you are wise by human standards, not many influential, not many from noble families. 27 No, God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who by human standards...
  • Be humble.

    06/09/2012 6:31:37 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Seek peace in your heart and with others.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-09-12. Opt Mem, St. Ephrem, Deacon & Doctor/Church

    06/08/2012 9:40:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    June 9, 2012 Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Tm 4:1-8 Beloved:I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,who will judge the living and the dead,and by his appearing and his kingly power:proclaim the word;be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrinebut, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truthand will be diverted to myths.But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;put up with hardship;perform...
  • On Corpus Christi, The Sacred Teaches

    06/08/2012 3:58:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WITL ^ | June 8, 2012
    Here, the close of B16's homily on the official feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, prior to the yearly Eucharistic procession down Rome's Via Merulana....The sacred has an educational function, and its disappearance inevitably impoverishes the culture, in particular, the formation of the new generations. If, for example, in the name of a secularized faith, no longer in need of sacred signs, this citizens' processions of the Corpus Domini were abolished, the spiritual profile of Rome would be “leveled,” and our personal and community conscience would be weakened. Or let us think of a mother or a...
  • New Curriculum In Cleveland Diocese Stresses Orthodoxy and Moral Clarity!

    06/08/2012 3:53:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | June 8, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    In response to concerns raised by teachers and clergy, the Diocese of Cleveland has revamped its high school religion curriculum for the upcoming year, with a focus on orthodoxy and moral clarity.Superintendent of Schools Margaret Lyons told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the new program, developed under Bishop Richard G. Lennon, was “Gospel-centered” and “very orthodox.” The new teaching materials, she said, also corrected “a shyness about talking about moral issues.” After his appointment in 2006, Bishop Lennon heard concerns raised about the quality of religious instruction in local Catholic schools. Several years of assessments and meetings resulted in changes...
  • Pope celebrates feast of Corpus Domini

    06/08/2012 3:23:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Today ^ | June 8, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass on the steps of Rome’s Cathedral Basilica of St John Lateran Thursday evening, and then led the faithful in Eucharistic adoration before a public procession through the streets of Rome to the Basilica of St Mary Major, to mark the Solemn Feast of the Most Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ – the Feast of Corpus Domini or Corpus Christi.In his Homily, the Holy Father spoke of the need to find the right balance between Eucharistic celebration – in the Mass – and Eucharistic adoration, saying they are complementary and equally...
  • Muslims in Turkey Demand Historic Cathedral Be Turned Into Mosque (Is this the end of Hagia Sophia?)

    06/08/2012 2:11:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/08/2012 | By Nicola Menzie
    Thousands of Muslims in Turkey, preparing to celebrate the Ottoman conquest of the country 500 years ago, are demanding that authorities allow them to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, despite laws forbidding worship at what was once the world's most renowned Christian church. Instanbul's Hagia Sophia, which means "Holy Wisdom" in Greek, was completed in 537 by Emperor Justinian and considered the center of Orthodox Christianity for more than 900 years. It was converted in the mid-15th century into a mosque after conquest by the Ottomans and became a source of pride for the Muslim world. On...
  • Pelosi: Catholic Archdioceses Were Not ‘Speaking’ for Catholic Church When They Sued Administration

    06/08/2012 11:08:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 6/7/12 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said on Thursday that the 43 Catholic institutions—including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Archdiocese of New York--that are suing the Obama administration over its regulation mandating that all health-care plans must cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients are not speaking for the Catholic Church. When the lawsuits were filed in a coordinated action on May 21, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis spoke at a press conference, giving a quite different impression. "The mandate set to take effect in August of this year requires us...
  • Watch what we say to and about one another!!

    06/08/2012 10:21:43 AM PDT · by jesus4life
    Faith | God-inspired
    Speak only about the greatness of GOD
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VOW OF POVERTY, 06-08-12

    06/08/2012 8:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):VOW OF POVERTY The vow by which a person freely gives up the ownership, or at least the independent use and administration, of temporal goods. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The HHS Mandate and Wily Providence

    06/08/2012 8:24:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/8/12 | Benjamin Wiker
    With contraception, the Obama administration thought it had found a chink in the American Church's moral armor. It was wrong.While it is certainly right to lament the fact the Obama administration is attempting to force Catholic institutions, through the Health and Human Services mandate, to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization, there is a bright side to all this. It may very well be a wily act of divine providence, a case of God using hostile secular powers to effect much-desired goals of the Church itself. In saying this, I don’t mean to undermine the gravity of the...
  • News from Australia on the Personal Ordinariate of the Southern Cross

    06/08/2012 8:08:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Anglo-Catholic ^ | 6/7/12 | Deborah Gyapong
    From the Melbourne Archdiocese web site, this news: * * * The Personal Ordinariate: an historic momentBenedict XVI will officially name Australia’s Personal Ordinariate Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, on 15 June. Bishop Peter Elliott, project delegate for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the name of the Ordinary, the person who will lead the Ordinariate, would also be announced that day. “The Ordinariate is a national diocese for former Anglicans who will enter full communion with the Catholic Church and yet...