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  • Cardinal Mueller: Many Women Religious Upset With LCWR

    09/02/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    CDF Prefect Reveals International Theological Commission Will Have More Women MembersIn an interview published in the latest edition of a monthly supplement on women for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has stressed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious do not represent all US nuns, “but just a group of nuns who form part of an association." The cardinal is currently in talks with the LCWR due to concerns over its positions on Church teaching. The LCWR is a canonically approved membership organization which serves to support women religious in the United States. “We have received many distressed...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HIERONYMITES, 09-02-14

    09/02/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HIERONYMITES Also called the Jeronymites or the Hierohymitae. Groups of hermits who followed the way of life of St. Jerome (342-420), going back to the community of men and women who gathered around him in Bethlehem. They were later given the Rule of St. Augustine. Hieronymite nuns were founded in Spain in 1426. In the sixteenth century the order was one of the channels through which the Catholic Counter-Reformation found its expression. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Müller: More Women to Join the International Theological Commission

    09/02/2014 4:07:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    The Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano’s” monthly women’s insert interviews the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “We are not misogynists!” he says, revealing that the number of women in the Congregation will go from two to five or six, at the Pope’s requestThe latest issue of the women’s insert published monthly by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reveals the identity of the Pope’s next nomination; more women are going to be joining the international theological Congregation: the number will be rising from two to “five or six”. This is according to the Prefect of the Congregation for...
  • The Five Stages of Religious Persecution

    09/02/2014 2:10:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I first wrote on the topic of religious persecution over two years ago and since then things have only gotten worse. Clearly the situation in Iraq is awful. But here in the U.S. as well, the threats against religious liberty have continued.Indeed, here in the States it is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification progresses in stages that grow in intensity. And thus the Catholic Church, once a respected aspect of American life (along with the Protestant denominations), has become increasingly marginalized and even hated...
  • "Why did God kill people?"

    09/02/2014 12:11:48 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 57 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 2 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Why did God allow for the striking-down of people in the Old Testament? How is this reconciled with the dogma of a loving God?Protestants and modern-day "Jews" don't have an answer for this -- one beyond dualism or "mystery", I mean. But the Church does. There is mortal sin, and there is venial sin (1 John 5:17). Mortal sin -- willful and of grave nature -- separates one from God, practically killing the soul. Venial sin -- all other -- must simply be cleansed, and it does not eternally separate us from Him. And this distinction is shown in the...
  • Vandals Deface Three Indiana Christian Churches with Islamic Graffiti

    09/01/2014 10:29:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    Sometime on Saturday night, vandals attacked three Christian houses of worship in Columbus, Indiana, spray-painting the word "infidels" and citations of verses from the Koran on the outer walls. St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Lakeview Church of Christ, and East Columbus Christian Church all had the word "infidels" spray-painted on them, in places of prominence to be seen by worshipers. Cited in the Indianapolis Star, Columbus police spokesperson Matt Harris said that church employees discovered the vandalism when they arrived to prepare for Sunday services. At St. Bartholomew, the words "Qur'an 3:151" were also left. That verse reads: We will cast...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-02-14

    09/01/2014 8:01:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 2, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 2:10b-16 Brothers and sisters:The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.Among men, who knows what pertains to the manexcept his spirit that is within?Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.We have not received the spirit of the worldbut the Spirit who is from God,so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,but with words taught by the Spirit,describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms....
  • Pope Francis Sends Letter to Residents of Beslan Who Mark 10 Years Since School Massacre

    09/01/2014 4:20:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 9/1/14
    ROME, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Pope Francis has written a letter to the residents of the town of Beslan in North Ossetia who are marking ten years since the Beslan school massacre, Italian media reported Monday. Abbot Paolo De Carli, who sheltered 60 Beslan residents for two months at his monastery in the Trentino province in Italy in 2004, will take Pope Francis’s letter, the contents of which are not disclosed, to North Ossetia, the press service of the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Bolzano told RIA Novosti. Paolo De Carli will also take part in the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN CITY, 09-01-14

    09/01/2014 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN CITY Official name, Stato della Città del Vaticano. It is the territorial see of the Papacy, determined by the Lateran Treaty of 1929. Situated within the geopraphic boundary of Rome, it covers an area of 108.7 acres and includes the Vatican Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Radio Station, and numerous other buildings that serve the Pope and the administration of the universal Church. Ultimate authority for Vatican City is vested in the Pope but actually administered by the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City. In generaly, the government is based on canon...
  • The Myth of Catholic Social Teaching: Zmirak [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2014 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 30, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Self-styled Catholic critics of the free market and “Americanism” have adopted the term “social Magisterium” to suggest that there is a coherent and morally binding body of papal teaching on politics and economics, from which we can derive specific policy initiatives and firmly condemn alternatives as “un-Catholic” or even (that dreaded word) “dissenting.” Hence defenders of market economics, or opponents of mass immigration, can be tarred with the same brush as those who favor women’s ordination or homosexuality. Indeed, if we accept the premise of a “social magisterium,” we are led to believe that we can actually build up a...
  • Catholic Archbishop in Cuba Criticizes Government

    09/01/2014 5:43:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 8/29/14 | Nora Gamez Torres
    In an unusual gesture for a member high in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy in Cuba, the Apostolic nuncio Bruno Musaro spoke openly about Cuba’s “extreme poverty and human and civil degradation.” Musaro made his controversial remarks while on vacation in Italy after holding a Mass in the San Pio de Pietrelcina park, in the Italian municipality of Vignacastrisi. The Cuban people are “victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them subjugated for the past 56 years,” Musaro said, according to the Italian newspaper, Lecce News24. “I’m thankful to the pope for inviting me to this island, and I hope...
  • A Meditation on the Utter Absurdity of the Cross to a Hedonistic World

    09/01/2014 2:13:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/31/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord sets forth the theology of the Cross and redemptive suffering. In so doing he sets forth a doctrine that is utter absurdity to this world. The indignation of the modern world against the Cross borders on outrage. Why is this? Simply put, hedonism. Hedonism is the worldly “doctrine” that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life. It comes from the Greek word hēdonē “pleasure” and is akin to the Greek hēdys meaning “sweet.”Of course pleasure is to be desired and to some degree sought, but it is not the sole good...
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford — rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-14, [Labor Day -- USA]

    08/31/2014 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2014Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers and sisters,proclaiming the mystery of God,I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.For I resolved to know nothing while I was with youexcept Jesus Christ, and him crucified.I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,and my message and my proclamationwere not with persuasive words of wisdom,but with a demonstration of spirit and power,so that your faith might rest not on human wisdombut on the power of God. Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:97,...
  • Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future

    08/31/2014 6:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 133 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | August 29, 2014 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Traditional Catholic Priest by Fr. Peter Carota Search Main menu Skip to primary content HomeSample Page Post navigation← Previous Next → Bishop Schneider Says Traditional Catholics Are Not “Extremest”, But Rather The Hope For The Future Posted on August 29, 2014 by fc Bishop Schneider had an interview published in the June 6th 2014 CatholicHerald.co.uk, “We Are In The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church“.  If you have the time please read the whole great article.  Here I have attempted to only highlight the main points in the article.In his interview he said we are in the fourth great...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...
  • Traditional Latin Mass Propers, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/31/14

    08/31/2014 5:41:05 AM PDT · by piusv · 1 replies
    EPISTLE II Cor. 3:4-9 Brethren: And such confidence we have, through Christ, towards God. Not that we are sufficient to think any thing of ourselves, as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is from God. Who also hath made us fit ministers of the new testament, not in the letter but in the spirit. For the letter killeth: but the spirit quickeneth. Now if the ministration of death, engraven with letters upon stones, was glorious (so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance), which is made void: How shall...
  • Every Round Goes Higher, Higher – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/31/2014 2:17:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/30/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In today’s Gospel the Lord firmly sets before us the need for the Cross, not as an end in itself, but as the way to glory. Let’s consider the Gospel in three stages.I. The Pattern that is Announced – The text says, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Note here that the Lord does not announce only the Cross, but also the Resurrection. In effect, He announces the pattern of the Christian...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-31-14, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/30/2014 9:20:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2014Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jer 20:7-9 You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.All the day I am an object of laughter;everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I must cry out,violence and outrage is my message;the word of the LORD has brought mederision and reproach all the day. I say to myself, I will not mention him,I will speak in his name no more.But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,imprisoned in my bones;I grow weary holding it in, I...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURAL VIRTUE, 08-30-14

    08/30/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NATURAL VIRTUE A good moral habit whose principles, object, and purpose are natural to the human person. This means any virtue whose existence in knowable by the light of natural reason and whose practice is possible (at least for a time) without the help of supernatural grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

    08/30/2014 7:38:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/27/14 | Pter Kenyon
    Friar Gabriel Tooma leads a service at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest, in Al-Qosh on June 15. At the time, the Christian village in northern Iraq was taking in those fleeing violence in the nearby city of Mosul. Now the village itself is largely deserted. The northern Iraqi village of Al-Qosh was humming with activity — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June. The Assyrian Christian villagers had opened their schools and homes to Iraqis fleeing the takeover of nearby Mosul by Islamist fighters calling themselves the Islamic State. But these days,...
  • Chronicling the “Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium”

    08/30/2014 7:31:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/28/14 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    William Dalrymple’s 1997 travelogue "From the Holy Mountain" is an excellent place to start for Westerners seeking to understand the devastating decline of Christianity in the Middle East. The historian William Dalrymple is Britain’s most famous living travel writer. He is also a member of the Dalrymple clan, a celebrated Scottish family of three principal branches. William’s branch became Roman Catholic in the 19th century, and in the 20th both his Uncle John (“Old Jock”) and his brother John (“Young Jock”) were ordained Roman Catholic priests. Today “Young” Father Jock Dalrymple is the pastor of a parish church in Edinburgh....
  • Libertarians and the Church

    08/30/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 41 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 30 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible -- but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to the Bolshevists and also said, "..[I]t is the resistance which the Church has offered to the spread of liberal ideas which has prepared the soil for the destructive resentment of modern socialist thought" (Socialism, Chapter 29). Translation: opposition to liberalism of one stripe must be blamed for inspiring liberalism of another. Huh? Much of the conflict between libertarians and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-14

    08/29/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2014Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.Not many of you were wise by human standards,not many were powerful,not many were of noble birth.Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,those who count for nothing,to reduce to nothing those who are something,so that no human being might boast before God.It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,who...
  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • What Would the Conversion of Russia Look Like?

    08/29/2014 1:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia.Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack. This intention ended with the Lateran Treaty of 1929 but the prayers continued from that time for the conversion of Russia that had become an atheistic state bent on destroying religion.The prayers included 3 Ave Marias, a Salve Regina, a versicle and response, a prayer for the conversion of sinners and the “exaltation of Holy Mother Church,”...
  • Answering a Muslim Apologist

    08/29/2014 1:14:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 29, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Catholic apologists keep very busy clearing up common misconceptions about the Faith: explaining how the Church’s teaching, practice, and history are misunderstood—or willfully misrepresented—by its opponents.Islam, too, has its apologists. They also claim that many critiques of the Muslim religion are based on ignorance or animus, and insist that the record must be set straight.One such apologist is Princeton University Muslim chaplain Sohaib Sultan, whose recent piece in Time, “ISIS Is Ignoring Islam’s Teachings on Yazidis and Christians,” would seem to be something that every Catholic, and indeed every free person, should welcome. Sultan condemns the Islamic State (formerly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICAL LIFE, 08-29-14

    08/29/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CANONICAL LIFE A rule of life drawn up in ancient times for the clergy, mainly the cathedral assistants. Intermediate between the monastic life and secular priesthood, they lived in community. Many later become canons regular of St. Augustine (354-430), who introduced this mode of life into his own episcopal household. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Middle Eastern Patriarch Calls for Eradication of the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/29/14 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East have denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met on Wednesday at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations’ special coordinator in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five permanent member-countries of the UN Security Council. “The very existence of Christians is at stake in several Arab countries – notably in Iraq, Syria and Egypt – where they have been...
  • Pope Removes Key Benedict XVI Protege

    08/29/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 8/28/14
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional bent.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2014Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written:I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Child sex abuser from Gaithersburg-area sentenced to 40 years in prison

    08/28/2014 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Washington post ^ | Dan Morse
    Nathaniel Morales, who was recently convicted of sexually abusing boys he met in a Gaithersburg church decades ago, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday. In two trials in May, jurors found Morales guilty of a series of counts of sex abuse and sex offense. Victims gave powerful testimonies of what Morales did to them and the lasting effect it had.
  • Church bailed out abusive priest Wilfred Baker by paying his rent

    08/28/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 8/27/2014 | Shannon Deery
    THE Catholic Church paid more than $40,000 in rent for a convicted paedophile priest who molested at least eight young boys and was set to stand trial on a string of new charges before he died earlier this year. Wilfred Baker’s crimes against children were so horrific he was placed on administrative leave in 1997 and never again worked as a priest, and was officially laicised in September 2012. But the Herald Sun can reveal the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne paid Baker’s rent for at least four years until his death in February, despite his sickening record of abuse on...
  • Card. Cańizares Llovera, Prefect of CDW, transferred to Valencia

    08/28/2014 1:29:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 28, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, has been transferred to Spain at the new Archbishop of Valencia.He will fill the vacancy left with the transfer of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra to Madrid.Thus, rumors that have been going around have been confirmed.What we don’t know yet is who will replace Card. Cañizares Llovera at CDW. Cañizares Llovera was known to be in line with the vision of Benedict XVI. At one point his nickname was “Ratzingerino”. His term at CDW was a bit of a mixed bag. I suspect that his successor won’t be so...
  • Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope

    08/28/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.28.14 | Barbie Latza
    Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the cross hairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security. VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the “Caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiff’s—and the public’s—safety. Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is “in the crosshairs” of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 08-28-14

    08/28/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE The temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Italian Bishops' Leader Says Church Should Welcome 'Unconventional Couples' to Sacraments

    08/28/2014 8:18:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome “unconventional couples.” "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, who was appointed secretary-general of the Italian episcopal conference by Pope Francis. According to Italy’s ANSA news service, Bishop Galantino went on to say that when couples in irregular marital situations are excluded from the sacraments, it “is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination.”
  • Franciscan Leader: ‘the Middle East is in Flames’

    08/28/2014 8:13:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The priest who serves as Franciscan superior in the Holy Land and several Middle Eastern nations told an Italian audience that the Arab Spring has brought radical change to the region. “The Middle East that we have known since the [1900s], one which was born from the ruins of the old Ottoman Empire, from the end of various colonialisms and the birth of nation states, is ended,” said Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. “Now begins a new period, the direction of which, however, we are not yet able to comprehend.” “The main concern at this moment lies in the fear of the...
  • Pope Francis' interfaith soccer match shows desire for peace

    08/28/2014 7:23:30 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/25/14 | Elise Harris
    A priest and close friend of Pope Francis says the pontiff's idea for an upcoming inter-religious soccer match for peace shows his keen interest in promoting the topic on all levels of society. “The hope is that after this football match, this sports event, there will be an impact that raises awareness for peace,” Father Guillermo Karcher told CNA Aug. 25, explaining to other journalists that “the Pope's concern for peace is very great.” “He sees in this event, this punctual message of the match for peace, a very positive element that gives a contribution, because it's necessary to try...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-14 | Revised New Americann Bible
    August 28, 2014Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed...
  • Joined by Church Leaders, Sensenbrenner Becomes Catholic

    08/27/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8/27/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee's St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Sensenbrenner's office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview request, saying the congressman "sees this as a private matter." The ceremony was first noted by Mark Silk, professor and director of the Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticutt, on his blog, Spiritual Politics. In addition...
  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/27/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | MICHAEL TAMARA
    One day fifteen years ago, I happened to be channel surfing past the Eternal Word Television Network when I was greeted by a momentary flash of heavenly beauty across the screen. Quickly flipping back, I realized that it was a Mass being celebrated in an unusually majestic church with an extensively gilded and marbled interior.Having never seen this church before, I distinctly remember asking myself why today’s churches can’t still be built to glorify God the way this beautiful “old” work of art had been. Within minutes, however, I felt as though a joke too good to be true...
  • USCCB Loses Its Head

    08/27/2014 2:08:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 27, 2014 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be committed to modernity, embodied by devotion to science and reason, and yet is so irrevocably immutable to evidence.The spiritual (but not religious) Mecca of modernity in the Catholic Church is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the headquarters of which would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow.The absurdity of this very modern institution is embodied perfectly in their recent USCCB statement on their “Commitment To Dialogue With Muslims.”What is the bottom line? They are...
  • Is James Foley a Martyr? A Brutal Death Sparks a Faith-Based Debate

    08/27/2014 11:27:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/26/14 | David Gibson
    From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint. Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom. Foley’s parents seemed to validate the martyrdom label when his father, John, spoke at an emotional news conference outside the family’s New Hampshire home and said he and his wife “believe he was a martyr.” Foley’s mother, Diane, added that...
  • King of Bahrain Offers to Help 200 Christian Families from Mosul

    08/27/2014 11:21:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, has said he is willing to help 200 Christian families forced from the homes in Mosul, according to a senior Church official in the region. Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) said in a recent interview with Vatican Radio that the monarch was not only willing to assist the families but also receive them in Bahrain. “This shows his generosity towards Christians,” the Bahrain-based bishop said. The monarch visited Pope Francis earlier this year, during which he presented plans for a new Marian...
  • Florida Catholic parish stops acting as polling place after pro-abort, pro-gay complaints

    08/27/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    A Florida Catholic parish's 45-year tradition of serving as a polling place for elections came to an end after Tuesday's primary after ongoing complaints by a handful of pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activists led church leaders to end their partnership with the Brevard County Board of Elections. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, FL, has hosted about 5,000 voters from three precincts in a multi-use area of the building that is separate from the main church. Florida Today reported that the trouble began in 2008, when the church displayed a message on its marquee urging parishioners to vote for...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEGRADATION, 08-27-14

    08/27/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEGRADATION A penalty by which a cleric is reduced to the lay state; a deprivation, an abasement. Its effects may be deposition and privation of a religious habit. It is permanent unless remitted by a superior after completion of conditions required as penance. It can only be imposed for things labeled criminal by law or if one continues giving scandal after deposition. It is real if accompanied by formalities prescribed by the Roman Pontifical, and verbal when inflicted by a person authorized to sentence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • The Reform of the Whole World Takes Place One Soul at a Time, Starting with My Own

    08/27/2014 2:35:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/26/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Yesterday’s blog on the increasing darkness in our culture received a lot of good feedback. Special thanks to Patrick Madrid for spreading the word. Reading such data can cause us to feel discouraged at times. Here are a few thoughts on this discouragement and what we can do about it.1. The beatitude “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” comes to mind. Who are those who mourn? It is they who see the awful state of God’s people: that so many do not know Him or honor Him. Those who mourn are those who see how many...