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  • Vatican, Al-Azhar to Officially Resume Dialogue

    10/21/2016 5:30:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/21/16 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar. He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s...
  • Priests Must Leave Their “Fortresses”, Says Francis

    10/21/2016 4:45:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/18 | Christopher Lamb
    Pope Francis has said vocations are best generated by pastorally minded priests living in the real world while begging bishops to carefully vet who they ordain. Speaking at a Vatican conference today, Francis told an audience of cardinals, bishops and vocation experts to re-think their vocations ministry so it did not simply become a bureaucratic pastoral programme. The Pope told the gathering that their work involves “going out” and listening to people: he pointed out that his own vocation was not the result of a “nice theory” but having experienced the “merciful gaze of Jesus over me.” In order for...
  • De Mattei: To which Church does Pope Bergoglio belong to?

    10/21/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Two anniversaries overlap each other in 2017: the 100 years of the Fatima apparitions, occurring between May 13th and October 13th 1917, and the 500 years of Luther’s revolt, beginning in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31st 1517. However, there are two other much less discussed anniversaries which also fall next year: the 300 years of the official foundation of Freemasonry (London, June 24th 1717) and the 100 years of the Russian Revolution of October 26th 1917 (the Julian calendar in use in the Russian Empire: November 8th according to the Gregorian calendar). Yet, between the Protestant Revolution and the Communist Revolution...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican website erases John Paul II exhortations on marriage

    10/21/2016 9:16:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10-20-16 | BAI MACFARLANE
    Five translations of Saint Pope John Paul II’s often-quoted instruction to tribunal judges was removed from the Vatican’s website some time last year. It is now only available in Italian. Each year, the Pope gives an address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and these are instructions to the world’s canon lawyers from THE legislator, the Pope. In 1987, Saint Pope John Paul II gave an address that cautioned against misusing the grounds for nullity of marriage - particularly “on the pretext of some immaturity or psychic weakness” (Canon 1095). I posted a YouTube video on the Mary’s Advocates...
  • For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church

    10/21/2016 8:49:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • October 20, 2016 • This week I have been writing about the problems of our culture. Today I continue in that vein with a short reflection on the Church’s role, based on the animated short below. For indeed, the darkness and dysfunction of our times cannot be simply blamed on the world, the Church, too, bears a large share of the responsibility.The video features a woman in a clock tower; it is she who keeps the clock running. As the video progresses, we...
  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    10/21/2016 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 21, 2016
    It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Kolkata in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of...
  • Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture

    10/21/2016 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 33 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 20, 2016 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Editor’s note: The following talk, originally titled “Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To,” was delivered October 19, 2016 at the 2016 Bishops’ Symposium co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is published here with permission of the author.Much of what I say today you probably already know. But that doesn’t prevent a good discussion, so I hope you’ll bear with me. As I sat down to write my talk last week, a friend emailed me a copy of a manuscript illustration from...
  • Trump booed at Catholic fundraising dinner

    10/21/2016 6:20:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 21, 2016
    Donald Trump was booed by diners during a Catholic fundraising event last night.The Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual white-tie gala in New York, is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day and is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. The event raises money for impoverished children throughout New YorkThe speakers usually poke fun at themselves and each other. But the audience seemed to think Trump had crossed a line with his caustic language about Clinton.Trump referred to his opponent as “corrupt” during a lengthy riff on the FBI’s investigation into her use of...
  • Al Smith Dinner: Cardinal Dolan fails to speak against abortion

    10/21/2016 4:52:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | J. Marsolo
    While the tradition of the Alfred E. Smith dinner to invite the Republican and Democrat nominee to raise money for charity is admirable, it was disturbing to see Timothy Cardinal Dolan laughing and joking with Hillary Clinton less than twenty-four hours after Hillary announced she supports abortion up to the moment of birth.  Worse, when he spoke at the end, he made a vague oblique reference to the life of the unborn when he said some of the money raised would help poor women give birth. I understand that the dinner is to raise money and everyone tries to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-16

    10/20/2016 7:40:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 10-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab,...
  • Pope Says the Catechism is “Not Enough”

    10/20/2016 7:33:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/16 | Christopher Lamb
    Catholics should not simply know what the Church teaches but instead must have a faith based on prayer and recognising their own sins, Pope Francis said this morning. “Studying the catechism teaches us who Christ is. But this is not enough,” the Pope said in a homily during Mass at his residence, the Casa Santa Marta. In comments reported by Vatican Radio, Francis said that three elements were needed in order to have a fruitful Christian life: prayer, adoration and getting into the habit of “accusing oneself” of sins. The Pope particularly stressed the importance of praying in silence, something...
  • Catholic College Bars ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ Poster

    10/20/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The president of a Catholic university has prohibited a Republican student organization from displaying an “unborn lives matter” poster on the campus. A DePaul University spokeswoman told National Review that Father Dennis Holtschneider denied the request because the poster “was, at best, deceptive, and the words, font, colors, and design clearly were intended to do a disservice to the Black Lives Matter and pro-life movements.” DePaul Invokes ‘Catholic Values’ to Ban Pro-Life Poster (National Review)
  • Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh

    10/20/2016 7:16:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 10/19/16 | Maria Lozano
    NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2016)—Qaraqosh, a formerly major Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has been liberated as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s largest city. Before ISIS overran the Plane in the summer of 2014, Qaraqosh, which is also knows Baghdida, had a population of 50,000, the great majority of them Christian. The city has 10 churches. All of the inhabitants fled to Kurdish Iraq—and are now beginning to dream of a return to their homes. Speaking from exile in France, Aded, who lost a son and nephew when ISIS attacked the city, said: “Today all the...
  • The miracle in Mexico that confirmed young Jose’s sainthood (Catholic Caucus)

    10/20/2016 3:29:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 20, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    Eight years ago, doctors in Mexico disconnected an infant named Ximena Galvez from life support, convinced that she was brain dead.On Sunday, Ximena was giving Pope Francis a big hug during Mass in St. Peter’s Square.The eight-year-old’s incredible story came into the spotlight as José Sánchez del Río, a martyr of Mexico’s Cristero War, was declared a saint of the Church.Paulina Galvez, Ximena’s mother, is convinced it was through the intercession of St. Jose—affectionately called St. Joselito by Mexicans—that her daughter was spared death. And the Church agrees with her, using the medically-unexplainable healing as a sign from God that...
  • So Many Errors, Your Holiness. And Some Marked With Red

    10/20/2016 11:30:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Chisea ^ | October 19, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Francis likes his talk freewheeling, with all the risks that go with it. Here is a review of his latest blunders, a dozen in four months. The most sensational with China by Sandro Magister ROME, October 19, 2016 – Last June, www.chiesa registered and analyzed a certain number of misinterpretations, gaffes, memory slip, errors in the discourses of Pope Francis: > The Pope Is Not Infallible. Here Are Eight Proofs (13.6.2016) Since then, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has again fallen into two of the errors pointed out there. The first was that of flattering Cardinal Christoph Schönborn with a role that...
  • WAKE UP America ! Wake Up Body of CHRIST ![Charismatic Caucus]

    10/20/2016 10:20:09 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit , Bible
    You have allowed a breach in your walls my children! Seers awake ! Rise up to repair your borders and walls for you can not sustain what is about to come now as blind as you now are ! Awake ! Repair ! Come up higher and fast all distractions and guard your gates , replace your blind Seers with the ones that look to Me alone for guidance and KNOW I AM here. So there is no reason to tarry or allow in bitter waters that do not replenish and leave behind Asherah poles of disdain(contempt) . Am I...
  • A Vatican enemies list?

    10/20/2016 9:11:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 19, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Last week the Vatican Insider—ordinarily a solid source of news and reasonable analysis from Rome—published a remarkable piece with an inflammatory headline, “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin.” The article is troubling, for several reasons: +The article seeks to convey the impression that there is a conspiracy against Pope Francis. “The attack against Francis is global,” the authors write, a bit breathlessly. +The authors lump together disparate groups and individuals, with very different ideas and priorities, as if they formed a united front of opposition to the papacy. All those who have questioned public statements by Pope Francis are...
  • A Prophetic Description of Our Times from the Book of Wisdom

    10/20/2016 8:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prophetic Description of Our Times from the Book of Wisdom Msgr. Charles Pope • October 19, 2016 • As part of our recent examinations of the current culture, today’s post considers the culture of death that we have increasingly become. We use as our interpretive key a text from the Book of Wisdom that prophetically interprets the overall times in which we are living. Over the thirty years that I have been reading this text in the Breviary, I have found that the pieces of its prophecy are continually falling into place. In my earlier years, I though...
  • Bshp Robert McElroy organizing the only diocesan synod in the country in response to Amoris Laetitia

    10/20/2016 8:22:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 29, 2016 | admin
    Bishop Robert McElroy The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Aida Bustos: SAN DIEGO — “Think big.” That’s what Bishop Robert W. McElroy urged parish delegates to do leading up to the first general assembly in the diocese in 40 years. This assembly, called a diocesan synod, will be held on Oct. 29 and 30. Its focus will be on how the San Diego Diocese and its individual parishes can strengthen marriage and families, give pastoral support to divorced Catholics and invite unmarried couples into the fold, all challenges faced by the Church. The seed for the synod...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-20-16, OM, St. Paul of the Cross, Priest

    10/19/2016 9:12:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 20, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 3:14-21 Brothers and sisters:I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his gloryto be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;that you, rooted and grounded in love,may have strength to comprehend with all the holy oneswhat is the breadth and length and height and depth,and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,so that you...
  • Why Are Pius XI Documents Missing from Vatican Website?

    10/19/2016 7:00:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 19, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    It appears that Pope Pius XI’s documents are missing from the Vatican website where they were once stored. We walk you through just one of the missing documents, the link for which is still available through Google. Since the (somewhat impromptu) video below was made earlier today, we did some more digging, and it appears that the documents of other popes are still there going back to Pope Clement XII. Pius XI is the one missing page in the list. Pope Pius XI was a staunch opponent of the kind of ecumenism the Vatican now favors. He also wrote about...
  • As Papal Criticism Mounts, Vatican Insiders Fire Back

    10/19/2016 6:41:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 19, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    A thrown knife plunges menacingly into the wall. A handgun slides in from off-screen to fire a warning shot. Words of caution appear on the screen: “The only thing I can tell you is to watch your step.” When I was a young boy playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, silly warnings like these told me I was hot on the trail of the villain. And now, thirty years later, these same images come immediately to mind after reading Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi’s flailing, indignant riposte to papal critics in the October 16 edition of Vatican Insider....
  • The "Enemies" of Pope Francis

    10/19/2016 6:03:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 10/18/16 | Bernardo Cervellera
    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."Rome (AsiaNews) – Not a day goes by without AsiaNews publishing reports of the Pope's homilies, speeches, audiences, summaries of encyclicals. We are among the...
  • Cardinals oppose ‘perverse’ plan to open a McDonald’s in Vatican City

    10/19/2016 11:18:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 37 replies ^ | October 19, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    McDonald’s plan to open its first restaurant in Vatican City has prompted criticism from cardinals living above the proposed site. The fast food giant is reportedly willing to pay “a few tens of thousands of euros per month” to rent a property within sight of St Peter’s Square, according to the Guardian. Cardinals claim that they were not consulted by APSA, the Vatican agency that owns the property, about the plans. Instead, residents were only informed after APSA had agreed to rent the ground floor of the property to McDonald’s. Cardinal Elio Sgreccia told LaRepubblica: “It’s a controversial, perverse decision...
  • Contemtable attack on Mary

    10/19/2016 11:00:25 AM PDT · by Morgana · 86 replies ^ | October 18, 2016 | America needs Fatima
    The totally reconstructed, brand-new Estonian National Museum opened on September 28 with a blasphemous attack on Mary, the Mother of God. Here’s what’s happening, according to several news outlets: “Visitors at Estonian National Museum [are] offered to kick Virgin Mary’s image” - - and it’s definitely true. I’ve verified it. “The National Museum which opened in Estonia in the presence of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves last week, is offering its visitors to kick one of the exhibits, an interactive image of Virgin Mary, causing the picture to fall into pieces.” [my emphasis] The display is “a depiction of Virgin Mary...
  • Cardinal-elect Cupich cites pope to justify opening Communion to ‘remarried’ (Catholic Caucus)

    10/19/2016 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Chicago Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich told an Italian newspaper that his support of Communion for the divorced and remarried is the same position as the pope’s, the bishops of Argentina, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. “My position is the same as that of Pope Francis, who has indicated that the proper interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ was given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and then again by the bishops of Argentina, for which the Pope noted ‘no further interpretation is needed,’” Cupich said. “So if people want to know what I think, they should refer to...
  • Four More Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

    10/19/2016 7:50:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four More Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 18, 2016 • It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult.Yesterday we explored six problem areas. Today we’ll look at four more. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but rather to look at them with some insight rather than being only vaguely aware of them. If we are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-19-16, M, Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Martyrs

    10/18/2016 7:18:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 10-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 19, 2016 Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Eph 3:2-12 Brothers and sisters:You have heard of the stewardship of God’s gracethat was given to me for your benefit,namely, that the mystery was made known to me by revelation,as I have written briefly earlier.When you read thisyou can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,which was not made known to human beings in other generationsas it has now been revealedto his holy Apostles and prophets by the Spirit,that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same Body,and copartners in...
  • To Defeat ISIS Stop Doing Business with Saudi Arabia, Says Priest Hostage

    10/18/2016 5:12:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 10/18/16 | Berthold Pelster
    HOMS, Syria — Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian Monastery, a pilgrimage center near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast of Homs, until he was abducted by Islamic State militants in May 2015. He managed to escape after nearly five months of captivity, yet that August the Islamic State had captured Al Quaryatayn and destroyed the monastery. The city was later liberated by Syrian forces in April 2016. Now based in Europe, Father Mourad spoke Oct. 17 with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about the situation in Syria. In early April 2016, Al...
  • Georgetown Battles “Islamophobia” While Christians are Killed

    10/18/2016 5:03:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/18/16 | William Kilpatrick
    If Islamization ever comes to America—and it may come quickly depending on the outcome of the November election—certain Catholic individuals and institutions will bear a heavy burden of responsibility. I’m thinking in particular of Georgetown University and its Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative released a report in September on “American Catholic views of Islam, and the way Islam is discussed in Catholic publications.” The report, “Danger & Dialogue,” is particularly concerned that the way Islam is presented in Catholic media is unduly influenced by Catholic “Islamophobes” who are connected to the “Islamophobia industry.” Now...
  • Closed Catholic Church in Bucks [County, PA] Sold to Muslim Group

    10/18/2016 4:58:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies ^ | 10/18/16 | Mari A. Schaefer
    A closed Catholic church in Bristol Township has been sold to a Muslim cultural society. The former Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church, on Emilie Road, was sold for $1,775,000 last Friday to the United American Muslim Society of Brooklyn, reports. The group is the parent corporation for the Turkish American Muslim Cultural Association on Levittown Parkway in Bristol Township, according to the story. The announcement of the sale made during weekend masses was “positively received by parishioners,” Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Ken Gavin told
  • Election 2016 - Catholic Argument for Voting against Hillary

    10/18/2016 3:12:45 PM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 13 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | October 18, 2016 | Ouch
    This sermon will knock your socks off!
  • Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Elected 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus

    10/18/2016 1:00:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies ^ | October 14, 2016
    Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, of Venezuela was elected the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 (GC 36) today in Rome. Fr. Sosa is the first Latin American Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church. Fr. Sosa, Delegate of the General for the International Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome, was elected by 212 Jesuit electors at the General Congregation, the supreme governing body of the Society, which is currently being held at the Jesuit Curia,...
  • A Christian view of the election

    10/18/2016 11:57:46 AM PDT · by chuckles · 30 replies
    vanity | 10-18-2016 | chuckles
    Well, the enemy is busy, as usual, and I fear being more successful than usual. I tend to look at things in a binary fashion and for the election, I see the Christian view, and everyone else's view. During the Primary, I had my picks based on what I saw in the character of the candidates and used the guidelines of what they believed, what fruit they displayed, Biblical knowledge, ect. My picks one by one fell off the list. Now we have, at last, a binary choice. What I see and hear from fellow Christians is misery, complaining, depression,...
  • New Black Pope With Marxist Past -- New Jesuit General Superior Elected

    10/18/2016 10:16:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | October 18, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    The new "Black Pope" is a Venezuelan. The Society of Jesus (Societas Jesu), better known as the Jesuits, elected Fr. Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal on Friday, October 14th, as the new religious superior, which the Jesuits officially call the Father General. The Vaticanist, Sandro Magister, drew attention to the Marxist past of the new General, after learning of the election.
  • Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

    10/18/2016 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 17, 2016 • It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but rather to look at them with some insight rather than being only vaguely aware of them. If we are more clear on the presuppositions that...
  • Catholic Bishop Blasts Tim Kaine: He’s Just a “Cafeteria Catholic” Because He Supports Abortion

    10/18/2016 7:14:28 AM PDT · by tekrat · 9 replies ^ | 10/18/2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas doesn’t mince any words in a new editorial he posted on the web site of the Catholic archdiocese he heads. He says Hillary Clinton’s running mate Time Kaine is just a “cafeteria Catholic” because he supports abortion.
  • Francis and “Saint” Martin Luther: Perfect Together

    10/18/2016 5:30:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 17, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Our series on the font of error that is Pope Francis continues with his performance before an audience of Lutheran “pilgrims” from Germany at the Vatican on October 13. That date was the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima; but Francis, who is supposedly devoted to the Blessed Virgin and had his pontificate consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (which accounts for my early optimism concerning his disastrous pontificate), completely ignored the occasion. Instead, he devoted the day to celebrating the memory of Martin Luther in the Paul VI Audience Hall. A statue of the arch-heretic...
  • Plans to desecrate image of Virgin Mary in Estonian museum prompt protest

    10/18/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 14, 2016 | David V Barrett
    Archbishop Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said that the exhibit ridicules religionAn image of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Estonia, designed to be desecrated to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, has provoked protests from religious and political leaders.The exhibit in the recently-opened National Museum of Estonia, in Tartu, is part of an exhibition on the Reformation in Estonia. It shows a virtual image of Our Lady of Graces on a screen in a glass box. If visitors kick a marked spot on the plinth supporting the box the image shatters into pieces and is replaced by the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-18-16, FEAST, St. Luke, Evangelist

    10/17/2016 9:28:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-18-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 18, 2016 Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist Reading 1 2 Tm 4:10-17b Beloved:Demas, enamored of the present world,deserted me and went to Thessalonica,Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.Luke is the only one with me.Get Mark and bring him with you,for he is helpful to me in the ministry.I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.You too be on guard against him,for he has strongly...
  • McVatican: Self-Contradiction, Failed Leadership, & the Breaking of Trust

    10/17/2016 5:29:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 10/17/16 | Maike Hickson
    A new and unexpected conflict has developed in Rome. This time, however, it is not about marriage and the family, nor, for example, about that vexed question as to whether or not unrepentant and obstinate adulterers may, after all, receive the Sacraments. The contentious issue is now a much more gustatory – and unmistakably profane, yet still very revealing – matter of polite taste: the decision to allow the establishment of a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant at the Piazza della Cittŕ Leonina not far away from the St. Peter’s Basilica, just at the border of Vatican City. The Vatican’s decision to...
  • Gays and Catholicism: Pope's Words Open Door to Confusion

    10/17/2016 4:52:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/12/16 | AP
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An ideological tug of war over the firing of a Rhode Island church music director for marrying his same-sex partner illustrates the confusion that permeates some U.S. Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis' words on homosexuality. Francis' famous declaration "Who am I to judge?" in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians. Now, some gay Catholics and supporters who hoped for rapid acceptance find themselves stymied by many bishops and pastors. Francis is being cited by both the music director, Michael Templeton, and by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, known for taking...
  • What the Stages of Starvation Have to Teach Us About the Decline of Our Culture

    10/17/2016 3:28:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What the Stages of Starvation Have to Teach Us About the Decline of Our Culture Msgr. Charles Pope • October 16, 2016 • In a post from last week on The Eight Stages of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations we pondered some categories from the world of anthropology and sociology to try to gain perspective rapid on the current cultural collapse. Today’s post continues in that same vein and applies the stages of starvation to the current times. Ours is not a physical starvation; it is a spiritual one. But the stages of physical starvation comport eerily closely...
  • SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

    10/17/2016 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 16, 2016 | Pete Socks
    Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and upheld, not only for your child but for future children, as well. Then imagine that the very entity that you approach in this matter identifies themselves as Catholic and persecuted you for daring to question their authority. Concerned About SexEd Content This...
  • Catholic Relief Services dispensed millions of condoms, abortifacients in the Congo: new

    10/17/2016 11:06:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 17, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    URGENT: Pledge to boycott Catholic Relief Services until they commit to Church teaching. Sign here! BALTIMORE, Maryland , October 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Relief Services facilitated the distribution of more than two million units of various types of contraception, including abortifacients, in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the course of four years, the Lepanto Institute says in a new report. The program resulted in skyrocketing birth control use in the region where previously residents had minimal knowledge of contraception, says Lepanto. The US Bishops’ international relief agency was an implementing partner from 2006 to 2010 in the US-funded...
  • Fake Catholic Groups and the "Catholic Spring" Emails

    10/17/2016 4:48:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 17, 2016 | Anne Hendershott
    It is now impossible to deny that Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United have worked for years to undermine and manipulate Catholic leadership John Podesta smiles after meeting Pope Francis after the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 27, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Beginning in 2007, orthodox Catholic writers including myself wrote dozens of articles in an attempt to expose the funding and duplicitousness of two fake Catholic groups: the George Soros-funded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. (For example,...
  • When We Subordinate Our Christian Principles

    10/17/2016 4:28:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 17, 2016 | FR. BRANDON O'BRIEN
    “I die in the Catholic Apostolic and Roman religion, that of my fathers, that in which I was brought up, and which I have always professed” wrote Queen Marie Antoinette in the early morning hours before her execution on October 16, 1793. She penned these words in her final letter, written to her sister-in-law Princess Elisabeth, the youngest sister of her husband, King Louis XVI, who had been brought to the guillotine less than nine months earlier in January. In her letter to her sister-in-law, she decried the lack of priests in France who could supply the sacraments and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-17-16, M, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

    10/16/2016 9:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | 10-17-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 17, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10 Brothers and sisters:You were dead in your transgressions and sinsin which you once lived following the age of this world,following the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.But God, who is rich in mercy,because of the great love he had for us,even when we...
  • This heretical circus was almost too great a burden to bear.

    10/16/2016 6:04:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 10/16/16 | TTC
    Many have already said what needs to be said about this cockamamie event, but it was too important to ignore the deceptive circus at TTC. This event was where the Holy Father tried to convince us that teaching the Catechism, right and wrong judgments to our children, the fiat of living every day in a state of Sanctifying Grace, follow false prophets, worship false Gods, join counterfeit 'churches' was "VENOM". I commend the Pilot for finding a Catholic writer still willing to put lipstick on the pig under this pontificate. I thought George Weigel was the only dinosaur in the...