Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $80,016
90%  
Woo hoo!! Working on the last $8k!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

Catholic (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Triumph is Born of Struggle An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake

    02/28/2015 7:21:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-285-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Triumph is Born of Struggle – An Important Truth, as Seen in a Movie Outtake By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago, the movie Bruce Almighty was near the top of the box office charts. Unfortunately, one of my favorite scenes was cut from the released version of the movie. I was only able to see it in the “deleted scenes and outtakes” section of the DVD version. Why they deleted the scene is unfathomable to me, since I think it really decodes the whole movie.The movie features a prideful man (Bruce) who has complaints about how God runs the universe....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-15

    02/27/2015 9:11:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2015Saturday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and provided...
  • What About Henry VIII?

    02/27/2015 7:44:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 2/26/15 | Cardinal George Pell
    Interestingly, Jesus hard teaching that what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder (Mt 19:6) follows not long after his insistence to Peter on the necessity of forgiveness (see Mt 18:2135). It is true that Jesus did not condemn the adulterous woman who was threatened with death by stoning, but he did not tell her to keep up her good work, to continue unchanged in her ways. He told her to sin no more (see Jn 8:111). One insurmountable barrier for those advocating a new doctrinal and pastoral discipline for the reception of Holy Communion is the...
  • Vatican Spokesman Denies Books Mailed to Synod Participants Were Intercepted

    02/27/2015 7:39:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the Office of the Synod intercepted books that had been mailed to bishops participating in the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. I can deny it, said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office. He was responding to a report by journalist Edward Pentin that about 100 copies of Remaining in the Truth of Christ, a collection of essays defending Catholic teaching on marriage, had been purloined. The copies that arrived by mail were distributed in the mailboxes without impediment, Father Lombardi told AP. One person told me he...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 31 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that “from the beginning of creation ‘God made them male and female.’” He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • Restaurant chain invites the pope (and you) to try its Lent menu

    02/27/2015 2:18:59 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    How’s this for an unusual marketing gimmick: Red Robin is hoping to lure Catholics who are abstaining from meat during Lent by presenting its latest seafood menu — even inviting Pope Francis to lunch.And other fast food restaurants are jumping on the Lent wagon as well.Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, extended an invitation to the pope on Wednesday as it introduced its new “Wild Pacific” crab cake burger.The company released a statement “joyfully” extending an invitation to the pope to eat at Red Robin during the Lenten season.“If His Holiness accepts and visits any U.S. location between February 18 and...
  • Learning the Priesthood: The Role of Altar Service in Vocational Discernment (Catholic Caucus)

    02/27/2015 1:54:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | February 27, 2015 | PETER LYONS
    On March 15, 1994, a virtual tsunami struck the Liturgy of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Antonio Ortas wrote a document to the Episcopal conferences announcing that the Vatican had, for the first time, permitted altar girls. Over 20 years later, many question the impact of this decision as the Church continues to reap a desperately meager harvest of young men responding to God’s call to the Priesthood.Born in 1997, I was blissfully unaware of the damage being wrought in the Eternal City. By the grace of God I was destined to remain ignorant of the fact for many years. Thinking...
  • Pastoral Strategies in a News-Cycle Age

    02/27/2015 1:44:17 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Kudos to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone who, in liberal San Francisco, instructed his Catholic schoolteachers last week to teach and to act publicly in harmony with Catholicism. Imagine: expecting Catholic institutions and their employees to behave as if they were Catholic. The pushback from the media and “concerned” politicians was predictable. But as you may have noticed, they’re pretty much all already off chasing the next ambulance, and the question is fading from view.There’s a crucial lesson here. The archbishop – or any Church prelate these days – should follow the playbook of the savvier sort of politicians (on this one...
  • The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-Notre Dame President, Dies at 97

    02/27/2015 1:35:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/27/15 | Nick Anderson
    The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97. A Notre Dame spokesman confirmed the death and said the cause was not immediately known. Father Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, was considered one of the most important university leaders of the past century. On his watch, the Midwestern school once known mainly for Fighting Irish football became...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAST BLESSING, 02-27-15

    02/27/2015 9:40:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAST BLESSINGAfter the administration of the sacrament of anointing, the apostolic blessing that gives a plenary indulgence to the dying person. The priest says, "By the power of the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a plenary indulgence and pardon for all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." To which the person, or the bystanders respond, "Amen." The indulgence is gained, not when the prayer is recited, but at the moment of death, i.e., in articulo mortis. All items in this dictionary...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

    02/27/2015 8:47:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 8, 2009) | Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 8, 2009)The following is part 11 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also...
  • Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents

    02/27/2015 7:49:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Down with the Struggle or Up with the Cross? A Word to Priests, Catechists, and Parents By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome forty years ago, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen admonished the priests of his day with these words:We become real priests when we empty ourselves, and no longer seek our [own] identity, and where we are lifted up to the cross, not going "down to people" Too many of us today feel we have to be loved $B!D (J [thinking] the young will not love us unless we talk like them, eat like them, drink like them, clothe ourselves...
  • Reports: Card. Baldisseri ordered interception of copies of book mailed to Synod participants

    02/27/2015 7:01:29 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | 2/25/15 | Carl E. Olson
    Both Kath.net and Edward Pentin are reporting that Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, ordered the interception of over a hundred copies of the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which had been mailed to participants in last Octobers Extraordinary Synod... ...Pentin further reports that the books were apparently destroyed after being taken... ...Third, it raises serious questions about the motives and leadership of Cardinal Baldisseri, who has already gone on record with some contentious statements apparently aimed at those defending Church teaching on marriage, divorce, remarriage, and Communion. A month ago, he made...
  • Pope Invites Artist Who Wrote Him A Letter to Be Baptized at Easter in St. Peter's (Cath Caucus)

    02/27/2015 6:49:08 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 27, 2015
    Helena Lobato, of the diocese of Setúbal (Portugal), has been invited by Pope Francis to be baptized at the Easter Vigil this year in the Vatican, after writing to him for answers she couldn’t find in advice columns. “I saw the great causes he had embraced, and the results in the lives of people who had been touched by him. Suddenly I put aside my paints and brushes and found myself writing a letter to the Pope,” the woman told the news agency, Ecclesia. Helena Lobato, an artist and painter, remembers that it all started at a time in...
  • Bishops Praise Net Neutrality Ruling (Surprise .... Not!)

    02/27/2015 6:41:11 AM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    WASHINGTON For years, top Catholic bishops have argued for stronger federal oversight of the Internet superhighway. The alternative is intolerable, they said; big cable companies will force noncommercial religious speakers to pay more or assign them to slower lanes. On Thursday, the bishops saw their dream move one step closer to reality after the Federal Communications Commission voted for strict network neutrality or open Internet rules. Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the communications committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), endorsed the FCCs approval in a statement. From the inception of the Internet until the...
  • Pontifical Council for Culture winning the minds and hearts of women everywhere!

    02/27/2015 6:38:57 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 2/26/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have sometimes offered that, were I Pope, I would create two new dicasteries (while axing a bunch of others). Firstly, there would be a Sacred Congregation for the Dusting of the Holy Doors. After all, the major basilicas all have Holy Doors, to be opened in Jubilee years. They get dusty. This would be a great role for prelates from around the world who have proven their worth in their previous posts. Secondly, We would create a Sacred Congregation for Thinking Stuff Through Before Doing It. The brief of this SCTSTBD is pretty straight forward. You will remember the...
  • World Christianity by the numbers (Islam now surpasses Catholic Church)

    02/27/2015 6:30:05 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 25, 2015 | George Weigel
    The annual “Status of Global Christianity” survey published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a cornucopia of numbers: some are encouraging; others are discouraging; many of them are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history. This year’s survey works from a baseline of 1900 A.D., and makes projections out to 2050. Within that century and a half there’s some good news about the global human condition that ought to be kept in mind when remembering the bad news of the 20th century and the early 21st. For example: in 1900, 27.6 percent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-15

    02/26/2015 8:43:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2015Friday of the First Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • Turkish Border Closed as Christian Hostages in Syria Spike to 250

    02/26/2015 8:16:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/26/15 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Feb 26, 2015 / 07:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border is closed for Syrians. No Syrian can cross into Turkey, Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo told CNA Feb. 26. Archbishop Hindo oversees the Syrian archdiocese of Hassake, which is located in the Al-Hasakah region of Syria. The region sits between...
  • German Bishops Proclaim Their Revolution- They Are Not Just a Subsidiary of Rome

    02/26/2015 8:10:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 2/26/15 | Christopher Gillibrand
    The German Bishops Conference addressed itself to a long process of talks about marriage and family by giving plenty of room for the local church. The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx (Munich-Freising) underlined in the context of the Family Synod in autumn the efforts of the bishops for "new approaches" and to "help ensure that doors are opened". In the universal Church, there is "a certain expectation" of Germany. He hoped that some issues would be addressed before the Synod, Marx told journalists n Hildesheim on Tuesday. The Archbishop of Munich and Freising assumes after the...
  • Family Awaits Confirmation Month After Report of Death of Chinas Underground Catholic Bishop

    02/26/2015 8:01:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Family of Bishop Shi Enxiang, who spent more than half a century in detention for refusing to renounce Pope's authority, told by a village official last month that he had died, aged 93In a living room plastered with pious images, the Shi family flicked through timeworn pictures of a wizened man with tortoiseshell glasses and bright eyes, the oldest bishop of Chinas underground Catholic church. Almost a month ago, they were passed word that Bishop Shi Enxiang who spent more than half a century in detention for refusing to renounce the authority of the Pope had died, aged...
  • Homeless man buried in Vatican cemetery

    02/26/2015 3:00:17 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 26, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    From Crux:  Pope Francis was not involved in an early January decision to bury a homeless man in a Vatican cemetery, a spokesman said Wednesday; however, he would likely be pleased because it corresponds with his desire to make the poor a priority.Known by Vatican personnel for spending his days approaching pilgrims around St. Peter’s Basilica to tell them to go to confession and to pray daily, Willy Herteller, who was Flemish, died in Rome on Dec. 12 at the age of 80.He was buried in the Vatican’s small German cemetery, which is more commonly a final resting place for...
  • The Byzantine Liturgy in the Basilicas of Rome

    02/26/2015 2:53:16 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 26, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Last week, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kiev-Halych, led an “ad limina” visit of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic hierarchy, of which he has been the head since March 2011. In the course of their stay in Rome, he and the other bishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy in a number of churches, including Saint John in the Lateran, the Pope’s own cathedral, St Paul’s outside-the-Walls, and St Mary Major. The Pontifical Ukrainian Institute of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, (Папський Український Iнститут Покрова Пресвятої Богородиці) has posted a large number of photographs of these liturgies to...
  • A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross

    02/26/2015 2:36:56 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    When Christians boldly hold up an image of the humiliated, tortured Jesus to the world, they are saying: "We are not afraid.” (Photos: CNS) Last week, the attention of the world was riveted to a deserted beach in northern Libya, where a group of twenty one Coptic Christians were brutally beheaded by masked operatives of the ISIS movement. In the wake of the executions, ISIS released a gruesome video entitled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” I suppose that for the ISIS murderers the reference to “the Nation of the Cross” had little sense beyond a...
  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    02/26/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org) On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon...
  • Sectarian Rome

    02/26/2015 1:08:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter J. Leithart
    It was a well-nigh universal trope of Reformation rhetoric that the Reformers were the catholics who had to defend orthodoxy and catholicity against the sectarianism of the Roman church. Luther disputed the Catholic claim that obedience to Rome was the definition of catholicity, and disputed it on the basis of the universal testimony of the church (Unitive Protestantism, 65). Calvin defended the Reformers against the charge that they were schismatics: Verily the wolves complain against the lambs (quoted, 73). The 1559 French Confession distinguished the true church from all other sects who call themselves the church (quoted, 80), a thinly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HABITUAL GRACE, 02-26-15

    02/26/2015 9:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HABITUAL GRACE Constant supernatural quality of the soul which sanctifies a person inherently and makes him or her just and pleasing to God. Also called sanctifying grace or justifying grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: The Corporal Works of Mercy

    02/26/2015 8:26:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    TheDivineMercy.org ^ | (Sep 7, 2009) | By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
    By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Sep 7, 2009)The following is part 9 of a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to view the entire series. Let us now sum up the pattern of life to which our Lord is calling us. Centered on the Merciful Heart of Jesus, whose love is poured into our hearts especially through prayer and the Eucharist, we are to let His merciful love flow through our hearts toward anyone in need whom we meet...
  • Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/26/2015 7:22:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-25-15 | Mssgr. Charles Pope
    Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride.St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility (I am using the list from Vultus Dei HERE)  and it is these that we consider in today’s post. As with yesterday’s post, the list by St. Bernard is shown in red, but the commentary on each step is shown in...
  • THE FOOT OF THE CROSS BY FATHER FABER - AN EXCELLENT CATHOLIC CLASSIC FOR LENT AND FOR HOLY WEEK

    02/26/2015 1:02:19 AM PST · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 8 replies
    Dear Friends in Jesus and Mary, The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a Beautiful and Magnificent Catholic Classic. It is all about the "Sorrows of Mary". Mother Mary was the first disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Foot of the Cross. Father Faber explains each sorrow of Mary in great detail in this Book. NOTE TO READERS: The Foot of the Cross by Father Faber is a "MUST READ" Catholic Classic not only during Lent but also during Holy Week, specially on Good Friday. FYI - Pauly Fongemie is the webmaster of "Catholic Tradition:. Here...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-26-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2015Thursday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am...
  • Ghana Archbishop Makes 'Daring' Suggestion That 'Power of the Keys' Could Allow Remarriage

    02/25/2015 7:45:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    An archbishop from Ghana suggested that the Church might explore using the power of the keys to release spouses from their marital vows, in an interview with Aleteia. It is daring to say what Im saying, acknowledged Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra. But he suggested that the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops might explore the possibility that the Church could allow couples to remarry without an annulment. He did not specify how such a proposal could be reconciled with the Churchs teaching on the permanence of marriage, and conceded that the Church could not contradict that teaching. Archbishop...
  • Vatican Alleged to Have Intercepted Synod Book

    02/25/2015 3:03:41 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/25/15 | Edward Pentin
    A Vatican department allegedly intercepted over a hundred copies of a new book written by five cardinals to prevent it being read by the majority of participants of a synod last October called by Pope Francis. Remaining in the Truth of Christ, a commercially successful book reaffirming Catholic teaching on marriage and the family, was mailed to all the synod fathers in the Paul VI Hall, where the meeting was taking place. Reliable and high level sources allege the head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, ordered they be intercepted because they would interfere with the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: HOLY ORDERS

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetic.info ^ | not given | Ctholic Apologetics.info
    HOLY ORDERS St. Pius X on Priestly SanctityThe Ordination into the Priesthood is the Sacrament known as Holy Orders. This sacrament is administered by the 'laying of hands', the candidate Deacons for Priesthood, kneel before the Bishop. In silence the Bishop lays his hands upon the head of each individual candidate. The prayer belonging to the imposition of hands is said by the Bishop; by this, the Holy Spirit then enters the candidate imparting on him all Priestly powers. The Sacrament of Holy Orders confers Sanctifying Grace to the recipient. The Bishop, through his power of ordaining, is enabled...
  • Gay Roman Catholic priest admits watching child porn film

    02/25/2015 12:42:12 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 41 replies
    Echo News UK ^ | 2/25/2014
    A GAY Roman Catholic priest on trial for sex abuse has admitted being shown a child porn film by a close friend. Tony McSweeney, 68, was father at St Peters Roman Catholic Church in Eastwood Road North, Eastwood, before being moved from the church in 1998, just months after his cleaner found pornographic video tapes at his home. McSweeney denies molesting three youngsters at Grafton Close Childrens Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981. He admitted being shown a child sex porn film by close friend and care home manager John Stingemore, 72, and broke down in tears...
  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 11:50:17 AM PST · by NYer · 405 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | February 25, 2015
    Lines from the Lord's Prayer, in various languages. From the Eucharist Door at the Glory Facade of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. It's Lent in Rome. That means it's time for one of the great Roman traditions: station churches. Each morning, English-speaking pilgrims walk to a different church for Mass. This morning, on the way to St. Anastasia's, I was once again struck by a line in the Our Father: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That's a hard thing to pray, It doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room. Even the Catechism...
  • Czech Priest Witnessed the Cihost Miracle, and Was Killed for It

    02/25/2015 10:37:45 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 2/25/15 | Bohumil Petrik
    A priest who witnessed a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what he’d seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr. At a recent gathering in Číhošť commemorating the priest’s brutal death, his current successor at the parish church says he’s grateful for efforts to overturn the decades-long silence on atrocities against Catholics in the 20th century. “Naturally, I am glad that the issue of Father Josef Toufar is starting to be resolved in which...
  • When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

    02/25/2015 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dan Delzell
    The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 are often quoted, but commonly misapplied. In this familiar passage our Lord declared, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers...
  • Five Cardinals Book stolen from participants mailboxes at last years Synod on Family

    02/25/2015 8:09:33 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 2/25/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have wanted to write about this for soooooo long now. Kathnet broke this, in German HERE. Remember the Five Cardinals Book? Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church helped to turn the tide in a good way during last Octobers Synod of Bishops... ...It contains essays of five cardinals, of the archbishop secretary of the Vatican congregation for the Oriental Churches, and of three scholars direct at the notions suggested by Walter Card. Kasper in the opening discourse of the consistory in February 2014. It blew the Kasper proposals and arguments...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CARDIOGNOSIS, 02-25-15

    02/25/2015 8:08:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CARDIOGNOSISLiterally "knowledge of the heart." The special charism that God confers on some people as recorded in the lives of the saints, to know the moral and spiritual condition of a person without self-manifestation. As an extraordinary supernatural gift, it must be distinguished from the psychological phenomenon of being able to shrewdly estimate someone's minimal external evidence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals

    02/25/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 25, 2015 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Disappointing progressives yet again, Pope Francis has now condemned contemporary gender theory as denying the order of creation. In an interview published in a new book, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, (portions of which were also published last monthin the Italian daily La Stampa), Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional binary category of...
  • Notre Dame Considers Opening Satellite Campus in China

    02/25/2015 6:33:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 2/23/15 | Alexandra DeSanctis
    Officials quiet about status of discussion after several scholars voice concernOfficials at the University of Notre Dame are contemplating opening a satellite campus in China, but the discussion has prompted concern among some faculty who say the notion runs afoul of the schools Catholic identity and, if approved, would appear to condone some of the communist countrys anti-Catholic policies. The partnership under consideration would be a joint residential liberal arts college with Zhejiang University at the schools new international campus in Haining, China. The college would open for the 2017-18 academic year and is projected to admit 1,000 undergraduate students,...
  • How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeSo you think the idea of the “Twelve Steps” is new? Well, if you think you’ve got a new idea, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the Medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his work Steps of Humility and Pride.In today’s post, we focus on the Twelve Steps of Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the Twelve Steps of Humility (from St. Benedict’s rule). ...
  • Pope Francis declares a non-Catholic Doctor of the Universal Church

    02/25/2015 6:11:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    New Sherwood ^ | 2/25/15 | New Sherwood
    Yesterday, on February 23, it was reported that Pope Francis formally declared Gregory of Narek to be a Doctor of the Universal Church. Gregory of Narek was an Armenian priest, monk, and poet who is greatly revered by Armenians but virtually unknown otherwise. So far as I can tell, he is the first and only non-Catholic among only 36 doctors of the Church. He lived and died in the bosom of a schismatic jurisdiction, and he was most likely an adherent of the Miaphysite heresy. Traditionally, a Doctor of the Church is chosen only among recognized Catholic saints. Is this...
  • Hand Gestures at Mass?

    02/25/2015 12:21:11 AM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 20 replies
    The Orans Position and holding hands during the Our Father[caption id="attachment_1144" align="alignnone" width="300"] Dominican Orans position at the Unde et Memores[/caption] Most people who attend a Novus Ordo parish or who simply attend Mass in what is known as the Ordinary Form (which most people attend) encounter two specific types of hand gestures that many of the laity engage in. The first type of hand gesture is that which is known as the "Orans Position" (praying with elevated hands). This type of gesture can be seen in several parts of the Mass such as when one of the laity elevates...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-15

    02/24/2015 9:13:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2015Wednesday of the First Week in Lent    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them,...
  • Prayer request for my Dad

    02/24/2015 6:57:49 PM PST · by Eagles6 · 73 replies
    Eagles6 | 02/24/2015 | Eagles6
    Requesting prayers for my Father. Dad is an 87 yr old Army Vet. Dad was injured in an explosion in the Philippines in 1946 during the Huk rebellion. Came home, earned a Doctorate from Georgetown and taught Philosophy for 40 yrs at the university level. He is having surgery for recurrent hernias and we don't know yet what it will entail. Thank you all.
  • A Pontificate for Thugs

    02/24/2015 2:18:43 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | 2/23/15 | That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill
    The Fr Thomas Rosica 'case' now covered by quite a few sites disturbs me greatly. The idea that a Catholic layperson can voice his concerns at what certainly appears to be the public statement of doctrinal positions that deviate from the Magisterium, only to then be issued with a lawsuit from a priest is quite unbelievable. This news ties in with the latest reports of the wrecking ball approach of the Commissioner of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. This is getting really very ugly. A papacy that was meant to embody 'mercy' more and more appears to be used -...
  • A Guide to Holy Confession (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/24/2015 1:44:14 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | unknown | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    Reasons for inner discord The greatest paradox of our life is that while we all instinctively strive for happiness, most of the time we are unhappy and dissatisfied even when no danger threatens us. Philosophy is helpless in satisfactorily clarifying the reason for this paradox. The Christian faith, however, explains that the reason for our dissatisfaction and dark feelings lies within ourselves. It results from our sinfulness not only from our personal sins but also from our very nature that is marred by the primordial sin. Sinful corruption is the main source of our grief and suffering. Sin is...
  • Cardinal Dolan Must Step Down as Parade Grand Marshal

    02/24/2015 11:52:25 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | MATTHEW HENNESSEY
    Now there can be no doubt—Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been played for a sucker by the organizers of the 2015 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. He must step down as Grand Marshal.According to reports, parade organizers are engaged in last-minute negotiations with city officials to allow additional Irish LGBT advocacy organizations to march in this year’s parade. Such groups had been prohibited from marching by a long-standing ban on explicitly political banners in the parade, a policy that also kept pro-life groups off Fifth Avenue.In September, the parade committee announced that a single group, OUT@NBCUniversal, would be allowed...