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  • Vanity: Pope Benedict’s significant failure

    08/22/2014 4:54:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Super Flumina | 8th December 2007—Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception | Babylonis
    The Second Vatican Council was not evil: no Council of the Church ever is. But because it was dominated by Modernist experts, periti, the considerations of its bishops reflected their influence. Thus, the Council served as a catalyst for the resurgence of the heresy within the Church.
  • “black mass” nixed in oklahoma city

    08/22/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    There was to be a “Black Mass” performance at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21, using a consecrated Host. But after Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley succeeded in getting a judge to issue a restraining order, on the grounds that the Host had been stolen, the attorney for the Satanic group returned the Host to a Catholic priest. The archbishop then dropped his lawsuit. Here is how the story played out over the summer. When we learned of this scheduled performance, we issued a news release on July 2 calling attention to what a “Black Mass” entails. We...
  • Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution (wear religious symbols)

    08/22/2014 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Blanca Ruiz
    A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their...
  • Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

    08/22/2014 3:12:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq Aug. 12-20 as Pope Francis' personal envoy, speaks to CNA in Rome, Aug. 22, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis' envoy from Aug. 12-20. Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the...
  • St. Padre Pio’s 5 Point Rule of Life

    08/22/2014 2:55:18 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 21, 2014 | Sam Guzman
    When we think of great mystics and wonder-working saints, we often think of those who lived centuries ago. Yet, St. Pio of Pietrelcina was both a mystic and a performer of many miracles—and he died in 1968, only 46 years ago.In many ways, this saint was and is a contradiction to our scientific, rational age, and despite their eagerness to prove him a fraud, skeptics remain consistently unable to explain the many miracles that accompanied St. Pio’s life.But while St. Pio is remembered as a miracle worker, he was perhaps best known in his day as a spiritual father to countless souls. He gave wise and holy counsel...
  • USCCB Pres. Archbp. Kurtz comments on Obama Admin’s slithery new HHS mandate rules

    08/22/2014 2:17:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Obama Administration’s war on religion continues unabated.From Catholic News Agency: Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rulesWashington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer.The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas...
  • A Letter on Divine Worship (Sign of Peace in the Latin Rite)

    08/22/2014 2:12:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a Circular Letter entitled “The Ritual Expression of the Gift of Peace at Mass” on July 8.  Pope Francis approved it the previous day and ordered its publication. The letter treats the question of the Sign of Peace, resolving the question whether the Holy See would move the Sign of Peace to earlier in the Mass. The decision was made to leave the Sign of Peace where it is. The Letter explains: In the Roman liturgical tradition, the exchange of peace is placed before Holy Communion with its...
  • Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/22/2014 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/22/14 | John Stegeman
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school’s campus. The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through...
  • Pope’s personal envoy briefs Francis after visit to Iraq

    08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS) Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in north-western Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.The Pope met Cardinal Filoni early on Thursday, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis’s envoy to besieged minorities there.“He was very attentive,” the cardinal said of the Pope, “and he let me speak at length. He took to heart all the situations I spoke about:...
  • Spectator’s hard-hitting commentary on pontificate of Pope Francis

    08/22/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Spectator there is a must read piece by Damian Thompson for anyone who is puzzled about what Pope Francis may be up to, especially in regard to the Roman Curia.Here is an excerpt with my emphases: [...]As a Latin American who didnÂ’t know his way around Rome when he became pope, he approaches the Curia as an outsider. That is why the cardinals elected him. They did not imagine that this previously austere figure, who even as a prince of the church travelled on buses dressed as a simple priest, would turn on the charm for journalists and...
  • UCSSB Calls for Special Collection For Victims Of Violence In The Middle East (Catholic related)

    08/22/2014 11:11:30 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 7 replies
    Patheos Blog ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Lisa M. Hendey
    If you’ve been watching the nightly news and wondering how in the world you can possibly help amidst the rising tide of violence that seems to be running rampant, mark your calendars for September 6-7. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a special collection that will enable each of us to help with the work being done by Catholic Relief Services, Caritas, and other Catholic agencies in the region. CRS food distribution. CRS food distribution. Over at the CRS website, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of steps...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES, 08-22-14

    08/22/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES Repository of confidential documents of the Holy See, going back to the early centuries. Deterioration of the original papyri, transfers, and political upheavals caused the almost complete loss of the collections earlier than Pope Innocent III. In the fifteenth century the Archives were kept in Castel Sant'Angelo. In 1810, Napoleon ordered the Archives of the Holy See to be transferred to Paris, and though later returned to Rome many documents were lost. The Archives are now housed in a special building off the Piazza of St. Peter's. to the Archives is attached the...
  • Pope Will Mark 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

    08/22/2014 6:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass next August to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, an Argentine cardinal has revealed. Speaking at the Armenian Catholic cathedral in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Mario Poli said that the Pontiff will celebrate the commemorative Mass in St. Peter’s basilica. The date for the Mass has not yet been announced.
  • Catholic Diocese of Greensburg Injunction Becomes Permanent

    08/22/2014 6:22:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Tribune -Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Paul Peirce
    A federal judge in Pittsburgh on Wednesday granted a permanent injunction to the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg and two of its diocesan affiliates that halts the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act. The injunction order by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab prevents the Department of Health and Human Services from imposing fines related to the act. In May, the diocese, Catholic Charities in Greensburg and St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School in Uniontown sued the department, claiming that requirements for health insurance covering abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, contraceptives and related counseling infringes on their religious beliefs. In granting a...
  • Pope Francis in Korea: Global Tweets Show Mixed Interest

    08/22/2014 6:14:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/21/14
    If social Tweets are anything to go by, China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia displayed little to no interest in Pope Francis’ recent trip to Korea. According to the Italian research firm Datalytics which analyses global Tweet data, the four Asian countries “almost completely” failed to comment on the August 14-18 trip on Twitter. Twitter is the only social platform that can currently be “mined” for data to see trends in social conversations in real time, as events are happening. On its Tweet geolocation finder, Datalytics has placed a sole marker beneath China’s southern edges, indicating that anywhere from 10-1000...
  • Mission of the Patriarchs in Iraq. The Chaldean Patriarch: No to Sectarian Militias

    08/22/2014 6:08:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 8/21/14
    Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - The defense of the attacked is an absolute right. But only "the forces of the State should take charge of this defense", while the creation of differentiated militia on ethno-religious basis "can destroy Iraq". This is how - according to Lebanese sources - the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I expressed himself during his participation in the initiatives and meetings organized by the Delegation of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches that arrived on Wednesday, August 20 in Erbil, capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, to express their closeness to refugees...
  • Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

    08/22/2014 5:56:53 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/21/14 | Francis X Rocca
    Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers. The call to the Foley family in Rochester, New Hampshire, came in the afternoon New Hampshire time. Father Lombardi released no additional details. According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials confirmed a graphic video released Aug. 19 that showed Islamic State fighters beheading Foley, a 1996 graduate of Marquette University who had...
  • “Not only divorced from marriage, divorced from reality.” An essay on ugliness of divorce

    08/22/2014 2:09:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some years ago a woman (and parishioner) told me, almost in passing, me that she and her husband were planning to divorce. Knowing that she had two young children, both under 10, I asked her in so many words, “What about the children?” Unabashedly she assured me that they were in fact divorcing for the sake of the children. Perhaps she saw my bewildered, and dubious look, so she added, “We don’t want them to experience all the yelling and bickering.” “Hmm…,” Said I, “Well then stop the bickering and yelling…get what ever help you need, but don’t make the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-14, M, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2014 8:09:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-14 | Revised New American Bble
    August 22, 2014Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Ez 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD came upon me,and led me out in the Spirit of the LORDand set me in the center of the plain,which was now filled with bones.He made me walk among the bones in every directionso that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.How dry they were!He asked me:Son of man, can these bones come to life?I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.”Then he said to me:Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:Dry...
  • Bishop Schneider Criticizes Wording and Some Concepts Of Vatican II

    08/21/2014 6:14:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 8/21/14 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Yes we will be shunned and scorned for bringing up these important problems with Vatican II documents. But, all the prophets were shunned and killed for criticizing the leaders of the people of God, the Israelites. We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know there was a Catholic Church and many councils before 1963.
  • UPDATED! OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit v Satanic event, Consecrated Host turned over!

    08/21/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATE 21 Aug afternoon:I received an email that the consecrated Host has been delivered up to Archbp. Coakley.I hope there was only one and that this event is being shut down by prayers and public sensibility._______ ORIGINAL Aug 21, 2014 @ 9:37 _____I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black...
  • Breaking News: Consecrated Host Returned, OKC Archbishop Drops Lawsuit

    08/21/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 110 replies
    news9 ^ | August 20, 2014
    The consecrated host, who Oklahoma City's Archbishop claims was stolen by Satanic Priest Adam Daniels for use in September's “Black Mass”, has been returned.An attorney representing the satanic church presented the host to a catholic priest in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.8/21/2014 Related Story: OKC Archbishop Files Lawsuit Over Black MassArchbishop Paul Coakley previously filed a lawsuit, asking a district judge to stop the Black Mass, scheduled for Sept. 21. With the return of the host, Coakley has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Daniels released the following statement regarding the incident:"I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to...
  • Pope Francis hints he might one day retire

    08/21/2014 3:42:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RNS ^ | 08/21/2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing journalists on his return from his intense five-day visit to South Korea late Monday (Aug. 18), Pope Francis bantered with reporters and lightheartedly said he may only have “two or three” years left to live. The 77-year-old pontiff covered a range of topics on the flight back to the Vatican — from war-torn Iraq and his desire to visit the U.S. next year to his personal health, hinting he may retire early. He was asked how he lived with the immense popularity he has generated around the world, evident when crowds chanted his name on the...
  • Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

    08/21/2014 2:33:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | August 20, 2014 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT (CNS) -- A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the Aug. 20 trip was "a first step in the implementation of the statement issued by the patriarchs," referring to a special summit Aug. 7 to address the crisis facing Christians in Iraq and Syria. ebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, the patriarch of Maronite Catholics who headed a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs...
  • Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

    08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2014
    Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week. According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture. On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host

    08/21/2014 1:10:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black mass that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma County Sheriff‘s Office to retrieve the consecrated host that the event‘s organizers claim to have, and return it to Oklahoma City...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were “shocked” by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KIDDUSHIN, 08-21-14

    08/21/2014 6:34:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KIDDUSHIN Literally "sanctification," the Jewish marriage service and state of matrimony. Essential to the wedding is the ring ceremony, in which the groom places the ring on the forefinger of the bride's right hand and says, "Behold thou art consecrated unto me, according to the law of Moses and of Israel." The ceremony takes place under a Huppah or (canopy), symbolizing the new home to which the groom is taking the bride. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Prayer source of strength for slain U.S. journalist, his family

    08/21/2014 6:16:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it - he had missed one of his usual phone calls home - and once they knew for sure, the couple said they were relying on their Catholic faith to cope and leaning on prayer to bring him home. “Faith has been part of family life, but this...
  • Top 12 Catholic Instagrammers

    08/21/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    ProjectYM ^ | 8/20/14 | Matthew Schneider
    Instagram is famous for people posting tons of selfies and pet pictures. However, it can be used for good. I’ve found a few Catholics who really use it as a platform for their faith. It will never be a complete catechism but it can help you in your walk with the Lord. Instagram is all about being beautiful and beauty is an important way to see God today (as my Instagram bio reminds you). These Instagrammers are good for every Catholic to follow; adult or teen, in ministry or barely hanging onto their faith. I chose these based on a...
  • What were the Rituals Associated with Death and Burial in Jesus’ Day?

    08/21/2014 2:37:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Jewish people took the burial of the dead quite seriously; it was the way a community paid its last respects to the one who died. The Scriptures laid down quite firmly that no dead body was to be left unburied—even that of one’s worst enemy. Perhaps one of the stronger horrors that a Jewish person could imagine was stated in Psalm 78: They have thrown the bodies of thy servants as food for the birds of heaven; wild beast feast on the corpses of the just.The dead, therefore, had a right to ceremonial care. As soon as a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-21-14, M, St. Pius X, Pope

    08/20/2014 9:17:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2014Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope    Reading 1 Ez 36:23-28 Thus says the LORD:I will prove the holiness of my great name, profaned among the nations, in whose midst you have profaned it.Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.For I will take you away from among the nations,gather you from all the foreign lands,and bring you back to your own land.I will sprinkle clean water upon youto cleanse you from all your impurities,and from all your idols I will cleanse...
  • Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

    08/20/2014 7:24:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 20, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    James Foley in Aleppo in 2012. The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but I will share another link that has been circulating since the news of Foley’s brutal death: an article he wrote for the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater. The piece is about the time Foley spent imprisoned in Libya in...
  • Satanist Claims Catholic Priest Gave Him Host for Black Mass

    08/20/2014 7:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/20/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley sues satanic group to hand over consecrated Host.With one month to go before a satanic group in Oklahoma City a public “black mass,” the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is suing to force the group to hand over a consecrated Host it claims to have. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the District Court of Oklahoma County, claims Satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, have "unlawfully taken possession of property belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, specifically a Consecrated Host." Daniels, who has claimed publicly to have the Host, clarified in an interview...
  • China to Pope Francis: Don’t ‘Interfere’ with Religion

    08/20/2014 6:51:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/20/14 | Josephine Mckenna
    VATICAN CITY — China has reacted cautiously to a bid by Pope Francis to open new dialogue with Beijing, with some officials quick to warn the Vatican not to “interfere” with the country’s religion. On his return flight from a five-day tour of South Korea, Francis said he was ready to go to China — “For sure! Tomorrow!” — after receiving a positive response to two goodwill telegrams he sent to President Xi Jinping as the pope flew over Chinese airspace. “We respect the Chinese people,” Francis told journalists on the return flight Monday (Aug. 18). “The church only asks...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace to calm chaos in streets of Ferguson

    08/20/2014 2:16:55 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    Residents of Ferguson “are struggling to find peace in the chaos” that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and “as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. “We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing,” he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese. After visiting Ferguson, about 11 miles from downtown St. Louis, and offering prayers at a memorial there to 18-year-old Michael Brown, Archbishop Carlson said he has...
  • College Prof Calls Catholic Church Barbaric, Sexist, and Medieval

    08/20/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 20, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Professor Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, wrote one of the nastiest anti-Catholic diatribes I've read in a while; painting the Church as barbaric, sexist, and medieval and accusing it for torturing women. And then because he was still feeling it, he compared the Church to the most evilest of organizations in his estimation - The National Rifle Association. Insert gasp here. And The New Republic saw nothing wrong with this and decided to publish it. The issue at hand has to do with a woman in Ireland (but not a citizen there)...
  • Priest comforts Foley family after ‘killing of journalist’

    08/20/2014 1:54:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2014
    American journalist James Foley, who appears to have been killed by Islamic State terrorists Below: Fr Paul Gousse leaves the Foley family home in Rochester, Boston (PA) Islamic State have released a gruesome video appearing to show American photo journalist James Wright Foley being beheaded by a masked militant. Foley went missing in Syria in November 2012 while working for the GlobalPost agency.Mr Foley came from a Catholic family in Rochester, New Hampshire. On Tuesday Fr Paul Gousse, of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, where the Foleys are parishioners, spent about 45 minutes at the house before leaving without...
  • Prayer request for a boy named Andy

    08/20/2014 10:14:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    prayer
    His name is Andy, he is 12 years old. He was taken by CPS from his guardian and put into a foster home. I have reason to suspect he was abused, but am waiting for everything to come out in the wash with the trial. The child has suffered so much in his early life and all he ever wanted was a home. Pray the justice system works and this boy finds it.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMNIPRESENCE, 08-20-14

    08/20/2014 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OMNIPRESENCE God being simultaneously wherever he is, since he is present everywhere. The divine omnipresence is twofold, by nature and by grace. By nature God is present in all things by essence, knowledge, and power. This is the presence of a cause in the things that share in God's goodness. By his essence, he is substantially in all things, including the created spiritual essences (angels, demons, human souls) as the immediate origin of their existence. by his knowledge, he exercises his wisdom directly in all creation down to the least details. By his power, he operates...
  • The Ancient Mass in the “House Churches” was not as Informal as Many Think

    08/20/2014 2:14:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 106 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As you may know, the Catholic Faith was illegal in the Roman Empire prior to 313 AD, when the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan permitting the Christian Faith to flourish publicly. Prior to that time, Church buildings as we know them today were rare—Mass was usually celebrated in houses.Now be careful here; these “houses” were usually rather sizable, with a central courtyard or large room that permitted something a little more formal than Mass “around the dining room table.” I remember being taught (incorrectly) that these early Masses were informal, emphasized a relaxed, communal quality, and were celebrated...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-14, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2014 9:25:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2014Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Ez 34:1-11 The word of the Lord came to me:Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israelwho have been pasturing themselves!Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,and slaughtered the fatlings,but the sheep you have not pastured.You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sicknor bind up the injured.You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the...
  • Lovers Of Ecumenicide Pretend Muslims Worship Our God - They DON'T!

    08/19/2014 7:33:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies
    There is a great deal of confusion in the Church today as to whether or not Muslims worship the same God as do we. In fact many prelates, including our own Cardinal McCarrick, either are honestly confused about the matter or they exploit general confusion so that they may appear to be "ecumenical". Indeed, nine years ago at Catholic University His Eminence addressed some Muslim dignitaries; in that address he invoked "allah" three times but he gave not one mention to Jesus Christ. That address, which can be called de facto idolatry, is here. Cardinal McCarrick and other devotees of...
  • Iraqi bishop warns that West will suffer from Islamism

    08/19/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/19/2014
    The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has warned that Christians around the world would face suffering from Islamists as his diocese has, and decisions that challenge the underpinnings of Western political ideas. "Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future," Archbishop Emil Nona told Italian daily Corriere della Sera Aug. 9 from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Archbishop Nona has been forced from his home by the Islamic State, a caliphate recently established in Iraq and Syria. He is among five bishops who have been forced from Mosul....
  • Wedding rings cut off fingers, bibles burned. Chaldean Catholics Remain Faithful

    08/19/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/19/2014
    Your Catholic Voice Foundation is continuing in its sincere and faithful mission to save and support Chaldean Catholics displaced by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. These amazing and resilient people belong to some of the oldest Christian communities and societies on the planet. This is literally true, their Christian communities easily date to the time of the earliest apostles. Despite their ancient, fruitful and peaceful presence - they have never fought wars against their neighbors - they have been systematically rooted out of their homes and forced to flee. Those who stayed behind have been killed in one of...
  • Sacrilegious Cinemax Show “The Knick” Features Nun Performing Abortion

    08/19/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A sacrilegious television show on the Cinemax cable television channel is coming under fire from Catholics today because it features a nun performing an abortion. The Knick is a television drama series on Cinemax directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. The program looks at the professional and personal lives of Dr. John W. Thackery (played by Owen) and the staff at the fictional Knickerbocker Hospital (“the Knick”) during the early part of the twentieth century. Abortion was not legal during this time. theknickThe August 15 episode of “The Knick” features Sister Harriet, a nurse played by Cara Seymour...
  • Francis’ Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City “Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in  different chapters”. Francis’ words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

    08/19/2014 2:52:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis and Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the two and how Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict's vision.   Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who serves as prefect of the Pontifical Household, spoke in an all-out interview Aug. 15 with the Austrian Catholic press agency in “Kath.net” while he was in the diocese in Freibourg. There he led  Aug....
  • New Ukrainian Orthodox head to face questions of independence

    08/19/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Sofia Kochmar
    Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) was elected to his post Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Maksym Brusnika. Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug 19, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine's eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say. On Aug. 13, Metropolitan Onufriy was elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, making him the primate of the UOC-MP, which is one of the three primary Orthodox Churches in Ukraine. He...