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  • Cath Cauc: US bishops’ silence on meeting w/ Pope could put their credibility on sex abuse at risk.

    09/18/2018 9:48:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ANALYSIS ROME, September 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Have the jocular images and low-key statements of US Bishops following their meeting with Pope Francis last week set back their attempts to address the grave situation in the Church, especially the handling of sexual abuse cases by bishops? The details that have been revealed of the bishops’ meeting with Francis last Thursday give no indication that they addressed the extent of the McCarrick coverup or the need for an investigation into the troubling allegations against the Pope contained in Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň’s testimony.  Given Viganň’s widely accepted character and credibility,...
  • On the Length of the Homily

    09/18/2018 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Length of the Homily Msgr. Charles Pope • September 17, 2018 • During a recent day trip to Sicily, Pope Francis said that homilies should not last more than 8 minutes and that the entire Mass should be completed within 40 (although he may have been exaggerating on this second point). He has said similar things before.He is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I disagree. No sweeping generalization about sermon length is necessary. There are cultural and even local differences that come into play. In my own parish I offer two rather brief masses, on...
  • [Catholic Caucus} Archbishop McCarrick’s unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

    09/18/2018 8:31:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 17, 2018 | Courtney Grogan/CNA
    Archbishop McCarrick’s unofficial role in Vatican-China relations by Courtney Grogan/CNA posted Monday, 17 Sep 2018 Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2003 (Getty Images) The former cardinal played in key role in promoting Vatican-Beijing relationsFollowing reports that the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China could be about to sign an agreement on the appointment of bishops in the country, attention has turned to the role of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in fostering Vatican-China relations over the last two decades.Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick travelled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes staying in a state-controlled Beijing seminary, often serving as...
  • Cath Cauc: Episcopalis communio: what does the Pope’s new document mean for the Church?

    09/18/2018 6:10:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 18, 2018 | Christopher Altieri
    The new law appears to combine the Synod’s teaching authority with that of the Roman PontiffPope Francis issued an Apostolic Constitution on Tuesday morning, which introduces significant reforms to the structure of the Synod of Bishops. Titled Episcopalis communio — “Episcopal communion” — the document is composed of a six-page introduction articulated in ten numbered sections, and a 27-article dispositive part.The introduction talks a good deal about collegiality, broad consultation with all the faithful of every state of life in the Church, and the general spirit of synodal collaboration: Although in its composition it appears as an essentially episcopal organism,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-18-18

    09/17/2018 10:30:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 09-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 18, 2018 Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ's Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles; second,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor (Gueranger)

    09/17/2018 9:10:17 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double WHILE, IN FRANCE, the rising spirit of Jansenism was driving God from the hearts of the people, a humble son of St. Francis, in Southern Italy, was showing how easily love may span the distance between earth and heaven. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself, said Our Lord; and time has proved it to be the most universal of his prophecies. On the feast of the holy Cross, we witnessed its truth, even in the domain of social and political claims. We shall experience it in our...
  • [Catholic Caucus] NY Archdiocese Shake-Up After AG Launches Criminal Probe

    09/17/2018 6:13:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 17, 2018 | Christine Niles
    NEW YORK ( - Church Militant has confirmed that longtime vicar general Msgr. Greg Mustaciuolo will no longer serve in his position in the New York archdiocese, and will be replaced by another priest. Saint Gregory Barbarigo Parish confirmed that Fr. Joseph Lamorte will be taking over the position of vicar general effective Oct. 1.  Although the archdiocese has not publicly given any reason for the abrupt change, inside sources confirm Mustaciuolo's removal is directly related to the launch of the New York attorney general's investigation into the Catholic Church — a move long feared by the New York archdiocese.   Inside sources confirm Mustaciuolo's...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican to Allow Beijing to Name Bishops

    09/17/2018 6:06:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 15, 2018 | Steven W. Mosher
    It is never a good idea to sign a deal just for the sake of signing a dealThe Vatican is set to sign an agreement with China by the end of the month, one that cedes control over the appointment of bishops to Beijing. In return, we are told, Beijing has agreed to recognize the pope as the head of China’s Catholics.From my position as a longtime observer of the machinations of the Chinese Party-State, this seems like a bad deal. The pope is ceding his very real authority to name bishops to China’s communist authorities in return for the...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Wuerl arrives in Rome to discuss resignation with Pope Francis

    09/17/2018 5:58:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, September 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Donald Wuerl arrived in Rome today, just one week after telling priests of the archdiocese of Washington that he intended “in the very near future, to go to Rome to meet with our Holy Father about the resignation I presented nearly three years ago, on November 12, 2015.” The Cardinal’s flight touched down at Rome’s Fiumicino airport this morning shortly before 8 a.m. local time, sources confirmed.  Last week, in a letter dated Sept. 11, Cardinal Wuerl, 78, told priests of the Washington archdiocese that: “It was clear that some decision, sooner rather than later,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Robert Bellarmine, 09-17-18

    09/17/2018 5:20:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ |
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Stained glass window in Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Robert Bellarmine Saint of the Day for September 17 (October 4, 1542 – September 17, 1621)  Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Story When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the...
  • Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory Invites Homosexualist Fr. James Martin to Speak

    09/17/2018 5:02:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/14/18 | Stephen Wynne
    ATLANTA ( - Celebrity Jesuit Fr. James Martin is heading to Georgia, courtesy of pro-gay Abp. Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia. On Friday, Martin announced on Twitter that Abp. Gregory has invited him to speak in October at two Atlanta-area locations. "Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has graciously invited me to his archdiocese to speak," Martin tweeted, "so I will be speaking at St. Thomas More Parish (the Jesuit parish) on Sat. Oct 20 and at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the morning of Sun. Oct 21." Gregory's personal invitation comes as no surprise to faithful Catholics, as...
  • Sex Abuse Claims Rock Dutch Catholic Church

    09/17/2018 4:55:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/15/18 | AFP
    The Hague (AFP) - More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries "covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims", the daily NRC reported. "Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes," the Dutch newspaper added. Church spokeswoman Daphne van...
  • Monks of Tibhirine to be Beatified in Algeria in December

    09/17/2018 4:51:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/14/18 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Becciu will preside over the ceremony of the feast of the Immaculate ConceptionA bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed by extremists in Algeria in the 1990s will be beatified on December 8, according to the Algerian bishops. Mgr Pierre Claverie and Companions will be beatified during a ceremony at the Basilica of Santa Cruz in the Algerian city of Oran on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Giovanni Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will represent Pope Francis ceremony. The Algerian bishops described the event as a “great...
  • Pope Accepts Resignation of W Va. Bishop as Inquiry Into Abuse Claims Launched

    09/17/2018 4:46:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/13/18 | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore was named apostolic administrator of the diocese.VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, and asked the archbishop of Baltimore to launch an investigation into allegations of abuse. Archbishop William Lori was named apostolic administrator of the diocese. He was instructed by the Vatican to investigate allegations of “sexual harassment of adults” against Bishop Bransfield, according to a Sept. 13 statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Accusations of abuse against Bransfield arose in 2012 during the criminal trial of...
  • Why Every Christian, Not Just Catholics, Should Be Very Worried About The Catholic Sex Scandal

    09/17/2018 11:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/17/2018 | By Willis L. Krumholz and Robert Delahunty
    The rapidly unfolding crisis in the Roman Catholic Church is not a matter of concern to Catholics alone. Its true dimensions have yet to be measured, but we think it will prove to be a crisis on the scale of the Protestant Reformation, which began just over 500 years ago — an earthquake of 9.5 on the Richter scale. If so, resolution of the crisis will take decades to work through.Resolution and absolution will require serious effort, and most likely require deep, structural reforms. Even if we are mistaken, the Catholic crisis is of such a magnitude that Christians...
  • Putting things in perspective: There Are Holy Priests, Too (They just don't make headlines)

    09/17/2018 8:38:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/17/2018 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    I’ve been thinking a lot about priests lately. In truth, I often do, as some of my best friends happen to wear Roman collars. I see them on their low days, and I see them in moments of true total self-surrender. Of course, you know why I’d be thinking about them even more lately. For priests who seek holiness in loving service to God’s people — striving to see God in every person they encounter — these are grueling times. And a few conversations I’ve had lately have reminded me that the good and holy among them, while still human...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job

    09/17/2018 8:22:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job Msgr. Charles Pope • September 16, 2018 • I am teaching out of the Book of Job for our parish bible studies. Consider the following insight by Job on the spiritual life:God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? (Job 9:3)At first glance, we might read this to mean that we don’t dare talk back to God or resist Him lest He punish us, but this would be a superficial interpretation. The text surely speaks more richly, of the spiritual life and the...
  • Be Sustained[charismatic Caucus]

    09/17/2018 7:40:39 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Be sustained in ME my children for truly as I AM alive in you, eternally My living fire of Virtue is always ready to rise up and meet your Declaration of being made whole,blessed and prosperous. "Take on My Graciousness" ( (( Just Believe ! )) ) Malachi 4:1-3 The Great Day of the LORD 1“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble; the day is coming when I will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of Hosts. “Not a root or branch will be left to them.”...
  • Mrs. Don-o to Bishop (Amazing Grace, How Tweet the Sound) Volume TWO

    09/17/2018 6:58:49 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Mrs Don-o's Own Brain | September 17, 2018 | Mrs Don-o
    Here's another collection of my tweets to my Bishop, mostly about --- what shall we call it? --- The Situation. These won't all be recyclable, but I hope some of them will. Feel free to use any of them. It's just tiny way, I suppose, to offer filial correction or support. We must obey God, not men --- as our first Pope, St. Peter said. God bless Bishop Strickland. Abp Vigano had the courage to speak up clearly and pay up personally. Let the Pope answer Vigano's Testimony if he can. The silence -- Omerta --- is not going to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Stigmata of Saint Francis (Gueranger)

    09/17/2018 4:37:43 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double THE GREAT PATRIARCH OF ASSISI will soon appear a second time in the holy Liturgy, and we shall praise God for the marvels wrought in him by divine grace. The subject of today’s feast, while a personal glory to St. Francis, is of greater importance for its mystical signification. The Man-God still lives in the Church by the continual reproduction of his mysteries in this his Bride, making her a faithful copy of himself. In the thirteenth century, while the charity of the many had grown cold (Collect of the feast), the divine fire burned with redoubled...