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  • If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts...Meditation on-Jonah.

    01/26/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-2515 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me. A Meditation on the Story of Jonah. By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a followup to yesterday’s (Sunday 3rd Week) reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. God keeps calling until we are ready, until our last...
  • Fr. Richard McBrien, theologian, has died [NCR, aka Fishwrap, aka National Schismatic Distorter]

    01/25/2015 10:09:40 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 11 replies
    Fr. McBrien was an able and indefatigable proponent of the Catholic revolution that never was and, now, never will be, said George Weigel, widely seen as Americas leading conservative Catholic commentator.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-15, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2015Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops    Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your grandmother...
  • Notre Dame Theologian Rev. Richard McBrien Dies at 78.

    01/25/2015 7:17:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    WTHR News ^ | 1/25/15 | AP
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theology professor known for his popular books on Catholicism and unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings, has died. He was 78. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown says McBrien died Sunday in Connecticut after a lengthy illness. McBrien was often a critic of the church, speaking in favor of the ordination of female priests and optional celibacy for priests. He also had liberal stands on artificial contraception.
  • Rabbitgate: Video Witness Shames The Pope

    01/25/2015 4:42:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Muddabor's Blog ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mundabor
    He (Francis) has backpedaled, I know. He has backpedaled in pretty much as much of a clear and unmistakeable way as can be normally expected by a Pope. But there is no doubt in my mind that this backpedaling is not the fruit of him realising that he has inadvertently expressed himself in, say, an unlucky way. On the contrary: he says very clearly what he means, and his body language makes the point all the way. The backpedaling is therefore, without the shadow of a doubt, an exercise in damage control meant to distract the faithful from what the...
  • Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: ...

    01/25/2015 4:32:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/25/15 | Augustinus
    On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written, The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.) We walk as...
  • Drawn to God's design Cath converts share how Churchs teaching on contraception led them to Faith

    01/25/2015 3:32:09 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    OSV ^ | January 22, 2015 | Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
    Both in anecdotes and “exit polls,” former Catholics frequently cite the Church’s teachings on sexuality as a reason for leaving the Faith. But these same countercultural teachings have also been the door into the Catholic Church for believers seeking a consistent morality grounded in the Gospel. Converts have benefited from both the gift of the teaching as well as their entry into the Catholic Church.Krista Millegan is one such convert. She read Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) with her then-fiancé, Brantly, while they were undergraduates at the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. “The...
  • Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?

    01/25/2015 1:52:55 PM PST · by NYer · 71 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel.Today we’ll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord. Is he are isn’t the Pre-Incarnate Son of God? There are various positions in early Christianity.The Greek Church Fathers (for example, Saint Athanasius) are convinced that “the Angel of the Lord” is the pre-incarnate Christ. They posit that the Angel of the Lord is categorically different from lower...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • American Priest Among Saints Causes Advanced by Pope Francis

    01/25/2015 6:33:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/23/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title Venerable with the pontiffs recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In addition to Fr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a...
  • Between Magisterium and Magistrate: Notre Dame's Choice on Marriage's Meaning

    01/25/2015 6:27:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Guardian of the Grotto ^ | 1/23/15 | Michael Bradley
    Notre Dame's acceptance of the same-sex marriage movement's rhetorical paradigm has made our nation's flagship Catholic institution impotent. Yet there is an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to model ways to promote the good amid the crumbling ruins of institutional integrity.When I entered the University of Notre Dame in August of 2010, same-sex marriage was an invisible issue. Three weeks ago, the university announced that it had decided to extend employment benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The university did so willingly and without coercion of civil law. Notre Dame's president has even hailed the decision as one that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-25-15, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/24/2015 10:49:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2015Third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:“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, great and...
  • Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriages Validity

    01/24/2015 9:42:05 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith ... Francis stressed the crisis of values in society is not a recent phenomenon, quoting Blessed Paul VIs 1974 address opening the Rotas judicial year, modern man at times, wounded by a systematic relativism that bends to the easiest choices of circumstance, of demagogy, of fashion, of passion, of hedonism, of selfishness, so that externally he attempts to dispute the mastery of the law, and internally, almost without realizing, substitutes the empire of moral conscience...
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 698 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Belgian Bishop Distances Himself from Gay Rights Award

    01/24/2015 12:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 1/19/15 | AFP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to respect divorced people and homosexuals. Bishop Johan Bonny of the city of Antwerp said he wished to preserve his independence and did not need to be honored for a stance he considered part of his mission and responsibility, Belgian news agency Belga reported Sunday. Flemish gay rights umbrella group Cavaria had bestowed an award on Bonny over an open letter he published ahead of a major synod on family issues hosted by Pope Francis...
  • Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers

    01/24/2015 12:45:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 1/23/15 | Dan Lin
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since the 70s, theyve used altar girls during masses. The well-known Richmond District church also has a school serving about 230 kids. When the new priest banned girls from being altar servers, it generated outrage among parents and parishioners alike. The priest admits some parishioners even left the church. Its disturbing, said churchgoer Connie Porciuncula. Star of the Sea School...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMMAUS, 01-24-15

    01/24/2015 9:04:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMMAUSA village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that two disciples met the risen Jesus and accompanied him to the village (Luke 24:13-35). Not until he broke bread at supper did they recognize him. then he disappeared and they hastened back to Jerusalem to tell the Apostles of the encounter. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-15, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop/Doctor of the Church

    01/23/2015 8:19:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2015Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not...
  • Kasperite Indoctrination for the Archdiocese of Chicago? Cupich on the 2014 Synod...

    01/23/2015 3:45:50 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/23/15 | Augustinus
    Unabridged title: "Kasperite Indoctrination for the Archdiocese of Chicago? Cupich on the 2014 Synod: "the media reported what actually took place"" Yesterday, Commonweal published a long interview (A Listening Church) with Archbishop Blaise Cupich, without doubt Pope Francis' most important appointment (so far) to the United States' episcopate. After reading this, there is only one thing we can say to our friends in Chicago: we will keep you in our prayers. Archbishop Cupich during the first Sunday Mass after his installation. Four of the most important passages in the interview ("GG" is the interviewer, Grant Gallicho, while "BC" is "Bishop...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex Marriage

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexicos three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Snchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first window of opportunity in years to end late-term abortions in the state. For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governors desk, Snchez said. We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    newspressnow.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine, said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. I got a call from a...
  • Rabbits and NFP

    01/23/2015 10:57:36 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 67 replies
    Faith, Reason and Health blog ^ | 01/23/15 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Friday, January 23, 2015 Rabbits and NFP My wife and and I taught NFP for ten years. We heard all the jokes (i.e., half truths and outright lies) about NFP, typified by this perennial favorite: "What do you call couples who use NPF? 'Parents.'" We heard the continual disparagement about "breeding like rabbits." We had couples who walked out of our class after my presentation on the necessity of having "grave reason" for recourse to NFP. We also had couples who, after hearing the Church's teaching on the necessity of having "grave reason" for having recourse NFP, realized they had...
  • Cardinal Marx on Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships

    01/23/2015 10:44:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    America Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Luke Hansen S.J.
    It is very important that the synod does not have the spirit of all or nothing. It is not a good way. The synod cannot have winners and losers. That is not the spirit of the synod. The spirit of the synod is to find a way together, not to say, How can I find a way to bring my position through? Rather: How can I understand the other position, and how can we together find a new position? That is the spirit of the synod.
  • About those catholic-rabbits criticized by the Pope

    01/23/2015 10:35:37 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fratres in Unum.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Patricia Medina
    I have been blessed with six children. Children I had by six C-sections. My C-sections were never because of convenience or fear of labor pains. Quite the contrary. I have always wanted to give birth naturally, but my firstborn went into fetal distress after 13 hours of labor. Meconium[1] and blood made his birth a medical emergency and the C-section inevitable to save his life. Thank God I gave birth in a time when the C-section is an option. Some decades before, and me and my boy would both be dead. Even though he had a very low initial APGAR[2],...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMAThe systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Priest: Claims I attacked another priest with a crucifix cost me my job

    01/23/2015 6:56:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Ben Horowitz
    A priest is suing a former colleague at a Florham Park retreat, accusing him of thefts and of making a false criminal allegation. In a lawsuit made public Wednesday in Superior Court in Morristown, the Rev. Frank Hreno accused the Rev. Emeka Okwuosa of spitting in his face; pinning him against the wall; taking Hreno's checkbook and writing checks to himself; damaging cars Hreno was authorized to use; taking Hreno's van without authorization and using Hreno's credit card without authorization. Florham Park Police say Hreno attacked Okwuosa with a four-foot crucifix that he swung through a glass door. Both priests...
  • Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some!

    01/23/2015 7:25:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s a common “moral” standard that many like to employ today, especially regarding sexual matters, that goes something like this: “Two consenting adults can do what they please, as long as no one gets hurt.” But of course the sinners who talk like this seem to think that they get to determine if anyone gets hurt. Generally their notions of “no one” are very egocentric. But even there they are often quite wrong.Today, I marched with many who tried to give a voice to the at...
  • FEELING DEVASTATED BY WHAT POPE FRANCIS SAYS? TRY THESE 3 HELPFUL KEYS

    01/23/2015 6:35:46 AM PST · by NYer · 111 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 22, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane.The reactions have been visceral at times. For instance, what the Pope said in support of Humanae Vitae caused one feminist commentator at Crux News to declare she was “devastated“.My first reaction to reading the Pope’s comments on free speech and Islam was to throw my hands up in the air and declare...
  • Thousands Sign Petition Calling for Richard III to Have a Catholic Burial

    01/23/2015 6:23:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/23/15 | Mark Greaves
    Petition is organised by historians whose efforts led to the discovery of the king's remainsThree thousand people have signed a petition calling for Richard III to be given a Catholic burial. The petition, addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, is being organised by the historians whose efforts led to the kings remains being found under a car park in Leicester. Under present plans Richard III, who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, before the Reformation, will be buried at the Anglican cathedral in Leicester on March 26. But Philippa Langley, leader of the Looking for...
  • Church in Niger Suspends Operation of Schools, Other Apostolates

    01/23/2015 6:20:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Citing the widespread destruction of churches and other Catholic institutions and the general situation of insecurity, the bishops of Niger have indefinitely suspended the operation of all Catholic schools, health centers, charities, and development agencies. The bishops said that this suspension would allow them to pray and reflection upon the painful events we have just endured. The bishops pleaded for donations and attributed the destruction to rampaging young people who were responding to caricatures of Muhammad that appeared in Charlie Hebdo. The West African nation of 17.1 million is 80% Muslim and 0.1% Catholic.
  • Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome?

    01/23/2015 6:14:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/21/15 | William Kilpatrick
    The current arc of history seems to be drawing us back into a very dark pasta time when Islam ruled half the civilized world and threatened the rest of it.Where will the Pope live when Rome falls to Islam? Its not an idle question. For one thing, there is historical precedent. Popes have been forced from Rome in the past. For another thing, numerous Islamic authorities have explicitly targeted Rome for conquest. Rome may be the Eternal City, but it has seen rough times. In 846, for instance, Pope Leo IV had to briefly flee Rome when it was attacked...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-15, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martyr, St. Marianne Cope, V

    01/22/2015 8:38:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2015Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 8:6-13 Brothers and sisters:Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministryas he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.But he finds fault with them and says:Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe...
  • German Pegida Priest Banned From Representing Church [Says Islam Has No Place In Germany]

    01/22/2015 7:55:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    BBCNews ^ | January 21, 2015
    German Pegida Priest Banned From Representing Church 21 January 2015 A Catholic priest in Germany has been banned from giving sermons or representing the church after speaking at a Pegida rally. Father Paul Spaetling, from the Diocese of Munster, told the rally that Europe had spent over a thousand years fighting against Islam. He said that he did not agree that Islam had a place in the country, which the German chancellor had said.
  • Benedict XVI Aide Denies Rift with Francis

    01/22/2015 7:52:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/22/15 | Ins San Martn
    Archbishop Georg Gnswein says retired pope is not working behind-the-scenes with conservativesROME A close aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has denied the former pontiff is playing any behind-the-scenes role over the issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, calling such reports a pure invention. The aide also dismissed suggestions that Benedict is a sort of anti-pope for conservatives upset with Francis, calling it stupid and irresponsible, and labeling such rumors a form of theological arson. Archbishop Georg Gnswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of emeritus pope Benedict XVI, made the comments in an...
  • WE SHALL NOT WEARY, WE SHALL NOT REST (March for Life)

    01/22/2015 2:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Richard John Neuhaus
    The following addresswhich Robert P. George has called the greatest pro-life speech ever givenwas delivered on July 5 at the close of the 2008 convention of the National Right to Life Committee.Once again this year, the National Right to Life convention is partly a reunion of veterans from battles past and partly a youth rally of those recruited for the battles to come. And that is just what it should be. The pro-life movement that began in the twentieth century laid the foundation for the pro-life movement of the twenty-first century. We have been at this a long time,...
  • Glamorization of promiscuity must end before abortion can, Cardinal OMalley tells 11,000...

    01/22/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFESITENEWS.COM ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Pete Baklinski and Lisa Bourne
    FULL TITLE: Glamorization of promiscuity must end before abortion can, Cardinal OMalley tells 11,000 at March for Life vigil Abortion will not end until the glamorization of promiscuity is reversed, Boston Cardinal Sean OMalley told an overflow crowd of over 11,000 pro-life pilgrims attending the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Capitols Catholic Basilica Wednesday evening. People who favor legal abortion claim they want to reduce the number of abortions. One of the logical ways to reduce the number of abortions would be to discourage the promiscuous behavior that is rampant in our culture, he said in his homily...
  • Faithlessness: The Terrible Price of Communion in the Hand

    01/22/2015 9:57:36 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 1/21/15 | The Remnant
    Another sacrilegious scandal at a big papal pep really--this time in Manila. Why is the Vicar treated like God, while God is treated like a bag of Doritos? What part does the institutionalized abuse of Communion in the hand play in this ongoing outrage?
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMOPHORION, 01-22-15

    01/22/2015 8:42:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:OMOPHORIONA vestment of the Greek Rite corresponding to the pallium in the Roman Church. It is abroad band often of silk or velvet, ornamented with crosses, worn around the neck and over the shoulders and breast. Its is worn by Byzantine, Armenian, and Coptic bishops and archbishops. Originally made of wool, it symbolizes the duties of bishops as shepherds of their people. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • Cardinal Urges Pro-Life Movement to be a Field Hospital, not Judge Judy

    01/22/2015 6:12:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/22/15 | Mark Greaves
    Pro-lifers must overcome indifference with love, says Cardinal O'Malley at March for Life vigilCardinal Sen OMalley has said that indifference is the greatest enemy of the pro-life movement, adding that to change peoples hearts we must love them. The cardinal was speaking at the March for Life vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. He cited Pope Franciss words at Lampedusa about the globalisation of indifference, and added that the pro-life movement was about overcoming that indifference, indifference to the suffering of a woman in a difficult pregnancy, indifference to the voiceless child who is...
  • German Pegida Priest Banned from Representing Church

    01/22/2015 4:20:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/21/15
    A Catholic priest in Germany has been banned from giving sermons or representing the church after speaking at a Pegida rally. Father Paul Spaetling, from the Diocese of Munster, told the rally that Europe had spent over a thousand years fighting against Islam. He said that he did not agree that Islam had a place in the country, which the German chancellor had said.
  • The Biggest Island of Christianity in the Islamic Ocean

    01/22/2015 4:15:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 1/21/15 | Doreen Abi Raad
    On Aug. 6, 2014, after evening Mass on the feast of the Transfiguration, the Christian residents of Qaraqosh, Iraq, were threatened by the Islamic State to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed. That prompted the exodus of the city's 50,000 Christians, who fled to Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Qaraqosh, a bed of Christianity since the first century, was totally Syriac Catholic. Syriac-Catholic Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash of the Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance, based in Bayonne, N.J., is a native of Qaroqosh. He describes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-15, Day of Prayer for the...Protec...of Unborn Children

    01/21/2015 8:24:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22, 2015Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children    Reading 1 Heb 7:25—8:6 Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.For the law appoints men subject to...
  • The Cult of guinefort: An Unusual saint

    01/21/2015 7:42:06 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Ultimate History Project ^ | Michael R. Lynn
    The recent and simultaneous canonization of not one, but two former popes brings to mind the rich and varied traditions surrounding the history of different Christian saints. Today, the process to create a saint is complicated with various stages, each requiring a certain amount of time, along with the need for particular forms of evidence which provide proof of miracles. The Pope can amend the process, if he so chooses, but the general pattern remains the same. In some cases the gap between the life of the individual and his or her canonization could be quite lengthy. Saint Joan of...
  • [Catholic] Bishops Praise Court's Decision to Let Muslim Prisoner Wear Beard

    01/21/2015 5:49:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 21, 2015 | Zenit
    On Tuesday in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a Muslim inmate in an Arkansas state prison who sought to wear a half-inch beard in accordance with his faith. The decision in Holt v. Hobbs is a great victory for religious freedom, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, because it underscores that each and every person enjoys this basic human right. You dont lose it if you subscribe to a minority faith, or even if you enter prison ...
  • Pope Francis blesses two lambs on the Feast of St. Agnes

    01/21/2015 3:51:08 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | January 21, 2015
    A lamb is wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the Feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make stoles worn by archbishops and known as palliums. The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday where they received...
  • Prophecy and Prediction: Best Left to the Professionals

    01/21/2015 3:13:38 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Some words spring up as the fashion “du jour” and linger longer than others. There are annoyances like the overwrought “awesome” and now the incessant “iconic” which betray a weak understanding of the meaning of those words and a limited vocabulary. A little more irritating a few years ago was “gravitas” which appeared in an election campaign and still is used by pundits unable to identify its declension.On a somewhat loftier plane is misuse of “prophecy” to mean predicting. Columnists, statesmen, stock analysts are “prophetic.” True, Aquinas includes prediction as an aspect of what prophets do, but not exclusively...